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Fun, Gorgeously-Renovated, View-Rich, Traffic-Free, in Heart of Old City

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Kitchen/dining room with stunning views over the city


Last updated: 05/27/2017
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  • Minimum stay:14 nights
  • Sleeps:6
  • Bedrooms:3
  • Bathrooms:2
  • Property type:House
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

About the Property

House, 3 Bedrooms + Other (See Description), 2 Baths (Sleeps 6)

(Scroll down for 10 Fun Things to Do)

NOTE: Minimal rental period is 14 days. Less than one month $400/week. One month or more $1200/month ($40/night).

Calzada Tecolote ('La Ruta de la Independencia' down which Miguel Hidalgo rode in 1810) is a car-free 'callejon' (alley) four minutes walk from Jardin Union, the unofficial city center.
Our house (two-minute walk up the callejon from where taxi drops you off) is adobe, dating back to perhaps 1850. We spent three years renovating after buying it in 2005.

GROUND FLOOR: Three rooms plus a bathroom with shower and washing machine. Two bedrooms (back and front) with the option of a third using a fold-down sofa in the middle room. Front room doubles as a yoga studio. Please note: door between front room and middle room, curtain between middle room and back room (master guest bedroom). Guests in back bedroom go through middle room to access.
MIDDLE FLOOR: Kitchen, sala (living room) with fold-down sofa-bed, patio (with fountain and plants), storage room (with small library of English & Spanish books), small bathroom with shower, tiny workshop.
TOP FLOOR (azotea): One room which we use as the master bedroom, office and view-sala, with terraces on both sides, each with a unique view.
ROOF of the top floor room is accessible via a narrow stairway, for 360-degree city views. (Use at your own risk--no handrail!)

Manager (bilingual) on-call, fiber-optic wifi, local phone, electricity, city water and gas included. (But not bottled water.)

Our home (as our plainspoken cleaning lady and friend Mari tells us) is a trifle 'rustico'--not everything matches, you're under open skies going from floor to floor--but everything's clean, everything works, it's cozy, spacious and cheerful. We love sharing our home, but it is just that: a home, not a 5-star hotel!

Our location is pretty amazing. You can walk down and be in the very center of town in less than five minutes on pedestrian-only streets. But if you walk UP Calzada Tecolote, in 15 minutes you can be at the start of everyone's favorite hike: La Bufa/Los Picachos. This is an outstanding volcanic formation, from which you get a fabulous view of the city. Takes another 45 minutes to reach the cross on top if you're fit.
Other great hikes abound. Mari is also a hiker and will guide you on all the local trails for a small fee (you negotiate). She's also a great cook--ask her to quote you for a family dinner.

1. Walk up the 113 University steps
2. Enjoy a 24-peso Executive Breakfast (gordita y jugo) from the four sisters puesto just off Baratillo
3. Go up the tower of Mercado Hidalgo (ask at office at top of stairs inside)
4. Take the bus to El Cubo to see a mining village
5. Identify the nine churches you can see from the top of our house
6. Return to our house from downtown via Potrero and the steep steps of Caracol
7. Walk through Guanajuato's original tunnel, 'Subterranea Miguel Hidalgo,' from Teatro Cervantes to near Comercial Mexicana
8. Meditate at 8 am weekdays (only when the University is 'in') at Meson San Antonio on Alonso
9. Climb the fire escape on the side of Teatro Juarez
10. Watch squadrons of grackles fly by at sunset on their (seasonal) flight path between Embajadoras and Reforma
BONUS: Friday night symphonies at Teatro Principal, 5 minutes away...80 pesos!


Member since: 2012

Speaks: english, spanish
Response time: Within 12 hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 05/27/2017

Property Type

  • House
  • 1800 sq. ft.

