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These Are The Most Expensive And Opulent Houses In Mexico

It’s often said east to west home is best. However, in some cases, it’s more than having a roof over your head. It’s about glamor, convenience, and opulence. In this regard, Mexican architecture hasn’t lurked behind. Across the country, there is an array of elegant living spaces or “Hermosas Casas” as they call them in Mexico.

Here’s a look at some of the most expensive houses in Mexico:

Casa Bahia Rocas

Casa Bahia Rocas  Instagram @tamara.dowell

The 9 – bedroom estate is located close to the Sea of Cortez. Its architecture and design epitomize the spirit of Mexico in every way. It is a blend of modern comfort and traditional Spanish designs. The finishes are also a joy to the eye as they give the house an executive touch. The value of this living space is estimated to be $33,000,000.

Casa Cielo

Casa Cielo Instagram @vicromphoto

If you are big on sea views, then this villa will impress you. The luxury villa is well known for the breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean. The gym, spa and game room are great reclining areas. A central garden is the hallmark of the ground floor that has five spacious bedrooms. It has an estimated value of about $15,000,000.

Casa Papelillos

Casa Papelillos Instagram @greenrealtymexico

Casa Papelilos is the perfect get-away home. A natural rainforest surrounds the magnificent residence that is located in Banderas Bay. Well-furnished suites, beautiful terraces, a media room, and a formal dining room are some of the features of the house. The villa is valued at $6,000,000.

Ex-Hacienda De San Pedro Martir

Hacienda de San Pedro Martir

This living space has an antique charm to it thanks to its medieval exteriors. The Coyoacan house has been around since time immemorial. It was set up in the formative years of the Spanish conquest and has stood the test of time. It is awash with cultural and architectural designs that have earned great recognition. This beauty is valued at $12,000,000.

Villa Saint Joseph

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The elegant house is located in the heart of San Pedro Garza Garcia. The large windows of the living room create a beautiful atmosphere. The furniture is made from a blend of granite and exotic woods. The house is valued at $83,000,000 and has three spacious bedrooms with the master bedroom having a Jacuzzi in its full bathroom.

Casa 38, Punta Sayulita

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Few houses can match the charm of this elegant living space. Right from the swimming pool to the interiors, the house exudes opulence fit for a king.  It has great spa amenities along with a great view of the blue ocean waters. The surrounding coastline offers a great site for calming nature walks. Casa 38 is valued at about $4,000,000.

Villa Verano

Villa Verano Instagram @vilaveranosb

From the secluded family area to the beachfront view, the house offers the posh and homely feeling all at once. It is a Tropical paradise that is located on the Mexican Riviera. You could choose to recline in the beach area or enjoy the jungle atmosphere. The house’s value is estimated at $15,000,000

Villa La Gitana

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Villa La Gitana is valued at $5,000,000 and rightly so. It features a fantastic view from the top of a hill that defines this elegant living space. The four expansive suites all have cozy balconies and provide a great view of the sea.

Villa La Toscana

James edition Villa La Toscana

The classic style mansion offers great views as well as an executive walkway. The wood walls, marble rugs, and traditional lamps characterize the magnificent main hall. It also has a spacious dining area along with 4 luxurious bedrooms. The house is valued at about $6,600,000.

Casa Grande

Casa Grande Twitter @ruizhealy

The elegant manor house is valued at $217,000,000 and has an illustrious history spanning three centuries. It still stands strong and is located in Nuevo Leon. It has choice rooms that are full of stone and ceramic pieces of art. The flooring of the 6-bedroomed house is comfy and is a great supplement to the awesome reclining areas.

Quinta Oliver

Quinta Oliver Twitter @SIR_Mexico

The chiseled tiles in the main entrance welcome you to the amazing residence in the Cuernavaca Mountains. The beautiful vegetation offers a wonderful experience for guests and residents. The kitchen has a traditional Mexican theme and borders an elegant dining area. The house is valued at $3,500,000.

La Paz Cove

Southebys realty La Paz Cove

With spectacular views of the Espiritu Santo and Cerralvo islands, this $10,000,000 secluded home is a delight. The fresh swimming pool is one of the many amazing facilities in the ten-bedroom home. It is a suitable area for a luxurious lifestyle.

Villa Stephanie

James Edition Villa stephanie

Villa Stephanie is a classic “love at first sight” story. This beautiful $4,000,000 home opens up to an expansive beachfront. It features five bedrooms and a great outdoor area. It is set on a beautiful landscape and is in an utterly secure area.

Quinta Toscana

Luxury Real Estate Quinta Toscana.


The spectacular $5,000,000 residence is situated in Cuernavaca and has a well-ventilated living area. The kitchen space is equipped with country-style burners and awesome finishing. The cool outdoor nature and expansive suites add life to the beautiful house.

