Thursday, May 20, 2010

It Could Be A Surprise

About four blocks from our house is a huge chunk of real estate that was once the Canal family hacienda. Over time some pieces of it were sold and the hacienda casa became the Instituto where for years language and arts classes were taught. The big open property behind it, that probably at one time was the farm or stables, held the Aristos Hotel. The Aristos was the second place we stayed when we started coming to San Miguel back in the 80's. It was a grand old hotel. I can't remember now if it was one or two stories. I know our room was at ground level. The hotel was probably built in the 50's. It was kind of spread out and had a lovely open lobby and a great restaurant room. Most of the grounds were landscaped.

But time goes on, properties pass to a new generation and so the Aristos property changed hands. In fact it seemed to change hands several times in the last few years. The Aristos hotel was demolished and a company is re-developing the property. I don't have any clue about all the business relationships but you can go read about the project here.

Looks pretty nice, doesn't it. The brochure says, Here, homeowners will enjoy luxurious residences designed to complement the decadent natural and man-made beauty of San Miguel, along with the extravagant amenities of one of the world’s finest resorts. Sounds expensive doesn't it.

There is just one little problem. The Instituto, the original Canal casa, is still there right beside this property. And the Instituto rents their beautiful patios out for events. Around this time of year there is a wedding reception there almost every weekend. Wedding receptions have loud music, really loud music because that is what the generation that is getting married now like....really loud music. And of course no wedding reception in San Miguel would be complete without booming fireworks at some point in the late evening. Our house is at least four blocks away but we still hear the "celebration."

It might just be me but I think if I had spent a million or more dollars on a "luxurious residence in a world class resort" I might not be thrilled with really loud music and booming fireworks right next door for one or two nights a week. I think it is possible that some new luxury homeowners could be in for a surprise.

4 comments:

Steve Cotton said...

I continue to be surprised at the number of Americans and Canadians who move to Mexico and are then offended that the country is loud -- dogs, roosters, fireworks, parties. When you hear the tales told, you can almost imagine the teller's indignation that all of the noise is directed at them -- personally. And something must be done to stop it.

Billie said...

The noise from the weddings and other things that you mentioned are just kind of background noise to us now. However, if you looked at the brochure and saw how the property is being designed and marketed you will see why I'm saying that these well-heeled clients may not be prepared to "live" in MX. I'm just saying......

Jim said...

Every time we walked down Cardo toward Parque Juarez this winter, I would look through the fence at the construction on this project, with hundreds of workers, all wearing OSHA-style hard hats (!), hard at work. I was always impressed, or more properly depressed, by the sheer size of the place. Especially seen from Calle Nueva, it's hugely outsized compared to anything around it.

Billie said...

Jim, I couldn't agree with you more although I didn't write about that aspect in this blog entry. I'm glad that it has meant jobs for the construction workers but sad about how it is changing the landscape of SMA. Building this project now seems very chancy to us. Who will buy these "luxury homes." It is beyond my imagination to think of that much money tied up in speculation.