Centrika Condominiums Puerto Vallarta

Centrika is a new condominium development in the Fluvial neighborhood of Puerto Vallarta. This elegant and modern building is home to 36 individual condo units with a variety of floorpans to choose from.

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Investing intelligently means that your next home comes with high surplus value and return on investment. Secure and in a prime location, Centrika is located in the heart of Puerto Vallarta, near an array of amenities to fit your lifestyle. Less than five minutes away you’ll find shopping centers, beaches, pharmacys, hospitals, schools, restaurants, the airport, parks and more.

Centrika consists of 36 spacious housing units with modern, innovative designs. All units have a terrace with a view of either the mountains, ocean or city.

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Whether this is your first home, your second home, or an investment for short or long term, let Centrika fit your ideal lifestyle. Pre construction opportunities are a great way to take advantage of flexible developer financing plans.

For example, Centrika unit 601 is listed on our MLS at $236,621.00 USD. Right now, there are three unique payment plans that offer 15% , 20$ or 25% discounts.

25% DISCOUNT applies with 10% down, 70% paid before January 2021, and 20% paid on delivery of your unit.

This is an incredible way to save on a brand new unit, as well as get your pick of the best units at that start of pre-sale. As developers continue to sell the initial units, prices go up. Once construction is complete, we see prices increase even more.

In short, Centrika is a fantastic complex in a beautiful residential neighborhood with units *after discounts* under $200,0000.00 USD! Truly a fantastic opportunity!

Have you heard about Centrika in Fluvial? Is this your style of home? I would love to hear from you in the comments below! -Christina

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Fall has arrived in Puerto Vallarta

For the last week, I can’t help but notice that our sultry summer weather has shifted! The mornings are very breezy and cool, it’s raining less and the sun is setting earlier. 7:53 pm to be exact! The Fall equinox took place just a few days ago, and even though we are in the tropics, you can still feel the change of seasons here.

In general, our weather begins to “improve” in October. We see less rainfall which cuts down on humidity, and temperatures begin to fall. The sun continues its southern track across the sky and means less direct overhead exposure for us as well. I must admit, summertime in the tropics are very magical. Yes, it’s hot, but the storms make for some spectacular evenings and lush bright green foliage. But undoubtedly, the winter months here in PV are truly the best! Perfect beach days for 6 months straight, I will take it!

We’re not quite out of the woods yet. The months of September and October historically have produced more serious hurricanes than the earlier summer months typically do. Infamous Hurricane Kenna hit Vallarta and caused some damage on October 25, 2002. One year ago on September 29, 2019, the heavy rains from Tropical Storm Narda flooded and caused extensive damage to the village of Yelapa in the southern part of our Bay.

Visiting Puerto Vallarta in the Fall means you will be privy to some very fun cultural events. September 16 is Mexican Independence Day and is a great way to celebrate with the locals. At midnight on the 15th, there is the “Grito” where participants re-enact the speech made by Miguel Hidalgo which sparked the Mexican War for Independence. November 1 and 2 are the Dia De Los Muertos celebrations which are absolutely INCREDIBLE! One of my favorite cultural events in Mexico.

Are you ready for Fall in Puerto Vallarta? Have you ever visited at this time of year? I would love to hear from you in the comments below! -Christina

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Single Story For Sale in Zona Dorada, Bucerias

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Laid back Luxury with Fantastic amenities

•  1527.92 sqft , 3 bath , 2 bdrm single story FOR SALE  USD630,000 . Beachfront Bucerias!

Stunning beachfront condo in Azul Bucerias. Corner unit 5A offers three generous size bedrooms, two full bathrooms, corner large terrace, one parking space and one storage deeded. This impeccably maintained unit was recently fully remodeled and upgraded. Furniture has been custom made specially for the areas on this home and of highest quality found in the area. All high-end appliances and furniture is fairly new from last year. Azul Bucerias is an elegant beachfront community in the most desired area of Bucerias. The common areas offer, a large heated poola, Jacuzzi, BBQ area, a fully equipped gym, bathrooms in the reception and pool area, elevator, rooftop terrace, 24/7 security and control direct access to the beach.

