Published On: Tue, Oct 11th, 2016

Many expats in SMA live on Social Security and guess what… Life is good!

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Recently, International Living published a story about the life of Chris and Rex McCaskill, who live in San Miguel Allende, Mexico.

The mission of International Living is to help all people discover new places, and then to help them take advantage of the opportunities they offer—opportunities to improve their quality of life… to lower the cost of living… to invest for profitable return—before the rest of the world catches on.


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One of Chris and Rex McCaskill’s favorite things to do these days is relax on their rooftop terrace, enjoying views of the stunning surrounding countryside and the comfortable, never-too-hot climate that stays in the 70s most days.


After rewarding but long careers in the U.S., the couple (who were self-confessed workaholics) was ready to retire. Chris, 65, worked for elected officials in the field of public policy and Rex, 64, was a software developer. They chose San Miguel de Allende, a charming town in Mexico’s Colonial Highlands, moving down permanently four years ago.

A lower cost of living was one motivation for retiring in Mexico.

“In Austin, we were paying $700 a month for heat and air conditioning. We were paying property taxes of $12,000 a year and now live comfortably with taxes of $200 a year,” says Chris. “Here in San Miguel, economics and lifestyle go hand in hand. We spend money on quality of life things, not air conditioning or taxes. We can take our money from Social Security and our quality of life is pretty darn good.”

The couple live in a large home in a gated community just outside the city center. After paying for the home, they had funds left over to customize. They enclosed an outdoor area to make a large room for their quilting machine—it’s a big hobby of theirs and requires a lot of space. And they set up their rooftop terrace, where they spend a lot of time.

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