I’ve been posting about Merida for a few years now…
It’s on Mexico’s Yucatan peninsula and its real estate market is pretty hot at the moment. You can get a LOT for your American dollar. I bought my ruin of a house two years ago and it’s finally nearing the end of construction this month. I love my house, but it is very modest by comparison to this casa which feels a bit like an embassy.
This stunning French Colonial, Art Nouveau mansion is located in one of Merida’s most desirable neighborhood, Garcia Gineres, and it was one of the first houses I visited 5 years ago. A friend of a friend introduced me to the couple that was restoring the property. I had a lovely lunch with about 10 friends and got a private tour from one of the owners and it is even more incredible in person.
It’s located five-minutes from Centro, the historic downtown area, and it’s near shopping, hotels, restaurants and the swanky Paseo de Montejo boulevard, which is the Champs-Élysées of Merida. You can’t really find a nicer house on the market right now.
Built in 1915 on a 1770 square meter lot, it was meticulously restored and renovated in 2018. It features;
- 8,000 square feet of living space on 2 levels
- formal living & dining room
- 5 bedrooms
- 6 full bathrooms
- two sep. kitchens, with a bank of refrigerators
- Murano and Kelly Wearstler lighting
- Franz Veigner bath fixtures throughout.
- original pasta tile floors
- French doors throughout
- 20-foot ceilings
- tiled exterior terraces
- flowering pergola with outdoor dining
- new 50-foot pool
- mini-split AC units throughout
- parking garage for 2 cars
The huge master suite has four rooms (primary bedroom, bathroom, dressing room and den) with wall-to-wall Italian statuary marble floors in the bathroom and silver-plated hardware.
It’s surrounded on four sides by mature gardens, including an orange orchard and raised aqua garden, for growing veggies year-round, with mature mandarin, sour orange, banana, and tamarind trees.
The one thing I might add to the property would be to landscape and furnish the huge upper terraces that wrap around three sides of the house. All of the bedrooms open onto it and it has gorgeous views of the gardens and pool which take up a quarter of a city block.
I also might add a discrete breakfast bar in the master suite. The kitchens are not only down the grand staircase, they are in a separate building next to the pool. But with house like this you’ll need a small staff to run it. During COVID, the owners had to maintain it themselves and I hear it was a full-time job.
Anyway, it can all be yours to do with what you like for $2.3 million. Kinda seems like a bargain, huh?
Contact Ross Schiering at Merida Centro Real Estate here.
Voted one of the Best Cities in the world by Condé Nast Traveler multiple years, here are some recent write ups about Merida in Vogue and Travel & Leisure.
For a Mexican city whose reputation tends to concentrate on its gilded age of the early 20thcentury, some hundred years later, Mérida is experiencing a second coming. Between new hotels, restaurants, galleries, and museums, one way to describe the varied ventures in the city would be doing something new with something old: many of Mérida’s residents are drawing inspiration from the sense of history threaded both within the city, and throughout the lush Yucatán peninsula, in their pursuit of these bold new ventures.”–VOGUE, JAN. ’23