One of the cities in Mexico that has captured the attention of many US and Canadian citizens is San Miguel de Allende. It is located in central Mexico and has a population of just over 100,000 and some estimates say that 10% of the occupants are from the US and Canada.
San Miguel is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is known for its architecture. Following World War II, many US Veterans moved to San Miguel and studied using the GI bill benefits. The city became known for its cultural mix of artists and writers. Today there are numerous art galleries and bookstores.
Many retirees visit to see the unique boutiques, the art galleries and the historic center of the city dating from 1542. They wander through the picturesque streets, fall in love with the city and soon move to San Miguel.
With the foreign population, the arts, great food and a welcoming culture -- it is high on the list for US and Canadian citizens who want to retire in Mexico. However, the popularity has put lots of pressure on real estate prices. Homes that appeal to foreigners will be normally priced between $130,00 and $4,000,000.
I have encouraged some buyers to consider nearby cities with lower costs such as Dolores Hidalgo which are more typical for Mexico and with lower prices but only minutes from the art and culture of San Miguel de Allende.
La Parroquia de San Miguel Arcángel
One of the Many Churches
The Historic Center of San Miguel
Lots of cobblestone streets and hidden courtyards
Newer Home in a Subdivision minutes from the city
The climate is described as always "Springtime" and many of the homes have the roof designed for relaxed living and entertaining
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