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Beautiful 3-Story Home on Colorful Street with Mexican Neighbors

Sleeps4
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms2
Half Baths1
Space 1,400 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 8 nights

Overview

About the property

House, 2 Bedrooms, 2.5 Baths, (Sleeps 4)

Tile, art nouveau wrought iron, stone, brick, stucco and hand-made Mexican furniture-- this is our dream second home. Solar tubes bring sunlight into the kitchen and dining room, and a fountain bubbles in the courtyard as you sip a cappuccino. The sun beckons you to a chaise lounge on the roof deck, with a view of the surrounding hills, rooftops and city.

Each bedroom has its own bath with tub and shower, with a mini-bidet in the master bath and a walk-in closet in the master bedroom. All water is purified with ultraviolet and activated charcoal, and the hot water is plentiful.

Ceilings in the master bedroom and dining room are arched brick, known as boveda. A skylight in the master bath provides cross ventilation and a view of the sky when you shower or bathe.

Above the master bedroom is the azotea, a covered terrace with two open walls, stone columns, a gas fireplace and a mini fridge. A 6-foot wrought iron screen is patterned on a Picasso etching of artist and model. This is the spot for a quiet read in the afternoon and drinks at sunset.

The house is seven minutes from San Miguel's two major markets. The food market is filled with wonderful fresh fruits, vegetables and flowers, and the artisan's market has dozens of stalls filled with rugs, ceramics, metalwork, leather goods, clothing and jewelry, most sold by the families who made it.

Another five minutes (all level) brings you to the Jardin, the heart of San Miguel. Good restaurants are a ten minute walk from the house, and the kitchen is well equipped to create wonderful dinners from the bounty of the area. The famous hot springs are ten minutes by taxi.

Day trips include the potteries of Dolores Hidalgo and the exotic stone landscape of Pozos Minerales. The amazing reserve where the Monarch butterflies return each year from their journeys to Canada and the US is a memorable overnight trip.

Some guests comments:

'What a treat it was to spend a month here – convenient location, great layout, and beautiful décor. Fine architectural details set the house apart; we never grew tired of looking at it. We loved the location – a brisk 7-minute walk to the center of town. In addition, being in a cul-de-sac meant quietness. Numerous small shops dot our daily walk, making it a delight in exploring and discovery. Visiting friends put the guest room to test. They loved it and, as we did, marveled at the beauty of the house. Free technology such as Vonage phone and WIFI sure made staying in touch with family and friends easy. We feel fortunate to have chosen this house as our home away from home – the comfort, beauty, and the owner’s hospitality made our visit to San Miguel most memorable.'

'Everything was great. The house was very well equipped for cooking in, there were plenty of linens and it was very comfortable. Javier was responsive to any questions we had and had excellent follow up. It actually ended up being a great location for our family and was kid friendly. Nicholas (our 5 1/2 year old) played outside with the local kids every day and the fact that the house was on a dead end made it easy for us as parents to let him play outside without worry. the place was perfect for us and we'd recommend it.'

'Our stay in this beautiful home can be summed up in one word, HEAVENLY. The sound of the courtyard fountain, the ultra-comfy beds, and the open-air setting was incredibly refreshing. We slept late, ate breakfast on the terrace, and had a difficult time leaving the comforts of the house for day trips. Everything was absolutely exceptional from the cleanliness to the decor! The location was perfect- a short walk to shops and restaurants and we always felt very safe. We felt as though we had our own luxury Mexican Villa for the price of an American hotel room. We can't wait to return!!'

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Owner
John Holland
Member since: 2007
Speaks: english, french, spanish
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
80%
Calendar last updated:
November 21, 2017

About John Holland

I have been staying in VRBO homes in Europe for years, getting to really know neighborhoods. I return from each trip with a broader sense of the world and a deeper appreciation for other cultures... and for my home in the Hudson River valley.

John Holland purchased this house in 2006

Why John Holland chose Zona Centro

I spent the last three days of my first trip to San Miguel looking at more than 30 lots and houses. When I turned into this quiet little privada, I knew this was the place I wanted to be. I worked with a wonderful Mexican architect to build a house that was comfortable, beautiful and environmentally responsible.

What makes this house unique

I think the house is in one of the best neighborhoods in San Miguel, a few minutes from the Jardin and the market but away from the tourists. The kids on our block are friendly and inclusive, as are their parents.

Guestbook comments from the owner

"Everything was great. The house was very well equipped for cooking in, there were plenty of linens and it was very comfortable. Javier was responsive to any questions we had and had excellent follow up. It actually ended up being a great location for our family and was kid friendly. Nicholas (our 5 1/2 year old) played outside with the local kids every day and the fact that the house was on a dead end made it easy for us as parents to let him play outside without worry. the place was perfect for us and we'd recommend it."
Sep 2008
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Hot springs, art schools, intensive Spanish courses, Mexican cooking classes, English-language art film, house and garden tours, English theater

Amenities

Zona Centro House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Housekeeping:
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 1400 sq. ft.
  • 3 stories
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • pets considered
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Monument View ...
  • Mountain View
Theme:
  • Historic
  • Romantic
General:
  • Broadband Access
  • Fireplace
  • Free Long Distance
  • Gas Fireplace
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • King size beds (2), Twin or Single Beds (2) Second bedroom has two twins or one king
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • CD Player ...
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Video Library
Outside:
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Outdoor Grill
Suitability:
  • alternative lifestyle
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Attractions:
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • live theater
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • fitness center
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • swimming
Notes:
Purified water throughout the house. Rooftop terrace has sun all day & 360-degree view. Green features include solar water heater, solartubes for light and a rainwater cistern for fountain and plants.

