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House Hunters International Baja Bound Again – Filming in Loreto Bay, Mexico

HGTV was last here about four years ago, when they shot “Baja Bound,” featuring the Brown family from Carlsbad who were looking for a home by the bay. The exposure on the show House Hunters International is helpful for generating interest in the area, and driving tourism.

House Hunters International film crew interview potential home buyer at the Loreto Bay resort in Loreto, Baja California Sur, Mexico. (Photo: Sue’s Life in Balance).

House Hunters International is once again on location in Loreto Bay in Baja California Sur, apparently shooting for another episode based in the resort town on the Sea of Cortez. According to this blog, a small film crew of three was spotted just weeks ago interviewing a husband and wife who are re-locating to the area for new jobs. The episode should airs some time next year.

HGTV was last here about four years ago, when they shot “Baja Bound,” featuring the Brown family from Carlsbad who were looking for a home by the bay.

Behind the Scenes – House Hunters International in Loreto, Baja, Mexico

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(thanks to Barry in the comments for the link to this video)

For Loreto, the exposure on the show is helpful for generating interest in the area, and driving tourism.

Recently, the House Hunter International series was renewed for 91 episodes, bringing the total to almost 600 episodes since 2009.

As many who have followed Stark Insider over the years already know, we took the plunge, and started our Baja adventure here in the little fishing town of Loreto in 2006. Back then it was all a dream. The builder envisioned an eco-friendly development that would emerge from miles of desert. 5,000 homes! But, that was then. One bankruptcy later, and Loreto Bay has now come to life, albeit as a (thankfully) more humble resort. Walkable paths, low-rise construction, and a seaside location are hallmarks of the 2012 version of Loreto Bay.

INSIDE a Loreto Bay Home

Interestingly, every time HGTV airs a repeat of the “Baja Bound” episode we see a spike in traffic on both Stark Insider (primarily for this post here), and also on YouTube where we recorded so many irreverent on-location Loreto videos over the years including this tour of our then-new little casa.

News, stories, photos from Loreto Bay, Baja, MexicoMore news from Loreto, Baja California Sur, Mexico

Earlier this year volunteers, locals businesses, and home owners organized an inaugural food and wine festival. Called (fitting enough) the Loreto Food and Wine Festival, it drew hundreds to the main paseo in an incredible celebration that featured local wines, foods, and music. Proceeds from the event benefited the local hospital which hopes to purchase an EKG. You can see highlights from that special day in this video below which should give you a good idea of the community spirit should you ever decide to visit, or plan a vacation here.

Watch: Loreto Food and Wine Festival

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Clinton Stark
Clint is based in San Francisco and has produced videos for Stark Insider since 2006. Film projects recently completed include short MORADO shot in the Baja, doc THE ART OF HALL WINES in Napa, and music video WRONG'S WHAT I DO BEST at the San Francisco Art Institute. He regularly writes about Canon DSLR and filmmaking. His Broadway features have garnered praise, including SHREK UNMASKED which is the most viewed BTS video for the musical on YouTube. In addition he's worked with DreamWorks, Disney on Ice, and Cirque du Soleil, among others. Interview highlights include James Franco, Gia Coppola, Colbie Caillat, Vincent Kartheiser, Dana Carvey, and Dany Boyle. Clint is a member of ATCA and covers the SF theater scene. He also writes about Napa and wine, and Silicon Valley news and trends. More: Clint's story...
  • Paula Pennell

    Thought I’d give my friend, Sue Morganroth, a plug for being the one who broke this news on her blog: http://www.sueslifeinbalance.com

    Good going, Sue!

    • http://www.starkinsider.com Clinton Stark

      Definitely, there’s a link to Sue’s blog in 2nd sentence.

  • http://twitter.com/bajabarry Barry Sardis

    One other juicy piece of gossip, not mentioned in Sue’s blog, is that Bill Gates visited the area, probably staying on Paul Allen’s yacht at Puerto Escondido.

    • http://www.starkinsider.com Clinton Stark

      Interesting. Maybe Loreto will soon get a Microsoft store?

  • http://twitter.com/bajabarry Barry Sardis

    The couple are Justin Meck, the new sales director for Homex, and his wife. He mentioned it in his comments to homeowners at the Homex event of Oct 25. His wife sat at our table and talked about it. There is a posting on the Homex Loreto Bay “community” website with a video which indicates the siring will begin in April 2013 – http://vimeo.com/justinmeck/househuntersloreto

    • http://www.starkinsider.com Clinton Stark

      Thanks Barry! I’ve added the video to the post. I guess we’re not supposed to spoil the fun by announcing which home they went for eh? Looking forward to meeting them.

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