Step over the handsome, limestone threshold of this elegant home into a rare, architectural gem - a seamless integration of authentic Colonial architecture and airy, inviting Modernism. This is a home which honors the romance of its history while offering all the convenience and comforts of contemporary design. Co-designed by the current owners and respected architect/builder Omar Fuentes, this gracious 3 bedroom/3 1/2 bathroom property celebrates symmetry, scale and light. A sequence of landscaped patios and courtyards creates a sophisticated but flexible urban retreat with a uniquely tropical relationship to water and sky. Located mid-block, on a quiet, bus-free street in the heart of ultra-desirable Santa Ana, this stylish oasis just 3 blocks from famed Paseo Montejo, is right at the heart of Merida’s most vibrant neighborhood. The distinctive doors punctuating a discreet facade sheltered by citrus trees suggest this home might be something exceptional. It is.
The front door opens to a spacious vestibule, currently formulated and lit as a spectacular gallery for art, showcasing the home’s soaring 16ft Colonial ceilings. Restored, original crossbeams, painted a cool white - a design decision sustained throughout the 6 historic rooms comprising the core of the property, enhance the sense of tranquillity, light and space. A long vista, framed by over-sized doorways, leads the eye to the sparkling pool and attractive garden. Off the entry is an intimate Library/Media Room, perfect for use as a Home Office, with built in granite shelving and a convenient 1/2 Bath/Powder Room. As backdrop, this room showcases an up-lit display feature set into a magnificent stone wall, adding a dramatic element of antiquity and texture along with the artistry of the Yucatán’s Mayan stonemason heritage.
A lofty doorway frames the entrance to the gourmet open kitchen and comfortable indoor dining area. This stunning kitchen, sure to delight any cook, is laid out around a classic “Chef’s Triangle,” the perfect placement of workspace, stove, refrigerator, sink, garbage disposal and dishwasher. Additional features include a built-in microwave, reverse osmosis water system and a commercial vent tucked into a soaring column of contemporary slate mosaic. Expansive granite counters top custom-built cabinetry offering upscale pull-outs, pantries and deep drawers with concealed garbage and re-cycling bins. A substantial, honed marble bar at bistro height invites guests to enjoy a casual indoor breakfast or pre-dinner cocktails. The bar also serves as a sculptural separation between the kitchen and dining area and a buffet for entertaining. Track lighting on dimmers, here as elsewhere throughout the house, provides every opportunity for both subtle ambiance and well-lit reading and task focus.
The kitchen, dining area, main indoor living space, and master bedroom suite all revolve around a magical central courtyard, backed by a dramatic, hand-hewn stone wall. A screened skylight, deep protective overhang and soothing water feature makes this a perfect spot for enjoying that first cup of coffee in the morning! Glass paneled mahogany doors set into the deep old walls, channel natural light and breezes into the heart of the house. The comfortable indoor living room flows into a more casual indoor/outdoor “sala” overlooking the pool beyond. The flexibility of both the interior and exterior spaces offers many different options for seating, ideal for easy entertaining and the tropical Mérida lifestyle. Of the 3 bedrooms, the airy Master Suite with contemporary built-in closets occupies the last of the beamed, historic rooms with the bonus of cross-ventilation and a luxurious Master Bath with a large, spa-style shower and beautiful stonework and tile. The roomy, primary guest-room, with it’s own inviting, slate-lined bathroom, overlooks the pool and beautifully landscaped garden and opens to to a private terrace with exterior sunshades and ceiling fan, perfect for an afternoon siesta in a reclining chaise.
At the rear of the property, an easy flight of stairs ascends to an expansive roof terrace providing comfortable seating for large groupings of friends and family under a sleekly architectural, steel-supported sailcloth. At night, comfortably padded bancos and a stand-up bar look out over the deep blue of the glass-tiled pool bordered by towering Mast trees and lush tropical plantings to the cityscape beyond. Immediately off the terrace, the third and only upper story bedroom/bathroom suite, a delightful space used by the current owners as a serene Reading/Meditation Room, has the potential for multiple uses including an art studio or office, well-removed from the main portion of the home. This room, as do all the rooms throughout the house, has both AC and ceiling fans and is wired for excellent WiFi reception. Wherever you go, wherever you look, the exceptional finishes and amenities of this extraordinarily well-built, stylish home please the eye and invite you to simply move in, relax and enjoy.