Finding A Home In Merida
Finding a home in Merida
With its narrow sidewalks, cobblestone streets and chalky colonial buildings painted in bright pastels, Merida is home to a growing number of expats. Even though Merida is a city of a million people, it seems like a small town because so many people know each other. If this sounds like the little big town you want to call home, look no further than Merida.
Merida was founded in 1542 by Spanish conquistadors. Francisco de Montejo and his army dismantled the Mayan structures that were there and used the stone to build a cathedral and the streets or calles around it, known as El Centro, are where many expats choose to live.
Except for the early afternoon, when most people go home to take a siesta, this roughly two-square-mile area hums with activity. People cross the main plaza carrying shopping bags or making their way around to a fun eatery or shop. Most of the plaster buildings in this historic district are from the early 19th century and have high ceilings, detailed ironwork, and colorful floor tiles. Many of these homes are in desperate need of revitalization and can be had for a steal.
Labor is inexpensive in Mexico so it doesn’t take a lot to fix these once vivacious homes up. Foreigners have done so much to preserve and transform Merida’s historic architecture. Local laws require that only the exterior of buildings retain their original look. Behind that façade, you can build a brand new house if you please.
Expats are not only buying and rehabilitating real estate in Merida’s central district, but they are also snapping up decrepit haciendas in the surrounding countryside. These exceptional haciendas were abandoned and left to fall into ruin. Many haciendas within a 30-mile radius of Merida have been restored. Some are private residences and others have been turned into resorts. Starwood Hotels and Resorts happen to operate three nearby luxury resorts.
If you are looking to call Merida home (either your main home or second home) there are many houses to choose from. If you want to buy a fixer-upper and add your own personal touch to it or if you want a brand new home, there is something for everyone here. Merida is a booming city with all the charm of a little town. In El Centro, the locals know each other and they know how to have fun. There are so many things to see and do in Merida and the surrounding areas. You can’t be confined to just one location.
When you are ready to see what Merida is all about, reach out to Merida Property Management first. Let us help you find that perfect house or even a long-term rental before you commit to living in paradise if that is your choosing. There is a home for you here if you want it.