Coming of Age In Puerto Vallarta

In Puerto Vallarta, there are some traditions that take our breath away with beauty and tradition. We have been invited to quinceañeras over the years and regardless of the economic level of the families, they have all been remarkable events. When a girl turns fifteen in Mexican culture, she is celebrated with a party, equal to a coming out ball for debutantes, which signifies her passage to womanhood, as well as gives thanks to God for having blessed her family, and presents her to the community.

The misa de acción de gracias is a mass at the girls’ local parish. In a loving ceremony, thanks are given for the completion of her childhood. She wears a frock, which has most likely been purchased with much forethought and deliberation. It is traditionally pink or white and rivals the style and elaborate design of any wedding dress. Everyone is clothed in their very best garb and the parents and godparents (padrinos) play important roles throughout the entire day. The young woman being honored, la festejada, is given special gifts, jewelry and bestowed with bouquets, while surrounded by her damas (maids of honor) and chambelanes (escorts). These are cousins, siblings and schoolmates and they attend to la festejada throughout the day.

Following the mass at the church, which introduces the young woman to adulthood, she leaves flowers at the altar for the Virgen de Gualdalupe and the party commences.

Similar to a conventional wedding, there is a large, beautifully decorated cake (the bigger, the better); gifts for the guests, distributed by the damas; and more generous gifts for la festejada. Though DJ’s have become popular, the favored music is a live band that can play cumbia, banda, salsa, ballads and traditional songs. Everyone is expected to dance as a waltz with la festejada and her father begins moving people onto the dance floor.

Dinner is served and a brindis (toast) gives everyone a chance to share memories about the girl and wish her the best in adulthood, as well as impart words of wisdom.

The quinceañera is an old ceremonial tradition that dates back beyond the time of the conquerors. There are shreds of evidence that indigenous people celebrated a young girl’s coming of age. Combined with Catholic and Spanish heritage, what Puerto Vallarta has come to know as the modern day quinceañera is a splendid, culturally rich event that is cherished by all.

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Hey Vallarta..Why Talavera?

Talavera is normally three times more costly than other types of ceramic crafted in Mexico. What makes it so valuable is something we set out to discover when our friends visiting Puerto Vallarta inquired about this pricier pottery.

Though Talavera was originally brought to Mexico from Spain by several key potters, chiefly among them Diego Gaytán, the design and form were highly affected by other influences. From earlier styles by the Moors, introduction in Spain of Islamic pottery and Italian art forms and later the addition of pre-Hispanic traditional ceramics, a unique blueprint developed. Cathedrals and monasteries were in high demand for tiles during the early colonial period. It was only a matter of time before local artisans were recruited to produce what today is known as Talavera Poblana, which distinguishes it from the Spanish original.

Though these ceramics are available in Puerto Vallarta, the heart of Talavera in Mexico remains in the city of Puebla and surrounding communities of Atlixco, Cholula, and Tecali. Due to their high quality of natural clay, it has long been accepted that Puebla has the corner on the market, though other Mexican states, such as Guanajuato in 1997, have petitioned and been denied the privilege and are reduced to the designation of Maiolica, which is in part the process of making Talavera. The Denominación de Origen de la Talavera, the law established in the early 20th Century, protects authenticity. Certification is issued by the Consejo Regulador de la Talavera, a rigid government authority. The nine official workshops of Talavera are Uriate, La Reyna, Armando, Celia, Santa Catarina, de la Nueva España, de la Luz, de las Americas, and Virglio Perez. Before one buys, it’s vital to assure the purchase bears one of these names. To guarantee dishes are safe for daily use of serving food, production must submit to and pass inspections twice a year. Sixteen laboratory tests with internationally certified labs are performed, as well as a test by the Faculty of Sciences of the University of Puebla.

The thin white base glaze is what sets Talavera apart from other ceramics. The natural glazes contain tin and lead but they do not affect the utilization of dinnerware. They must never be cleaned in a dishwasher or used in a microwave. Blue, yellow, black, green, orange and mauve are the official colors of Talavera and none others are permitted. The base of every piece is left exposed and unglazed, exposing the natural terra cotta. To identify a true piece of Talavera, one must find an inscription on the bottom of the manufacturer’s logo, the initials of the artist and the location of the workshop in the Puebla area. Handcrafting takes at least three months, involving a precarious procedure, which risks the piece breaking at any point of the process.

