Beautifully renovated colonial home in Merida by New York architectural firm ode http://odelab.com/. The home is conveniently located close to "El Centro" and the Escuela Superior de Artes (Art College) located in the city's former train station http://www.esay.edu.mx/control.php .
Inspired by renowned Mexican architect Luis Barragan http://www.pritzkerprize.com/barragan/barraganpg.htm the owner commissioned ode to design a comfortable yet indestructible home with an open floor plan. Something simple which would draw inspiration from the natural beauty of the city and its people while retaining a certain simplicity and fluidity.
The result was amazing ... from the front entrance to the casita (small house) located in the rear of the property. Ode was able to take the original house aptly titled - Mexican Colonial Meets the 1950's - and turn it into a flowing, light filled, romantic home.
The clean but graceful furniture found throughout the home was also designed by ode. Each unique piece being constructed of local materials and built by Mexican craftsmen to accentuate not only the beauty of the home but its natural surroundings.
Surprisingly, and without much pressure, ode found ways to "reuse" the old colonial's 1950's updates. The front gates and doors from the front of the house were simply modified and utilized in other areas of the home. Original colonial doors and shutters from the house became part of the new design. Anything that could be simplified and reused was standard order bringing new life to many original and updated elements. In finding ways to "build it green" ode also discovered this is very much in keeping with Mexico and its people ... the ability to recycle and reuse the existing.
There is a main house and rear "casita" on the property. The main house consists of a living room, kitchen, office, bedroom (queen bed) and full bath with direct pool and garden access. The air conditioned rear "casita" is a large open space with two queen beds, full bath with direct garden and private patio access.
* Swimming Pool
* Landscaped Garden
* Mexican Kitchen
* 100% Cotton Linens
* Bath & Pool Towels
* Remote Controlled A/C in Casita
* Ceiling and Floor Fans
* Wireless Internet
* Purified Bottled Water
* Local Property Manager
Activities & Attractions
No need for a car, the bus to the to the Zocalo (Plaza Grande) stops on the corner next to the house. In less than 5 minutes you are within walking distance of all downtown Merida has to offer ... Olimpo Cultural, Lucia Park, the University, Palacio Municipal, Museums, the Mercado, Santiago Park, Paseo de Montejo to name a few. Possible daytrips include Chichen Itza, Uxmal, Progresso and Izamal. Yucatan Today offers a good free tourist guide. See http://yucantantoday.com/ for complete details on downtown Merida activities and attractions as well as convenient daytrips.
October to May - $1,400 USD per month
May to October - $1,000 USD per month
Weekly Rate - $400.00 USD
Daily Rate (3 day minimum) - $80.00 per night
Contact Pamela Lobdell at (212) 965-1361 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We rented Colonial Home for one month in February 2010. We were inspired by the Luis Barragan-style architecture and the adventure of visiting a city of which we had little knowledge. The house, with its spacious living quarters (even an office for us to conduct business with stable WiFi), refreshing pool and lush plantings along with the exciting cultural destinations of Mérida and the Yucatan peninsula persuaded us to extend our stay an additional three weeks. The house managers, Ivonne and David, were always available to assist us with any house issues and made our stay as comfortable as possible. We can highly recommend Colonial Home and would gladly return. James and Lori