Reviews

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Beautiful 3-Story Home on Colorful Street with Mexican Neighbors
average rating of 5.0 based on 20 reviews
Greenwood, South Carolina
5

A breathtaking introduction to San Miguel and Guanajuato.

  • 5 of 5

Our first trip to Mexico is going to be hard to top. Especially after staying in Casa de Las Animas. Our daughter was taking a Spanish class on Calz de La Luz and we visited for a few days the end of June/first of July. Yes, the rainy season does mean rain, sometimes very hard in the evenings but it added to a total grand adventure of the town. First of all, I'm so glad we stayed at the casa instead of a hotel because it was incredible to live in the uniquely beautiful space. There are alot of steps in the house as it is a typical Centro residence and the interior courtyard is open all the way to the top rooftop garden. Speaking of those,

rooftop gardens (azoteas) are now my favorite thing. The view is truly spectacular. Stay in the house and you'll see why. I appreciated the local info from the owner about restaurants, markets, and attractions and loved having wifi at the casa to stay in touch back home. The heaters in the bedrooms came in handy and were appreciated as well. The location is perfect - a pretty level walk to the market just at the end of Animas. And the market is a farmer's market like we have not seen in a long time in the states. Fresh fruit and veges galore. Limes stacked to the ceiling, oranges and all kinds of lettuces and root veges, onions and some type of cactus that all the ladies seemed to be peeling. Everything so fresh. Via Organica just beyond the market was our go-to restaurant that also had a grocery. It was beautiful, delicious, and there wasn't a time that I didn't see fresh items being carried in by farmers. We walked everywhere from the casa which by the way is two small roads off the main Animas and that makes it almost exclusively pedestrian except for locals parking by their homes and very quiet except for the occasional sound of children playing outside. So from this location you can walk to the market, the historic center with the town's parish church, La Parroquia, and venture out high and low through the town. We loved walking up to the botanical garden, Charco Del Ingenio and even though it was closed due to the rain the walk rewarded us with incredible views and different architecture to learn about. We also loved exploring down Recreo St to El Chorro. The views there are amazing as well. Thanks, John for offering your beautiful home. It is exquisite.

  • Submitted: Jul 15, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

San Miguel is just lovely and our accommodations were lovely. The house was charming.

  • 5 of 5

The house was charming, included everything we needed. The two terraces above the 2nd floor were delightful with incredible views of San Miguel. The house is about a 7 minute walk to the center of town.

  • Submitted: Mar 4, 2017
  • Stayed: February 2017
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5

Beautiful space

  • 5 of 5

What a beautiful town and casa! Unique layout of rooms, but I think the norm for San Miguel. Javier speaks excellent English if your Spanish is weak like ours :)

  • Submitted: Jan 7, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2016
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Manhattan, New York, NY, USA
5

Dreamy Getaway!

  • 5 of 5

I've just returned with my wife from a few days in Mexico City, followed by a week at this house in San Miguel de Allende (SMA), my best vacation in many years. I'll start by noting that the house is perfectly located under a gorgeous canyon that's part of the Charco del Ingenio, the coolest ''urban'' botanical garden I've ever seen. (You must, too, and go into the canyon!) The house is in a cul de sac not far from anywhere in the old city (Jardin), but quiet, with a lovely roof for gaining Vitamin D while seeing the city and hills (and canyon). Fruit and veggies are nearby at the market, restaurants plentiful! The city is gorgeous and colorful, full of people from all over the world. The house is romantic and cool. I love the master bedroom ceiling! My wife and I loved having our own bathrooms on the same floor, and we loved two things the owner does not mention: the Wi-Fi and a clothes washing machine! We did not cook hot food but we made great yogurt breakfasts every day, stuffed with fruits and nuts (a blessing after too many eggs in Mexico City). Lots of snacks and drinks, too. You should know that the Bonanza food store on nearby Mesones has loads of great provisions.... We never took a taxi, walked all over SMA, both lost weight eating amazing food, drinking very nice wines from all over, including Mexico's Baja California (such as a Nebbiolo at La Virundela, a delightful Argentine restaurant near the Instituto Allende). My wife loved doing yoga in the morning in the azoteca, using the house yoga mat. We made friends around the city during our visit. The property manager, Javier, was readily accessible and responsive. The maid was very nice on her two visits. Baijogo car service quite perfectly got us there from Mexico City and later to the airport. We can't wait to return to SMA!

  • Submitted: Dec 8, 2015
  • Stayed: November 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Sammamish, Washington
5

Laughing Children

  • 5 of 5

We spend 14 days in February 2015 in San Miguel and we were delighted with the home, the location and certainly with San Miguel. The house is any easy 10 - 15 minutes flat walk to the main parts of San Miguel but far enough away that the sounds you have in the evening are laughing children. We enjoyed the third floor outdoor area as well as watching hot air balloons come over the top deck nearly every morning. Both the property and San Miguel exceeded our expectations and we will definitely be back. Patty and Dean

  • Submitted: Mar 2, 2015
  • Stayed: February 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Seattle, WA
5

Home away from Home!

  • 5 of 5

We just spent 10 days visiting San Miguel and staying at this lovely home

contributed a great deal to the enjoyment of our vacation. The home is

located on a quiet cul de sac and yet within easy walking distance of

most of the sites we explored within the City. It was a haven, away from

the tourist bustle and we enjoyed returning there each evening at the end

of a busy day.

The manager, maid and owner have seen to it that all one needs for a comfortable

stay was available. Not only that, they were all easy to contact and help us

when we had a question.

We would highly recommend this as a perfect vacation get-a-way

  • Submitted: Feb 22, 2015
  • Stayed: January 2015
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Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500
Tax Rate 4.0%

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.