|When we decided it was time to make Puerto Vallarta our home, we set out to explore a number of ideas in terms of location so that when it came time to buy, we would be making our decision based on our experiences. We love the ocean so we stayed at a number of oceanfront condos. Then we tried some of the quiet side streets of old town and found a real neighborhood feel which we loved. Each had their strengths but also their weaknesses. The oceanfront locations had extremes in climates…lots of wind off the ocean every afternoon, blazing heat from the sun from 3 PM until just before sunset, and wind chill. (Yes it can feel cold even in PV!) The quiet side streets got no breezes so sitting outside was unbearable and air conditioning was the norm inside. We finally settled on the best of both… close to the beach but a bit up on a hill for gentle breezes, both ocean and town views, and a wonderful neighborhood feel.|
|The LR/Patio View||Ocean View||MBR View|
|So we left behind our great experiences at Los Tules in the Hotel Zone, La Palapa, Playa del Sol and Condominios Pilitas, all in Old Town. Through our variety of experiences, we came to love the vibrant city views while still seeing the vista of the ocean, the symbolic significance of Our Lady of Guadalupe, and the sweeping vistas of Banderas Bay and the mountains up behind Gringo Gulch and along the north shore of the Rio Cuale. We were finally lucky enough to find Casa Vista Guadalupe which encompasses all that we love about PV...great views, many restaurants, wonderful shops & art galleries, all within minutes of where we live.|
|Street appeal||Main entrance||Guest balcony|
|We have a deep appreciation for the classical Mexican colonial architecture, preferring that to modern construction. So we loved the family home feeling of the street-level approach on a shaded dead-end street, offering relative quiet and a lack of dust from traffic churning up the cobblestone streets. Our home is only half a block from the traditional Felipe's Restaurant, and a block away from our favourite Vista Grill. It is also around the corner from El Palomar de Los Gonzales. We also liked the fact that current residents call this place home rather living in a more transient rental condo building that might be inhabited for only four months a year.|
|Location, location, location||Google Street Map||Google Romantic Zone Map|
|This first map shows a simplified view of our location and proximity to the two restaurants, both of which gained their fame from their fabulous city and bay views. We are in Alta Vista at Rodolfo Gomez and Insurgentes. Those familiar with PV will recognize Insurgentes as the street that goes north across the Rio Cuale. We are south of Basilio Badillo and on top of the hill so we avoid many of the traffic snarls caused by the influx of gringos buying ultramodern condos south of town. We just walk down the stairs to Basilio Badillo for shopping and other restaurants. Hacienda Alemana (the German restaurant) is very close, as well as Blockbuster Video, Farmacia Guadalajara, two hospitals, and many other shops and services. The beach is about 6 blocks away, either straight down Basilio Badillo or along Pulpito/Pinot Suarez. It is easy to escape downtown by car when heading north by going east on Pulpito to Jacarandas and then taking the tunnel.|
|Outdoor Living at its best||Patio looking to Living Room||Patio looking from Living Room|
|What we really love about PV is the outdoor living. Our large covered patio (13x33) makes it possible to live outdoors day and night. We eat and drink and read and relax while enjoying the views and the breezes. Sometimes we just watch the activity in the neighbourhood below us. Our patio is an extension of our living space and serves as a center for entertaining. We have several planters with a lush variety of tropical plants. They flourish as they are protected from direct sun and wind.|
|Indoor Living is also nice||Spacious Living Room||Full-sized Dining Room|
|The outstanding outdoor living is matched with a large indoor space making a total of over 1700 sq.ft. The living room (14x18) offers plenty of room for entertaining and also contains the entertainment center. The dining room also has ample seating for six and has the same city and bay views as the living room. We have out in a new window on the east wall of the dining room to bring in the morning sun. The home occupies the whole floor so there is outside awareness on all four sides. The home is one floor up from street level and is five floors above ground. The building administrator lives in the penthouse above so our hallway is quiet.|
|Master Bedroom||MBR with both windows open||One of the leaded glass windows|
|The MBR features the traditional folding glass doors to the patio. It also has a large built-in cupboard and entertainment center along the inside wall. There are also two windows that face west to capture the afternoon and setting sun. They both open to provide Pacific breezes flowing throughout the home. For the really hot weather there is a minisplit air conditioner. Most times the ceiling fan is all that is needed at night.
The Master Bathroom also has a window that faces the west and opens. There is a jacuzzi tub and leaded glass windows offering privacy but letting in more light.
|The Kitchen||Window view||Outdoor Cooking on Gas BBQ|
|The spacious kitchen features bull-nosed marble countertops. The kitchen window opens onto the cul-de-sac and is protected by extensive tree cover from too much sunlight and heat.
To the northwest, the kitchen shares the same city and ocean views as the dining room and living room. There is a serving bar with stools for informal indoor dining. They also help to make meal creation a social event. The kitchen window looks over our private parking space complete with its own power.
|The Guest Sofabed||Faye's Office||Rear Balcony|
|The guest bedroom is quite spacious and has some nice features. It has its own balcony. It has two west-facing windows that not only provide much sunlight and sunset views, but also open to capture the westerly breezes in the afternoon aided as needed by the ceiling fan. A minisplit AC makes it even cooler when needed. There is a triple cupboard on the north side of the room. This room also acts as Faye's office and has Sony Bravia HDTV for a monitor. Satellite TV makes the guest room complete. (Keith works on his wireless laptop in the living room or on the patio.)
The balcony off the guest room has a stacked washer and dryer in a cupboard. There is plenty of storage with these large cupboards and extra utility cupboards on all the balconies. There are also some common areas in the building.
||Guest Bathroom||HD Entertainment Centre||Al Fresco dining at its best||The guest bathroom is handy to the guest room while being convenient to guests in the dining room or kitchen. Like every other room in the home, it has a window that opens to provide through ventilation. The oval window pictured just rotates until the glass is horizontal.
Overall, this home meets or exceeds all our requirements when we set out to settle in a permanent home in PV. We have a Panansonic 50" Plasma flat-panel HDTV and Starchoice satellite service. Also high speed wireless Internet and MagicJack VOIP phone service keeps us in touch. We plan to make satellite HDTV and stereo available in every room. We have added ceiling fans in the living room, and the patio, aided with two high tech movable fans. There is nothing like a little air movement to make the tropics comfortable.
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