A Quick Update

In 2010, we moved back to the small town in Colorado that I never stopped missing while we lived in Mexico. Now I sometimes miss Mexico, but I wouldn't travel as freely as we did when we were there, camping out in remote areas and so forth.

Mexico today is in a period of change, and in many ways it is more dangerous now. That said, I have plenty of American friends who still live there very happily, just taking a few more precautions than they did in the past.

Just to say!


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Oct. 31, 2005 —  I had a fascinating conversation with an American friend who not long ago spent a week in Merida, on the Yucatan peninsula. He had good weather the whole time. He was there to look at the city and at what was for sale. Merida real estate impressed him quite favorably, as did the city itself.

He was advised to go back and rent a place in Merida for six months or so and see how he liked it, and he’s looking forward to doing that when he can. He speaks little or no Spanish, but communicated fine and feels he can learn enough when he goes back. He met a number of expats living in Merida: people from Ireland, Australia, the Netherlands, England, and the US. He met a lot of them at a jazz concert that was a benefit for New Orleans, which is Merida’s sister city. After it, he walked quite a few blocks back to his bed and breakfast, about midnight on a Friday night, and felt perfectly safe.

He met with three different Merida real estate agents and in his time there went inside over two dozen homes for sale. He was looking to see if he could get something for under $50,000 US including any repairs or fixing up, and he said that he could. He looked at homes in the $23,000 US to $43,000 US price range, and said that the less expensive places could easily cost another $20,000 US to put in new electric, perhaps new plumbing, and so on. He said all of them had terrible kitchens. I could relate; when I first saw the kitchen in the house that we rent in Mexico, I thought it was the laundry room. (It had no stove or refrigerator.)

Another American man was staying at the same B&B as my friend, also there to explore the real estate and Merida. He was looking in a higher price range, up to about $100,000 US. My friend commented that he personally would be reluctant to spend that much since if he wanted to sell, he could have a long wait for a buyer. Mexican real estate does not tend to be financed, so you are waiting for a cash buyer. (The link takes you to a how-to page I wrote.)

I asked what the weather was like. It was in the high 80s and quite humid. Didn’t seem to give my friend any real trouble. He liked the city, said it was gritty like Chicago and interesting in having a lot of different neighborhoods and lots to do within walking distance of the homes he liked. He also compared it to Tokyo, in having narrow, busy streets, with lots of different little shops and many people. It wasn’t as clean as Tokyo, he added, but it wasn’t dirty either. I had read comparisons of Merida and Paris, but my friend hasn’t ever been to Paris.

Merida is something over half an hour from the Gulf of Mexico, so it’s easy to get to beaches. He said beach front property wasn’t that expensive, but he was more interested in the city. (This was before Hurricane Wilma, which didn’t do nearly as much damage in this area as it did around Cancun.)

My friend got a very good price on a round-trip flight from the US to Cancun, then rented a car for the three-hour drive to Merida. He got into Merida around 4:30 PM, quite an initiation into Mexican city traffic! He said the car rental ended up costing him more than the plane ticket and that the car really wasn’t necessary. Next time he will fly to Houston and then into Merida from Houston. The airfare would have been about $100 US more to go that way this time, and travel costs would have worked out to a lower cost without the car rental. Plus, he didn’t really enjoy driving in Mexico! He met one American who has lived there almost twenty years without a car and never missed it.

I got his permission to write up about his adventures in Merida real estate. There must be Americans doing this all over Mexico!

7 Comments on the old blog:

  • At November 01, 2005 7:31 AM, Blogger BillieS said…

    Rosana, I like Merida too but don’t think I could live there without air conditioning. Nor do I think I could live there without a car. Not that you need it so much in the town but there are just so many places to visit just an hour or so away.

    We spent a lot of time in Merida when I was photographing 16th century Mexican churches in Mexico. It is really a lovely city. But it is hot. Ned and I have been talking about going back there this winter and trying to connect with some of the villagers we met outside the city.

    I’m glad to hear that there is a community of ex-pats there. We never connected up with them when we made our one week trips into town. Of course, we spent everyday, all day out in the villages where the churches were.

  • At November 15, 2005 6:38 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    We were in Merida this summer in July. It is a beautiful city of one million people, but does not have the tropical breeze the east coast has. I imagine one could get used to it if you had fans everywhere you go. One thing I would like to point out is that the Gulf coast is not like the East coast (caribbean side). We travel the Yucatan sometimes twice a year. We are hooked on it.

  • At January 11, 2006 3:29 AM, Blogger Working Gringos said…

    i’m one of those expats living in Merida. just thought i’d mention that i have a blog geared towards people living in or thinking of living in the yucatan. its called, coincidentally, yucatanliving.blogspot.com or just www.yucatanliving.com

    merida is a lovely city to live in, but prepared to be hot!

  • At January 11, 2006 7:46 PM, Blogger Rosana Hart said…

    Working gringos, that’s a very nice blog you have and I had been wondering how things were coming after Wilma! Thanks for posting. I will do a post about your blog sometime, not sure how soon as I have a lot of material right now!

  • At May 07, 2006 4:15 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…


  • At May 07, 2006 4:29 PM, Blogger Rosana Hart said…

    I was just at a gathering of expats here in the Lake Chapala area and several of the people have travelled a lot worldwide. There was much agreement about how great the Mexican people are!

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