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600 Sq. Ft. Cottage on Farm in Mexico

This 600 Sq. Ft. Cottage on Farm in Mexico is a guest post by Michael Mckenna – share yours!

Tiny houses in Mexico…why Mexico? Why not build in a climate that is sunny most of the year and a pleasant 80 degrees with little humidity.

So pleasant that neither heat nor air conditioning are required. The utility costs are minimal here. The property taxes are $100 per year. Sound good?

At Simple Choice Farm you can either rent a 600 sq. ft. cottage for $550 US per month including utilities.  Or buy a 600 sq. ft. cottage for $80,000 US that includes the land.

Located in the mountains of central Mexico, the property has a pool, hot tub, huge circular gardens with vegetables for the picking. Presently I have 2 homes for sale and I’m building 4 more rental units.

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  • Tonita July 31, 2015, 10:32 am

    Beautiful little cottages. Wonderful weather. Could be a show about trading places … The Mexicans are moving to America as we Americans move to Mexico. Hmmmmm.

  • Beth @ Hooked on Health July 31, 2015, 12:33 pm

    Beautiful, that is quite a lovely home. I would definitely live there!

  • Jennifer Medeiros July 31, 2015, 1:21 pm

    I love the concept of living small but I don’t want to take on a project myself. I would like to hear more about places that have communities of small houses. Perhaps where they share other facilities. I’d pay for it.

  • scott July 31, 2015, 1:28 pm

    Hi:
    I really like the farm idea and probably a lot easier to do in Mexico! It is a great artist community. The sense of community is very appealing too. I love the idea of perhaps rescuing animals for companionship but I get the feeling that this is not a vegan community.

  • Holly Morrison July 31, 2015, 1:44 pm

    I absolutely love these houses. They are every bit as big as they need to be to offer comfortable living and “full sized” everything from kitchen to bath. I think the pool is a great idea! A lot of us, wanting to have smaller houses, still want to enjoy open spaces. To me, this has always meant, extending my living space to the out of doors. I also like that A/C isn’t used to encourage a closer relationship with nature and also not further contributing to the pollution and carbon footprint on our planet.

  • Kim W July 31, 2015, 1:54 pm

    It’s not clear how many bedrooms there are in these homes. With the furnishings in the pictures, it looks cramped inside. Our small house in France has 538 square feet, has 2 bedrooms and a shower room and looks less cramped. However, I appreciate that Mexico is handy for North Americans!
    Nice temperatures and low humidity sound good, though, as does the pool!

  • Helen Hunter July 31, 2015, 2:06 pm

    The description is ambiguous…….own land, as a share holder………Dosen’t appear from the picture that there is much separation between the two residences……..
    I agree……price seems high for Mexico, and for 600 square feet……
    The Casitas are done very nicely from the photos……
    Would like more details……monthly maintenance fee? What does ownership encompass…….not clear,but first glance looks very appealing.

  • Jen July 31, 2015, 3:23 pm

    I think the tiny house movement is about many things and money can be one of them..who cares?? Still, many wonderful ideas and this home featured in Mexico is a prime example of the simple things in the concept of less being more..the pool is a nice touch…

  • Mark July 31, 2015, 3:39 pm

    This looks like a nice concept, they appear to be well built and laid out .. The even newer and more exotic Marigold Hotel .. lol .. What does one do for an income though? .. $100 a year on the rates sounds good too ..

  • FRANZISKA CASEY-COOK July 31, 2015, 4:19 pm

    It is very dangerous to live in Mexico because of the drug cartels!! I wouldn’t move there for a free house and land!

    • Jill August 1, 2015, 6:11 am

      You can thank American media for that perception. I have traveled extensively through Mexico ALONE. Honestly those cartels are more likely to be in the tourist areas where they can do business.

      • Comet August 2, 2015, 11:53 pm

        Thank you yes–and “thank” Faux Noose for bringing you endless “stories” of these cartels which in actual fact are a very low number of people doing these things; and in the more touristed/border areas.

        Do your OWN research and homework BEFORE you decide an entire country is evil please.

        • Holly Morrison August 3, 2015, 3:02 am

          I’ve lived abroad (outside of USA) for more than 20 years; many of those years in Eastern Europe where most Americans dare not tread. Whenever I return to USA my European friends say, “OMG please be careful! Everyone has guns and there’s such violence in streets… Now even police are enemies of people!” God bless the media 😉

    • Kristina H Nadreau August 13, 2015, 10:12 am

      The drug cartels in Mexico are not considered a problem by the most of the public. In the state of Quintana Roo, the cartels impose order, do not allow the police to extort the public and protects the tourist trade. They are generous in the economy and are generally seen as being in a Robin Hood like role in the area. Gringos who are not in the drug trade are safe and welcomed in most of Mexico. One owns the buildings but the land can not be owned by foreigners. There are legal means to protect ones investment. Please use facts in making judgments.

      • Michael L January 16, 2017, 10:36 pm

        A little more fact finding might be in order on the subject of land ownership. Foreigners can own land just not in restricted areas.

  • jude ranson July 31, 2015, 6:16 pm

    i think it is a fabulous concept. i am not going to build myself a tiny house so am looking for one. and this offers so much more. plus the wonderful climate. why are some of you upset that this man has a great idea and it seems to be working? get over it and get a life …

  • Tom Zollinger July 31, 2015, 6:54 pm

    Gee. What’s with the green and purple plant-like stuff? I thought Mexico was rock and sand.

