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Mexico Real Estate on the Pacific – A Comparison of Puerto Vallarta and Ixtapa


Thomas L. Lloyd, campeche Broker By Thomas L. Lloyd
2012-03-20

Mexico’s Pacific coast is very long, and there are many excellent Mexico real estate options along this area, offering a good deal of variety.  The following is a brief description of two main markets – Puerto Vallarta and Ixtapa real estate – so you can compare.

Puerto Vallarta Real Estate

Puerto Vallarta is located on the Bay of Banderas about half way down the Pacific Coast.  The entire community is defined by three items; the splendid views of the Pacific, the beautiful beaches, and the majestic mountains surrounding Bay.  While beachfront condos and luxury homes are very desirable, there is also a distinct advantage to buying a Puerto Vallarta homes for sale on the hillside; the views are among the best to be found, anywhere. Some of these homes are also available as fixer-uppers, and can be found for as low as 50% of the price for homes in a given community.

Puerto Vallarta is also one of Mexico’s most thriving tourist centers, and also one of the largest expat communities.  This means that buyers will enjoy many of the same conveniences that they are used to from back home, like large American-style stores (like Walmart), shopping malls, movie theaters and professional golf courses.  There is also a very well-connected international airport with low-priced flights to many locations throughout Canada and the U.S.

Ixtapa Real Estate

Ixtapa is located a little further south along the coast, an hour or so north of Acapulco.  Ixtapa was built as Mexico’s second planned resort community (after Cancun.)  It is defined by planned, modern roads, nice condos with beachfront views and a very relaxing lifestyle.  Unlike other locations along the Pacific, Ixtapa has not yet seen its boom, so prices are still lower.

The traditional Mexican fishing town of Zihuatanejo is about 10 minutes away, and residents can enjoy traditional festivities, quaint shops and a taste of Mexican lifestyle the way it’s been for decades upon decades!

Comparing only these two locations, it’s easy to see a distinct style in lifestyle for each one, even though they share the splendid sunsets over the Pacific and the beautiful beaches.  Buyers who love warm weather, a relaxing lifestyle and a very low cost of living will appreciate Mexico’s Pacific Coast and its many real estate options!

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Region: Campeche Real Estate. 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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