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by Bcbuddy, Tuesday, January 30, 2018, 11:54 (202 days ago)

Hello everyone,hope all is well. So 10 years after getting married in Ixtapa my wife, 7 year old son and myself have decided to buy a beachfront house in the area and spend most of the year there. We have 5 houses lined up to see, from Troncones to Barra de Potosi,all of which have been on the market for 1+years.My question is why so long? Mexican beachfront has been a hot comodity for years, so besides being expensive (cheap compared to Toronto)what is wrong with this picture? We are also considering building our own house and was wondering if anyone here might know a approximate price per square foot to build or would it be to much of a nightmare with all the red tape and dishonest builders? Lastly schools, public, private? Any advice and recommendations would be greatly appreciated.... Thanks Chris

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by frostbite ⌂ @, Hamilton MT, Tuesday, January 30, 2018, 12:01 (202 days ago) @ Bcbuddy

Send me your e-mail address - by clicking on the white envelope next to my name - and I'll tell you our story off the board.

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by midalake @, Tuesday, January 30, 2018, 13:11 (202 days ago) @ Bcbuddy

Hello everyone,hope all is well. So 10 years after getting married in Ixtapa my wife, 7 year old son and myself have decided to buy a beachfront house in the area and spend most of the year there. We have 5 houses lined up to see, from Troncones to Barra de Potosi,all of which have been on the market for 1+years.My question is why so long? Mexican beachfront has been a hot comodity for years, so besides being expensive (cheap compared to Toronto)what is wrong with this picture? We are also considering building our own house and was wondering if anyone here might know a approximate price per square foot to build or would it be to much of a nightmare with all the red tape and dishonest builders? Lastly schools, public, private? Any advice and recommendations would be greatly appreciated.... Thanks Chris


Well almost anywhere is cheaper than Toronto. I think since the CAD is so low compared to the US dollar there has been Canadians not willing to jump in. A few years back when it was at par, there was a buying spree like I have never seen.

I own here in Ixtapa. All I have to say is from what I know coming here 29 years, I personally would never buy a free standing house. Good luck on your search.

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by Bcbuddy, Tuesday, January 30, 2018, 13:38 (202 days ago) @ midalake

Can I ask why you would never buy a free standing house?

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by Mexalberta @, Tuesday, January 30, 2018, 13:47 (202 days ago) @ Bcbuddy

We would never buy a freestanding house. As many Mexicans have told us, for the most part you are borrowing it from Mother Nature and someday she will take it back. We have an opinion that if you are paying fees and taxes in a condo they are an official collection and payment. In the present crime riddled climate you also may pay an unofficial fee or tax or move.
Not saying that is the case but if businesses are paying the fee fee why not homeowners.

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by ZihuaRob ⌂ @, Zihuatanejo, México, Tuesday, January 30, 2018, 14:18 (202 days ago) @ Mexalberta

We would never buy a freestanding house. As many Mexicans have told us, for the most part you are borrowing it from Mother Nature and someday she will take it back. We have an opinion that if you are paying fees and taxes in a condo they are an official collection and payment. In the present crime riddled climate you also may pay an unofficial fee or tax or move.
Not saying that is the case but if businesses are paying the fee fee why not homeowners.

As a resident we would much prefer to see folks buy existing homes than to build new structures. We live in the heart of downtown Zihuatanejo yet we don't feel we live in a crime-riddled climate, and our current home is one of the oldest if not THE oldest cement structure in the region. We pay no extortionists and our taxes are very reasonable. While our old home requires constant maintenance we feel the money is much better spent than paying a condo association fee. We have our own long-time workers who do most of our work and maintenance. There are many very nice single family homes and townhouses on the local market, and it's currently a buyers' market.

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by Bcbuddy, Tuesday, January 30, 2018, 14:30 (202 days ago) @ Mexalberta

Hmmm, so that was the million dollar question I was afraid to ask, if my house is a business I can expect to pay a "fee"?, btw my wife is Mexican if that makes a difference.

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by Curbarn, summer b.c. winter zihua, Tuesday, January 30, 2018, 14:57 (202 days ago) @ Bcbuddy

Then of course buy it in her name and avoid the trust fees annually. When you aren’t here who looks after the property, there is something to be said for gated communities or condos. I owned two pieces of property on Playa Blanca, previously. It was difficult keeping the wire on the fence, and even the concrete fence posts. Things that aren’t permanent disappear if somone can sell it, it will be gone.

