Sep 12, 2010, 3:01 PM
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Re: [firstname.lastname@example.org] Retirement in Xalapa?
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I'd like to hear about these aspects of Xalapa:
cost of renting an apartment
cost of buying a house
friendliness and openness of people
American ex-pat groups
crime and safety (especially with regard to the narcos)
I've lived in Xalapa for over 10 years and the only complaint I have is the traffic. The streets are narrow except for a few and there are more cars than parking places. Climate is good. We are at 1400 meters and receive the humidity from the coast which in turn creates what is known as a rain forest effect. Winters never go below 5C and summer never above 35C. I rent an apartment on the cheap side but a nice two bedroom will rent from 2,000 to 5,000 pesos a month with 3,500 being average. Of course, you can rent a condo for 5,000+. I wouldn't worry about buying a house until you have assured yourself that here is where you want to live. Communities of Coatepec and Xico are interesting places to rent or buy a house. Food is eatable, and we have Chedraui, Mega, WalMart, Superama, Costo and Sam's to choose from as well as weekly street mercados in some neighborhoods. As for cultural activities, the symphony is one of the best in Mexico. The University of Veracruz is centered here and offer a complete pallet of music, dance, etc. Xalapeños are a friendly lot. Ex-pat groups are few – actually borders on none, but no one complains. Traffic, once again, is horrid, but buses and taxis are plentiful and you can get to most of the town for 30 pesos or less by cab. I haven't noticed much influence by the narcos. Of course there are places that I wouldn't walk a night, but my neighborhood around Plaza Museo is quiet - discounting the traffic. I've never had problems even in el centro late at night.
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