House Hunting in … Mexico

House Hunting in … Mexico

A Three-Bedroom Adobe House Outside Oaxaca


This three-bedroom, five-bathroom house is in an agricultural area about 10 miles from the colonial city of Oaxaca, the capital of the central Mexican state of the same name. Built from adobe in 2006 by the current owner, the home is about two miles from Highway 190, the main road connecting Oaxaca to Mitla, one of the country’s most important archaeological sites. Surrounded by farmland, the 39,800-square-foot property has a separate guesthouse, a two-car carport and landscaped grounds with flower gardens and orange, lime, avocado and mango trees.

A six-foot cinder-block wall topped with clay tiles encircles the property, which has a cobblestone driveway leading to the 6,750-square-foot, two-story house. Visitors enter through hand-carved cedar doors framed by Oaxacan tiles.

There are sitting areas on either side of the entryway, which leads to a hexagonal open-air courtyard decorated with a fountain and Talavera tiles. Many of the walls are exposed adobe brick, while others are covered with a light-green sandstone, a building material native to Oaxaca, said John Harvey Williams, an owner of Real Estate Oaxaca, which has the listing for this property. There are two bedrooms with en suite bathrooms on the ground floor, as well as the kitchen, dining room and a study with built-in bookshelves. The ceilings in most of the rooms are between 12 and 15 feet, with exposed wood beams or concrete adorned with colorfully embossed leaf patterns.

The kitchen has a mobile island, a walk-in pantry and a laundry room. The kitchen counters are Mexican ceramic tile with a Talavera backsplash.

The dining room is round, with exposed adobe brick walls and large picture windows. There is also a covered outdoor patio with a dining table that can seat 12, Mr. Williams said. (The furniture is not included in […]

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This article was written by Ian Hayden Parker, Oaxaca Life staff writer, the leading source for English news in Oaxaca, Mexico.

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