About the property
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- Minimum Stay14 nights
2 bedroom. 21/2 bath house with interior courtyard and views of the sierra.
This house was built fifteen years to the exacting standards of a Mexican architect and an American owner. Located on a small dead-end street, the property is walking distance to everything in Oaxaca's historic center, but is remarkably quiet, especially in the evenings and at night.
On the ground floor you'll find a small sitting room, a fully equipped kitchen and dining area, all of which open to the interior courtyard. There is also an office with a futon that opens into a full-sized bed and a half bath. One floor up, you'll find the large master bedroom with queen sized bed and bath, with two sinks and a shower. This level also has two roof decks with lovely city and mountain views. On the top floor, there is a small bedroom with a full sized bed and a small bath with shower. This level also has a roof deck with lovely views and privacy.
The house has wifi throughout and a telephone you are welcome to use for calls within Mexico or to the United States and Canada.
Within a couple of blocks of the house, you'll find several good restaurants, coffee shops, a traditional covered market, and shops of various kinds. Santo Domingo, the zocalo and other tourist attractions are all reachable by foot in ten to fifteen minutes. The bus station is nearby and cabs are easily hailed on nearby streets
The owners of the property are Americans who fell in love with Oaxaca and wanted a home base in the city from which to explore the region. The house has been set up for our comfort and we trust you will be as happy there as we are.
Our local property manager, Amado, will meet you at the property when you arrive and is available to help with any issues that arrive during your stay. He is also an excellent source of information about Oaxaca. While we will most likely not be in Oaxaca when you are there, we are always available by phone or e-mail.
Alma will come to clean the house once a week and can be hired directly should you wish her to come more frequently.
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- Response time:
- within a few hours
- english, french, spanish, Bulgarian
- Calendar last updated:
- May 20, 2018
About Robert Sturm
The property is owned by two friends, Robert and Paul. Robert grew up in New York, studied linguistics and anthropology in Chicago and Berkeley and has lived in Santa Fe, New Mexico for 15 years. With long term interests in traditional cultures and crafts, Robert fell in love with Oaxaca the first time he visited and has returned multiple times since. He is currently involved in a project called 'Colores de Oaxaca' that works with local textile artists to expand knowledge of the textile traditions of the region and to take steps to assure the this traditional knowledge is kept alive. He is also working on the development of a program to support young, indigenous people from the region in their exploration of what it means to be indigenous in the 21st Century and how they can access and explore the opportunities that modern society offers while remaining grounded in and connected to their native cultures and communities. Paul grew up on a farm in South Texas and currently lives on the property next door which was settled by his ancestors in the mid 19th Century. His current focus when in the US is on visitation programs for women and families being held in the federal detention system. Like Robert, Paul has a lifelong interest in textiles and cultures.
Robert Sturm purchased this House in 2015
Why Robert Sturm chose Luis Jiménez Figueroa
We were introduced to the casita when we rented it for two weeks on a recent visit to Oaxaca. We were just beginning to explore the possibility of purchasing a property in town and learned that the the house was for sale. We loved the quality of the space and the location, as well as the layout of the house, which allows for the comfortable hosting of guests, and decided to make an offer. We are excited that the casita is now our home base in Oaxaca and look forward to sharing it with others who come to visit this very special place.
What makes this House unique
This house is unique because of its location in the old center, combined with the unique architecture that allows light and air into all parts of the house while also creating private, intimate spaces and separation from the neighbors. Also, each of the two main bedrooms has its own bathroom and roof deck and the office on the ground floor, which can be used as a third bedroom, has its own half bath and easy access to the internal garden. Thus the house can be shared by several individuals or couples, with good separation of space.
Local Services & Businesses
Check-in: 2:00 PM
Check-out: 12:00 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.
This property is just wonderful. The photographs do not do it justice; although I think it would be hard to capture the spaciousness, the splendid architectural details and the wonderful art and artefacts that decorate the house. We were incredibly comfortable and happy throughout our two week stay. One of the many joys was sitting on one of the two roof terraces looking at the stunning light on the mountains surrounding Oaxaca. The location is excellent; it is within easy walking distance of Santo Domingo. Despite being in the heart of a Mexican City it is comparatively quiet, despite the ubiquitous dogs. The manager of the property was extremely welcoming and helpful. We could not fault any aspect of our time there and would return like a shot!
Bright, airy and roomy Casita
Two of us (couple) stayed here for a little over a month.
The casita is nicer than the pictures show. It is very roomy in the dining/living room, and the courtyard is great. The study/office on the first floor is pleasant and would be just fine for one person. The master bedroom and bath were fairly large with a large deck. The upstairs bedroom is fairly small, most suited to one person. The house is very open and airy, which we needed during our visit, as it was quite hot part of the time.
The WiFi in casita worked well, enough to stream videos. There is a phone provided with free calls. Just about everything in the house worked. The coffee-maker was missing its basket, but we improvised. The kitchen is well-stocked. It was also wonderful to have the small washer/drier. We did not use the dish washer as Robert said it was finicky.
The location is good, but noisy. It is about a 15 minute walk to the Zocalo (city square) mostly on pedestrian friendly sidewalks or streets. There is also a very nice/all-inclusive/inexpensive market open every day about five blocks away. That became our go-to market.
We had an easy time communicating/dealing with Robert before departing the States and during our visit. Amado, the on-site manager was nice, but we saw little of him. Amado's father (also Amado) picked us up at the airport on our arrival. He is a bit expensive at $35 to $40 for an airport transport. He also took us on few out-of-town excursions at a charge of $15 per hour.
It is noisy. There is a very busy street about half a block away. Mexico is known for barking dogs and we had lots of them at all hours of the day and night. The nights that it was cool enough to close the bedroom windows, it wasn’t too bad, but when we had to leave them open for air, it was loud. Do bring ear plugs. The doors/windows are on tracks and designed to be completely opened. In reality, although they opened enough, we never got them all the way open as the tracks were very sticky. Do be careful of fingers/toes. There are lots of ways to catch them in the doors when opening/closing. The top floor bedroom is the hottest.
Finally, this is a Mexican apartment with the usual funky things. If you are used to Mexico, nothing will surprise you and you will find it delightful. If you are used to 4 star hotels in the states, you may think that the craftsmanship is not quite up to par. We enjoyed our stay and would stay here again.
Rates & Availability
Additional information about rental rates
While we prefer rentals of at least two weeks, we will make exceptions under the following conditions: 1. there is a period of less than 14 days open between two existing rentals. 2. We are within two months of the dates you want to rent the house. If one of these situations applies, please contact us to work out details. On rentals of less than two weeks, a weekly rate of $750 applies.