Radiant Retreats

Whether you’re in the market for a primary residence, a third home or, perhaps, your own private piece of vacation paradise, these six new properties in SoCal and Cabo may be your perfect place in the sun.

By { Misty Milioto

Los Angeles, CA
Oceanwide Plaza

The Buzz: In the buzzing South Park neighborhood of DTLA, where art and culture reign supreme, Oceanwide Plaza is the largest mixed-use development in the burgeoning area. The project features three glass high-rises, including the 340-unit Residences at Oceanwide Plaza condominiums (boasting a 100-foot-high, 2-acre sky park outfitted with two dog parks, a basketball court, lawns, a running track and swimming pool); the 164-unit hotel-serviced Park Hyatt Los Angeles Residences (with a resort-style cantilevered pool and fitness facility); and 184-room Park Hyatt Los Angeles Hotel. There will also be an open-air 166,000-square-foot retail collection at the base of the towers.

Wow Factor: A 700-foot LED screen spanning one full block will wrap around the outside of the condominium tower, while celebrity trainer Harley Pasternak has been tapped to oversee the wellness programming.

Details: Pricing to be determined, oceanwideplaza.com

West Hollywood, California
Residences at The West Hollywood EDITION

The Buzz: The Residences at The West Hollywood EDITION, developed by Witkoff and New Valley, LLC, is a new, exclusive project consisting of only 20 one- to four-bedroom residences at the iconic corner of Sunset Boulevard and Doheney Drive. American hotelier Ian Schrager is leading the creative direction, and British architect John Pawson, known for his minimalist aesthetic, is in charge of design.

Wow Factor: Positioned atop the EDITION Hotel, the Residences feature a private residential entry and lobby, plus the exclusive amenity spaces for which the brand is known. The building boasts a landscaped rooftop with pool, terrace, bar and dramatic city views; a lobby-level restaurant with shaded garden seating; fitness center and spa.

Details: Residences from $1.5 million, 310.275.9040, wehoeditionresidences.com

Beverly Hills, California

The Buzz: Gardenhouse is the first project in the United States by renowned Chinese architect Ma Yansong, founder of MAD Architects. The overarching principle is to connect residents to nature—right in the middle of modern, elegant Beverly Hills.

Wow Factor: The building’s façade is the largest living wall in the country, covered with native plants and succulents. Residences are built around a central open-air atrium, with a reflecting pool and lush vegetation, while ground-floor cafes and boutiques serve as a community gathering place. The townhomes, flats and sky villas offer open floor plans and glass walls that recede, seamlessly blending indoor and outdoor living. 

Details: Residences from $3 million, gardenhousebh.com

Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
1 Hotel & Homes Cabo

The Buzz: 1 Hotel & Homes Cabo is the newest phase of the Hacienda masterplan, a 22-acre, $230-million luxury resort development that features a 115-room hotel and 55 oceanfront residences. It’s just a short walk to an incredible array of shops, museums, galleries, nightlife and restaurants. Other amenities include four swimming pools; a full-service, 12,000-square-foot fitness center and spa; 24-hour concierge; valet parking; catering and private chef services; and personal shopping and delivery services.

Wow Factor: Located on 1,600 linear feet of beachfront at Medano Beach, one of the few year-round swimmable beaches in Cabo, the oceanfront residences offer breathtaking views of the iconic Land’s End. In addition, an open-air, all-day restaurant is comprised of a collection of cooking stations, like a Mexican mercado; edible gardens throughout the grounds supply fresh, local ingredients.

Details: Residences from $1.2 to $7 million, 888.211.0909, 1homescabo.com

Los Cabos, Mexico
Casa Higuera at Maravilla Los Cabos

The Buzz: As one of the only fully turnkey custom homes available at Maravilla Los Cabos, Casa Higuera offers a unique opportunity to live in a private residential community situated between San Jose del Cabo and Cabo San Lucas on the Sea of Cortez. Spanning both Las Viudas Beach and the renowned Santa Maria Bay, the community encompasses two year-round, swimmable beaches.

Wow Factor: The five-bedroom, six-and-a-half-bath custom home features 6,244 square feet of indoor space and 9,097 square feet of outdoor space. An oceanfront Mexican contemporary home, Casa Higuera offers unobstructed views of the sparkling Sea of Cortez. A private courtyard with floating walkways above a water feature allows exterior access to four bedroom suites. The open floor plan includes a living area that extends out to a covered terrace with full outdoor kitchen, a fire pit, barbecue and pizza oven that’s perfect for family gatherings and lively entertaining. In addition, there’s a 180-bottle wine cellar on the lower level of the home and a private infinity pool.

Details: $14 million, maravillaloscabos.com

Los Cabos, Mexico
Chileno Bay Resort & Residences

The Buzz: This beachfront hotel and residential villa community from the Auberge Resorts Collection is nestled in the protected cove of Chileno Bay. The property features a 29-room luxury hotel and 33 contemporary two-, three- and four-bedroom villas. This fall, the resort is adding 28 new beachfront villas, and 12 new hotel rooms and suites. Amenities include a three-tiered infinity swimming pool with oceanfront hot tub and fire pits; a Tom Fazio-designed golf course; an extensive Auberge spa with hydrotherapy pool, salt sauna and state-of-the-art fitness center; a waterfront sports and equipment center; and Comal, the resort’s signature restaurant serving Latin American-inspired cuisine.

Wow Factor: Most spectacular is Pacifico 5, a four-bedroom, four-and-a-half-bath villa offering panoramic views of Chileno Bay. This luxe 3,234-square-foot residence is set on elevated pads and has an expansive covered terrace. With a light and airy layout, each room easily flows into the next. Interiors feature marble flooring, warm wood ceilings, architectural stone walls and full-height windows that reveal the far horizon. 

Details: $3.05 million, 800.916.1290, chilenobayresidences.com