About the property
- House2300 sqft
- Half Baths1
- Minimum Stay7 - 30 nights
House, 2 BD, 2.5 BA (Sleeps 4), + Office, Den, 3 City-View Terraces, Housekeeper
Unlike most casas in San Miguel, you don't have to go to the roof for fabulous views of downtown San Miguel and the mountains beyond. The views are spectacular from the bedroom level, the main living room/dining room patio, AND our landscaped rooftop deck, which has incredible 360 degree views. The shaded living room terrace, with unobstructed views of downtown San Miguel, has a dining table with 4 cushioned chairs, fountain, fan, gas grill and a kitchen herb garden.
The house is beautifully decorated with art work & crafts and completely furnished with a well-equipped kitchen (including a whole house water purification system), a Den on the lower level, and an Office with desk and comfortable chair, a printer (just bring your laptop or tablet with USB port), library, free internet, free calls to the USA and Canada, and a local Mexican telephone. Use the WIFI throughout the house and on the terraces.
The rooftop (azotea) terrace is landscaped with olive and citrus trees, lavender plants and birds of paradise. Two comfortable padded chaise lounges afford a private place to read, relax or catch an afternoon siesta under the canvas umbrella. The rooftop outdoor kitchen with charcoal grill, mini refrigerator and sink makes entertaining easy day or night. A custom glass and iron dining table seats 6 with matching cushioned armchairs under the Ramada, keeping you out of the weather, if you desire. You may never leave the roof!
The inviting living room has a gas fireplace, as does the dining room. A half-bath between the dining and living rooms is also convenient to the kitchen.
The master bedroom suite has a custom gas fireplace with a king-size bed, flat screen TV, walk-in closet, a private terrace and a large bathroom with twin copper sinks, large tub (for two!) and shower. The guest bedroom suite has a king bed, (or 2 twin beds, if you prefer), gas heater, its own bathroom with copper sink, large shower and walk-in closet. The house is decorated with high quality, comfortable furnishings including ceiling fans with lights, LED lighting, beds with down comforters and good linens. Twice a week maid service includes doing your laundry and once a week our gardener tends the plants and our housekeeper comes once additionally to water the plants -- all included.
Welcome to our house, nestled in the heart of a close-knit diverse Mexican neighborhood, with local families, couples, ex-pats, dogs, kids, roosters, construction, church bells: the sights and sounds of life here in San Miguel.
You may hear the peanut vendor hawking his wares on a cart door-to-door; buy food or drink from the smallest of tiendas just down the way; notice a seraped señor leading his burro with bags of rice slung over its back; smile at three generations of women talking among themselves as you pass by or watch their kids running and playing and kicking the soccer ball. The children delight in this safe and secure getaway themselves, filling it with their footsteps, squeals and laughter, as well as the report of the soccer ball resounding off the high, close walls.
You won’t hear the sound of traffic on our pedestrian-only callejon, but you WILL hear the squawking of roosters, the barking of dogs, the bang of fireworks, the nearby band practicing for the next fiesta, children from the local school singing in the morning and the peals of church bells. Be forewarned, sometimes it can even get quite loud, as life goes on into the late evening, but that's Mexico... If it's too loud too late at night, we go outside & say 'mas tranquilo, por favor'.
Our modern house was built in 2006, and is located in Centro Historico, on the way up the hill from the main Plaza (called El Jardin), the main zocalo and epicenter of life in San Miguel. A top-rated B&B is our neighbor (Antigua Capilla). With our shortcut, it’s about a 7-minute downhill walk to the Ramirez Food Mercado, with another 3 minute walk to El Jardin. We generally walk back, but catch one of the plentiful taxis when we have lots of packages, which costs just 35-45 pesos or $2 - $2.50 USD.
Our home is suitable for adults; no pets or children under 16. We do not have a garage; on-street parking is available about one block away and please, no smoking.
From either the nearby Leon or Queretaro airports or the Mexico City airport, van service or private car can pick you up and bring you to the house. (Let us know if you need assistance with this).
We have a property manager on-site in San Miguel to solve any problems quickly and answer any questions and of course, we welcome any emails with any questions you may have.
A few tips about what to bring to San Miguel (abridged from our friends at Cinco Flores):
1 - Shoes
Almost everything here is within walking distance, which is a good thing. But streets are mostly cobblestones and sidewalks are narrow. Comfortable shoes are a MUST! They don’t have to be sneakers, although that works, but could be anything with some support and a good rubber sole. P.S. Women from all over the world purchase the unique “San Miguel shoe” which is great for the street. So maybe you'll leave with a pair or two.
