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La Jolla firm building master-planned community, spa and hotel in Baja's Wine Country

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Baja Resort Advisors LLC, a La Jolla-based housing and resort development firm, will build a master-planned residential, vineyard and resort community in the Guadalupe Valley Wine Country, just east of Ensenada and known as the Napa Valley of Mexico. American buyers have expressed a keen interest in the Guadalupe Valley as a unique opportunity for estate-style living surrounded by the vineyards at prices reminiscent of Napa Valley 50 years ago.

The Village at the Vineyard will be a joint venture with Liceaga Winery, a leading Baja California vintner, said Gabriel V. Robles, managing partner of Baja Resort Advisors. Construction is scheduled to begin this fall and be completed in 18 months.

The $40 million development will include a 50-acre winery, plus a 15-acre Tuscan-style village with 75 homes, a 20- to 36-suite boutique hotel, luxurious European spa, cosmetic surgery center and wedding chapel. When homeowners are away, they can rent their homes for hotel overflow and cosmetic center clients, Robles said.

Stewart Title Insurance will issue coverage for American and Canadian residents, who are expected to be the principal buyers.

GVA & Asociados of Guadalajara, Mexico, will be the architectural firm designing the entire project. GVA's renowned design expertise will create a distinct presence in the region with The Village at the Vineyard being a cornerstone project for GVA in Baja Norte.

Rocal will be part of the construction management team for The Village at the Vineyard. The company has been working with Robles for over 30 years. Together they have produced some of the finest developments in Cancun, Cozumel and Cabo.

"Building a world-class development takes world-class architects and builders - that is why this assembled team is essential to our brand," Robles said.

Rocal also will handle construction management and supervision for The Falls at Puerto Nuevo, another of project of Robles'. The Falls at Puerto Nuevo is a 92-unit luxury condominium project with condominiums ranging in size from 950 to 2,700 square feet. They will feature one-, two- and three-bedroom units, full kitchens and amenity packages, a cafe, swimming pools, hot tubs, a meditation deck, beach clubhouse, and full, 24-hour manned security.

"Sales began two months ago and have been strong," Robles said. Units are priced from $199,000 to $699,000.

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