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Los Balcones Lovely, Serene Casa with Gardens, Balconies and Quotes

Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Space 1,750 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 5 - 7 nights


About the property

House, 3 Bedrooms, 2.5 Baths, (Sleeps 5)

San Miguel de Allende rental home Casa del Canto (House of Song) offers a peaceful and unique environment in a beautiful neighborhood. The vibrant produce and crafts market is a short walk downhill and the Jardin, the epicenter of life in San Miguel de Allende, is about a 12-15 minute walk from the casa. Nearby, you will discover a wealth of colonial architecture, courtyard restaurants, intriguing shops, and language/art schools. The casa offers convenient access to the nearby acclaimed Botanical Garden. There you will find a visitors center, a self-guided nature trail showcasing native plants, lakeside strolling, acres of hiking trails and birds galore.

Our fully furnished, light filled, and private 8 year old Colonial home was architect-designed with a modern sensibility. Its 3 bedrooms and 2 1/2 baths on two levels comfortably accommodate five adults. We renovated the interior design and repainted the house using rich Mexican colors. Large terracotta floor tiles provide rustic charm, and Latin-flavored artwork graces the walls throughout the home.

On the main level is a spacious great room that combines living, dining, and kitchen areas. The classic equipale sofas and chairs surround a large coffee table. The colorful dining room table seats six. An additional four guests can sit at the adjacent breakfast bar. The spacious kitchen is equipped for your cooking needs.

There is a lovely landscaped front yard which boasts a huge lime tree - perfect for making margaritas! Two arched cast iron and glass doors lead from the living room to a shaded backyard patio where you can enjoy an al fresco lunch or barbecue. The grassy lawn in the backyard is the perfect spot for an impromptu picnic.

Also on the first level is the master bedroom, outfitted with a new Sealy pillowtop king bed with high quality cotton linens, ceiling fan, dresser, entertainment center (with TV, DVD, CD/tape player and stereo) and a cozy rocking chair. The large master bath has a colorful talavera tiled bathtub and built-in closets. The half bath on the first floor has a traditional tile design and quatrefoil window.

Ascend the staircase that is sheltered by a tall rectangular boveda (or curved brick) ceiling with arched windows. The two bedrooms on the second floor each have a soaring boveda ceiling with overhead fan and lighting, built-in closets, and an attached balcony. The larger balcony overlooks the distinctive neighborhood and botanical garden and has a cast iron and tile patio set. The smaller balcony offers a chaise lounge and a view of the neighbor’s extensive garden.

One of the bedrooms has two twin beds, an attractive desk and an original oil painting by a Mexican artist. The other room is set up as a studio/guest bedroom with a hand-carved daybed and sitting area, featuring a new pillowtop mattress,rocking chair and talavera-tiled table, and a desk with handcarved chair. All beds have cozy fine cotton linens, plump pillows, duvets, quilts and lightweight blankets. The bathroom sports a cheery tiled shower and dark terracotta walls with another quatrefoil window.

The secure gated parking area accommodates one medium-sized car (although taxis are plentiful). Weekly maid and garden service is included in the rental. Utilities included except for cell and long distance phone calls and excessive gas/electricity use. Children ten (10) years and older welcome. Younger children and/or pet possible with owner’s approval. No smoking allowed.

This wonderful home is in excellent condition, with delightful areas to relax in both indoors and outdoors, and a superb staff. Please consider visiting outside of the high season - the climate is temperate, traffic is lighter and there is always something interesting going on. (It is said that there are only 11 days in San Miguel when there is NOT a festival.)

We'd like to share the following comments from previous guests:

My stay at Casa del Canto was just what I was looking for. The neighborhood is very safe and quiet. The house is kept impeccably clean by the charming housekeeper. This very spacious house is wonderfully decorated, with amazingly artistic Boveda ceilings, custom authentic tile work and a delightful backyard garden retreat - it had everything I needed! I think anyone would thoroughly enjoy their stay at Casa del Canto. - D Higgins, Sedona

