House Hunting in Mexico: A Playa del Carmen Beach House for $750,000

A Four-Bedroom House on Mexico’s Caribbean Coast

$752,000 (15.three MILLION MEXICAN PESOS)

This four-bedroom, four-bath residence sits contained in the gated resort group of Playacar, in the town of Playa del Carmen, on the east coast of Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula. Built in 2000 and regularly upgraded, the stone and cement home combines many native supplies and architectural options, together with palapa roof coverings, fabricated from dried palm fronds.

“This home is part of a prestigious community of about two dozen homes, within Playacar’s second phase of development, that has its own pool and tennis courts,” stated Judi Shaw, the proprietor/dealer of Living Riviera Maya Real Estate, which has the itemizing. “They also have their own pathway to the beach — it has a gate and only these homeowners have keys.”

The value for the three,657-square-foot residence, which has been a well-liked rental property, consists of the furnishings, Ms. Shaw stated.

Up just a few steps from the lobby, the residing space combines kitchen and lounge.Credit…Courtesy of Living Riviera Maya Real EstateThe kitchen counters and breakfast bar are fabricated from ticul, a regionally quarried limestone.Credit…Courtesy of Living Riviera Maya Real Estate

The predominant entrance, sheltered by a palapa overhang, is on the entrance of the home going through a driveway with house for two vehicles. It opens right into a small lobby with a wooden staircase to at least one aspect. Up just a few steps is the primary residing space, an open, tiled house combining kitchen and lounge. The kitchen counters and breakfast bar are fabricated from ticul, a regionally quarried limestone.

Decorative stained-glass home windows, used all through the home, convey in ample gentle and supply privateness from neighbors on both aspect. A hallway reverse the primary entrance results in a big wooden deck with a palapa-covered eating space and built-in benches. Below the deck is a tiled patio with a bar. Stairs from the deck result in one other coated terrace above. The decks overlook the group pool.

Two bedrooms — one with two twin beds and one with a queen — in addition to two baths flank the hallway.

The stairway in the primary lobby leads as much as the first suite, which has a placing vaulted ceiling painted to resemble the sky and illuminated with uplighting. Closets line one wall, with a built-in vainness in the middle. On the other wall, marble steps result in a whirlpool tub framed by giant stained-glass home windows. A separate bathe room is simply off the bed room.

Another bed room on the second flooring has an en suite tub and out of doors entry through a spiral staircase.

The Playacar group, in the southern nook of Playa del Carmen, additionally has a golf course and an array of personal seashore golf equipment and beachfront inns on the Yucatán’s Caribbean shoreline. Pedestrian-only Fifth Avenue, full of retailers, eating places, bars and cafes, is inside strolling distance. Xcaret Park, a well-liked water-oriented theme park and resort, is just a few miles south of the town. Cancun International Airport is a couple of 45-minute drive.

The major suite has a vaulted ceiling painted to resemble the sky and is illuminated with uplighting. Marble steps result in a whirlpool tub.Credit…Courtesy of Living Riviera Maya Real Estate

Market Overview

Playa del Carmen, in the municipality of Solidaridad in the state of Quintana Roo, is likely one of the largest cities on Mexico’s Riviera Maya shoreline, with a inhabitants of roughly 305,000. It sits between the resort locations of Cancun and Tulum.

Primarily a second-home market, the town has seen a pointy uptick in demand from patrons in search of refuge from pandemic lockdowns, brokers stated.

“We have a history of traditionally being a buyer’s market because there’s just a lot of inventory — I like to say there’s a lot of candy in the candy store,” Ms. Shaw stated. “But suddenly we had a lot of longstanding inventory get snapped up last year and early this year. So that’s making it more of a balanced market.”

