|Sydney realtors call photos like this "lifestyle shots"!|
I'm generally cautious though, and I agonized about the price and the timing...we weren't anywhere near the point in our lives when a move to Mexico would make sense, and what might have been a bargain price for some folks was a lot of money for us. And so we waited. I checked the status of that house every day for months until one day the listing changed to "under contract." Surprisingly, I wasn't devastated. After all, the timing wasn't at all right for us. But the disappointment did make us think hard, settle on a plan, and really commit to the idea of finding the right place for us in Merida.
All of this is a long introduction to explain why I check up on this particular house on nearly every trip to the city. When we were here in February, the new owners had started a renovation project, and on this trip they appear to be finished. The house looks great, and the before/after pictures of its facade demonstrate exactly why a good eye can be your best asset in a Merida house hunt. That plain, uninspiring facade has now turned into this:
I have no idea who bought the house, or what the inside looks like. But the new facade is beautiful, and the location is the same stunner that it always was. I'm glad that someone saw the potential in this fixer-upper, and I hope that they enjoy it for years to come. For me, though, this house will always be the one that pushed the fuzzy dream of a Merida home into an actual plan for a future reality.