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By Ronan McMahon,  Real Estate Trend Alert,

This time of year, most of us are savoring fall. Building the mental fortitude to face winter’s drizzle and snow shoveling. Meantime, South America’s jet set are turning their attention to Punta del Este in Uruguay. Scrambling for restaurant reservations and access to private clubs. Those that haven’t made arrangements for their accommodation many months ago will likely be out of luck.

Condos change hands for well into seven figures. In high season homes and condos rent for $10,000 per week…or more. That’s if you are lucky or connected enough to get one.

Punta del Este is where Argentina’s (and, increasingly, Brazil’s) rich and famous come to vacation. Real estate prices have soared. Condos are snapped up before they are even listed. In and around Punta, $2.25 billion worth of real estate changed hands in the twelve months up to this April.

Demand isn’t limited to multi-million dollar ocean view condos. Chacras—large pieces of land up to 12 acres for personal use—are popular around Punta. We might call them estate lots in North America. Amenities tend to be limited. Still, prices can be high: $162,000 to over $500,000 per acre. New inventory is quickly snapped up.

Almost 20 minutes from Punta is the beach town of Piriapolis.

Here, members of Real Estate Trend Alert can buy a charcra with prices starting at $19,105 per acre. And save up to $70,000 on launch prices through a pre-release offer (For full details, RETA members should consult the recent alert Big Land in Uruguay—Less Than $20,000/acre in the member’s archive section of the website—if you’re not yet a member, keep reading…)

Founded in 1893, Piriapolis is Uruguay’s first seashore resort. Not only is it practically on Punta’s doorstep but Uruguay’s historic capital of Montevideo and her international airport is just over an hour away.

Forests and pastureland dotted with farms sweep down from the hills and mountains around the town to the coast. The action is along the boardwalk. Perfect for strolling, dining and relaxing. Piriapolis’ small marina has low rates. Sailing is affordable and accessible. You can ride on horseback through the trails around the town…or sun yourself on that long stretch of sand. Year-round, people come from all over Uruguay to enjoy its fine seafood restaurants, casinos, cafés, and local museums.

These chacras sit high on a hill in front of Uruguay’s famous Sugar Loaf Mountain, with views of Piriapolis and the deep blue sea. It is surrounded by rolling hills, farms, and pastureland. Downtown Piriapolis and the beach is five minutes away.

These chacras are perfect for spreading out in privacy…maybe surrounding your home with horses, olives, a vineyard or even a little farm. Here, you have the bonus that the beach and beachtown is five minutes away. Five minutes after downing tools in your own vineyard you could be sipping a glass on the bustling boardwalk as the sun sets. Or maybe you might ride one of your horses into town, gaucho style.

Piriapolis is not on the radar of the Argentine or local jet set. That’s why we have this opportunity But, it’s on the up and is fast becoming popular with North American expats who are focused on buying a deal. In Piriapolis you are buying quality…not a label. Perfect for value seekers who don’t mind looking where the crowd have taken their eye off the ball.

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