2 - Money
Bring a few pesos when you come. It is easy to get pesos as you need them. The best exchange rate is with one of the ATM machines in town; check with your bank to see with which Mexican bank they have an association (Bank of America has one with Scotia Bank) and get a better rate. Note: Many places take credit cards, but smaller restaurants and shops may not. This is a cash society. On the other hand, carrying lots of cash is probably not a good idea. A reasonable strategy is to bring some dollars (you can pay for airport transport ahead by credit card) and then take out money as you need it. Also, be careful where you carry money. We do not have violent crime here (contrary to what you hear about Mexico) but this is a tourist area and you will want to watch your purse/wallet. Carry a fanny pack or leather strap bag that goes across the body, and I never carry a purse on my shoulder nor carry a lot of money at any one time. Keep your passport in our house safe and the copy in your suitcase. Same advice for any international travel location.
3 - A jacket, sweater or shawl
Here is the thing that is hard for everyone to understand – it is NOT all that hot here in the summer and NOT really cold in the winter. Late April/May are usually our hottest months (but dry), December/January are usually our coldest months (it could be 40 degrees in the morning). When it's hot during the day, it's cool in the morning and evening; when it's cold in the morning, it's pleasantly warm in mid-day. We are at 6,500 feet of altitude, so think high desert - no humidity. Dress in layers. I might start out with a sweater/shawl in the morning, a tank top or tee shirt underneath, and then ditch the sweater. In the breezy evening, a shawl or light sweater or jacket is normally the most you'll need.
4 - Sunscreen and/or a hat
At 6,500 feet, we are closer to the sun and most days are bright. Don't make the mistake of thinking that, because it's a little cool, you will not burn.
5 - Umbrella
We have 4 full-sized umbrellas and light ponchos for your use at the house. The rainy season is scheduled for mid-June through September, but it's unpredictable; and on hot days it sometimes helps to have protection from the bright sun.
6 - Bathing suit
There are hot springs & swimming pools around that are fun if you have time and are so inclined. We provide large, red beach towels for your use.
7 - A few words
Gracias (thank you), Por favor (please), and buenos dias (good morning), buenas tardes (afternoon) and buenas noches (evening). Some Mexicans speak English, particularly in hotels, shops and restaurants, but these phrases go a long way in getting what you need. Mexican culture is very formal, especially in language. Our friend Carol wrote an article on using greetings in Mexico – it is called 'How it goes in Mexico: Where we work on saving our breath.'
8 - School /Art supplies
Or lightly used women's clothing , for Divas on a Budget. It is not possible to be here and turn away from the poverty that exists. There are a wide number of worthy causes and a number of spontaneous situations, so every opportunity that we have to encourage people to BRING SOMETHING DOWN, we do so. If you do not have used clothing to bring, you might go to CVS or Walgreen’s and shop for pencils, crayons, notebooks, school scissors, watercolors, erasers, toothbrushes, toothpaste, small toys – you name it, we need it. Here is the very good part of this: you will get a tremendous feeling of satisfaction for sharing what you might be wasted AND (here is the icing on the cake) you will have room in your suitcase to fill with Mexican crafts like pottery, silver jewelry, and any number of wonderful and handmade goods on your trip home.
9 - Sense of adventure
It has been said that there are no 2 countries in the world which share a border, yet are as unalike as United States and Mexico. Language, culture, there is so much here that is different from El Norte. So, it’s good to remember that you are coming to a foreign country. If you have never been to Mexico (or if you have only been to the “beach resorts”) you are in for a surprise. Try things – food, language, experiences; you will find it fun and interesting!
10 - Open heart and open mind
Mexico is a warm, wonderful country. Most of us have not had an opportunity, while in the US or Canada, to get a glimpse of Mexico’s elegance and culture, particularly given some bad news, much of it erroneous. We may do things a little differently down here (yes, it is true, we do NOT throw toilet paper in the toilet, among other little idiosyncrasies...) But, if you bring an open heart and an open mind, all of the other nine things will take care of themselves! And, if you have any questions, problems, or concerns, please just email me.
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- Calendar last updated:
- Apr 14, 2018
About Larry White
As architects, we've enjoyed traveling in Europe, Asia, Africa, Central & South America as well as the US, Canada, the Carribbean and Mexico. Coming to San Miguel for the first time in 2009, we knew we wanted to return and live here! Dear friends living in San Miguel encouraged us to look, and we were fortunate to find this wonderful home.
Larry White purchased this House in 2012
Why Larry White chose San Miguel de Allende
San Miguel is our city of choice to live full-time. Right now, we're still working and visit San Miguel when we can. Lucky for you, we share our home and it's amazing views with you most of the year!
