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Fun, Gorgeously-Renovated, View-Rich, Traffic-Free, in Heart of Old City

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Our remodeled cocina (kitchen) with stunning view of San Francisco church.

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Last updated: 04/17/2015
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  • Minimum stay:7 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Ask Manager
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Property description

(Scroll down for 10 Fun Things to Do)

First things first: we charge $500/week, $1450/month (20% surcharge during October/Cervantino)

Calzada Tecolote ('La Ruta de la Independencia' down which Miguel Hidalgo rode in 1810) is a car-free 'callejon' (alley) four minutes from Jardin Union, the unofficial city center.
Our house (two-minute walk up the callejon from where taxi drops you off) is adobe, dating back to perhaps 1850. We spent three years renovating after buying it in 2005.

GROUND FLOOR: Three rooms plus a bathroom with shower and washing machine. Two bedrooms, with the option of a third using a fold-down sofa. Third room doubles as a yoga studio.
MIDDLE FLOOR: Kitchen, sala (living room) with fold-down sofa, patio (with fountain and plants), storage room (with small library of English & Spanish books), bathroom with shower, tiny workshop.
TOP FLOOR (azotea): One room which we use as the master bedroom, office and view-sala, with terraces on both sides, each with a unique view.
ROOF of the top floor room is accessible via a narrow stairway, for 360-degree city views. (Use at your own risk--no handrail!)

Professional (bilingual) management, wifi, local phone, electricity, water and gas included. (But not bottled water.)

Our home (as our plainspoken cleaning lady and friend Mari tells us) is a trifle 'rustico'--not everything matches, you're under open skies going from floor to floor--but everything's clean, everything works, it's cozy, spacious and cheerful. We love sharing our home, but it is just that: a home, not a 5-star hotel!

Our location is pretty amazing. You can walk down and be in the very center of town in less than five minutes on pedestrian-only streets. But if you walk UP Calzada Tecolote, in 15 minutes you can be at the start of everyone's favorite hike: La Bufa/Los Picachos. This is an outstanding volcanic formation, from which you get a fabulous view of the city. Takes another 45 minutes to reach the cross on top if you're fit.
Other great hikes abound. Our cleaning lady, Mari, is also a hiker and will guide you on all the local trails for a small fee. She's also a great cook--ask her to quote you for a family dinner.

10 FUN THINGS TO DO WHILE STAYING AT TECOLOTE 39
1. Walk up the 113 University steps
2. Enjoy a 20-peso Executive Breakfast (gordita y jugo) from the four sisters puesto just off Baratillo
3. Go up the tower of Mercado Hidalgo (ask at office at top of stairs inside)
4. Take the bus to El Cubo to see a mining village
5. Identify the nine churches you can see from the top of our house
6. Return to our house from downtown via Potrero and the steep steps of Caracol
7. Walk through Guanajuato's original tunnel, 'Subterranea Miguel Hidalgo,' from Teatro Cervantes to near Comercial Mexicana
8. Meditate at 8 am weekdays (only when the University is 'in') at Meson San Antonio on Alonso
9. Climb the fire escape on the side of Teatro Juarez
10. Watch squadrons of grackles fly by at sunset on their (seasonal) flight path between Embajadoras and Reforma



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Property Type

  • House

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental

Meals

  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Suitability

  • Long-Term Renters Welcome
  • Children Welcome
  • Non Smoking Only
  • Wheelchair Inaccessible

Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, Beds for 4-6

Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms

Other Amenities

  • Plant-filled patio with fountain. Top-floor view terraces facing in two directions. Access to roof (at your own risk--no handrail!)...moreless

Entertainment

Attractions

  • Botanical Garden
  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Live Theater
  • Museums

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Babysitter
  • Fitness Center
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Laundromat
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Scenic Drives
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking

Location Type

  • Downtown

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Hiking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Rock Climbing
  • Tennis

Dining

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 6 people

General

  • Clothes Dryer:

    NONE, but clothes dry in an hour or so on the line on upper floor...moreless

  • Heating:

    Fan heater available--we never use it...moreless

  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking:

    None on site or on Tecolote at the lower end. Two commercial parking places (one covered, one not) three minutes walk....moreless

  • Telephone:

    Local calls only, please...moreless

  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet:

    Works throughout house. Router is in kitchen....moreless

Kitchen

  • Catering Available:

    Ask Mari to quote for cooking dinner....moreless

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

    3-burner range. Toaster oven (not full oven). Microwave....moreless

  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator:

    (2) Main fridge next to kitchen, small fridge on ground floor....moreless

  • Toaster:

    Toaster-oven...moreless

Outside

  • Balcony:

    Front and back on the top floor, best view of the city in our humble opinion. ...moreless

  • Bicycles:

    We don't usually make our bikes available, but contact us if you're interested. ...moreless

  • Deck / Patio:

    Our patio is where we have our plants and fountain, lovely place to hang out....moreless

 

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Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Cervantino
Oct 1 - Oct 31, 2015
7 night min stay

$600 $1,700
My Standard Rate
7 night min stay

$500 $1,450
* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

Additional information about rental rates

Fees:

  • Refundable Damage Deposit $200
  • Taxes Included

Notes:

Included: internet (basic-speed wifi); electricity; tap water; gas (if one bottle runs out and you replace, give the receipt to our manager and we will refund at same time as damage deposit); phone for local calls.

