|Minimum Stay||2 nights|
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Our home and rentals are situated on a hill with expansive views overlooking the colonial town of Alamos and the more distant mountains of the sierra Madre. Our property consists of a two story 'Casa Grande' and a smaller Casita. The VRBO listing number of the Casita is 473047. You have the opportunity to rent one or two bedrooms on the first floor of the Casa Grande and have full access to a living, dining room and kitchen. The Casita offers privacy, with one bedroom, two bathrooms and a living/dining room area plus kitchen. At times the Owner's Unit is available, a one bedroom apartment on the second floor of the Casa Grande. The views from this property are spectacular! Relax with a book on one of the patios or swim in the large solar heated pool.
The property is fenced and gated providing security and ample parking for your car. A five minute walk takes you to the cobblestone streets and historic buildings of the Plaza de Armas. There your will find restaurants featuring famous Sonoran food, artisan shops to browse, a lovely colonial church, and a fascinating museum depicting life in Alamos during the 17th and 18th centuries. Stroll these streets or book a birding tour, a rafting trip down the Rio Mayo river or go horseback riding and explore the surrounding countryside. Stop by the five star Hacienda de Los Santos for a glass of tequila, a meal, or a visit to their spa. Return home for a drink on the patio viewing the sunset over the mountains and the twinkling lights of the city.
I had been enjoying vacations in Mexico for some years before I retired. I spent many years teaching high school English, speech and drama and raising three children. I fell in love with Alamos, enchanted by the friendliness of both the Mexican residents and the ex-pat community. I kept returning to visit, especially to enjoy the week long Ortiz Tirado Music Festival held in late January. Before I knew it, I had purchased a small, dilapidated house on a beautiful view lot, and spent the next few years remodeling the casita, building the pool, planting flower and vegetable gardens and finally building and decorating the two story Casa Grande.I have an apartment on the second floor of the casa grande and rent out a two bedroom unit on the first floor as well as the lovingly restored casita. Recently, my daughter and her husband have bought into the property and are looking forward to getting out of the wet weather of northern Washington and relaxing in the warmth and beauty of Alamos.
I have made many friends in this gracious community and have sponsored Fe y Esperanza, a group of local women who came together to form a non-profit which supports cancer prevention programs for the community and gives assistance to locals who have been diagnosed with cancer.
A number of ex-pat friends had years ago started philanthropic groups. One, Amigos, benefits many children in Alamos by providing resources to buy uniforms and books for families who could not otherwise afford to send their children to school. Another, Comadres, provides help for people who can't afford to buy food or medicine.
Many of us also especially enjoy going to the History Club which meets on Thursday from October through may and discusses highlights of the history of Alamos, of the state of Sonora, and of the country of Mexico.
Elizabeth Packard purchased this estate in 2002
I had no intention of buying a property in Alamos. We had a condo in Tucson (our home base), and a condo on the beach in San Carlos, Sonora. But I was seduced by the beauty of the views from the property and we could see the potential it had. Also, Iloved the fact that it was just a 10 minute walk to the center of town, the Plaza de
Armas. So, within a few days of seeing it, I had made a deal with the owner, who was now living in Florida, and within a few months I had begun renovating the original little home.
Sitting on the patio of the original casita, in one direction one can see the beautiful dome of the historic church, the crenelated top of the palacio (18th century government building), and the mountains of the Sierra Madres unfolding in the distance. A quarter turn and the peak of 6,000 foot Mt Alamos dominates that view. The property has several very large mesquite trees that attracted birds, and I envisioned flower and vegetable gardens, a large fountain, and a pool to complete the view. A few years later I embarked on building and decorating a second house, and settled in on the second floor while renting out the first floor and the lovingly rehabilitated casita. My guests now love sitting by the pool or on one of the patios, gazing out on the same vistas that enchanted us almost ten years ago. I never tire of watching the ever changing seasonal colors of the hills and mountains, and trying to identify the birds drawn by the fountain, the foliage, the infinity edge pool and splash pool. Tired of relaxing at home? Walk a five minutes down the hill and enjoy a meal at Dona Lola's, our favorite 'neighborhood' Mexican restaurant or go to the five star Hacienda de ls Santos resort and restaurant for a fine meal and free musical entertainment.
Altamente recomendada la Propiedad Packard.
Desde el principio fuimos muy bien atendidos por la Sra. Irma, quien nos hizo el favor de esperarnos hasta nuestra llegada que fue muy tarde. Estando en el lugar las personas de limpieza y mantenimiento nos trataron con mucho respeto.
La "casita" es ideal para ir un fin de semana y no querer salir de ahí, ya que cuenta con alberca y con un jardín inolvidable y muy hermoso, podrán tomar magnificas fotografías para el recuerdo, ya que cada espacio vale la pena.
