Casa Antigüeña: The Corridor

Casa Antigüeña: The Corridor

Casas antigüeñas normally have at least one corridor or hallway, usually next to the garden and fountain. Omnipresent are the terra cotta floor tiles and wood beans and columns.

Now Stephanie asked how typical is the house that will be shown in the Casa antigüeña series on the first entry. Good question. Well the house is not for the middle class, it is a rather a house for expats or wealthy Guatemalans since it’s located in a very exclusive colonia (neighborhood). Nevertheless, just about all the elements of the house that would be shown are emblematic of the Casa Antigüeña, which by its very definition is for the wealthy. The only middle-class or poor people who still own a house in La Antigua Guatemala do it mostly through inheritance. No poor of middle-class Guatemalan can afford the real estate prices of La Antigua Guatemala. 🙁

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  • Erick

    To afford a house like that in Antigua, in that particular location, you better be loaded.

  • Oh, to be rich enough to have a house in Antigua….sigh…
    Lovely photo Rudy, that vine is one of my favorite ones ever; we planted some in our house and over the last year and a half it has completely taken over the patio.

  • I’m struck my the colours. Not something I would see here.

  • Raquel

    have to say that this looks far more ritzy than the house I lived in while I was in Antigua…I’m curious though Erik – exactly how loaded would you have to be to live here??
    and Rudy, as housing prices are out of reach of most guatemalans and not everyon owns a house by inheritance, do many people rent their houses??

  • cynthia

    I too was immediately drawn to the fabulous vine. Would someone be able to provide me with the name?
    I have many photos of those flowers from my visit in La Antigua last year.

  • Here you go Cynthia -courtesy of Wikipedia
    “Thunbergia mysorensis, or Clock Vine, is a woody-stemmed, evergreen climbing flowering plant, native to India. The name, mysorensis is derived from the city of Mysore in the south of India. Is also sometimes called “Brick & Butter Vine” & “Dolls’ Shoes”.

    The vine often reaches 20 feet (6 metres) and has narrow leaves. The flowers are shaped like pendants and are brownish red with a yellow center, and bloom from Spring to Autumn.

    The plant is a popular tropical garden item because of its attractiveness to hummingbirds.”

  • @Erick, you’re so right when you say you better be loaded but only if you’re thinking in terms of the majority of Guatemalans’ income. 🙁

    @Jenn Klee, I like to see photos of your vine.

    @Babooshka, well, remember to wear dark glasses next time you visit La Antigua Guatemala because the colors are always rich and saturated.

    @Raquel, I wrote a disclaimer in the following entry, please, read it. Just to give you an idea, this house probably went on sale a couple of years ago somewhere between $200,000 and $250,000 and since the it takes 8 Quetzales to buy 1 dollar, we can say this house is about between 2 and 3 million Quetzales. Now if you take the minimum wage salary which is around Q1,700 per month you can begin to form an idea at how many minimum wage salaries it would take to pay just the monthly mortgage quota. Needless to talk about the 20% or 30% down payment needed to get the keys of this house.

    Yes, many people rent the house they live in. Now, remember we are specifically talking about the houses in and around Antigua.

    @Cynthia, this vine is normally found in La Antigua Guatemala by the name of tumbergia. Collar de la reyna and tumbergias are two very popular vines around Antigua. Check out the Guateflora series.

    @Jenn Klee, thanks for your wonderful response. From this point forward I am going to think of you as The Constant Gardener. 😉

  • Raquel

    Thanks Rudy! You do a wonderful job of explaining everything, and I learn something everytime i visit!