Those who portray Yucatan real estate as giving you a life in a Mayan paradise are not at all off track. The truth of the matter is that the city of Merida and the surrounding countryside and beachfront areas are still very Mayan, very traditionally Mexican and – at the same time – very appealing for expats. The following are some locations and styles of Yucatan homes for sale that you might consider.
Merida’s Colonial City Center
Merida real estate is one of the most attractive options out there for Americans and Canadians thinking of living abroad. It combines old charm with the conveniences of a modern metropolitan. Beautiful colonial homes can be found in the historic center (which is the second largest in Mexico!) surrounded by wonderful architecture, tree-lined streets, lush green city squares, old churches, museums, street musicians and a living, vibrant culture that keeps centuries-old traditions alive and well. At the same time, a short drive away in the newer areas there are modern supermarkets (Walmart and similar stores,) excellent hospitals, sports complexes and much more.
New Developments in Merida
Some buyers also consider the newer homes in upscale neighborhoods near the shopping centers in Merida, still living only a short drive from the charm of the old city, and a very short drive (20 minutes) to the beach.
Starting about 20 minutes away, there is a series of small beachfront towns where life is quiet and relaxed. The handful of Americans and Canadians who live in these towns meet at a local bar, and most integrate with the locals. Basic services exist, and everything else can be found in the closest parts of Merida.
The Emerald Coast
Farther out along the beachfront there are more isolated communities in very natural settings. Expats who choose these areas enjoy a very quiet lifestyle really away from it all, and very low costs of living and real estate. Most have a home built on an affordable lot, but reasonable existing homes can also be found.
The Yucatan Countryside
Some Americans and Canadians enjoy the lifestyle of the quiet countryside where culture and history dating back to the Spanish Conquest and even before permeate the jungle and farmers’ fields. Ranches and hobby farms are a nice option in the countryside surrounding Merida. In some cases, an old Hacienda can even be found for an interesting investment.
Yucatan is truly a Mayan paradise, and owning a home here is the best way to emerge yourself in this paradise and enjoy it most fully!
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