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On the market: La Casa Verde in Santa Ana

Set back from the street, with a 3-car garage, this Nacionalista-style home has been featured in magazines and won a coveted AD award for its restoration.

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Beautiful, practical and well-located, this award-winning Santa Ana gem is now on the market.

La Casa Verde is located less than two blocks from the Paseo Montejo, the grand boulevard of Merida, at the outer reaches of the northern Barrio, Santa Ana, in the fast-growing hotel district.

The home, with its 29-plus meters of street frontage, and over 34 meters of depth (property: 960 square meters, construction: 541 square meters), is offered at US$895,000.

The city center, la Plaza Principal, is exactly one mile to the south of the house. 

La Casa Verde, with its elegant arches and lush greenery, is offered for sale.

The house is partially set back from the street, providing a wonderful private front garden and entry. A gated driveway on the west side of the property allows entry to a three-car garage at the rear of the property. The back garden is primarily occupied by a 4m x 12m partially covered deep pool. 

A bedroom and bath, and a bodega, are on the east side of the pool. A stairway on the east side leads to the upper terrace area, which allows access to a smaller stairway that leads up to a rear entry to the upper bedroom on the second floor. 

As well, on that entry platform is a spiral stairway that leads to the upper roof area allowing access to a 50-gallon solar water heating system and an 1,100-liter tinaco (water tank) that supplies water, and good gravity water pressure to the house. The tinaco is fed via a submersible water pump located in a 1,200-liter cistern on the ground level, under the patio. The cistern is fed via a 500-liter lower tinaco on the west wall of the property that receives city water. In addition, there is a waste-water well, and a deep fresh-water well that provides service to the pool, and garden (front and back) watering system.

La Casa Verde, which boasts an impressive foyer and staircase, is offered for sale.

The pool is filtered via a Diatomaceous Earth, pressurized, canister located in the garage. A copper system is used in conjunction with chlorine to keep the pool water clean and free of bacteria. The copper system dramatically reduces the need for daily quantities of chlorine needed for the pool.

The property is well-shaded with huge royal palm trees, tall timber bamboo and tall trees. The old stone house itself is filled with colonial-style double doorways which, when open, provide excellent natural air flow, so air conditioning is not a necessity. Inside the house, ceiling fans provide adequate air movement and work well with the warm and humid climate of the Yucatan. However, the house is prepared throughout for easy installation of air conditioning units where ever the new homeowner might feel it is needed.


The house is of a romantic style known as Nacionalista. The style arrived in Merida around 1915. It was partially redesigned and restored in 2007 by the well-known local architectural group Estilo Architectura. The current owner and the architect estimate that the house dates to the 1920s or ’30s.

La Casa Verde’s restoration was honored in the 2009 Architectural Digest (Mexico) “Iconas del Diseño” contest. It was also featured in AD/Architectural Digest (December 2009) Ambientes, La major guia Mexicana de Decoración, Edición 46; and Limegreen, Define tu estilo, Edición 7.

 The pool area of La Casa Verde, which is offered for sale.

The Layout

La Casa Verde has a foyer and nine rooms. Thirty-one steps up the impressive staircase is an upper foyer, and two rooms, a bedroom, bathroom and dressing room. There is an upper terrace accessible at the top of the main stairway. The terrace has a double-door entry that enters the front dressing room. 

As well, from the top of the stairway, you enter a double doorway into the spacious rear bedroom, then going through an arched opening to the north, into the room in front and bathroom. The bedroom has a rear exit to the stairs leading down to the upper terraces, currently not developed, and further, down the southeast side stairway, accessing the ground level and pool.

Downstairs you will find upon entering the formal entry to the house, a foyer where you can either enter the house to the south where the main room is, and kitchen, or, walk straight into a front studio room. In the studio, is an archway that leads to another room toward the south, which could be an office/study/library/audio visual, etc. This room has another archway that leads back to the foyer, and two double doorways that lead into the kitchen. The main room serves as a formal dining and living room. At the back of this space, to the west, is a double-door entry into a bedroom and bathroom.

Stepping out into the rear patio and pool area from any number of double doorways, you will find, on the east side, is another free-standing bedroom and bathroom. From the kitchen is a doorway that opens into a laundry area. At the southeast corner of the property, near the deep end of the pool, is a bodega for dry storage. The pool area has a circular walled space on the west side for changing out of wet bathing suits, and an outdoor shower.

By the numbers:

  • Width: 29+ meters; Depth: 34 meters (property: 960 square meters, construction: 541 square meters)
  • Rooms: 9, plus foyer (incl. 3 bedrooms, 3 bath, 1 outdoor shower)
  • Parking: 3-car garage
  • Price: US$895,000

This map indicates the general Santa Ana area:

About Merida, Yucatan

Merida is one of the safest and happiest metropolitan areas on the planet. Yes, living in the center of one of the oldest cities in the Americas, established in 1541, can be noisy and lively at times, but living here, where you can walk the streets without fear, in this wonderful abode, is a pure pleasure. Access to everything is easy from this north area of the centro known as Santa Ana. Perhaps you’ve heard of the phrase “Location, location, location.” Well, if you are interested in the Centro of Merida, with a super location, this is the place.

Interested buyers may contact the owner directly at italroot44@gmail.com or on Whatsapp at 9991 37 62 35.

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