Well after 10+ years of talking about it, on our most recent trip to Mexico, Tracy and I put in an offer for a pre-construction condo in Puerto Aventuras and it was accepted!
We have been coming to the Mexican Caribbean pretty regularly since 2005 and (like many) fell in love with Isla Mujeres after our first visit there. Ours was in 2007. We went back as often as we could and still love it. While we initially considered purchasing on the Island, there were a few things that weren’t ideal for us there including the recent spike in prices and inconvenience of being on an Island. Not knocking the place, still love it and will go back as often as we can.
Why we chose Puerto Aventuras
I want to preface this by saying that there are a number of places on the Mexican Caribbean that are beautiful and where we feel safe. There are probably folks with better qualifications than us who will disagree with our thought process and/or opinions and that’s OK. We mean no offense and are just sharing our perspective and what caused us to be willing to take the plunge.
We knew we wanted to be on the mainland but not in a big city and to check as many of these boxes as possible:
- close to beach
- water view
- new construction or pre-construction
- existing infrastructure close-by including restaurants and grocery store
- proximity to airport
- proximity to destinations like Tulum, Cozumel, PDC and all the X’s (xplore, xel-ha, etc)
- limited potential for growth
- reasonable expectation for property appreciation
- access to semi-private green space & blue space
Puerto Aventuras checked all the boxes for us. The entire community is gated off with additional security for most of the residential spaces. When we visited there we felt very much like we do when on Isla Mujeres in that everything you need is either within walking or golf cart distance, no car needed. There was an added sense of security in that there are some limitations on who comes and goes. An Island community feel but with the convenience of being on the mainland.
As for the specifics, I want to preface this by advising we don’t and won’t name-drop often. This blog is not intended to provide advertising but there are cases where people may want to know the exact who, what and where. During our research we certainly did! Anyone thinking of doing something like this should do their own homework and proceed at your own risk! As with any purchase within the US or outside there is much to consider and certain risks, especially with a pre-construction project.
Ok, that said we decided that the upcoming “Blue House” condominium project was absolutely perfect for us. Timing-wise it won’t be done for two years (Nov 2020) which is a long time for some but lines up perfectly with our commitments here in the states. This property checks every single box we had listed and was right on budget. Besides being a well designed property in a well planned community it has direct access to the canal and is a short walk to a semi-private lagoon for snorkeling and quick cart ride to the beach. There are many other perks you can research for yourself.
Our Realtor is the soon to be superstar of HGTV “Luis” (ok, may be exaggerating a bit but he will be featured on House Hunters Intl in Dec 2018). Had to give a shout out to Luis as he has been great to work with. Among many things and without hesitation after showing us properties the day before he spent another half a day with Tracy and I, on foot, exploring trails and area around the Blue House property. This included checking out the roads and other new developments, going with us on hiking trails to hidden cenotes, we found a not very well known Mayan ruin and a semi-private lagoon. We’ve worked with many realtors in our time but never someone this enthusiastic and truly caring about our purchase. That day was one we’ll not forget.
So that’s it for now. We’re still very early in the process but plan to post updates as things unfold. Wish us luck!