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Our First Home in Mexico – Living in Morelia, Michoacan

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UPDATE 7/10/18 – When we first moved to Mexico in 2013 the peso was about 12.50 to 1 USD. It has changed considerably since then! Today it is 19.12 pesos to 1 USD. That would put our rent for this home in Mexico at $444.68, (8500 pesos).

Our First Home in Mexico - Living in Morelia, Michoacan

Below you will see photos of our home in Mexico a small gated-community in Morelia, Mexico. It is much nicer then I thought we could afford. It is 8500 pesos a month. That is $660.45 at today’s rates. In Louisville, Kentucky, we would have paid three times as much for rent for a similar property. And our mortgage when we moved was over $1000 per month with much less to offer.

Our home in Mexico has four and a half baths. We don’t use the boy’s bath. We keep it locked. We also don’t use the bath in the laundry room. Most homes like ours have lots of bathrooms. For me, it’s just more to clean!

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The pool area is part of the rec center. There is a gym, a racket ball court, tennis court, playground, grills, ping pong, and a large hall and kitchen for parties. It’s only for our gated-community and included in our rent. We only have about 70 to 100 residents right now so it’s not busy. It’s not brand new but they keep it up pretty well.

We are five minutes from Walmart and Home Depot and we sit on the edge of town. So I think it’s a great location for us in Morelia. We are about 15 minutes from our Kingdom Hall, where our Bible meetings are held.

You can find cheaper homes for rent especially if you have a smaller family. This home in Mexico just seemed right for us at this time. I hope you enjoy the tour. Tina

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Our new home in Mexico is in a fraccionimiento or subdivision.

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The front of our casa. Peach is popular here. But I don’t mind it.

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Our front door under the carport complete with shoe storage.

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Front door from inside. It has etched glass. There is quite a bit of that in our house. The builder must have liked it.

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Our living room with our little 32″ TV. We sold our 60″ and I miss it but we just couldn’t haul it down here. Not practical. Electronics are expensive in Mexico so we brought the 32″ with us.

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Living room, second view. Needing a sofa. Kids watch movies on the floor.

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Indoor flower and plant bed under the stairs. I love it. Green is relaxing according to the October Awake magazine and plants makes a good air purifier. Sawyer loves the dirt and tries to take his cars four-wheeling.

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Another view of my indoor garden.

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Landing at top of stairs. Everything is tile here. Carpet wouldn’t last with all the dirt and sand.

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Our kitchen. We use purified water to avoid illness. We are eating lots of fruits and veggies from the local markets. The fridge and microwave we bought used but they work great.

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Our dining room. Alexis is doing homeschool online. We bought this table set and a high chair new. They are handmade. If you look close they are a bit rough but who is going to look close? They are sturdy and were priced well.


renting-in-morelia-mexicoOur open staircase. Trying to teach kids not to play on it. Steps are wide so that helps. It has also proven to be good exercise for the legs.

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More pretty stained glass at the top of our stairway.

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Boy’s room with a little library. We bought Sawyer’s bed used. Look close and see the sleeping baby.

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You can see my backyard. It’s small but well-maintained and very pretty. Plus Sawyer can go out there and not escape.

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Girl’s room. They are sharing a used double bed. All the bedrooms have built-in closets. There is plenty of storage.

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Girl’s bathroom. We keep water bottles near the sinks to have clean water for brushing teeth.

renting-in-morelia-mexicoOur master bedroom. Another used double bed. All our used furniture came from a sister.

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Our giant shower!

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The view of our backyard from our room. Brad loves his grill and he also likes the little laundry room you see. We don’t have laundry machines so he uses it as a tool shed. It also has a shower and toilet.

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Our beautiful pool area. The front side is a kiddie pool. Sawyer learned to swim with his life jacket in three days.

Originally published October 27, 2013

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