Normally when I have chosen a vacation home on the Internet it is oversold. Casa del Canto was everything you said it would be and more. Talk about location! The house was within walking distance of El Jardin and close to the large botanical garden with indigenous plants. What a delight! We met many wonderful people in San Miguel and your house was perfect for entertaining. The large living room/dining room was well furnished with authentic Mexican pieces. The art work was a special touch. My wife particularly liked the backyard patio, which was great for privacy and relaxing. We really could not have had a nicer home and location. When we are back in San Miguel again, your house will be the first one we inquire about. Thanks again. - L Zedwick, Portland

We loved your casa! The house was beautifully decorated, very clean and had everything we needed for our stay. We especially enjoyed the backyard patio and yard. We all agreed we would love to return to your house and San Miguel de Allende. - J Cutting, Shoreline, WA

Casa del Canto was encantada! Above the city, quiet nights, cool neighborhood, and a lovely walk to town, it was a perfect way to spend our anniversary. The nearby botanical garden was unbelievable! There was so much to see and do that we'll have to plan another trip... D Thackeray, Carpinteria, CA

We walked into town every morning and evening and enjoyed the view along the way. Enjoyed listening to birds and church bells instead of car horns, and marveled at the simple life of the Jardin at night

D Landrum, Naples, FL

Keywords: Lovely Colonial Home with Beautiful Gardens in a Highly Desirable Neighborhood Near the Splendid Botanical Garden

More Details

Property Manager
Member since: 2005
Speaks: spanish
Response time:
Within 12 hours
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Calendar last updated:
August 15, 2017

About Wong

My husband and I met for the first time years ago while traveling in Oaxaca, Mexico. Besides bestowing on me a wonderful life partner and second home, Mexico and its people have been the source of many delightful moments. We both speak Spanish and find it helpful in our work lives in the States. However, it is much more fun to travel to San Miguel with our teenage son and use our Spanish there!

Why Wong chose San Miguel de Allende

I was fortunate to have amazing travel opportunities, working mostly as a volunteer in over 40 countries. I used to love going to new places practically every day and avidly avoided retracing my steps. So, after the first trip to San Miguel, I was surprised to find myself soon longing to return. San Miguel feels both comfortable and mysteriously intriguing to me. One can access sophisticated amenities or travel more ruggedly off the beaten path. Most importantly, it is incredibly easy to find people to connect with here, even if I am travelling solo. Serendipity played a part: finding the right house in the right town where they speak the right language at the right time in my life.

What makes this house unique

Since the photos and description of our casa are extensive, let me highlight the nearby Botanical Garden. It is unlike any other area in San Miguel - all natural, peaceful and with lovely walking trails brimming with native plant species. It is a gardener's paradise! There is a lovely greenhouse with amazing cacti, a reservoir with great birdwatching and an outdoor cafe. The superb staff and volunteers periodically have guided tours, yoga classes, full moon ceremonies and even outdoor concerts in the canyon. Having the Botanical Garden so close makes our casa's location in lovely Los Balcones even more appealing.

Guestbook comments from the manager

My family had a fantastic week in San Miguel. Your house is beautiful, better than what we have imagined. The neighborhood is gorgeous. The walk to town center is very pleasant. We can not wait to go back to San Miguel again.


Apr 2013
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Balcones House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 1750 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 1:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • Min. age of primary renter: 21
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only
  • Any pet needs to be pre-approved by owner at time of booking.
  • Young children need to be supervised by parents, as the house is not completely childproofed
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 2.5
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 3 - 1 twin/ single
  • King size beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (3)
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • 1 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Onsite Services:
  • Staff
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • swimming
  • tennis
Phone/Answering Machine, CD/Tape Player/Stereo, DSL Accessible (minimal fee), Washer and Dryer, New High Efficiency Gas Heaters in Each Bedroom and Main Living Space, Full Kitchen with Cookware and Utensils, Toaster and Toaster Oven, Blender and Coffeemaker, Dishes, Flatware and Mexican Handblown Glassware, Fine Linens and Towels Provided, Alarm Clock/Radio, Ironing Board and Iron, Charcoal Grill(BBQ), Two Garden Areas with Grassy Lawns, Covered Backyard Patio and Dining Area, Two Second Floor Terraces, Soaring 16 foot Boveda(curved brick) Ceilings in Two Bedrooms, Secure Gated Parking, Key to Botanical Garden Private Entrance, Weekly Gardener and Housekeeper Services Included. Local contact person at reputable, conscientious property management company with office in town center, (We share rental contract policies although rental prices may differ.)


