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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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, 14,558 sqFt, $599,000 listingPrice, Fabulous lot with partial ocean views and easy road access. Located in a neighborhood of amazing villas between Boca de Tomatlan and Mismaloya close to the landmark los arcos, it has direct access to public services. This 1353 square meter lot is already fenced, an ideal lot to build an exclusive home or a larger project by acquiring lot Baltazar. remarksConcat



6 Bedrooms, 4 fullBaths, 7,641 sqFt, $449,000 listingPrice, Casa Del Barco is a magnificent corner home with stunning views in the North end of the downtown area and bay. This magnificent home consists of two nearly identical towers which could be confirgured as duplex as it has separate entrances for each, a BnB, or a magnificent 6 bedroom home. Each tower has a private rooftop terrace with commanding 360 degree views. It recently was renovated with all wood work refinished, two new kitchens with polished cement countertops and sizable living and dining areas in each. There are a total of 6 bedrooms, 4 baths and a powder room for each of the living/ dining rooms. Other amenities include garage parking for 2 cars, a weeping wall entrance and a (currently) shared dipping pool. remarksConcat



, 10,577 sqFt, $435,000 listingPrice, Spectacular 983 square meter lot located between Mismaloya and Boca de Tomatlan close to the landmark Los Arcos, perfect for building a luxury villa with ocean views or a larger project like a boutique hotel if you acquire the adjoining lot Imelda. The road to the lot is incomplete but very easy to finish, also, there's potential to build a funicular that can take you to this incredible piece of land. A great opportunity to build the property of your dreams in one of the most private, quiet and beautiful areas of the South Shore. remarksConcat



4 Bedrooms, 4 fullBaths, 2,550 sqFt, $389,000 listingPrice, Los Tules is a fabulous, traditional oceanfront complex with over 1/2 mile of palm-lined beach. Your turn-key, ocean-view condo offers diverse potential for either investment income, personal use or both. It is up with four smart-locking apartment suites separated by an adjoining private stairwell. First floor studio-suite showcases living room, dining room and kitchen with oversized terrace, new pergola and gas grill. To the back, bedroom equipped with two-full beds, full bath and terrace offers pleasant views to the landscaped grounds. A large penthouse suite with vaulted ceiling on the second level enjoys sounds of the crashing waves of the Pacific with full kitchenette, W/D and extended terrace. Restful third bedroom is set up with two full beds, small private terrace, and en-suite bath. remarksConcat



3 Bedrooms, 4 fullBaths, 1,915 sqFt, $349,000 listingPrice, Featured on HGTV Mexico Life! Views and traditional charm in this perfectly situated downtown condo. The spacious, full-floor condo includes three bedrooms, each with an en-suite bathroom designed with festive tile accents, galley kitchen and recently updated tropical hardwood cabinetry throughout. Private rooftop terrace with new palapa and a few steps from a shared rooftop terrace with spectacular 240-degree views of the ocean and city. This beautiful condo is located up two easy flights of stairs, offering penthouse roofline with exposed beams. The two balconies offer lovely views to the Pacific Ocean over the terracotta rooftops of Vallarta's historical downtown. remarksConcat



2 Bedrooms, 2 fullBaths, 1,323 sqFt, $298,000 listingPrice, Within the luxurious and secure community of El Tigre Taheima boasts an impeccably maintained dream vacation home. Two tranquil bedrooms feature en-suite bathrooms. Kitchen with island leads through a modern and open floorplan seamlessly transitioning to a spacious terrace that looks out to the golf-course beyond. The Taheima complex offers generous pools, on-site bar with food service, and is located close to the south entrance to El Tigre, located only 10 minutes-walk from the five-star beach club. The only country club lifestyle in Puerto Vallarta bay, El Tigre offers world-class sport club, professional's choice golf course, pro-shop, spa, formal restaurant, and even a Tiger sanctuary. Great investment or retirement opportunity. remarksConcat



