May 31, 2018

Custom Built vs. Planned Development


Owning your vacation home comes with many perks. Not only does it enable you to rest and relax in a place you call your own, but it also allows you to create a personalized, lavish oasis that caters to your every want and need while on vacation. Whether you want a tranquil open-concept floor plan or a gourmet kitchen with state-of-the-art appliances, having your own vacation home lets you infuse your down time with a style that reflects your character.

When looking for the perfect place to establish your luxury vacation home, consider the beautiful Los Cabos, Mexico. With high-end shopping establishments, endless outdoor activities, and some of the most breathtaking beaches in the world, you’ll find that Los Cabos has everything to offer when it comes to great vacationing. Furthermore, with an array of planned Los Cabos luxury villas to choose from and several custom home contractors in the area, you can opt for your ideal type of vacation home.

This article highlights both custom built homes and planned development homes so that you can choose which type of vacation home best suits your wants and needs.


Custom building a home can often incur additional expense and work in the vacation home process, from contactor fees and blueprints to details and finishing touches. However, building a custom home allows you to design a place that is completely customziable and specific to your desires.


Finding reliable architects and building contractors can be challenging, especially if you’re still becoming familiar with the Los Cabos area. Consider asking a local realtor for a recommendation and introduction. Request sketches from prospective architectes, and ask contractors about their current workload, like how many jobs they have going, what stages these projects are in, what their staff size is, etc. If a contractor is working on half a dozen homes that are just in the starting stages, chances are your home building process will take longer than you might expect. Additionally, Cabo regulations require the footprint of your home to take up no more than 60% of your total lot space, often requiring homeowners to build taller homes rather than longer, so this is something to keep in mind during the planning process.

After you’ve devised your plans and drawn up the blueprints, it’s time to get your building permit. This simple process requires you to submit all plans with both the ARC and the city. If you planned properly, you’ll have your permit in no time! While city permits are reasonable, some homeowners’ associations require some sort of payment like a refundable or non-refundable bond. Be sure to check the requirements while looking at various building sites.

If obtaining a building permit in Mexico sounds daunting, you can take heart in the fact that it’s actually a much simpler and shorter process than it would be in the U.S.


At Chileno Bay Club, which is a neighboring community to Chileno Bay Resort & Residences, you can build a custom Los Cabos home. Chileno Bay Club is managed by Discovery Land Company, a company known for enhancing the natural character of each property it develops. Discovery provides homeowners with an array of membership services and amenities.

With Discovery as your partner in the building process, you don’t have to worry about dealing with the stress of fine-tuning your ideal vacation home or obtaining all the correct permits, finding your ideal architect, abiding by building guidelines, or other red-tape issues. Discovery’s experience and reputation in the high-end building industry allow you the freedom to build your dream vacation home in a dream location while eliminating the stressors that can often accompany this endeavor.


Unlike custom-built homes, planned development homes are already staked out on a predetermined plot of land. Because these homes are part of a master-planned community, as a homeowner you will have to abide by certain membership guidelines and regulations.

Because these communities are professionally operated, they typically offer homeowners convenient amenities and features like fitness options, outdoor activities, and regular maintenance. World-class resort communities will typically boast top-tier golf courses, spas, restaurants, entertainment, and more. These can all be extremely beneficial for vacation home owners who aren’t living in the home 24-7 and want immediate access to the best of the best while they are visiting. There's also more more opportunity to rent out your villa to guests while you are away, which provides you with incremental income.

Additionally, another great factor about planned developments is that homes are planned long in advance with all of the fine details sorted out - this means you don’t have to toil over every single component. You know exactly what you’re going to get and can put your efforts into bringing your character, style, and design into the home.


If you’re considering investing in a high-end planned development home for your Cabo vacation spot, take a look at these tips that might make your house hunting process easier.

  • Tour Different Communities: Make a list of the must-haves you’re looking for in a community. Does it have to be gated? Do you want to be on or close to the beach? Do you want access to activities like snorkeling, boating, and hiking? Do you want to be within walking distance of restaurants, spas, etc.? Keep these wants in mind as you tour communities.
  • Use Google: Make the best use of technology by checking out prospective communities via Google Street View or Google Earth. From this bird's-eye view, you can see everything that surrounds the community and get a better idea of just where your home will be.
  • Walk Through An Existing Home: Visiting the property is absolutely essential. Take into account every detail of the property and see if you can envision yourself living there.


Chileno Bay Resort & Residences is a closeby community to Chileno Bay Club (they are both part of the Chileno Bay Master Community, managed by Discovery Land Company), and residents of each community have the option to share amenities. At Chileno Bay Resort & Residences, you can invest in a luxury Los Cabos villa property that’s part of the most notable high-end resort community in the Cabo San Lucas area, managed by Auberge Resorts Collection. Along with owning your dream vacation home in a planned development community, residents of Chileno Bay Resort & Residences have access to many five-star amenities at the property, and can also have the freedom of opting-in to the amenities at Chileno Bay Club, including its Beach Club.

Chileno Bay is home to Los Cabos’ only coral reef along one of Cabo’s few swimmable beaches – all situated just footsteps from your door, and offering a vast array of leisure and adventure activities at your fingertips. Imagine waking up to a mountain range backdrop and endless ocean views. Spending your morning snorkeling or paddleboarding, your afternoon enjoying a delicious lunch at the beachside taco bar and your evening soaking in a stunning sunset from your private outdoor terrace. Truly, owning a Los Cabos luxury villa at Chileno Bay Resort & Residences offers you the quintessential Mexican vacation experience.

Furthermore, with access to signature on-site restaurants, Auberge Spa, fitness center, Tom Fazio golf course membership, private water sports and equipment center, and other personal services, you can enjoy all the perks of owning your own private vacation home while also indulging in resort amenities that heighten the overall luxury vacationing experience.

Backed by the experience and design expertise of notable development firms SV Capital and Red Group, the luxury villas at Chileno Bay Resort & Residences have a uniquely contemporary design aesthetic that also incorporates natural tones and materials to seamlessly blend in with their Los Cabos surroundings. Every villa features quality, custom furnishings, beautiful artwork and top-tier appliances and finishings.

With Chileno Bay Resort & Residences, you can have peace of mind knowing that you’re not just partnering with a leader in the planned development industry, but you’re also choosing a company that puts comfort, class, and convenience above all else.


Whether you decide to invest in a vacation home with Chileno Bay Club or think that a luxury villa at the Chileno Bay Resort & Residences best suits your needs, being a part of the Chileno Bay family means you have exclusive, unlimited access to some of the best amenities and services luxury vacationing has to offer.

Why wait for the vacation home of your dreams? Inquire about Los Cabos villas for sale, today.

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