Lo mejor de todo es que todo nos quedaba cerca, los mejores restaurantes como Teresita's y Hacienda Los Santos.
Si desean que su estancia en Alamos, Sonora sea inolvidable, les recomiendo esta propiedad!
Muchas gracias!, pasamos un hermoso fin de semana y el mejor cumpleaños!
This review is for the Owner’s Apartment, which is on the second floor of Casa Grande.
Our first impression was stunning. The rooms were larger and the ceilings were higher than they appeared in the photos. The house was tastefully decorated and very well-equipped.
The location was perfect. On a hilltop, we had amazing views from the balconies on three sides of the building. We looked down on Álamos backdropped by mountains to the south, mountains to the west, and the courtyard and fountains to the north.
The property is an easy walk to downtown, to get to restaurants and cafes.
The monthly rent, which includes utilities, is very reasonable considering the elegance and comfort of the apartment.
The grounds are well lit, walled and gated, including the parking area.
There are a good number of cultural activities to participate in weekly, including workshops, independent movies, day trips, fund raisers, cooking, dance and language lessons.
The local rental manager, Irma (who lives next door), is very knowledgeable and she responds to questions and calls for help quickly. The owners provided us with detailed directions for the entire trip…all the way from Tucson to Álamos. Her information about the border crossing was particularly helpful.
I recommend this property very highly
I spent three months this winter at the Casa Grande. The location is a few short blocks away from the main Plaza, restaurants, and shopping. The large property is fenced and my dogs were happy with plenty of space to explore. The staff was excellent, as was the accommodation and the spectacular view. After three months acquainting myself with the town, the Casa Grande would be my first choice.
I enjoyed the Jacuzzi room for 10 days. What a wonderful property! Beautiful grounds including a pool, convenient parking, well-appointed and comfortable rooms, Wi-Fi, excellent location and attentive/friendly staff. The purple kitchen is well-appointed and allows you to prepare meals if you wish. But really you should be out and about discovering Alamos, one of Mexico's Pueblos Magicos and enjoying the local restaurants. This property is my first choice whenever I come to Alamos.
Was there for some days and loved the view from the rooms either to the downtown or the near mountains,
Very quiet area and a lot of green flowered areas nearby
Very friendly staff !!!
Thanks and hope top have the opportunity to visit again !!
We stayed in the Owners Suite for 4 days during Easter week and enjoyed the grand views, the comfort and the convenience. Sitting above the town, the top floor suite offers great views of Alamos and the Sierra Madres. The kitchen is fully stocked and we made big breakfasts each morning of our stay. Mornings on the huge balcony provide a great perch for watching the many varieties of birds that live on the wooded hillside. We made lunch once because it was such a short walk to Teresita's, an outstanding restaurant 5 minutes away.We also enjoyed the short walk down to explore the lively scene on Alamos's plaza.
We used the solar heated pool each day, which was shared with folks renting the casita and/or downstairs suite. On hot afternoons, it was warm, but still refreshing....and again we were often entertained by colorful birds whizzing by.
The Owners Suite is spacious and comfortable with all kinds of CDs and videos. We never watched TV, but it would be great if you ran into bad weather or wanted to stay inside one evening. We did enjoy the music.
Irma, the friendly property manager met us when we arrived and was available for information about the house and town. A gardener and maid came by each day to keep the place in good shape..Wi-Fi too....really, it has it all. We hope to return soon.
Alamos is a 17th Century Mexican Colonial town in the foothills of the Sierra Madre Mountains. Our home is situated on a hill overlooking the magical pueblo of Alamos, and looking off to the foothills of the Sierras, the vistas extend for hundreds of miles.
Five minutes' walk down the hill, you will find yourself on the cobblestone streets of the historic Plaza de Armas where you can feast your eyes on buildings exhibiting the classic architecture from Mexico's Colonial period. Restaurants featuring famous Sonoran
food await as you stroll the streets and gaze at the restored mansions built hundreds of years ago by the great silver barons who made their fortunes in Alamos and the smaller, nearby town of Aduana.
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Nov 1 2016 - Mar 31 2017
2 night minimum stay
The rates above refer to renting one bedroom. If two bedrooms are rented, please check with the owner or rental manager to get the prices which depend on the season and the period of time rented.
The Christmas Holiday time (from Dec. 20-Jan. 2), the Ortiz Tirado Music Festival (more or less the last week of January), and the Easter Holiday (the week preceding Easter Sunday) are all exempt from the normal prices for the season. At those times, the rooms rent for $100.00 a night. The Owner's Unit upstairs is sometimes available, also for $100.00-$110.00 a night.
* Approximate monthly rate. Actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay.