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.

centrika Puerto Vallarta

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

Are you looking to invest in real estate in Puerto Vallarta? Visit my website www.vallartaluxurylifestyles.com for more information!


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

Looking to make your move to Puerto Vallarta? Visit www.vallartaluxurylifestyles.com for more information and complete listings.

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

Visit www.vallartaluxurylifestyles.com to learn more about incredible Puerto Vallarta and our real estate market.


Moncao PH hits the Market!

Moncao PH is the Swanson-Larson Team’s newest listing. This beautiful 2 bedroom, 2 bath condominium is notable for its incredible mountain views. Open up the sliding glass doors on either side of the living area, and you get one of the best cross breezes I have ever felt! The space is large and open, perfect for entertaining or relaxing.

Moncao Penthouse is located at Moncao 108 in the up-and-coming neighborhood of Residencial Lisboa. Located just 10 minutes northeast of Puerto Vallarta’s Hotel Zone, this is the perfect neighborhood for people looking to be out of the hustle and bustle of downtown, yet still close to all the highilghts of PV. The neighborhood is a quiet mix of small condo buildings and custom homes. The streets are nice and wide with plenty of parking. There are parks, and green areas as well. There is even a Malibu Cafe (one of my favorites!) opening up at the entrance to the neighborhood.

Moncao PH is a brand new condo in a boutique 3 unit building. Never been lived in and with brand new professionally styled furniture, this is a fantastic deal.

Moncao 108 Puerto Vallarta

What do you think about Moncao PH? I would love to hear from you in the comments below! -Christina

Looking for a retirement or vacation home in beautiful Puerto Vallarta? Check out my website www.vallartaluxurylifestyles.com to start your journey!

Lighting Tips for your Home

Lighting can really transform a home when done right. Simply changing a few fixtures can give life to a room and increase your home’s attractiveness to potential buyers. Here are a few points on how to take your home’s ambiance to the next level.

Picking the right fixtures

Pendant lights are very popular at the moment as the current style has shifted away from large ornate fixtures. We have seen a trend away from traditional styles like ornate crystal and iron chandeliers to more clean-lined lighting. People are opting for modern, mid-century vintage, or fixtures that are simpler and, in some cases, more casual and fun. The fixture should not be so overwhelming to the room that it takes away from the architecture presented. Instead, when a fixture complements a space in both design and scale, it is much more effective at selling the home as a whole.

Recessed Lighting

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Pier 57 in Puerto Vallarta

For ambient lighting in an open concept kitchen, living, and dining room, recessed lighting is a favorite; it can also be installed to focus on illuminating a specific area, such as an art wall.

But just as overall lighting trends are moving away from the ornate, the same holds true here.  Ideally smaller and with fewer lights on the ceiling, depending on the architectural considerations.

When to make a change

If there is a fixture that is particular to a client’s taste but doesn’t translate well to the average buyer for that type of home, then it may be worth changing it out. Although this conversation can sometimes be awkward with a seller, it is statistically imperative to update lighting within reason. A simple coat of paint on the walls and updated light fixtures can result in an exponential return on your investment

What kind of lighting are you most attracted to? I would love to hear from you in the comments below! -Christina

Looking for your dream home in Puerto Vallarta? Check out my website www.vallartaluxurylifestyles.com to start your journey.

El Tigre Nuevo Vallarta

One of the most luxurious and exclusive communities in the entire Bay of Banderas Mexico is El Tigre. This gated community is located in Nuevo Vallarta, Nayarit. Only a 40 minute drive to the north from downtown Puerto Vallarta.  Within the gates of El Tigre, you will find a mix of exquisite custom built homes and condominiums. The community is known for its world class golf course and sports amenities.

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The healthclub is one of the main attractions to those looking to own in El Tigre. There is a well appointed gym with excellent equipment and daily classes, a variety of pools for lap swimming, squash courts, tennis courts, racquetball, and a spa with delicious massage services. There is also a fabulous kid’s  pool area that is perfect for family gatherings and birthday parties. In general, El Tigre is a very safe, family friendly community that many people look to for a peaceful environment to raise their kids.

Nuevo Vallarta is a beautiful, tranquil place to live. There are limited services here which keeps the amount of outside traffic down. Having a car is highly recommeded so that you can easily access nearby shopping centers.

Have you ever been inside of El Tigre? What is your favorite part? I would love to hear from you in the comments below! -Christina

Interested in owning your own home in beautiful El Tigre? Check out my website www.vallartaluxurylifestyles.com for complete listings of all houses and condos in the Bay!

Beautiful Pools in Puerto Vallarta

Puerto Vallarta is know for the copius amount of sunshine it receives year round. Thousands of people flock to Vallarta’s warm beaches and beautiful mountains to enjoy the perfect weather. When the days warm up, it’s only natural to want to enjoy a refreshing dip in the closest body of water. If you’re not an ocean person, then you will enjoy the many cristalline, gorgeous pools PV has to offer!

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Pool in the beautiful Southshore neighborhood of Amapas!

Check out our latest listing: https://www.flexmls.com/share/3XiMg/215-Calle-Las-Hortensias-303-Las-Pe-as-de-Teresa-JA-Puerto-Vallarta-

Whether you prefer rooftop infinity-edge pools with an ocean view, or a more private option surrounded by towering palm trees, Vallarta has an array of swimming options that will usher you into a relaxing state of mind.

What are your favorite pools in Puerto Vallarta? I would love to hear from you in the comments below! – Christina

Looking for your dream home with your ideal swimming pool? Stop by my website www.vallartaluxurylifestyles.com for complete listings of PV properties!


D’esire Puerto Vallarta!

We just wanted to share with you a bit about our “in-house” luxury condominium development D’esire. It is currently under construction in the famous Romantic Zone district of Old Town Puerto Vallarta, right in the heart of all the best restaurants, shopping, art galleries, and quaint mom-and-pop shops that make this part of Vallarta so easy to fall in love with. Located just 3 blocks to the beach and 2 blocks to the beautiful Cuale River, D’esire PV offers you a gorgeous and contemporary home or vacation retreat in the best area of our city.

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Construction is led by renowned developer Octavio Lopez and the D’Group. Octavio has a long line of successful, iconic PV buildings under his belt: Paramount Bay, Avalon, Horizon, D’Residences and D’Terraces just to name a few. With deep roots in the community and a history of delivering quality condo homes, D’Group is a brand you can count on. In fact, with half of the 30 units already sold, the D’Group has confirmed that it has all funds necessary to complete construction. Construction is going great, with no delay. The first floor concrete has been poured; this is the most time consuming part of the build. From here on out, it’s just building UP!

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D’esire offers 5 different floor plan styles in either 2-bedroom or 1-bedroom units. All units are spacious, light, and equipped with luxury amenities like porcelain floors, granite counter tops, imported Italian “Kitchen House” brand 6-burner stove with hood, dishwasher, and super quiet and efficient zoned air conditioning. Every unit has their private terrace and laundry room as well. Contact me for the complete luxury finishes list, to see the beautiful selections delivered with the new D’esire units.

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D'esire PV Puerto Vallarta condo floor plan


The building will have gated secure entrance, 2 elevators, infinity edge rooftop pool, jetted tub, designer lounge chairs, wet lounge, cabanas, covered and open lounge areas, on-site dining and cocktail lounge, and a state of the art gym.  All this offers quite the lifestyle! These units will make an incredible retirement or vacation home, and definitely will be a great rental income investment because they are so beautiful and in such a central, high demand area.

With just 15 units left, certain floor plans are now limited. The developer has also offered special “peso-pricing” which allows for dollar buyers to take advantage of a currently favorable USD/peso exchange rate. The down payment is $10,000 US to reserve your unit, followed by a payment plan which leads up to the November 2021 delivery date.

D'esire PV condo puerto vallarta

We love this new development, and it compares favorably to the many other developments that are under construction in Puerto Vallarta. For those who know Old Town PV you will recognize that this specific corner is an ideal location, truly a quiet oasis but steps from the action of the Romantic Zone. It is going to be absolutely gorgeous when finished. Please contact me with any questions you may have about pre-sale condo buying, rental potential, or anything else! Don’t buy pre-construction in Puerto Vallarta without contacting me to find out why D’esire is the most secure investment in the Romantic Zone.


Christina Larson Boardwalk Realty Puerto Vallarta


Touring Properties in 2020

When the Covid-19 contingency began in mid-March, none of us really knew what this would mean for Puerto Vallarta’s real estate market. Over the last few months we have continued to close pending deals, as well as receive new offers on properties. Some of our current clients are residents that have rented over the years, and are now ready to make this their permanent home base. Other buyers are out of country, but have decided that they are ready to take the plunge and move to PV once this is all over with. As we continue to work throughout this time when public health is at the forefront of everyone’s mind, I just wanted to share a few updated tips for buying, and specifically touring properties in 2020.

At a time when many countries still have travel restrictions, and people in general are hesitant to jump back on airplanes, we have begun to get creative when it comes to touring properties. Zoom, the teleconferencing app that has taken the world by storm, is now proving to be a valuable tool in the real estate market. Live, virtual tours with your agent are as easy as a digital sign-in away. Just because you can’t travel, doesn’t mean you can’t get an up close and personal look at your favorite properties on the MLS.

For those buyers that are in town, we are indeed still touring, with some added safety measures for everyone’s well being. Safe-touring basics include wearing a mask and using hand sanitizer after touching doors and countertops.

Always insist that your agent wear a mask, and be sure to wear your own mask as well. Come prepared with your own hand-sanitizer. Riding with your agent is much less risky than taking a cab or Uber to a listing to view.

Lastly, please don’t view property unless you are really ready to buy NOW. It is not worth the risk of exposure to different properties if you are six months or a year from being ready to invest. Take it from the experts and STAY ON THE BEACH. Don’t set yourself up for disappointment by touring prematurely, just to have your dream property be scooped up by someone else before you are able to truly commit.

This post was inspired by an article written a few years ago on buyer preparedness. While still valid and noteworthy tips, I thought it would be great to add a few timely additions for Touring Properties in 2020.


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2 Storey For Sale in Refugio Laguna, Mezcales

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Beautiful Home in Gated community!

•  2281 sqft , 2 bath , 1 half bath , 3 bdrm 2 storey FOR SALE  USD169,000 . Price Reduced!

Truly beautiful, spacious corner lot home located inside Refugio Laguna complex in Mezcales, Nayarit. This stunning property offers three bedrooms and two and a hald bathrooms in two levels. Extra large windows allow beautiful natural light to illuminate the 2,281 square feet of living space and offer relaxing views of green jungle folilage. Common amenities include large swimming pool with lounge area, a beautiful palapa for group gatherings, and 24/7 security. A must see for anyone loooking to create a beautiful retirement, vacation, or rental home in a peaceful setting close to beaches, golf courses, shopping and world famous downtown Puerto Vallarta.

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