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Buying a piece of paradise: A Mexican penthouse brings a $1.2 million price tag and tropical wows

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Welcome to 1143 Nayarit, starting on the back terrace with the outdoor dining area overlooking sweeping ocean scenery. Photo by © Ruben Hidalgo
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Designer furniture is included with this gorgeous penthouse. Photo by © Ruben Hidalgo
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A look inside from the dramatic front entrance. Photo by © Ruben Hidalgo
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The main living area with two-story ceilings and open floor plan evokes a relaxed contemporary vibe.  Photo by © Ruben Hidalgo
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A view of the main room from the open-concept kitchen. Note the more modern version of a Borne settte offering extra seating for owners and guests. Photo by © Ruben Hidalgo
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The chef's kitchen has everything you need. Photo by © Ruben Hidalgo
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The master bedroom sits on the first floor. Sliding glass doors lead owners to a secluded sitting area on the back terrace. Photo by © Ruben Hidalgo
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Enjoy the large walk-in shower. The master bath is one of five full bathrooms in the penthouse. Photo by © Ruben Hidalgo
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Just one of the other four spacious bedrooms in the penthouse, all affording ocean views. Photo by © Ruben Hidalgo
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The en suite bathroom. Photo by © Ruben Hidalgo
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Find two queen-sized beds in this bedroom, another space that catches a great breeze - and view. Photo by © Ruben Hidalgo
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The full en suite bathroom features local marble and tropical woods - luxe materials found throughout the penthouse. Photo by © Ruben Hidalgo
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Another bedroom with en suite bath. Photo by © Ruben Hidalgo
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The catwalk up the stairs from the main room leads... Photo by © Ruben Hidalgo
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...to a formal living room and adjoining media room. Photo by © Ruben Hidalgo
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Everyone has access to a large outdoor whirlpool tub at the penthouse. Photo by © Ruben Hidalgo
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Back on the terrace to take in the vistas and ocean air. Photo by © Ruben Hidalgo
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Below, on ground level, residents are privy to the use of a private swimming pool. Photo by © Ruben Hidalgo
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A look at the mid-rise from the back. Photo by © Ruben Hidalgo
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Here's 1143 Nayarit, street front. Photo by © Ruben Hidalgo
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Are you ready to pack your bags? A luxurious penthouse in the planned residential resort community of Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico, is ready to whisk adventurous home buyers away with open-air architecture, sweeping beachfront views and tropical charm.

The price to stop being a tourist and become an owner of a piece of paradise? A cool $1.2 million.

At least, you can always dream about it.

About Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico
Located a scenic 15-minute drive from Puerto Vallarta's international airport, Nuevo Vallarta is home to luxury villas, condos and estates, many with canals leading to private docking piers. The marina development features a 3,000-slip, state-of-the-art facility. Many malls, stores and eateries in the area are popular for day and evening excursions.

 The white sand not only attracts sun worshippers and beachcombers, but endangered Caguama turtles as well. 

The white sand not only attracts sun worshippers and beachcombers, but endangered Caguama turtles as well, who lay their eggs each winter on the beaches of Nuevo Vallarta.

Walk through
Winding down Nuevo Vallarta's boulevards lined with palm trees and exotic vegetation, owners turn into the drive at 1143 Nayarit nearby The Grand Mayan Nuevo Vallarta. Residents of the mid-rise have assigned parking, so it's time to leave the car — and worries — behind and head up to the penthouse.

A dramatic two-story-tall entry seamlessly becomes the main room, where ocean breezes from the back terrace flow throughout the first floor. Dining is always al fresco here, with designer all-weather dining table and chairs located on the oversized balcony. The panoramic view from this vantage point seems endless, and below, a private pool and sandy beaches await.

Back inside, the chef's kitchen opens to the lofty great room. The master bedroom is tucked away on the first floor, complete with private access to a secluded sitting area on the terrace. Tropical wood, exposed wood beams, locally sourced stones and tiled floors found throughout the penthouse find balance with the contemporary architecture. A modern stairwell takes visitors upstairs to a formal living room and casual dining room, and a catwalk connects one end of the second floor of the house to the other.

In addition to the master bedroom, the penthouse includes three other bedrooms with full en suite baths and a full bath off the great room. An working elevator is available, as are an exercise room and large outdoor whirlpool tub for soaking under the stars.

Step outside
Ah, Mexico.

Square footage: 4,801

Asking price: $1.2 million

Listing agent: Colleen Phalen, John Daugherty, Realtors

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