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Cozy Charming Casita with Pool; Centro Historico

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Private pool courtyard area with tiled-roof terrace

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Last updated: 09/19/2014
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  • Minimum stay:3 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Merida house description

Casa de la Cruz is a small, charming colonial-style home with a courtyard garden, tiled-roof terraza, plunge pool and modern amenities. It is most comfortable for two adults, and ideal for those seeking a genuine, local experience.

The casita features traditional high ceilings, vibrant hacienda colors, antique wooden doors, Mexican pasta tile floors, and wrought-iron rejas adorning large windows looking to a central courtyard, which gives the house a bright and airy feeling.

It offers a living room, dining room, modern kitchen, full bath, laundry, and a separate main bedroom across an interior courtyard. The main bedroom provides a bright, traditional Mexico design with a custom-made queen size bed, plenty of closet space, and air conditioning. Up to two additional guests can be accommodated in the sala (living room) utilizing the custom-made day beds, which were designed to transform into a second queen-size bed.


ROOM BY ROOM TOUR : Entering from the sunny front courtyard, antique wooden front doors open to a cozy living room/sala. With high ceilings and a large window overlooking the courtyard, the room is naturally airy and full of light. There are two comfortable custom-made day beds, which can combine into a second queen-size bed when easily moved together.

The light and airy feel continues in the dining room, with a large window looking to the pool. In the center is a rustic dining table that seats four comfortably. Traditional 'hamaca' (hammock) hooks dot the east and west walls of the dining room. Experience the traditional Yucatecan hammocks provided for guest use (VERY comfortable!).

The updated kitchen offers a granite counter, natural stone back splash, modern appliances including new refrigerator, gas stove, microwave, coffee maker, cooking utensils, and table service for four.

The bath is modern with a stone sink, tiled walk-in shower, new hot water heater, and sky light. It's outfitted with ample towels for both bath and pool. Just beyond, is a small interior courtyard that holds a separate laundry room for guest use.

Across the courtyard is the separate air-conditioned bedroom. The quiet, comfortable room looks out to the pool and courtyard. Designed in an authentic Mexican style, it offers a custom-made queen-size bed, a ceiling fan above, an office desk area, and generous closet/shelf space.

A stone privacy wall secludes the outdoor living areas - a sunny front courtyard, garden, a central courtyard with a tiled-roof terraza (more hamaca hooks) and a 10' x 15' (approx. 3.25 m x 5 m) plunge pool, perfect for relaxing after a day in the Mayan sun.

ADDITIONAL FEATURES & ARRIVAL : Casa de la Cruz is comfortably appointed and includes hi-speed wifi, cable TV, a Telcel Amigo pre-pay phone for guest stays, and bottled water delivered for drinking and cooking. Daily or periodic housekeeping service during longer stays can be arranged for about $25 per visit.

Public transportation stops across the street from the front of house. The bus ride to Parque Central/downtown is 6 pesos. It's the true way to have a local, Merida experience.

Casa de la Cruz is located15 minutes from Mérida's airport. Exiting the main terminal, a “Taxi Sítio” offers fixed fares to Centro and Casa de la Cruz. The cost for up to 3 persons is about 180 pesos ($15 USD). The ADO bus station is approximately 10 minutes by taxi (40 pesos/$3.20 USD). For rental cars, street parking is generally easily available in front of the house (opposite side).

Property Type

  • 1 story
  • House
  • 1050 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

      • Vacation Rental

      Meals

          • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

          Onsite Services

          • Housekeeper Optional
          • Staff

          Suitability

          • Not Suitable For Children
          • Minimum Age Limit For Renters
          • Pets Not Allowed
          • Non Smoking Only

          Bedrooms: 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4, Beds for 2-4

          • Main: 1 queen

            ...moreless

          • Sala: 1 sleep sofa /futon

            queen size...moreless

          • Custom designed living room day beds can be utilized as two singles or combined to one queen size, sleeping two in addition to the queen-size bed in the main bedroom....moreless

          Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom

          Other Amenities

              • Air conditioning in bedroom, ceiling fans other rooms

              Entertainment

              • Stereo
              • Books
              • Television
              • Satellite / Cable

