A little farther south from downtown, just past the sub-region of Amapas, is one of Vallarta's oldest and most prestigious developments, Conchas Chinas. It is an upscale residential neighborhood with both upper and lower sections divided by the Carr. 200 South highway where one will find exemplary samples of Conchas Chinas real estate. Here, traditional Vallarta-style villas and modern condominiums sit next to each other, sharing a spectacular view of Banderas Bay, in the case of those located high up on the hill, or within walking distance to the beach, or direct access to it for the lower sections.
The steep winding roads are an adventure to explore, with many open spaces where you will be tempted to stop your car and take a few snapshots of the spectacular vistas available from several high vantage points. The sandy beaches, rock, grottos and hidden coves are just as fun, as they are accessible by car, or you can actually reach them directly from Los Muertos beach on foot.
Close to town, mere minutes from everything yet a world apart, this is a haven for those looking for peace of mind and a refined lifestyle. Properties tend to be expensive, many of them bought as second homes and rental properties. Hacienda-style architecture with domed cupolas and integrated palapas predominate, built on several levels to optimize the views and the mountainside lots.
Getting to Conchas Chinas
There are two entrances to upper Conchas Chinas and most locals refer to them as the "first" or "second" entrance, the former being the closest to town. The entire upper neighborhood can be accessed through either, however. Accesses to lower Conchas Chinasare clearly indicated along the highway. Roads are steep and there are few services or amenities within the development, so a vehicle is definitely a necessity for homeowners.
Neighborhoods & Neighboring Regions
Conchas Chinas is located right next to Amapas and Emiliano Zapata, making this neighborhood particularly alluring to those already familiar with Emiliano Zapata's many restaurants, galleries, coffee shops and other attractions. As you pass Conchas Chinas on the highway and enter the South Shore, population density decreases. However, you will find several luxury real estates, spectacular residential developments, and condos located alongside the scenic highway as you continue southbound.
Conchas Chinas Real Estate Options
For years it has been the development for Puerto Vallarta high-end real estate, offering panoramic vistas of the whole bay and for some, downtown Vallarta as well. The coastal highway heading south splits Conchas Chinas in two, with mostly condominium development on the upper side of the road. There are, however, some exceptional single family homes for sale here as well. But most of the homes were built below the highway and along the shoreline, where some of Vallarta most exceptional homes are located. Recently, though, there has been a trend towards tearing down some of these older, dated properties to build more modern condominium complexes. And it seems that will be the trend for the future.