Impresionante condominio frente al mar en Azul Bucerias. La unidad de esquina 5A ofrece tres habitaciones de tamaño generoso, dos baños completos, terraza grande en esquina, un lugar de estacionamiento y una bodega escriturada. Esta unidad impecablemente mantenida fue recientemente remodelada y mejorada por completo. Los muebles han sido hechos a medida especialmente para las áreas de esta casa y de la más alta calidad que se encuentran en el área. Todos los electrodomésticos y muebles de alta gama son bastante nuevos desde el año pasado.
Azul Bucerias es una elegante comunidad frente al mar en la zona más deseada de Bucerias. Las áreas comunes ofrecen una gran alberca y jacuzzi, ambos con cabecera, área de BBQ, gimnasio totalmente equipado, baños en recepción y área de alberca, seguridad 24/7 y control de acceso directo a la playa.

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Single Story For Sale in South Shore, Puerto Vallarta

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5 Star Amenities

•  2146.19 sqft , 2 bath , 2 bdrm single story FOR SALE  USD549,000 . Luxury Unit at Paramount Bay

This elegant fourth floor unit features breathtaking views of the ocean, town and surrounding jungle hillside. Sliding pocket doors open to spacious covered terrace to take advantage of stunning panorama. The high-end kitchen features stainless custom Italian (Berloni) cabinetry, large peninsula with granite countertops, bar seating and stainless-steel appliances. The adjacent dining area has ample space for eight guests and the spacious and elegant living area is perfect for entertaining or just relaxing. The restful master suite offers a ”spa–like” experience with walk–in closet, double designer sinks, tempered glass shower and modern, ”ovalene” tub.

The ample guest suite with attached full bath make this perfect for guests or families. Some of the special features of this luxury residence include: marble floors and bathroom countertops, zoned air conditioning and high-end fixtures. Brazilian hardwood is used for the doors, with niches featuring interior lighting, while sliding pocket doors allow true indooroutdoor living in this year round temperate climate. The stunning common areas feature an elegant motor lobby, covered assigned owner parking, spectacular 200 foot long infinity pool and pergola sun-decks, “Doggie Park”, state-of-the-art gymnasium, all surrounded by manicured tropical gardens. The superb locations allows guests to walk to the popular shops, galleries, restaurant and beaches of the romantic zone. . Offered designer fur-nished and “turn-key” ready with exception of a few art pieces, this gorgeous home is perfect for the most sophisticated and discriminating buyer.

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Happy Mexican Independence Day!

Today is Independence Day in Mexico!

As written in National Geographic magazine by Heather Brady:

ON SEPTEMBER 16, Mexicans around the globe will celebrate the anniversary of the country’s independence from Spain. The day is marked by a national holiday in Mexico, a reenactment of a historic moment from the revolution’s leader, and an array of performances from fireworks to dance routines.

Often confused with Cinco de Mayo by people living in the United States, Mexico’s independence day actually marks the moment in 1810 when Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla, a Catholic priest known as Father Hidalgo, made the first cry for independence. After a moving speech in the Mexican town of Dolores, Hidalgo took up the banner of the Virgin of Guadalupe, a Roman Catholic image of the Virgin Mary as she appears to Juan Diego, an indigenous Mexican believer who was later sainted by the church.

As per tradition on Mexico’s independence day, however, the president honors the legacy of Father Hidalgo by performing a reenactment of sorts from the National Palace in Mexico City. Beezley says on the night of September 15 at 11 p.m., according to Mexican tradition and folklore, Hidalgo went into the parish church in the town of Dolores, rang the church bell, and told the villagers who came running that they needed to revolt.

“As a result, September 15, the president of Mexico will step out on the balcony, ring that same bell, and give a speech that is supposedly Hidalgo’s words,” he says. “Nobody wrote down what Hidalgo said. He was beheaded, so who knows what happened to the [real] version of it? But Mexicans across the country, and in the U.S., and wherever they are, can watch it on TV, and that’s what’s celebrated.”

Despite the uncertainty around Hidalgo’s exact words, the speech today celebrates his passion for Mexico and its people—and honors the moment when he pushed the country toward its eventual independence.

How are you celebrating Mexican Independence Day today? I would love to hear from you in the comments below! -Christina

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Los Tules 4-116: CLOSED!

