Beautifully designed Mérida homes, deprived of a loving buyer, are common in Yucatán. It seems every day there’s a new one, cold and alone, sitting idle in the streets of the Centro Historico. Won’t you adopt a deserving home today? Here are four:
1. Casa Santa Lucia. It’s a little small, but really smart looking, and check out the view from the roof patio. I thought for a while that I might have a view from my upper terrace, but it’s not the case. It’s a view of nothing; just there to catch a breeze, so I’m jealous
of anyone who can see church towers. Josh Ramos’ muted colors and restored beams simply still my heart. Having stayed in Santa Lucia a few times, I say it’s a good neighborhood to unpack your bags, and perfect to offer as a rental. When I balk at a property’s price and say that there’s so much on the market for much less, I’m thinking of houses like this one. ($325,000)
2. The Working Gringos’ House. If you’ve been following the blogs, you know its story, all documented in what resulted in a comprehensive “how-to” renovation guide — something I should be re-reading at this point. The Working Gringos’ house, down on a quiet stretch of 81, is enormous and has all the modern comforts, but was still designed with some sensible features that transcend time and trend: a central courtyard, grand corridor, and enough terraces to catch the breezes. A video was uploaded last May, and when “Agent Eric” stands in the middle of the yard and describes it as the “perfect tropical garden,” I believe him. ($445,000)
3. French Colonial in Mejorada. Such a beauty, and its price has been reduced. Dramatic entrance, a rear terrace that faces north, and the pool is lovely. Is it the neighborhood? Are the photos misleadingly enchanting? What am I missing here. I keep hearing Mejorada will start really taking off, but if a gem like this (or this one, further west on 59) isn’t snapped up, maybe its time hasn’t come just yet. ($349,000)
This list could have been a lot longer, and come from two years of killing time on the real estate websites. But I’m mainly up north, and I could be dead wrong, especially since I haven’t seen any of these homes in person. I’d really like feedback on this post. Am I off base here?
June 20 update: Two of these homes (no. 1 and no. 2) are now under contract. I’ll be waiting for my commission check.