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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



2 Bedrooms, 2 fullBaths, 1,028 sqFt, $449,000 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



, 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



3 Bedrooms, 4 fullBaths, 1,915 sqFt, $369,000 listingPrice, 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. Boutique building of only six units, offers tranquility and location with lovely heated pool and hacienda-style patio. Great for the active lifestyle with 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



1 Bedrooms, 2 fullBaths, 1,025 sqFt, $293,000 listingPrice, ''Upscale in Old Town! This customized condo is well-located only a short walk from the beach in our popular Zona Romantica. With one king-sized bedroom and two full baths, this can be a fun vacation home or super rental for four via the convertible living room. The living room contains a super-comfy sofa bed, hi-end TV and sound system and a lovely dining set that looks at the ''glass wall'' that opens to a spacious terrace. Bathrooms are marble, the kitchen granite with stainless steel appliances and everything stays including original art. This decorator home has a large washer/dryer, built-in surge suppressors and fiber optic internet. Common amenities include an amazing rooftop with pool, Jacuzzi, BBQ area and gym. Why buy unfinished when you could enjoy this home now? A real gem. remarksConcat



3 Bedrooms, 2 fullBaths, 1,506 sqFt, $119,000 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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