Centro- Light Filled- Comfortable- Large Yet Cozy-Contemporary

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  • Minimum stay:3 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Property description

This wonderful house designed by Eduardo Obregon Pêna incorporates classical Mexican design with free flowing lines. The 25 by 7 foot skylight lets in the almost always sunny Mexican sky. It warms the house in winter and the specially designed shade cover keeps it cool in summer. Four bedrooms and four full baths accommodate 8 guests in perfect comfort. A guest lavatory is off the front entrance and a service lavatory is available for the staff. The kitchen is placed behind the center fireplace, affording privacy when needed or company when desired. Indoor and outdoor dining areas each accommodate 8 to 10 people. The downstairs master bedroom also has a fireplace to add charm and heat to the chillier winter nights.
The living room is the center of activity. Off it flow the reading nook, the den, the kitchen, the indoor dining area as well as the master bedroom. Just through the French doors is the downstairs garden terrace complete with gurgling fountain. On the downstairs terrace, you can sit and have cocktails while looking at the adjoining wall, covered with Bougainvilleas, Durantas, Bamboo and Jasmine, visited often by hummingbirds. The protected terrace also invites dining outside, with a charcoal BBQ adding just the right outdoorsy touch.
The adjoining Casita, can provide 1 extra bedroom, in the case of a slightly larger gathering.
On the second floor is the second king master bedroom, with its own bathroom, and cozy little private terrace. Also on the second floor are the two twin bedrooms, one with an adjoining shower and the other with a Jacuzzi, loved by all. One of the twin bedrooms is also equipped as an office, with the Internet router, a laser printer and a scanner; An office away from the office.
There are so many things to do of interest in San Miguel; one doesn't have time to watch much television. However there are four televisions provided with cable service, with the basic American programs, also equipped with DVD players, for those who want to stay home and quietly watch a movie.
No need to pack your hairdryer. Each bathroom is equipped with one, as well as body cream, face wipes, soap, Que-tips, and shampoo.
Terraces abound with the roof serving as a comfortable seating area to view the sunset, the rooftops of the town and the beautiful Gothic Parroquia, that marks the center of town, only a few minutes walk away. (3 easy blocks)
Full time excellent bi-lingual staff to care for you; to do the laundry, cleaning, shopping for meals, buying an arranging flowers for the house, cooking. The staff cook can also be hired for special cocktails, hors d'oeuvres, and dinners. Just relax and enjoy your vacation.
Through the laundry room is the garage, a welcome addition for those who want to make excursions to the intriguing historic landmarks and nearby towns, in their own vehicle. It is in use by the owner but sometimes in the summer and early fall, it is available for visitor use. There is a parking lot conveniently located just 500 feet away from the house. Normally one doesn't need a vehicle, for in town visits, just a few minutes by foot and you are anywhere you may want to go.
For smokers, we prefer that you do not smoke in the house but there are oodles of outdoor spaces where you can puff away. Ashtrays provided.
This house is for use by adults and unfortunately not for groups of young twenty year-olds who want to come to San Miguel to party.
I would be pleased to rent my house for the 3 month period of mid-June through Mid-September for a nice discount. Do contact me if you are interested.
Be sure to contact me by email as i am often traveling.
Do not use the quotable rates. Just one night is US$690 and add US$235 per night, up to one week, which is US$2,100. Then an additional US$300 per night after that.

Keywords: House, 4 bedrooms, and 1 more possible, Beautiful, light-filled, curves, comfortable, flower filled garden, large yet cozy, real 3 to 5 minutes to Jardin (central square).


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Property Type

  • House
  • 3500 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Onsite Services

  • Housekeeper Included
  • Staff


  • Long-Term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

    This house is for families and groups of adults. It is not appropriate for groups of youth coming to San Miguel to party. ...moreless

  • Pets Not Allowed
  • Smoking Allowed:

    Smoking allowed outside on the terraces. Plenty of covered comfortable convenient spots to puff away....moreless

  • Wheelchair Inaccessible

Bedrooms: 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10, Beds for 8-10

Bathrooms: 5 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bathroom

Other Amenities

  • Hairdryers, other basic bathroom necessities, bi-lingual staff who can do your housekeeping; laundry, food shopping, cook your meals, buy an arrange flowers for the house. The staff works 9 to 3 on weekdays and can work Saturday morning as well. Any other extra time is to be paid directly by the renter, The hourly wage for extra hours is 50 pesos. Any work performed before 9:00am or after 12:30pm, on Saturdays, or on Sundays or holidays will have to be paid double. (100 pesos per hour)....moreless


  • Books:

    A variety of books are available to read while visiting. ...moreless

  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable:

    All televisions have Mexican cable that has some English channels....moreless

  • Stereo
  • Television:

    there are 4 televisions in the house. All with cable....moreless

  • VCR
  • Video Library


  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Botanical Garden
  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Festivals
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Library
  • Live Theater
  • Museums
  • Playground
  • Restaurants
  • Ruins
  • Water Parks

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Babysitter
  • Fitness Center
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Horseback Riding
  • Outlet Shopping
  • Photography
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking

Location Type

  • Downtown
  • Monument View
  • Mountain
  • Mountain View
  • Village

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Equestrian Events
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Hot Air Ballooning
  • Mountain Biking
  • Sailing
  • Swimming
  • Tennis


  • Dining:

    There are 2 dining areas. One round table inside that seats 8 as well as a rectangular table on the downstairs terrace, also seating 8. ...moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 8 people


  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access:

    If you do not have Wifi on your computer, there is a connection cable in the bedroom that serves also as an office, so you can connect directly to the router....moreless

  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Garage:

    The garage is used by the owner unless the house is rented for more than 3 months....moreless

  • Gas Fireplace:

    (2) One in the living room and one in the downstairs master bedroom....moreless

  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet:

    wi-fi almost everywhere....moreless

  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room:

    The skylight bathes the living room in light. ...moreless

  • Parking:

    There is a parking lot 70 meters form the house. ...moreless

  • Parking Off Street:

    Off street parking lot 500 yards away....moreless

  • Shampoo
  • Telephone:

    You can make local calls on the house phone but please bring your card to make long distance calls....moreless

  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine:

    The maid can do your laundry for you. ...moreless

  • Wireless Internet:

    Wifi goes almost everywhere in the house....moreless


  • Catering Available:

    Excellent staff cook available to hire for special cocktails, hors d'oeuvres, dinners....moreless

  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen:

    Fully equipped kitchen. Everything you need for normal fare. On week days, excellent staff to cook breakfast, full (comida) lunch, or special dinners, (extra hours at guests charge). Her hours, 9am to 3:30pm, Monday through Friday. 9 to 12:30 Saturday. She can be asked to stay later at guest charge....moreless

  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator:

    with ice machines, love that cruhed ice....moreless

  • Stove:

    5 burners...moreless

  • Toaster


  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio:

    (4) Terraces abound. A lovely second floor terrace overlooking the gardens, a private terrace off the upstairs master bedroom, a stunning flower filled roof terrace with views of the Parroquia, ( the amazing Gothic church) the hillsides, the rooftops of San Miguel....moreless

  • Gazebo:

    Covered area to sit and have drinks on the top terrace with a wonderful view of the roof tops, the Paroquia, and the houses, with their twinkling lights at night, on the hillside....moreless

  • Golf:

    2 golf course that allow non members on certain days are within 15 minutes of the house. ...moreless

  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Outdoor Grill:

    charcoal grill available...moreless

  • Patio
  • Porch / Veranda

Pool / Spa

  • Jetted Tub:

    One bedroom has an en suite bathroom with a jacuzzi bath tub....moreless

House Cleaning

  • Housekeeper Included


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Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
My Standard Rate
3 night min stay
$300 $400
Fri, Sat, Sun
$2,100 $8,100

Rates are based on 8 guests; add $100 per night, per additional guest

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

Additional information about rental rates


  • Refundable Damage Deposit $1,000
  • Taxes Not included


1 day rate is US$690, two for US$925, three for US$1,160, four for US$1,395, five for US$1,530, six for US$1,865, seven for US$2,100. Add US$300 per night after that. Holiday seasons are 20% more. For a period of more than 3 months, a reduced rate can be discussed. Only 8 allowed in the main house and 2 in the Casita. $100 per night for unexpected guests over that number. Please contact owner for correct short term rates. Rates will vary during the summer depending on length of stay.

50% upon reservation, the other 50% 45 days before arrival date.

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Last updated: 10/08/2015
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400 Metres
Nearest Barpub
4 Miles
Nearest Golf

Car: Not Necessary

music festivals, film festival, art galleries, art expos, art courses available, live theater, art house movies


Owner info

Year Purchased: 2004

About the owner: I started my life in Boston, loving all the seasons, the colorful fall, the dry delicious snowy winters, the exuberance of spring and the tranquil months of temperate summer. In 1980, life brought me and my family to Paris where we have lived on peniches, houseboats, for the last 30 years. Besides enjoying living in one of the world's more beautiful cities, I was busy making documentary films. My children grew and went on to their lives, living also in exotic places around the world, my son an ecologist, working at saving the planet, and my daughter, a filmmaker and painter. We were not often in the same place at the same time. I knew if I was to enjoy life as a grandmother, it would be necessary to find a house, welcoming to all, in a spot that all could enjoy, to spend memorable times together. So, as described below, I bought this house, purposefully ignoring the vacant lot next door that could eventually present a problem. When eventually the lot did come up for sale, it was obvious that I was the one who had to buy it, to keep someone from building a house that would block my side light. Looking toward the future and a large extended family, I built an annex in that lot, and shared the garden with the present house. There is a one bedroom casita, as well as a two bedroom residence, both of which can be added on to the main house, or in fact rented on their own. The complex is built so that each dwelling is separate and private or that they can easily share the common spaces. I find I spend more and more time here, in the two bedroom dwelling, and rent out the others or put my guests in them. I go horseback riding, act in plays, enjoy the lectures, films, and music. I am really not a country person, except for romantic weekends, so love being in a city, large or small, where there are interesting things going on. The combination of Paris and San Miguel, both fascinating, though on entirely different scales, is just about perfect for me.

