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Las Gaviotas is one of the most unique homes in the Chelem, Yucatan area. This 2 story home has 2 bedrooms, and 3 bathrooms and truly has it all! When you enter the front gate you see the lavishly landscaped yard, you walk into a huge screened in porch area that is perfect for entertaining large groups. Throughout the home there are Mexican arches and hand painted tiles. The kitchen has new custom hardwood cabinets and Mexican accents. The large oceanfront porch opens to a deck area with pool and a palapa (thatched roof) umbrella. This home has a massive seawall and sits high above the Gulf of Mexico.
Upstairs you will find 2 large bedrooms and bathrooms, but the home has real surprise in that it offers a unique domed reading nook on the 3rd story. The ceiling in the dome was just hand painted by a local artist, it is truly beautiful, a perfect place to relax and gaze at the ocean views.
The rooms are very large and spacious and you will have plenty of space to stretch out and just breathe and slow down for awhile. But best of all, this is our home with all of the comforts and personal touches of home, not a rental house that provides only the basic level of comfort. We want you to feel welcome from the minute you open the front door. Mi casa es su casa.
All of the north of the border amenities are in place for beachfront enjoyment, there is high speed internet, air conditioning and a washer and dryer.
The Yucatan is the safest state in Mexico, much safer than where most of us come from, however you must take the same security measures that you would in your own home. Doors and windows must be locked and secured at night and when you leave the house. Our home also has a roll down main gate for additional security and privacy. A safe is provided for passports and extra cash or valuables.
The Master Suite has a king size bed with two layers of memory foam padding for a restful night's sleep. It has a large dressing area with plenty of closet room, and a bath with roomy shower....moreless
July and August Jul 1 - Aug 31, 2015 5 night min stay
Low season 2 Sep 1 - Oct 31, 2015 5 night min stay
Mid Season Nov 1 - Dec 12, 2015 5 night min stay
Christmas and New Years Dec 13 - Jan 2, 2016 7 night min stay
My Standard Rate 5 night min stay
* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay
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Refundable Damage Deposit$300
This property has an electrical allowance. Renters will be charged for the overage. Payment is due at checkout.
Occupancy is based on 6 adults, please contact owner about additional persons.
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If you are looking for nightlife and shopping, Chelem is not the place you are looking for. On week day mornings you will have the beach to yourself and you can stroll for miles collecting seashells or stop and watch the fishermen cast their nets from their brightly painted open boats. The beach is a little more lively on the weekends but it is a totally different beach scene then what you find on the Caribbean side of the Yucatan Peninsula. This is real Mexico and instead of row upon row of beach chairs lined up to rent for the day what you will find on the playa de Chelem are local families, picnicing and enjoying the warm shallow water, while vendors stroll the beach with boxes of pastries perched on their heads. On Sunday mornings grab a market basket and walk into the village to join the locals as they stop at their favorite stalls in the mercado or along the calle to buy conchinita pibil or ceviche.
Although you have to take the usual precautions of locking doors when you leave and making sure that any valuables are stowed safely away, there is none of the danger here that is reported in the border towns hundreds of miles away.
If you feel like leaving the peaceful solitude of our little village you can always take a short drive (6km) over the bridge to Progreso which has a bustling little downtown, especially on the days the cruise ships come in. Pull up a chair at one of our favorite beach bars to join our friendly band of expats as they watch the antics of the locals and the cruise ship passengers or stroll through the market where you will find everything from handmade hammocks to beautiful talavera pottery to the usual tourist souvenirs. There are also several marinas in Progreso which have fishing charters and boat rentals.
Merida is the secret jewel of Mexico. It is a beautiful colonial city of about a million people that mixes the best of old world beauty and grace with modern convenience. There are countless museums and cathedrals to explore plus several sophisticated shopping centers and international cuisine. Every Saturday night the streets around El Centro in Merida are blocked off and the restaurants move their tables and chairs outside and musicians play on every corner. Children run laughing through the streets at midnight while their parents and grandparents dine leisurely in the cool evening air. No one is worried for their safety. The party continues every Sunday with a fiesta that includes music and dancing and numerous food vendors and artisans.
We like to get up early on Sundays and drive into Progreso to catch the bus to Merida which drops us off right at the Plaza Grande where we can walk to mass at the oldest cathedral in the Americas. We spend the rest of the day strolling through the vendors and shops of El Centro, stopping to enjoy warm sugary churros or crispy panuchos and a cold beer or frosty marguerita before catching the bus home to spend a relaxing evening watching the stars come out as we walk along the beach.
There are many Mayan Ruins and cenotes (blue holes) in the area to travel to for day trips. Chichen Itza is a 2.5 hr. drive or you can arrange tours through operators in Progreso or Merida. Campeche, another UNESCO World Heritage Site in also within driving distance and is really worth the trip to see their museum and amazing Mayan and Spanish relics.
There is a large U.S. and Canandian community here. Our casa is located on the outskirts of town and most of the surrounding homes are second homes for residents of Merida who only visit them during Easter week and the months of July and August. We do have a handful of expat neighbors on our beachroad but for the most part you will have the beach to yourself. Our caretaker speaks fluent English and she will be able to assist you in any way you need.
Year Purchased: 2009
About the owner: A couple of boat weary sailors stumbled into Progreso one day looking for refuge. After 12 years of living on a 40 foot sailboat, it was either buy a house or someone was going to be marooned on an uncharted island somewhere.
Why the Owner Chose Chelem: We were shown this house when we were heading back to Cancun to catch a plane back to the Bahamas where our boat was located. We fell in love. We had walked in and out of endless casas in the previous weeks and when we walked into this one, we knew we had found a treasure.
The Unique Benefits at this House: She is located close enough to the village that you can take a leisurely stroll in on Sunday to pick up some Conchinita Pibil for lunch, but you will very rarely have to share your beach with another human being.