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Saturday, October 25, 2008

Puerto Peñasco, Land of Development

The every changing face of Puerto Peñasco
by Rita Pizarro

[photo of Las Palomas Beach & Golf Resort in Puerto Peñasco]

Puerto Peñasco’s landscape has changed from the little fishing village it once was to a new development Mecca. Sandy Beach is the embodiment of the ongoing development; thousands of units have been built along the beach in just a few years. Where people used to camp, there are now multimillion dollar developments and even a golf course.

Sonoran Resorts dominated the market in Sandy Beach with 4 resorts: The Sonoran Spa, Sonoran Sea, Sonoran Sun and Sonoran Sky. Earlier this year, Sonoran Sky’s units were all sold. There are now resales available. Their good name precedes them and record sales back them up, with many satisfied customers living their dream of an oceanfront condo by the beautiful beaches of Puerto Peñasco.

The largest existing development in Puerto Peñasco is Las Palomas Beach & Golf Resort; there are currently 800 units and the plan includes 2000 residences, 1500 oceanfront condos and 500 golf course villas. Currently, Phase III is being implemented, with Phase I and most of Phase II already complete, including pools, BBQ areas and common grounds. Phase III’s first two buildings are about 65% sold, and prices range from almost 350,000USD to 1.9 million for a 5 Bedroom Penthouse. The first Phase III units will open in early 2009. Las Palomas has restaurants with renowned international chefs, the only Convention Center in town, and an 18 hole par 72 Golf Course. For visitors, there is a Sunday Champagne brunch in Citron, and a Beach Front Buffet on the weekend. During the Jazz Festival in October, there are dinner packages available at the conference center; for more details, visit www.laspalomasresort.net.
Looking over to the Port, you can see the new Solace Tower. Condominiums are no longer unique to Sandy Beach, and the old port is joining the development frenzy with 38 boutique condominiums in a Mediterranean contemporary style. This building will rise above Whale Hill, with magnificent views of the sea of Cortez.

The every changing face of Puerto Peñasco

by Rita Pizarro

Another noteworthy development is Tessoro Tower at the end of Las Conchas, close to the Morua Estuary. With its privileged Location, private elevators, upgraded finishes and countless amenities, it stands out from the crowd. It is still being built at full force, and Phase I should be complete by March 2009. Prices range from 526,000 to 2 million dollars.

Puerto Peñasco has many planned communities; it’s a growing city with more developments than can be mentioned. There are less expensive residences in town, a few miles from the beach, starting at around 70,000 dollars. Growth is also spreading south; you can find planned communities through the coast heading towards Caborca. If you have never visited Puerto Peñasco, also known as Rocky Point, the fall is the ideal time to go: the weather is perfect and the ocean is pleasantly warm. Enjoy the Sea of Cortez, which Jacques Cousteau called “The Aquarium to the World” for its diverse sea life. Be assured, you will be warmly welcomed by the friendly people living here.