The Southernmost Private Residence in Baja by Steven Harris Architects LLP

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This project by architect Steven Harris is a 9,000-square-foot home in the exclusive gated community of Pedregal, in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, and is the southernmost private residence located on the Baja Peninsula, set among massive boulders that are part of the rocky cliffs all around it. Although it boasts five bedrooms, seven bathrooms, and both a reflecting pool and swimming pool, probably the house’s most distinctive feature is its outdoor living room. In this climate, of course, having a major part of the home as a literal outdoor room isn’t a problem but an asset! Floor-to-ceiling windows in other parts of the home, as well as sliding doors that enable the mix of indoors and outdoors, make this a truly seamless part of its landscape.

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Entertaining is easy and living is casual in this spacious open-plan home; the living room flows into the deck and into the long, rectangular swimming pool. Immediately behind this area is a formal dining room, featuring a grand piano at one end. By day, it’s bright and sunny, and by night, it’s lighted subtly by a beautiful chandelier and multiple candelabra. The master bedroom is cozy, with rough-hewn brick behind the bed and a bathroom around the corner, done in cool white with a skylight above. With both a cactus garden and a rock garden, the house offers plenty of visual appeal and private nooks for reflection and relaxation. This is luxury with both natural and rustic touches, while being thoroughly modern — the house at the “land’s end,” Casa Finisterra.

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Janet W. Butler is a freelance writer, editor, and editorial consultant by day and a “small soprano” by night. An RWA Golden Heart Winner, she is the author of the inspirational romance From the Ashes (“the best little book no one’s ever heard of”), published by SANDS Publishing in 2001; and a romantic suspense, Voice of Innocence, from Desert Breeze Publishing. She is a Chicago native transplanted to northeast Indiana, where she lives with her husband, daughter, and Cassandra “Trouble” Butler, S.R.C. (Spoiled Rotten Cat).

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