Houses in Mazatlan

Each and every day, I get email from people asking about Mazatlan… one of Mexico’s premier destinations for expats with a vibrant, established community of American’s and Canadians who are living happily on the cheap! It’s a beautiful sea-side city with all of the amenities you would expect to find in America including Walmarts, Applebees, McDonald’s… you name it. But I digress…

I just received this email from Ted:

“Yes, I have been to Mazatlan . Probably over 20 yrs. ago. What I’m really looking for is a place to retire within one year. Something in between, the hustle and bustle, of Mazatlan, but probably close to Mazatlan, near, or on the Beach, on limited income. Is this possible?”

Sure, it’s possible. There are a lot of housing options available from renting to owning to building. You can do a lot of research online, but it’s also very important to see Mazatlan for yourself before committing to any course of action.  I want to remind you to follow every suggestion I’ve already written about (SAFETY) in my various articles about how to have a safe, sane trip to Mexico.

• Don’t flash cash.

• Don’t wear any jewelry other than maybe some obviously cheap stuff – best to just skip it all.

• Don’t travel alone – at any time – at any place. Always best to travel with a group.

• Be aware that most of the violence in Mexico is focused on the border areas – ergo, perhaps flying is the safest. But also be cognizant of the fact that lots of times, such as at Mazatlan, it requires a trip in a taxi to get from the airfield to the town. Make sure you use a licensed taxi.

• And, if you do decide to drive, make very specific plans – know where you will stop for the night – don’t drive at night, of course – get your car ins before you head out – plan, plan, plan.

• Yes, the major problems occur between drug traffickers and dealers, but innocent bystanders can be caught in precarious situations too – be aware – always.

• Try to stay in the tourist areas – most Mexicans are going to be warm and inviting, but, don’t take the chance – just blend in with the crowd. Don’t call attention to yourself.

And, wouldn’t it be nice to have someone to check in with when you head to Mazatlan or wherever you decide to check out?  Dick and I have so many expats that we will be forever grateful to, for welcoming us on our original trip to Maz. My books contain contact information and details about many established expat communities, clubs and organizations.

Before I close this post, I thought you might like to see what new construction looks like in Mazatlan. Here is a video I shot a while ago which shows you new housing construction in progress…

Did you watch the video? Yes, it is indeed: the construction process looks familiar, but it’s different than how houses are built in the U.S. — you will note that right away. If you decide to have a house built in Mazatlan, do your due diligence first. Ask round. Speak with the builder. Find out how established they are. Ask for references. In sum: do everything you would normally do when investing in a major asset. It’s up to YOU to protect your money, so do a good job of it.

Very best regards,


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16 Responses to Houses in Mazatlan

  1. [email protected] snake

    February 9, 2012 at 12:15 am

    Being a senior citizen who has spent a fair amount of time searching for a perfect retirement home, your post comes like a fresh breath of air to me. I was at sixes and sevens with the money I had but no options were available prior to this. But I must confess that your post and the sharing here has given me a great idea of retiring away to Mexico.

  2. Domenic De [email protected] quebec

    February 9, 2012 at 4:52 am

    Mexico was a place I visited with my family recently and found it to be a great place. I was after that interested in buying some property there. The facilities in Mexico city are really nice and worth every dollar. I was under the illusion that compared to the US it was a third world country but I can safely say after visiting it that any such idea of it is completely false.

  3. Jordan [email protected] pump cost

    February 13, 2012 at 12:00 am

    Mexico has been a great place with sun, shine and fun. I liked it so much that I have decided to go and stay there. Your posts seems to be one that gives a heart first point of view of the beautiful place. Thanks for sharing this video and this post here, they were very insightful to me. Cheers.

  4. James

    February 13, 2012 at 12:10 am

    As a senior citizen, I see Mexico as a great place to be in. One thing that I loved about the country more than the US was the fact that they have great respect for family life and want people to be together. As a senior I felt safer there and more loved and hence have chosen to spend the rest of my life there. I love Mexico.

  5. debbie

    April 12, 2012 at 7:25 am

    What is the name of the property in the film above

  6. Barbie


    April 13, 2012 at 2:44 pm

    Hi Debbie, I think I already answered this, if so, forgive me – the films are of El Cid and Estrella Del Mar, in Mazatlan.

  7. Martin

    April 28, 2012 at 11:06 am

    Great article, thank you!

    A few questions for those who live in Mazatlan, please:

    Isn’t Sinaloa a particularly concentrated area for drug trafficking? How does that affect security there?

    How are the summers? I hear they are incredibly hot. Do you use a/c for several months a year? I don’t do too well in very hot and humid weather.

    Do you get very cold spells in winter?

    Average cost per sq. meter of lots for homes as well as average cost per sq. meter for construction.

    Are there quiet areas where neighbors don’t play loud music and not too many barking dogs :-) Trees! I often miss trees when in Mexico. I guess they all get cut for firewood.

    Thanks in advance!

