in this area is reported to sell for $37/square meter with a minimum
lot size of 10 X 20 meters (200 square meters, or about $7500 land
cost). Several lots on offer were 1000 square meters ($37,000),
or about one-quarter acre that afford space for house, outbuildings,
garden and pasture. These lots all have broad views over the grazing
plains to the north, to the mountains in the west, and over Lake
Pátzcuaro to the east.
chatted with the work crew constructing an adobe house for a foreign
client who was renting (for $185/month) a home in neighboring San
Francisco Uricho (a village just 1 km. from Eronga on the Pátzcuaro
road) during the construction period. The general contractor, a
Purépechan Indian gentleman named Tosho showed us one hundred
adobe blocks recently prepared from clay dug on the property, each
block approximately one-foot square and five inches thick. Mixed
and molded that day, a slight skin had formed, but to touch, the
mud was yet like a smooth chocolate mousse. It takes one week to
dry hard. The property couldnt supply sufficient earth to
complete the entire house, so supplies of adobe block, at a cost
of $.37 each ($37/100), were also being brought in and stockpiled.
The timelessness of the construction scene the mud bricks,
the jovial Indian work crew, the grand landscape, was broken only
when Tosho interrupted to answer his cell phone.
construction results in a home that perfectly moderates the warm
and cooler temperatures. This project has fine views from most windows,
a large fireplace, and some custom-shaped windows. Labor to create
in adobe is about 2.5 times the cost of much faster to construct
cement/brick, which is completely regular in dimension. Adobe block
dimension is inexact, accumulating variation that takes extra time
to adjust at window and door openings, but the result has a quality,
color, and feel that makes it appealing. This project,
Tosho estimated to cost about $45,000 for the construction. The
result will be one of Erongas trophy homes.