Another beachfront beauty is off the market! I am so thrilled for the new owners of Los Tules 4-116. This is a beautiful 4 bedroom townhome in the classic Vallarta complex of Los Tules in the Hotel Zone area. This complex used to be a coconut plantation and still retains hundreds of coconut palms, sprawling lawns, multiple pools, fantastic administration + maintenance team, and an onsite restaurant. All beachfront with soothing ocean views! The unit was previously used as a  vacation home as well as a highly profitable rental unit with rave reviews. I know the new owners will be so happy with their new home!

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The market has surprised us all by staying so active. Even though we do not have the same amount of visitors in town, there is still immense interest in owning/relocating to this beautiful city. We have the tools to show properties, and even close deals remotely. It’s been absolutely amazing and an indication that PV has such great appeal, even in times of uncertainty.

It’s now September and PV is bursting with bright green, tropical foliage. The hot summer temperatures have been tempered by cool breezes and passing rainstorms which slow down time. I love seeing the neighborhood kids play in the rain in the street. PV is as charming and heart warming as always. I’m so happy to be living in Paradise and helping others on their journey to do the same!

Have you ever been to Los Tules? If so, what do you think of this classic Vallarta landmark complex? I would love to hear from you in the comments below! -Christina

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Puerto Vallarta, a “Zoom Town”

There’s no doubt that 2020 has seen an enormous shift in housing markets across North America. I just read an interesting article from NPR which used the term “Zoom Town”. Zoom Towns are cities that were just once loved for their outdoor appeal and small town charm. They always made nice vacation destinations, but weren’t viewed as full time residency options due to the lack of job markets. That has all changed as many people realize the potential to work remotely, freeing them from city centers.

Here’s an excerpt from NPR’s article, “Zoom Town and the New Housing Market for the 2 Americas”

“….the housing boom is fed by low interest rates, millennials reaching home-buying age and a demand for more space. Many Americans — especially 30-somethings who remain employed — are ditching their tiny rental apartments in hip districts of expensive cities and moving to buy houses in more affordable cities or the burbs for a life of shopping at Home Depot and spending their Friday nights eating mozzarella sticks at Applebee’s.

“If you look at basically any metropolitan area, you see the most price competition on the outskirts of that area and the least in the city center,” Fairweather says. Spacious, single-family homes are particularly in demand. We’re not witnessing the death of cities — in fact, most cities are seeing a boom in home prices too — but with remote work freeing many people from daily commutes, people are increasingly deciding that it’s OK to live farther away from what used to be the office. You can see it in Redfin’s data, which show more searches and higher price increases in suburban and rural housing markets.

The boom gets slightly less rosy, though, when you consider why national home prices are surging. It’s in large part because there’s not a lot of new construction and because existing homeowners don’t want to sell. “There’s a tremendous shortage of homes on the market,” says Jeff Tucker, an economist at Zillow. “We see about 29% fewer homes that are actively listed compared to this time last year.”

Part of the imbalance between home buying and selling, Tucker says, may be that sellers tend to be older — and with a pandemic still raging, many may not be eager to move and risk their health. Meanwhile, a large number of them are taking advantage of COVID-19 mortgage forbearance policies, which free them to not pay their mortgage during the crisis. “Still over 7% of active mortgages are in forbearance,” Tucker says.

So that’s the market for buying and selling homes. The sort of happy story, considering it’s 2020 and everything is horrible. Where it gets more depressing is when you look at the other America. The one that rents.

Do you think Puerto Vallarta qualifies as a “Zoom Town”? I’d love to hear from you in the comments below! -Christina

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PV Malecon Update

Puerto Vallarta’s malecon boardwalk has undergone a few changes since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic in March 2020. For the first three months, the malecon was completely closed to all visitors and residents. This extreme measure helped PV stay on lock down as it deterred tourists from coming to town. As time passed, the malecon was partially re-opened and remains that way today. The western side of the boardwalk is taped off to discourage visitors from sitting along the oceanside and hanging out. However, the bike lane and rest of the malecon remain open for use.

