Sunday, July 19, 2009

¡hasta luego! See you later!

As I had coffee on my deck in Loreto Bay this morning, I relished in the complete solitude and silence. Even at 7 am it is 84 degrees with 95% humidity with no relief of breeze or shade. There is no person, bird, or animal as far as the eye can see and not even the sound of crickets or bees to break the trance-like state of being. As I look out onto the lush green golf course and waves lapping against the beach in the distance, surrounded by the backdrop of mountains … I realize that this is a desert and it can be a lonely place.

It is a wonderful reprieve for a short vacation or even an extended stay for a month or more, to get away from reality and the worries of everyday life. No matter where you live it is the same juggling of priorities between family, finances, career, and pleasure. For those that chose to make Loreto Bay our home, it has become a revolving door of unfilled expectations.

Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.

Albert Einstein (1879 - 1955)

The remaining employees of TSD Loreto Partners are gone and the company ceased operations last week. All Loreto Bay email addresses and phone numbers have been terminated, so no point in calling or writing. Elvis has left the building.

Sometimes I feel like the last person remaining, and it is no prize. There are many good friends and people that contributed to the dream over the years that have moved on and will always fondly remember being part of something great. There are a few who are choosing to stay and start new ventures in the hope of finding what they are looking for. To each it is different. This is definitely a rough patch for everyone. For some it appears subliminal and others feel the Fight or Flight Response. For me, it is more of an awakening.

Having absolutely no idea what to write about this Sunday, I checked out my horoscope. Not something I live my life by, but hey… sometimes clarity comes when we least expect it. Today it read …

You are a lover of the mystery of life, yet sometimes you long for straightforward answers. Unfortunately, there's no easy way out; you must be satisfied exploring for a solution to your questions, rather than finding exactly what you're looking for today. However, keep in mind that this is not about giving up; it's about letting go.

Ironically this is exactly how I was feeling. I am not giving up on my goals of community, prosperity, and quality of life. However, it is time for me to let the Loreto Bay vision go. The dream was not a mistake, or even a failure. It allowed thousands of people the opportunity to step outside the box and commit to an unknown promise, and I truly believe we are all better for it. Loreto Bay Company put this area on the map and helped many Mexicans with jobs and increase their land values and living standards. There are many positive signs for the future here.

The Loreto Bay Homeowners are united under the Condominium Regimes and are meeting their challenges together to create a great place to live. Remember all the issues that are surfacing now were here for quite sometime. The only difference is now homeowners are empowered with the knowledge to make a difference. It is my personal opinion that what has transpired over the last month should have happened a year ago when it was clear RePlay was not the white knight. However, it is difficult to convince people who want to continue to believe that the problems would go away or be solved by those that created them.

Since there is no more Loreto Bay Realty Company; DORADO Properties Loreto is now the only Real Estate Company able to adequately represent the true value of these homes. We are increasing our sales team for the fall when we expect to see increased activity, and it is important that we maintain stable pricing as we still believe there is terrific value in these homes and future development.

Several weeks ago FADESA the Spanish group developing San Bruno 30 kms north of Loreto, had an open meeting in Loreto to announce that it was again starting its plans to move forward. The discussion was mainly around changing their MIA (Urban Plan) and Environmental Impact Assessment to fit better with the limitations of the area. Their plan is still for hundreds of homes, golf course, and a multi million dollar development. It could be two years before they start construction and/or sales, but times passes quickly.

The group that own the old Whales Inn Hotel, which was doing sales under the J.W. Marriott flag, are still around. They are simply putting the project on hold until the economy improves.

The VILLA Group in Ensenada Blanca is continuing with its construction and already starting the second floor of their first building. They have quite a set up with their own cement plant, worker accommodation and are self contained. Their new Santa Fe Hotel downtown next to Domingo’s Steak House is expected to be open this October.

