Fun, Affordable Mexican Beach Houses

  • Affordable Seaside Living On The Northern Yucatan

    New York may have Times Square, the bright lights of Broadway, the Metropolitan Museum and Yankee Stadium but what it doesn’t have is affordable beachfront living. For less than 20% of the average price of a Manhattan apartment, a beachfront house in the teeny-tiny town of Chabihau on the northern coast of Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula can be bought for a total of $180,000. And that price, according to listing information, is negotiable. Photo Credit: Google Maps
    Where the Heck is Chabihau?
  • Where the Heck is Chabihau?

    Chabihau is little more than a thin strip of sand with the Gulf of Mexico on one side and a flamingo filled fresh water lake on the other. The small village is home to full-time and part-time residents, and the current owners have a local caretaker to check on the property for the minimal cost of $30/month. Photo Credit: Viviun
    Retreat from the City
  • Retreat from the City

    The walled and gated property, situated just 50 miles from the historic and bustling city of Merida and two hours from the ruins at Chichen Itza, is dotted with palm trees, provides plenty of off-street parking and includes a sturdy, two-story house with two ocean view bedrooms that share a bathroom on the second level. Photo Credit: Viviun
    A Modern Twist
  • A Modern Twist

    The main floor has an open plan that includes a fully remodeled and modernized kitchen with white cabinetry, tile counter tops and a side-by-side refrigerator with filtered drinking water. Adjacent to the kitchen, a utility area has a second fridge and a single-unit washer and dryer. Photo Credit: Viviun
    Nap Time!
  • Nap Time!

    Just off the main living area on the water side of the house, a large, breezy covered porch extends the living space to the outdoors. It’s the perfect spot to hang a hammock for a siesta. Photo Credit: Viviun
    Water, Water Everywhere
  • Water, Water Everywhere

    More outdoor living or nighttime sleeping can be done on the tiled second-floor deck that offers panoramic water views. A seawall stretches across the entire front of the property to keep the house safe in the event of a hurricane. Photo Credit: Viviun
    All the Fruit You Can Eat
  • All the Fruit You Can Eat

    A detached, oceanfront cabana has a built-in barbecue, shelves and storage for the various sundries required for beachfront living. At the front of the property are two garden plots with vegetables and orange, lime and banana trees. Check out the listing. Photo Credit: Viviun
    Want an Upgraded Version?
  • Want an Upgraded Version?

    For just $20,000 more, you can get a larger and totally remodeled modern beachfront house in Chabihau with four bedrooms, two bathrooms, a traditional palapa shaded terrace with a hammock and a plunge pool. The property includes a 500+ gallon water storage cistern ensuring a constant flow of fresh water. Check out the listing. Photo Credit: Tierra Yucatan
    A Less Expensive Version
  • A Less Expensive Version

    For a bit less money, another beachfront house in Chabihau is offered at $139,000. The recently updated contemporary casa has huge floor-to-ceiling windows with water views, two bedrooms, two bathrooms, a plunge pool and a traditional palapa roofed terrace. Check out the listing. Photo Credit: Tierra Yucatan
    A Turquoise Paradise for $40K
  • A Turquoise Paradise for $40K

    For those who might prefer to keep their beach getaways under $100,000, consider a one bedroom, one bathroom cottage in Chabihau with an asking price of just $39,000. The festive, turquoise house sits less than 200 feet off the water and has a huge roof terrace with both ocean and lagoon views. Check out the listing. Photo Credit: Tierra Yucatan
    A Yellow Dream for a Steal
  • A Yellow Dream for a Steal

    An even less expensive option in Chabihau is a buttercup yellow cottage just steps from the beach that has a wide front porch, a living room/dining room/kitchen, one bedroom and one bathroom all for the Bargain Betty asking price of $32,000. Check out the listing. Photo Credit: Tierra Yucatan
    Build Your Own Casa in Chabihau
  • Build Your Own Casa in Chabihau

    A beachfront lot in Chabihau, listed at only $29,000, allows a buyer to build a beach house to their own taste. The lot stretches about 45 feet on the soft white sand and local laws permit a two bedroom and one bathroom structure to be built on the property. Listing information estimates a typical build-out cost of $45,000, bringing the total cost of a newly constructed and fully hurricane insurable oceanfront home to about $75,000. Check out the listing. Photo Credit: Tierra Yucatan
    A Change of Location
  • A Change of Location

    Northern Yucatan beachfront bargains are not exclusive to Chabihau. In the beachside village of Progreso, a newly-built two bedroom and two bathroom contemporary condo on the beach can be had for as little as $66,400. Check out the listing. Photo Credit: Tierra Yucatan
    Casa Luna Shines
  • Casa Luna Shines

    On the western edge of the northern coast of the Yucatan and just a kilometer north of the fishing village of Celestun sits Casa Luna. The Mexican-style beach house sits right on the sand and includes two bedrooms, two bathrooms, living and dining rooms, a fully equipped kitchen and a utility room. Outdoor areas include a covered patio and a large roof-top deck. Casa Luna is being offered fully furnished and equipped at $210,000. Check out the listing. Photo Credit: Tierra Yucatan
    Large Home, Small Price Tag
  • Large Home, Small Price Tag

    For those with a few more pesos in their pocket, there’s a five bedroom and four bathroom beachfront house in Progreso. The first floor living and dining room opens to the seaside terrace and swimming pool with serene views of the water. All this for $379,000. Check out the listing. Photo Credit: Tierra Yucatan
    A Castle for a Casa
  • A Castle for a Casa

    Not all beach houses on the northern coast of the Yucatan are inexpensive. A 6,000 square foot beachfront house is on the market with an asking price of $750,000. In addition the the five bedrooms (each with its own en suite bath), the house offers living and dining rooms, staff quarters, a tiled and covered terrace on the second level and a huge waterside patio with an in-ground swimming pool. Check out the listing. Photo Credit: Tierra Yucatan
    What Can You Get for $900K?
  • What Can You Get for $900K?

    At the high end of the northern Yucatan market but still below the average price of a Manhattan apartment is a very contemporary beach house near Progreso with an asking price of $900,000. Photo Credit: Tierra Yucatan
    What Can You Get for $900K? (cont.)
  • What Can You Get for $900K? (cont.)

    Composed of white stucco, black lava rock and vast expanses of glass, the massive 9,400 sq. ft. house has three bedrooms, three bathrooms, staff quarters, an uber-modern kitchen and a large oceanside terrace with a swimming pool. Check out the listing. Photo Credit: Tierra Yucatan
    A Different Take on Beach Properties
  • A Different Take on Beach Properties

    This home definitely doesn't fit the beach house mold ... or any other mold for the matter. Check out the full story on the trippiest house in the Hamptons or for more stories on Extreme Real Estate, click here. Photo: Sotheby's International Realty
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