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Update on Ribera del Pilar Houses

May 3, 2015

In my last post I wrote about local houses with high walls and razor wire atop the walls. Based on much reader feedback I think I understand these better, and want to update those readers not familiar with the area.

The history of this area is that it was a weekend playground for the rich in Guadalajara. They bought property and built houses, some of them quite grand. Since these houses are mostly unoccupied by the owners, they build high walls, with added barriers on the top of the walls, to discourage someone climbing over them.

Thus you get houses like the one shown below;


House with high fence and razor wire


There also were some home invasions several years ago. One reader said that if your home had been invaded by gunmen, you would put up razor wire (and anything you could think of the keep you safe).

So in the neighborhood we have three kinds of people: wealthy families from Guadalajara who use this place as a get-away from the city, working class Mexicans who live here, and Gringos, probably expat retirees like us.

Thanks to my readers who help me understand what’s really going on!


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