Golf Condominiums selling now at Quivira Golf Course Los Cabos Mexico

Golf and Ocean View Master Planned Community at Sunset Beach

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This open one bedroom two bathroom condo is the perfect getaway or investment property! Luxurious finishes as you would expect – travertine flooring, granite counters, alder millwork, sliding doors that open the space to a grand ocean & Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course View. Very spacious layout that provides a kitchen island with seating for four – and a dining table that hosts 6! Great for entertaining! The private master suite has dual sinks, tub, private toilet room, plus a custom closet system.

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Community amenities and services: Beach Club to included beach cabanas with flat screen TV’s and audio systems, outdoor grill pavilion for private dinner parties, beach fire pits, pool, private beach massage, kid’s club, casual dining at the Oceanside Bar & Grill, coffee bar with wi-fi, and telescopes for whale watching and star gazing. The Golf clubhouse will have a pro-shop, grill and restaurant/bar, private areas for golf members, and practice facilities including private members only areas. Copala neighborhood club house located within walking distance will have a complete gym, exercise decks for yoga & meditation, pool, steam rooms, kids play grounds, deli cafe, and bike paths. In addition, a neighborhood vehicle is provided to get you anywhere on property you want to go… or connect you to the transportation system that leaves hourly for downtown.

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Pre Construction incentives going on NOW!
Developer financing provides monthly payments from $1200 per month.

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Phase Two – Now Open | Copala at Quivira Los Cabos |Pueblo Bonito Full Ownership Real Estate

Welcome to a Golf and Ocean View Master Planned Community at Sunset Beach — located off the 16th fairway of the Signature Jack Nicklaus golf course.

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This open 3 bedroom 2.5 bathroom condo is the perfect getaway or investment property! Luxurious entry that opens with views straight to the beach! Finishes as you would expect – travertine flooring, granite counters, stainless steel appliances, alder millwork, sliding wood grain aluminum doors that open the space to a grand ocean & golf course. Very spacious layout that provides a kitchen island with seating for 4 – and a dining table that hosts 6…Great for entertaining! The private master suite has dual sinks, tub, private toilet room, plus a custom closet system. Plus two other guest suites. The terrace runs the entire length of the condo providing ocean views from the great room, the master suite and the 2nd guest suite. This floor plan provides the largest terrace in the building…lots of outdoor space to take in the beautiful views of the sunrise and enjoy the cool summer breezes!

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Community amenities and services: Beach Club to included beach cabanas with flat screen TV’s and audio systems, outdoor grill pavilion for private dinner parties, beach fire pits, pool, private beach massage, kid’s club, casual dining at the Oceanside Bar & Grill, coffee bar with wi-fi, and telescopes for whale watching and star gazing. The Golf clubhouse will have a pro-shop, grill and restaurant/bar, private areas for golf members, and practice facilities including private members only areas. Copala neighborhood club house located within walking distance will have a complete gym, exercise decks for yoga & meditation, pool, steam rooms, kids play grounds, deli cafe, and bike paths. In addition, a neighborhood vehicle is provided to get you anywhere on property you want to go… or connect you to the transportation system that leaves hourly for downtown.

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Pre Construction incentives going on NOW!
Developer financing provides monthly payments from $2000 per month.

Come take a Hummer tour out to the site today! Appointments booked daily!

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Quivira Golf Club on track to open Spring 2014

 

Recently, we had the privilege of sitting down with Brad Wheatley, the new Director of Golf out at Quivira Golf Club to talk about the upcoming opening of the course.  A few questions and answers from the discussion are provided:

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Upon property completion, what exactly will the Quivira Golf Club facilities include?
 
The first of two 18 hole Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Courses is scheduled to open for play on June of 2014.
Clubhouse with full service golf and lifestyle shop, indoor and outdoor dining facilities, and a complement of full-service, resort-style concierge services.

What type of membership is offered?

Property owners at Copala will be eligible to apply for an individual annual membership or a residential annual family membership on an invitation only basis. Club Members will have full access to all of the Quivira Golf Club amenities.

