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Colorful, Comfortable Artist's Home with Casita Art Studio

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Last updated: 07/22/2014
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  • Minimum stay:7 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Colonia Guadalupe house description

“Duende” is a Spanish word that loosely translates to mean the transcendent emotional-physical-spiritual state achieved by flamenco dancers and musicians at the peak of artistic expression; it also refers to a fairy or goblin-like creature in Latin American mythology. Casa Duende, with its quirky shapes, vibrant colors, and jungle-like garden is designed to inspire creativity.

The casa grande has richly hued walls, colorful polished cement floors, artful Talavera tile in the kitchen and one and a half bathrooms, and lots of whimsical Mexican folk art. One bedroom has a brick dome ceiling, another is situated in a tower room, and the third has a watery blue floor.

The casita has a sky blue bedroom, bright Talavera tile-filled bathroom, simple kitchen, and light-drenched painting studio. It contains an extensive library of art books.

There’s a brick patio between the buildings and a roof terrace on top of the casita. Both houses have Wi-Fi and access to a washer and dryer. In addition, there’s a small painting-writing studio at the front of the property.

Casa Duende is located in the Colonia Guadalupe neighborhood, a flat 10-minute walk to the Centro or to the Fabrica la Aurora art and design center. One wakes up to the sound of church bells, chirping birds, and often fireworks (exploded in honor of all manner of saints). The tranquil, mixed Mexican-expat neighborhood boasts Via Organica (an organic market and café), as well as a fish market and natural meat butcher, a well-stocked art supply store, and more than a dozen street murals that were painted as part of the new Guadalupe Art District.

The rent includes housekeeping three times per week by Delia (who you can also hire to bake amazing pastel de tres leches cakes if you like), gardener Faustino two times per week (he sweeps the bougainvillea blossoms off the terrace and keeps the plantings lush), and on-call assistance from our charming, handy, and helpful bilingual property manager, José.

Please note: this is a non-smoking, no-pets property.

In general, we do not rent the houses separately, but may do so at the last minute if there’s availability.

Property Type

  • House
  • 2000 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

      • Vacation Rental

      Meals

          • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

          Onsite Services

              • Housekeeper Included

              Suitability

              • Not Suitable For Children:

                Not suitable for young children due to cement stairs without railing and fragile folk art....moreless

              • Non Smoking Only
              • Pets Not Allowed
              • Long-Term Renters Welcome

              Bedrooms: 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, Beds for 6

              • Bedroom 1: 1 double

                Upstairs in Casa Grande...moreless

              • Bedroom 2: 1 double

                Upstairs in Casa Grande...moreless

              • Bedroom 3: 2 twin/ single

                Upstairs in Casa Grande...moreless

              • Bedroom 4: 1 double

                Casita (ground floor)...moreless

              Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bathroom

              • Bathroom 1: toilet, combination tub/shower

                Casa Grande Upstairs Bathroom...moreless

              • Bathroom 2: toilet

                Casa Grande Downstairs Bathroom...moreless

              • Bathroom 3: toilet, combination tub/shower

                Casita Bathroom...moreless

              Kitchen & Dining

              • Toaster:

                There's a toaster oven in the Casita and a griddle (comal) that can be used for toast in the Casa Grande....moreless

              • Dishes & Utensils:

                Plenty of pots and pans, blender, juice squeezer, bottle openers, etc....moreless

              • Dining:

                Lovely round traditional Mexican 'equipale' table and chairs....moreless

              • Kitchen:

                There are kitchens in both the Casa Grande and in the Casita....moreless

              • Refrigerator
              • Oven
              • Seating for 6 people

              Amenities

              • Babysitter
              • Linens Provided
              • Towels Provided
              • Washing Machine
              • Clothes Dryer
              • Living Room
              • Hair Dryer
              • Iron & Board

              Entertainment

              • Books:

                Lots and lots of books -- mostly novels, art, and travel books....moreless

              • Satellite / Cable:

                Basic cable. You can pay to upgrade the package if you wish....moreless

              • Video Library:

                Selection of classic movies and movies about San Miguel....moreless

              Communications

              • Telephone:

                Separate lines for Casa Grande and Casita...moreless

              Outdoor Features

              • Deck / Patio
              • Lawn / Garden

              Theme

              • Adventure
              • Historic
              • Romantic
              • Tourist Attractions

              Activities

              • Botanical Garden
              • Massage Therapist
              • Laundromat
              • Hospital
              • Groceries
              • ATM/Bank
              • Horseback Riding
              • Antiquing
              • Sight Seeing
              • Shopping
              • Medical Services
              • Walking
              • Bird Watching
              • Museums
              • Live Theater
              • Cinemas
              • Health/Beauty Spa
              • Restaurants
              • Playground
              • Library
              • Churches
              • Scenic Drives
              • Fitness Center
               

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              Base Rate
              7 night min stay

              $1,246

              Additional information about rental rates

              Notes:

              US$1,250 per week; US$3,950 per month. Discount available for longterm (3+ month) rental.