Casa Paracaima

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The luxurious residence $5,000,000 is located in Lomas de Chapultepec. Exceptional wood and stone complement the artistic interior. The Italian kitchen is adjacent to a spacious patio where you can enjoy homemade meals. 

PH Highpark Monterey

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The San Pedro Garza Garcia penthouse is the epitome of the Mexican extraordinary architecture. It has unmatched attributes that make it a delight for all the residents. The interior provides tranquility that you can savor.

Quinta Bella Vista

James edition quinta bella vista

Located in San Miguel de Allende, the artful estate is home to extraordinary houses. Lavish terraces line the fresh gardens. You can enjoy breathtaking views of the neighboring valleys. The home is valued at about $6,000,000.

Penthouse Ruben Dario

James Edition Ruben Dario Penthouse

The house is located in Polanco and boasts of natural designs and finishings that give a homely feel. The Brazilian marble, Persian stone, and Carrara bamboo marble create a delightful ambiance. The penthouse is valued at about $8,000,000.

Casa Siankaana

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Coconut palms and an amazing beach-front border the lavish $4,000,000 villa. It is an eco-friendly residence as it is powered by auto-sufficient equipment. The contemporary architecture enhances the luxurious feeling of the house.

Rancho Laureles

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The magnificent residence is a blend of modern features and the traditional Mexican designs. Magnolia trees and ferns line up the dark stone interior. The inviting lobby has a large fireplace that warms up the house. The dining area offers spectacular views as you enjoy your meal. Rancho Laureles is valued at about $6,000,000.

Hacienda Santa Fe

James Edition Hacienda Santa Fe

The 3-bedroom $4,600,000 clubhouse is located in Mexico City. It features a serene environment and fine marble finishes that add to the exquisite style of this elegant house. It also has a great social space next to the vast kitchen area.

Villa destiny

James edition Villa Destiny

Highly diverse flora and fauna line the splendid villa that stands in Sian Ka’an’s biosphere. You can delight in the white sand of the virgin beach as you cool off. The house has a rooftop pool and broad outside decks that form great reclining spots. Villa destiny is valued at about $2,200,000.

The above houses are a glimpse of what Mexico has to offer in the real estate space. And of course, we would all like to live in such homes. Maybe someday we will.

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This Artist Has Been Breaking Barriers As A Non-Traditional Mariachi

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This Artist Has Been Breaking Barriers As A Non-Traditional Mariachi

On a recent episode of ABC’s game show To Tell The Truth, three celebrity panelists were tasked to uncover the identity of a real mariachi singer.

Each contender embodied “non-traditional” attributes of mariachi culture either through physical appearance or language barriers, leaving the panelists stumped.

When it came time for the big reveal, with a humble smile 53-year-old Timoteo “El Charro Negro” stood up wowing everyone. Marveled by his talents, Timoteo was asked to perform unveiling his smooth baritone voice.

While not a household name in the U.S., his career spans over 25 years thriving on the catharsis of music.

Timoteo “El Charro Negro” performing “Chiquilla Linda” on Dante Night Show in 2017.

Originally from Dallas, Texas, Timoteo, born Timothy Pollard, moved to Long Beach, California with his family when he was eight years old. The move to California exposed Pollard to Latin culture, as the only Black family in a Mexican neighborhood.

As a child, he recalled watching Cantinflas because he reminded him of comedian Jerry Lewis, but musically he “got exposed to the legends by chance.”

“I was bombarded by all the 1960s, ’70s, and ’50s ranchera music,” Timoteo recalls to mitú.

The unequivocal passion mariachi artists like Javier Solis and Vicente Fernandez possessed heavily resonated with him.

“[The neighbors] always played nostalgic music, oldies but goodies, and that’s one thing I noticed about Mexicans,” Timoteo says. “They can be in their 20s but because they’ve grown up listening to the oldies it’s still very dear to them. That’s how they party.”

For as long as he can remember, Pollard “was born with the genetic disposition to love music,” knowing that his future would align with the arts.

After hearing Vicente Fernandez sing “Lástima Que Seas Ajena,” an awakening occurred in Pollard. While genres like hip-hop and rap were on the rise, Pollard’s passion for ranchera music grew. It was a moment when he realized that this genre best suited his big voice.

Enamored, Pollard began to pursue a career as a Spanish-language vocalist.

El Charro Negro
Photo courtesy of Timothy Pollard.

At 28, Timoteo began learning Spanish by listening and singing along to those artists he adored in his youth.

“When I decided that I wanted to be a mariachi, I didn’t think it was fair to exploit the culture and not understand the language,” he says. “If I’m going to sing, I need to be able to communicate with my audience and engage with them. I need to understand what I’m saying because it was about honor and respect.”

