Home office in Huatulco
Ready for Change? You’re not Alone.
Erin and I made the decision to leave the RAT RACE and change our lives for the better years ago. We could not be happier with our decision to make our life a Mexico Life, especially in Huatulco. Now, the pandemic is reshaping how people move and how people stay around the world.
The Covid-19 outbreak has caused many urban dwellers to flee to rural or less populated areas, particularly those who come from large cities. Many people started to leave behind the big cities that have become unaffordable, oppressive but also potentially endangering. The beginning of a more massive urban exodus? Or the end of the reign of the metropolis? In any case, the trend-setters are reinforcing the curve of innovation when it comes to getting to a good place fast.
« Counter-urbanization »
The health crisis has changed the way people approach cities. Today crowded areas are far from being places where opportunities are concentrated. They are rather felt like an encumbrance of buildings and people, making the city even more challenging than ever before. It is no coincidence that the beginning of this century has been marked by a return to the countryside, or in other words to a kind of «counter-urbanization ».
This is why Huatulco has always been attractive. It is a low-density, master-planned community with a huge green buffer around and woven into the town. Relocation is already increasing demand for home rentals.
The Advent of Remote Work
“I had assumed over the course of 20 years that a generation of people would not be tethered to their city … that people will realize over the course of working more remote, they could kind of live anywhere,” Airbnb chief executive Brian Chesky said. “I never thought that decades would happen in two months.”
The attractiveness of cities is mainly due to their capacity to offer employment and the concentration of services and social and cultural life. However, real estate professionals are observing an increase in demand for country and town homes. In fact, with the development of remote working (which concerns a large percentage of employees and managers), the geographic expansion of high speed or fiber optic internet services and the normalizing of virtual communication, the former attraction found in the concentration of people will from now on be accessible from any location.
The idea of intermittent confinement and, above all, the implementation of remote working in the world has given a boost to residential relocation. After forcefully experimenting with remote work during the COVID-19 crisis, many companies are coming out on the other side with lessons learned. Many employees will not go back to the office.
As a result, the development of remote working makes it possible to expand even further this spatial logic model that was already growing before the crisis.
We’re not going back to the office
During the pandemic, many companies and their workforces learned productivity was possible outside of the office. Now that working remotely has entered the mainstream, we may see a new trend of people taking longer trips that combine work and pleasure.
“A lot of people have gotten comfortable that they don’t have to squeeze a nine-day vacation into six. They can take the extra days and maybe work a couple half-days remotely,” said vacation-rental company Vrbo president Jeff Hurst. “I do think we’re going to start to see people be more creative on how they think about working from any house, as opposed to just their own house, or any destination as opposed [to] from just their office.”
So if not There, then Where?
Sociologists have noted that this dynamic already seems to be at work in the United States and Europe. For some time now, millennials and the “creative classes” have been fleeing the giant cities and moving towards small villages on the Atlantic and Pacific coasts in the U.S, Mexico and southern Europe.
The favorite destinations of these people that seek a healthier and more peaceful lifestyle are usually close to the shoreline, which is good not only for those looking for cleaner air, but it is also great for morale and mental health. We also know and take full advantage of the fact that we have a wealth of physical activities literally at our doorstep.
Read our lifestyle design article about making the decision to move to Huatulco: The One Question to Ask Yourself Before Moving to Huatulco.
Huatulco as Home Base
In Mexico, Huatulco remains at the top of the list of desirable destinations. It is ideal for people looking for a piece of paradise to refuge to after the pandemic crisis. Apart from the idyllic scenery that this town has to offer, Huatulco is known for its low-density masterplan, sustainability commitment, sunny, blue skies, clean ocean and fresh mountain air that continue making the difference.
If you’ve ever thought about looking for a place to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city, to retire or work remotely, Huatulco is always a smart choice. A great local expat community, a safe place, an abundance of land and water activities, good internet coverage, and an exceptional small-town feel with a local organic market and high quality, fresh food ingredients, unique slow food restaurants, Huatulco still offers affordable oceanfront living.
Here you’ll find the latest update of Huatulco and the Oaxaca Coast market during COVID-19.
How do you get started?
When we made the decision to move to Mexico we were extremely fortunate to have received helpful tips and information from other foreigners and neighbors who had gone through the same process and helped us on our way. Now we now want to return the favour and help others through this process. If you’re thinking of making a move, check out our How To Own in Mexico Blog page. And, reach out. We’ve been there. We know. We’re all in this together.