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A Celebration of Light & Color in El Centro, Great Cook.

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The entry courtyard in March when the Jacaranda trees are in bloom.

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Last updated: 09/13/2014
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  • Minimum stay:7 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Centro house description

'PARADISE IN MEXICO!' or so says our daughter and only a 3 easy block walk downhill to the Jardin . This home works for 2 persons who love the space, light, the different areas outside to relax in, up to 8 people who will also have enough personal space within our home.

From the moment I open the door to our house which I share with my husband and family, I feel centered. Our home is about joy, light, and color. It is located just 3 blocks from the center of San Miguel, uphill from the cathedral, jardin and market with wonderful views of the city.

We have 5 bedrooms on the entry level floor, 4 with queen size beds and 1 with 2 twins, sometimes used as an extra living room.
The bedrooms open directly to the patio (no corridors) in the true Mexican tradition and thus provide privacy for each room.

Between the master bedroom and another bedroom there is a split bathroom, one room with a toilet and lavatory, the other a tub shower and lavatory. The second bathroom, quite large, has its access from the courtyard and contains a large shower along with toilet and lavatory.

The stars at night are huge and an added treat if you go to the bathroom in the night. When looking at the entry photo, note that the bedrooms and bathrooms are all to the left while the living room, dining room, kitchen, and pantry are to the right.

Twenty four years ago when we first saw this house, occupied by the refrigerator repairman, there was a giant sow nursing her piglets in what is now our laundry space. Fortunately we also saw that the plan and light orientation were perfect. When we came back for the closing several months later, the ceilings that had been propped up by wood poles at the corners, were now on the floor of each room. A year later, with a lot of rubble removed, our house was somewhat ready.

My husband, an architect who built schools in Columbia during his Peace Corps years, along with myself, put the house back together, nurtured the existing trees, planted more bougainvillea and a garden, added skylights to each colorful room and decorated with simple furniture and textiles from Mexico.

After our first vacation where I had to cook, we hired Juana, who is a fabulous cook of typical Mexican comidas, a wonderful vegetarian cook (our proclivities), keeper of the house and a wonderful spirit who will listen patiently to bad Spanish (mine) or anybody willing to try.

There is a fountain, a large and venerable olive tree, table and chairs for eating in the patio. From there stairs lead up half a level to a garden with a fruitful lime tree, a patch of grass for sunbathing or reading, as well as a table and chairs. You may also get to the garden by a meandering garden ramp for anyone who doesn't do stairs.

From the garden there are a few more stairs and a ramp to an upstairs bedroom/sitting room and a very large flat roof. Our daughter when younger, would roller skate there but not before 9 a.m.

Here is a good view of the street activity and over the roof tops of town and at dusk, the birds fly in overhead to find their evening rest.. Then about margarita sipping time come the brilliant sunsets and night sky. Often the cathedral is lighted at night as well as a number of the many other churches of San Miguel.

My favorite thing to do is watch the light in the morning which first freshens and warms, flattens at midday, intensifies in the afternoon, and backlights toward dusk. This house is just wonderful. It is only three blocks to the Jardin in the center of town, or to the main market, an easy walk.

One of our renters recently wrote' We loved your house. You are so right that it is full of soul. Guests who arrived at night just gasped at the sight of the lanterns illuminating the courtyard..then we would take them up to the roof deck to see that glorious unfolding of the night sky. It is wonderful the way every room has folk art and fabrics..very much a loved home, rather than a 'rental'.' Marion F. of Sarasota, Fla.

While shopping is fun, looking at the old buildings the shops are housed in is also fascinating. Many of these buildings are 400 years old. There is a lot of musical events to choose from with the Chamber Music Festival the first 10 days of August, The Cervantes Festival in nearby Guanajuato in the Fall and jazz and jazz guitar performances at restaurants and the Angela Peralta theater one block from the Jardin. You can also find local theater and flamenco performances.
Now in 2014, San Miguel has many new cultural festivals. Check the website Portal San Miguel for information.

