Ian Wilson joins the Baja Life Realty team, and we bring you our updated La Paz area Shopping Guide.
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Hi Friend,

Tis the holiday season and we want to wish all of you a very Merry Christmas and a peaceful and Happy New Year.

As we have been saying for some time now, the La Paz real estate market has really taken off, with many homes now selling quickly at or near asking price, and new neighborhoods under construction to meet the demand. To help us ensure we continue to bring our clients the very best service, we are excited to announce a new addition to our team. Some of you have already met Ian Wilson, who is now a licensed real estate agent working with Baja Life Realty. We are excited to welcome Ian to our team!

Our ongoing Spotlight on El Centenario series continues this month with a focus on local veterinarian Dr. Mario Galo. Dr. Mario, as his clients know him, is a wonderful vet, very compassionate and kind, reliable, and bilingual. He has also been working with the team at Baja Dogs La Paz, Inc. on local sterilization campaigns. Whether your pet needs vaccinations, sterilization surgery, or you need a health certificate to travel with your pet, Dr. Mario can help.

If you are still shopping for friends and family here in La Paz, this month we also bring you an updated version of our La Paz Shopping Guide. Be sure to check it out for local sources for gifts and more throughout the year.

And for those of you spending the holidays here in La Paz, in this month's Helpful Spanish series we offer you some holiday-themed Spanish vocabulary words to help you spread good cheer throughout the season.

This is our last newsletter of 2021 and we hope you enjoy it. We wish you a very safe, healthy and happy holiday season wherever you may be, and look forward to connecting with you in the New Year!

Jim & Rebecca MacDonald
Baja Life Realty

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Ian Wilson Joins Baja Life Realty
Our newest real estate agent loves helping clients find their dream home in La Paz.
Some of you may have already met our newest team member, Ian Wilson. Ian has been an agent in training with Baja Life Realty for some time now, and is now licensed as an agent by the state of Baja California Sur and a registered member of the BCS MLS, the multiple listing service for our state. Ian is a Canadian expat who is now a legal resident of Mexico, and enjoys helping clients from all over the world find their dream home in Baja. Before moving to La Paz, he was based in Florida,  where he worked in sales for the cruise ship industry and also has a background as a scuba dive instructor. In addition to being an excellent agent who is knowledgeable about the La Paz real estate market, Ian is a personable, gregarious guy who loves to share his passion for the La Paz lifestyle. You may have seen Ian in a recent video by our friend Brighton West, touring La Paz's downtown neighborhoods. If you haven't seen it yet, check it out here. Planning a househunting trip to La Paz soon? You can contact Ian to schedule your own, personalized tour at We are excited to welcome Ian to the Baja Life Realty team!
New Listings
These homes are new on the market.
New construction home in progress in a sought-after gated community.
New on the market in the sought-after gated community of Haciendas Palo Verde in El Centenario, this brand new construction, spacious 2BR/2.5BA home sits on a large lot and features an open living area, dual master suites, a private pool with shaded patio and rooftop sunset deck with great ocean views. The house also features a large kitchen with granite counters, stainless appliances, custom hardwood cabinets and pantry, walk-in laundry, and the 1,428m2 lot has plenty of room for a garage. The home is under construction and can be delivered by February/March 2022. Located in the sought-after community of Haciendas Palo Verde, with amenities that include 24-hour gated security, paved internal roads, buried utilities, clubhouse with pool and more. This home is currently listed at $325,000USD. MLS listing ID: 21-4116.

Calle 14, El Centenario
This ocean view lot has plenty of space to build your dream home.
Great view lot in El Centenario! This gently sloping 1,637m2 lot offers plenty of space to build your dream home. The level terrain is easy to build on and has mature Cardon cactus on site. Local builders are available to help you design a home that fits this lot perfectly. Listed at $59,900. MLS Listing ID: 21-3826.

La Paz Shopping Guide
Looking for gift ideas for this holiday season? Download our La Paz Shopping Guide.
When you move to La Paz from another country, part of the challenge is figuring out where to shop. Most of us rely on word of mouth, but when you’re new to the area and don’t know anyone, it can be tough to find what you need, when you need it. So whether you need to shop for necessities, for gifts for your friends and family back home, or you just love shopping, we’ve compiled our La Paz Area Shopping Guide. This list is by no means exhaustive. La Paz is a big city, and there are literally hundreds of stores, so in the spirit of the holidays, we’ve focused our list on places to buy gifts. We’ve also included online options specific to Mexico. Don’t see a store or resource in our list? Send us your recommendations at We love discovering new places!

Spotlight on El Centenario: Clinica Veterinaria El Centenario
Local veterinarian Dr. Mario offers excellent care and compassion to local family pets.
Looking for a local vet right here in El Centenario to care for your furry friends? Need to update your dog’s vaccines, get a health certificate for your pet’s travel, or get your cat spayed? Local veterinarian Dr. Mario Galo is here to help. While his office, Clinica Veterinaria El Centenario, has been open for less than a year, Dr. Mario has already built a steady following of happy clients.

In addition to treating family pets, Dr. Mario is also making a significant contribution to the community. He is one of three vets working with the local U.S. based nonprofit, Baja Dogs La Paz, Inc. to provide free sterilization surgeries to local underserved communities. Working together, Baja Dogs and these vets have sterilized over 800 pets so far this year.

Holiday Spanish
Each month, wel bring you a useful Spanish phrase or tip to help get you started speaking like a local.
Welcome to all the new expats spending their first Christmas in La Paz! The Mexican people celebrate on Christmas Eve, typically opening gifts and serving Christmas dinner late in the evening. Many families eat turkey, but pork and pozole are also favorites. The whipped cream apple salad Ensalada Navideña is a must. The festivities that follow often last until early morning. Christmas Day is usually spent relaxing and eating leftovers.

To help you navigate the holiday season in La Paz, here are some Spanish vocabulary terms:

Christmas: Navidad; Christmas Day: Día de Navidad; Christmas Eve: Nochebuena; 
Merry Christmas! ¡Feliz Navidad!; ‘Tis the Season: Es la Temporada; Happy Holidays! ¡Felices Fiestas!; Christmas party: Posada; Holidays: Los días festivos; Midnight: Mass la misa de gallo

Christmas dinner: Cena Navideña; Turkey: Pavo; Roast pig: Lechon; Cranberries: ArandanosLeftovers: Sobras/recalentados; Gift: Regalo; Christmas tree: Arbol de Navidad; Decorations: Adornos; Lights: Luces; Game: Juego; Toy: Juguete; Poinsettia: Nochebuena (yes, the same word as Christmas Eve)

Happy New Years! ¡Feliz Año Nuevo!; New Years Eve: Noche vieja; New Years Day: Día de Año Nuevo

Baja Life Realty wishes you all a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
¡Baja Life Realty les desea a todos una feliz Navidad y Próspero Año Nuevo!
- Jim, Rebecca, Ian, Fern and Mary

"I would love to thank Jim and Rebecca of Baja Life Realty for all their support in selling my house, and for all the time they were there with me and for me. It was a great experience, and I recommend them 100% as a serious real estate company." — Rocio Garcia
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