3 Bedrooms, 2 fullBaths, 1,506 sqFt, $110,000 listingPrice, Lovely, newly remodeled single-family home at an outstanding value! First floor offers spacious living-dining room opening to a private patio-garden. Brand-new kitchen, featuring granite countertops and durable cabinetry. Half bath on the first level is perfect for entertaining. Mountain breezes sweep through the second-level den and adjoining balcony. Access to two additional bedrooms, and shared full bathroom give the home a perfect layout for families or guests. Tranquil master suite is located at the back of the home overlooking the back patio, offering seclusion from neighbors. Private bathroom off the master and space to add a walk-in closet, if desired. Off-street parking and large laundry-room/ storage area make this an easy '' lock and leave'' home for short or long-term residents remarksConcat


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Along with many excellent restaurants in Puerto Vallarta, there are food vendors aplenty and a wonderful variety on the beach. One can sit all day and order fine and delectable fare. A good morning starter is a cup loaded with a mixture of fruit. Melons, papaya, jicama, cucumber, among other juicy choices, all sliced with ... Read moreIn Puerto Vallarta try the Beach Food

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Isla Marietas Paraíso de Nayarit Beginning in the mid ‘80’s in Puerto Vallarta, we began fishing trips on pangas, which are open boats and dot the shoreline up and down the shores of Puerto Vallarta. Floating around offshore, lines trailing in the water, cooler full of ice water and cold beer, it was a beyond ... Read moreIsla Marietas Paraíso de Nayarit

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Puerto Vallarta has constant and renewed efforts to pick up garbage. The municipal government has a program to keep the beaches clean and the Directorate of Environment and Ecology have many programs that operate up and down the bay doing regular cleanups. It’s important that everyone tries to do their part, though obviously some feel ... Read morePuerto Vallarta: Be a Collector

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School children in Puerto Vallarta, public and private, from pre-kindergarten to high school graduates are well dressed, tidy, and start each day with nary a hair out of place. They wear crisp uniforms and shoes are shined to a gleam. Regardless of economic background, these students start their days with a mother’s blessing and probably ... Read moreSchool Children In Puerto Vallarta

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A young couple, we’ll call them Joe and Mary, decide to take one last vacation as a married couple before their first child, who is due on St Valentine’s Day, makes his arrival. Christmas is chaotic in both their families, so they choose the holidays to get away to Puerto Vallarta. When Mary goes into ... Read moreWhat is a Mexican?

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I was recently asked to write a column with mistakes that buyers make. As I have 16 years in Real Estate here as co-owner and broker of Boardwalk Realty (http://www.boardwalkrealtypv.com), I have seen hundreds and hundreds of buyers along the way. So…..here is your Puerto Vallarta Real Estate tip! Don’t overbuy. There are millions of factors that go into the definition of “overbuy” because if Read More ...

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<a href="http://www.pvlifestyles.com/Listings/Details/314730022"><img alt="Photo Link" src="https://mediavault.point2.com/p2a/listing/9ada/9cde/b038/ef9674eca0ec810cb570/w400h300.jpg" /></a></p><p style="margin-top:0px"> <span class="dateline"><strong> in Playas Gemelas, Puerto Vallarta</strong></span> <span>The 2 storey at Playas Gemelas Jacaranda PH4 has been sold.</span> Property information

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<a href="http://www.pvlifestyles.com/Listings/Details/315148941"><img alt="Photo Link" src="https://mediavault.point2.com/p2a/listing/2cc1/41c8/17e1/46a8ac6ebcd1f9eadf6a/w400h300.jpg" /></a></p><p style="margin-top:0px"> <span class="dateline"><strong> in Zona Hotelera, Puerto Vallarta</strong></span> <span>The 2 storey at LOS TULES 20-301 has been sold.</span> Property information

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<a href="http://www.pvlifestyles.com/Listings/Details/347209831"><img alt="Photo Link" src="https://mediavault.point2.com/p2a/listing/5046/2943/92ca/7020a994dde731b47f97/w400h300.jpg" /></a> <span><br /><strong>Gated complex! </strong></span> •  990 sqft , 1 bath , 2 bdrm single story – FOR SALE  USD145,000 . <span class="dateline"><strong> in Marbella, Puerto Vallarta </strong></span></p> <p> Colonial style condo located in a sought-after condominium complex just one block from the beach in the hotel zone. Surrounded by lush tropical gardens, the condo offers 2 bedrooms with A/C Read More ...

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