|PUERTO PEÑASCO, OUR HOME FOR OVER 30 YEARS|
|by Judy MacKenzie|
Imagine a place where traditions are created and a legacy is built. We found that place in Puerto Peñasco (Rocky Point) in 1979. Thirty-one years ago we made our first trip to Rocky Point. Meeting our friends from California we rented a home in Playa Encanto. Coming from Phoenix we got our first visa permits at the border, found our turn off on the Corborca highway and traveled the rest of the way on a winding dirt road. It was 4th of July week-end and the beginning of our life at the beach in Rocky Point.
We bought our first beachfront with the money we got from selling our 1979 Corvette. Celebrating holidays, birthdays and vacations on the beach we enjoyed time telling ghost stories around bond fires, taking long leisure walks on our almost always private beach, watching the dolphins at play from our patio, playing games by the light of a propane tank with mantels attached and sharing it all with friends. At that time we didn’t have a TV, no phones and lots of quality fun time with our children and then grandchildren.
In 1999 we bought our second beachfront home as our 25th wedding anniversary gift. Funny how fate steps in. We talked in the morning after a leisure walk on the beach and decided we really liked our “little” home by the sea and by mid afternoon we were buying a new 3,400 sf unfinished home “casa de suenos”, our “Home of Dreams”.
Instead of flying to Tahiti for our anniversary we were having margaritas with our new neighbors, Dave and Margie Poturalski, taking sunset photos and having a gourmet anniversary dinner at our favorite taco stand.
Within a year Grant decided he wanted to be in Rocky Point full time supervising the completion of our beautiful new home. The first and most important item was a railing around our upstairs loft area for the safety of our youngest grandson, Dylan, who was 5 years old. Then came the fun additions, a 1930’s Wolf stove, a clawfoot tub, pool table and jutebox for the game room, fireplace in our master bedroom, tiled courtyard with built in BBQ and fire pit and the list goes on. Solar panels provided our power. We turned our lights on (a big event) one evening and walked out to the water before turning around to see our home with real lights for the first time.
Our neighbor, Dave, was selling real estate “part time” from his patio. It didn’t take much and he had Grant convinced this was the best of both worlds, a way to make an income and living in paradise by the beach. It wasn’t long before our son, Grant, joined us in Rocky Point selling real estate with his Dad.
After a few years of working for someone else we had a family meeting in 2004 with one of our other son’s, Branden and sitting around our dining room table we formulated our plan to open our “Legacy”. We all shared why we wanted to do it and from there we knew the how would come.
A “hiccup” came when Branden found out he had to do another tour of duty in Iraq rather than finishing his military career the beginning of 2005. Grant, Grant and I decided we would “go for it” until Branden’s return. We opened our Mexican Corporation Legacy Partners SA de CV and our first office in February 2005.
Yvette, Grant “Jr’s” girlfriend, then fiancé and now wife joined us in the spring and one of our dreams came true when Grant and Yvette were married on the beach at Mayan Palace on March 3, 2007. It was a Kodak event. The best was yet to come. We now have a beautiful 5 month old grandson, Nathan Alexander, to love.
Branden came home in March of 2006 bringing with him one of his dreams, a 1965 Chevy truck. Once in Rocky Point Branden went to the University in Hermosillo for a Spanish emersion class. Branden’s second dream was about to come true. He met Reyna Molina, his future bride, the woman he’d been waiting for all his life. On October 13, 2007 Branden and Reyna had a traditional Spanish wedding in the church Reyna’s parents were married in Matepa, Mexico.
We found that whether you’re building a family “legacy”, vacation tradition, looking for an investment opportunity of a lifetime, securing a location for a second home, wanting to have a fun getaway week-end or a lazy day at the beach you can have it all in Rocky Point. Here are a few more memories, hope they paint a picture for you…
How about kayaking with the dolphins? It’s an unbelievable feeling of being one with nature in the beautiful Sea of Cortez. Reading in bed with your grandson snuggled between you, seeing the ocean just outside your window. You wake up to the smell of fresh coffee and the very best breakfast burritos your son just made for you to enjoy on your oceanfront patio. Playing darts, drinking cold beer with chips and salsa while the jute box is playing and cheese crisps are sizzling on the grill is always a hit.
Having your Mom, at the age of 83, drive to Rocky Point, from Mesa, Arizona with her older sister and your 80 year old Godmother to share a fun time at the beach defies the odds of most and truly shows Rocky Point is a timeless gift. One of the best memories is building sand castles with your grand children and then sitting at water’s edge together seeing the look of total joy on their faces. We can’t forget star gazing, always waiting for a shooting star to appear and making a wish. Those are some of the gifts of a life time life our Rocky Point beach home have blessed our family and friends with again and again.
Today the next generation, our college student grandchildren, bring their friends to share our home and beach. Our Son, Vince and his wife Cindi rent a condo at Bella Sirena for a month during the summer to share with their family and friends. Our oldest son, Shawn, is a mountain bike enthusiast and one of his goals is to ride from Sonoyta to Rocky Point. While tradition marches on, choices and changes continue to be part of our Legacy as we make our footprints on the white sandy beaches in Rocky Point our paradise by the sea.
Judy MacKenzie, Certified Life Coach has owned property in Puerto Penasco for 30 years and has made "Rocky Point" her full time residence since 2001. Owner/partner of REMAX Legacy "family owned and operated" in Rocky Point" since 2005. Is currently creating "choices by the seashore" a newsletter sharing pits and pieces about life on Rocky Point's white sandy beaches. You may visit her web-site at www.ourrockypointrealtor.net or contact Judy by e-mail at the following address:
Thank you Ventana Magazine and my amazing mom for writing and publishing this great article.
It's a great life in Rocky Point Mexico!