Finding A Home In Merida
Merida: Expats finding a home in Mexico
With its narrow sidewalks, cobblestone streets and chalky colonial buildings painted the color of Easter eggs, Merida is home to a growing number of expatriates. Merida is a city of almost a million people yet, it seems like a small town because everyone knows each other. Many expats come to Merida, the quaint capital of Yucatan state in Mexico, hoping to find a more peaceful and less expensive existence. Real estate in Merida has recently become on the forefront of real estate in all of Mexico. Real Estate agencies and companies like Merida Property Management can help make all of your efforts easy.
Merida was founded in 1542 by Spanish conquistadors. This army dismantled the Mayan structures that were in the city and used the stone to build a cathedral and other buildings that still surround the Plaza Grande. This central square and the streets (calles) around it, known as El Centro, are where many expats choose to live. Most of the plaster buildings in the historic district are from the early 19th century and have high ceilings, intricate ironwork and colorful, patterned floor tiles called mosaic. Many homes here are what Americans call “fixer-uppers.”
A lot of homes have been neglected and if you can grab one for a steal, it is well worth your investment. Labor is cheap in Mexico so it doesn’t take much to fix them up. Many buy these dilapidated structures to preserve and transform Merida’s historic architecture. Local laws require that only the exterior of buildings retain their original look. Behind the façade, you can build a brand new home if you desire. See some of MPM’s houses for sale in Merida!
Many foreigners are not only buying and rehabilitating real estate in Merida’s central district; they are also snatching up decrepit haciendas in the surrounding countryside. More than a dozen haciendas within a 30-mile radius of Merida have been restored. Some are private residences and others have been transformed into resorts.
There are many attractions that surround Merida but many expats rarely leave Centro. There are several museums, shops, and cultural events every night of the week in Merida. Restaurants are in abundance and offer amazing cuisine from both Mexican and Mayan cultures. Once you get a taste of what Merida has to offer, you won’t ever want to leave either. There are many bazaars and festivals that allow you understand the culture here.
If you are considering purchasing real estate in Merida, visit Merida Property Management. We are a full-service real estate agency as well as a property management company. We can help you find the right house here and then help you maintain it either while you are away or even if you are here all the time. We have a full staff of qualified real estate agents who can help you figure out where you want to live and then help you find the best home there.