  8. Barbie


    April 28, 2012 at 2:16 pm

    In one blog, I wrote that for years the drug biggie who lived in Maz kept things going very well – until another group tried to take over – sort of like when different factors fought over territory in Chicago, years ago – now, you really must be careful.
    Winter – can be cool – when your blood thins out, even nice temps can feel cold. Keep a jacket and sweaters for the short period of cool.
    Yes there are quiet areas, but don’t count on that – most neighborhoods have no requirements for things like that…same as moving beside noisy teenagers in the states – you just deal with it.
    The cost of houses has gone down – depends on what you want and can afford.
    In the meanwhile, do read these …….. come to think of it, just read everything you can on my site – that will cover it…..cause my list is getting just too long. I have included some more personal correspondence at the end. Please respect their privacy. Thanks, and Enjoy Barbie
    And now, email from someone who has gone through the process: A few years ago, I received my first email from Shari. She and her husband had read my site, and were considering a move to Mexico in their retirement. These email tell the tale – from the beginning of just thinking about it, to researching, and then actually taking that big step – enjoy: But, I’ve taken this part out here, for privacy reasons. Barbie

  9. Paul

    December 22, 2012 at 3:36 pm

    Hi Barbie,
    Great blog! Do you or any of your readers know anything about Jalapa? Am planning a summer trip to check it out for myself. Would be helpful to know more before I go.
    Thanks for your help. Feliz Navidad and Happy New Year!

  10. Barbie


    December 22, 2012 at 10:56 pm

    Readers – your help is needed! Thanks :)

  11. Steven T. LaRue

    January 29, 2014 at 10:27 am

    Barbie, most of your comments are 2 years old. I’ve been here 21 years in Mazatlan as a american citizen or expat. But its not the same as you and your husband, your both are americans, my wife is mexican from here!

    Basically we are here because its cheap and the weather is warm. And now, since the peso is climbing even with the higher inflation, its cheaper to live here now. Most people live here, being expats are unable to live on their incomes in the USA.

    Men tend to accept the way of life in Mexico much easier than women, this country is not equal in rights with women, its a mucho country for men. There is alot less things for women to do here.

    People ask me how is it living here with all the cartel drug lords, I tell them I only seen one confrontation with the Sinaloa Cartel and the military here in Mazatlan in 21 years. I said, if you do not hang out in bars or doing illegal drugs, I never ever see any problems being in fear of being hurt here.

    When people move here, remember to leave your american attitude in the USA, your a guest in this country, as I’m still a guest here after 21 years.

    If your going to rent a house here, its cheaper away from other americans or canadians, when you rent the house your renting a shell, you need to provide your own stove, refrig. a/c, its our responsibility to do repair and we pay for the repairs of the house, its mexican law here.

    Everything is done here by mordida, all the laws are broken and never followed. As I live here without a visa, or driver license, when I’m pull over by the police, it cost me $ 400.00 pesos for no driver license, then on I go, but when confronted by police, always be friendly, shake hands with the police, and smile at them, it help keeping your fines very low. If you need help please contact me, [email protected] if you need help?

  12. Barbie


    January 30, 2014 at 7:13 pm

    Yes, pretty much what I’ve said – thanks so much for your input. Barbie

  13. Jerry Alvarado

    September 6, 2014 at 5:40 pm

    I see the homes,condo and apts but what is the cost involved? How do you put a down payment on any of these units?

  14. Barbie


    September 9, 2014 at 10:41 am

    Hi Jerry – start here:
    Then, just select from my page anything to do with purchasing, real estate, and buying, etc….read, read, read. Take notes as you read my site – you’ll find the info you need. Best to you, Barbie

  15. Rae

    September 11, 2014 at 1:14 am

    Dear Barbie –
    In life, I’ve always waited for the right moment before I’ve done something I’ve always wanted to, dared to go somewhere I’ve never been and even cross the streams I’d never imagined. I also know that good things come to those who wait, but what I hadn’t realized is that sometimes, it’s the greatest things that are worth the wait and the biggest thing standing in the way has been myself.
    2 months ago, I made, what some of my friends consider an irrational decision. I have a great job, financial security, awesome friends, I am comfortable, I am happy, but most of all I’m where everyone wants to be—safe. Life is too short and far too precious to waste time going through the safe motions that distract us from what will really bring us joy.
    I’ve decided to make a monumental move, I have made the decision to pursue a vagabond lifestyle, taken the step, committed and am about to take a life changing leap of faith in myself.

    Yes, I’m about to exchange the corporate environment for the tranquility and diverse culture of small town Mexico. I’ve identified the village of Progreso on the Yucatan Peninsula as my future home, and intend rewarding myself with the opportunity of embracing a new culture. I will have no one to impress and no need to worry. I look forward to the challenge and the freedom – which I am under no illusion or misconception,– there will be.
    At the end of it all, there are two life lists: all the things we actually did, and all the things we wish happened…………….

    I can’t remember ever being so content.

  16. Barbie


    October 28, 2014 at 11:30 am

    How exciting for you! Just do get all the info you can from my site – read, read, read. Then, hit the road with a “full tank of gas”. You should have smooth roads with all the preparations you will be doing! Best to you – let us all know how you are doing! I expect you to have a happy, content life in the Yucatan. Barbie

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