I am writing this now in San Miguel year 2014 and as I look at our home, the folk art that we have collected, I realize our home now reflects artist craftsmen whose work is no longer available but for many,the traditions have been passed down to their children who of course have put their own artistry into their work. We hope our renters enjoy this part of the experience in our home which is OUR HOME, which we share/rent to people who enjoy the arts
Keywords: Traditional Mexican home with the touches of an architect and colorist.

Property Type

      • House

      Accommodation Type

          • Vacation Rental

          Meals

              • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

              Onsite Services

              • Housekeeper Included
              • Staff

              Suitability

              • Events Allowed
              • Children Welcome:

                We have a large roof top thus if you are bringing small children you will keep to doors to the roof locked....moreless

              • Non Smoking Only
              • Pets Considered

              Bedrooms: 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8, Beds for 8

              Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms

              Other Amenities

                  • Our cook Juana Chavez, cooks the mid day comida meal for you. the renter shops for the groceries at the markets. You can pay her extra if you wish her to cook for a party....moreless

                  Entertainment

                  • Books:

                    lots of mysteries. people take and leave paper back books....moreless

                  • CD Player
                  • DVD Player
                  • Satellite / Cable

                  Theme

                      • Historic

                      Attractions

                      • Botanical Garden
                      • Churches
                      • Festivals
                      • Health/Beauty Spa
                      • Library
                      • Live Theater
                      • Restaurants
                      • Ruins

                      Local Services & Businesses

                          • Fitness Center

                          Leisure Activities

                          • Bird Watching
                          • Horseback Riding
                          • Shopping
                          • Sight Seeing
                          • Walking

                          Location Type

                              • Mountain View

                              Sports & Adventure Activities

                              • Cycling
                              • Equestrian Events
                              • Golf
                              • Hot Air Ballooning
                              • Swimming
                              • Tennis

                              Dining

                              • Dining Area
                              • Seating for 8 people

                              General

                              • Broadband Access:

                                with your own computer...moreless

                              • Clothes Dryer
                              • Heating:

                                there is a gas heater. We need to give you specific directions for use in the living room....moreless

                              • Internet
                              • Iron & Board
                              • Linens Provided
                              • Living Room
                              • Telephone
                              • Towels Provided
                              • Washing Machine
                              • Wireless Internet:

                                with your own computer...moreless

                              Kitchen

                              • Coffee Maker
                              • Cooking Utensils
                              • Dishes & Utensils
                              • Kitchen
                              • Microwave
                              • Oven
                              • Pantry Items
                              • Refrigerator
                              • Stove
                              • Toaster

                              Outside

                              • Balcony
                              • Deck / Patio
                              • Golf:

                                nearby, you can join the gulf club as a temporary tourist....moreless

                              • Lanai / Gazebo
                              • Lawn / Garden:

                                We have a small lawn in our lovely garden along with our ever bearing lime tree....moreless

                              Payment Type

                              • Mastercard
                              • Visa

                              House Cleaning

                                  • Housekeeper Included
                                   

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                                  Rental basis: Per property
                                  Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
                                  Day of the Dead
                                  Oct 27 - Nov 2, 2014
                                  7 night min stay

                                  $1,100
                                  flat fee
                                  Winter Season
                                  Dec 1 - Mar 31, 2015
                                  7 night min stay

                                  $1,100 $3,300
                                  My Standard Rate
                                  7 night min stay

                                  $1,000 $3,000
                                  * Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

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                                  Fees and Rental Conditions:

                                  • Property Damage Protection $49
                                  • Pet Fee $100 + tax
                                  • Tax Rate 5%

                                  Notes:

                                  Returning renters receive a 5% discount on rental fees.

                                  Tipping is necessary in Mexico. Please ask us about tipping.

                                  Additional guests are $25.00/night up to 8 guests maximum.


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                                  Owner info

                                  Year Purchased: 1988

                                  About the owner: We fell in love with San Miguel on our honeymoon and returned to study at the Instituto. We returned regularly and John was part of the architecture and planning team for Los Balcones. We are happy that many years later burros still come by our street with their owners carrying wood and garden manure for sale. The fountain at the end of our street seems to be a good resting spot for the burrors and their owners.