              Half payment due with signed lease; balance due 60 days prior to arrival.


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              Last updated: 07/22/2014
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              Location

              Car: Not Necessary

              San Miguel de Allende is a 400-year-old UNESCO World Heritage Site that's full of beauty, culture, and life. Colonia Guadalupe, where Casa Duende is located, is an artsy, quiet neighborhood that's a flat 10-minute walk to the Jardin in the historic Centro.

               

              Owner info

              Year Purchased: 2000

              About the owner: Our family's San Miguel de Allende roots stretch back to the late 1950s, when Gina's mother, Leigh, who was a well-known artist, earned her MFA in painting from the Instituto Allende. Gina and Dave currently divide their time between the Berkshires of western Massachusetts and San Miguel de Allende. They lived in Mexico for four years when their now college-aged daughter was little and built Casa Duende with Gina's mother. Gina is a writer and editor and Dave is a musician and arts administrator. We love the color, music, cultural traditions, and humane pace of life in Mexico.

              Why the Owner Chose Colonia Guadalupe:
              The Colonia Guadalupe neighborhood is wonderful. It's artsy, tranquil, and an easy 10-minute walk to the historic Centro. Unlike some San Miguel neighborhoods that feel like suburbs of the United States, Colonia Guadalupe is still full of Mexican families. During the past few years, it's also become foodie central with the establishment of Via Organica (an organic market and café), as well as a fish market and natural meat butcher. There's an art supply store near the house and more than a dozen street murals now adorn the neighborhood thanks to the new Guadalupe Art District organization.

              The Unique Benefits at this House:
              We built Casa Duende to serve as a creative family compound. It took a year and half to build. Dave oversaw the jazz-like process -- the builders drew the outlines of the rooms with sticks in the dirt and no power tools were used to construct the buildings. Even the ladders were made by hand, so the house is full of soul and personality.


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              Speaks: english
               

              Photos

              • Casa Duende Street Entry

                Casa Duende Street Entry

              • Roof Terrace

                Roof Terrace

              • Casa Grande Living Room

                Casa Grande Living Room

              • Casa Grande Dining Room

                Casa Grande Dining Room

              • Casa Grande View from Kitchen to Dining Room

                Casa Grande View from Kitchen to Dining Room

              • Casa Grande Bedroom 1 has a double bed and a desk.

                Casa Grande Bedroom 1 has a double bed and a desk.

              • Bedroom 2 has a double bed.

                Bedroom 2 has a double bed.

              • Casa Grande Bedroom 3 has two twin beds.

                Casa Grande Bedroom 3 has two twin beds.

              • Casita Entry

                Casita Entry

              • Casita Art Studio Sitting Area

                Casita Art Studio Sitting Area

              • Casita Library Nook

                Casita Library Nook

              • Casita Bathroom

                Casita Bathroom

              • Steps to Roof Terrace

                Steps to Roof Terrace

              • Entry to Casa Grande

                Entry to Casa Grande

              • Casa Grande blue concrete stairs flow down to the living room like a waterfall.

                Casa Grande blue concrete stairs flow down to the living room like a waterfall.

              • Casa Grande Kitchen

                Casa Grande Kitchen

              • Casa Grande Bedroom 1 has a brick 'boveda' dome ceiling and a walk-in closet.

                Casa Grande Bedroom 1 has a brick 'boveda' dome ceiling and a walk-in closet.

              • Entry to Bedroom 2 (aka the 'tower room')

                Entry to Bedroom 2 (aka the 'tower room')

              • Little Art Studio and Laundry Room at Front of Property

                Little Art Studio and Laundry Room at Front of Property

              • Casa Grande Upstairs Bathroom

                Casa Grande Upstairs Bathroom

              • Casita Art Studio

                Casita Art Studio

              • Casita Kitchen

                Casita Kitchen

              • Casita Bedroom

                Casita Bedroom

              • Courtyard Sitting Area Between Casita and Casa Grande

                Courtyard Sitting Area Between Casita and Casa Grande

              VRBO #487878

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              This listing was first published here in 2013.

              Date last modified - Monday, June 23, 2014

              $1,246 per week (USD)
              5

              4 Bedroom / 2.5 Bathroom
              Sleeps 6

              View calendar: Updated 07/22/14
              Minimum stay: 7 nights
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