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by midalake @, Tuesday, January 30, 2018, 16:22 (201 days ago) @ Bcbuddy

Can I ask why you would never buy a free standing house?


Too many stories over too many years covering multiple different topics. Not worth hashing out here. Buyer beware....be careful. Also you stated looking into the fringes to live......not downtown.


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by moonbird1 @, Tuesday, January 30, 2018, 15:43 (201 days ago) @ Bcbuddy

Send me your e-mail address - click on the white envelope next to our name. We have been living here for 10 years

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by Rsimms @, Tuesday, January 30, 2018, 22:02 (201 days ago) @ Bcbuddy

I just finished building a house Zihuatanejo this past month. I enjoyed the process of selecting the lot and playing a part in the final design. I would be happy to share any information off-line if you are interested.

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by Bcbuddy, Wednesday, January 31, 2018, 11:36 (201 days ago) @ Rsimms

Thank you to everyone for you're replys, did receive some useful information. Headed down next week and read somewhere on this board about someone collecting reading glasses and school supplies, would be happy to bring some or if anyone needs anything from Toronto let me know.

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by ZihuaRob ⌂ @, Zihuatanejo, México, Wednesday, January 31, 2018, 12:11 (201 days ago) @ Bcbuddy

Thank you to everyone for you're replys, did receive some useful information. Headed down next week and read somewhere on this board about someone collecting reading glasses and school supplies, would be happy to bring some or if anyone needs anything from Toronto let me know.

Hola Buddy,

My wife Lupita collects and distributes glasses and school supplies from her boutique Lupita's. There's a map on her website showing our downtown location.

Thank YOU for caring!

www.zihuatanejo.net/lupitas

Here is a list of the school supplies used by students locally:
Útiles Escolares (School Supplies)

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by Grumpy in Lake Cowichan @, Vancouver Island B.C Canada, Wednesday, January 31, 2018, 19:56 (200 days ago) @ Bcbuddy

As for where to purchase them, any papelería should have most of these items. I like the store on the alleyway called León Felipe where the Escuela Primaria "Vicente Guerrero" is. If you're on Calle Juan N. Álvarez with your back to the museum facing the school across the street and the plaza where the Eco-Tianguis is held each Saturday, just walk straight across the street past the school and the plaza and you'll see the school supply store on the left, same side as the school. It's owned by the same family that also has the convenience store in front of the pier. They're good people.

This is the location of where to buy school supplies in Zihua as posted by Rob when I was asking about it in November, the store is about 3 minutes from Lupitas and the same time to the beach.

We used this store for the purchase of school supplies when we we in Zihua recently. We printed of the list Rob supplied got a price for each grade from 1 to 6 and then we picked 2 sets of supplies for each grade , between the 4 couples. The girl at the store picked our order, and we went to the beach for a cocktail or two. When we came back in about 45 minutes she had all the grades separated and in bags and when she asked who they were for we said we were donating them and she gave us a discount. I think the total for all 12 sets was around 4700 pesos.Great service and great store very easy to do and much better than lugging them down from Canada.

Luckily we had just emptied out large duffel bag as we had dropped off 2 complete sets of turnout gear at the Bomberos from the Fire Department I am a member of.

We filled up the bag walked about 3 minutes to Lupitas and dropped of the school supplies as well as the 140 pairs of glasses we brought down.

Lupita showed us some photos of the people who are very grateful for these donations and took our picture to show these people who the donors were. We have been doing this for a few years and when I asked our friends who were coming down to gather some glasses they did not disappoint. They were so glad that they could help make a huge difference in someones life by doing what seemed very little

Hope this helps and my advice would be to buy school supplies down there, it is a triple win, no extra travel baggage, helps the store owner, helps the children

Enjoy your trip

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by Quadra Paul @, Thursday, February 01, 2018, 12:32 (200 days ago) @ Grumpy in Lake Cowichan

Wat to go, Grumpies! :megusta:

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by Grumpy in Lake Cowichan @, Vancouver Island B.C Canada, Thursday, February 01, 2018, 19:05 (199 days ago) @ Quadra Paul

Thanks and there are now 4 more couples who want to make Zihua their travel destination.....If we each do a little it adds up to a lot