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Artistic Casita in Col. Guadalupe with Lush Garden (10 Min. Walk to Centro)

(9 Reviews)

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Last updated: 04/11/2017
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  • Minimum stay:3 nights
  • Sleeps:3
  • Bedrooms:1
  • Bathrooms:1
  • Property type:House
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

About the Property

Charming, airy, art-filled one-bedroom casita with sunny roof terrace

"Duende” is a Spanish word that loosely translates to mean the transcendent emotional-physical-spiritual state achieved by flamenco dancers and musicians at the peak of artistic expression; it also refers to a fairy or goblin-like creature in Latin American mythology. Casa Duende, with its quirky shapes, vibrant colors and jungle-like garden is designed to inspire creativity.

The owners of the property, Gina and Dave, live in the casa grande with their English Springer Spaniel dog named Goose. The casita is located across a small brick patio from the main house.

The casita has a sky blue bedroom, bright Talavera tiled bathroom, a full kitchen, and light-drenched open living area. There's an extensive library of books and lots of folk art.

Casita guests have access to the roof terrace garden and washer and dryer. There's WiFi and cable television.

Casa Duende is located in the Colonia Guadalupe neighborhood, a flat 10-minute walk to the Centro or to the Fabrica la Aurora art and design center.

One wakes up to the sound of church bells, chirping birds, crowing roosters, barking dogs and often fireworks (exploded in honor of all manner of saints). Please note: this is the soundtrack of Mexico. If you are especially sensitive to noise and these things make you cranky, ours is not the rental for you.

Also, please note that we have a dog, so you need to like dogs if you rent our casita.

We have a one-week minimum stay policy, but if there is last-minute availability, we may consider three-day rentals.

The rent includes housekeeping three times per week by Delia (who you can also hire to bake amazing pastel de tres leches cakes if you like), gardener Faustino two times per week (he sweeps the bougainvillea blossoms off the terrace and keeps the plantings lush), and on-call assistance from our charming, handy, and helpful bilingual property manager, José. Since we are on site, we are also available to help with anything that comes up.

Note: some of the reviews are from before we lived at the property full time, so they talk about both the casa grande and casita.


Member since: 2013

Speaks: english
Response time: Within an hour
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 04/11/2017

Property Type

  • House
  • 800 sq. ft.

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 3
  • Children Welcome
  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Not Allowed

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Onsite Services

  • Housekeeper Included


  • Wheelchair Inaccessible

Bedrooms: 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 3, Beds for 3

Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom

  • Bathroom : toilet, combination tub/shower



  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Video Library


  • Botanical Garden
  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Library
  • Live Theater
  • Museums
  • Playground
  • Restaurants

Local Services & Businesses

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

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Bird Watching
  • Horseback Riding
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking


  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 4 people


  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine


  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster


  • Deck / Patio

House Cleaning

  • Housekeeper Included


from 9 traveler reviews
Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
My Standard Rate
3 night min stay
$800 $2,000
* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

Additional information about rental rates


  • Refundable Damage Deposit $500
  • Tax Rate 16%


US$1,250 per week; US$3,950 per month. Discount available for longterm (3+ month) rental.

Owner's cancellation policy:

50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.

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

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Last updated: 04/11/2017
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Car: Not Necessary

San Miguel de Allende is a 400-year-old UNESCO World Heritage Site that's full of beauty, culture, and life. Colonia Guadalupe, where Casa Duende is located, is an artsy, quiet neighborhood that's a flat 10-minute walk to the Jardin in the historic Centro.


Owner info

Year Purchased: 2000

About the owner: Our family's San Miguel de Allende roots stretch back to the late 1950s, when Gina's mother, Leigh, who was a well-known artist, earned her MFA in painting from the Instituto Allende. We love the color, music, cultural traditions, and humane pace of life in Mexico.

Why the Owner Chose Colonia Guadalupe, San Miguel de Allende, Gto., Mexico:
The Colonia Guadalupe neighborhood is wonderful. It's artsy, tranquil, and an easy 10-minute walk to the historic Centro. Unlike some San Miguel neighborhoods that feel like suburbs of the United States, Colonia Guadalupe is still full of Mexican families. During the past few years, it's also become foodie central with the establishment of Via Organica. There's an art supply store near the house and dozens of street murals adorn the neighborhood thanks to the Guadalupe Art District organization.

The Unique Benefits at this House:
We built Casa Duende to serve as a creative family compound. It took a year and half to build. Dave oversaw the jazz-like process -- the builders drew the outlines of the rooms with sticks in the dirt and no power tools were used to construct the buildings. Even the ladders were made by hand, so the house is full of soul and personality.

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Speaks: english
Response time: Within an hour
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 04/11/2017

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  • Living room area looking into day bed nook behind screen

    Living room area looking into day bed nook behind screen

  • Bedroom with double bed

    Bedroom with double bed

  • Writing desk looking into kitchen area

    Writing desk looking into kitchen area

  • Bathroom


  • Roof terrace

    Roof terrace

  • Single-bed nook

    Single-bed nook

  • Dining area

    Dining area

  • Kitchen


  • Roof terrace

    Roof terrace

  • Courtyard Sitting Area Between Casita and Casa Grande

    Courtyard Sitting Area Between Casita and Casa Grande

VRBO #487878

This listing was first published here in 2013.

Date last modified - Thursday, May 25, 2017

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