Once again, thank you for your interest in OASIS.
We are delighted to share with you that we are on schedule with the construction of OASIS. To date, we have poured up to level two which offers an amazing perspective of the Cuale River and allows you to visualize the full extent of the gardens and pools to be built along the riverfront.
We had the pleasure to interview the architect for the project, Santiago Carral and are sharing his responses further down. Also, we are including an article on the history of the Cuale River.
We hope that you will be as enthusiastic as we are about our progress, and recommend us to your friends, family and colleagues, who might be also interested to become part of our community. You can ask our sales team for our referral fees.
Very best regards from the OASIS team.
Meet our architect Santiago Carral
Now that you have met our sales team and toured our neighborhood in previous newsletters, we are delighted to introduce you to our architect Santiago Carral, owner at Global Design Studio.
Q: Tell me about yourself. What is your background?
A: I graduated from Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City from my bachelor’s in architecture design. After that, I worked for the next 15 years at KMD Architects, which is a San Francisco based architectural firm. For many years I was the Director of hospitality projects around the world, winning multiple awards for the firm for hotels, resorts, and residential projects in countries such as the US, China, Mexico, Brazil, Spain, United Emirates, amongst others.
When the opportunity came along to open my own practice I did so and for the past 10 years, I have a smaller practice catering to high end projects in Mexico and the USA, mostly. It allows me to travel less and focus on the delivery from start to finish. Less projects = more quality projects.
Q: What do you love about Puerto Vallarta?
A: Puerto Vallarta is a town that has a lot to offer. I particularly like that Puerto Vallarta is a vibrant community with a vast mix of all kinds of people that come together in a beautiful Mexican town and a very local flare. In contrast with other beach towns in Mexico, PV has its roots as a small fishing village and has incredible history to its city, its architecture, and its people.
Q: How did you come up with the name of Oasis for this project?
A: We always thought that this site had a unique quality given its rivers’ edge and its proximity to the natural reserve…all this while nestled within the local fabric made it a true OASIS in the city. In addition, we are fortunate to have more open space than most neighboring projects, giving us the opportunity to have lush gardens, walkways and amenities that sets us apart from the rest. Moreover, our rooftop amenities will have unsurpassed ocean, town, and mountain views.
Q: Why did you choose the area of El Caloso to build OASIS?
A: As many things in life, it was serendipity that brought us to discover this amazing piece of land. It was more than 15 years ago, when El Caloso neighborhood was not as well known, that we came across this river front property while strolling through the streets of Vallarta. We would not believe that such an incredible property was there, we began our due diligence, and the rest is history…
Q: How are you working with the community of El Caloso?
A: We are working closely with the local authorities and residents at El Caloso to make sure we are giving-back to our community through thoughtful projects that will elevate the neighborhood’s quality of living.
To be more concise, these are a few projects already in progress:
• New pedestrian bridge from El Caloso to the Gringo Gulch. Will be better design, structurally sound, ADA compliant and safe for pedestrians.
• New cobblestone street, lighting, urban furniture, landscaping, and trash cans along Prolongacion Invierno.
• Recycling campaign on the neighborhood to educate people on the matter.
• Fixing potholes, streets and sidewalks on a regular basis
• Upgrading domestic water and sewage infrastructure
Q: What are similarities and differences between Rivera Cuale and OASIS?
A: I believe there are many similarities between the projects, such as maximizing the experience along the Cuale River, top of the line engineers and construction team, as well as a timeless architectural style, but we have also learned a lot from Rivera Cuale and will implement the lessons learned into Oasis to have an improved project.
Q: As an architect developing the design for Oasis, what type of resident did you have in mind for Oasis and who’s is buying in OASIS?
A: Given our location within walking distance to the “Zona Romantica” and the beach, but not in the center of the bars and restaurants, I believe that our project will cater to longer stay residents. They might start by living in Oasis 2-3 months out of the year which might become 6 months, and in a few years, it might lead to full time living in Puerto Vallarta. Our neighborhood is vibrant with amenities, from the local market to buy fruits and veggies to the artisanal bread shop for your morning cup of coffee. OASIS is part of this enriching cycle between local shops and merchants. I also believe that OASIS can be a great investment for somebody that would like to enjoy it a few weeks out of the year and AirBnB it the rest of the time. Our study on short term rentals shows double digit cap rates given how popular PV is as a vacation spot.
Q: How would you define the architecture or design of OASIS (traditional, modern Mexican)?
A: We refer to OASIS architecture as “monastic modern”. We coined the term to summarize the relationship we see between the clean, modest, and puritan approach of the ancient monasteries with the amenities, interior design and comforts of modern living. OASIS will blend these two notions into a single project, offering the best of both worlds.
Q: How is this project being built to today’s environmental standards?
