Photo: Timothy Real Estate Group

Photo: Timothy Real Estate Group

Situated down the coast from the touristy and yet convenient Mexican beach city of Puerto Vallerta is Villa Kismet. This angular architecture with a stunning infinity pool is located in the Sierra del Mar at Los Arcos community.  This gated oceanfront community is located 15 minutes south of downtown Puerto Vallarta on the southern shores of Banderas Bay and has a private beach. Community amenities include a private beach club with a palapa lounge, snack bar, sunning terrace, swimming pool, jacuzzi, gym, wi-fi, and business center as well as beach services such as chaise lounges, umbrellas, towels, food and beverage service, ocean kayaks and snorkeling equipment.

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Mexico is often an affordable place to buy if you’re looking for a beach property without a ton of competition. The Pacific coast of Mexico is just as gorgeous as the more popular tourist destinations without all of the crowds. There’s surfing and seafood, and wonderful culture!

Honestly, I am in love with Puerto Escondido, Oaxaca. This area feels so lovely and secluded without denying you access from some of the things that make Mexico great — food, shopping, and nightlife.

Here are a few luxurious beach properties that would be a fantastic retreat for anyone looking for beach time!

1) Casa de la Playa

Casa De La Paz

2) Casa Emily

Casa Emily

3) Casa Conchita Cumana

Conchita Cumana

4) Casa Miguel

Casa Miguel

5) Casa Costanza

Casa Costanza

Remember when the Wall Street Journal told us crime was so bad in Mexico that even the Mayor of Monterrey, Fernando Larrazabal had fled and re-located his family to the Dallas area? (I found out it was to Las Colinas, and y’all got mad at me. I also found out on a visit to La Paz, Mexico, in November that Sr. Larrazabal wanted to be closer to her family here in North Texas.)  Crime there is way out of control; the city is caught in a war between two drug cartels, the Gulf Cartel and the Zetas. A U.S. Federal ICE agent was recently murdered, and the violence could be spreading to the U.S.

I talked with my landscaper, who used to drive through Monterrey on the way home to see his parents in Mexico:  he told me he no longer drives through Mexico.

“It’s terrible,” he says. “My wife, she is afraid. They are killing people in Monterrey every day. EVERY day!”

It’s the drug cartels, he told me, and he blames the Mexican government for not wanting to accept any assistance from the U.S. There have been 350 killings in Monterrey this year, which is the third most populous city in Mexico with 3.7 million people. August 18 the body of the mayor of nearby Santiago,  Edelmiro Cavazos, was found on the outskirts of Monterrey, an industrial center with close U.S. business ties. Two doctoral students have been killed, guests at a Holiday Inn kidnapped, and the cartels killed two bodyguards right in front of a school. Many Americans and even some wealthier Mexican are out of there and ending up in Texas — so in a perverse way, this could be good for our property values.

I still recall the story of a rancher who was kidnapped and held hostage for over a year in a box, beaten, shot, barely fed, all to extort ransom money from his American-born wife. Guess where this happened: San Miguel D’Allende. On the show, the couple, who were both in real estate, said initially they were asked to keep quiet about the kidnapping for fear of the damage it would do the to real estate community.