This is what I’m talking about: Here’s a house we saw on our very first day in Mérida, back in November 2010. At the time, I ridiculed the idea of a palapa in the middle of Santiago (the house is on Calle 74, just off 55). A new friend in town said the gravel backyard would attract sand fleas, but our real estate agent firmly denied that. Either way, it wasn’t the most stylish place we ever saw. From some angles, it’s actually attractive, but it won’t steal your heart. Neither ultra-modern nor super-traditional, it’s a contemporary house with good bones and lots of potential.
But there’s the house, still listed online, still $186,000 and still with a garage on one of the busiest corners of the Centro.
The house obviously wasn’t for us, but of all the properties we toured, this is one of the ones that stand out in my mind. It was the most turnkey, had a small garage, and was right in the middle of everything. It just wasn’t close to the Paseo de Montejo, which is where we decided we wanted to be.
If I remember correctly, we saw it just half a day after landing in Mérida for the very first time, so we weren’t even sure where we were. The house was occupied by, I assume, renters. It was the middle of the day, but three people were happy to lounge around in the house.
It was probably the most practical house we saw that day, mainly because of its garage. A little landscaping (and something more architectural than palapa overhang) would go far. Why hasn’t the house sold? I’ve remarked about attractive buys before, and then the homes found owners, so maybe I can help sales one more time. If I help you sell a property, please leave my commission check under the door at Casa Nana.