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.
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.
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”.
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.
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.
Weddings took up most of Fabrizio’s time, until the pandemic halted all social events. Then, as most anxious personalities did, he turned back into his hobbies to find purpose and inspiration.
The park, which measures about a full city block, features a roller skating rink, a children's playground, a large esplanade with a musical fountain, green areas, and a stage where artistic and cultural events are frequently held.
Casa Oliva sits just around the corner from San Sebastian park. Inside and out, it is a celebration of the colors of the world.
The Casas Gemelas are a pair of French-style mansions built in the early 20th century. Their construction began in 1906 and they were inaugurated on Dec. 24, 1911.
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.
“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.”
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.
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.
Although it has largely grown in popularity for newcomers, Cholul still retains its town designation as well as most of its traditions and customs.
“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.”
The garden in Casa 75, owned by American lifelong friends Pat and Rose, extends through the long terrain where the house is set.
Jardín Baldío is a curated gastronomic experience featuring guest chefs, unique musical selections, and an ambiance that suits the theme of each event.
Over the past few years, Jorge has become an inspiration to scores of people in Mexico and abroad.
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.
This year, nobody has to schedule their flights to Mérida around Fundación BAI's big fundraiser.