Beinvenido, loyal reader. Please join Bruce and Mary as they make a pretty big transition. Please come along and lend a hand, if you like. ðŸ™‚
Mary is standing in the kitchen of a rental unit in Col. Versalles. It’s in our budget range but I am standing in the entrance door taking this pic and except for a small bedroom and bath in back, this is the size of it. I am afraid it is a little too small a cell for we two escapees from the working life. We like most people, see their income go down, not up, when they retire. We’ve enjoyed our four years in Old Town, three blocks from the beach, but now we can no longer afford it. And our needs and desires have changed. When we first moved here to Puerto Vallarta from Merida, Yucatan, we were working stiffs andÂ we took our big bag of beach gear to la playaÂ every single Saturday and Sunday. These days? I bet it’s been a year since we have done that. And like our friend Juan, owner of Juan’s Burguers, says, “If you want to go to the beach, take a bus!” We’ll do that.
We’re starting to get a little frustrated by property managers and owners who don’t show up for appointments or don’t return our calls. So we resort to wandering desirable neighborhoods looking for “se renta” signs. But you know what?Â These guys don’t return calls either.
Then a light switch goes on, we don’t have to do this on our own. I guess we thought we had gotten so smart about VallartaÂ and armed withÂ Mary’s Spanish we thought we could. So we marched into Vistalegre just like we did four years ago. At that time they found us (for our price range) the ideal place in Old Town. Then, we dealt with Alex, the owner. Now we are dealing with his right hand man,Â Zenon. Right off the bat heÂ shows us pix of a house that, with a little negotiation, is in our price range. The thought of living in a whole house is almost a little dizzying, we had not hoped for that. So Zenon arranges for us to look at it the very next day.
The muy amable, very amiable Blanca, the owner, shows us around. We love it! So we sit down and in about 10 minutes we have a deal, 4800P/mo.Â At current exchange rates, that’s about $266USD for a two level, two bedroom, 1 1/2 bath house, Woohoo!
Less than a week later it is moving day. I’m on the last of three flights of stairs.We were originally quoted 1500P for the move, which I thought was a little high. So, tacaÃ±o that I am, I contacted the mover directly. I was told he speaks English but I found that it’s more like he does not speak one word of English but I was able to convey “todos nuestros posesiones seran en la calle” everything we own will be on the street. And that got us a quote of 700P, que bueno!
The first thing to go on the truck is our elliptical machine. That sucker had been causing us anxiety all week. Mary is quite strong, but small. Thankfully, getting it down the stairs went better than we anticipated.
And now a slide show of our new place, now that we are fairly settled in:
Thanks for visiting, gentle reader. As always Bruce and Mary appreciate comentarios, on any subject you’d care to share. Hasta proximo Domingo!