Moving to Mexico City- where to live? please advise!
Replies: 8 - Last Post: Dec 10, 2012 6:24 PM Last Post By: Onion
Dec 4, 2012 5:24 PM
Moving to Mexico City- where to live? please advise!Hi all,
I am moving to Mexico City in February, and I need to think about neighborhoods where I would want to live. I am going to be working near where Insurgentes Sur meets Rio Cuauhtemoc and I am going to be commuting to work either by public transportation, walking or bike. I believe this intersection is in the neighborhood of San Angel, as such I wouldn't mind living there or around. I would have a preference to walk to work if possible. I don't mind a 30 minutes walk. My company has arranged for a vendor to pick the housing but I will be able to offer my input. I believe the budget is about $4,000 USD/ month but flexible. Previously they have placed people in long-stay hotel situations hence the high cost but I would prefer an apartment. This is a global company so they are super-concerned about safety, and thus I'm not allowed to go searching the internet for my own housing.
I would love to hear people's thoughts on preferred areas......safety, nightlife, facilities, location....and generally what they would be like for living in. As for myself, I'm a single male in my mid 20s. Usually keep it quiet during the week but like a drink and a nice meal, as I will be working a full time job. On the weekend, I plan on exploring and going out during the nights.
Also as noted above, I will not have a car. Is it worth purchasing/leasing a car for a 5-6 month stay if I live around where I work?
Dec 4, 2012 5:59 PM
1Your $4,000 USD per month budget gives you a lot of flexibility. San Angel is a very nice area with some really great options. Nearby Altavista or Guadalupe Inn might work, as well. All three areas are very safe. San Angel tends to be a little more colonial, though newer buildings can be found, while GI and Altavista have many newer semi-luxury apartment buildings. There is a lot of higher-end night life and restaurants in the area. If you live in one of these areas, you should not need a car.
Dec 4, 2012 8:41 PM
2You can get some idea about what kind of apartments you can get by checking metroscubicos.
In addition to what was suggested, also consider Colonia Chimalistac (near your work, just East of Insurgentes)
Dec 5, 2012 5:42 AM
Dec 5, 2012 7:07 AM
Dec 5, 2012 8:56 AM
5Given your generous budget I would get a temp place and then check it out via commuting distances. DF is annoying when you need too much time on both sides of your day to get from work and to it. In my experience in big cities quality of life is very influenced by the quality of the commute. #1 here says it well for your areas.
Dec 5, 2012 9:19 AM
6Agreed. The metro and metrobus can be oppressively crowded at almost all times of day. I wouldn't want to have to deal with that on a daily basis. (Well, I have...but only for a month!) Fortunately, your office is in a really nice part of the city. Also, it's right on Metrobus line #1, which can take you or connect to anywhere you'll need to go. The only thing more annoying than taking transit is driving; I'd avoid getting a car.
Dec 5, 2012 9:27 AM
7For orientation purposes, the location is in the vicinity of UNAM. Lots of possibilities, for apartments. Public transportation is excellent. It's a bit south from the heart of things in the city, but not that difficult from which to enjoy life in the 'big city'.
Finding an apartment in advance isn't likely, though. If you do it''ll probably be one of the most expensive. My suggestion is to book a reasonably priced hotel room nearby and once there walk around to see which vacant units have signs out front and also network with people you meet in the area.
Landlords most often request someone to co-sign, guarantee the standard one-year lease agreement and that can prove difficult to accomplish ... unless the employer will act as the guarantor. Obvioiusly, furnished apartments will cost more than ones which aren't. And unfurnished apartments more often than not mean just that ... completely unfurnished. Nada. Maybe carpeting on the floor, and that's it. Renters are typically expected to provide appliances (though stoves are sometimes included, but not refrigerators).
Apartment sharing is commonplace in the city, and in particular that close to UNAM. Doing that (sharing) can be an excellent introduction to the city. Some situations allow for a lot of independence within a unit.
Lucky you ... moving to Mexico City, and you have a good job!
Dec 10, 2012 6:24 PM
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