“I Can’t Believe This Place Has Stayed Off The Radar”
Plus: Getting The “Real” Story On Belize
“I can’t believe this place has stayed off the radar,” said my friend Lou… for the third time in as many days. We were having dinner in an open-air French restaurant in Medellín’s Zona Rosa, the city’s upscale dining and shopping area.
Lou lives on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, and over the past 25 years he’s had the highest standards for fine dining of anyone I know. He was surprised that Medellín’s El Poblado made the grade given that the city is still relatively unknown by the mainstream.
But Medellín more than “makes the grade”. In most ways, it sets the standard for world-class city living and does so at a surprisingly low cost of living.
What’s more, real estate prices can start at less than US$54,000 in the Medellín valley and under US$100,000 in Medellín’s most-exclusive and upscale neighborhood.
If you’re a regular reader, you’ll know that I’ve recently returned to Medellín, Colombia, from Mazatlán, Mexico. And returning from an extended absence—along with hosting first-time visitors to the city—always gives me a new appreciation for Medellín.
Here are a few of the items that really struck me again when I returned earlier this month.
The weather is amazing: We were sitting at a sidewalk café this morning on the way home from our exclusive, open-air gym. While enjoying cappuccinos and pastries—in gym shorts and t-shirts—I realized that I could enjoy this outdoor café every single day of the year. It’s never too hot or too cold.
I also enjoy passing mornings and evenings on our balcony overlooking the lush courtyard behind our apartment. With no heat or air conditioning, we can leave the windows open to Continue reading