Impeccable Restoration 68 is the quintessential Merida colonial home. It has been featured in magazines Elle Decor, Conde Nast Traveler and Gourmet, on Martha Stewart and Rick Bayless television shows, and several design books about Mexico.
Built in 1847, the owners purchased the property from descendants of the original family who built it. An extensive two year renovation was undertaken to open up the house, taking the walls back to the original rocks, adding new plumbing and electricity, as well as a new kitchen and large luxurious bathrooms. A contemporary open and airy atelier on the second floor is a modern complement to the original home, recently completed by noted local firm Estilo Arquitectos. This could serve as a third bedroom or work perfectly for a home office.
The wide house feels especially spacious with its 5 meter tall ceilings. All the solid cedro woodwork was restored throughout, as well as solid ironwork and frosted glass. The original pasta tile floor is still here, with matching tiles in restored areas. Original iron beams hold up the ceiling, but it’s been completely restored, renewed, and maintained throughout the years.
The glass tiled heated salt-water pool is a delight year round, the pool is surrounded by native greenery and is an elegant, sunny, tropical oasis within view of all of the rooms.
There is a hand painted mural by a local artist in the formal dining room, and specialty painting in all of the other rooms of the house, all in different but coordinating shades. The sale includes a huge built-in cedar bookcase in the library with all the modern connections for streaming WiFi. As well as the built-ins, the house is being sold fully furnished with the best quality items, most of which were custom-designed and built specifically for the house. Iron lanterns on the patio and in the vestibule were also hand crafted, as well as the huge chandelier in the dining room and the lighted pot-rack in the tile-lined kitchen.
All of this is located just 4 blocks from the main square and 4 blocks from Parque Santiago, and the street features many other nicely restored grand colonial homes.