By Christine Aebischer
My first morning at Las Rosadas, I enjoyed sweet pineapple and papaya and fresh coconut water (from the property’s own coconuts) as I looked out on breathtaking vistas of Chamela Bay. The site’s first completed residence, Paloma Blanca, is nestled in the verdant hills of Mexico and enjoys sweeping views of the sparkling Pacific waters and the bay’s multiple islands. These sights, coupled with the soothing sounds of rolling waves, rustling trees and the songs of various birds that inhabit the area, provide the quintessential paradise setting.
Las Rosadas, the 420-acre, privately owned emerging residential community on the coast of Chamela Bay in Jalisco, Mexico, offers a unique opportunity to reside in an authentic, unspoiled location devoid of the crowds of the typical tourist destinations. As I walked the property’s 1.25 acres of sandy beachfront, I felt as if I had been transported to another world. Las Rosadas features three swimmable beaches – ideal for surfing, paddle boarding, kayaking, snorkeling and scuba diving.
A key component in the development of Las Rosadas is environmental stewardship; more than two-thirds of the property will be left untouched and open as a protected natural preserve. Just 32 homesites will be available for purchase to build single-family homes – no hotels or condominiums will be allowed – so that the majority of the land remains untouched and a natural sanctuary for the area’s wildlife.
Las Rosadas neighbors the 30,000-acre Chamela-Cuixmala Biosphere Reserve and is framed by the Chamela Bay Island Sanctuary. The area is home to hundreds of species of flora and fauna, has a recognized sea turtle sanctuary, maintains a nursery to raise local plants and trees and has set aside a protected space for the threatened iguanas of Western Mexico. Hiking and biking trails throughout these lush hills will allow residents to enjoy the diverse wildlife.
A tour of the property’s homesites revealed spectacular views, each changing slightly depending on the location of the property, but never ceasing to amaze me. Las Rosadas’ first product offerings include two blufftop lots, ranging in size from two to three acres and priced from $4.75 million to $7.95 million, that offer ideal settings on which to build distinctive retreats. Paloma Blanca, the 12,271-square-foot villa, is also for sale for $10.75 million and features six bedrooms, eight baths, authentic architecture, a saltwater infinity pool, easy access to the beach and, of course, incredible views of the bay.
While Las Rosadas feels worlds away, it is also close enough to popular cities for dining, shopping and other activities. However, exceptional on-site amenities and concierge-style services, including transportation, housekeeping, maintenance, shopping and dining may have residents finding no reason to leave the property.