We highly recommend a keepsake of Talavera, a Mexican art that goes back over 400 years. Shops in Puerto Vallarta will be willing to ship or wrap for traveling.

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 Thanks to our Guest Blogger Adam Garcia for this great article!


Harriet Cochran Murray, Director of Cochran Real Estate, is a seasoned Real Estate professional both here in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico and in the United States. Harriet has served in many capacities as a board member and President for the local Real Estate Association AMPI (AMPI is the national association of real estate professionals). She is also a member of FIABCI and NAR in the United States. Harriet’s expertise and experience in the Real Estate and especially in the Mexican market makes her Viewpoint blog articles both informational and intriguing. Harriet is a Buyer’s Agent who specializes in getting the best deal on the right property for her clients.


Vallarta Real Estate: Fundación Corazon de Niña

Corazon de Niña

Orphanages are common in Mexico and Puerto Vallarta is no exception. “Changing the course of history – One child at a time” is the philosophy of Fundación Corazon de Niña, which translates as Heart of the Child. Corazon de Niña has two homes in Puerto Vallarta. They stand adjacent to each other; one sheltering girls, the other housing the male population. These are at-risk children and two-thirds are female. On average there are around forty children living in this nurturing, loving environment, mas o menos. Puerto Vallarta takes a pride in supporting this non-profit institute. Ages run from newborn to twenty-three years. Without the aid of local businesses, keeping things going would be a lot tougher.

The goals of Corazon de Niña are simple. Security, love, values and knowledge. These are the foundations of a well balanced person who can grow up to be a responsible adult. Attention is focused on the comforts of a normal home: clean clothes after a shower; hair that is stylishly brushed and combed, with ribbons and braids for girls; toothpaste, soap and shampoo, things most of us don’t think about on a daily basis. A safe place to sleep with clean sheets and blankets; nourishing food served at a table where one can share thoughts and ideas, like a family does; friendship. An uncomplicated pedestal of unconditional love is the strength of this loving home in Puerto Vallarta. Days at Corazon de Niña function without punishment; no voices raised in anger; without accusations or judgment. Counselors work to teach by their personal example and children are encouraged to seek spirituality. Gentleness and understanding with communication are the cornerstones of lessons. Children are taught with powerful values that aim to guide them to be confident, generous and supportive as they mature and grow. With education, it’s their belief that children can break the bonds of poverty that have affected generations. The encouragement to further learning by enrolling in post-secondary education is a prime objective. Most of these children go on to lead successful adult lives.

Children often arrive at Corazon de Niña in deplorable condition. It is not unusual for them to be ill, stricken with parasites, lice and scabies. Many are victims of horrible abuse and in need of therapy, dental and medical attention, and a safe place where they can live without dread waking up in the morning. It’s a joy to see the growth and development of these children, learn some of their stories and how they’ve progressed.

To learn more about Fundación Corazon de Niña and see how you can help, visit their website http://fundacioncorazon.mx.

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AMPI is the national association of real estate professionals that have, since 1956, gathered under laws and codes of ethics and conduct to create a reliable, trustworthy and efficient real estate environment in Mexico.

AMPI consists of separate autonomous sections all throughout the nation, as well as more than 4000 associates and affiliates. Each section is independent and has its own board of directors, only surpassed by a national board of directors comprised of twenty associates from all over the republic.

Developed over the years with the input and knowledge of its members, AMPI is much more than just a collection of offices. AMPI has been a solid and recognized institution in Mexico for the past 27 years. It was originally established in 1956 and was consolidated in 1980. AMPI is currently represented in all the principle cities and regions of Mexico stretching from Tijuana to Cancun.

Hey Vallarta… Be a Collector

Puerto Vallarta has constant and renewed efforts to pick up garbage. The municipal government has a program to keep the beaches clean and the Directorate of Environment and Ecology have many programs that operate up and down the bay doing regular cleanups. It’s important that everyone tries to do their part, though obviously some feel they are exempt from responsibility. Some communities have organized seasonal projects to clean up neighborhoods with groups of citizens and residents who make a daily effort to keep our beaches, parks and streets clean.

What can you do?

