Large Colonial in Centro with Garage YHL1132 $349,000
Casa Chen Kai is located in the most desirable area of Centro Histórico, just a few steps from the English Library, in the Santa Ana neighborhood. You are only a few blocks away from Paseo de Montejo and barely five blocks from the Plaza Grande (main square).
Casa Chen Kai is one of the oldest homes in Mérida and has a roofed parking space (cochera) for two cars, something highly unusual in the Centro Histórico. There is an additional rented roofed parking bay across the road. This quiet street is lined with Colonial homes that have been carefully renovated.
Casa Chen Kai combines early Colonial days with a smooth transition to a more modern structure, without losing the Colonial ambiance. The renovation of the Colonial house was done with utmost care, respecting the original features of the building, such as the arches at the back and the beautiful log ceiling beams.
The property consists of two houses, the original Colonial one and a new two-story structure. The decision to let the old house stand by its own was the vision of the architect, but also a requirement of INAH, the National Institute of Anthropology and History.
By the swimming pool area there are two small hexagonal twin structures in Colonial style, imitating the architecture of the old house. One houses a ½ bathroom and the other one the pool recirculation system. There is an outdoor shower next to these two casitas.
The new two-story building is classical in style with beautiful arches, large upstairs and downstairs terraces and handmade mosaic (pasta) floors covering the entire floor surface. Yet it features plenty of contemporary touches to distinguish it from the old house.
At the back of the property is the old well and the Secret Garden with its Roman temple, a magic garden folly. The entire property is surrounded by high walls that provide privacy and beauty.
From the second floor of the new building a beautiful circled metal staircase takes you up to a small roof terrace, with views over the beautiful city of Merida. The house comes with a complete set of architectural drawings of the entire renovation of the old house and the building of the new house.