Dorado Properties Loreto represents a new project called Amala which is located at the mouth of Baja Concepcion and consists of 30 one acre parcels on the beach, starting at $400,000 USD. We are marketing this property to those that want space, a truly environmentally sustainable product, and common care services (ie. housekeepers, cooks, shoppers, gardeners, etc) living on the premises to take care of the residents.

Fonatur is busy putting in a new malecon in Zaragoza (between Loreto and the airport) and have many large trucks and heavy equipment in doing what it does best… build roads.

People know that I avoid rumors and misinformation whenever possible; however, the latest one seems to have merit from inside sources. It will be interesting to hear the announcement of the new owner and watch the reactions of both local and foreigners. Change is never easy, but it is necessary and usually takes us to a better place.

People visiting often want to know my opinion or what I know about the latest gossip. I tell them: "Any information more than 5 minutes old has expired". Living in the past or future doesn’t leave much attention for the present. I intend to live in the present and seize the moment.

Considering that I had writer’s block this morning, it appears that I have run on quite a bit. It seems inappropriate for me to comment further on past or future speculations in this public forum. It also feels uncomfortable for me to write about my adventures and trips away when there is so much angst around us. So, I will be taking a break from this blog for the summer to focus on ramping up my Property Management and Real Estate companies for the fall. Will I return to writing Where In the World Is Nellie? Quien Sabe?

Thank you for tuning in and sharing my journey. It has not ended, just taken a detour and respite. Have a great summer!

See you in Loreto!

Miss Nellie

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Only one way to go ... and that is UP!

It was overcast today and looked like rain. There was a bit of thunder and Mother Nature tried hard and it did rain for about 15 minutes, but mostly all we got was 74%humidity. The cloud cover and wind made it a cool 84 degrees, but when the humidity is this high, it always feels at least 10 degrees warmer. Last week my car registered 108 degrees and if it did not spend three years in Scottsdale, I would fear that it would melt.

In this heat, we crave fruit and vegetables and they are even more scarce in the summer months. The lack of refrigeration in the smaller stores means that the fruit ripens instantly and generally goes bad before it is sold. However there is the Juice Shop which has cold coconuts, fresh fruit, and can make any assortment of smoothies and freshing fruit shakes at your request.

The owner/operator is Gabriel and he is from Huatulco. He is open for business 7 days a week from 6 am to 8 pm and a very hard worker. Drop by for a cool one and light snack, and rest in the shade at the tables inside. It is located kitty corner to the Mision Church along the boulevard of shops. You can't miss all the green foilage and large coolers in the front. Tell him BajaBOSS sent you.

Another great escape from the heat is the Clam Shack (Vista Almejas)located on the highway between Loreto Bay and Pt. Escondido. It is rustic, with plastic furniture in the sand, but the naturales almejas (raw clams) are a sweet treat if you are not skimish that they are still moving when you squeeze lime juice on them! Brycen and Jared from Calgary were bold enough to try them ... are you?

Boys will be boys, and being in Loreto we can step outside the box just for a while. Live in the moment and be a little crazy. Never be too old to play!

During difficult times, communities come together. With so few people in residence in Loreto Bay, I find we stop more often to talk to neighbors that we ordinarily don't see or are too busy. Today my neighbor of the last 3 years called and asked to borrow an onion. I laughed and said that was perfect because I needed 1/2 cup of milk for a receipe tonight and didn't want to face my dry sauna car and drive to town.

The Community Pool is becoming a natural gathering place in the late afternoon. People are happy and chatting, and there is always a blender close by. It is the place to find your neighbors and future friends.

Things have settled down a lot in Loreto Bay. All LBC employees were paid their legal severance packages, and there is no longer the desparation of a few weeks ago. Many people have left the area for good; some have taken vacations; and some are investng their money to start new companies. People are working and staying busy, and have adjusted their expectations. All good.

I have had many inquiries regarding my private website for information on Loreto Bay. If you would like to view the same for a two months with no obligation, just send me a email to nellie@bajaboss.com with a note, and I will add you as a user. This is particularly good for AV and custom owners with no finished product and no one on the ground to turn to. Do you really want to trust the same management that put you in this predictment?