Make sure when you put your household trash out for collection that it’s in a heavy duty plastic bag and tightly tied shut. Don’t place items on top of piles that will invite stray dogs, cats and wild animals to begin digging. We have so often seen garbage sitting atop a bag with food items exposed, chicken bones, dry tortillas crumbling, cans with food residue that haven’t been rinsed or bagged.

Posters on Facebook and other social media sites who add photos of piles of garbage aren’t really helping the situation. If your Spanish language skills aren’t up to spiff, find someone who can help you communicate and do a little research. After asking, we found out that garbage pickup in our colonia happens on certain days, at exact hours. We had a hard time believing this so we watched to see what would happen on that given schedule and were amazed at the punctuality and efficiency. The garbage collector also made the extra effort to chase after fluttering pieces of trash that went astray. That impressed us and though not all city employees will be as diligent, it’s pleasing to know there are some who truly care.

Instead of complaining about the amount of plastic bottles, floating grocery bags and OXXO cups, grab your own trash-bag and take a walk. Wear protective gloves and pick up whatever lays in your path. There are empty lots in Puerto Vallarta that are open dumping grounds. Don’t be afraid to wear some closed toe shoes and buy or borrow a rake if you haven’t one of your own. Make an effort to assist your community in its beautification. Pickup after yourself at the beach and park; take whatever trash that isn’t yours in a decided radius. Be a part of the solution. Setting an example is the best way to get things done, and others as sure to follow your lead.

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 Thanks to our Guest Blogger Adam Garcia for this great article!


Harriet Cochran Murray, Director of Cochran Real Estate, is a seasoned Real Estate professional both here in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico and in the United States. Harriet has served in many capacities as a board member and President for the local Real Estate Association AMPI (AMPI is the national association of real estate professionals). She is also a member of FIABCI and NAR in the United States. Harriet’s expertise and experience in the Real Estate and especially in the Mexican market makes her Viewpoint blog articles both informational and intriguing. Harriet is a Buyer’s Agent who specializes in getting the best deal on the right property for her clients.


Hey Vallarta… Day Tripping?

Looking for an adventure that won’t take you too far out of Puerto Vallarta but still give you the feel of having a wee vacation? Here are four suggestions of destinations you can reach by bus or car. Aside from the usual trips to places like Sayulita and San Pancho, there are wonderful gems along the coast and inland that aren’t far and don’t take long to reach.

Punta Pérula, in our opinion, is one of the best beaches on the coastline. On Highway 200, that takes us from Puerto Vallarta to Manzanillo, Punta Pérula is located in the Chamela Bay in Pérula, Jalisco. There aren’t many places to stay here but it’s a well kept secret so shouldn’t be crowded. A quick walkabout and a small handful of questions will guide you to one of the small hotels or B&B’s that seem to sprout up as time goes by. The beach is pristine and a good comb for five miles or so, with the kind of seclusion not found in the above mentioned destinations. We own jars full of sea glass with many pretty pieces discovered at Punta Pérula.

Santa María del Oro is a small pueblo north of Tepic boasting a beautiful crater lake. That said, the lake is the main attraction of Santa María del Oro. The water, thought to be bottomless as with most crater lakes, is clear, clean and a perfect temperature for swimming. Cafés, restaurants, bungalows and campsites dot the shoreline. Fish tacos are not to be missed and we have nothing but raves for food served here. Santa María del Oro is close enough to Puerto Vallarta to make it a day only trip, but we heartedly recommend an overnight trip to experience the unspoiled atmosphere.

San Sebastián del Oeste was once a large and thriving mining village in the mountains about two hours east of Puerto Vallarta. Hundreds of years ago San Sebastián was a major source for gold, silver and lead but now it’s most popular exports are coffee and agave. There are several places to stay, including the Hacienda Jalisco, a usually quiet and romantic place where we dished on heavenly chile rellenos. A good walking tour around the settlement is full of history and fable for those interested in the culture.

Mayto (pronounced My-Toe), a couple short hours south of Puerto Vallarta is a well known nesting ground for turtles. A government program, established to protect and guarantee safe passage to the sea for the Olive-Ridley turtle, involves official biologists, as well as volunteers from all over the world. While chatting with the workers, late at night on the beach as they carry their torches in search of nests, we were informed that turtle egg poaching is a criminal offense in Mexico. Take the time to discover this beautiful haven for both turtles and tourists alike.

