Here’s another decent house in the Centro that is still on the market

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.

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  1. Lee, you are always amazing me with your memory! I can hardly remember some of the houses we looked at during our house sale……..

  2. José Vieira Arruda says:

    Salut Lee!

    Million thanks for your blog, your writing and your insightful (and sometimes funny) comments about life in Merida. You can’t imagine how much you’re helping us! My friend and I are thinking of moving to Merida this coming year and we will be looking to buy a renovated colonial house. To be honest with you, we just can’t put up with renovations and all that it implies… but, again, we see what develops. We shall be in Merida this November to get a feel for the city, its people and its culture, visit the beach at Progresso and just be ourselves. Obviously, we will be looking at some houses.

    Merci infiniment et bonne chance!

    Montréal, Québec

    • I was hoping to be there in November, but it’s increasingly doubtful. Let us know how your trip goes, though! I’m glad this blog is helpful to you… it’s certainly been very, very helpful to me!

  3. I was 10 years old the first time I visited Merida. It was in the back seat of my grandparents’ car – they lived in Villahermosa and on a summer vacation there we took a road trip into The Peninsula and drove right up to the main pyramid in Chichen Itza and climbed to the top. (I am around the same vintage as you, Lee.) Driving on the Paseo de Montejo, I remember running over a chicken! We stayed in the Hotel Merida, the now abandoned ex-Mision which in those days was the best of a handful of ‘decent’ lodging options. Fast forward to 2012 and I find myself living in Merida, after numerous subsequent visits, and wishing I had moved here sooner. You are blogging on my wavelength and hope we coincide one day.

    • I envy you that! If we’re of the same “vintage,” then you really saw Merida “back in the day.” Thanks for the nice comment! Keep in touch!

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