As a major metropolitan city in Mexico with a large expat population, Mérida offers a wide range of housing options in both urban and suburban settings. The Centro Histórico area is becoming increasingly popular with expats who are rescuing and restoring the many classic colonial structures found in the city’s center.
The Mérida area also includes the beach communities north of the city that can be found on the “Emerald Coast” of the Gulf of Mexico. Progreso, Chelem, Chixculub, Telchac and other towns are worth checking out if you like beach living, and they are less than 30 miles away via an eight-lane highway.
If you plan on renting an apartment in Mérida, a one-bedroom unit in the center of town is about US$180. A one-bedroom apartment outside of the downtown area is about US$170. If you need more space, a three-bedroom apartment downtown is about US$330. Outside of city center, a three-bedroom apartment usually rents for around US$300. These costs are averages and could be higher or lower, depending on the property rented.
No Multiple Listing Service (MLS) is available for Mérida. To find apartments, condos and houses for sale or rent, you can use Craigslist Yucatán Peninsula. You should also check the websites of major international real estate firms that operate in Mexico, such as Coldwell Banker, Century 21, RE/MAX and others.