Safe travels and remember to not drive at night.

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 Thanks to our Guest Blogger Adam Garcia for this great article!


Harriet Cochran Murray, Director of Cochran Real Estate, is a seasoned Real Estate professional both here in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico and in the United States. Harriet has served in many capacities as a board member and President for the local Real Estate Association AMPI (AMPI is the national association of real estate professionals). She is also a member of FIABCI and NAR in the United States. Harriet’s expertise and experience in the Real Estate and especially in the Mexican market makes her Viewpoint blog articles both informational and intriguing. Harriet is a Buyer’s Agent who specializes in getting the best deal on the right property for her clients.


Puerto Vallarta: Paddling

Stand Up and Paddle

Our first introduction to standing on a surf board with a paddle was a wet one. It took several attempts to learn our balance points but the landing was always soft and forgiving. Stand Up Paddle, known as SUP, has become increasingly popular in Puerto Vallarta over the past few years. SUP is an all-ages sport. Competitions are regular and entertaining, up and down the coastline, with Sayulita hosting a variety of annual events.

SUP might be new in Puerto Vallarta but to surfers, it’s been around for a long while. Hawaiian surfers called it Board Surfing and when the surf wasn’t high, they could still be in the water and move about at will, waiting for a big one to come along. The idea is to place your feet parallel faced toward the head of the board. Using your large back muscles, pull a long stroke, making sure your grasp is a shoulder width apart, otherwise you’ll wear yourself out quickly with short movements. A sesh (session) is the length of time one works out on their board and the goal is to lengthen the seshes on a daily basis in an effort to improve balance, strength, and endurance. It’s an alternative to the gym and we like the outdoor aspect. In Puerto Vallarta, summer is a great time to strengthen skills and lengthen seshes; the water can be a method to cool off in the intense heat and humidity.

Some think Puerto Vallarta’s surf is a little too rough and that may be true for the beginner, though the ocean is unpredictable. We have seen the Bay of Banderas at Beach Los Muertos as smooth as a pond. We’ve found calm waters in the bay at Yelapa, north in Sayulita, and Bucerias, and to the south, off the shores of Las Animas and Quimixto. Mismaloya, with its protected cove is ideal for SUP.  It’s not necessary to schlep your board to these destinations but we do see them often toted onto buses. Boards in zippered cases are a common site in oversized baggage at the airport, as well.

Tours of Stand Up Paddle are very common and it’s nice to have a guide who can teach you the fundamentals. Ask at any beach kiosk in Puerto Vallarta or any of the above mentioned locations and you’re likely to find just what you’re looking for, along with someone knowledgeable and experienced. We recommend SUP as a great relaxing form of exercise; low impact and easy for anyone.

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 Thanks to our Guest Blogger Adam Garcia for this great article!


Harriet Cochran Murray, Director of Cochran Real Estate, is a seasoned Real Estate professional both here in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico and in the United States. Harriet has served in many capacities as a board member and President for the local Real Estate Association AMPI (AMPI is the national association of real estate professionals). She is also a member of FIABCI and NAR in the United States. Harriet’s expertise and experience in the Real Estate and especially in the Mexican market makes her Viewpoint blog articles both informational and intriguing. Harriet is a Buyer’s Agent who specializes in getting the best deal on the right property for her clients.


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Vallarta Real Estate: Staging a House for Sale in 2017

Staging a House for Sale in 2017: What You Need to Know
From an article we found helpful in www.advisoryhq.com:

If you watch home improvement shows on television, you’ve likely heard the term “home staging.” Although it can seem like a daunting task for homeowners who are already stressed from trying to sell their house, staging your home is an integral part of making the sale.

Imagine the homes you would consider buying. Do you prefer the ones with clutter and design very personal to a family? Or would a home feel more inviting with a more neutral design and a clean, organized space?

The homeowners of the latter have likely used staging companies or did the work themselves. And, from staging a home, these homeowners are likely to see an 8% to 10% return on investment of their staging costs, which average about 1% to 3%.

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That’s a significant difference in price that they can sell their home for, simply by staging furniture in a way that makes a home feel new to prospective buyers. Staging a home for sale creates an open palette for buyers to imagine themselves in.

