Light streams in from every direction in this new contemporary/colonial home with fabulous views of the churches of Historic Centro and the lush hillside adjoining the Botanical Garden. I designed the house after years living in San Miguel and observing what makes a home comfortable. With year round sunny weather here, I made sure there was plenty of outdoor living space, shaded porches and "estancias" , outdoor rooms, for relaxing in the open air. You will enjoy 4 levels of lush gardens and a solar heated lap pool and jacuzzi. It's a 15 minute flat walk to the Central Square (the Jardin) and 1 block to the Fabrica Aurora Art Center with its shops, restaurants and cafes, and galleries.
The house has an open plan for maximum light, ventilation and functionality. There is a large gourmet kitchen with European stainless steel appliances, including a 6 burner stove and dishwasher, and a double sink, from which you look out to a garden with stone water wall and koi pond and a cactus garden beyond with native plants. The breakfast bar does double duty as work space and informal dining. There is a built in dining banquet seating 8 - 10.
The living room has a gas fireplace which warms the entire space on cool winter nights, and there is a flat screen TV, and computer nook with internet and phone. Original art and Mexican folk art create a warm ambiance.
The ensuite master bedroom adjoins the great room and also has a gas fireplace, French doors leading to a Juliet balcony, with a custom made iron railing, overlooking the lower level gardens and the cityscape beyond. The same metal artist created the unique headboard and a comfortable mattress makes for a wonderful sleep. The dressing room has large skylights and features a polished concrete counter with 2 hand painted Talavera sinks,. There is a separate toilet room and shower/tub room.
Dine and entertain on the covered outdoor portico which wraps around the living area and features a dining table and couches, all surrounded by built in planters with herbs and flowers.
An exterior staircase from the foyer leads up to the roof terrace or down to the lower lever with a second ensuite bedroom suite, which can be rented separately to accommodate family or guests. On this level you will find an additional 1/2 bath, outdoor covered sala (living room) with woodburning fireplace, 32' solar heated lap pool, jacuzzi and gardens. Every space enjoys the views of countryside and town, a unique combination in San Miguel.
One more staircase next to the pool leads to a secret garden with stone garden bench, succulent garden with orange trees and a sheltered garden room. The back door, an antique from Oaxaca, leads to a paved path to the lower street which crosses the arroyo, or rushing river, depending on the season, and a walk into Centro or along the riverpath to the Fabrica Aurora Art and Design Center, with its galleries, shops and restaurants, transformed from a 100 year old textile mill complex.