From 1875 to 1881 the first train tracks were laid into the city of Merida and the station which is now the university art school was constructed in x. The neighborhood that grew around the train tracks became known as La Plancha and the residential area adjacent to the east became know as Chen Bech (pozo de codorniz) named after the cenote on which the market is now built on 57 & 44. The main purpose of the railroad was to transport henequen to the port of Sisal. The warehouses are still in use but many are becoming lofty homes and the rail yard is a major project or renovation for a public green park with museums and an amphitheater for open air concerts. Chen Bech is a trending neighborhood where artists and expats are restoring homes that are still less expensive than in centro historico west of the La Plancha. Chen Bech still retains its village atmosphere and new restaurants and bars are moving in to service the new art students and new residents.
France had the most influence on the culture and architecture in the Yucatan in the 19th century. This house features the French influence in the neo-classical facade, and original stenciled wallpaper design hand painted frieze in the front bedroom. The floor tiles originated in North Africa and Marsaille and they are now made in the Yucatan. The house offers a lot of privacy for two couples vacationing together or with kids. The front hall opens onto the bedroom to the left and to the living room. The guest room with the double beds also has a nice large full bathroom. The spacious living room features the modern furniture that Reyes Rios designed specifically for this home including a conversational sofa. There are pool and garden views from most rooms in the house. The dining room table seats 12 or 14. It is a great house for a party and that is what the owners had in mind when they renovated this beautiful vacation home. This house is dangerously addictive. Some guests to return over and over again.
If you are not a group of 14 to dine or doing an enormous crossword puzzle on the huge dining room table you may choose to dine “en famille” in the kitchen. The traditional Mexican kitchen with it’s beautiful hand painted tiles and is fully furnished with new and modern appliances. Beyond the kitchen is a more private wing of the house that borders the garden. There is a comfortable large modern bathroom. Then the master suite which includes a sitting room with cable TV and high speed Internet connection. The master bedroom has a very comfortable king size bed. It is the fantastic pool that is the soul of this luxury holiday villa. Enjoy the pool in the shade of the morning or afternoon when you can sunbathe up on the roof terrace and cool off in the pool. At mid-day the pool does have direct sun.
This house was featured in Conde Nast Traveler, May 2017.