|Minimum Stay||7 nights|
Light-filled rooms, exquisitely colored walls and much folk-art characterize this gem in one of San Miguel's liveliest and most walk-able neighborhoods--- less than 10 minutes flat walk from the Instituto Allende and 5 minutes more to the Jardin (Centro) and the tranquil Parque Juarez. Fully-appointed, delightful two bedrooms, two baths and an artist's studio with majestic boveda ceilings.
Also includes lovely inner patio and roof-top terrace with sweeping views in all directions of mountains and colonial city. The artist's studio has great light and a fully serviceable kitchen including refrigerator, polished cement counter; a new stove/oven, microwave, toaster oven, coffee maker and is equipped with all cooking utensils and tableware. The blocks surrounding us have everything you might need, from fresh fruits and vegetables and pan dulce to charming cafes and restaurants. We are one half block from city bus line to Centro (and lots of reasonably priced taxis to anyplace in the city!)
The casa was first built in 1999 as a working studio/living space by an internationally famous artist and print-maker who lived and worked in San Miguel and abroad. In 2004 new owners updated the property, adding an architect-designed second story master bedroom and bath as well as a roof terrace. Three gas-burning fireplaces provide cozy heat in winter. Weekly maid and laundry service, new washer-dryer, flat screen TV, DVD player, IPod speaker port, and cable and/or internet are included in the rental fee.
The casa is in a wonderful, walk-able neighborhood of art galleries, handicraft shops, traditional Mexican and expat family homes and close to the famed art school Instituto Allende, as well as one of the best language schools in town. We welcome well-behaved small to medium-sized dogs and other reasonable animal friends, but require a small refundable pet deposit. Please feel free to contact Susan or Marc for more information or pictures!
Marc and Susan live in the San Francisco Bay Area when they are not in San Miguel. Susan is an anthropologist and Marc teaches public interest law. Both of us love Mexico and the city of San Miguel for its beauty, joy and history.
The Owner purchased this house in 2004
We love walking the neighborhood, stopping for fresh tortillas, fruit, or into one of the many lovely cafes in the Colonia. Everywhere you look is a feast for the eyes!
Hard to know what to write in a review for a place that is an integral part of what was a life-changing experience for our family. "Casa Azul," as it is known to us, is really a wonderful space, in a wonderful neighborhood, in a magical town. The casita/studio is larger than it appears in the pictures, and a lovely and functional space. The downstairs bedroom in the other house was perfect for our two boys to share; they are 2 and 5. And the upstairs bedroom was a perfect area for us. The courtyard was quaint and the large tree, garden and bougainvillea, complete with hummingbirds, make it lush and popping with color. And finally, the rooftop terrace was a perfect way to get some sunshine in the afternoon and see fireworks in the evening all over the city. The stairs leading to the rooftop are not for the faint of heart or for the non-sober.
The neighborhood is a functioning Mexican neighborhood, which is just what we wanted. It is mixed with Ex-pats, families, businesses. The neighbor on one side runs a hardware store and opens early. And he was very friendly to us and our boys, as we're the neighbor family on the other side, the owners of the tortilleria, the convenience store and the wonderful fruteria a couple blocks away. These folks were kind to us, practiced their English as we practiced our Spanish, and we know their names and miss them!
Best of all is the Spanish School on Orizaba (Josephina's School), a five minute walk away (15 if you're walking with a toddler). The teachers there were amazing, and if you're looking for Spanish classes of any level, they're really top notch.
Also of note, as this review gets longer, were the excellent property manager and house keeper. The property managers were extremely helpful, efficient, and very professional. And the housekeeper was a gem. We would see them as we walked sometimes in the neighborhood, too.
San Miguel is an amazing place, and Casa Azul was perfect! Thanks so much, Susan and Marc!
San Miguel is a craft-lovers heaven. There are major artisan's markets and shops in the neighborhood and centro.
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly *||Event|
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
|Refundable damage deposit||$100|
* Approximate monthly rate. Actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay.