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Condos on the Riviera Maya - Playa del Carmen Real Estate vs. Cancun & Tulum


Thomas Lloyd,  Broker By Thomas Lloyd
2011-07-18

When buyers consider condos in the Playa del Carmen real estate area, they are usually considering properties in the broader “Riviera Maya” area, i.e. the area that stretches from just south of Cancun down to and including Tulum.  For this reason it is worth comparing this real estate option to Cancun real estate and the market of Tulum condos for sale.  The following are some of the main defining points for each area within this region.

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Cancun Real Estate

Condos in Cancun are defined by the very concepts that created the city; modern convenience & beachfront luxury.  High-rise condos line Cancun’s Hotel Zone, sharing this space with upscale resorts, nice shopping malls, large movie theaters, international restaurants, golf courses and much more.  The city was created from scratch just over 40 years ago, and was designed to offer a comfortable place for Americans and Europeans to enjoy the beach in lifestyle context they recognize.  For this reason, Cancun feels very much like a modern city layout from the U.S.; for condo buyers this means comfort like back home, but at much lower prices.

 

Playa del Carmen Real Estate

Playa del Carmen was the first significant success story to stem from that of Cancun.  While many of the same concepts have been defining Playa del Carmen during its boom over the last decade (good access roads, modern stores and shopping malls, excellent international restaurants) the defining factor of the heart of the community is distinct.  Playa del Carmen started off as a small town which grew up around a beachfront fishing village.  As tourism and real estate grew, this original small town became the downtown area, giving the community a more provincial atmosphere, with small city blocks and narrow roads; this atmosphere has been further developed by a European flavor from a large number of Italian investors.  It is this concept which best describes condos in Playa del Carmen.

 

Tulum Real Estate

Although Tulum is just down the road and is currently becoming the third big success story in the area, the condo lifestyle here is, again, very different.  Tulum’s lifestyle is defined by close contact with nature and a care for environmental concerns.  Condo complexes are created to reflect this culture and offer owners the relaxation and fresh air that nature offers.

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Buyers who are in doubt as to which option is best should ask a TOP agent from the area to take them on of each town.  They will see for themselves – while they are very close by and all are attractive, they are fairly distinct in their styles.

 

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Thomas Lloyd graduated from Purdue University Krannert School of Management with a degree in Management/Financial Option Investments. He has been living, investing, and working professionally in Mexico for over 15 years. A Mexican Certified Realtor he is the current president of TOPmexicorealestate, you can contact him at (512) 879-6546.

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