Our New Home in Marrakech, Morocco

Life Out of the Box House Hunting in Marrakech, Morocco

Every time we move to a new country, the first and most important thing we hunt for is a cheap place to live—key word being cheap. Lowering our cost of living abroad allows us to travel the world and keep reinvesting the money that we save back into the business, so finding a place within our very tight budget is always a bit of a process. Luckily, we had done this several times in many places—our process of finding a house in Nicaragua was even documented on HGTV’s House Hunter’s International—so we were confident we’d find a place in Marrakech.

Life Out of the Box House Hunting in Marrakech, Morocco

Another important factor in finding a new place, along with low cost, was the location. We wanted to be where the action was and where most of the local artisans worked in the Medina. There were tons of options around, but some were either way above what we were willing to pay for or just didn’t have the smaller essentials that we needed like Wifi. We searched for hours through the tiny back alleyways until we finally found a place off the beaten path near the square. The apartments were filled with locals, fit our budget at under $10/night and had relatively fast internet—it was perfect.

Life Out of the Box House Hunting in Marrakech, Morocco

Life Out of the Box House Hunting in Marrakech, Morocco

The building was a traditional Moroccan style riad that had an open rooftop above and a small garden & fountain below. The walls were covered with beautiful blue and purple tiles all around.

Life Out of the Box House Hunting in Marrakech, Morocco

Life Out of the Box House Hunting in Marrakech, Morocco

Life Out of the Box House Hunting in Marrakech, Morocco

We threw our stuff down and headed up to the rooftop to check out the scene around our new place. We were surrounded by other local burnt orange colored homes, unfinished rooftops, cats sleeping in the sun and the sounds of the loud drums from Jamaa el Fna getting ready for the evening.

Life Out of the Box House Hunting in Marrakech, Morocco

Life Out of the Box House Hunting in Marrakech, Morocco

Life Out of the Box House Hunting in Marrakech, Morocco

The third floor, just below the rooftop, is where laundry is done and where some of the locals pray each evening.

Life Out of the Box House Hunting in Marrakech, Morocco

Life Out of the Box House Hunting in Marrakech, Morocco

Life Out of the Box House Hunting in Marrakech, Morocco

Our bedroom, on the second floor, is a tiny pink square with just a sink, table, a bed and two big windows that let in lots of fresh air and light. It’s simple and has everything thatwe really need. The only thing we wish we had sometimes is a kitchen, but by not having one we are able to experience all of the cheap street food that Marrakech has to offer.

Life Out of the Box House Hunting in Marrakech, Morocco

Life Out of the Box House Hunting in Marrakech, Morocco

Life Out of the Box House Hunting in Marrakech, Morocco

We share a bathroom and shower with the entire floor, which is something we’re quite used to at this point in our travels. What we weren’t used to initially though was the toilet, but we knew that would change as time went on.

Life Out of the Box House Hunting in Marrakech, Morocco

Life Out of the Box House Hunting in Marrakech, Morocco

The people who work here and live here are all very nice locals. Our favorite places to stay wherever we live is where the locals are because the best way to find out what life is really like in a foreign place is to be around those who have lived there all of their lives. We learned everything we did from living with locals in Central America and knew it would be the same here.

Life Out of the Box House Hunting in Marrakech, Morocco

Life Out of the Box House Hunting in Marrakech, Morocco

We don’t have a lot here because we don’t need a lot—this is a life changing lesson we’ve learned by living out of the box in other developing countries. We’ve found that simplifying life, whether it’s by living in a small home or having just a backpack of clothes, has made us appreciate everything around us and the new experiences we have that much more. With our new little place in the heart of the medina, we will be collecting memories rather than things and, for that, we couldn’t be happier.

Life Out of the Box House Hunting in Marrakech, Morocco

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37 responses to “Our New Home in Marrakech, Morocco

  1. Incredible photos, and a really beautiful place to live. What an amazing experience it must be. Not so sure about the “toilet” situation though. I know it’s more common outside of North America, but I struggled with wanting to use them on my travels.

  2. How awesome, another fabulous adventure and journey! The colors look brilliant too… love following your blog! As for the squatty potties, you’ll get used to them. Remember, if you see other women and men rolling up their pant legs, do the the same. There is a reason… tee hee.. Looking forward to more fab pics!

  3. My daughter and I are off to Fes for 2 days soon. Looking forward to seeing the interesting architecture of Morocco.

  4. Love all the colors…actually the squat is the way to go as you don’t have to worry about a cold toilet seat but roll the pant legs up or wear your skinny jeans. Have fun kiddos!

  5. Wow…beautiful. I give you credit on living with less…travel does make you realize how well you can live with less :-)

  6. Collecting memories rather than things – a wonderful philosophy and so happy that you are sharing them. I have always wanted to go to Morocco and hope to get there one day. Your pictures are very encouraging. Thank you. I look forward to reading more about your travels. Peace and Blessings.

  7. Wow, this place is beautiful. That tiling and those bright colours would liven up even the worst of days!

  8. Such a gorgeous home! I am so in love with the tiles and colors! Must be a dream to stay there especially in the evening light this house must be so beautiful! Enjoy ur new stay! Hope to see more beautiful discoveries from you!!

  9. What a candy of an apartment you got yourself, guys! For me, Nothing beats Marrakesh as a place to live. But your bright apartment makes it even better, doesn’t it? ;) Good luck and enjoy every day of it!

  10. You guys continue to amaze me. Thank you for being a part of my life, my story. I share you with many as I sail and will continue to do so. You are a great inspiration. With that said, I think you two are crazy. I mean that as a term of endearment. I promote that type of behavior, always have, and always will. PLEASE continue, continuing on. Life, people and places are better because of you. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. Sail on Brother & Sister… Sail on.

  11. thanks for posting. wow, such a beautiful home you found and created! love what you both are doing. wishing you the best from California!

  12. So colourful! I’m glad you posted the photo of the “squatty potty”! We used lot of them in Asia but few were as clean as yours.

  13. Oh yes, the bathroom sure takes getting used to but is considered the, erm, shall we say, best way to do one’s business. I love your new place! I love the colors and the whole feel to it.

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