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Los Balcones Lovely, Serene Casa with Gardens, Balconies and Quotes
average rating of 3.5 based on 49 reviews
Dallas, TX

Cozy House, Quiet Street

  • 4 of 5

Our family of three stayed here for a week while in SMA. The house has a wonderful Mexican atmosphere, was spotless and is accurately represented by the photos. The small front and back yards were pretty and accented by pots of flowers and succulents. There are the two small balconies and while it was nice to sit out on them and read, there is not much of a view as it is blocked by other houses. We didn't actually cook while there, but the kitchen seemed to be adequately stocked for general use. Bedrooms were roomy and had good closet/storage space. The bathrooms were well stocked with plenty of towels and the housekeeper comes in on Tuesdays to wash all the linens which was a nice treat in the middle of the stay. Washer and dryer were available, but we didn't use them. The kitchen had plenty of purified water for our use.

It's a healthy 15-20 minute walk downhill into town and it's a walk we made back up only twice! However, taxis are plentiful and very inexpensive (50 pesos, fare+tip) so it was not a hassle to get home either during the day or at night. Because the house is slightly on the "outskirts" of town and in a completely residential area, it is nice and quiet and felt very safe. We even left our 14 yr old daughter home alone one morning while we went for breakfast.

The friendly housekeeper greeted us upon arrival and was there to lock up when we left. (She doesn't speak English, but my husband speaks Spanish).

The home is not luxurious and one must be willing to put up with Mexican plumbing issues (the same everywhere we went), but overall it was a comfortable place to stay and we would stay there again without hesitation.

San Miguel is a beautiful spot with friendly residents, lovely shopping and amazing restaurants. Definitely worth a visit!

  • Submitted: Jul 6, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We appreciate the positive feedback, thanks! We keep our casa well-maintained, lovely and comfortable for guests - and ourselves! As you mention, the casa's septic system is the norm for homes in San Miguel. It has always functioned well, and we do regular maintenance to keep it that way. When we first got the casa, I read a book about septic systems and it advised keeping stray objects from going down drains. We do that when we visit, and kindly ask our guests to do the same. Turns out to be really quite easy and straightforward. You are welcome to stay at our casa for another visit to sweet San Miguel!
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Adequate, simple accommodation. Owner was help, accommodating and efficient.

  • 3 of 5

Lovely secure quiet location with secure parking. Sceptic tank arrangement may not suit everyone. Floor plan flowed well, albeit some of the linens and towels were a little tired. A traditional, pleasant Mexican home with access outdoors. Self catering facilities were good.

  • Submitted: Apr 19, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the lovely comments, and glad you enjoyed your stay. We love our neighborhood too! Our casa, like most in San Miguel, is on septic. Our septic system is serviced regularly and, along with asking guests to not put stray objects down the drains, that goes a long way to keep it working just fine. We welcome you to visit again ...
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Car: not necessary

San Miguel is a delightful colonial hilltown with cobblestone streets, artistic ambience and very friendly people, Enjoy Music/Art Festivals, Theater/Dance Performances, Local Fiestas/Parades, Excellent Yet Affordable Restaurants, Shopping at Superb Art /Furniture Galleries, Traditional Covered Market, Hiking and Wildlife at Botanical Preserve, Language Schools, Cultural Institutes with Painting, Photography and Ceramics Classes, Weekly Home and Garden Tour, Enchanting Plaza for Music and Evening Strolls, All This Within Walking Distance or a Cab Ride of About US $2, 50! Inexpensive taxi and bus service available to explore Hot Springs, Guanajuato, Atotonilco, Los Pozos, Quetertaro, and Dolores Hidalgo


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Damage Deposit $500

Depending on the season and length of stay of reservation, there may be an additional fee for three or more guests. Guest must request permission from owner for any pet(s) to stay on premises prior to booking reservation. If pet(s) allowed, there may be an additional security deposit. Please inquire for quote. If guest cancels a reservation, he or she will forfeit all sums paid unless owner is able to re-rent the property to another guest, at the same rate, for the same period. Early departure does not warrant any refund of rent.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund

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