Why the Owner Chose Centro Historico:
In 2004, at dinner at my daughter's house, the discussion turned to San Miguel. A friend of hers had just returned to NY from his first visit to this town. During the entire dinner, he raved about the beauty, the interesting people, the variety of creative things to do, and to learn in this town. By the end of dinner, it was obvious to me, and my daughter, that this is where I should buy the house I referred to as, 'my grandmother house'; A place for the whole family to come together for fun filled vacations. I had been looking for five years for a place that would satisfy the desires of the entire family in the years to come as I expected the family to expand. I had looked in the East, the West and the South to find the perfect place. Coming from the North I wanted to find a place free of very cold winters, also free of very hot summers. San Miguel at 6,000 feet promised to provide a temperate climate, year round. After a quick examination of the town, I started looking for a good vacation house. I wanted to be in Centro and near Juarez Park, for the playground and the wonderful walking/jogging paths. I saw many typically Mexican houses, with their lovely interior courtyards, but found them rather dark inside under the side roofs. The moment I walked into this house, I knew this was it. Totally contemporary, however it retains a charming Mexican quality, and the large center skylight floods it with energizing light. So with very little time to get it ready, the whole extended family decided to come for the first Christmas. The house lived up to its expectations, and everyone had a wonderful time. Off we all went to our various lives, leaving the house to guests who would enjoy all that we had experienced. Our guests have found it a wonderful temporary home away from home. It's proximity to the center of town makes enjoying the variety of activities simple, and insures that your time here is spent doing all that you wish.

The Unique Benefits at this House:
I was totally unprepared for the charms of San Miguel. When I bought here, it was mainly as a place for family vacations, which has worked out extremely well for us all. However in coming down to furnish and decorate the house, I spent big chunks of time during which I was more or less forced to get to know the town. Bit by bit I discovered why everyone raves about this place. Daily I made friends with new people, discovered new fun restaurants, music venues, theater productions, fun interesting people. I realized that that very ordinary looking person wandering down the street actually is a famous artist who has just finished a large mural in the City Hall of Munich, Germany, or has just had a show at the MOMA in NY... Unassuming, lovely people, living their lives in this charming town. No fuss, no celebrity, just interesting people, open, creative, getting on with their lives, in a most comfortable, friendly way. I found my house a very easy 'flat walk' from the center, so a 3 to 5 minute walk and you are almost everywhere you want to be. No need to plan far ahead. If you forget something in the house, it is not a big deal to go back and get it. The simplicity of living in 'Centro' makes your time here all very well spent. Being one-half block from Juarez Park, with a playground and wonderful walking and jogging paths, also makes life easy. The park is on a slight rise so a few times around each morning and your exercise is mostly accomplished. The Candelaria, flower and plant sale weeks, are held here as well. Its proximity is definitely a plus. I am still enjoying all these aspects of San Miguel, and each day discover more new and interesting people and places. Once you come here, chances are you will return. San Miguel is a Unesco World Heritage site, the safest, most welcoming, town in Mexico.

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  • Main House living room

    Main House living room

  • Main House from upstairs to downstairs

    Main House from upstairs to downstairs

  • Main House living room looks on the terrace

    Main House living room looks on the terrace

  • Terrace for cocktails

    Terrace for cocktails

  • Main House downstairs terrace off the living room.

    Main House downstairs terrace off the living room.

  • Main House upstairs king

    Main House upstairs king

  • Main House twin/office

    Main House twin/office

  • Main House skylight

    Main House skylight

  • twin bedroom with jacuzzi

    twin bedroom with jacuzzi

  • Jacuzzi off twin bedroom

    Jacuzzi off twin bedroom

  • Casita living dining with own entrance on private alleyway

    Casita living dining with own entrance on private alleyway

  • Casita bedroom with desk , closets and bathroom

    Casita bedroom with desk , closets and bathroom

  • Main House upstairs hall

    Main House upstairs hall

  • Main House reading nook- so relaxing

    Main House reading nook- so relaxing

  • Main House outdoor dining

    Main House outdoor dining

  • Main House kitchen

    Main House kitchen

  • Main House indoor dining

    Main House indoor dining

  • Terrace off upstairs king bedroom

    Terrace off upstairs king bedroom

  • Main House downstairs master

    Main House downstairs master

  • view of paroquia from Terrace of the Main House

    view of paroquia from Terrace of the Main House

  • Casita living room opens to private garden

    Casita living room opens to private garden

  • Casita private garden

    Casita private garden

  • sink in Casita upstairs bathroom

    sink in Casita upstairs bathroom

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This listing was first published here in 2011.

Date last modified - Tuesday, November 24, 2015

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