Just starting out
By Marianne Yang Original Print Publication: May, 2007
Tonalá 131, Roma Norte
85m2, furnished 1 bedroom, 1 bath, street parking, $7,500 pesos includes utilities, wifi, cable.
Huichapan 20, Colonia Condesa: an art-deco gem.
Bright sunlight massages every corner of this spacious, fully renovated and tastefully furnished apartment. A long corridor illuminated by glazed windows leads from the entrance to a living/dining room with high ceilings, floor-to-ceiling windows and original wood parquet floors.
The spacious bedroom has more floor-to-ceiling windows, a ceiling fan and a deep closet with sliding doors. The galley kitchen, painted a cheerful yellow, is narrow but well-designed, modern with sufficient working space and plenty of cupboards. The bathroom, small but charming, is near the entrance.
Lafontaine 226, Polanco
65m2, 1 bedroom, 1 bath, street parking, $8,000 pesos includes maintenance, water.
With a little fresh paint and some imagination this apartment could be comfortable and cozy. Floor-to-ceiling windows in the rectangular living/dining room look out onto a green interior patio with a fountain. Decorative wood paneling and a small non-working fireplace lend warmth to the room.The bedroom is long and ample, fitted with deep closets.
Sliding glass doors give onto a two meter plot of earth, accented with potted plants set against a bright orange exterior wall. There’s also access to a tiny patio with a sink where you can wash and hang laundry. The kitchen is small but bright, with new appliances and a large window onto the building's communal patio. The bathroom has shower not a bath and some built-in closet space.
Huichapan 20, Condesa
40m2, studio with separate kitchen, 1 bath, rooftop terrace, laundry on premises, street parking, $6,500 pesos includes maintenance, gas, water.
If you emphasize aesthetics and location over size, you may love this apartment in the art-deco gem at Huichapan 20. The lobby and marbled stairwells have an elegant old world feel and are tastefully decorated with late 19th century-style paintings and sculptures. These common spaces, as well as the large tiled rooftop terrace, are immaculately maintained.
The apartment is tiny, with just a main room, separate kitchen and bathroom. Its well-designed layout and high ceilings manage to give the space a gracious air, with distinct spacesfor sleeping, living and eating. The main room has two closets. Thebright kitchen, though fairly narrow, has a large pantry and a door toa back stairway which leads to the rooftop terrace.For more information on real estate in Mexico, email firstname.lastname@example.org.