              Theme

              • Historic
              • Adventure
              • Tourist Attractions

              Attractions

              • Festivals
              • Playground
              • Cinemas
              • Museums
              • Live Theater
              • Library
              • Zoo
              • Botanical Garden
              • Churches
              • Restaurants
              • Ruins

              Leisure Activities

              • Bird Watching
              • Shopping
              • Eco Tourism
              • Sight Seeing
              • Antiquing
              • Walking

              local services and businesses

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

              Location Type

              • Downtown:

                Centro historico, walking distance to major Merida turist attractions. ...moreless

              • Beach:

                Approximately 30-40 minutes to Progreso, a quaint beach village on the Northern Yucatan coast with restaurants under thatched huts on the sand and a waterfront boardwalk (malecon) with shops....moreless

              • Town

              sports and adventure activities

              • Swimming
              • Cycling

              catering options

                  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

                  Dining

                  • Dining Room
                  • Seating for 4 people

                  forms of payment

                      • Accept Credit Card

                      General

                      • Living Room
                      • Air Conditioning:

                        Bedroom...moreless

                      • Free Local Calls
                      • Wireless Internet
                      • Mobile Phone
                      • Sofa Bed
                      • Telephone
                      • Linens Provided
                      • Washing Machine
                      • Internet
                      • Towels Provided
                      • Iron & Board
                      • Bottled Water
                      • Ceiling Fans
                      • Local Activities Guide
                      • Local Maps
                      • Paper Towels
                      • Local Restaurant Guide
                      • Basic Soaps
                      • Toilet Paper
                      • Parking On Street
                      • Split-System Air Conditioning
                      • Living Area

                      house cleaning

                          • Housekeeper Optional

                          Kitchen

                          • Stove
                          • Pantry Items
                          • Kitchen
                          • Dishes & Utensils
                          • Ice Maker
                          • Cooking Utensils
                          • Freezer
                          • Grill
                          • 4 Ring Stove
                          • Coffee Maker
                          • Toaster
                          • Refrigerator
                          • Microwave

                          Outside

                          • Outdoor Grill
                          • Beach Chairs
                          • Courtyard
                          • Outdoor Entertainment Area
                          • Fully Fenced Property
                          • Patio
                          • Lawn / Garden
                          • Terrace
                          • Beach Towels
                          • Bicycles
                          • Deck / Patio
                          • Lanai / Gazebo

                          Payment Type

                          • Visa
                          • Mastercard

                          Pool / Spa

                          • Outdoor Pool
                          • Private Pool
                          • In Ground Pool
                           

                          Reviews

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                          Rental basis: Per property
                          Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
                          Prime 2015
                          Oct 1 - Apr 30, 2015
                          3 night min stay
                          $135
                          $850 $2,850
                          My Standard Rate
                          3 night min stay
                          $120
                          $750 $2,250
                          * Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

                          Additional information about rental rates

                          Fees and Rental Conditions:

                          • Property Damage Protection $49
                          • Departure Cleaning Fee $85
                          • Taxes Included

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                          Calendar

                          Last updated: 09/19/2014
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                          Location

                          10 Kilometres
                          Nearest Airport
                          MID
                          45 Kilometres
                          Nearest Beach
                          Progreso

                          Car: Not Necessary

                          Casa de la Cruz is located in a traditional residential area of Colonia Santiago, one of the oldest colonias in Merida. Five blocks from Casa de la Cruz is Parque Santiago, a quaint tree-filled public square, with a traditional Mexican church founded in 1637. A market is located next to the church, with fruits and vegetables, meats, and a good flower selection. There are a host of excellent cocina economicas, sundries stores, and an ice cream store along the market. There is also big band music (Tuesday nights), dancing, fairs and temporary markets. Surrounding the park you can find a coffee house, grocery store (Aki), a drugstore, and a movie theatre. The Santiago district is to the west and north of Plaza Grande, about a 15-20 minute walk.

                          Casa de la Cruz is a good home base for day trips to Mayan ruins at Dzilbilchaltun, Uxmal, and Chichen Itza. It is also an easy day trip to the Yucatan beaches (Progreso), cenotes, and the colonial city of Izamal.