Pollard began performing local gigs after picking up the language in a matter of months. He soon attracted the attention of “Big Boy” Radio that adorned him the name Timoteo “El Charro Negro.”

Embellishing his sound to highlight his Black heritage, Pollard included African instruments like congas and bongos in his orchestra. Faintly putting his own spin on a niche genre, Pollard avoided over-saturating the genre’s sound early in his career.

Embraced by his community as a beloved mariachi, “El Charro Negro” still encountered race-related obstacles as a Black man in the genre.

“There are those [in the industry] who are not in the least bit thrilled to this day. They won’t answer my phone calls, my emails, my text messages I’ve sent,” he says. “The public at large hasn’t a problem with it, but a lot of the time it’s those at the helm of decision making who want to keep [the genre] exclusively Mexican.”

“El Charro Negro” persisted, slowly attracting fans worldwide while promoting a message of harmony through his music.

In 2007, 12 years into his career, Pollard received a golden ticket opportunity.

El Charro Negro
Pollard (left) seen with legendary Mexican artist Vicente Fernandez (right) in 2007. Photo courtesy of Timothy Pollard.

In a by-chance encounter with a stagehand working on Fernandez’s tour, Pollard was offered the chance to perform onstage. The singer was skeptical that the offer was legit. After all, what are the chances?

The next day Pollard went to his day job at the time and said, “a voice in my head, which I believe was God said, ‘wear your blue velvet traje tonight.'”

That evening Pollard went to a sold-out Stockton Area where he met his idol. As he walked on the stage, Pollard recalls Fernandez insisting that he use his personal mic and band to perform “De Que Manera Te Olvido.”

“[Fernandez] said he did not even want to join me,” he recollects about the show. “He just was kind and generous enough to let me sing that song on his stage with his audience.”

The crowd applauded thunderously, which for Pollard was a sign of good things to come.

El Charro Negro
Timoteo “El Charro Negro” with Don Francisco on Don Francisco Presenta in 2011. Photo courtesy of Timothy Pollard.

In 2010, he released his debut album “Me Regalo Contigo.” In perfect Spanish, Pollard sings with great conviction replicating the soft tones of old-school boleros.

Unraveling the rollercoaster of relationships, heart-wrenchingly beautiful ballads like “Me Regalo Contigo” and “Celos” are his most streamed songs. One hidden gem that has caught the listener’s attention is “El Medio Morir.”

As soon as the track begins it is unlike the others. Timoteo delivers a ’90s R&B love ballad in Spanish, singing with gumption as his riffs and belts encapsulate his unique sound and story.

Having appeared on shows like Sabado Gigante, Don Francisco Presenta, and Caso Cerrado in 2011, Timoteo’s career prospered.

Timoteo hasn’t released an album since 2010 but he keeps his passion alive. The singer has continued to perform, even during the Covid pandemic. He has high hopes for future success and original releases, choosing to not slow down from his destined musical journey.

“If God is with me, who can be against me? It may not happen in a quick period of time, but God will make my enemies my footstool,” he said.

“I’ve continued to be successful and do some of the things I want to do; maybe not in a particular way or in particular events, but I live in a very happy and fulfilled existence.”

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Exclusive: Luis Fonsi Talks Working with Rauw Alejandro, Christina Aguilera, and Demi Lovato

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Exclusive: Luis Fonsi Talks Working with Rauw Alejandro, Christina Aguilera, and Demi Lovato

Luis Fonsi is kicking off 2021 with a new single. The Puerto Rican superstar premiered the music video for “Vacío” on Feb. 18 featuring rising Boricua singer Rauw Alejandro. The guys put a new spin on the classic “A Puro Dolor” by Son By Four.

Luis Fonsi throws it back to his románticas.

“I called Omar Alfanno, the writer of ‘A Puro Dolo,’ who is a dear friend,” Fonsi tells Latido Music. “I told him what my idea was [with ‘Vacío’] and he loved it. He gave me his blessing, so I wrote a new song around a few of those lines from ‘A Puro Dolor’ to bring back that nostalgia of those old romantic tunes that have been a part of my career as well. It’s a fresh production. It sounds like today, but it has that DNA of a true, old-school ballad.”

The world got to know Luis Fonsi through his global smash hit “Despacito” with Daddy Yankee in 2017. The remix with Canadian pop star Justin Bieber took the song to new heights. That was a big moment in Fonsi’s music career that spans over 20 years.

There’s more to Fonsi than “Despacito.”

