Marco's Mexico Adventure....From San Miguel to Central NY

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Real Estate Agent with Beachfront Realty 3220434

Sitting in my office in San Miguel de Allende Mexico one day I was trolling the Internet for houses in my old home town just out of curiosity. My sister had mentioned on a recent call that it would be nice if I could spend the summer up there with the family sometime. Don't plant a seed with me because I always make it grow!

Anyway I found this small little house on a huge lot in the village a block from the restaurants and shops and 2 blocks to the lake front park. I was interested. I called the realtor who was very sweet and quite up there in age and asked some questions. I was even more intrigued.

Long story short she says "Oh come to my open house on Sunday!" All excited. I told her I was in Mexico and she said "oh for God's sake that's only 30 minutes away!" Apparently there is a Mexico, NY, I said "no honey I am in the REAL Mexico!"

She had never had an international client in her 60 year career!

Here are the before and afters........

Here you can see the new window frame to replace those small windows. Notice that from the window wall I had cut off one third of the ceiling to make a loft. Spiral staircase coming, window on left going.

 

Kitchen before I expanded it to double size using part of the old front porch.

Same corner as above with ceiling now vaulted and better cabinets-LOL

Loft space that was once the attic

Dining room with new window

 

Enclosed porch, all new windows, new paint, new roof,

redirected front door and small entry porch addition.

So there you have my little story how I went from Mexico to central NY to re-do my little village summer cottage.

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Comments (22)

Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA - Bristow, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

What a great find for you and a fantastic job on the remodel.  Your summers will be filled with lots of great family memories.

Feb 23, 2016 02:57 AM
Sharon Lee
Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance - Jonesborough, TN
Retired and loving life

Marco-This post made me smile because there is a Mexico NY. It was probably 1/2 hr north of Syracuse NY.  You have houses all over the place. Another nice renovation.

Feb 23, 2016 03:24 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hi Marco -- like Sharon Lee -- I found it funny that the broker thought you were calling from Mexico, NY and not another country.   Great vision and great transformation.   

Feb 23, 2016 03:28 AM
Marco Giancola
Beachfront Realty - Miami Beach, FL
Realtor (305)608-1922, Miami Beach Florida

Hey thanks Raymond E. Camp 

Roger D. Mucci usually unique and eclectic means you hate it-LOL

Feb 23, 2016 03:46 AM
Marco Giancola

Haha yes you are right-you would really hate the matching couch then too! 

Feb 23, 2016 03:52 AM
Roger D. Mucci

Did you just meet me?  If I hated it, I'd have said "I hate it Marco!" Like I HATE THE LOVESEAT in the third photo.

Feb 23, 2016 03:50 AM
Marco Giancola
Beachfront Realty - Miami Beach, FL
Realtor (305)608-1922, Miami Beach Florida

Thank you Chris Ann Cleland!

Sharon Lee and Michael Jacobs the Mexico NY thing was priceless. I had an old school pal inspect it fly up and closed 10 days after the first phone call. I let her keep both sides of the commission and she took me out for a taco lunch.

Feb 23, 2016 03:51 AM
Ellen Caruso
Daniel Gale Sotheby's International Realty - Glen Head, NY

Hi Marco, Where's Mexico NY? Thats so priceless. Charming summer home! Its so strange how because of the internet you could buy a house almost anywhere in the world....without even being there!

Feb 23, 2016 04:27 AM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate

My new name for you is "transformation man" ... now about planting those seeds

Feb 23, 2016 04:45 AM
Marco Giancola
Beachfront Realty - Miami Beach, FL
Realtor (305)608-1922, Miami Beach Florida

Hi Ellen Caruso it truely was and the sweet old realtor just did not know what to make of the whole thing. mexico NY is about 30 minutes north of Syracuse.

 

Feb 23, 2016 05:39 AM
Marco Giancola
Beachfront Realty - Miami Beach, FL
Realtor (305)608-1922, Miami Beach Florida

OK now Kathleen Daniels maybe you are on to something! Maybe something more like Transformation Dude!

Feb 23, 2016 05:40 AM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist

OK, Marco Giancola "Transformation Dude" it is ... and Jeff Dowler CRS is the "Relocation Dude" ...

Feb 23, 2016 05:52 AM
Conrad Allen
Re/Max Professional Associates - Webster, MA
Webster, Ma, Realtor

Hi Marco.  The ugly duckling became the lovey princess.  Good vision.

Feb 23, 2016 06:52 AM
Bob Ratliff
Robert Ratliff Realty - San Antonio, TX
"Sold with Bob"

Very well done Marco, this little home came back to life with it's new look.

Feb 23, 2016 07:08 AM
Marco Giancola
Beachfront Realty - Miami Beach, FL
Realtor (305)608-1922, Miami Beach Florida

Yes she did Conrad Allen the old 1890 home was reborn again!

Feb 23, 2016 07:08 AM
Marco Giancola
Beachfront Realty - Miami Beach, FL
Realtor (305)608-1922, Miami Beach Florida

Thanks Bob Ratliff, Broker Associate - REALTOR® CRS, GRI ~ 512-587-5689 this was probably the smallest huse I ever did but it was so fun watching her transform into a little jewel.

Feb 23, 2016 07:09 AM
Hannah Williams
HomeStarr Realty - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376

Marco Giancola  you did a beautiful job - i am confused I thoght you worked in Miami Florida -  How did you get in an office in Mexico

Feb 23, 2016 07:54 AM
Marco Giancola
Beachfront Realty - Miami Beach, FL
Realtor (305)608-1922, Miami Beach Florida

Hannah Williams don't be confused! I have a home in Mexico since 2005 and work there and my US base is here in Miami where I spend most of my time now. This house is my little summer get-a-way, hang with family place.

Feb 23, 2016 07:58 AM
Hannah Williams

NY is not that far from Philly

Feb 23, 2016 08:02 AM
Hannah Williams
HomeStarr Realty - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376

What part of Mexico Marco Giancola  it is such a beautiful country . The beaches are amazing  and the people are too

Feb 23, 2016 08:01 AM
Marco Giancola
Beachfront Realty - Miami Beach, FL
Realtor (305)608-1922, Miami Beach Florida

It is in San Miguel de Allende Mexico. Please go back and see my posts I have the construction project of my home and others. I think you will be interested to see them.

Feb 23, 2016 08:11 AM
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

No question about it, Marco!  You have a gift for looking at a property and rendering its better self.

Feb 23, 2016 09:23 AM
Marco Giancola
Beachfront Realty - Miami Beach, FL
Realtor (305)608-1922, Miami Beach Florida

Hey Myrl Jeffcoat thank you! I "see" this in every property I go into! It's like a curse! LOL

Feb 23, 2016 09:28 AM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Marco- you are a many of many talents.  I'm enjoying taking this "trip" with you. 

Feb 23, 2016 09:37 AM