    Tom Z

  • Natalie July 31, 2015, 7:11 pm

    My husband and I lived in Mexico as well, and the cost of a property is dependent on location, just like it is here. I don’t see that it is mentioned where in Mexico this property is located? And it might be of interest that since we returned 3 years ago, the income qualifications to get permission to live in Mexico have increased dramatically, and I thought they were high then! However, the rental price, which includes utilities is reasonable if this is a community with expats. I think the house is really cute though, and I personally, wouldn’t like to live isolated in Mexico, or away from an expat community.

  • vee August 1, 2015, 2:47 pm

    You know — I really appreciate the size of the house and wish there were more pix. As a bonus — how bout that veggie garden!!! Heaven for me and a pool to boot!!! What’s not to like?

  • Elle August 1, 2015, 10:19 pm

    Wow. I would love to stay here for a-month. This is gorgeous. All of this for under $600/month is unbelievable. This is a beautiful small home. I love to cook and this kitchen was designed to do just that. I am planning to sell and build small -not tiny but very small and I’d definitely rather have less house and ‘more pool’ and a small jacuzzi like this. Growing up surrounded by water and pools, I’ve swam all my life from kid, to college swim team and on. It’s more of a necessity than a luxury for me. One lap lane is all you need to offer a slice of heaven for both workouts and recreation. I believe one can live small and modestly and still enjoy something like this. In fact I’d rather have a house the size of a pool house and an inviting lap lane rather than just a “big” house. This entrepreneur is offering an unbelievably comfortable, affordable vacation opportunity and doing so in (near) one of the most historically rich and fascinating cities on earth. Anywhere else this kind of privacy and amenity would be closer to $4000/month.

  • Susanne August 2, 2015, 1:33 am

    I agree seems high for Mexico. Luckily I will never step foot there! I am shocked at reading “income qualifications to live in Mexico?!?!?!?” Anyone else shocked to read that? You mean WE can’t just show up there and work, buy land and a house, receive aide and put our kids in school?!? Shocker!!!!

    • Comet August 3, 2015, 12:01 am

      No and neither can Mexicans just “show up” in the USA and do the same!

      Somehow I suspect you missed the part where Mexico is ALLOWING us to come to their country; use their resources; use their medical care system–which you can buy very reasonable policies TO use; and live in far nicer places for a very low price than SOME of their actual citizens.

      However you just go right on listening to Faux Noose telling you horror stories of how billions of Mexicans are “Flooding” our borders in search of the SAME things YOUR ANCESTORS sought here. Oh and bringing ISIS right along under their serapes—sheesh.

    • Varenikje August 3, 2015, 5:48 am

      You’re kidding, right?

  • Comet August 3, 2015, 12:12 am

    Just got the site itself to load—this is a higher price because of where it is–near San Miguel De Allende–a MAJOR American artist and ex-pat community and stunningly beautiful. I have stayed there in small pensions and have driven thru these mountains (two women alone in a car) with NO PROBLEMS!

    You would have access to world class medical care; English speaking all over; wonderful scenery and the town is amazing; and the arts scene is astonishing! SM is a very old town and real estate there has gone higher than any one would have thought–the surrounding area must still be fairly affordable. Also within driving distance of Mexico City and lots of different museums; ancient sites including pyramids; growers of agave for tequila!

    My actual saying for YEARS has been–Nope; she’s NOT here; she moved to San Miguel!

  • esperanza August 3, 2015, 11:33 pm

    Comet, a few years ago, several nurse friends and I wanted to do just this. Mexico is a beautiful country and I want to live small in that area.
    What does the term expat community mean?

    • Tom Zollinger August 6, 2015, 2:35 pm

      My name is one word all lower case, thank you.

      Comet. I doubt that you’ve noticed, so I will share. You are a community of ONE here. This forum is occupied by folks who are dreaming of their senior years and how to survive happily on SS and skimpy savings. One of my senior dreams is to have no TV and to live in my tiny cabin and walk my timbers without getting into a left-right discussion as to which (if any) TV channel is worthy of belief.

      25 years ago I lived in the USVI in a lovely home on the south shore of a beautiful island. My home, despite police bars in all windows, a 5000 psi door block — and the like throughout — was burgled 3 times in 5 months; my beloved Airedale was strangled to his death, personal things like class rings were stolen. Interestingly, I was the Territorial Public Defender. The burglar(s) were clients in unrelated burglary cases.

      Folks who come to this forum do so with no expectation of having their fears and beliefs belittled or criticized. Most importantly, folks are entitled to be incorrect without your criticism.

      • Kristina H Nadreau August 13, 2015, 10:24 am

        tom zollinger…. why are you comparing your time in the US virgin islands with living in Mexico?????? These are very different places and your situation was unique to you. It is possible that those who persisted in burgling your house, were disillusioned former clients.

        This site is about options in small house and tiny house living.
        It is not about politics or capitalism or the wisdom of living in or out of the USA.

  • LINDA JOHNSON August 4, 2015, 12:35 am

    What is the weather really like? Average monthly temps?

  • Brian August 18, 2015, 7:10 am

    I’m 35 and have lived in rural Wisconsin my entire life. My grandparents raised me in their two bedroom home which is 580sf. When I got my first place, a 14×60′ 3 bedroom mobile home, I thought it was too big. Now I live in a 2 bedroom apartment that is 24×40′. Huge!!!!! To a tiny house country boy. As of right now, my fiance and I are looking for a piece of land that we can put a 14×30 cabin on. Very difficult task in this area. Way too many zoning codes and neighbors are very intolerant of anyone who thinks differently. Minimum house size, 600sf. Ugh….

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