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Yes, I am the PV expert that was on HGTV! Let me show you how you can "Live the Dream" here in Puerto Vallarta! 

As owner of Boardwalk Realty PV and long-time resident here, I’ve done it all. From immigration to health care, I can teach you how to live and own in Puerto Vallarta on any budget. I know a lot about buying and selling real estate here for sure, but what I really excel in is helping you live the PV Lifestyle! Surf my page, you’ll find lots here to help get yous started.

John Swanson, your Puerto Vallarta property expert

I have been buying and selling Puerto Vallarta real estate for over ten years and know the region’s real estate market for much longer than that. As a property owner here many times over I have personally walked the path you are pondering and have helped countless other people make their dreams come true. There are nuances to living and owning in Mexico and I can help you avoid the pratfalls. I am an experienced buyer and seller and an excellent tour guide when in comes to the neighborhoods of Puerto Vallarta!

Originally a licensed real estate agent in Seattle, Washington I have become a specialist in owning in Mexico in general and Puerto Vallarta specifically. I have taken hundreds of hours of courses on such subjects as owning on the beach, bi-lingual contract writing, trusts, wills and current tax strategies. I successfully completed the Certified International Property Specialist courses. While I am not an attorney or an accountant, I am happy to share my experiences with you.

I have the expertise and experience to safely guide you through choosing your “place in the sun”, negotiating the best deal and ultimately help you enjoy your PV Lifestyle!

No two buyers are alike, so let's get to know you

As owner of Boardwalk Realty, I start by getting to know you, your tastes, your needs, and what you hope for from of your Puerto Vallarta home.  Only then can I do the best job of helping you find the right property for you. Our philosophy is to become expert listeners and tour guides to help you find the right spot for each individual. We have a saying “One has two ears and one mouth, use them accordingly”. 

Take a look at my Puerto Vallarta real estate listings in Puerto  Vallarta itself, Nuevo  Vallarta, Bucerias, La Cruz de Huanacaxtle, Punta de Mita, Mismaloya and the rest of the area and call me today at 1-855-239-0640 (toll free US) or  1-855-244-1306 (toll free Canada). I'll make sure your investing in a Puerto Vallarta home is also an investment in your PV Lifestyle!

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4 Bedrooms, 3 fullBaths, 2,270 sqFt, $539,000 listingPrice, Settled on the golden-white sands of Playa Gemelas, this gorgeous beachfront property gazes out across the azure waters of the Banderas Bay. The open floorplan home showcases granite kitchen with stainless appliances and perfect formal indoor dining room, opening to the outdoor living room. Excellent distribution of space for entertaining. Custom kitchen offers tropical hardwood cabinetry and dining room built-ins. This condo features professional decoration and furnishings, with a lively tropical style in its comfortable bedrooms. The home is sold ''turn-key'' and is perfect for a beachfront rental and ideal as a permanent or semi-permanent residence. The well-maintained complex includes onsite administration, restaurant, water, gas and maid service daily while occupied. remarksConcat



2 Bedrooms, 2 fullBaths, 1,028 sqFt, $499,000 listingPrice, Perfectly placed on the hill adjoining Vallarta's Romantic Zone sits Residences by Pinnacle. This comfortable two bed, two bath condo enjoys city and bay views, with spectacular indoor-outdoor living. Kitchen features granite countertops, bar seating both indoor and outdoor, as well as a kitchen island and plenty of top-quality cabinets. Perfect layout for entertaining, with wide- open terrace, stainless grill and seating for eight outdoors. Bedrooms are restful retreats, offering supreme tranquility in the back bedroom and flexible- open style layout in the front bedroom. Kitchen equipment and linens comply with Pinnacle's strict quality guidelines. Great rental portfolio. Condo is part of Pinnacle's rental pool, showings in between renters only. remarksConcat



1 Bedrooms, 2 fullBaths, 1,301 sqFt, $239,000 listingPrice, Fantastic home, fabulous location! This lovely one bedroom unit is located in the prestigious beachfront complex, the ''Grand Venetian''! Tastefully furnished, this bright and airy home features cozy furniture, an open floorplan and an oversized terrace. The pool is conveniently located nearby and the manicured gardens and lawn are maintenance-free with this ground floor condo. Amenities include an on-site gym, restaurant and bar, spa area, business center and game rooms. Only steps from one of the best sandy beaches in town, this well-priced unit will make a great home or rental. Parking is included but with two malls out your back door, a car would be just for fun. The only work you will have to do is on your tan! Sold fully furnished. remarksConcat


