The state of Oaxaca is without a doubt a dream destination, not only for vacationing, but also for living. The mix between its gastronomic diversity, flora and fauna, its traditions and archaeological sites positioned it within UNESCO, granting it the title of Cultural Heritage of Humanity since 1987.

It is well known that more and more nationals and, above all, foreign population is moving to live here. According to data released by INEGI, in the last five years the largest foreign population that entered the state is from the United States (17.7k) and Canada (163 people). Among the reasons for which they immigrate to the country are family first, work second, legal third, personal fourth, and lastly economic and educational.

Regarding family reasons, it is because most of them already have family residing in the State for a long time.

Now, in this article we will talk about the areas that the population prefers and positions as the best places to live in Oaxaca.

San Andrés Huayapam

Cradle of the ancient drink called “the drink of the gods” the “tejate”, and located just 13 km from the city of Oaxaca, this community is surrounded by nature, where you can enjoy serene afternoons admiring from your home the mountains of the northern sierra, and where you can also appreciate the views offered by its two dams, its river and other waterfalls that form in the rainy season. Every year the famous “Tejate Fair” takes place in the town, which attracts hundreds of locals and foreigners to taste the exquisite drink. Definitely a highly demanded place to live due to the tranquility it offers.

Colonia Reforma

Located to the north of the city, the Reforma neighborhood is in demand by those who like modern life and nightlife, because here you will find shopping malls, stores, and nightlife centers. On this site there are houses of modern and sophisticated style. An excellent option to live, since it is located near the historic center.


The iconic Jalatlaco neighborhood, ranked as the most beautiful in the city, is undoubtedly a place that will leave you amazed. Walking through its cobblestone streets and seeing its quarry and adobe buildings transport you to colonial times. Its beautiful facades decorated with murals made by local and national artists invite you to take thousands of photographs. It is a quiet and central place, full of colors, traditions and culture. Ideal for those who love to be in contact with traditions and who enjoy being outside the bustle of the city. Nothing is missing from this neighborhood; you can find everything from local shops to large restaurants and cafes. Let yourself be surprised by its architectural beauty and the warmth of its inhabitants.


Renowned for its beautiful arches dating from the 18th century, this neighborhood is located just a few minutes from the historic center of Oaxaca. In it you can find different types of restaurants and artisan shops. Its cobbled and colorful streets are perfect for enjoying pleasant afternoon walks. The style of the houses in this place is totally an architectural jewel, since old houses and colonial mansions are still preserved.

Talixtac de Cabrera

Located 10 km from the city, this community borders Santa María El Tule and San Sebastián Tutla. It is a quiet place, away from the hubbub that characterizes the city. The houses in this place are spacious, with large gardens and some with swimming pools, in addition, they offer beautiful views of the mountains that surround the central valleys. It is ideal for those who prefer serenity and contact with nature.

Historic center

The historic center is also one of the favorite places for foreigners to live. This logically due to the proximity to the different attractive sites; museums, restaurants, banks, entertainment venues, galleries and many more businesses.

Due to the high demand, unfortunately there are fewer and fewer properties on the market in this area. Well, the architectural structure of its buildings, mostly old, as well as the hubbub of its traditions, and its exquisite gastronomy, make foreign visitors fall in love with it, who either for family, work or personal reasons come to the city, decide to reside here.

If you wish to get more information about properties for sale and rent in these areas, do not hesitate to visit any of our offices located at Xicoténcatl 120, Centro and at Sabinos 711, Col. Reforma. SILMEXICO, the experts in Real Estate.

Written by: Jessica Hernández

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