Robert Abuda and Erich Briehl started out in Canada and ended up in Mexico…by way of Japan! With portable careers and a passion for renovation, Robert and Erich can settle anywhere they choose…and right now they’re based in Yucatan’s beautiful capital of Merida, a city that lets them earn their living and remodel homes in some of this historic capital’s most desirable districts. Find out how they do it on this edition of Finding Your Overseas Paradise.
What is it about Merida that draws so much attention from expats, young and old? Mérida was called “exotic and cheap” when it was profiled in the first-ever issue of International Living in 1980.
Thirty-one years later that’s still true. Mérida offers a low cost of living and real estate prices ranging from $60,000 for a small fixer-upper in the central historic district to less than $400,000 for a 6,000-square-foot colonial mansion with all the bells and whistles…and completely furnished.
What has changed, though, is that back in 1980, the most convenient route to Mérida from the U.S. was through a newly-built resort town called Cancún, four hours to the east. Today, with its own international airport, Mérida and its nearly 900,000 inhabitants and nearby Gulf Coast beaches is a destination all its own, and more easily accessible than ever.