At the nationwide degree, the typical sale value of a house rose 5.four p.c in the fourth quarter of 2020 in contrast with This autumn 2019, to 1.2 million pesos ($59,000), based on Mexico’s Federal Mortgage Society, which tracks the worth of houses with mortgage credit score. (The nation doesn’t have a a number of itemizing service.) In Quintana Roo, residence costs rose 7.5 p.c in 2020, the fifth-largest enhance amongst Mexico’s 32 states.

In the primary six months of this yr, Ms. Shaw stated, her company bought the identical variety of properties as in the primary half of 2020, however the common sale value was increased, at $435,500. (Many properties in Mexico, together with this one, are marketed in U.S. dollars.)

Ivan Castillo, an actual property legal professional and basic supervisor of Secure Title Riviera Maya, stated that earlier than the pandemic shutdown in early 2020, his firm’s workplaces all through Mexico have been every opening round 40 to 45 recordsdata a month. Now, the typical is nearer to 100.

“We see a very accelerated real estate market,” Mr. Castillo stated. “It’s going crazy.”

Prices in Playa del Carmen begin at just below $200,000 for a two-bedroom condominium farther from the seashore, stated Jason Waller, the proprietor of Playa Real Estate Group. Condos nearer to the seashore are sometimes priced between $300,000 and $450,000, whereas beachfront houses at the moment are promoting for over $1 million, he stated.

A hallway reverse the primary entrance results in a big wooden deck with a palapa-covered eating space and built-in benches. Credit…Courtesy of Living Riviera Maya Real Estate

“We have a lot of clients from New York, and a lot of people are looking for beachfront houses so they can enjoy life on the beach if there’s another lockdown, instead of being stuck in a condo in the city and hating their family,” Mr. Waller stated.

Compared with Cancun, Playa del Carmen is cheaper and extra walkable, he stated, including, “almost every street leads to the beach.”

Mr. Castillo stated he believes there may be extra worth in shopping for in Playa del Carmen in contrast with Tulum, 40 miles down the coast, the place rampant improvement is rising in “such a disorderly fashion” that providers corresponding to water, electrical energy and web entry have gotten strained.

The U.S. State Department at the moment advises vacationers to Quintana Roo to train elevated warning due to crime.

Who Buys in Playa del Carmen

The majority of overseas patrons in Playa del Carmen are from the United States (notably Texas and New York City) and Canada, brokers stated.

Mr. Waller stated he’s additionally seeing extra patrons from France and Britain this yr.

“We’ve really noticed an upswing from Europe this year,” he stated. “We just hired a French-speaking agent.”

Mr. Castillo stated the vast majority of his overseas purchasers are from Canada and, as a result of the nation was shut down for so lengthy, most are shopping for properties in the pre-construction part. “I send them a power of attorney to sign so I can represent them to take physical possession and take title if necessary on their behalf,” he stated.

The residence sits contained in the resort group of Playacar, in southern Playa del Carmen. Along with a pool, the group has a golf course and an array of seashore golf equipment and inns. Credit…Courtesy of Living Riviera Maya Real Estate

Buying Basics

Foreign patrons buying inside 50 kilometers (31 miles) of the shoreline or inside 100 kilometers (62 miles) of the nation’s borders should purchase by way of a Mexican financial institution belief or a Mexican company, Mr. Castillo stated. A lawyer is required to conduct the due diligence on the transaction. A government-appointed notary formalizes the transaction.

Mortgage financing is just not obtainable to foreigners in Mexico. Most offers are executed in money, Ms. Shaw stated.

The agent’s fee is normally 6 to 7 p.c, which, on a resale, is paid by the vendor.


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Languages and Currency

Spanish; Mexican peso (1 peso = $zero.049)

Taxes and Fees

The switch tax in Playa del Carmen is three p.c of the acquisition value, Mr. Castillo stated. Total closing prices, together with the price of organising the belief, sometimes run between four and seven p.c.

Annual property taxes on this residence are $375, with month-to-month house owner’s affiliation charges of $140.


Judi Shaw, Living Riviera Maya Real Estate, 760-994-1716; [email protected]

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