But, is staging a house difficult? How much does staging a house for sale cost? Is it better to use home staging companies or do it yourself with the help of virtual staging software?

This guide will answer your questions about staging a home in 2017 and provide valuable home staging tips to make the process go as smoothly as possible for you.


Ready to Sell? Tips for Selling Your Home

When you consider selling your home, you likely get flooded with tips for selling your home from friends and family. Although some are probably good pieces of advice, others may not be necessary.

The best tips for selling your home involve tried-and-true methods that streamline the process and give you the best return on investment. In other words, tips for selling your home should get you the most money for your home with the least stress as possible.

Staging your home to sell is one of the best tips for selling your home, according to real estate blogger Teresa Mears. Staging furniture is one of the best ways to define spaces for prospective buyers so they can see themselves in the home and have a clear purpose for each space.



AMPI is the national association of real estate professionals that have, since 1956, gathered under laws and codes of ethics and conduct to create a reliable, trustworthy and efficient real estate environment in Mexico.

AMPI consists of separate autonomous sections all throughout the nation, as well as more than 4000 associates and affiliates. Each section is independent and has its own board of directors, only surpassed by a national board of directors comprised of twenty associates from all over the republic.

Developed over the years with the input and knowledge of its members, AMPI is much more than just a collection of offices. AMPI has been a solid and recognized institution in Mexico for the past 27 years. It was originally established in 1956 and was consolidated in 1980. AMPI is currently represented in all the principle cities and regions of Mexico stretching from Tijuana to Cancun.

Rodolfo Gómez in Puerto Vallarta

Rodolfo Gómez

A great honor in Mexico is to have one’s name bestowed upon a street. Many of the well known streets in Puerto Vallarta are named for famous politicians and statesmen, José Venustiano Carranza Garza, for example, or Lázaro Cárdenas. One very familiar street is Calle Rodolfo Gómez, a block south of the famous Vallarta pier and home of one of the early hotels in Puerto Vallarta, San Marino, situated on the Malecón.

Rodolfo Gómez was a grandchild of Guadalupe Sánchez, the chief founder of Puerto Vallarta, then known as Las Peñas. Rodolfo Gómez was one of ten children of José Concepcion Gómez Michel and María del Rosario Sánchez Castillo, born on June 15, 1895. As well as serving as Mayor of Puerto Vallarta from 1939 to 1940, Rodolfo Gómez was the president of the Committee for City Hall funding. He was long remembered for leaving those coffers bulging with a large amount of money ($25,000 pesos) for that period of time.

The entire town mourned his death on December 18, 1950, as he was loved by everyone and a special friend to local fishermen and sailors. His funeral service was held at City Hall and an honor guard was assigned to maintain watch over him.

For many years the street named for Rodolfo Gómez has been a very desired location for a variety of businesses. Sandwiched between Calles Francisca Rodriquez and Pulpito, it was the original center of Old Town, bordered by Olas Altas, the gateway to wonderful beach restaurants and entertainment for all tastes in Puerto Vallarta.

Little did Guadalupe Sánchez realize how his beloved Las Peñas would grow and become a major global tourist attraction with streets named after his grandchildren and Guadalupe Sánchez, himself, the very street where you will find Café des Artistes Bistro Gourmet, Restaurants Pipi’s and Sí, Señor.

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Ten Facts About Puerto Vallarta

1. Puerto Vallarta is consistently referred to as a small, quaint fishing village that grew into a vacation resort. Puerto Vallarta was never a small quaint fishing village. As it remains today, with cruise ships coming and going, Puerto Vallarta has always been a PORT. Silver mines abounded in the surrounding mountains and the Bay of Banderas was a safe harbor for loading precious metal, as well as the import of salt, necessary in mining efforts. Later, Puerto Vallarta became the terminal for produce companies such as Montgomery, who supplied the north with bananas, mangoes, corn, tobacco, beans, coconuts and other products from the fertile Ameca Valley. The area has been populated since 1850.

2. Nuevo Vallarta and Puerto Vallarta are two different places. Nuevo is located in the northern state of Nayarit and in a completely different time zone. Some resorts set their clocks to Puerto Vallarta time so it’s always a good idea to ask how to set your watch.

