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A talk with artist (and Yucatán Magazine's creative director) Trey Speegle and architect Erik González about one of Mérida's most talked-about new homes.
An iconic Chinese-themed house in Col. México is on the market. Its real estate listing offers a glimpse of what's inside the flamboyant green pagoda-themed property. And anyone who's ever driven by the house must have been curious about what's inside.  The huge six-bedroom property on Calle 19 and Avenida Libano...
The easy bargains are gone. For US property hunters, the dollar weakened while the Mexican currency became the “super peso.” Plus, demand is up for Mérida properties that 10 or 15 years ago might have been had for a song. So property hunters who lack deep pockets need to...
Walk from your beautiful Progreso mansion to the beach in a minute. And it’s one of the nicest beaches in Progreso, in a tranquil part of the city’s east side.  Or just enjoy the view of the water and nearby rooftops from the private third-floor rooftop terrace. This house is...
Now on the market is a dreamy and magnificent 8,000-square-foot French Colonial Art Nouveau mansion in Mérida’s most desirable neighborhood. It is a five-minute drive from the historic downtown, shopping, hotels, and restaurants and just 15 minutes from all that Mérida’s north offers. This romantic property is a lush and...
Welcome to a fresh look at curb appeal - the first impression people have of your home that can instantly elevate the value of your house and make you feel proud. There's no doubt about it, having windows that let plenty of natural light in as well as ones...
Chukum is an ancient stucco technique that fits in with modern design trends while highlighting nature and simplicity. The material comes from chukum trees, which are native to the Yucatán Peninsula. They are characterized by a thorny bark that is resin-rich in tannins, giving it a reddish hue similar to...
Jorge Alberto Mijangos Loeza of Constructora Mijangos spots trends as well as red flags.
Around the time Newell Turner parted ways with a prominent New York City magazine publisher, he started working on a hefty book that would come to chronicle Mexico’s lush aesthetic legacy. Mexican: A Journey Through Design — all 4.28 pounds of it — was finally released in May 2023. Despite...
From the sidewalk, the Art House makes a grand first impression. Once inside, it continues to impress, over and over.  But let’s first go back outside. The home’s lovely neoclassic facade is set off from a tree-lined street. The tone is formal yet inviting, with a pretty iron gate framing...
A vacation home owned by a family of five from the United States fills their time away with color. Casa Pulpo — the Octopus House — was originally built at the beginning of the 20th century in Mérida’s Santa Ana neighborhood. Today, with a strong assist from a daring...
When Michael Kinsey Erb bought his new home in the Las Américas five years ago, it looked like all the others on his block. Today, his property is a bit easier to distinguish from the rest because it is surrounded by a living fence created by a row of chacá...
Before Richard and Lena Nichols rebuilt Hacienda Dzbikak, the giant estate in Umán had been in a state of deterioration for five decades. The last exciting thing to happen there was a fire that devastated the warehouse.  Their timing was good. It was 2005, and property bargains could still be...
Texas-born Jenne Maag is known in the fashion world for her eponymous SoHo boutique. A lesser-known project of hers began almost 20 years ago when she snapped up a romantically ornate casona on Calle 47 in Mérida.   “What do you know about the history of the house?” I ask....
Nicholas Sanders of Yucatan Beach & City Property shares his checklist for property-buying success: Mérida is a true success story and has transformed over the years. Many people, expats and nationals alike, are realizing the many benefits of life here. The Yucatán is safe, affordable, and an excellent choice for...
Even in this famously opulent private community, this home stands out. Its tall front portico with six soaring pillars hints at what’s inside. Double-high ceilings and windows bring in natural light and allow for views of the spectacular pool and magnificent gardens. This stately home, within walking distance of La...
Since a new Mérida home was a dream come true both, it seemed fitting that Jim Jones and Ramon Alvarez named this ethereal blue beauty “Casa Dos Sueños.” In the end, they transformed an old auto-repair shop into something out of a fairytale.
The 12th edition of Fundación BAI’s Showcase of Homes will be more spectacular than ever.  Yucatán Magazine, among the event’s sponsors, got a peek at two of the seven homes on Sunday’s tour. Louis Navarrete, an interior designer, and Ric Best, an artist, and insatiable book collector, came to Merida in...
Newly renovated Casa Maca is best described as modern yet pure.  This historic former residence from the Porfiriato era is in Mérida, a few steps from one of the city's most iconic boulevards, the Paseo de Montejo. The architects were fortunate to find the property had good bones. After removing...
After two decades in Mérida, her homes are among the most distinctive around. They are richly styled, embrace available materials and connect to their surroundings.
Arijua, which opened shop this year as an architecture and interior design firm, transformed a slender Santiago residence into a sleek retreat for relaxing weekends. MID House has smooth, rounded niches in the adobe style. Partners María González, Alejandro Leal, and Gabriel Fregoso exercised subtlety here. The walls have...
We first came to Mérida in 2004, our second trip to Yucatán, the first having been devoted to Chichén Itzá, Tulum, Puerto Ventura, and Isla Mujeres. This second trip was a circumnavigation of the Peninsula and began in Mérida, which we used as a base for exploration of Uxmal...
Marilyn Rogers, who passed away in August, was someone who loved cooking and catering. She could be found hosting friends or sharing her cooking with neighbors (she didn’t speak much Spanish, but food is an international language). This idea was the foundation of the kitchen she built before the native...
The starting point at Casa Desnuda, or Naked House in English, is a bare rectangular block. There are lots of them, exposed throughout the private home of architects Victor Cruz and Atahualpa Hernández Salazar of Taller Estilo.  Big decisions were made based on the proportion of that 20-by-40-centimeter block. But...
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