What does an Annual Individual Residential Membership include?

Residential Annual Indivdual Membership at Quivira will include access to the golf course, golf carts, and use of practice facilities without additional charges for member.

In addition eligibility to participate in club tournaments, special events, and group instructional clinics.

What does an Annual Family Residential Membership include?

Residential Annual Family Membership at Quivira will include access to the golf course, golf carts, and use of practice facilities without additional charges for member, spouse of member, and all children under 25 years of age. In addition the parents of the member and spouse have the ability to enjoy the facilities when in residence without additional charge.

In addition eligibility to participate in club tournaments, special events, and group instructional clinics.

What is the initiation deposit for membership at Quivira golf Club?
There is no initiation fee for the annual membership.

What is the process to apply for membership?

The property owner must complete a membership application. Upon processing and acceptance, Quivira Golf Club will welcome the candidate as a new member. Membership photo identifications cards will be issued thru the concierge services in the clubhouse. This card will be required for all charges to the membership account at the club.

What are the annual dues for membership?

Dues for the annual membership program are $ 7,000 usd for the individual annual membership and $ 10,000 usd for the family annual membership. 16% iva tax is applicable

May I have my own private golf cart and store it at my home?

Private golf carts are allowed and encouraged at Quivira. Private carts must be leased thru the club with the lease charge being applied directly to the members account. Carts will be identical to the clubs fleet with the exception that private golf carts will include headlights and for use on the developments surface streets.

I have children/family that do not qualify under the above conditions, what would their privileges be under my membership?

Children not qualifying for membership privileges and any other “extended family” grandchildren, great grandchildren, brothers, sisters) may use the facilities for a reduced rate as established by The Club. Accompanied family and extended family may use the facilities as many times as they wish, however, The Club reserves the right to restrict family and/or extended family access if activity or other factors dictate.

How many times may a non-member utilize the facilities as a guest?

Any particular guest may only utilize the golf course facilities 6 days during any calendar year. Multi-round golf tournaments (or tournaments during which play is on more than one day) will only be considered as one guest visit.

If I am not available to play are my guests still able to play or visit unaccompanied?
Yes, on a space available limited basis. Unaccompanied golf guests are restricted to a maximum number per day.(to be determined by management from time to time) Unaccompanied guest requests to use any of the club facilities must be made thru the golf shop and are at the discretion of management. Quivira Golf Club may further restrict unaccompanied or sponsored groups as activity or other factors dictate.

If I play more than 18 holes per day with my guest(s), is the rate the same?
Guest rates are based on eighteen holes of play, not a full day’s usage. Space available additional golf will be charged at 50% of the prevailing rate.

How many golf guests may I host per day?
Currently, any member may only host 3 golf guests per day. This will allow each group to include one member and not exceed the maximum group size (foursome.) For example, Mr. and Mrs. Smith are members and they want to host 6 guests. Mr. Smith would host one group of 3, and Mrs. Smith would host the other group of 3.

If an individual member wishes to host more than 3 guests per day, the additional guests may only play in a pre-approved unaccompanied guest tee time and will be subject to the unaccompanied guest fee.

How are guest fees charged? Can my guest pay directly?

Accompanied guests and unaccompanied guests may pay for their own guest fee using a major credit card or cash.

What is the dress code – both in the Clubhouse and on the golf course?

It is expected that members and guests will dress in a fashion befitting the surroundings and atmosphere at The Club. Sleeved shirts and shoes are required at all times in the Clubhouse and dining areas. Silk screened t shirts, cut-offs, halters tops, tank tops or swimsuits are not appropriate golf attire.

If I do not plan to visit Los Cabos for an extended period of time or cannot use the facilities for some reason, does The Club offer a “leave of absence?”

The Club does not offer a “leave of absence” due to the typical use patterns of our membership.

Does The Club allow “fivesomes”?

