Aug 22, 2005, 9:19 AM
Post #3 of 23
If you'd like to buy a turnkey restaurant/bar/art gallery right on main street of Pozos, one of my favorite artists, Dan Reuffert, is selling Los Famosos, the best restaurant in Pozos, IMO. An apartment is included on the premises. It's a beautiful building with a courtyard and gorgeous views of the area from the second-floor restaurant, for $175,000.
The realtor is Teresa Martinez, firstname.lastname@example.org, at www.casamexicanarealestate.com. Their real estate ad in the August Real Estate Review also quotes the line "Invest in Pozos, the next San Miguel. Own prime real estate in Pozos, Guanajuato, Mexico's next artist community only 25 miles from San Miguel de Allende. Average prices from $15,000 to $65,000. Historical landmarks, ruins, hacienda, ranchos, building lots, residential, commercial, bilingual advice on building and restoration."
I also found it too desolate for my tastes, and that 25 miles seems like a looooong drive through farmland. Two women have a fantastic art collective there, though. Please visit http://www.colectivadepozos.com/pages/3/index.htm for Lena Bartula and Cynthia Buzzard's vision of Pozos. They are wonderful women who will sell you on Pozos' future more realistically than the real estate agents will.
I hear even more disparate estimates of population for Pozos than for SMA. Sometimes I hear there are as many as 2,000 Mexicans and 800 gringos, other times I hear it is more like 400 Mexicans and 50 gringos. Maybe it's a matter of what is the city limits, just like SMA. I would check on water quality if you do decide to purchase land anywhere near those abandoned mines. All those ruins just give me the creeps.
The people we know who live there love it. Even Dan, though he is selling his restaurant, still plans to spend a chunk of each day in Pozos.
Last time we visited, a very enthusiastic customer at his restaurant told us that Pozos is the perfect place for a writer or artist--no distractions to keep you from your work! As for me, bring on those distractions! I'd be driving in to SMA every night for something to do.
I agree with gringal, Pozos is not going to be another San Miguel in our lifetime. There isn't the large base of a thriving Mexican community of 130,000 with all of the religious and cultural activities going on, nor is there anything like the Instituto Allende and Belles Artes which have been draws for artists for many decades.
I tried living outside a tiny rural "rust belt" dying Michigan town for awhile after Los Angeles finally wore me out, and I won't make that mistake again, no matter how hard that town's Chamber of Commerce kept pushing that they would rise again.
Here's the website of a new blog spot for Pozos. http://mineraldepozos.blogspot.com/ And here's the website for Los Famosos restaurant: http://www.mineraldepozos.com/eng/eat/famosos.htm Here's the link to a NY Times article on Pozos written last year: http://travel2.nytimes.com/...3BA35751C0A9629C8B63 If you're not registered with the NY TImes yet it may take a minute to do so but it's free. At least for now--the NYTimes will start charging for its online edition soon.
(This post was edited by Carol Schmidt on Aug 22, 2005, 12:21 PM)