As you enter Casa de Perlas, your first impression will be of light, graciousness and elegance. The first living area is an outdoor salon, complete with oversized comfortable furniture with seating for 6, a large wood burning fireplace and stone floors covered by antique Persian rugs. There is a separate music system dedicated to this outdoor living area with combined CD player and iPod player. An elegant powder room services this part of the home and pool area.
The house continues through a covered outdoor corridor, lined with stone columns, carved arches and elegant Palladian style mirrors. The mirrors reflect plantings around the solar (and gas) heated plunge pool in the private central courtyard: it is a wonderful oasis after a day of taking in the art galleries and local markets. The pool and gardens are automatically lit at night to add to the enchantment of this area of the home. Imagine yourself relaxing in the Sala, listening to your favorite playlist, with a glass of wine after refreshing swim.
At the end of the corridor, you will enter the large, bright Great Room: filled with original art from the owner’s travels in Asia, stunning antique rugs, very high ceilings and the highest quality furniture, it is sure to be one of your favorite areas of the home. A large stone gas fireplace anchors one wall, which divides the living area from the dining room and kitchen. The living room is intimate with comfortable sofas to curl up in. All of the lights and chandeliers are on dimmers so you can create a warm and intimate atmosphere for dining, conversation, or just relaxing.
The built in surround sound system has a high end Harmon Kardon receiver which drives the satellite TV CD player, iPod accessory, Apple TV, Blue Ray player and the 50” plasma screen. In one of two grand custom-built armoires, there is a selection of current movies for your enjoyment while you are in the home. In the other armoire, there is a complete selection of fine glassware, elegant table linens and cocktail accessories.
The owners appreciate fine food and entertain frequently, and it shows in this spacious, fully equipped cook’s kitchen. All appliances are stainless steel: a 5-burner gas range, dishwasher, dual fridge/ice maker/freezer, and microwave. In addition, you are welcome to make use of the stocked pantry, and convenient small electrical appliances (Cusinart, immersion blender etc) All Clad pots and pans and a selection of French and German knives and a stocked walk in pantry. All of the water in the house is drinkable and triple filtered with a UV and reverse osmosis process for safety and comfort.
Before you leave the kitchen, which enjoys glorious light all day from overhead skylights, you will notice the monitor screen for the security system. It is a fully monitored system, with screens and intercoms in the kitchen and master bedroom linked to the outside front door, so you need never open the house to strangers.
The second floor is the main sleeping area of the home. The bedrooms are separated by the courtyard, which ensures complete privacy for all. The luxurious and elegant master bedroom is the first door on your right, and has 2 large (screened) windows overlooking the courtyard and pool. It features a firm hotel quality king bed, a gas fireplace, an air con/heating unit, and a ceiling fan. There are 2 large closets for your use.
A wonderful Oriental rug and lined black out custom draperies provide warmth and quiet elegance. All of our bedrooms have high thread count Italian bed linens and the bathrooms are supplied with luxurious Turkish cotton towels and pure cotton bathrobes. In the elegant, sky lit Master bathroom, there is a double vanity, a generous walk in marble lined shower with bench, and a separate water closet with linen storage.
At the end of the corridor is the bright and smartly decorated second bedroom. It usually serves as the owner’s guest bedroom, and offers a hotel quality, four-poster firm queen bed with 2 large closets, and a large window with a built in upholstered bench for reading in the afternoon. The elegant adjoining bathroom is large and light filled: it offers a deep modern style tub (a rarity in San Miguel) with shower, double vanity and stunning custom oversized mirrors. Hair dryers and makeup mirrors are provided in both bathrooms.
The last room on this floor is the library/third bedroom: warm and inviting, it is a perfect place to relax with a book or compose emails to home. The library has all of the modern conveniences you would expect in a home of this caliber: wireless modem, which serves the whole house, laser printer and the Vonage phone for free long distance calls within North America.
Snuggle into the soft leather sofa and put your feet up on the ottoman as you relax in front of the gas fireplace. The Library also has the 2nd television in the house: 32” flat screen TV with surround sound speaker system, satellite TV and Blue Ray Player. The third bed is queen sized, and is contained in a custom armoire which the housekeeper will make up for you on request. This library/bed room shares access to the spacious bathroom and overlooks the pool and central courtyard.
A well-lit staircase leads to the most magical place in this very magical home: the beautiful roof top terrace. Acting as another complete living room and entertaining space, it enjoys wonderful views of the city day and night. Graced with flowering bougainvillea vines, pots of fragrant rosemary, and a prolific lemon tree, it is a heavenly place to read or just to relax.
Indeed, you will find yourself spending hours curled upon the comfortable sofa or day bed on the roof, watching the hummingbirds dart among the flowers, and perhaps planning your evening out at one of many good restaurants in San Miguel.
If you decide to cook alfresco, there is an out door kitchen with an impressive built-in charcoal BBQ grill, bar fridge and copper bar sink. The outdoor dining table can seat 6 or 8. A custom antique armoire has been adapted for entertaining: it houses the stereo system that services the rooftop, wine glasses and has a marble top for beverage service.
There is also a powder room on this level for your convenience. Behind the powder room, there is another small terrace where the owner grows culinary herbs such as mint, rosemary and thyme that you are welcome to enjoy.
Our industrious and accommodating housekeeper keeps the home sparkling 5 days a week, and is also an expert laundress. She also manages the garden and the pool so you will have nothing to do except relax and enjoy.
The bilingual house manager is on call to handle any issue or emergency, personal or house related. He also owns a licensed tour company, and will arrange transportation from the airports in Mexico City as well as private tours of the surrounding areas.
This home has all of the conveniences that you should expect of a house of this quality: modern plumbing and electricity, whole house water purification systems (including a water filter system in the fridge and a special dedicated triple filtered faucet at the sink) and security system.
It is truly a wonderful place to act as a base for exploring SMA, but some of our guests have said that they find Casa de Perlas so beautiful and so complete, that they never want to leave it!