I’ve been inspired to finish what I started by the brand new episode (filmed this past October) of House Hunters International in Merida that’s airing tonight! It has actually aired once before, but I missed it! We’re going to be at a Super Bowl party tonight, but no worries this time, I’ve got the DVR set! Here’s the description…
“Three years working in Japan and living in a boxed-sized apartment has Rob and Erich burned out. But all for not. They’ve saved every penny and are now back at Erich’s mom’s house in Toronto, Canada plotting their next move. Wanting a slower pace of life in a tropical locale, they’ve decided to start anew by buying a renovated home in historic Merida, Mexico. But their first attempt at buying a home there imploded and that disaster, and lost down payment, could have been avoided if they hired a professional realtor. Enter their new licensed agent Eric Partney. With years of experience, aka “Agent Eric” will make sure the house hunt is done right this time around. It won’t be long before Erich and Rob are out of mom’s place and living it up in the Yucatan.”
Okay, I’ve already spilled the beans that we’ve closed on our house. But, I never finished posting about the rest of the houses that we looked at during our search. Theresa left a comment inquiring which one we picked and two other people e-mailed to ask me the same, so this entry is dedicated to answering just that…well, almost. First things first!
Way back when, I offered up a little game of House Hunters International. So, I’m going to make good and finish listing the rest of the houses we looked at during our search. This part is NOT exactly the way they do it on the real House Hunters International– I’m listing way too many houses. But for my own purposes, I’m documenting the entire process. Then, I’m going to narrow it down to our final three picks – you know, just like they do on HHI, and let you guess which one we decided on! Here goes…
Pretty in Pepto Pink – Mejorada – C61
This property is listed at $60K. The entire property is only 2500 sq ft, which is way smaller than we were looking for:
Mediterranean Memories – Near the Zoo – C61
Asking price is $85K. This one is has really nice curb appeal. That shade of blue against the whitewashed walls reminds me of Santorini. But just like the one above, it doesn’t have off street parking, and that is a dealbreaker for us. While we were there, the mooing motorcycle went by – so cute!
Well Wishes - Near Paseo Montejo
Asking price is $85K. The location is fantastic, just steps away from Paseo Montejo. It’s been used as an office, and there are some funky things going on with the interior, including the sheetrock wall (seriously, sheetrock in Merida!) erected to partition off the rooms. Nice sized yard with fruit trees, and most importantly, off-street parking!
Hip to be Square – In the Heart of Santa Ana
Asking price is $90K. The location is fantastic; it’s located directly behind Santa Ana church – on the very street facing Santa Ana Square. But, I think it may actually be too close to the action for us. The interior, hands down was the nicest example of Colonial architecture of all the houses we looked at. The floors were and windows are gorgeous. On the downside, there is barely any yard to speak of, and there is only off street parking for one car – plus, I bet people would block you in all the time!
Double Your Pleasure - Mejorada – C32x61
The main property on the right is listed at $45K, and the man who owns the one on the left is asking $18K for his little 4 sq meter x 29 sq meter sliver. Knowing that we want parking, our realtor thought we could turn the left side into our off-streeet parking area. If we knock down the wall in between the two properties, we’d have a bigger yard too.
Lush Backyard Garden – Santiago (Barely) – C78x53
Asking price is $78K. This duplex is on the outskirts of Santiago. I fell in love with the backyard, but the exterior leaves a lot to be desired. We’d remove the exterior stairs and put a garage on the left hand side. The interior has nice high ceilings and some classical colonial touches. The yard seals the deal, especially that huge, producing avocado tree!
S&M Hell Hole – La Ermita
Asking price is $73K. This was the most disgusting place you could ever imagine. My gag reflex is still going into overdrive just thinking about it. STAY AWAY!!! In every room, there were some sort of S&M toys/magazines/bondage paraphernalia on display. And just when we thought we’d seen enough, we walked through the kitchen to the main courtyard. There was a cocker spaniel being held on a coat hanger collar by his owner. His coat was mangled and matted beyond belief. It was heartbreaking. The entire courtyard was covered in old, dried dog feces. We had to walk on a sea of crunchy poo to get to the shed, which offered a view of the rest of the yard. I was in tears when I saw that there was another dog in the small shed. It made the other dog’s living conditions seem like the Ritz in comparison. The shed dog appeared to be living in about 5 years worth of its own feces and piss. It was ankle deep in crap without a clean spot anywhere. I wanted to take a coat hanger and put it around the necks of the owners, and let them try to sleep/eat while living in 5 years worth of their own feces to see how they like it. I hope they saw the daggers I was sending them. I’m still so disturbed by what I saw, and I really wish that we had done more to help those poor animals. I feel so guilty for leaving and not trying to do more. Is there a Mexican version of the SPCA or is that just a pipedream?
Let’s not forget about the original two properties that I posted. Here’s the link:
All together, we viewed 13 properties. The seven above, plus the two from the original link, and four more that I don’t have pictures for. However, my notes reminded me that one was in San Sebastian and the other in Santa A na. Neither of them had parking, but there was possibly the potential to add some by buying the adjacent properties.