With its large, tree-lined avenues and two urban parks, Condesa is arguably one of the most sought after residential neighborhoods amongst foreigners and expats looking to make a life in Mexico City. And for good reason!
Condesa is one of the most walkable parts of the whole city with nary a need nor reason to venture out in a vehicle. The neighborhood is technically made up of three Colonias: Condesa, Hipódromo, and Hipódromo Condesa. Streets like Avenida Mexico and Avenida Amsterdam, which used to be the racetrack of the Countess of Miravalle, after whom the neighborhood was named, are filled with restaurants, boutiques and cafes. Some of the best places to dine in the city can be found here. Long streets like Mazatlan and Alfonso Reyes, with their wide pedestrian boulevards, are perfect for a long after-lunch stroll.
The architectural style of the area is predominantly art deco, as the area’s big real estate boom took place in the 1930s and 1940s. Iconic buildings like the architectural gem the Basurto and Edificio Mexico, as well as the clock and outdoor theatre Foro Lindbergh in Parque México, are emblems of this period and style. Then there are beautiful single-family homes built in the Spanish Colonial Californian style that can be found dotted around the neighborhood, with their arched windows and doorways adorned with sculpted cantera stone.
Wandering the streets of Condesa offers a plethora of places to explore. Its huge cultural offer and rich history mean its inhabitants never seem to bore of the area. The parks and lush green streets make it an idyllic place to rent or buy a home in the capital, for locals and foreigners alike.