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Jewelbox in the Historic Centro

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Outdoor seating area in the atrium.


Last updated: 11/30/2014
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  • Minimum stay:2-7 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Centro Historico house 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 nine; 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.

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Property Type

  • House
  • 1000 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

      • Vacation Rental


          • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

          Onsite Services

              • Housekeeper Included


              • 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
              • Wheelchair Inaccessible:

                Many stairs....moreless

              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


                  • 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


                  • Historic
                  • Tourist 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:

                        Table opens leaves to accommodate 8....moreless

                      • Dining Area
                      • Seating for 8 people


                      • 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


                      • 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


                      • Deck / Patio:

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

                      House Cleaning

                          • Housekeeper Included


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                          Rental basis: Per property
                          Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
                          Dec 20 - Jan 4, 2015
                          7 night min stay

                          Thanksgiving week
                          Nov 24 - Dec 1
                          7 night min stay

                          My Standard Rate
                          2 night min stay
                          $180 $200
                          Fri, Sat, Sun
                          $980 $3,000
                          * Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

                          Additional information about rental rates


                          • Refundable Damage Deposit $500
                          • Taxes Included


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                          Last updated: 11/30/2014
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                          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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                          • Outdoor seating area in the atrium.

                            Outdoor seating area in the atrium.

                          • Casita Laurita/Calle Loreto

                            Casita Laurita/Calle Loreto

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

                            Gourmet kitchen/island, dining area, couch in front

                          • Office with 13' foot desk, ergonomic chair and keyboard, WIRELESS, napping couch

                            Office with 13' foot desk, ergonomic chair and keyboard, WIRELESS, napping couch

                          • Geraniums and open-air atrium

                            Geraniums and open-air atrium

                          • Upstairs bedroom across from terrace leads up to the top terrace with view.

                            Upstairs bedroom across from terrace leads up to the top terrace with view.

                          • View from top terrace

                            View from top terrace

                          • Central open atrium flows into kitchen/dining room

                            Central open atrium flows into kitchen/dining room

                          • Entryway--powder room tucked under the stairs

                            Entryway--powder room tucked under the stairs

                          • master bedroom with en suite full bath

                            master bedroom with en suite full bath

                          • Second bedroom/media room/flat screen TV/en suite full bath

                            Second bedroom/media room/flat screen TV/en suite full bath

                          • Terraces with lovely spots to soak up the sun--lavender, jasmine, rosemary.

                            Terraces with lovely spots to soak up the sun--lavender, jasmine, rosemary.

                          • View from the top terrace

                            View from the top terrace

                          VRBO #206814

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                          This listing was first published here in 2008.

                          Date last modified - Wednesday, December 17, 2014

                          $145 - $200 per night (USD)

                          2 Bedroom / 2.5 Bathroom
                          Sleeps 5

                          View calendar: Updated 11/30/14
                          Minimum stay: 2-7 nights
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                          Member since: 2008
                          Speaks: english, spanish, italian
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                          • Calendar last updated: 11/30/2014
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                          Jewelbox in the Historic Centro

                          San Miguel de Allende #206814

                          2 BR  2.5 BA  Sleeps 5

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