Saturday, January 21, 2012
Beautiful beaches, forests, coral reefs, and ruins...this place has it all
It's a recipe for paradise...
Take little crescents of pure, powder-soft white sand. Add shimmering turquoise seas, and underwater coral gardens. Fringe it with forests, lagoons and a network of underground rivers. Sprinkle it with ancient ruins and hip little beach towns.
But this place isn't just a fantasy. It's real. It's Tulum, on Mexico's Caribbean coast. It's got so many upsides as a second home destination that I don't know where to start. Here are just a few:
- It looks like paradise. It's home to Mexico's best beaches...amazingly beautiful powder beaches, dotted with coconut palms and trendy beach bars and restaurants. Offshore, the world's second largest barrier reef offers endless diving and snorkeling adventures. Back from the beach, more than two million acres of land lies in protected nature reserves like the Sian Ka'an biosphere, where you'll see pink flamingoes, manatees, dolphins and wild cats.
- It's really easy to get to. It's a two-hour drive from Cancun's international airport on a modern highway. Government plans call for a new international airport close to Tulum. The government also plans to triple the number of tourists visiting this area.
- You won't see sprawling resorts or chains of high-rises on these beaches. And you probably never will. With the Caribbean Sea on one side, and the nature reserves, there's relatively little land available for development. Strict planning laws regulate the type of projects allowed. So we have limited supply at a time when demand is set to surge. That's good news for property investors.
- It's affordable, with excellent potential. It's picture-postcard Caribbean, without sky-high property prices. It's priced up to 30% lower than properties in a beach town close by. With a lack of available land, and those government plans for more tourists, the appreciation (and rental) potential is strong here.
Twelve minutes from the powder beaches at Tulum, you'll find a unique community called Los Arboles Tulum.
It's unique in a couple of ways. First, lot sizes in Los Arboles aren't just generous or spacious. They're downright enormous, at five acres each. Just imagine it. Five acres of forest all to yourself. You'll see tropical birds and butterflies, wild turkeys and monkeys. You know your neighbors are close by, but you can't see or hear them. The forest provides privacy and peace.
Second, Los Arboles is unique because it's eco-friendly and off-grid. Owners will use the sun and wind to power their homes, with low-decibel generators as a back-up. The project uses the stone cleared from home sites for hand-finished curbing. Roads branch around decades-old trees. Around 95% of the 1200 acres will stay as virgin forest.
But eco-friendly doesn't mean making sacrifices. Houses in the community are stylish, modern and comfortable. They use local wood and stone to blend into the surrounding forest. One incredible house in Los Arboles would easily feature in the pages of Architectural Digest.
Los Arboles offers home and lot packages from $202,000. That price includes your five-acre lot. Home sizes run from 1200 to 4000 square feet.
There's developer finance, too. You can take advantage of finance for 12 months with zero percent interest. Or you can spread your payments over 2 years at a rate of 5%. If you go for the two year finance option, you'll pay $30,000 down.
This place is unique. It's got the best of both worlds: Private forest living, twelve minutes from some of the world's finest beaches. You need to visit to see the potential with your own eyes, and to fully appreciate its dramatic beauty.
And you can do this easily on a chill weekend for $299.
These three-day trips give you a taste of Tulum. You'll see the world-famous Mayan ruins. You'll soak up the sun on those powder beaches. You'll discover the natural beauty of the Sian Ka'an biosphere.
You'll spend time at Los Arboles, check out the homes, and get a feel for what it's like to live here.
Just get to Cancun airport, and the Los Arboles team will take over from there. You get to kick back, try on this eco-chic lifestyle for size, and see if it fits.
The $299 includes accommodation, transport and some meals.
The next trip runs March 15th-18th.
Spaces are strictly limited. The Los Arboles team wants to give you as much time and attention as you need to make the trip worthwhile.
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