If you have a dream house in mind but know you can’t afford it, think again! In Merida Mexico, you might just be surprised at what kind of houses for sale you will find at very affordable prices. You really can live your dream! Merida Property Management can help you find and purchase that house you’ve always fantasized about owning.
A Little History
One of the things that first attracted me to Merida was the style of refurbished houses that seemed to be in abundance. The blend of Old World meets New World is simply spectacular when it’s done properly. The affordability is just as attractive!
Merida was established in 1542 and is the capital of the state of Yucatan. Its history is rich with Maya and Colonial heritage. The beautiful mansions built from the colonial period through the 18th century and 19th century still adorn the streets in the popular neighborhoods of Merida.
Merida’s wealth was derived from the production of henequén, a plant extracted and used for the manufacture of rope and other textiles. At the turn of the 20th century, Mérida was said to house more millionaires than any other city in the world. When synthetics became a new commodity on the textile market, the henequen industry began to fail. As a result, many of the large colonial mansions were abandoned and years later fell into ruin from lack of upkeep.
A Little Now
Today, architects from all over the world come to Merida to recreate what once was and add a mix of the modern world to the existing colonial ruins.
In the last year, Merida and the surrounding areas have seen an increase in the prices of real estate in general, however, compared to other countries like the United States and Canada, the housing is very affordable. For the price of an average house in America, you can purchase the equivalent of a mini mansion in Merida!
Construction of a new convention center is not too far from opening its doors. A plethora of boutique hotels can be found all throughout Merida. Recent reports show that close to 200 tourists arrive at Merida’s international airport every day. With so much culture and history, there is no shortage of things to do and see. There’s always something going on in any of the barrios on any given day or night. Entertainment plays a huge part in today’s Merida. Street vendors, local food carts, singers, dancers, and musicians flood the streets in the center of town throughout the weeknights. It is next to impossible to find a bad restaurant anywhere in the city. Bars and pubs are plentiful.
The locals are very warm and friendly people. What first attracted me to Merida was the architecture. After living in San Sebastian for more than a year, I quickly realized the magic of Merida wasn’t really the incredible houses, but rather its people. Every person I had the pleasure to meet has been nothing less than charming and amazing. The magic of Merida is, without doubt, the heart of its people.
Years before I arrived in Merida I read how incredibly safe it was to live and walk the streets at night. It’s true. You can walk through the city at 2 or 3 in the morning and have any fear. Of course, like anywhere, you always want to be on your guard and be aware of your surroundings, but Merida is a very tranquil city where your worries can be left behind.
Just to give one example…
Recently, I did the unthinkable in my world. I left my cell phone in a taxi. While it’s sad for me to say, my phone is my life for both personal and business endeavors. Aside from that, the case doubles as my wallet, holding several credit cards, ID, and important medical information. A guest staying in my house called my phone thinking I just misplaced it somewhere in the house. I do this several times a day. As he called me from the back of the house saying, “Howard! I found your phone!”, I breathed a sigh of relief. Until a moment later when he said, “You left it in the taxi!” While I was trying not to suffer from a major panic attack, my guest informed me that the driver told him he would be by the house shortly to drop off the phone.
I like to think that all people are good and honest, but nonetheless, my mind often drifts to the dark side. I did track my phone on the computer as I realized that the phone’s battery didn’t have much life left. A few deep breaths and some prayers to whatever God wanted to listen, and an hour later, my phone was returned with all of its contents there. The taxi driver was paid again for the return trip and then a third time to drive me to an important meeting in town that I was a bit late in attending.
Merida is an amazing place to live, work, invest, and retire. Those are not just my words. Forbes said the same thing for 3 years running! If you want to check out properties in Merida or any of the beach towns in the Yucatan, get with Merida Property Management and have us show you some amazing homes. You’ll fall in love with our services just as much as you will fall in love with Merida.