SOURCE: Luma

May 08, 2008 15:46 ET

Luma Now Selling Phase One Homes in Mexico's First Beachfront Active Adult Community

Puerto Vallarta Area Remains the Strongest Tourism/Real Estate Market in Mexico as Boomers Head South

BURBANK, CA--(Marketwire - May 8, 2008) - Luma, the first American developed, full-ownership, active adult beachfront community in Mexico, is selling Phase One homes. Located just north of Puerto Vallarta in Nuevo Vallarta, Luma will be a warm, vibrant community for those 50 years old and over. Interest in Luma is high with many units already sold. Fueling this interest are baby boomers heading south for retirement to locations including the Puerto Vallarta area, which is now a strong second home market.

"It's a busy selling season at Luma. We're finding that our buyers have vacationed in Puerto Vallarta for years and are now interested in residing here for at least part of, if not all year round, as they approach retirement," said Bill Jennings, president of the Burbank-based Front Porch Active Adult Communities, a partner developer. "Today's buyers are sophisticated and want the world-class amenities and adventure of a top resort with the wellbeing focus and community spirit of an active adult community."

Puerto Vallarta currently represents the strongest tourism real estate market in Mexico, according to the 2008 report released by MLS Vallarta(i). A growing second home market, along with a lower cost of living, reasonably priced beachfront homes compared to U.S. counterparts, climate and culture are all factors contributing to the popularity of the area.

Relaxed property ownership laws, easy access via direct flights and quality healthcare are a few other reasons for the wave of baby boomers heading south of the border and, in particular, to Mexico, which was ranked as the number-one place to retire by International Living Magazine. And this wave, according to the Migration Policy Institute, is only expected to surge as more boomers enter their retirement years(ii). Luma's developers are seeing this growth trend and report high interest among Americans, as well as Canadians and Mexicans.

On the beach of Banderas Bay, Luma will encompass seven 10-story towers showcasing bold Mexican architecture. The towers are planned so each condominium will have views of the ocean to the west and mountains to the east. The spacious condominiums will feature 11- to 13-foot-high ceilings, glass walls and large terraces. Luma will offer 264 beachfront homes, along with many community services and amenities. Phase One is scheduled to open to Luma's first residents in fall 2009.

The 50s and 60s set of today will change attitudes about aging and expect more out of life, including a fulfilling lifestyle and more fun(iii). Luma will be a vibrant community featuring a saltwater infinity pool, meditation gardens, art gallery, enrichment classrooms, fitness and wellbeing center, amphitheatre, sports lounge, oceanfront dining, Internet café and much more. One of the most unique features of Luma is the "Personal Lifestyle Concierge Program." Luma's location, within the master-planned resort community of Paradise Village, provides residents with privileged access to a challenging 18-hole golf course, sports club, spas, restaurants and bars, and nearby shopping.

Pricing ranges from the mid $400,000s to $1.8 million. For more information, call the Luma sales team toll-free at 1-866-554-LUMA (866-554-5862) from the U.S. and Canada or 322-226-7290 from within Mexico; go to www.LumaLiving.com; or visit the beachfront sales studio and model home.

Luma is being developed by DCHV (Desarrollos Comerciales y Habitacionales Vallarta, S. de R.L. de C.V.) -- a partnership between U.S.-based Front Porch Active Adult Communities and Mexico-based Grupo Krone. Sales representation is provided through Prudential California Realty, Vallarta Division.

Front Porch Active Adult Communities, LLC is a Burbank, California-based company dedicated to enhancing the lives and lifestyles of active adults by offering unique resort-style communities with a broad range of amenities and services that 'celebrate the art of the individual.' Front Porch Active Adult Communities believes in the importance of developing communities that are economically sound, environmentally responsible and supportive of a community spirit.

Editor's note: Photos and renderings of the property and model home are available upon request.

(i)   "2008 Update Report," John Youden, MLS Vallarta
(ii)  "2006 Report US Retirement Migration to Mexico and Panama," Migration
        Policy Institute
(iii) "Baby boomers will change attitudes about aging," Deb Sellers,
        specialist in aging at Kansas State University, February 2007

Contact Information

  • For more information contact:
    Kate Rapson
    Graham & Associates
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