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Yucatán at Home

During colonial times, the Plaza Mayor witnessed the swearing-in of Spanish kings, religious processions, bullfights, and many more important events.
After years in the real state market in the US, Eric Partney took advantage of his expertise with the Mérida market, becoming a pioneer in the area.
In the upper corner of the city, a retirement home for a Mexico City family is in its final stages. The owners came looking for serenity and comfort — a home that felt just as if they were on vacation.
Fabián Gutiérrez met Francisco Bernés while they were both studying architecture in UADY, the state university of Yucatán. After spending some time abroad in Austria, and through their shared influences, they started designing together. 
Casa Vagantes comprises a traditional abode with a surface of 70 square meters / 754 square feet and has been fully revamped with modern travelers in mind.
The garden in Casa 75, owned by American lifelong friends Pat and Rose, extends through the long terrain where the house is set.
Laura and Alan's home a couple of blocks from Espita's main square has become Casona Los Cedros, a restaurant, bar and boutique hotel remodeled by Laura herself.
In today’s Centro, people are looking for properties that maintain the original essence of what there was, whilst becoming functional and enjoyable. FMT faced this challenge in 2018, with a project they dubbed “La Casita”. 
Increases are not limited to the Centro or its surrounding neighborhoods. Areas once considered fairly affordable such as Francisco de Montejo, and Ciudad Caucel have also seen considerable price hikes. 
Jardín Baldío is a curated gastronomic experience featuring guest chefs, unique musical selections, and an ambiance that suits the theme of each event. 
Any foreigner can obtain direct ownership of a property in the interior of the country, they just need a permit from the Foreigner Affair's Office. However, under Mexican law, foreigners cannot directly own property within the restricted zone.
“Casa Limonero just has such an authentic Mérida feeling,” says Trevor. “It’s modern enough to feel new and welcoming, but colonial enough to make you feel like you’re in Yucatán.”
Over the past few years, Jorge has become an inspiration to scores of people in Mexico and abroad.
“The Centro has really become our cornerstone,” says Atahualpa. “In the past 18 years we’ve restored, remodeled, and restructured over 200 houses in Centro alone.”
Andrea and Ana Cristina met during college and have recently joined forces in Elán- their Architecture and furniture design studio.
Over on Calle 50, the house of Maryinez Lyons hosts a green oasis. Elenizta Garden began in February and has slowly grown into a city jungle.
It’s not a quiz show — it’s a phenomenon that occurs a lot in Mérida, and perhaps other cities in Latin America as well, where expats have fixed up their dream retirement home and as the final touch on their restoration place a plaque on the wall next to the entryway that says “Casa Flores” or some such thing.
Located right in front of the high school Centro Universitario Montejo, the market hosts slow-food vendors on the weekends and maintains its crafts and decor market all throughout the week.
Yucatán at Home's first issue came out over the summer when throwing parties just wasn't allowed.
Succulents dominate the landscape outside the entryway to Ric Kokotovich and Alison Wattie's home in Mérida. Photo: Carlos Rosado van der Gracht When Ric Kokotovich and Alison Wattie expanded their Mérida home by buying the lot next door, they took an opportunity to...
Here are some nearby shops to make your tabletop pop.
The splendor and flare of the mansions became a symbol of the economic success brought to the state by the “green gold era” — the henequén times, which coincided with the Porfiriato. 
Built in the 19h century, the now boutique hotel was declared a Historic Monument in 1982, and to this day preserves its original French-style architecture. It has become one of the most iconic buildings in Paseo Montejo.
When developing in Progreso, and some other inland areas, in addition to the building permit provided by the state, you will need to start an assessment by SEMARNAT.