Jewelbox in the Historic Centro
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- Minimum stay:2 nights
- Property type:House
- Pets considered:No
- Wheel chair accessible:No
Casita Laurita, built in 2008, is an architectural gem on one of San Miguel’s oldest and best loved streets, Calle Loreto. The three-story townhouse, designed by prominent Mexican/Norwegian architect Anja Fauske, has been called a 'jewelbox' by architects and designers who have stayed here. Open the modest door and be amazed at the cool, spacious, airy, sophisticated house. The name is 'Casita' but it is an entire house.
Casita Laurita was featured in the Great Homes and Destinations column of the global New York Times on April 21, 2010.
NOTE: THIS HOUSE IS FOR A MAXIMUM OF FOUR PEOPLE OR FIVE IF ONE IS A CHILD.
SOLO RENTA LA CASA POR MAXIMO 4 PERSONAS, O CINCO CON UN HIJO. ESTA CASA NO ES DISPONIBLE POR MAS PERSONAS. GRACIAS!
'Absolutely, the PERFECT place to stay in San Miguel for those who appreciate modern design and convenience! Truly a beautiful home. Feels like an oasis in the center of town..' --Emily Chan, recent guest at Casita Laurita
The 2-bedroom, 2.5-bath house is an easy and flat walk to the jardin, and steps away from the town’s famous artisan market. The house is Mexican modern style, built around a central courtyard, with clean design and exquisite details. The top terrace has a lovely 360-degree view of San Miguel and its famous Parroquia church. A second patio is private and cozy, perfect for dreaming, surrounded with lavender, jasmine, and other scented potted plants. There is an outdoor seating area downstairs, too.
A sunny studio with a 13-foot wooden desk makes Casita Laurita a wonderful retreat for a writer. The gourmet kitchen is a splendid spot for a cook who wants to explore Mexico’s cuisine.
The house is modern but respecting historic style and materials. The entryway shimmers with patinaed glass and Moroccan-style lamps. The kitchen was designed by an award-winning food writer, with an island, toaster oven, French press and drip coffeemakers, good knives and cutting boards, and artisan plates. The kitchen table pulls out to accommodate eight; the island has stools for people who like to watch the cook. There's also a wine cabinet and lots of storage.
Screens throughout the house keep out flies and mosquitoes.
The stairs lead up to an airy office with a huge desk and napping couch, along with ergonomic keyboard and 2 comfortable and adjustable task chairs. (The napping couch has linens and is big enough for a child or an overnight guest, who can use the powder room downstairs without disturbing the other bedrooms). Wireless Internet and local phone service. Free US calls with Vonage phone. The study is also where you can find a great book to read on the terrace.
A passage over the courtyard (open to the sky) leads to the master bedroom, with its full bath, Queen bed, and two reading lights. Plenty of closet space. Artisan-made bed and furnishings. High thread-count sheets, sophisticated palette, spare design. Modern bath has shower and artisan tiles with concrete shelves, modern fixtures, and baskets for personal items. Organic soap.
The second bedroom on the top floor doubles as a media center, with a cozy Moroccan pillowed nook for viewing films on the flat-screen TV. There is an extensive DVD library of films. The second bedroom has a double bed, also with good linens and a comfy, firm mattress.
Across from the second bedroom is a laundry area as well as a private terrace with scented potted plants. The top terrace has a teak sitting area with a sun umbrella and a wet bar.
Although the house has many comfortable places to sit indoors and outdoors, there is no traditional living room with easy chairs and a large TV.
This house is for a maximum of four adults and one child.
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Member since: 2008
- 1000 sq. ft.
