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Jewelbox in the Historic Centro

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Casita Laurita/Calle Loreto. Flat walk to jardin, very central. Townhouse style.

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Last updated: 04/23/2015
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  • Minimum stay:2-7 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Property description

Casita Laurita, built in 2008, is an architectural gem on one of San Miguel’s oldest and best loved streets, Calle Loreto. The three-story townhouse, designed by prominent Mexican/Norwegian architect Anja Fauske, has been called a 'jewelbox' by architects and designers who have stayed here. Open the modest door and be amazed at the cool, spacious, airy, sophisticated house. The name is 'Casita' but it is an entire house.

Casita Laurita was featured in the Great Homes and Destinations column of the global New York Times on April 21, 2010.

'Absolutely, the PERFECT place to stay in San Miguel for those who appreciate modern design and convenience!  Truly a beautiful home.  Feels like an oasis in the center of town..' --Emily Chan, recent guest at Casita Laurita

The 2-bedroom, 2.5-bath house is an easy and flat walk to the jardin, and steps away from the town’s famous artisan market. The house is Mexican modern style, built around a central courtyard, with clean design and exquisite details. The top terrace has a lovely 360-degree view of San Miguel and its famous Parroquia church. A second patio is private and cozy, perfect for dreaming, surrounded with lavender, jasmine, and other scented potted plants. There is an outdoor seating area downstairs, too.

A sunny studio with a 13-foot wooden desk makes Casita Laurita a wonderful retreat for a writer. The gourmet kitchen is a splendid spot for a cook who wants to explore Mexico’s cuisine.

The house is modern but respecting historic style and materials. The entryway shimmers with patinaed glass and Moroccan-style lamps. The kitchen was designed by an award-winning food writer, with an island, toaster oven, French press and drip coffeemakers, good knives and cutting boards, and artisan plates. The kitchen table pulls out to accommodate eight; the island has stools for people who like to watch the cook. There's also a wine cabinet and lots of storage.

The stairs lead up to an airy office with a huge desk and napping couch, along with ergonomic keyboard and 2 comfortable and adjustable task chairs. (The napping couch has linens and is big enough for 1-2 children or an overnight guest, who can use the powder room downstairs without disturbing the other bedrooms). Wireless Internet and local phone service. Free US calls with Vonage phone. The study is also where you can find a great book to read on the terrace.

A passage over the courtyard (open to the sky) leads to the master bedroom, with its full bath, Queen bed, and two reading lights. Plenty of closet space. Artisan-made bed and furnishings. High thread-count sheets, sophisticated palette, spare design. Modern bath has shower and artisan tiles with concrete shelves, modern fixtures, and baskets for personal items. Organic soap.

The second bedroom on the top floor doubles as a media center, with a cozy Moroccan pillowed nook for viewing films on the flat-screen TV. There is an extensive DVD library of films. The second bedroom has a double bed, also with good linens and a comfy, firm mattress.

Across from the second bedroom is a laundry area as well as a private terrace with scented potted plants. The top terrace has a teak sitting area with a sun umbrella and a wet bar.

Although the house has many comfortable places to sit indoors and outdoors, there is no traditional living room with easy chairs and a large TV.

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Property Type

  • House
  • 1000 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental

Meals

  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Onsite Services

  • Housekeeper Included

Suitability

  • Long-Term Renters Welcome
  • Non Smoking Only:

    Absolutely no smoking inside the house...moreless

  • Not Suitable For Children:

    Open-air atrium not suitable for children under 10; inquire about older children....moreless

  • Pets Not Allowed

Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5, Beds for 4-5

Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bathroom

Other Amenities

  • Maid service 2x/week; more if requested. Wonderful office with 13-ft desk, ergonomic keyboard drawer, task chair; you may just finish your novel. Courtyard, two terraces, architectural gem. Near great organic market....moreless

Entertainment

  • Books:

    Excellent library of novels....moreless

  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable:

    Flat screen TV with basic cable....moreless

  • Stereo:

    IPod ready and boombox....moreless

  • Television
  • Video Library:

    Excellent film library...moreless

Theme

  • Historic
  • Tourist Attractions

Attractions

  • Cinemas
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Live Theater
  • Restaurants

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Monument View:

    Very, very central location for San Miguel...moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Hiking
  • Hot Air Ballooning
  • Mountain Biking

Dining

  • Dining:

    Table opens leaves to accommodate 8....moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 8 people

General

  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating:

    Gas heaters in every room. Carbon monoxide detectors for safety....moreless

  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided:

    High quality organic linens....moreless

  • Telephone:

    Local phone as well as free US calls with Vonage phone....moreless

  • Towels Provided:

    Bath towels and towels for hot springs....moreless

  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet

Kitchen

  • Catering Available:

    Cook available for daily meals or special events (or to make meals for the week)....moreless

  • Coffee Maker:

    French press, electric drip, or manual drip; coffee grinder....moreless

  • Cooking Utensils:

    High quality...moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen:

    Gourmet kitchen with excellent cooking pots, utensils, knives; coffeemaker, toaster oven, microwave, conventional oven, blender, teapot, french press, etc....moreless

  • Microwave
  • Pantry Items:

    Staples--oils, spices, coffee....moreless

  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster

Outside

  • Deck / Patio:

    Roof terraces with dining table and sun awning...moreless

House Cleaning

  • Housekeeper Included
 

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Fees:

  • Refundable Damage Deposit $500
  • Taxes Included

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Any reservation not paid in full 30 days in advance will be considered cancelled, unless it is a new reservation within that period. Security deposits are repaid promptly. If you pay by PayPal, add a 3% fee. If you cancel your reservation and we re-rent the property, we will refund you the amount for only the days it was possible to re-rent the property, minus a $250 administrative fee.

