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!

Rosana

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This page shows a pleasant unfurnished apartment — or you could call it a semi-detached house — that happened to be for rent near where we were staying in Guanajuato, Mexico. It rented for 5,000 pesos a month plus utilities — at the time about $450 US and since then more like $375. It had three bedrooms, with one bedroom and bath a half-flight down from the living room, one bedroom and a bath a half-flight up, and the nicest bedroom directly over the living room and thus half a flight away from the bathroom. There was also a carport.

I was impressed with how much storage space was built in. Unlike many Mexican apartments, the electrical wiring looked pretty good, though much like most Mexican wiring, it wasn’t grounded.  I could have lived in this place quite happily!

Mexican real estate prices can vary quite a lot from place to place, and often renting is a better deal than buying a home… especially if you are not 100% sure you want to stay there, as another characteristic of of the real estate market in Mexico is that things can move very slowly. So if you decided to sell,  it could take you years.

The refrigerator that shows in the first picture had been moved out of the kitchen for cleaning, and wouldn’t have to remain in the living room-dining room!

living room and front door

The living room (sala) and front door. As there was no separate dining room, this could also be called a sala-comedor.

living room

More of the living room, shown for scale.

kitchen

The kitchen:a compact space off the living room.

view between floors

Taken from the bedroom (recamara) half a flight up from the living room, looking down at the living room and up at the top bedroom. It has built-in shelves, and the dark door on the left is the bathroom (bano)door. This bedroom didn't have a door itself but had a sturdy curtain rod.. great excuse to buy a nice Mexican rug to hang.

bedroom

The top bedroom. All 3 bedrooms had reasonably good closets; this one didn't have any built-in shelves, but the other two did. There was room for a dresser or two behind where I stood when I took the picture.

laundry facility

You can see that this sink has a corrugated bottom, but it's hard to tell that it slopes. This is the laundry facility, on the same level as the top bedroom, and there was a rooftop place to hang clothes. This is what the ads call a patio de servicio.

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