Fonsi released his first album, the fittingly-titled Comenzaré, in 1998. While he was on the come-up, he got the opportunity of a lifetime to feature on Christina Aguilera’s debut Latin album Mi Reflejo in 2000. The two collaborated on “Si No Te Hubiera Conocido.” Luis Fonsi scored multiple Billboard Hot Latin Songs No. 1s in the years that followed and one of the biggest hits was “No Me Doy Por Vencido” in 2008. That was his career-defining romantic ballad.

“Despacito” remains the second most-viewed music video on YouTube with over 7.2 billion views. The hits did not stop there. Later in 2017, he teamed up with Demi Lovato for “Échame La Culpa,” which sits impressively with over 2 billion views.

He’s also appearing on The Voice next month.

Not only is Fonsi working on his new album, but also he’s giving advice to music hopefuls for the new season of The Voice that’s premiering on March 1. Kelly Clarkson tapped him as her Battle Advisor. In an exclusive interview, Fonsi talked with us about “Vacío,” The Voice, and a few of his greatest hits.

What was the experience like to work with Rauw Alejandro for “Vacío”?

Rauw is cool. He’s got that fresh sound. Great artist. Very talented. Amazing onstage. He’s got that great tone and delivery. I thought he had the perfect voice to fit with my voice in this song. We had talked about working together for awhile and I thought that this was the perfect song. He really is such a star. What he’s done in the last couple of years has been amazing. I love what he brought to the table on this song.

Now I want to go through some of your greatest hits. Do you remember working with Christina Aguilera for her Spanish album?

How could you not remember working with her? She’s amazing. That was awhile back. That was like 1999 or something like that. We were both starting out and she was putting out her first Spanish album. I got to sing a beautiful ballad called “Si No Te Hubiera Conocido.” I got to work with her in the studio and see her sing in front of the mic, which was awesome. She’s great. One of the best voices out there still to this day.

What’s one of your favorite memories of “No Me Doy Por Vencido”?

“No Me Doy Por Vencido” is one of the biggest songs in my career. I think it’s tough to narrow it down just to one memory. I think in general the message of the song is what sticks with me. The song started out as a love song, but it turned into an anthem of hope. We’ve used the song for different important events and campaigns. To me, that song has such a powerful message. It’s bigger than just a love song. It’s bringing hope to people. It’s about not giving up. To be able to kind of give [people] hope through a song is a lot more powerful than I would’ve ever imagined. It’s a very special song.

I feel the message is very relevant to the COVID-19 pandemic we’re living through.

Oh yeah! I wrote that song a long time ago with Claudia Brant, and during the first or second month of the lockdown when we were all stuck at home, we did a virtual writing session and we rewrote “No Me Doy Por Vencido.” Changing the lyrics, kind of adjusting them to this situation that we’re living now. I haven’t recorded it. I’ll do something with it eventually. It’s really cool. It still talks about love. It talks about reuniting. Like the light at the end of the tunnel. It has the hope and love backbone, but it has to do a lot with what we’re going through now.

What do you think of the impact “Despacito” made on the industry?

It’s a blessing to be a part of something so big. Again, it’s just another song. We write these songs and the moment you write them, you don’t really know what’s going to happen with them. Or sometimes you run into these surprises like “Despacito” where it becomes a global phenomenon. It goes No. 1 in places where Spanish songs had never been played. I’m proud. I’m blessed. I’m grateful to have worked with amazing people like Daddy Yankee. Like Justin Bieber for the remix and everyone else involved in the song. My co-writer Erika Ender. The producers Mauricio Rengifo and Andrés Torres. It was really a team effort and it’s a song that obviously changed my career forever.

What was the experience like to work with Demi Lovato on “Echáme La Culpa”?

She’s awesome! One of the coolest recording sessions I’ve ever been a part of. She really wanted to sing in Spanish and she was so excited. We did the song in Spanish and English, but it was like she was more excited about the Spanish version. And she nailed it! She nailed it from the beginning. There was really not much for me to say to her. I probably corrected her once or twice in the pronunciation, but she came prepared and she brought it. She’s an amazing, amazing, amazing vocalist.

You’re going to be a battle advisor on The Voice. What was the experience like to work with Kelly Clarkson?

She’s awesome. What you see is what you get. She’s honest. She’s funny. She’s talented. She’s humble and she’s been very supportive of my career. She invited me to her show and it speaks a lot that she wanted me to be a part of her team as a Battle Advisor for the new season. She supports Latin music and I’m grateful for that. She’s everything you hope she would be. She’s the real deal, a true star, and just one of the coolest people on this planet.

What can we expect from you in 2021?

A lot of new music. Obviously, everything starts today with “Vacío.” This is literally the beginning of what this new album will be. I’ve done nothing but write and record during the last 10 months, so I have a bunch of songs. Great collaborations coming up. I really think the album will be out probably [in the] third or fourth quarter this year. The songs are there and I’m really eager for everybody to hear them.

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