Mexico's Largest Oceanfront Mixed-Use Development Site Goes on Auction Block

Mexico's Largest Oceanfront Mixed-Use Development Site Goes on Auction Block

Commercial News » Latin America Commercial News Edition | By Michael Gerrity | April 27, 2012 12:15 PM ET

Property investors get ready, Mexico's "Cancun of the West Coast" goes up for auction soon.

Paramount Realty USA has just announced this week it has been hired by a group of private land owners in Mexico to auction one of Mexico's largest remaining tourism development sites nestled along the beach between Acapulco and Ixtapa - the golden West Coast of Mexico.

The oceanfront property, approximately 2,259 acres, is located on nearly four miles of beach and lagoon front along the Pacific Ocean.  The property is zoned for tourism development, including resorts, golf courses, marinas, retail and commercial development, including villas and luxury condominiums.

"The site, which is 20 minutes from the International Airport in Ixtapa, represents an amazing development opportunity for hoteliers, developers, high net worth individuals, and institutional or local investors," said Misha Haghani, principal of Paramount Realty USA. "The property will be sold to the highest bidder at or above the minimum bid of  $39 million (equivalent to just US $4.25 per square meter)," he added.

The sealed bid deadline for the auction is June 28, 2012.

"A 2011 Mexican government appraisal and report assessed just one-fifth of the property at $175 million," added Haghani.  "This auction represents a truly rare opportunity for the right investor or developer."

The sellers of the property, a small group of shareholders comprised primarily of prominent Mexican citizens in their 70's and 80's, began purchasing parcels of the assemblage from a wealthy Mexican family back in 1979 under a company named Inmobiliaria Fraccionamientos Turisticos, S.A. de C.V (also known as "Infratur").

"This group held out hopes of developing the land for over 30 years, but now realize they will not see their dreams materialize in their lifetime," added Haghani. "They want someone else to live out the dream for them and they are willing to sacrifice the selling price drastically to do so."

Representing the owners is the president of Infratur, Eddie Villa Real, a leading Mexican businessman, writer and physicist, who founded several electronics companies and who, in later years, became an activist dedicated to improving tourism in Mexico and fighting environmental and pollution problems in his country.

"This land is without a doubt one of the largest and most beautiful undeveloped oceanfront sites left in Mexico," said Villa Real.

The property, known as Bahiamar, is zoned for tourism development and is strongly supported by the local, state and federal governments.  It lies in the city and municipality of Petátlan in the state of Guerrero, on the western coast of Mexico.

The property, envisioned as the "Cancun of the West Coast," is located just south of the Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo tourism zone within the Costa Grande region, which is comprised of approximately 311 miles of coastline extending from the border of the Mexican state of Michoacan to the Acapulco area.  The most significantly developed infrastructure for tourism along this coast lies in Zihuatanejo and Ixtapa.

The property, which boasts year round tropical weather, includes miles of sandy beaches and over 3,500 coconut trees, extremely fertile soil on the lagoon side and a very unique granite pit.  Immediately south of Bahiamar is an exclusive ecological hotel, known as Playa Viva, which is powered 100% by solar power energy.

The infrastructure includes a highway that intersects the Bahiamar entrance, an authorized four-lane highway under construction from Ixtapa to the site, high voltage electricity, a microwave relay station which will permit installation of thousands of telephone lines, high quality fresh water sources and water wells for irrigation.  It is also driving distance from Mexico City, Leon, Acapulco, Guadalajara, Ixtapa and Zihuatanejo.

The property will be sold to the highest bidder at or above the minimum bid of $39 million (equivalent to just US $4.25 per square meter)," added. Misha Haghani, principal of Paramount Realty USA.

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