A: As advocates for sustainable projects, we have taken great care to make sure we are minimizing our impact on this planet. We have implemented the following measures:
• Solar Panels to offset our electricity needs
• Passive architectural design such as cross ventilation to minimize cooling needs
• Endemic vegetation throughout
• Utilizing local materials, manufacturers, and craftsman to minimize carbon footprint
• Sustainable wood and materials wherever possible
• Double glazing to minimize heat gain
Q: Why should people consider buying a property in pre-construction from your perspective?
A: I think the questions when buying in pre-construction are: Will the developer deliver on its promise? Will they finish on time and build the project to the quality they have told us. What happens if they don’t finish? All these are normal things to ask when buying property and especially when you are outside the US or Canada…We are very proud to have an impeccable record with all our projects. We deliver on time and in most cases with better specs and finishes than originally promised. We stand behind our projects and our commitment to our buyers is center to our working ethos. You only have to ask our Rivera Cuale residents how happy they are living there.
Having said that, it is a great opportunity to take advantage of our discounts and let your investment grow in value as we progress with the construction of the project. There has already been an 18% increase in value from the first sales to the price of units today. If you wait to the day we are completely done with the construction, then prices will be at its highest.
Q: How safe is OASIS to withstand an earthquake?
A: We have designed OASIS not only to comply with local codes and regulations but with higher design standards. Our foundation goes down 60’ to reach bedrock; our structural designer has won numerous awards worldwide on concrete structures, he lectures in Harvard, Yale, Stanford, Oxford, etc. His credentials are impressive. We, as developers, will not cut any corner when it relates to life-safety.
In the most recent earthquake, we had a third-party firm do a thorough analysis on the existing Rivera Cuale building and our construction site at OASIS. We passed all the tests with flying colors. Both buildings are in perfect condition and without any damage.
History of the Cuale River and its surroundings.
By Margarita Michel (1)
The river is born in the mountains of the Sierra Madre Occidental, in the Sierra "El Cuale", at altitudes above 2,500 meters above sea level, it takes a northwesterly course. About 5 kilometers from its origin, located on its banks in the depths of a ravine, the small mining town that gives its name to the river "El Cuale", where different pre-Hispanic objects have been found, which are exhibited in the Cuale Museum.
Some 14 kilometers downstream from that point, it passes through the eastern flank of Cerro La Gloria (1,980 meters), falls into the ravine at more than 1,300 meters, divides Puerto Vallarta, leaving the area called El Centro to the north and the so-called Romantic Zone (Old Vallarta) to the south of the river.
Finally, after a total route of approximately 35 to 40 kilometers, the river empties into the Pacific Ocean, in the center of Puerto Vallarta.
Flora and Fauna:
The fauna: known for iguanas and garrobos. These large lizards are protected by the municipal government of Puerto Vallarta, as well as frogs and toads.
Along the Cuale River you can find among its trees, squirrels and different types of birds such as white-winged doves, brown-headed thrush and green parakeets among others.
The flora: enriched with diverse vegetation along the Cuale River, there are Coconut Palms of Water and Oil, Fig Trees, Red Paper among others; they let you enjoy a beautiful view and the fresh breezes that surround the river.
An emblematic place in the heart of Puerto Vallarta and that you can also visit and explore this type of flora and fauna is the famous "Isla del Río Cuale”, the Island in the Cuale River.
What is now Isla del Río Cuale has existed since 1926 (originally known as Isla de Santa Clara and Isla de Los Niños), in the 1970s, it was used as a public park and recreation area.
It is a heritage of Puerto Vallarta, currently a quiet and relaxed oasis in the shadows of large trees, where you can find the cultural recreation center where workshops such as music, painting, sculpture, dance, theater, chess and singing are taught. As well there are restaurants, the Cuale museum, sculptures and craft shops, or simply take a walk and explore and cross it until it reaches its mouth on the beach of Olas Altas.
Location of Isla del Río Cuale
It can be seen that Isla Cuale is a green area between the center of Puerto Vallarta, which is to the north, and what is known as the Romantic Zone (Old Vallarta), which is to the south of it.
You can go down to the Isla from several places from the seashore to Gringo Gulch (Cuauhtémoc street) and Aquiles Serdán street. There are three suspension bridges connecting the north and south sides of the Isla, two main vehicle bridges and two pedestrian bridges at both ends of the Isla, one next to the sea shore and the southern end of the boardwalk, which connects the eastern end of the Isla with the historic center and the Gringo Gulch.
The Puente de la Iguana connects the east side of Isla Cuale with Calle Cuauhtémoc in Gringo Gulch; from there it's a 60-meter walk and you arrive at the houses where actors Liz Taylor and Richard Burton lived while living in Puerto Vallarta.
It offers some very nice views of the Isla and of Old Vallarta to the south, the river is also very much in view, as are the houses that line the Rio Cuale, many of them the original houses that were established on the Gringo Gulch.
You can find all this just a short walk and being part of the OASIS at Rivera Cuale community
(1) This article is based on information taken from: https://www.puertovallarta.net/espanol/que- Hace/isla-del-rio-cuale/