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Coriandrum satvium, more commonly known as cilantro, is one herb that people tend to love or really totally dislike. It’s one of the ingredients of Mexican salsa (known as Pico de Gallo to people from up north). In Puerto Vallarta, you won’t find a traditional restaurant that doesn’t present salsa on the table, often before ... Read morePuerto Vallarta & Cilantro

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The Sleeping WarriorFables abound in Mexico and are retold, embellished and treasured by everyone from schoolchildren to grandmothers. Puerto Vallarta, though a younger settlement than perhaps some of the ancient cities in the central part of the country, has many of her own tales full of grandeur and woe.From any viewpoint in Puerto Vallarta, one ... Read morePuerto Vallarta: A Mexican Fable

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Soon it will be Day of the Dead and we wouldn’t be caught dead in Puerto Vallarta without a good recipe for Day of the Dead Bread! Pan Muerto in Spanish is traditional bread that is shared at either the shine for the departed or at the actual gravesites. In the shape of a bun, ... Read morePan Muerto Puerto Vallarta

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Voting From Afar We agree with those in Puerto Vallarta who are intent on discussing the issue that the upcoming election in the United States is going to be one of the most important events in the history of the country. If one party wins, there will be upheaval and chaos; the other party is ... Read morePuerto Vallarta Voting From Afar

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Bumpy roads don’t necessarily sneak up on you in Puerto Vallarta but there are those that catch you by surprise and threaten to rearrange your kidneys.  Our driving experts have reported the top well known axle-busters: The area of Buenos Aires/Paso Ancho has been under steady redevelopment for decades, and oversized vehicles have all but ... Read moreFive Bumpiest Roads in Puerto Vallarta or “I Left My Tire in Paso Ancho”

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A new concept of traveling: XINALANI, Quimixto There’s a new concept of traveling going on in Puerto Vallarta and it is growing every time more and more: the retreat places for the wellness and the introspective of ourselves. A great example of doing this kind of gateway is the Xinalani an exclusive Yoga Retreat Center in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. Xinalani offers an unparalleled retreat experience: Read More ...

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<a href="http://www.pvlifestyles.com/Listings/Details/317267632"><img alt="Photo Link" src="https://mediavault.point2.com/p2a/listing/5046/69b5/7e7a/2e0007e56fdb32c74fa7/w400h300.jpg" /></a> •  2979 sqft , 4 bath , 4 bdrm 2 storey – FOR SALE  USD695,000 . <span class="dateline"><strong> in Marina Vallarta, Puerto Vallarta </strong></span></p> <p> This absolutely stunning beachfront two level corner Penthouse overlooks the magnificent sandy beach, bay and town. The spacious open floor plan features incredible vaulted ceilings, elegant chandeliers and gorgeous indoor dining and living that Read More ...

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Puerto Vallarta Real Estate Tip: Start in the Kitchen! When it comes to selling your property quickly, and for the best price, the answer is clearly the kitchen. In fact, one of the most common explanations buyers often give for not making an offer is, “I liked the house, but I wasn’t too keen on the kitchen.” Here are some ideas: First, clear the countertops. Read More ...

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<a href="http://www.pvlifestyles.com/Listings/Details/315148941"><img alt="Photo Link" src="https://mediavault.point2.com/p2a/listing/340d/bc95/2b00/7eacabe3b1e43d88e1ae/w400h300.jpg" /></a> •  2583 sqft , 2 bath , 2 bdrm 2 storey – FOR SALE  USD279,000 . <span class="dateline"><strong> in Zona Hotelera, Puerto Vallarta </strong></span></p> <p> Walking down the red-brick paths of Los Tules transports you to a time past, direct to your double entrance PH, just 20 meters from the sandy beach. On-site amenities include 8 pools, 5 tennis Read More ...

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<a href="http://www.pvlifestyles.com/Listings/Details/314936593"><img alt="Photo Link" src="https://mediavault.point2.com/p2a/listing/8dd4/27dd/0d1d/2306cc6cae47fd256759/w400h300.jpg" /></a> •  4259 sqft , 3 bath , 2 bdrm single story – FOR SALE  USD849,000 . <span class="dateline"><strong> in Amapas, Puerto Vallarta </strong></span></p> <p> Enjoy absolutely spectacular panoramic views of the bay and town from this elegant two-level corner Penthouse. The spectacular outdoor terrace features covered dining, professional barbeque/outdoor kitchen and ''infinity-edge'' swimming pool and enormous sundeck. Marble floors, Read More ...

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