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katiecat
9/14/2020 23:38 EST

Hi, my boyfriend and I are looking to move to the Mexico City area. We've lived in Los Angeles, California for many years, and for those of you familiar with that area, we're looking for basically the Pasadena or Sherman Oaks equivalent of Mexico City -- not in the thick of downtown but kind of on the outskirts, more suburb-like and so densely populated.

Nature and hiking is very important to us. We would also like a community we can connect with. Getting to know local culture is important to us, but we would also like to connect with other expats.

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kikipt
9/15/2020 11:07 EST

Having also lived in Los Angeles (I owned a store in Encino but lived in Mid-Wilshire, and later in Oxnard) I would suggest that the closest to what you are seeking would be Coyoacan. It has a bit more relaxed vibe, but tons of charm and history, great restuarants and shops, and is still readily accessible to downtown (Cuauhtémoc - where I live now, and love it) as well as to the many parks and nature areas. The big difference here is how good the mass transit is in comparison with LA. We looked at numerous houses and apartments in Coyoacan and would happily have lived there. But there are many great areas in CDMX to consider.

We moved here from Mérida, and spent a year coming every month and exploring different sectors of the city - Del Valle, Narvarte, Napoles, Acacias, Santa Maria Ribera, Polanco, Anzures, Condesa, Roma, Juarez, etc. We loved it more every time, and have not been disappointed living here, in spite of the pandemic!

It doesn't get as hot as LA, though during the summer it can be overcast for long periods, and it rains a lot. In winter it really is amazing. It is rather noisy and somewhat chaotic everywhere you go, but that is part of the charm.

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katiecat
9/15/2020 17:35 EST

Thank you, Kikipt, for your response! Yes, Coyoacan looks beautiful, and I love that it has an artsy vibe and is associated with Frida. It's always nice to hear someone's personal experiences with a place.

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Iturbide
9/15/2020 18:56 EST

Have stayed with a good friend in Coyacan some years ago . Loved the place, the town centre, with traditional food venues in central marketplace and yes, it has that historical ambience. Plan to visit again.

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