                           

                          Owner info

                          Year Purchased: 2009

                          About the owner: We are long-time partners with our primary home in San Francisco CA - when we aren't enjoying adventures in the Yucatan. We work in management consulting, graphic design and communications when we have to - but we'd secretly prefer just moving to Merida.

                          Why the Owner Chose Merida:
                          Our first experience with Merida and the Yucatan was 35 years ago when one of us was an exchange student in Mexico, with a dream to stay there. That plan was interrupted by college and a career until 2008, when we went together on an exploratory trip and decided it was something that we wanted to do. We chose Merida because it offers all of the modern urban amenities intermixed with rich culture, history, and architecture. But more than anything, the people of Merida are incredibly warm and friendly, and we find the lifestyle to be simple, peaceful, and relaxing.

                          The Unique Benefits at this House:
                          Casa de la Cruz captured our attention because it is a small colonial house, oriented to outdoor living within a traditional and genuine neighborhood. We appreciate its simplicity and minimalism, but also enjoy being there because it always feels full of life. We have tried to keep it true to its origins. We enjoy our great neighbors, the simple neighborhood things like beeping tricycles with fresh baked goods every evening, walking to Parque Santiago for lunch or a movie, and being close, but not directly in the midst of Merida's major tourist attractions. We've come to really enjoy the easy day-trips to the beach in Progreso, always taking the bus to get there. Not to mention the hammocks, pool, and terraza right at the house where it's easy to spend a week without doing anything.


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                          Speaks: portuguese, spanish, english

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                          • Private pool courtyard area with tiled-roof terrace

                            Private pool courtyard area with tiled-roof terrace

                          • Front courtyard; fountain, connects to pool patio

                            Front courtyard; fountain, connects to pool patio

                          • Living Room

                            Living Room

                          • Living room with custom day bed (converts to 2nd queen-size bed)

                            Living room with custom day bed (converts to 2nd queen-size bed)

                          • Living room with day beds converted to queen-size

                            Living room with day beds converted to queen-size

                          • Dining room looking to living room with Mission table, and window to courtyard.

                            Dining room looking to living room with Mission table, and window to courtyard.

                          • Kitchen, simple but fully equipped with utensils, table service, stainless steel appliances

                            Kitchen, simple but fully equipped with utensils, table service, stainless steel appliances

                          • Interior courtyard leading to main bedroom

                            Interior courtyard leading to main bedroom

                          • Desk/work area

                            Desk/work area

                          • Plunge Pool

                            Plunge Pool

                          • Outdoor patio dining, poolside

                            Outdoor patio dining, poolside

                          • Garden Night Time Magic

                            Garden Night Time Magic

                          • Entry door with stone wall enclosing courtyard

                            Entry door with stone wall enclosing courtyard

                          • House entry door from front courtyard

                            House entry door from front courtyard

                          • Living Room

                            Living Room

                          • Living room; vibrant hacienda colors; day bed

                            Living room; vibrant hacienda colors; day bed

                          • Dining room with pasta tile floors, looking to kitchen with chimenea

                            Dining room with pasta tile floors, looking to kitchen with chimenea

                          • Dining Room at night

                            Dining Room at night

                          • Kitchen at evening, open to dining room

                            Kitchen at evening, open to dining room

                          • Main bedroom with custom-made queen size bed

                            Main bedroom with custom-made queen size bed

                          • Bathroom, stone sink, walk-in shower

                            Bathroom, stone sink, walk-in shower

                          • Outdoor Dining Table Poolside

                            Outdoor Dining Table Poolside

                          • Bicycles for guests to enjoy the Sunday bike route thru the historic district.

                            Bicycles for guests to enjoy the Sunday bike route thru the historic district.

                          • Traditional Yucatecan hamacas (hammocks) included

                            Traditional Yucatecan hamacas (hammocks) included

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                          Date last modified - Wednesday, September 17, 2014

                          $120 - $135 per night (USD)
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                          1 Bedroom / 1 Bathroom
                          Sleeps 4

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