Wake Up Call: Tres Santos

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[caption id=”attachment_26997″ align=”alignleft” width=”350″]Cottage-Tres Santos A population of indigenous healers, naturopaths, organic farmers, fishermen, yoga practitioners and meditation teachers in the newly developed Tres Santos are creating a conducive atmosphere for mindful living amid breathtaking coastal and mountain terrain.[/caption]

Tres Stantos is a sublime residential community located in the historic 250-year-old fishing village of Todos Santos in Baja California Sur, Mexico. This development’s underlying philosophy of organic growth and respect for the land is deeply connected to the area’s way of life, culture and mindset.

Idyllically bordered by the Sierra de la Laguna Mountains on one side and the Pacific Ocean on the other, Tres Santos is 45 minutes north of Cabo San Lucas and worlds away from the crowded resorts. An endless shoreline, windswept beaches and world-class surf breaks have long attracted surfers, while the environment also embraces biking, swimming and hiking. Gentler activities such as walking, gardening, cooking and photography abound.

“Our goal is to make it easy for people to live well, be active, and enjoy the area and town,” says Ernie Glesner, project director of Tres Santos. “Whether it’s doing yoga on the deck overlooking the ocean, going for a morning mountain bike ride, or surfing, it’s also about being able to nourish their bodies with nutritious, organic local food.”

To that end, the 1.5-acre organic community garden will include an orchard with winding paths, sitting areas and a small teahouse. “The garden will serve as a focal point of the community – a place to interact with friends and neighbors, and a source of fresh produce for restaurants, residents and visitors,” Glesner notes. “The farm is managed by local agriculturalist and Baja’s 2013 Entrepreneur of the Year, Elizabeth Ibarra. Elizabeth will work with chefs to coordinate the harvest so they can adjust their menus to feature fresh, seasonal fare.”

Produce growing in the garden includes corn, zucchini, spinach, beets, basil, baby watermelon and a few varieties of tomatoes. Future harvests will include herbs for making lemongrass and chamomile tea, and a variety of mango, fig, lime and olive trees. A future farm-to-table restaurant will offer open air dining with fresh cuisine, an open-space bar and facilities for bocce ball and horseshoes.

Four “Villa Flora” garden cottages and five “Casa Terraza” flats designed by Zehren and Associates are the initial residential units in the Town Farm section of Tres Santos, with prices in the low $200,000 range. Upon completion, Tres Santos will also include a boutique beachfront hotel and oceanfront residences, as well as the existing international research and education center for Colorado State University.

Truly a place where life’s simple pleasures are celebrated daily, Tres Santos residents lead an integrated way of life forged through meaningful connections with the land and each other. As a natural extension of its surroundings, this holistic community centers on a balanced lifestyle in a Zen-like setting.

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