What makes this House unique
Our home is on a pedestrian-only street in a close-knit Mexican neighborhood with a mix of singles, families, retirees, locals and ex-pats. Only rent our home if you are looking for a real neighborhood experience, rather than a gated community resort. We're on the same callejon as #1 ranked San Miguel B+B -- they have OUR vista! With a view of the Parroquia and all of Centro on 3 levels, you can sip your morning coffee, enjoy afternoon comida and entertain friends at night, all without taking your eyes off the amazing view. Walking up to our house from the central plaza (Jardin) is part of the payoff for the view -- if you'd prefer to take a taxi, that works too! Only a few houses are so well situated.
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Check-in: 3:00 PM
Check-out: 10:00 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.
Casa Chepito in San Miguel
This was the fifth Casa we have stayed in over the last six years and for sure the most exciting of them all. As usual in San Miguel, there are steep hills to negotiate and so is the case with Casa Chepito 13. But once you’re home there is a reward to savour. The layout, the two terraces, the roof garden and the decorations are just fantastic. And then there’s the view. One of the best you can find in San Miguel. Sipping on a Margarita and watching the sun setting behind Sierre Madre is one great memory of San Miguel and Mexico.
To Laurie and Larry, Muchas Gracias
Lovely home and spectacular views from the decks!
We love this home and enjoyed our stay for the second year. It is beautifully decorated and so comfortable. I can’t think of a better place from which to enjoy San Miguel.
Returning guests are the greatest compliment we can have. Soledad, our wonderful housekeeper told me that you are both "muy amables y contentos", and she has very much enjoyed welcoming you back this year. Larry and I look forward to having Tom and Betty back, and your family, next February.
The house was wonderful. The views were amazing and the art work was to die for. Laurie and Larry checked on us and were avaiable for any inquiries.
Fireplaces galore as it can get very chilly at night. Cable TV a big plus. If you are physically challenged this might not be the right property as has several stairs and is a 1 mile walk downhill on narrow cobblestone streets. The view was worth it and we felt it was part of the local charm!
Enjoying the view, the art, the fireplaces, the community -- it's all part of the experience of living in a home in a real neighborhood in San Miguel -- a difference feel from a hotel or BnB. We look forward to your return anytime, Linda and Mel!
Best views of San Miguel!
The reality lives up to the pictures and description, but even beyond that, the owners have decorated throughout with local folk art and made every effort to help their guests feel at home, even giving access to most streaming services like Netflix. Two big binders stuffed with local information were extremely helpful, and Soledad the housekeeper is right next door for any other needs.
We are so glad you enjoyed the artwork in the casa, and your stay in San Miguel. We continue to purchase paintings, sculpture and crafts from local artists to enhance the feel of home. We look forward to having you return to San Miguel again, and stay with us.
Beautiful Home in a Warm and Friendly city
My husband and I spent a week and Larry and Laurie's lovely home in San Miguel de Allende. The house is spacious, comfortable and beautiful. Sitting up on the roof deck in the morning drinking coffee, watching hot air balloons and listening to roosters crow incredibly relaxing. We had one meal cooked by Soledad, their housekeeper and she is a warm and friendly person in addition to a great cook. Everything you need for a weeks' stay was available at the house and we felt very safe and comfortable. We had many lovely meals out at restaurants recommended by Larry and Laurie and we were not disappointed. The neighborhood around Larry and Laurie's home is very comfortable and the neighbors were friendly and helpful. We enjoyed lots of walking in town going to shops, museums and historic spots.
This was our first time in San Miguel and we were impressed by how much there is to do-we didn't even scratch the surface in a week. Every tour guide and driver we had was friendly, knowledgeable and helpful.
We would love to return to San Miguel and stay at Larry and Laurie's home again.
We are so glad you loved the rooftop and used it often; we are adding more plants to all the levels to enhance the garden feel of the house. Please come back; you are welcome anytime!
Our experience at the Sperling/White residence was absolutely perfect! The owners were so responsive to all of my questions prior to our stay and offered great suggestions for restaurants and activities. Soledad is a gem. She cooked a couple of meals for us and also provided info on SMA. Next time we will have to make it to the Tuesday market, Fabrica and the Architectural Home tour on Sunday. Frank and I had a blast!
We so enjoyed hosting Becky and Frank for their first visit to San Miguel and how they embraced the house, using it to their best advantage. Please stay with us for your next San Miguel adventure!
San Miguel de Allende was designated UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2008; what took them so long? Looking for some additional reading?
Rates & Availability
Additional information about rental rates
Weekly from $895, Monthly from $2,200. EXACT RATES DEPEND ON LENGTH OF STAY, NUMBER OF GUESTS AND TIME OF YEAR. WE ARE PLEASED TO PROVIDE YOU WITH A QUOTE FOR YOUR SPECIFIC STAY. CANCELLATION POLICY IS LISTED IN OUR RENTAL AGREEMENT, WHICH WE WILL SEND YOU UPON REQUEST - JUST ASK!