Requests for fivesome play must be made when the tee time is made. All fivesomes are subject to golf shops discretion. Members must observe all club pace of play regulation and maintain their position on the golf course.

May I use my cellular phone at The Club?

Cellular telephone use is prohibited in the Clubhouse. Cell phone usage on the golf course will be at the discretion of the user and only with the prior approval of his/her playing partners. Cellular telephones are also prohibited in and around all golf practice areas. Telephones should be set to silent or vibrate mode while on the property.

May I pay my monthly charges by credit card?
Yes, The Club offers and encourages this option to automatically debit your credit card for the payment of your monthly statement. Statements will be available on line at the Quivira Golf Club membership website or will be sent to the appropriate billing address if requested.

Is tipping allowed at The Club?
Cash tipping is not permitted by Members of The Club, or their guests, to any Club employee. All tips/gratuities will be charge to the members account and distributed to the staff. Members may also show their gratitude for the staff each year by making a contribution to the employee holiday fund. Such contributions will be charged to the members’ account.

Are my pets allowed on the property?
With the exception of assistance animals (guide dogs), pets are prohibited on the golf course, practice areas, and clubhouse and beach club areas.

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Capital Gains Tax in Mexico

Understanding Mexican tax law is an integral part of the real estate purchasing process. What you do today dictates your tax liabilities tomorrow.

The following is an overview of the capital gains tax regulations currently in place for individuals. Note that the information is intended for individuals, not corporations. Over time these regulations may change, therefore it is important to make sure that the process outlined here is still in effect by contacting a Mexican Certified Accountant or Mexican Notario.

CAPITAL GAINS TAX

Capital gains tax law in Mexico states that tax is owed on the profit you receive when you sell your home or property. By law, you have two options when it comes to capital gains and you can use whichever is the better of the two options for you:
1. You pay 28 percent* of the net profit. (There are a variety of deductions included in this option.)
2. You pay 25 percent* of the gross sales amount with no deductions.
Although a 28 percent capital gains tax may seem high, Mexico does have several laws and procedures that will assist you in maximizing your cost basis, thereby reducing your net profit and lowering your capital gains. The key is understanding these laws before you buy, not when you decide to sell.
*Percentages reflect the 2007 Tax Code.

WHY SHOULD YOU TAKE ON THE SELLER’S
CAPITAL GAINS LIABILITY?

The first step in calculating your capital gains is to subtract the value you have recorded in your trust, or Fideicomiso (fee-day-coe-me-so), from the sale price of your property. In the past, some real estate companies have recorded values lower than the actual purchase price in an effort to “save” taxes for their client; they thought they could save money on the two percent acquisition tax. This is a major error. Never record a lower value than what you actually paid for the property. Doing so simply establishes a lower cost basis for the property, which increases your capital gains tax liability.

An oversimplified example is: You wisely purchase a home site (lot) for $1 million, but unwisely record a value of $500,000. In the eyes of Mexican tax law, your cost basis is now $500,000. If you sell the lot for $1.2 million, you see a profit of $200,000. However, according to your recorded cost basis, Mexico sees a profit of $700,000 and your capital gains tax for Mexico will be 28 percent of $700,000 ($196,000) — a difference of $140,000 in profit. Snell Real Estate’s approach to ownership in Mexico, specifically the trust process, has been established to protect you and provide you with the legal means to safeguard your investment. Recording your authentic purchase price with proper documentation is the only way to maximize your potential profits. The bottom line is to always secure your property trust for the true value of your purchase as quickly as possible.

Never allow anyone to convince you to record a lower value than what you have actually paid for your property, or you will assume the Seller’s capital gains tax liability. Recording a lower value today can cost you, should you decide to sell in the coming years. If a Seller can convince a Purchaser to record a lower value, the tax liability is simply passed along, and eventually someone will have to pay. Don’t let anyone tell you, “That’s how we do it here.” Mexico is like everywhere else — the capital gains tax is the responsibility of the Seller.