                                  Why the Owner Chose Centro:
                                  When we first were looking for property, we wanted to be in the el centro area, an easy wish at the time as San Miguel had not grown so very much. We also did not want to go any higher on a street than we could push a wheelchair as our son was born with cerebral palsy. So when people ask us about the walk up 3 blocks, I tell them that up until our son turned 24, we pushed a wheelchair up to the house. My husband, an architect, first looked at the direction of the light and visited the house at different times during the day to see how the light played in the house and garden. The light is wonderful!

                                  The Unique Benefits at this House:
                                  For us, the benefit is just being there in the heart of San Miguel and in our home which is so visually pleasing to us. Whether we are just sitting around on the black and white tiled entry benches with a geranium on either side having a coffee, or in the garden with our lime tree and flowers intertwined in trees, or up on the roof, we just seem to be happy there. I feel centered. The house also flows with the early morning light to nightfall; being outside in the house is what the house is about. At night, the roof is an incredible place to overlook the sparkle of San Miguel, and the stars. Then we all go into the dining room and living room... all connected space to talk or play Scrabble or other games. Then it feels cozy. The kitchen for Margaritas and leftovers from the usual wonderful lunch prepared by Juana, our cook, is adjacent. We have a wonderful cook who comes with the rental of the house, which is a real vacation from cooking for us and watching her all so many lessons in Mexican cooking. San Miguel is just outside our doors, 5 minutes downhill is el centro with restaurants and just sitting in the Jardin watching San Miguel go by.


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                                  Photos

                                  • The entry courtyard in March when the Jacaranda trees are in bloom.

                                    The entry courtyard in March when the Jacaranda trees are in bloom.

                                  • The fountain at the end of our entrance patio and adjacent to the lunch area

                                    The fountain at the end of our entrance patio and adjacent to the lunch area

                                  • The living room is the evening gathering place and opens to the dining room.

                                    The living room is the evening gathering place and opens to the dining room.

                                  • Our cook prepared this feast for 8 people… a delicious treat at home.

                                    Our cook prepared this feast for 8 people… a delicious treat at home.

                                  • Master Bedroom Looking into Turquoise Bedroom

                                    Master Bedroom Looking into Turquoise Bedroom

                                  • The view from our bedroom

                                    The view from our bedroom

                                  • One of the Five bedrooms, with color and folk art.

                                    One of the Five bedrooms, with color and folk art.

                                  • The alternate ramp to the garden with our palms

                                    The alternate ramp to the garden with our palms

                                  • Pick limes in the garden all year round.

                                    Pick limes in the garden all year round.

                                  • steps and ramp to the roof terrace from the upper garden

                                    steps and ramp to the roof terrace from the upper garden

                                  • Sit on the roof with the Hibiscus blooming

                                    Sit on the roof with the Hibiscus blooming

                                  • view from roof to the close by main cathedral 3 blocks away.

                                    view from roof to the close by main cathedral 3 blocks away.

                                  • Another view of our lunch area

                                    Another view of our lunch area

                                  • The dining room open to the kitchen

                                    The dining room open to the kitchen

                                  • Part of our folk art collection in the dining room

                                    Part of our folk art collection in the dining room

                                  • The Master Bedroom can open to an adjoining room/great for young families.

                                    The Master Bedroom can open to an adjoining room/great for young families.

                                  • Second Living Room or a bedroom adjacent to the Master Bedroom.

                                    Second Living Room or a bedroom adjacent to the Master Bedroom.

                                  • Stairs to garden, also a ramp for access for all to the garden at the right

                                    Stairs to garden, also a ramp for access for all to the garden at the right

                                  • The garden with an always full lime tree and flowers.

                                    The garden with an always full lime tree and flowers.

                                  • Sitting area at garden level, ramp and
stairs to a sitting room and roof

                                    Sitting area at garden level, ramp and stairs to a sitting room and roof

                                  • View down from the covered area of the roof from a comfortable chaise.

                                    View down from the covered area of the roof from a comfortable chaise.

                                  • the long roof terrace with  chaises under the roofed area

                                    the long roof terrace with chaises under the roofed area

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                                  Sleeps 8

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