- Vacation Rental
- Catering Available
- Breakfast - Booking Possible
- Lunch - Booking Possible
- Housekeeper Included
- Private Chef
- Not Suitable For Children:
- Pets Not Allowed
Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5, Beds for 4-5
Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bathroom
- Music Library
- Satellite / Cable:
- Tourist Attractions
- Botanical Garden
- Health/Beauty Spa
- Live Theater
- Winery Tours
Local Services & Businesses
- Fitness Center
- Massage Therapist
- Medical Services
- Sight Seeing
- Wildlife Viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities
- Hot Air Ballooning
- Mountain Biking
- Clothes Dryer
- Hair Dryer
- Iron & Board
- Linens Provided:
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- Cooking Utensils:
- Dishes & Utensils
- Housekeeper Included
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My Standard Rate
2 night min stay
Additional information about rental rates
- Refundable Damage Deposit $250
Any reservation not paid in full 30 days in advance will be considered cancelled, unless it is a new reservation within that period. Security deposits are repaid promptly. If you pay by PayPal, either pay "friends and family" or add a 3% fee. If you pay via PayPal, you can subtract vrbo service charges. If you cancel your reservation and we re-rent the property, we will refund you the amount for only the days it was possible to re-rent the property, minus a $250 administrative fee.
Any additional adult guests without explicit permission will mean the loss of the security deposit and will terminate the agreement. There is a maximum of 4 adult guests, and 5 total. There is no subletting; any subletting will also mean the loss of the security deposit and immediate termination of the agreement with no refund.
Lessor's Access; Showing Premises; Repairs. Lessor and Lessor's agents shall have the right to enter the premises at any time, in the case of an emergency, and otherwise at reasonable times for the purpose of showing the property to prospective renters, and making such alterations, repairs, improvements or additions to the premises as the lessor may deem necessary. All such activities shall be without abatement of rent or liability to renter.
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Year Purchased: 2008
About: Laura first came to San Miguel de Allende with her family when she was ten years old, to learn a little Spanish and a different culture (smart parents!). It was a wonderful childhood experience that made her forever interested in languages and travel. When she returned to SMA in 2007, she fell back in love with the magical town and bought a run-down lot in the Centro on an impulse. Everyone thought she was crazy, until a year later, when they saw the amazing house she'd built with her architect and friend, Anja Fauske.
Why Zona Centro, San Miguel de Allende, Gto., Mexico:
Casita Laurita is on one of San Miguel's best streets--Calle Loreto. It runs through the artisan market, is convenient to the design center, and three blocks to the jardin in the center of town. It's a great location, and yet retains an authentic feeling of Mexico. It's wonderful to be right near the market and to live on a small, curving street with little traffic.
The Unique Benefits at this House:
The house is comfortable and relaxing, with three terraces, and the top has a splendid view of all of San Miguel. The office is beautiful, and a wonderful place to work. I love how the plants drip down the atrium, everything is simple and elegant, and the kitchen has everything a cook could desire. I like to go up to the Morrocan-style media room, which doubles as a guest room, and be cozy watching movies on the flat-screen TV. The neighbors are friendly and there has not been a robbery on my street in 30 years. I always feel safe walking around by myself at night. Please note that this house is not for people who have mobility challenges, as there are a lot of stairs. This also isn't the house for you if you require a large livingroom with a giant TV.
- Primary: (415) 227-0353 (California, USA)
Casita Laurita/Calle Loreto. Flat walk to jardin, very central. Townhouse style.
Powder room tucked away in the entry.
Gourmet kitchen/island, dining area, couch in front
Couch and two comfortable chairs in the kitchen/great room
2nd floor walkway from studio over to master bedroom and up to 3rd floor.
master bathroom/shower on other side.
Stairway from 2nd floor up to 3rd floor bedroom and terrace and 4th floor patio.
Walkway from 3rd floor bedroom to wash house and terrace.
3rd floor bedroom across from terrace leads up to the top patio with view
View from top terrace
Guillermo, the concierge, will greet you, show you around, and help you.
Entryway with stairs left, atrium and kitchen. Atrium now has couch and chairs.
Entry flows into outdoor sala
Kitchen has island, stools, custom cabinetry, well-equipped for a cook. Heater.
2nd floor studio: 13' foot desk, ergonomic chair and keyboard, couch, balcony
master bedroom with en suite full bath on 2nd floor
Looking down from the 2nd floor.
3rd floor: Bedroom with full bathroom, double bed, armoire, flat screen TV.
3rd floor terrace with aromatic plants, washhouse for washer/dryer. Laundry line
View from the top terrace
This listing was first published here in 2008.
Date last modified - Thursday, December 01, 2016
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