Vision: Del Mar Development creates Mexico’s premier luxury communities, distinguished for their design, quality management, lifestyle and enduring value.
History: For nearly 20 years, Del Mar Development has been successfully developing resort residential land projects in Mexico. It all began in 1994, when two Houston friends and business associates, Ron Hatfield and Kenneth Schnitzer traveled to Los Cabos to play the new Jack Nicklaus Signature golf course in the master planned Palmilla community. Both men were visionaries with a track record for successful developments back home, and were blown away by the pristine, untouched Palmilla oceanfront. They purchased a sliver of land next to the Palmilla Hotel, now the One&Only Palmilla, and broke ground in 1995 on Cabo’s premier luxury community, Villas Del Mar.
They began with five homes on the beach, all of which sold before completion, and soon realized the potential to build a world-class residential resort community, distinguished by excellence in design, quality and management. Ron and Kenneth were dedicated to building homes of the finest construction and craftsmanship, enlisting U.S. experts in engineering, architecture and landscaping. They were the first to create a world-class property management service to provide homeowners with carefree ownership in Mexico. The company they founded, Del Mar Development, would go on to set the stage for high-end residential development in Mexico.
With the success of Villas Del Mar, recognized around the world for its excellence, Del Mar Development broke ground on two new communities, Espiritu and Oasis Palmilla, the culmination of 20 years of experience and success. Sadly, Kenneth Schnitzer passed away in 1999, but his sons Kenneth and Douglas continue to nurture his vision. Ron Hatfield continues to do so as well, making Los Cabos his home year-round and remaining a hands-on and accessible President of Del Mar Development.