I had the pleasure of going for a sunrise walk on the Malecon this morning. I had not been down to the PV landmark for almost 6 months (since the onset of the pandemic). It was amazing to stroll the waterfront and see other residents enjoying the boardwalk as well. I had my facemask on and so did many of the other people out exercising. There are colorful banners urging the public to wear facemasks and reminding them that all businesses require the use of them to enter.

I walked from the beginning of the downtown at the Hotel Buenaventura to the Los Muertos Pier and back. It was a great outing and left me reminiscing about all the fantastic memories my family has made in this most magical city full of beauty. The full moon was shining on the sea as the sky turned pink and the sun rose up from behind the Sierra Madres. The municipal plaza was aglow with neon lit decorations for the upcoming Mexican Independence Day (September 16). Mornings like today are the perfect reminder to slow down and enjoy the incredible city I live in!

Have you been to the Malecon lately? I would love to hear from you in the comments below! -Christina

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Southshore Puerto Vallarta FAQ

I’ve been spending a lot of time on the Southshore lately, and I realize that there is so much to discover in this beautiful area of Puerto Vallarta. Our newest listing is Torre Punta Vallarta 7, a beautiful 2 bedroom, 3 bathroom condo that sits right on Punta Negra beach. I’ve been busy with showings and spending a lot of time in this absolutely gorgeous area. I thought I would share with you all a bit of information on PV’s famous Southshore.

Where is the PV Southshore?

Technically, the southshore starts as soon as you leave Old Town Vallarta and head south of the Basilio Badillo area on the 200 highway. The Southshore goes all the way  to Boca de Tomatlan, a small fishing village 15 km south of PV. Notable towns include:

  • Amapas
  • Conchas Chinas (Upper and Lower)
  • El Nogalito
  • Punta Negra
  • Garza Blanca
  • Las Gemelas
  • Mismaloya
  • Boca de Tomatlan

What’s so great about it?

Vallarta’s Southshore is famous first and foremost for its stunning natural beauty. There are many coves here with dramatic rock oucroppings that create private beaches and great snorkelling. There are larger beaches like Punta Negra, Las Gemelas, and Garza Blanca that attract crowds on the weekends. The jungle provides a dramtic backdrop to this area as there are no flatlands in this 10 mile stretch. Many homes are built vertically on the seaside cliffs. Home buyers are attracted to this area for the quiet, peaceful seclusion it provides. The bigger residential areas like Amapas and Conchas Chinas allow residents to be close to the action of the Romantic Zone, yet retreat to their mountainside or coastal quiet areas. The further south you go, the more peace you will encounter.

What to do?

The beautiful beaches are definitely a great way to enjoy the Southshore, but few know the other amazing options to explore in this area.

  • Palo Maria river and waterfalls (across from the Garza Blanca Hotel)
  • Waterfall hike down in El Nogalito
  • Temezcal (sweat lodge) and wellness center in El Nogalito
  • Zoo in Mismaloya
  • El Eden zipline and restaurant with waterfalls in Mismaloya
  • Full moon SUP trips leaving from Mismaloya beach with Paddle Zone
  • Snorkel and scuba dive at Los Arcos National Park
  • Go Horseback riding in Mismaloya
  • Epic 7 waterfall hike in the highlands of Mismaloya
  • Boca de Tomatlan to Las Animas Hike
  • Boca de Tomatlan is gateway to beaches further south that can only be reached by boat like Las Animas, Quimixto, and Yelapa.
  • Bungee Jump (just north of Mismaloya)

Things to consider…

Every area has its pros and cons. While the “cons” list is quite short, there are a few things to consider. Since this area is more secluded, things like going to the grocery store become a little more complicated the further south you live. Those in Amapas and Conchas Chinas are still walking distance to town and all the services of a big city. But the closer you get to Boca de Tomatlan means a car will come in most handy! Although Uber and public buses are definitely viable means of transport for many residents of the southshore. Highway 200 is a two lane coastal highway that is very beautiful, but can occasionally experience traffic if accidents occur. However, many parts of Vallarta have 2 lane highways and experience a similar issue.

I hope this brief FAQ has been helpful to you if you are considering living in this most amazing part of Mexico!

Would you like to live on Puerto Vallarta’s Southshore? I’d love to hear from you in the comments below! -Christina

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