Call me at 602 628 2820 or email me at nellie@bajaboss.com

Sunday, July 05, 2009

First Rain of the Season in Loreto Mexico

We had a few drops of rain earlier this week which was quite refreshing but it has made it more humid than usual. I stood on my deck at 8:30 am on Monday morning and enjoyed the light sprinkle while we watched the golf course being watered. I got a few emails from friends that were concerned about the rain … but it really was non existent. However, a big deal for the desert and the local Loretanos who thought it was worth having a rain day!

All the LBC workers have been paid (except the construction workers – but there is a plan for them) so everyone is much more relaxed and happy. Many people are taking this opportunity of starting new businesses, getting new work, and there is a more positive feeling than a couple of weeks ago. Some prefer to take this time as vacation and wait out the perfect storm of LBC.

There are not many visitors this week and it is very quiet on the streets of Loreto Bay. The community pool is a wonderful 90 degrees and there are lots of chaise lounges to relax and mingle.

I hope all my American friends are having a good time this weekend celebrating their 4th of July! I would prefer to be in Napa at the LB Homeowner’s event tonight! Apparently Mr. David Butterfield will be making a guest appearance, and that is always interesting and entertaining.

I was very proud of myself for setting up a private site on blogspot.com for our Property Management clients, then realized 3 days later that some people were having difficulty signing on and there was a limit on the number of members allowed. Oh well. Another lesson learned.

So, I spent most of my Sunday working on a new site to host the Baja BOSS Property Management newsletter and ran into all sorts of computer glitches. I think it is now operational and I am feeling pretty good about how much time it will save for me and our clients in future.

There is not much to report this week as there has not been any news at Loreto Bay, and I have been buried in starting the new business. All work and no play for Nellie this week. I guess I deserve that after the last several weeks’ vacation!

Miss Nellie

Wednesday, July 01, 2009

Happy Canada Day from Loreto Mexico!!

Formerly known as Dominion Day, this is Canada’s National day celebrating the anniversary of the July 1, 1867 enactment of the British North American Act of 1867 which united Canada as a single country of four provinces. Wishing all my friends a fun day of picnics, gatherings and fireworks!

It is my third anniversary of living in Loreto full time. Where has the time gone? In some ways I feel ten years younger (I think it is the tequila), but mostly I feel I have aged about twenty years. When I moved into my home in July 2006, there were only 3 of us full time residents. Now, although there are 400 homes finished, I think we will see 6 home owners living in residence full time this summer. There are many homes with tenants and visitors, but it is still very quiet. Those of us that live here do not really mind and actually enjoy it for a few months until the snowbirds starting coming back in October.

Today we start Baja BOSS Property Management Services and it is very exciting! We now have 50 clients to get started and our entire team in place to provide the best responsive services available. I was aiming for a very high number of 140 by the end of the year, and I think with hard work and dedication we can achieve close to that. The good thing is that we are versatile and flexible to make plans quickly and are still operating in the black!

Our new office is located at FN411 on the Construction Road Entrance and our office hours will be from 9 am to 5 pm Monday to Friday; and 9 am to 1 pm on Saturdays. Drop by and say hello if you are visiting and meet Daniel and the team.

I am setting up a private blog site for our clients with the latest news and information about Loreto. As things happen, our clients will receive notifications when there is something new to report and can go to the site to log on. As a homeowner, I know how frustrating it can be to be inundated with too many emails and sources of opinions. People have really liked this idea and it gives a more specialized level of communication on matters that people need to know specific to their Loreto Bay investment and homes.

I will continue writing Where In the World Is Nellie, but it will be a personal blog as it was intended. This is a creative outlet for me and a bit of fancy for my readers. I welcome guest bloggers, and if you have a great Loreto experience that you would like to share, please contact me and we can post a paragraph or a full story of your positive experiences. I am still working at building community. That much has not changed at Loreto Bay.

Have a great day,

Miss Nellie
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