3. Sunday is family day in Mexico. On Sunday evenings, regardless of the season, the Malecón hosts diverse markets, street performers, food, music and the Municipal Band performing in the Plaza at 7 p.m. sharp. The seventeen member band has been entertaining locals and tourists alike with traditional and international musical selections since 1981.

4. No one is completely sure how many ex-pats live in Puerto Vallarta. It’s been estimated around 60,000 but countless come and go, once the snow melts in their northern abodes. However, incalculable foreigners live in Mexico illegally, having allowed their visas to run out. This is not advised.

5. Puerto Vallarta, in the State of Jalisco, is the origin of Tequila and Mariachi. A visit to the town of Tequila is highly recommended. In Guadalajara, a large plaza is devoted to Mariachi bands and every night is alive with competing groups, showing off their hats, costumes and musical talents.

6. Vallartenses (people born and raised in Puerto Vallarta) are not fond of the abbreviation used to indicate their city. PV is what non-locals call Puerto Vallarta, in an effort to avoid learning the correct pronunciation. Vallartenses consider this nothing more than laziness. Same goes for the shortening of the lovely village of Punta de Mita, which has been clipped to not include the designating de. Traditionally it is the Point of Mita.

7. Puerto Vallarta is on the same latitude as the Hawaiian Islands. The tropical temperatures are the same and daily rainfall is common in the months from June to October.

8. Puerto Vallarta, as aforementioned, is located on the beautiful Bay of Banderas (Bay of Flags, another indication of its port designation, accepting all nations). The bay is listed among the top ten largest bays in the world and is a breeding ground for humpback whales and dolphins, which are responsible for keeping the shark population down to nearly zero.

9. The average temperature for Puerto Vallarta ranges in the 80’s F; upper 20’s – low 30’s C. In January the daytime temperature average is 81°F and July is around 88°F. The humidity, on the other hand, will be much higher in September than in February.

10. Puerto Vallarta is a rambling place, extending from the settlement of Mismaloya to the south, all the way past the airport to the north. The eastern edge runs along a large community, actually part of Puerto Vallarta proper, called Pitillal and easily pronounced by foreigners as PTL.

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 Thanks to our Guest Blogger Adam Garcia for this great article!


Harriet Cochran Murray, Director of Cochran Real Estate, is a seasoned Real Estate professional both here in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico and in the United States. Harriet has served in many capacities as a board member and President for the local Real Estate Association AMPI (AMPI is the national association of real estate professionals). She is also a member of FIABCI and NAR in the United States. Harriet’s expertise and experience in the Real Estate and especially in the Mexican market makes her Viewpoint blog articles both informational and intriguing. Harriet is a Buyer’s Agent who specializes in getting the best deal on the right property for her clients.


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Listing Agent: SALVADOR ZUÑIGA
Agent Phone: 322-150-7605
Agent Email: salvador@rainbowrealty.mx
Last Updated: July - 20 - 2019
$270,000
540 MANUEL M. DIEGUEZ 102, EDIFICIO BRUNO, Puerto Vallarta, JA
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# of Bedrooms: 2
# of Bathrooms: 2
Square Footage: 1291.2
Area: Centro South
Listing Agent: SALVADOR ZUÑIGA
Agent Phone: 322-150-7605
Agent Email: salvador@rainbowrealty.mx
Last Updated: July - 20 - 2019
$445,000
10 AV. Taurrima PH 607, Haixa, Riviera Nayarit, NA
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# of Bedrooms: 2
# of Bathrooms: 3
Square Footage: 2625.44
Area: Litibu
Listing Agent: Enrique Cuadra Wickline
Agent Phone: 322-109-0738
Agent Email: enrique_cuadra@coldwellbanker.com.mx
Last Updated: July - 20 - 2019
$695,000
6.5 KM Carr 200 Vallarta-Melaque 8, Quinta Esmeralda, Puerto Vallarta, JA
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# of Bedrooms: 4
# of Bathrooms: 4
Square Footage: 3798.28
Area: South Shore
Listing Agent: Dana Scapa, MBA
Agent Phone: 322-147-3459
Agent Email: dana@remaxinpv.com
Last Updated: July - 20 - 2019
$639,500
248 Calle Gardenias 304, Avalon, Puerto Vallarta, JA
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# of Bedrooms: 2
# of Bathrooms: 2
Square Footage: 2763.17
Area: South Shore
Listing Agent: Taniel Chemsian
Agent Phone: 322-120-5900
Agent Email: taniel@timothyrealestategroup.com
Last Updated: July - 20 - 2019
$329,000
Private Hot Tub Ocean Views
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# of Bedrooms: 2
# of Bathrooms: 4
Square Footage: 1863.31
Area: Centro North
Listing Agent: Francisco Javier Perez
Agent Phone: 322-189-5500
Agent Email: javier@timothyrealestategroup.com
Last Updated: July - 19 - 2019
$150,000
426 Basilio Badillo 4, Casa Vallarta, Puerto Vallarta, JA
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# of Bedrooms: 2
# of Bathrooms: 2
Square Footage: 806.25
Area: Centro South
Listing Agent: Ryan Donner
Agent Phone: 322-193-2991
Agent Email: ryan@timothyrealestategroup.com
Last Updated: July - 19 - 2019
$186,653
240 ROMA 507, ROMA 507, Puerto Vallarta, JA
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# of Bedrooms: 2
# of Bathrooms: 2
Square Footage: 102833.32
Area: Francisco Villa West
Listing Agent: Sarah Elengorn
Agent Phone: 322-116-9730
Agent Email: sarah@elengornrealtors.com
Last Updated: July - 19 - 2019

