Pied a Terre in Puro Centro Historico

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Street Entrance on left, fountain in centre, the apartment is the middle floor.


Last updated: 07/30/2016
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  • Minimum stay:1-7 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Property description

The apartment is booked through October 2016. This elegant, split plan apartment is in the Historic District of San Miguel de Allende (see the Map), in the centre of Mexico and 3.5 hours by comfortable bus, or shuttle, from Mexico City Airport. The centre of SMA is the Jardin (Har-deen); the Jardin is on the other side of the block this apartment is in. Our street door is 20 yards from the Angela Peralta Theatre. The apartment is comprised of a Master suite (walkin closet, ensuite bathroom) and a Guest suite and is on the second of 4 floors. The building has a large courtyard and a huge roof terrace with plants and lovely views in every direction. In the High Season (Dec 15 - April 15) the entire apartment rents for $1400 a week. The Master Suite overlooks the Courtyard and the Fountain. It has a Queen bed, a large desk, blackout curtains, 2 lamps, 2 club chairs, a bookcase, and a flat screen TV, equipped with Amazon FireTV Stick, and a DVD player. It has a 6 foot, 2 sided, walk-in closet with 14 drawers, shelves, cupboards, and hanging area with all plastic clothes and pants hangars. The Master bathroom has a shower and overlooks the small garden, that is on the first floor. The Master suite runs west to east, along the north side of the apartment - the length of the apartment - and faces west over the Courtyard. In the centre of the apartment are the Living room/Dining area/Kitchen, pantry, and laundry rooms. On the other side of these central rooms, down a short corridor, and in the south east corner of the apartment is a small, fully furnished Guest bedroom. The Guest Suite has a desk with chair, an upholstered Queen Ann chair, a footstool, and 3 lamps; French doors open onto a flowered balcony, over a small garden. The full Guest bathroom is separate and has a tub and shower and overlooks an even smaller garden, on the first floor. A heater, a fan, a white noise machine, Vonage phone, wireless HS Internet, a flat screen TV, with Amazon FireStick TV are furnished. There is an automatic washing machine; but there is also a dry cleaners and laundry across the street. All linens (sheets are ironed), towels, paper products, and laundry soap are included. There is purified water throughout the apartment. You enter the complex (again, please see the Video!) through a courtyard with flowers, trees, and a lovely fountain. A doormen provides security, as does the video surveillance system. There is a roof terrace with views almost to Madrid; guests enjoy it for morning coffee, watching the hot air balloons, or to entertain friends, or for sun bathing. The ambiance of the apartment is north African or Moroccan, so shade is valued and blackout curtains are available at many of the windows for the afternoon sun. I have original paintings and Persian carpets, and the light here is very strong. This is not a hostel, B&B, or pension. Sex, age, and sexual orientation are irrelevant. Due to it's location, around the corner from the Jardin, this apartment is ideal for people wanting to get to know San Miguel and the Historic District. Maid service, 4 hours a day, 2 days a week is included; more may be available with one month's notice. No subletting, no pets, no smoking (except on the roof terrace); overnight guests limited, with prior permission, and at the rate stipulated. NOTE: VRBO requires a 'nightly' rate, but I do not rent by the night. You can stay the days you want to, but your rate will be for a week. Please check the Calendar for availability.

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Property Type

  • 3 story
  • Apartment
  • On floor 2
  • 400 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Onsite Services

  • Housekeeper Included
  • Concierge


  • Events Allowed
  • Long-Term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:


  • Non Smoking Only:

    The roof terrace can be used for smoking....moreless

  • Not Suitable For Children
  • Pets Not Allowed:

    Only owners are allowed pets. ...moreless

  • Wheelchair Inaccessible

Bedrooms: 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2, Beds for 2

  • Bedroom 1: 1 king, 2 twin/ single

    King or twin configuration available....moreless

  • Flat screen TV, DVD player, HS Internet connection, Vonage phone. Two bedside tables with reading lamps, 6 drawers, a wallet and key shelf, a Safe for valuables, a screen door (in addition to the bedroom door, which locks) should you wish for cross ventilation, or to keep the cat out. There is a desk and chair and bookshelves, as well as a Queen Ann chair for reading. Each bed has 2 pillows. The walls have a well-known print, an original painting, and a poster of the Parroquia at night. I provide maps, and guide books, an atlas, a dictionary, a thesauras, Juarde of San Miguel, and an Insider's Guide to SMA....moreless

Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom

  • Bathroom 1: toilet, shower


  • Tub and shower. Vanity and 3 drawers. Large bath towels, hand towels, wash cloths. Upholstered bench to sit on. 2 bath mats Hand soap, bath soap, shampoo....moreless

Other Amenities

  • Restaurants and cafes are ubiquitous - you'll never get through them all. There are 2 small foreign film theatres around the corner from me, on Hernandes Macias; the movies change daily. (You can get on their mailing lists or I can send you the week's movies from my email.) There are classes in most of the arts, cooking, and Spanish. The second largest English language library in Mexico is a block and a half away; it has a theatre, a cafe, and a large sunny, WiFi'd courtyard. DHL, FedEx, and UPS all operate here....moreless


  • Books:

    Insider's Guide to San Miguel, 2013 Juarde...moreless

  • Satellite / Cable:

    Basic cable from Megacable: BBC World, CNN, TNT, Warner, Sony, PBS, Glitz, etc.....moreless

  • Television:

    Flat screen, medium size. ...moreless


  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Botanical Garden
  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Festivals
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Library
  • Live Theater
  • Museums
  • Recreation Center
  • Restaurants
  • Synagogues
  • Winery Tours

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Fitness Center
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Laundromat
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Bird Watching
  • Horseback Riding
  • Photography
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Downtown:

    The courtyard the apartments are built around is one of the most photographed in all San Miguel. This is the acme of urban living, removed from the street, quiet, yet accessible to everything. Safe....moreless

  • Mountain View:

    From the roof terrace, looking north and west, one can see the Guanajuato Mountains in the distance....moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Equestrian Events
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Hot Air Ballooning
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Climbing
  • Swimming
  • Tennis


  • Dining Area


  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided:

    Ironed sateen sheets and pillow cases. Both king and twin down comforters....moreless

  • Living Room:

    The living room is all in red, with Persian carpets and upholstered or leather furniture, fine original paintings, all in a roughly Morrocan style....moreless

  • Parking:

    Valet parking is available at the Sautto Hotel, 50 yards away. I understand they have hourly, daily, weekly, monthly, and yearly rates....moreless

  • Telephone:

    Telmex Landline...moreless

  • Towels Provided:

    Bath size (large), hand towels, and wash clothes. Also liquid and bar soap....moreless

  • Washing Machine:

    Laundry powder provided....moreless


  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen:

    The kitchen, a shelf in the pantry, and a shelf in the refrigerator are available for snacks. Not cooking. Snacks....moreless

  • Microwave
  • Oven


  • Deck / Patio:

    Roof terrace with views and terrace furniture....moreless

  • Golf:

    At some distance, but many people here play....moreless

  • Tennis:

    Nearby. I could make enquiries for you....moreless

Pool / Spa

  • Communal Pool:

    The Rosewood Hotel has Pool and Spa facilities available for a monthly membership of $350. It is considered 5 Star, really fabulous. Manicures and pedicures are available all over town. ...moreless

  • Hot Tub:

    Several outstanding hot springs ar just outside of town. People go for the day,enjoying lunch al fresco; it's like a resort in Bavaria, lots of pools, massage available, nice menu.VERY relaxing....moreless

House Cleaning

  • Housekeeper Included


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Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Dec 15 - Apr 15, 2017
7 night min stay


Additional information about rental rates


  • Refundable Damage Deposit $1,000
  • Taxes Not included


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Last updated: 07/30/2016
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  • Parroquía San Miguel Arcángel

    "Focal point of the Jardin (har-deen), which is the centre of San Miguel de Allende. Whimsica..."

  • Mercado de Artesanías

    "Located in an old arroyo running down the hill, this is a must for bargain hunters and those..."

  • Teatro Angela Peralta

    "Principle site of music and dance in San Miguel, it is less than 25 yards from my apartment ..."

  • Ten Ten Pie

    "Local hangout at the rear of the Parroquia, with an outdoor cafe."

  • Coyote Canyon Adventures, San Miguel de Allende

    "I haven't done this, but have heard it's fun."

  • Mama Mia

    "Popular hangout for the 30 to 60 crowd. Great rooftop bar and restaurant facilities. Firep..."

