The magic of Baja California Sur, and in particular, the La Paz peninsula, has captured the attention of many — especially after the Sea of Cortéz was dubbed “the world’s aquarium” by Jacques Cousteau in the mid-50’s. But it took Jeffrey Curtiss’ arrival in 2005 for someone to finally figure out what to do with this incredible gem. Jeffrey’s son James had moved from Great Britain in the late 90’s, founding the Cortez Club dive school in La Paz, Mexico. James clearly showed no interest in returning home, which naturally puzzled his father.
So after a few years, Jeffrey travelled from his home in Cap D’Antibes, France to find out why. However, he was not prepared for what he found in the state capital of Baja California Sur; Mexico’s most popular international tourist destination.… He was simply gobsmacked to discover the incredible natural beauty of the western beaches of La Paz, utterly captivated by the turquoise sea, the sunset vistas, the white sand beaches, and the wonderful people. He finally understood why James never came home. He understood why you have to see it and feel it, to believe it. Jeffrey was so enchanted, he decided to stay.
Jeffrey Curtiss wanted to create a destination worthy of the natural wonders found on the edge of the Sea of Cortez. His vision was timeless, classic architecture, which complemented the natural topography, looked like it had always belonged, and would stand for eternity. Quality, distinction, uniqueness ~ a place of healing. A place where those who appreciate artisan craftsmanship, personal service, incredible weather and one of the few places on the planet allowing a genuine indoor/outdoor lifestyle, could call home.
The first time one gazes upon Playa El Caimancito, it’s quite possible to imagine what the early explorers and visitors saw and felt, because this pristine, sandy beach hasn't really changed much in the past five centuries. You can imagine that yours could actually be the very first footprints in that sand; that you are one of the few lucky souls who are able to swim and frolic in these calm, warm turquoise waters, away from the madding crowds.
A kind, warm, gracious and slightly crazy man, with boundless appreciation for beauty and nature, and an immense love of animals; Jeffrey Curtiss had worked every day of his life since he was only 14 years old, and wasn’t going to sit around doing nothing in this new Mexican paradise!
He knew he needed and wanted to keep himself busy by creating a sculptural masterpiece befitting this most beautiful place on earth. So, he garnered the support of Baja California Sur’s then governor, Narcisco Agundez Montaño, in obtaining permission and endorsement for his vision.
As luck would have it… within a span of three weeks after embarking on this new adventure, two long-time and dear friends of Jeffrey ~ John Hargreaves, Monaco based founder of the mega Matalan clothing chains throughout Europe; and Jeffrey Hecktman, head of Hilco Global Asset Liquidators, expressed interest in partnering on Jeffrey’s vision. Since its inception, the Residences at Playa de La Paz project, and Jeffrey’s two ranches have been clear and tangible evidence of his passion an
commitment to La Paz, and Baja California Sur. Jeffrey’s friendly, out-going nature has attracted a wonderful assortment of friends. He’s pleased to count Carlos Mendoza Davis, current governor of Baja California Sur, as one of his valued friends and a key supporter of his vision. After nearly a decade of planning, sourcing, and hard work, the rest is history… Today, all three partners are thrilled with their “over the top” homes in paradise!