The communities just north of downtown Playa del Carmen up until now have been low-income neighborhoods without much visual appeal. However, the opening of a beautiful new access road running right through two of these communities, providing access to a professional golf course, an upscale new hotel complex and to the beach itself promises gentrification for the area, offering Playa del Carmen real estate investment opportunities.
The new road is called Pintores Avenue, and was opened to traffic on Wednesday, April 11, 2012. The road provides the first complete access from the Cancun-Tulum federal highway to the new development on the beachfront mentioned above. It also beautifies the area considerably converting it from an unsightly community on the edge of town to a picturesque area that can be enjoyed by car drivers, cyclists and pedestrians alike, transforming the image of the area the road was built in and pointing to a more complete transformation of the neighborhood.
The road includes a palm-lined boulevard with colourful, picturesque flowers and is paved with decorative stamped concrete, making driving a visual pleasure. It is also wide making driving easy and comfortable. Thorough lighting makes visibility and safety excellent. Sidewalks with frequent benches make the road pedestrian friendly as well.
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At the point where Pintores Ave. ends at the golf course entrance (professional design, by Nick Price) it also intersects with the north extension of Fifth Avenue, the road which becomes the main downtown tourist strip about a mile away. At this point, there is a brand new hotel complex between Fifth Avenue and the beach, and this stretch of the road has also been beautified with stamped concrete paving, benches, raised gardens and palm trees. Both next to the golf course
The entire stretch already described also has a well-designed bike trail which will eventually connect with existing trails downtown and in Playacar, creating a loop through the entire central part of Playa del Carmen.
The project took 6 months to complete, and required an investment of almost 25 million pesos (about $2 million USD). The length is more than 1227 meters (about 4026 feet, or 3/4 mile) long.
While an investment into new, beautified road infrastructure like this is nothing new to Playa del Carmen, this project is unique in that it runs directly through a low-income area that has not been very visually attractive. The neighborhood is within walking distance to the beach – especially with the two new, beautified access points recently set up, yet prices remain very low for this kind of location. For this reason, I suspect that this new road will lead to gentrification and rising property value in this part of town, opening up investment opportunities both in Playa del Carmen land for sale and Playa del Carmen homes for sale (especially fixer-uppers.)
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