Real Estate in SMA - Mexican Charm with Modern Amenities

Real Estate in SMA - Mexican Charm with Modern Amenities

A visit through the elegant homes in the mountainside town reveals many newly built homes that have incorporated traditional building techniques and artfully hidden modern appliances and other comforts not usually found in Mexico.

A Perfect Climate with Cultural Excellence

SMA real estate is popular because the climate is temperate, but the cultural climate is irresistible. The hottest month is June with an average of 85F degrees; the coldest month is January with an average of 45F degrees. In early July, the rains begin and until October 1 the weather is spring-like; as though there was a fifth season. October through December has a crisp fall sweater-weather feeling. January and February are temperate during the sunny hours and cool at night. March and April the climate is warming. May and June constitutes the entire summer. Walking down cobblestone streets to cultural events are a year-round occurrence. Outdoor tables and chairs at restaurants are rarely seen unoccupied. SMA has a cultural climate with something for everyone.

Transforming SMA Charm into Current Expectations

A fine line had to be created when so many expatriates found SMA. They fiercely protected the charm of the city founded in the mid 1500s, but also made their interior lives more comfortable. Remodeling in modern times met that fireplaces, and other heating units were added to use two months a year. Ceiling fans were installed to incorporate the opposite two months a year. Windows added screening so the only thing entering the house most of the year was fresh mountain air and street sounds. Traditional floor tile traveled out from the living room onto patios that had not been quite so elegant. Furniture from all over Mexico and Central America was brought back to SMA and incorporated into the homes. Cherished views were made larger from the inside to expand opportunities for relaxed entertaining.

Many authors and artists have been so inspired by SMA, that they have purchased real estate and stayed. Second and third-generation immigrants are now living out their entire lives in SMA having bought their own property. The options for activities are enough to fill up more than one social calendar for all ages of visitors or residents. A trip back to the USA is an overnight bus ride for about $35 or an hour by bus to the airport and slightly over two more hours in the air to Texas. People actually come to SMA solely for the weekend from the USA, but getting them to leave is hard. The cultural and experiences continue to evolve – tourists cannot seem to get enough of SMA. 

Professionals Came to Retire

SMA became a magnet for retiring professional couples. El Centro soon had an ancient building with a new purpose – a library and a community theater. As more people arrived, my houses were built further from le cento, but the hosting of house parties kept the small-town feeling alive. SMA is a town of nearly endless surprises. Hosting two organic restaurants and several alternative community projects, the Saturday Organic Farmer’s Market has the best fresh produce, locally grown coffee, goat milk cheese and other traditional items brought up to modern quality standards. Apple is the preferred computer in one area; so many from that company are retired there. There are more nonprofit corporations in SMA, per geographic area, than in any other city in the world.

Retiring professionals bought real estate, their friends bought real estate, they remodeled to an outstanding level of comfort and then they all gave their talents back to the city. Retired people have come together to make the surrounding rural areas have a higher standard of living than any area nearby.

No Language Barriers

SMA has put out the “Welcome” mat in the same way that Ajijic and Puerto Vallarta have extended an embracing handshake to those tourists who have become residents. There are few places in SMA where English is not understood. Paperwork is easily handled. Renting or buying real estate is a daily activity accomplished without a hitch. Tourists are treated like honored guests and always made to feel at home. The great church in the center of town looks like it did when it was built, but the people walking in the square are likely to be a diverse group. Why not book a flight to BJX (Leon, Guanajuato) and come see for yourself?

Written by 2Casa Expert:  Dr. Jacqueline Zaleski Mackenzie, author, speaker, and social scientist, is author of Empowering Spanish Speakers and other books to help understand the Latino culture. She has a BS and MS in business and an EdS and PhD in bilingual and special education and sociocultural studies. She lives in a native village in Central Mexico where she researches the Mexican culture and remodels a campesino home.