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Jewelbox in the Historic Centro

Bedrooms 2
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights

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Half Baths
Minimum Stay
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About the property

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

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.



'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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Property Manager
Laura Fraser
Member since: 2008
Speaks: english, spanish, italian
Response time:
Within an hour
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Calendar last updated:
January 12, 2017

About Laura Fraser

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.

Laura Fraser purchased this house in 2008

Why Laura Fraser chose San Miguel de Allende

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.

What makes this house unique

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.


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(14 traveler reviews)

Jewelbox in the Historic Centro
average rating of 4.928571 based on 14 reviews

Good location. Comfy beds and bath. Very nicely decorated.

  • 4 of 5

My single criticism is that there's no comfy place to sit around with friends and family. Otherwise a wonderful experience. I have friends that live in San Miguel and they are going to book for when they have big groups visiting. Very safe. Guillermo was very responsive and Laura is very informative.

  • Submitted: Nov 5, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for staying! I just want to point out that there are comfy chairs in the kitchen/dining room, with a couch there and also a sofa in the atrium, where I often entertain with friends. But it doesn't have a conventional living room with huge couches and chairs.
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Home away from home

  • 5 of 5

Shared Casita Laurita with another writer friend this winter and appreciated all the comforts and attention to details that others have described here, including the beautiful, well-stocked kitchen for cooks, luxurious beds and bedding, and private baths in both rooms. We each had our own floor with total privacy, and convened in ground-floor kitchen when we felt communal. Friend took over the middle bedroom plus writers office space with napping couch, while I had the third-floor bedroom and rooftop terraces to myself. Locks and doors felt secure at the heart of the city. We could step outside and turn right, with great cafe on our block, biblioteca right around the corner, and central jardin just another few blocks walk. If we turned left we ran into Calzada la Luz with plenty of taxis for jaunts farther away, like hot springs, like organic markets, like Fabrica Aurora Art Walk, and this list of places to see and things to do could go on and on. Laura provided helpful lists and recommendations, and local house manager Guillermo was on call as needed. Excellent location, in other words, close enough to take pleasure in the stimulating music of the streets, far enough that fireworks are not going off right over your head.

  • Submitted: Mar 6, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for staying at Casita Laurita, and I'm so happy you enjoyed the house and your time in San Miguel de Allende!
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Very cool place to stay in San Miguel

  • 5 of 5

This is a special house that is hard to describe in words. Two roof decks, interior atrium. Everything is cozy but perfectly proportional. We stayed their with a family of five and our pre-teen daughter loved the couch nook in the study as her personal domain. Location couldn't be better in town -- just a block away from all the happenings but quiet. (although people in San Miguel do love to celebrate weddings and recognize funerals with very big fireworks so it's not exactly a quiet place.) Had two great adventures with Coyote Canyon adventures -- highly recommend the overnight horseback trip. Our youngest was 4 and she loved it.

  • Submitted: Aug 25, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for coming, and I'm so glad you enjoyed your stay! Great to know that you had a wonderful trip with Coyote Adventures. I'm going to try it next time I'm in town! Laura
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Beautiful casita

  • 5 of 5

Very pretty casita in a walking distance location. Laura was very accomodating and I think that what I enjoyed the most is the distributions the house has. I would stay here again. Just please note, that the beds are i think 2 queen size total in the house (one in each room) so make sure you all fit inside. Also, theres several stairs to each bedroom so please bear that in mind too. Other than that, everything is great!

  • Submitted: Aug 16, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for staying, Alfonso! Yes, there are two bedrooms, one with a Queen bed and another with a Double bed, both with private full bathrooms. Sometimes children stay on the couch in the study, but it's best for a maximum of four people who know each other well :-) or a couple and a friend, or two friends.
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Truly a Jewel - a diamond to be exact

  • 5 of 5

A friend and I rented Casa Laurita for 5 nights beginning on New Year's day and it couldn't have been any better. The Casita is incredibly spacious, comfortable, modern, and immaculately designed. It feels like a boutique hotel, without other guests. It's a short walk to the main square, but far enough away from the hustle and bustle to be quiet. The kitchen is truly a dream, with everything you could want. The bedrooms and office are on upper floors and private from each other, each bedroom has its own bath. There are two beautiful and sunny balconies with incredible views to sit in the sun reading, have breakfast, or share drinks at sunset. Laura has a super friendly and helpful local gentleman to help arrange everything and troubleshoot any problems if necessary. I can't recommend this house highly enough. We will definitely stay here again. Gracias Laura!

  • Submitted: Feb 27, 2015
  • Stayed: Dec 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Casa Laurita

  • 5 of 5

Casa Laurita is home away from home and its meticulous design, accommodations and furnishings will make it one of the best experiences of your travels - anywhere and anytime. Set conveniently a short distance from the center of San Miguel your access to its restaurants, shops and points of interest will enrich your memories of your visit. The only negative is that there is but one of them - go and enjoy!

  • Submitted: Feb 17, 2015
  • Stayed: Jan 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Car: not necessary

Artisan market, cafes, restaurants, arboretum, nearby Spanish schools and art schools, dance classes, cooking classes, galleries, design center, near jardin. Great organic shopping right nearby.


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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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Centro Historico House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 1000 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Monument View ...
  • Historic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • Traditional Mexican tiles, modern fixtures, quality towels, baskets for toiletries, organic soap.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • 2 garden chairs
  • 2 beach chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • non smoking only ...
  • not suitable for children ...
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • photography
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • mountain biking
Maid service 2x/week; more if requested. Wonderful office with 13-ft desk, ergonomic keyboard drawer, task chair; you may just finish your novel. Courtyard, two terraces, architectural gem. Near great organic market.

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