Friday, June 11, 2010
Tao blends health and wellbeing…and fine finishes…in an affordable package
Forget the crowded beaches of Cancun…the best beaches in Mexico are hiding just 65 miles down the coast on the southern edge of Mexico’s Riviera Maya. Here, you’ll also find my #1 retirement and second home opportunity. This isn’t just a lifestyle play. As an investor, I’m excited. Today’s ground-floor pricing offers the potential for strong capital appreciation. Plus, the shortage of rentals in the area means that you should have no problem finding someone to rent your home when you aren’t using it.
Mexico's Riviera Maya runs south of Cancun to Tulum. The sand is white and the water turquoise. The rich jungle interior reveals Mayan ruins and exotic wildlife. Offshore, the world's second-longest coral reef, teeming with brightly-colored tropical fish, hugs the coastline.
Sterile, it ain’t. This region is rich in culture and history. For Mayan archaeology at its best, head to the ruins at Chichen Itza and Tulum. Eco-buffs can check out the biosphere at Sian Ka’an, or sample Xcaret’s mix of water sports and eco-park. The coral reef offshore attracts divers and snorkelers. Golf, hiking, pot holing in ancient caves...it’s all here.
The #1 retirement and second home play I’m talking about is a project called Tao. Tao is located right on the Robert Trent Jones II golf course in the Gran Bahia Principe Resort. The course opened late last year. I played the course when I visited in March—and it’s truly world class. Tennis star Rafa Nadal also played the course and was house hunting at the resort while we were here.
This is cenote country. These natural wells have mythical associations for the Mayan people. Robert Trent Jones made the most of the cenotes dotting the golf course. The new 7,600-square-meter clubhouse is slated to open next month. Clubhouse amenities include tennis courts, a spa, and restaurants overlooking the cenotes and the golf course. A shuttle bus takes you to and from the beach and main hotel amenities every 10 minutes. Residents and visitors have full use of the entire resort amenities...restaurants, the beach, the medical center, and the shops.
The centerpiece of the Tao project is the health and wellness center. At the Tao center, residents will do yoga and Pilates on specially constructed glass platforms over caves...swim in the lap pools that weave their way through the development...or work out in the gym. A full time nutritionist will help if you need to shave a couple of inches off your waistline or simply increase your energy levels. Tao will focus on keeping your mind in shape as well as your body. Cookery, Spanish and salsa classes, and stimulating lectures from guest speakers, will see to that.
Developer Benjamin Beja’s vision for Tao is a community where residents will engage with their neighbors and stay mentally and physically active.
Smaller size homes, higher density and clever use of outside space have allowed Benjamin to keep prices low without sacrificing on high-end finishes. You don’t have to worry about maintenance of the communal gardens, either. The HOA takes care of that. Benjamin has nailed the concept. Today’s buyer is looking for something more. They expect their $ to go further without sacrificing on quality. They want to be able to “lock and leave??? their home, headache free. They want to have the flexibility to travel and earn rental income when they aren’t using their home.
You get this with Tao...and with 2,100 square-foot (including exterior space) town homes available from $269,000, you also have the prospect of strong capital appreciation. I strongly urge you to visit and see for yourself.
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