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Hey Vallarta.. What About El Nogalito?

Our first visit to El Nogalito many years ago brought us to a primitive village with typical languid dogs in the street, children kicking a ball around and fresh laundry hanging on trees and bushes. Not much has changed but since then, this small community nestled in the foothills approximately twenty minutes south of Puerto Vallarta has added some very enticing attractions. Over the years, as Puerto Vallarta has grown, so has El Nogalito and yet it has kept its quaintness and charm.

El Nogalito, which means little oak, earned the name due to the small jungle oaks that spill down the Sierra Madres above and around the village. A major hiking destination for those so inclined reveals a wonderful array of flora and an abundance of fauna. The jungle forest consists of a canopy of trees, palms, orchids, gigantic ferns and tropical flowers. Bright green iguanas and chameleons lounge on branches, appearing to be sleeping until they spot a tasty morsel, race up a tree limb and disappear with their prey. Black and blue jays, flocks of green parakeets and the colorful Cacique with its bright yellow wings flutter around squawking as if something is happening, though likely nothing is. Floating dragonflies and butterflies add to the heavenly ambience. The peaceful atmosphere of El Nogalito makes Puerto Vallarta seem like a bustling metropolis.

Several outdoor restaurants welcome guests to sit and sip while listening to the sound of the river nearby, rumbling down from the mountains following summertime storms. El Nogalito is often several degrees cooler and therefore a popular escape from the heat at lower levels and the water is shallow enough in many places for a quick dip.Puerto Vallarta at large has become well known for spa destinations and El Nogalito is no exception. Boutique motels offer massages, Temazcal Mexican sauna, hot tubs and pools, aromatherapy and health minded menus, as well as the typical nachos, ceviche, margaritas and icy cold beer.

Horse trips are available for treks into the upper hills. Waterfalls with refreshing natural swimming pools can be discovered at varying levels; one can settle on relaxing at lower cascades or continuing on to higher summits. Mother Nature’s architecture of trees growing in and out of the granite cliffs, trees jutting out horizontally and plants sprouting out of others are all very camera-worthy. These are sights that don’t change no matter how exponential the influx of commercialization. Visit El Nogalito for a glimpse into the past, without going far out of town.

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 Thanks to our Guest Blogger Adam Garcia for this great article!


Harriet Cochran Murray, Director of Cochran Real Estate, is a seasoned Real Estate professional both here in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico and in the United States. Harriet has served in many capacities as a board member and President for the local Real Estate Association AMPI (AMPI is the national association of real estate professionals). She is also a member of FIABCI and NAR in the United States. Harriet’s expertise and experience in the Real Estate and especially in the Mexican market makes her Viewpoint blog articles both informational and intriguing. Harriet is a Buyer’s Agent who specializes in getting the best deal on the right property for her clients.