A large proportion of foreigners purchasing property in Mexico choose to make their investment at one of Mexico’s many fine beach locations: with over six thousand miles of sea-facing land, there is ample diversity for those who want to live near the water. However, there exists another option when you’re searching for a property foothold in Mexico: a collection of beautifully-preserved colonial towns and cities.
Most of Mexico’s colonial cities are situated at altitudes above 5,000 feet. This means that you can expect cooler and more temperate climates in these places than you’ll experience on the coasts where, particularly in the spring and summer months, temperatures and humidity soar.
During late fall and throughout the winter, early mornings, evenings, and nights are cooler in colonial cities–even chilly in some higher places that may require the warmth of a fireplace or other heating system. The spring and fall climates are ideal in most of Mexico’s colonial cities, featuring temperate ambiance with occasional rainfalls between otherwise undisturbed sunlight, shining across crisp and deep azure-blue skies.
The late late spring and summer months in Mexico’s colonial cities are warm and can get quite hot. Most regions experience monsoon rains between May and October each year; these often take the form of torrential afternoon or evening downpours which cool the high summer temperatures and make the local flora and fauna burst into life.
Which colonial cities are people moving to? ‘Expat enclaves’ including San Miguel de Allende and Ajijic/Chapala have been popular with foreign residents for decades, and their lure and appeal is still attractive to many who visit and make of these places their home, full or part-time.
Many foreigners looking for a foothold in colonial Mexico are researching alternative places to those well-trodden towns, and a few which have have been rising in popularity of late include: Merida, Campeche, Guanajuato, Queretaro, Oaxaca, San Cristobal de las Casas, Morelia (and nearby Patzcuaro), and Puebla.
Colonial cities offer (generally speaking) lower property prices than equivalent land and homes situated at popular beach towns and resorts. This is primarily due to market demand. It’s also worth keeping in mind that colonial property markets don’t generate the same amount of sales turnover that popular seaside resorts do, so if you buy land or property in a colonial city in Mexico, it might take longer to sell. You can learn all about property purchase and ownership in Mexico here on Mexperience.
If you’re looking for a long-term investment and a foothold in Mexico that will provide you with a stable home, a wonderful climate, good access by road with airports not far away; a lower cost of living than the US, Canada and Europe; and a place where you can be surrounded by culture and heritage, do some research here on Mexperience to learn about Mexico’s colonial cities and then go and experience a few of them in person. You may be pleasantly surprised.