They aren’t ruins, they are projects….

October 24, 2007

Mazatlan has a wonderful colonial city center – Centro. It is a mish mash of houses, retail, parks, home businesses, and the various entrepreneurs that gather in any Mexican city. (Car washers, carts selling food, street sweepers, etc) It can be messy and loud and incredibly joyful.

Last night we sat on our patio and listened to people passing by with a background of live jazz being played somewhere not far away.

Across the street from us and also kitty corner are what the real estate community refers to as “ruins.” Some of them are being held by local families because their owner died and the rest of the family can’t agree on what to do with them. Over time the roof will cave in, trees emerge from the roof, and feral cats take over the interior. They can be saved by passionate people with a lot of vision and probably money.

The picture above is the house across the street from us with the morning sun hitting it:

The next picture is of the same house but without the sun. It looks just awful, doesn’t it? But here’s the thing….this house is being restored, little by little, piece by piece. If you enlarge the picture you will see the window sills to the lower center windows have all been redone. Some of the cement decorative scroll work has been redone, too. And a lot of the horizontal panel at the top.

If you enlarge the picture you’ll be able to see what I mean. The other night a dump truck came up and dumped a load of sand (for concrete) behind the garage doors. A light is on back there most nights.

Someday I hope to meet whoever is doing the work and give them my encouragement and thanks. It’s a big job, but I appreciate those who are willing to take it on.

Below is the ruin that’s kitty corner from us. We haven’t seen any work going on here and no one seems to know the story.

Here’s another one from our walk this morning. This one’s for sale. If you’re interested, let me know and I’ll get the number off the sign for you!

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I'm Nancy, a US expat living in San Antonio Tlayacapan, Jalisco after 11 years in Mazatlán, México.

    1. Hi, I am reading your blog from
      Chacala, Nayarit. Just recently a man from Europe was staying in Chacala. His family owns a building (small hotel at one time) where apparently D.H. Lawerence stayed, many years ago.

      He was in Mexico on business. And one of the businesses was to decided what to the with that property. Sell it, develop it, whatever.

      Your post made me think of him, and to wonder if his family’s building was one of the buildings you are looking at.

      Don’t you just love those moment in Mexico when all is well. Sometimes, especially at sunsrise and sunset I cam overwhelmed with feelings of warmth and happiness, that I am here in Mexico.

      Take care, Andee

    1. I wish we could buy something like that. Look how gorgeous it is. Glad you guys are enjoying yourselves so well down there.

    1. Andee,
      We read your blog all the time, we love your outlook on living here. I know exactly what you mean about feeling safe and happy in Mexico.

    1. Those are some beautiful houses… but oh, the money and the work! Still, I’m happy to be working on my own ruin. There is great joy in bringing those old houses back to life.

    1. I love the look of “ruin #1”, it must have been, and will be again a beautiful building. They have a lot of work ahead of them; but when it is finished what a joy of a place.

    1. I love seeing those survivors from past days. Hope you will post a picture when you can of the progress on the reconstruction.

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