Real Estate in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Last updated on Sep 05, 2022
Summary: Expats and retirees talk about real estate in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico? How do you find a home in Puerto Vallarta? Should you buy or rent? What is the cost of housing?
How do I find a place to live in Puerto Vallarta?
We asked expats how they chose their neighborhood and found a place to live. They answered:
"I am currently happily settled in Puerto Vallarta, where I find there are more activities that I am comfortable joining than I found in Mazatlán. Though Vallarta is more "verticle" than Mazatlán (which is one of the features that appeals to former Vancouverites), there are also plenty of flat areas with nice homes and amenities and, personally, I rent 4 blocks from the beach (the last block before the hill)," remarked another member in Puerto Vallarta.
"Versalles, Aralias & Fluvial just to name a few. Rentals are found easy with boots on ground. You need to view in person and no deposits until you arrive. Otherwise, most likely, you will have a problem with your deposit and may never see it. In Zona Romantica (my opinion is that it’s for visitors/tourist) you will have fireworks almost every night, many tourist, road blocks for celebrations/water repairs, spring/winter breaks, flooding during the rainy season, and parties non-stop," explained one expat living in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.
What is a typical expat home or apartment like in Puerto Vallarta?
"I live in an apartment/condo. This is typical housing when living in town. Condos were built around the older homes of the locals which are usually very poor, built for convenience rather than for comfort. If living out of town, or up on the hills surrounding Puerto Vallarta, villas and luxury condos are common and frequent. Some of latin America's most famous architects have designed villas in these areas," explained one person living in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.
What is the average cost of housing in Puerto Vallarta?
If you are thinking about moving to Puerto Vallarta, cost of living in probably a key consideration. Expats commented about the cost of housing:
"Much lower. I moved here from New York where my rent was close to 3,000 USD for a loft. My rent now is around 700 USD for a very nice 1 bedroom. Inland, apartments start at $100-$300 USD for decent apartments. To be near the beach however, expect to pay no less than $600 for something decent, and around $1000 for something really nice. Utilities are unpredictable but inexpensive for the most part. I work for InsidePV.com so I have at least 2 computers running all day, and occasionally run the air conditioner. This runs me about $35 USD per month. If I run the air conditioner regularly, the bill can easily jump to double or triple," said another person in Puerto Vallarta.
About the Author
Joshua Wood, LPC joined Expat Exchange in 2000 and serves as one of its Co-Presidents. He is also one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. Prior to Expat Exchange, Joshua worked for NBC Cable (MSNBC and CNBC Primetime). Joshua has a BA from Syracuse and a Master's in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Mr. Wood is also a licensed counselor and psychotherapist.
- What do I need to know before retiring in Puerto Vallarta?
- What do I need to know before moving to Puerto Vallarta?
- How do I find a place to live in Puerto Vallarta?
- What is a typical expat home or apartment like in Puerto Vallarta?
- What is the average cost of housing in Puerto Vallarta?
- How do I meet people in Puerto Vallarta?
- What should I pack when moving to Puerto Vallarta?
- Where should I setup a bank account in Puerto Vallarta?
- Will I be able to find a job in Puerto Vallarta?
- What is life like as an expat in your area?
- What do people like (and dislike) about Puerto Vallarta?
- What type of social life can someone expect in Puerto Vallarta?
- What is the social scene like in Puerto Vallarta?
- What advice to expats in Puerto Vallarta have about housing?
- What are medical services in Puerto Vallarta like?
- Are healthcare and health insurance expensive in Puerto Vallarta?
- Is the cost of living in Puerto Vallarta high?
- What are the visa & residency requirements in Puerto Vallarta?
- Why do people move to Puerto Vallarta?