The Steverlynck family was the sole owner of these lands which used to be part of their old estancia. In 1977, they resolved to divide the area resting on the lakeshore into lots, next to a spacious valley that turned out to be ideal to lay out roads.
In those days, Meliquina was just a passage between San Martín de los Andes and San Carlos de Bariloche, though not everyone dared to travel this road due to the great amount of hardships it presented, especially during the harsh winters.
As the 7-Lake Road was paved (lying less than 15 kilometers away from the town), the lots finally began to be sold by 1998.
Ever since, summer houses and cabins began to be built in the village, close to the valley and the lakeshore. Little by little, some people settled down and became the first dwellers or pioneers in the area.
"Meliquina has grown a lot", assert those who saw this place before it was populated.
The Neighbors' Committee, called Villa Lago Meliquina is a clear example of the work done by the local denizens to organize the village and turn it into a new interesting tourist alternative in Patagonia.