Simply, a property is not yours until you have the title in your name. Also, if you don’t record the accurate value of your purchase, you’re most likely taking on someone else’s capital gains liability.

Fact: Recording a property’s true value benefits you and establishes your cost basis in the eyes of Mexico.
Fact: The amount you pay for a property has no impact on your yearly property taxes.
Fact: Capital gains taxes you pay in Mexico can be applied to your U.S. taxes.

HOW DO I KNOW IF MY VALUE IS RECORDED CORRECTLY?

A closing officer oversees the creation and completion of your trust. We review the documents with you to make certain everything is in order, and we are present when you sign your trust. You can verify the value yourself by examining your trust and noting the amount written in text, which is indicated in U.S. dollars or Mexican pesos and includes the exchange rate of that day. Simply divide the current exchange rate into the peso amount and make sure the result reflects the actual dollar amount you have paid. If you would like to review an old trust, simply determine the peso rate for the day and year the trust was executed.

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Quivira Los Cabos – opening late Spring, 2014

Quivira Los Cabos
Opening Late Spring, 2014

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“Unique, exciting and exceptionally diverse Oceanfront Golf”  – Jack Nicklaus

The Quivira Golf Club, designed by Jack Nicklaus, is located next to the Pueblo Bonito Pacifica Resort & Spa and will only be open to Pueblo Bonito Owners and Guests.

With seven holes of the eighteen holes playing to or along the ocean, Quivira Los Cabos will have the most oceanfront play of any course in Los Cabos. Even the practice facilities are located next to the ocean.

The Golf Course has an extremely unique topography, with natural terrain including massive sand dunes, rugged cliffs, white-sand beaches, private coves, and desert canyons, all of which provide the setting for holes that hug the coastline and wind through the rolling hillside.

Jack Nicklaus says that the course offers many spectacular shots, not too difficult for the average golfer, while pros will find this a good challenge and an exciting golf course to play.
Special prices will be available for Pueblo Bonito Owners.The result is a truly one-of-a-kind golf experience – what many anticipate to be one of the best courses in Mexico and abroad.

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Troy, 2004 | Filmed in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico at Playa El Faro Viejo

”Troy,” initially budgeted at $150 million, boasts 1,250 extras, a re-created ancient city, several epic battles, and months of location shoots in London, Malta, and Mexico. The stakes, like the film, were massive.

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“Troy” produced by Warner Bros. starring Brad Pitt, Orlando Bloom, Eric Bana, and Peter O’Toole was one of the most expensive epic films ever made.  The production was highly publicized for the problems experienced with extreme heat conditions and even a hurricane destroying the sets.  In order to complete the movie, the great “Wall of Troy” had to be rebuilt while the overall shoot in Cabo San Lucas extended to nearly an eight month period.

Directed by Wolfgang Petersen retells the tale of Paris, a prince of Troy, who steals Helen, queen of Sparta, from her husband, prompting an army of Greeks to lay siege to Troy.

The larger beach scenes and the great wall and gates of ‘Troy’ were filmed in Mexico. The Greek seafront encampment was filmed at Playa El Faro Viejo (Old Lighthouse Beach), a couple of miles north/west of Cabo San Lucas itself. The beach is no longer accessible by the public as it is being developed by Quivira Los Cabos – a Pueblo Bonito development with ocean and golf view luxury homes and villas.

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The fight scene at the beginning, where Achiles kills the giant warrior, is a dry creek bed called arroyo salto seco, between the bullring and Walmart.

In Cabo San Lucas, the extras were mostly Mediterranean-looking Mexicans and Bulgarian athletes recruited from the Sports Academy in Sofia, who all fought magnificently. The Bulgarians went on strike at one point to protest their paltry wages, which were later upped from 12 US dollars a day to 32 dollars a day.

After most of the filming was completed, the outer walls of ‘Troy’ were substantially damaged by Hurricane Marty. With the climactic fight between Achilles and Hector still to shoot, the entire ‘gates of Troy’ set had to be rebuilt.