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 6
  • Children Welcome
  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Not Allowed

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Long-Term Renters Welcome
  • Wheelchair Inaccessible

Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, Beds for 6

Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms

Other Amenities

  • Plant-filled patio with fountain. Top-floor view terraces facing in two directions. Access to roof (at your own risk--no handrail!)...moreless



  • Botanical Garden
  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Live Theater
  • Museums

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Babysitter
  • Fitness Center
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Laundromat
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Scenic Drives
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking

Location Type

  • Downtown

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Hiking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Rock Climbing
  • Tennis


  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 6 people


  • Clothes Dryer:

    NONE, but clothes dry in an hour or so on the line on upper floor...moreless

  • Heating:

    Fan heater available--we never use it...moreless

  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking:

    None on site or on Tecolote at the lower end. Two commercial parking places (one covered, one not) three minutes walk....moreless

  • Telephone:

    Local calls only, please...moreless

  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet:

    Fiber-optic. Works throughout house. Router is in kitchen....moreless


  • Catering Available:

    Ask Mari to quote for cooking dinner....moreless

  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen:

    3-burner range. Toaster oven (not full oven). Microwave....moreless

  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator:

    (2) Main fridge next to kitchen, small fridge on ground floor....moreless

  • Toaster:



  • Balcony:

    Front and back on the top floor, best view of the city in our humble opinion. ...moreless

  • Bicycles:

    We don't usually make our bikes available, but contact us if you're interested. ...moreless

  • Deck / Patio:

    Our patio is where we have our plants and fountain, lovely place to hang out....moreless



from 4 traveler reviews
Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
My Standard Rate
14 night min stay

$400 $1,200
* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

Additional information about rental rates


  • Refundable Damage Deposit $100


Included: internet (basic-speed wifi); electricity; tap water; gas (if one bottle runs out and you replace, give the receipt to our manager and we will refund at same time as damage deposit); phone for local calls.

Not included: potable water, delivered in 20 liter bottles ("garafons"), about $2 each.

Manager's cancellation policy:

100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.

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Last updated: 05/27/2017
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Nearest Airport
BJX (Leon-Guanajuato)

Car: Not Necessary


Manager info

Year Purchased: 2005

About: Barry's a Brit, Louisa's from the U.S. (growing up around the world). We divide our time between our home in Eureka, California (on the northern coast), Mexico and Europe. We love our Mexican life and enjoy our local friends, Spanish language, and savoring the culture here. Barry's a science writer and meditation facilitator; Louisa is a management trainer and business coach.

Why Zona Centro, Guanajuato, Gto., Mexico:
After three weeks of house-searching, Louisa found our home almost exactly across the street from where she was staying -- and couldn't believe her luck. We're on a quiet street yet right in town, minutes away from shopping, markets, and entertainment. We walk everywhere (no need for a car). Within 15 minutes we are in the hills above town, exploring and hiking.

The Unique Benefits at this House:
House works as a family home or as an apartment if you're only one or two people. Intimate yet expansive. Multiple views, pedestrian street, close to city center. Can be warm and cozy if it's chilly outside, but also has cool areas when it's hot. The ground floor is self-contained, with a fridge and two-burner range. We spend a lot of time in our plant-filled patio with the sound of the fountain.

Contact us

Speaks: english, spanish
Response time: Within 12 hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 05/27/2017

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  • Kitchen/dining room with stunning views over the city

    Kitchen/dining room with stunning views over the city

  • "Sala" looking through to patio

    "Sala" looking through to patio

  • Entranceway from street

    Entranceway from street

  • Ground floor middle room

    Ground floor middle room

  • Main bathroom, ground floor, with washer

    Main bathroom, ground floor, with washer

  • Tecolote 39 from the pedestrian-only street

    Tecolote 39 from the pedestrian-only street

  • Our favorite hiking hills beyond the city from roof

    Our favorite hiking hills beyond the city from roof

  • Sunset from back terrace

    Sunset from back terrace

  • Patio "plantera." Fountain is behind camera

    Patio "plantera." Fountain is behind camera

  • Ground floor main bedroom

    Ground floor main bedroom

  • Ground floor--used as bedroom, yoga room, salon--your choice!

    Ground floor--used as bedroom, yoga room, salon--your choice!

  • Upper room, where we usually sleep, with work-desk, sofa and easy chair

    Upper room, where we usually sleep, with work-desk, sofa and easy chair

  • Looking down on front terrace and patio, street beyond

    Looking down on front terrace and patio, street beyond

  • You can see nine churches from our roof

    You can see nine churches from our roof

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This listing was first published here in 2012.

Date last modified - Saturday, May 27, 2017

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