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Adorable, family and pet friendly casa in superb location with spectacular views

Sleeps7
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms3
Property type house

Overview

About the property

4 bedroom, 3 bathroom in centro historico, sleeps 5 + convertible bed for 2 more

Situated in the historic center, this adorable, light-filled colonial casa offers terrific views of La Parroquia, the town, lake, and mountains. Just three blocks above the main square, it is within walking distance of everything there is to see and do within San Miguel: art and language schools, galleries and museums, library and bookstores, parks and gardens, restaurants and bars, shops and markets, theaters and clubs, spas and gyms, and so much more. Taxis and buses are nearby when needed.

Apart from its central location, you will also enjoy this home's old-world charm and modern comforts. Designed to accommodate privacy when needed and entertaining when desired, the house is built on three levels with fine local materials, skillfully hand-crafted by master artisans: mesquite woodwork, Talavera and Saltillo tiles, brass and ceramic hardware, wood-beamed and boveda ceilings. It has high ceilings, tasteful furnishings, and beautiful Mexican folk art.

The ground floor features a formal living room with fireplace, efficient but fully-equipped kitchen, and a separate dining room that opens into a lushly landscaped courtyard with outdoor seating and tables. Off the courtyard are two cozy bedrooms, each furnished with a twin-size bed, writing desk and armoire. These two bedrooms share a bathroom. Also on the ground floor, at the back of the house, is the service room in which you'll find the washer and dryer and a fourth full bathroom.

From the courtyard, there are two staircases on opposite ends of the house. The back staircase leads to a third bedroom with twin-size bed. This one has its own bathroom and is detached from the main part of the house -- very private and popular with teens and young adults. The main staircase leads to the spacious master suite, which has a king-size bed, sitting areas around the fireplace, bathroom en suite, and a view of La Parroquia . Also on the second level, next to the master suite, is a terrace furnished with chaise lounges, tables and chairs. On the third level is a second terrace where you can enjoy additional outdoor living. Both terraces are the perfect perch for sunbathing or stargazing, relaxing with your favorite book and beverage, and admiring the amazing views and sunsets.

This is a family and pet friendly home. It sleeps up to five comfortably: 2 on a king-size bed in the master suite and 1 on a twin-size bed in each of the 3 smaller bedrooms. There is a full-size convertible sofa bed in the living room that can accommodate up to two additional guests.

The house is professionally managed by English-speaking staff and comes with housekeeping services. Cooking and laundry services are available.

Enjoy your home away from home!

More Details

Property Manager
Property Manager
Member since: 2005
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
June 21, 2017

About The Owner

Although residents of the San Francisco Bay Area since the 60s and '70s's, our paths did not cross until 1991. By chance, we had both planned to spend 1-year sabbaticals in San Miguel to write and to study. We arrived about the same time and met soon after. Within two montsh of our first encounter, we were living together and engaged to be married! That year, we established many a great friendships and strong ties with the artist community and knew then that our life in San Miguel would continue past the end of our sabbaticals. In the summer of 1992 we got married in Berkeley, and toward the end of December 1993, we began our search for our dream retirement home in San Miguel. It was an intense search. We looked at about 30 or so homes within a week's time. On the verge of burn-out and just as we were about to give up, we happened upon this house and immediately fell in love. It seemed perfect in every respect: location, views, and size; architecture, design, and craftsmanship; furnishings and finishes -- wow! But just to be sure, we asked our real estate agent to get the sellers to let us stay in the house for 10 days so we could experience living in it. It far exceeded our expectations and by early January 1994 we were the proud new owners of Garita 8. We are delighted to be able to share it with you.

The Owner purchased this house in 1994

Why The Owner chose San Miguel de Allende

Of the inhabited places on the earth, San Miguel is one of the easiest on the eyes. There is a quality of light here that draws artists from all over the world. We chose our particular location in San Miguel because we wanted to be near the heart of the city in the beautiful, well preserved historic center, where it is illegal to build anything looking newer than 500 years old, and because of the spectacular views of the whole city and the valley below from two terraces, the master bedroom, and even the master bath!

What makes this house unique

We love that we can get around on foot 99% of the time; that we have the space to accommodate visiting family and friends and to entertain guests; that public transportation is accessible and inexpensive; that good food is plentiful; that there is no shortage of educational, cultural and recreational activities and events; that we have good neighbors; that we meet interesting people from all over the world; that the climate is good;; that we can feel safe and relaxed; that the community is kid-friendly; that we have some of the best views in town and have very few steps to climb to enjoy them.

Amenities

Zona Centro House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Housekeeping:
  • Housekeeper Included
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 7
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
  • smoking allowed ...
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Lake View ...
  • Monument View ...
  • Mountain View
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Free Long Distance ...
  • Gas Fireplace ...
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Courtyard bathroom - toilet , shower , Common bathroom between the two courtyard bedrooms.
    Upstairs back bedroom bathroom - toilet , shower , Private bathroom en suite.
    Master bathroom - toilet , shower , Private bathroom en suite, two sinks, views.
  • Towels provided.
Bedrooms:
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Master suite - 1 king , On 2nd floor. Private bath, sitting area, fireplace, views.
    Courtyard bedroom - 1 twin/ single , Ground floor bedroom off courtyard with shared bathroom.
    Courtyard bedroom - 1 twin/ single , Ground floor bedroom off courtyard with shared bathroom.
    Upstairs back bedroom - 1 twin/ single , 2nd floor bedroom with private bath at back end of house.
    Convertible bed(s) - 1 double , In living room.
  • Linens, blankets, bedspreads, and comforters provided. Portable fan and space heater available in each room.
Entertainment:
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • VCR
Outside:
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Attractions:
  • arboretum
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • swimming
  • tennis
Notes:
Housekeeping is provided Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. The housekeeper's name is Adelina who has been part of our family for over 10 years. She is available to cook for you and do your laundry upon request. Please make your requests for additional services well in advance of your arrival. Costs for additional services are to be paid directly to Adelina on the day of service. Our property manager, Evaristo, is also very helpful and a wonderful resource. He is a real estate broker as well, and if you are in the market to purchase real estate in Mexico, we hope you will use him as your buyer's agent.

