Routinely drawing upward of 85 percent of its tourists from
Canada and United States, Mexico is steadily becoming home to Canadian
snowbirds who can’t resist the lure of its great weather, strong currency, tax
benefits and lifestyle rich in culture.
According to HiFX, one of the largest providers of foreign exchange services to
individuals and businesses, last year more than 32 percent of new homeowners in
Mexico were from Canada. This trend has recently been mirrored in sales
center traffic for local real estate developments. In just this past
week, Calafia Condos, Resort and Villas in northern Baja California saw six
families through its sales office from Canada alone.
Lyndie Meissner, originally from Ft. Francis, Ontario, said
it’s the sense of freedom found only in Mexico that prompted her to buy a home
“You can drive up and down the warm coast to enjoy the
water with no worries of traffic jams,” said Meissner. “It’s like going
back in time to the Wild West. I lived in Dana Point, Calif., in the
1970s, before any homes were there and we camped on the beach. Now, Baja
California is the only place left on the West Coast with that lifestyle.”
Meissner has lived happily in the small town of Calafia,
Baja California, for 23 years. She initially bought a second home in Baja
but has since traded-up to the penthouse at Calafia Condos, Resort and Villas
and has made Baja her permanent residence. In fact, Meissner sold her
previous business and started a new venture in Baja California, where she now
has 10 employees.
For Meissner, Mexico living has become a family affair as
her daughter, son-in-law and granddaughter also live close by in Baja.
The north coast of Baja California is filled with shores of alluring waters,
warm sunshine and kind-hearted neighbors, many of which are American or
Canadian expatriates. In fact, the city of Rosarito, Baja California,
just south of Calafia Condos, Resort and Villas, claims nearly 40 percent of
its residents are expatriates.
According to real estate officials at Prudential California
Realty, Baja California is the perfect location for a delightful vacation
get-away or home-away-from-home for the price.
“A better bargain cannot be found elsewhere along the coast
of North America,” says Kathy Katz, partner in the Northern Baja Division of
Prudential California Realty. “Many snowbirds are discovering the
benefits of buying real estate in Mexico. We not only have an enviable
year-round climate but we offer homes literally on the beach for less than $300,000! We are only 30 minutes
from the U.S. border and our property taxes are as little as $200 a year.”