  • Escondido Hot Springs near San Miguel

    "There are numerous hot springs resorts in this area, perfect for day visits. This is one. ..."

  • De temporada farm restaurant

    "Beautiful site outside town, overlooking the lakes. WELL worth a visit for lunch."

  • El Rincon de Don Tomas

    "Cafe/restaurant on the corner of the Jardin. Excellent lentil soup. Fun place to people wat..."


Car: Not Necessary

Endless restaurants, 2 non-mainstream, often foreign film, theaters 5 minute walk; lectures, concerts 4 doors away at the Angela Peralta Theatre; classes in dance, art, language, cooking. Two open air markets and an artisan's market are easy walking distance. Organic Market on Saturdays. Horseback riding to pyramids or just day rides. Day trips to Mexico City, Queretaro, Guanajuato, Pozos, Atontonilco. Sunday House and Garden tours of elegant homes. Beautiful hot springs in the European style, with gardens and lunch. Being in the heart of SMA, taxis are ubiquitous at all times of day and night, increasing safety and convenience many fold. French pastry across the street, 2nd largest English language library in Mexico, one block away, best grocery in Central Mexico, a block and a half away, with fresh fruits and vegetables market next door. We have an Audubon Society group, a Mac Users group, Unitarian Universalists, writers' groups, artists' groups.....


Owner info

Year Purchased: 2003

About the owner: I grew up in Michigan on the lake and graduated from the U of Michigan, flew for PanAm, taught school in Latin American, married, and lived for 17 years in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad in the West Indies. My son is a commercial airline captain and lives in Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates, together with his wife and my granddaughter. My sister, who is blind, also lives here in San Miguel. I find San Miguel delightful and I admire the Mexican people; I feel fortunate every day I'm allowed by the Mexican government to live here.

Why the Owner Chose Centro, San Miguel de Allende, Gto., Mexico:
The location of the apartment, in my opinion, and for me, is unequaled. I've lived in Paris and in London and this is the closest thing to that type of urban living, without the staggering cost and the traffic noise. I'm an urban person and like to walk to most everything - safely and without sweating. I have churchbells, parades, fireworks, people who make eye contact and exchange daily greetings with me; I know my neighborhood and many of my neighbors. There are 3 alternative medicine sources within a block, Starbuck's is around the corner, and if the wind is blowing just right I can hear the mariachi's playing in the Jardin on weekends. San Miguel was voted 'Best City in the World 2013' by Conde Nast Traveler; we may not have the Louvre or the Crown Jewels or a Formula One race track, but we've got a combination of lifestyle and climate that is exceptional. Most of the expatriate, permanent residents here literally had the world to choose from and, often, after trying many other famous places, chose San Miguel.

The Unique Benefits at this Apartment:
There are only so many rooms (B&Bs, hotels, etc.) in this prime location. People who value comfort, elegance, security, and location, like this apartment.

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Speaks: english, spanish



  • Street Entrance on left, fountain in centre, the apartment is the middle floor.

    Street Entrance on left, fountain in centre, the apartment is the middle floor.

  • Guest Suite entry, screen door, desk, TV, balcony, French doors, Queen Ann chair

    Guest Suite entry, screen door, desk, TV, balcony, French doors, Queen Ann chair

  • Top of the stairs, going out onto roof terrace.  Morning.  Looking north.

    Top of the stairs, going out onto roof terrace. Morning. Looking north.

  • Javier, Concierge, plus daily  maintenance of  the courtyard and roof terraces.

    Javier, Concierge, plus daily maintenance of the courtyard and roof terraces.

  • Doorway into #9 from the stairwell.
Also see Video, please.

    Doorway into #9 from the stairwell. Also see Video, please.

  • South side of living room and hallway to Guest Suite.

    South side of living room and hallway to Guest Suite.

  • Spock, my son's cat, who travelled from Abu Dhabi to SMA, via Heathrow, London.

    Spock, my son's cat, who travelled from Abu Dhabi to SMA, via Heathrow, London.

  • Guest bathroom at night.

    Guest bathroom at night.

  • Family spending an afternoon on the roof terrace.  Parroquia upper left.

    Family spending an afternoon on the roof terrace. Parroquia upper left.

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This listing was first published here in 2013.

Date last modified - Saturday, July 30, 2016

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