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Welcome to Santuario #2, my charming condo in 'The Sanctuary”, a private, secure garden complex, green and leafy, accessed by electronic gated pedestrian entry. Located at the end of a private cul-de-sac, in a safe family neighborhood in the historic “el centro” district of San Miguel, it is a block away from the Farmer’s and Artisan’s Market, and a flat and pleasant 10 minute stroll to the main square, “el jardin”, the main cathedral, “la parroquia”, excellent restaurants, art galleries, cultural activities and classes, and the visual charms of one of the most beautiful colonial cities in the world.
You enter your sanctuary from a private plant-filled terrace. Tranquility awaits you in an elegant and airy environment. Sunlight from floor-to-ceiling glassed-in arches bathes the living room and dining areas. There is a sideboard/table suitable for a desk. Traditional dining room furniture to seat 4-6 and charming whitewashed kitchen cabinets adds to the country charm. The living room is elegant with tall Paris-style balcony windows and locally crafted furniture, a lovely spot for watching tv or reading. A gas heater keeps you cozy and the living room area also includes an extra sofa bed for visitors.
While restaurants abound in this area, your kitchen is fully equipped with everything to make your culinary adventures rewarding. The famous local market will inspire you! Avocados and mangos are the best you have ever eaten! The flower stall will tempt you to keep fresh blooms - a dozen roses are 80 pesos! The dining room table seats six and there is a round table which is handy as a serving table. There are plenty of wine glasses and enough dishes and flatware for a group of 6 people. In warm weather, the terrace is pleasant for breakfast and lunch and for evening drinks. It is very private- a perfect place to watch the hummingbirds and other lovely bird creatures who like to perch.
There is a powder room with a walk-in shower, light décor, and charming country tiles. This room is useful for a second bathroom, and as a powder room away from the main bathroom which is ensuite to the master bedroom.
Exquisitely carved and arched wooden doors are your portals to the gracious master bedroom, generous enough to be a second sitting room. It is spacious with twin beds (or these beds made up into a very comfortable king,) carved dresser and telephone/writing table. The views to gardens outside add to the ambiance. There is a large armoire for your use. It is keyed to lock up valuables and offers lots of storage space. A walk-in closet with 2 hanging rods and lots of hangers are as nice as any hotel room. An iron, ironing board, and an electric broom are housed in this closet. The ensuite 4-piece bathroom has a deep bath tub and the same country tiles as in the kitchen and powder room. It all goes to give a self-contained feeling to this large room. But perhaps the best feature of the master bedroom is the Paris window feature! They are true French windows, with double doors opening to a view of the lush and charming gardens of Quinta Loreto Hotel. All of these windows have been screened, so that the doors can be pushed open for a cross breeze. The base of the window ledge is large enough to put a chair on! Attractive ironwork ensures your security and Hunter-Douglas blinds guarantee a good night's sleep as do the mattresses, which are very good quality.
As one of our renters put it: 'The photos of this lovely sanctuary do not do it justice. It is tucked away in the most perfect spot for anyone who wants to be near the center of town, but in a quiet neighborhood. The privacy coupled with the centrality is just perfect. The apartment is architecturally stunning and decorated so tastefully. We were looked after and felt like we had truly hit the jackpot. I still can not believe how inexpensive this little bit of paradise was. This sanctuary of an apartment made our first trip to San Miguel truly perfect!'
You will enjoy easy access to both the bustle and ambiance of the historic center of town, and the exciting newer attraction, la Fabrica de la Aurora, a charming complex of artist's galleries and studios, antique shops, the very best interior design, jewelry and one- of-a kind clothing shops. Art, sculpture, and print-making classes will interest even the novice, and there are several excellent restaurants in the complex. La Fabrica is well known for it's Friday evening Art Walk, a chance to attend gallery openings, mingle with the artists and even arrange to purchase a treasure!
For your comfort and security, the property management team for Casa Tranquila is second to none. From the moment you make inquiries about this property, you will be given full attention, with any questions about either the property, the rental procedure, or San Miguel answered promptly to help you make an informed decision. Once here, you will be greeted by one of the management team who will provide a full orientation of the property and give you advice and contact numbers for their 24/7 service. CHECK OUT the reviews on Casa Tranquila and you will read many testimonials of the great attention given by this team while you are in San Miguel. You will never feel that anything is too much to ask! As well, we value your feelings of security and comfort which makes the name "Casa Tranquila" ( Tranquil House) most apropriate!
