Vallarta Central Real Estate


There's no doubt that living in the heart of downtown is attractive for many who move to Puerto Vallarta specifically for the romantic life suggested by walking along the Malecón in El Centro on a sunny Sunday, surrounded by the friendly faces of Mexico. This is where real estate tourism began for Puerto Vallarta, with builders such as Wulff and Romero building homes for gringos on the hills behind the town and along the Cuale River (hence the nickname Gringo Gulch).

Very traditional homes dot the hillside, offering wonderful views of the town and bay. Although there are a few small condo projects, most are located along Los Muertos Beach to the south of town. This is the town’s most popular beach, with an active day and nightlife along Olas Altas behind the beach. Along the Malecon, which now stretches from one end of town to the other, there are mostly shops, restaurants and nightclubs, with few homes or condominiums. If you like to be close to the best restaurants and nightlife, this is the place to be.

Vallarta Central is divided into five areas: Northside, Southside, Eastside, Amapas and Conchas Chinas. The divider between north and south downtown is the Cuale River. Northside includes the popular Malecon with restaurants, shops and nightclubs built along its length, with typical Vallarta homes built into the hillside behind. Southside is often referred to as well as "Los Muertos" or "Zona Romantica". The most common real estate found here would be the mid-priced condominiums that line the beach of Los Muertos, some on the hillside behind and a few very Vallarta-style homes. Eastside encompasses the residential colonias behind the city downtown area, on the hillside behind and heading back to the highway that wraps around the downtown area, which consists of homes and small condo developments. Amapas and Conchas Chinas are popular residential neighborhoods on either side of road heading south on highway #200.

Some say the best views in all of Banderas Bay are from the luxury homes and condos built into hills of Amapas and Conchas Chinas. For many, that's the primary reason for living and owning real estate in this exclusive zone just south of Vallarta's downtown area, nestled into the foothills of the Sierra Madre. For years, Conchas Chinas real estate has offered some of the most exclusive homes and condominiums available around the bay. There are oceanfront homes (and a few condo projects), but more are built onto the hillside. Recently, Amapas has been following suit with mostly mid-range real estate condominiums. The views are spectacular, and the easy access to town has made this a favorite place to live for many.

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Keep in mind...

  • Close to or in the downtown area, therefore close to restaurants, nightlife, Malecon and plaza.
  • Can be noisy and busy
  • If you want to be in the thick of things, easy to socialize and meet up with people.
  • Don't necessarily need a car.
  • Traffic can be a pain.


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