Not included: potable water, delivered in 20 liter bottles ("garafons"), about $2 each.


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Last updated: 04/17/2015
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Location

20 Miles
Nearest Airport
BJX (Leon-Guanajuato)

Car: Not Necessary

 

Manager info

Year Purchased: 2005

About: Barry's a Brit, Louisa's from the U.S. (growing up around the world). We divide our time between our home in Eureka, California (on the northern coast), Mexico and Europe (we love touring on our folding bikes). We love our Mexican life and enjoy our local friends, Spanish language, and savoring the culture here. Barry's a science writer and meditation facilitator; Louisa is a management trainer and business coach.

Why Guanajuato City:
After three weeks of house-searching, Louisa found our home almost exactly across the street from where she was staying -- and couldn't believe her luck. We're on a quiet street yet right in town, minutes away from shopping, markets, and entertainment. We walk everywhere (no need for a car). Within 15 minutes we are in the hills above town, exploring and hiking.

The Unique Benefits at this House:
House works as a family home or as an apartment if you're only one or two people. Cozy yet expansive. Multiple views, pedestrian street, close to city center. Can be warm and cozy if it's chilly outside, but also has cool areas when it's hot. The ground floor is self-contained, with a fridge and two-burner range. We spend a lot of time in our plant-filled patio with the sound of the fountain.


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Speaks: english, spanish

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Photos

  • Our remodeled cocina (kitchen) with stunning view of San Francisco church.

    Our remodeled cocina (kitchen) with stunning view of San Francisco church.

  • Our patio (which was a bedroom, until we removed the roof!). Fountain not in pic

    Our patio (which was a bedroom, until we removed the roof!). Fountain not in pic

  • Our "sala" between the cocina and patio. Sofa folds down to double bed.

    Our "sala" between the cocina and patio. Sofa folds down to double bed.

  • Skyroom bed, top floor

    Skyroom bed, top floor

  • Patio from top floor, with optional sunshade awning in place.

    Patio from top floor, with optional sunshade awning in place.

  • Our sweet-sounding fountain (runs on a timer switch).

    Our sweet-sounding fountain (runs on a timer switch).

  • Looking downstairs towards ground floor entranceway

    Looking downstairs towards ground floor entranceway

  • Looking from ground to middle floor. Wall mural of bamboo

    Looking from ground to middle floor. Wall mural of bamboo

  • Middle room on ground floor, looking towards back bedroom

    Middle room on ground floor, looking towards back bedroom

  • Ground floor bathroom, including washing machine

    Ground floor bathroom, including washing machine

  • Looking west from top of house

    Looking west from top of house

  • Looking east towards "La Bufa," less than an hour's hike

    Looking east towards "La Bufa," less than an hour's hike

  • Looking NW from back terrace

    Looking NW from back terrace

  • The "sky room": great for watching cloud drama. Bedroom, office & 2 terraces.

    The "sky room": great for watching cloud drama. Bedroom, office & 2 terraces.

  • Ground floor "back" bedroom, with murals and view of church.

    Ground floor "back" bedroom, with murals and view of church.

  • Patio, looking down from roof

    Patio, looking down from roof

  • "Rincon" (corner) on the stairs, with "abondancia" plants for good luck

    "Rincon" (corner) on the stairs, with "abondancia" plants for good luck

  • Middle floor, looking towards sala and patio from cocina

    Middle floor, looking towards sala and patio from cocina

  • From ground floor entranceway

    From ground floor entranceway

  • Ground floor "yoga studio" w/ sofa-bed (single) + yoga mat, hoop, kettlebell

    Ground floor "yoga studio" w/ sofa-bed (single) + yoga mat, hoop, kettlebell

  • Ground floor back bedroom, once a cocina. We added a range to the old countertop

    Ground floor back bedroom, once a cocina. We added a range to the old countertop

  • Front of Tecolote 39 from calzada (alley)

    Front of Tecolote 39 from calzada (alley)

  • Looking north from top of house. Both hills readily climbable (1 hour, appx.)

    Looking north from top of house. Both hills readily climbable (1 hour, appx.)

  • Looking southwest from top of house towards "Pipila" statue

    Looking southwest from top of house towards "Pipila" statue

VRBO #428576

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  • Bathrooms
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  • Property type
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Speaks: english, spanish
  • Calendar last updated 04/17/2015
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