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a “bear” sighting in Cabo San Lucas … Jack pays a visit

Over the Labor Day weekend, Jack Nicklaus was in Cabo touring the progress on his new signature Golf Course located on the Quivira property. He was also shown the land where the new Copala development is currently being constructed. Mr. Nicklaus seemed pleased with the progress and met with the crew, sales team, and other guests on the property.

Jack Nicklaus – winner of 18 major championships – is regarded as the most accomplished golfer of all time. Though retired from the game, his impact on the sport continues. In 2009, Golf Inc. magazine ranked Nicklaus “The Most Powerful Person in Golf” for an unprecedented sixth consecutive year for the impact he had on the industry through his work designing courses, his marketing and licensing business, and his philanthropy.

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Quivira Golf Club … construction is in full swing! Check out these photos…

As the summer heats up with hurricane season underway in Los Cabos, the Quivira Golf Course is also in full swing.

The $40 million Quivira Golf Club, a Jack Nicklaus Signature Course, promises to be one of the most demanding courses in North America

Quivira, an exclusive residential development in Los Cabos, has welcomed back the greatest player in the history of golf, Mr. Jack Nicklaus, to continue designing one of the most spectacular courses in North America.

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The Quivira Golf Club, a $40 million investment, will become one more of the exclusive amenities that makes Los Cabos a remarkable place to visit and live. Guests, residents and business leaders flock to the destination to enjoy a luxurious lifestyle surrounded by stunning beauty.

Ernesto Coppel, Quivira’s developer and the founder of Pueblo Bonito Resorts hosted a celebration which Nicklaus attended. The golf legend shared his final designs for the 18-hole course, which will have seven oceanfront holes, unique from any of the other local courses.

“This property affords us a rare opportunity because of its topographic diversity and natural environment,” Nicklaus said. “We’re taking advantage of this natural setting to create a very special golf experience. Our team will work with the canvas Mother Nature has provided to create one of the most spectacular courses in the world.”

The design represents a watershed moment in the history of Los Cabos. When completed at the start of 2014, the course will be the golf icon’s master work along the Pacific.

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#1 Top Family Hotel in Mexico | Pueblo Bonito wins Award

MAZATLÁN, Mexico – July 3, 2013 – This past week, Travel + Leisure announced that their readers have voted Pueblo Bonito Mazatlán Resort as the #1 World’s Best Hotel for Families 2013. The award ceremony will be held in New York City on July 18, 2013.

Travel + Leisure’s circulation nears the million mark. Such an honor by a highly circulated magazine is a tremendous advantage for all of Pueblo Bonito Resorts and Spas properties.

“We are extremely honored that the well-traveled Travel + Leisure readers voted Pueblo Bonito Mazatlán the Top Hotel for Families in Mexico in the Travel + Leisure 2013 World’s Best Awards survey,” said Enrique Gandara, Corporate Director of Sales and Marketing. “With our value-conscious all-inclusive packages and popular Kids Club, we offer something the whole family will enjoy.”

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The Pueblo Bonito resorts in Mazatlán and Cabo San Lucas offer advantages to make planning family getaways easier. The Kids Club offers children and parents activities that may be signed up for upon arrival at the particular property. Full day, half day and per hour options are available.

The Pueblo Bonito Kids Club offers a variety of activities for children to fill their time with, such as t-shirt painting, treasure hunts, fish feeding, crown making and face painting.

Children up to age 17 stay and eat free with their parents for a limited time. This special is available when you book an all-inclusive package online prior to August 31, 2013 and is valid at Pueblo Bonito Emerald Bay, Mazatlán, Sunset Beach, Rosé and Los Cabos for travel between August 1 and October 31, 2013. To book a family getaway today, please visit http://www.pueblobonito.com/mexico-family-vacations.

Also, visit Pueblo Bonito on Facebook and Twitter @PuebloBonito. To view all other awards won by the six Pueblo Bonito Resorts, please visit http://www.pueblobonito.com/awards.

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