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Last updated: 04/23/2015
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Location

Car: Not Necessary

Artisan market, cafes, restaurants, arboretum, nearby Spanish schools and art schools, dance classes, cooking classes, galleries, design center, near jardin. Great organic shopping right nearby.

 

Manager info

Year Purchased: 2008

About: Laura first came to San Miguel de Allende with her family when she was ten years old, to learn a little Spanish and a different culture (smart parents!). It was a wonderful childhood experience that made her forever interested in languages and travel. When she returned to SMA in 2007, she fell back in love with the magical town and bought a run-down lot in the Centro on an impulse. Everyone thought she was crazy, until a year later, when they saw the amazing house she'd built with her architect and friend, Anja Fauske.

Why Centro Historico:
Casita Laurita is on one of San Miguel's best streets--Calle Loreto. It runs through the artisan market, is convenient to the design center, and three blocks to the jardin in the center of town. It's a great location, and yet retains an authentic feeling of Mexico. It's wonderful to be right near the market and to live on a small, curving street with little traffic.

The Unique Benefits at this House:
The house is comfortable and relaxing, with three terraces, and the top has a splendid view of all of San Miguel. The office is beautiful, and a wonderful place to work. I love how the plants drip down the atrium, everything is simple and elegant, and the kitchen has everything a cook could desire. I like to go up to the Morrocan-style media room, which doubles as a guest room, and be cozy watching movies on the flat-screen TV. The neighbors are friendly and there has not been a robbery on my street in 30 years. I always feel safe walking around by myself at night. Please note that this house is not for people who have mobility challenges, as there are a lot of stairs. This also isn't the house for you if you require a large livingroom with a giant TV.


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Speaks: english, spanish, italian

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  • Casita Laurita/Calle Loreto. Flat walk to jardin, very central. Townhouse style.

    Casita Laurita/Calle Loreto. Flat walk to jardin, very central. Townhouse style.

  • Powder room tucked away in the entry.

    Powder room tucked away in the entry.

  • Gourmet kitchen/island, dining area, couch in front

    Gourmet kitchen/island, dining area, couch in front

  • Couch and two comfortable chairs in the kitchen/great room

    Couch and two comfortable chairs in the kitchen/great room

  • 2nd floor walkway from studio over to master bedroom and up to 3rd floor.

    2nd floor walkway from studio over to master bedroom and up to 3rd floor.

  • master bathroom/shower on other side.

    master bathroom/shower on other side.

  • Stairway from 2nd floor up to 3rd floor bedroom and terrace and 4th floor patio.

    Stairway from 2nd floor up to 3rd floor bedroom and terrace and 4th floor patio.

  • Walkway from 3rd floor bedroom to wash house and terrace.

    Walkway from 3rd floor bedroom to wash house and terrace.

  • 3rd floor bedroom across from terrace leads up to the top patio with view

    3rd floor bedroom across from terrace leads up to the top patio with view

  • View from top terrace

    View from top terrace

  • Entryway with stairs left, atrium and kitchen. Atrium now has couch and chairs.

    Entryway with stairs left, atrium and kitchen. Atrium now has couch and chairs.

  • Entry flows into outdoor sala

    Entry flows into outdoor sala

  • Kitchen has island, stools, custom cabinetry, well-equipped for a cook. Heater.

    Kitchen has island, stools, custom cabinetry, well-equipped for a cook. Heater.

  • 2nd floor studio: 13' foot desk, ergonomic chair and keyboard, couch, balcony

    2nd floor studio: 13' foot desk, ergonomic chair and keyboard, couch, balcony

  • master bedroom with en suite full bath on 2nd floor

    master bedroom with en suite full bath on 2nd floor

  • Looking down from the 2nd floor.

    Looking down from the 2nd floor.

  • 3rd floor: Bedroom with full bathroom, double bed, armoire, flat screen TV.

    3rd floor: Bedroom with full bathroom, double bed, armoire, flat screen TV.

  • 3rd floor terrace with aromatic plants, washhouse for washer/dryer. Laundry line

    3rd floor terrace with aromatic plants, washhouse for washer/dryer. Laundry line

  • View from the top terrace

    View from the top terrace

  • Coming down for morning coffee!

    Coming down for morning coffee!

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  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    2.5
  • Property type
    House
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Member since: 2008
Speaks: english, spanish, italian
  • Response time Within a few hours
  • Response rate 90%
  • Calendar last updated 04/23/2015
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San Miguel de Allende #206814

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