Reviews

Excellent! 4.6/5 -
(28 traveler reviews)

Adorable, family and pet friendly casa in superb location with spectacular views
average rating of 4.642857 based on 28 reviews
Austin, TX
5

Excellent

  • 5 of 5

Highly recommend-

  • Submitted: May 21, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Houston
4

Beautiful property

  • 4 of 5

The home is beautiful! The rooms were great and spaced out giving you a sense of privacy. Only thing I could say would be an improvement would be having shampoo and conditioner in the showers! Also the front door did give us a bit of trouble!

  • Submitted: May 5, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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San Diego
4

Great house for our family

  • 4 of 5

This was our third stay in this house and it works well for us. Great location, beautiful views, quiet, 10 min walk to the jardin.

Small stores and coffee cafe in close proximity.

Beds are very comfortable and house is kept clean.

A few reccomendations for the house would be: paper towels, bring back the 2nd floor patio umbrella, courtyard needs to be spruced up (lots of dead plants & debris).

  • Submitted: Apr 15, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you, Sara! We are addressing your concerns. Henry
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Los Angeles
5

Wonderful place for family and friends.

  • 5 of 5

We had a fantastic time staying in this beautiful home. The location was perfect and we walked everywhere. Each night we would gather not he terrace for the most fantastic view of the city and were treated to a gorgeous sunset. I would recommend this home to anyone visiting this beautiful city. It is on a steep hill so be prepared to climb. Taxi's are plentiful, however.

  • Submitted: Mar 6, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Great rental for friends

  • 5 of 5

We were 4 friends who stayed for a week and loved our rental. The house is in a great location not far from the main square and is a perfect set up for singles, and maybe some families - but not couples. The master has a king size bed, the other are all twin beds. The terrace was wonderful and had a great view. The neighborhood felt very safe. The owner was so easy to deal with and responded quickly. The shower in the between the two downstairs bedrooms didn't really drain - so we ended up using the upstairs shower. Not really a problem for us but others might find it more difficult. The Wi-Fi only really worked in the main living area and sometimes in the master, which was not really surprising considering the thick walls.

The manager, Evaristo , and the housekeeper, Adelina, were both very nice. We did have Adelina prepare dinner and have it waiting for us for when we arrived to make things easier. It was great to have dinner ready but I have to say the cost was much higher than I expected. We had tried to work out the details ahead of time and I will say that some of it was my fault as I said whatever menu she wanted was fine with us - and it was. But for no meat in the dishes and the limited choices, the 800 peso's was very high.

We would definitely stay here again ! All in all - a very lovely property.

  • Submitted: Jan 30, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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4

What a view!

  • 4 of 5

By far, the best thing about this house is the view of the city from the rooftop terrace. We were in San Miguel for a week and each morning, several of us got up early, made a pot of coffee, and went up top to watch the sun come up over the city. Such a great way to start the day. Garita is a steep hill so the house is a bit of a trek to get to, but taxis are cheap in SMA.

The house is a perfect set up for families or singles but not couples as all of the bedrooms (except the master) have single beds, but this was perfect for our travel group. It's in a secure neighborhood and positioned just so to catch the wind. The rooms have glass doors with a thick curtain to pull across for privacy. Most nights, we slept with the curtain pulled across and left the interior doors open.

The only negative comment I would make about the house is the water pressure in the showers. It could use improving. But overall, we had a great time and really enjoyed our stay.

  • Submitted: Nov 8, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Map

Car: not necessary

Individual or group classes in Spanish language; Mexican culture and history; visual, literary, performing, and culinary arts. Botanical and orchid gardens, parks, hot springs, daily artisans market, Tuesday Tiangui outdoor market, English-language library, house and garden tours, art galleries, international cuisine, and more. Day trips to Guanajuato, Dolores Hidalgo, Pozos and other nearby points of interest. Only 3 hours north of Mexico City. Literary conferences with international best-selling authors, music and dance concerts and festivals, live theater performances, fiestas and fireworks!

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Rates & Availability

Zona Centro House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Manager accepts payment in:
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My Standard Rate
1 night minimum stay
$175
$1,050
$3,200
 
Notes: Rates are based on 5 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Rates are subject to change until your reservation is confirmed. Cancellations: 100 % refund if cancelled at least 90 days before arrival. 3/4 refund if cancelled 60-89 days before. 1/2 refund if cancelled 30-59 days before. 1/4 refund if cancelled 14-29 days before. No refund if cancelled less than 2 weeks before arrival. Check-in time is 4 PM, check-out time is 11 AM (unless other arrangements are made with the owner or manager).

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