WHEN CRUNCHING THE NUMBERS - PLEASE NOTE: VRBO offers a instant rate estimate that we will be pleased to apply ONLY to rentals of a month or longer. This would happen be in the event of a few extra days tagged on to the end of a month. For rentals of a week (5 day minimum, as noted,) the Instant Rate option will NOT apply as our posted rates are kept very reasonable for your benefit! Thank you!
King size beds (1) The twin beds are designed to convert to a king sized bed if that would be preferable. Just let us know. Double Beds (1) A queen sized sofa bed is available as required., Twin or Single Beds (2)...moreless
The downtown area of San Miguel de Allende is a feature all of its own! Happily, this property is an easy stroll to the center "Jardin", charming tree-filled square where all gather to be social....moreless
Sports & Adventure Activities
Hot Air Ballooning
Really charming, as it faces out to the terrace. There is a table for 6 and a breakfast table for 4. Linens and table mats supplied....moreless
Seating for 6 people
There is a lovely cross breeze created by open Paris style windows which have been screened in....moreless
Dishes for 4 people and lots of glasses for entertaining. Trays, salad bowls, very well equipped all in all....moreless
The major appliances have been updated as of April 2011. This includes a new refrigerator and a new gas stove with broiler oven. There is also a blender, coffeemaker, toaster oven, and electric juicer....moreless
Low Season 2015 Apr 1 - Nov 30, 2015 6 night min stay
High Season 2015-16 Dec 1 - Mar 31, 2016 6 night min stay
Low Season 2016 Apr 1 - Nov 30, 2016 6 night min stay
* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay
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PLEASE NOTE: VRBO offers a instant rate estimate that we will be pleased to apply ONLY to rentals of a month or longer. This would happen be in the event of a few extra days tagged on to the end of a month. For rentals of a week (5 day minimum, as noted,) the Instant Rate option will NOT apply as our posted rates are kept very reasonable for your benefit! Thank you!
RATES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE UNTIL RESERVATION IS CONFIRMED
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Art galleries and classes (drawing, painting, ceramics, jewelry, photography, sculpture, dance, etc.), Spanish classes, cooking classes, concerts and lectures in English, live music and dancing in restaurants and nightclubs, yoga, tai-chi, temazcales (sweatlodges) at nearby botanical garden, thermal hot springs, many volunteer opportunities, the largest English-language library in Mexico outside of Mexico City. This condo is in a prime location of San Miguel de Allende.
It is situated between the bustle and excitement of the Jardin and Centro on one side, and the tranquility and refinement of
the galleries, art classes, shops, and restaurants of la Fabrica de la Aurora on the other. It is a flat walk to both locations, and
taxis, which are extremely reasonable in San Miguel are easy to hail at any time of the day or night.
Year Purchased: 2005
About: I am a graphic designer who was been coming to San Miguel since 1996. I enjoy participating in painting workshops. I also enjoy the charm of the town, the sunny weather and the fact that you get fit by walking everywhere!
Why Centro Historico: I had 3 main considerations for a property here. It had to be centrally located, I had to feel safe, and it had to be quiet for sleeping. This condo is one of 6 in a gated complex at the end of a family oriented small street where everyone knows each other. The complex is very private and secure, and yet each individual unit is visually private from the others.
Everything is within easy access of the apartment via walking. Taxis are inexpensive, 30 - 35 pesos will get you virtually anywhere in San Miguel and are handy for food shopping or to getting round at night. They are plentiful- just look for the green and white cars! (I have put a phone number of a radio taxi in the welcome book. If you call one to pick you up, it will be 50 pesos, but will arrive in 10 minutes.
The other "must have" for me was a central location. I wanted to be close to the library, art galleries, good restaurants, and the vitality of San Miguel. The suburban parts of San Miguel are lovely, but are somewhat cut off from things.
But the main attraction of this property for me was its security. It is located at the end of a private street, no through traffic, and is quite family oriented. This condo is tucked away, and is beautifully quiet and safe at night.
The Unique Benefits at this Condo: You will enjoy the tranquil, light, and airy ambiance and tasteful decor. After coffee on the terrace, practice your Spanish with the charming white haired grandfather on the street, have breakfast at an organic market restaurant nearby and head out for language, art, or tennis classes. After lunch, return to the apartment for a siesta,
and your choice of doing absolutely nothing, or taking advantage of the vast array of activities that the centro area of San Miguel has to offer. There is an English (Gringo) newspaper which comes out on Thursdays and this will orient you very quickly to the activities and events you will enjoy. If your Spanish needs help, just show the address to the taxi driver, and he will get you there! This newspaper (Atencion) will be on the coffee table when you arrive!