Bright and colorful Casa Cárdenas in Yucatán

Emma Sloley and Adam McCulloch, travel writers, bought a house in the historic center of Mérida, the capital of the Mexican state of Yucatán. The couple is originally from Australia but live in New York, writing for magazines such as Departures and Travel & Leisure. While on assignment, they fell in love with the city and wished to return to work on book projects since they were already somewhat familiar with the place. They returned several more times after, renting various houses in the historic city center where American and Canadian expats were purchasing homes and restoring them. Two years ago the couple decided they too would purchase a home, spending $85,000 on a single-story residence on a quiet block that had been in the same family since the 19th century. The property had highly desirable features, which included an unusually deep lot of about 80 yards, original tile floors and high ceilings.

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