I was once showing a colleague a new listing for a condo in north end of downtown Playa del Carmen. “Unique Playa del Carmen Condo for Sale …” started the listing title. My colleague looked at it and said,
“What’s unique about that condo? There are dozens just like it.”
That made me think. What was unique about it? It was, without a doubt a really nice, comfortable condo available for a good price – good even for Playa del Carmen. But this person was right; the condo itself didn’t stand out as being particularly different from all the other great condos available – in fact, most of them are very attractive.
Yet, on the other hand, I couldn’t get the idea out my mind that there was something unique about it.
A while later I was walking down the road in the same area of town; I walked by my favorite coffee-shop/bakery and the smell of coffee came drifting out luring me. I didn’t really have time for a coffee, and I really shouldn’t have been eating any sweets, but …
A couple of minutes later I found myself sitting on a shaded patio enjoying a rich cup of coffee and a chocolate-filled croissant.
I continued walking, simply enjoying the scenery – first, residential streets, lined with tall trees, then the European flavor of Fifth Avenue with its Italian restaurants, art galleries, music in the background, gelaterias (I almost bought a gelato, but then remembered that I had just had the croissant!) and the smell of pizza in the air.
After walking for a while, my eyes strayed down one of the narrow side streets and I saw the clear turquoise of the Caribbean Sea and the bright white.
“There’s no other place like this,” I thought, simply standing there and soaking it for a minute or two.
Then I realized what was so unique about that condo; it was only a block or two away from the same corner I was standing on. Whoever happened to buy that condo would be enjoying what I had just experienced every day of their life. (I enjoy it pretty often, but since I live in another neighborhood, it’s not a part of the daily routine.)
The neighborhood, the north half of downtown Playa, is called “Little Italy.” The name is very fitting since many Italians live in and have invested in the neighborhood; they have given it a clearly European flavor. The European flavor combines perfectly with Mexican relaxation and what many people consider to be the best beaches in the world.
There are also many modern conveniences like spas and yoga classes, not to mention the local flavor of salsa clubs and small markets selling fruit, vegetables and fresh sea food.
Little Italy also happens to be one of the more interesting neighborhoods for Playa del Carmen real estate. As that colleague of mine pointed out, there are dozens of good properties – especially Playa del Carmen condos for sale. The condos themselves are fairly standard – in Playa del Carmen, at least; compared to many other places, they are more like luxury! Yet it’s the location, the lifestyle, the shops on narrow streets in quaint, low-rise buildings, the smell of coffee and Italian food, the sound of music, the breeze coming up from the sea and the smell of salt in the air that make the idea of owning a condo in Little Italy something truly unique.
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