House, 2 BD, 2.5 BA (Sleeps 4), + Office, Den, 3 City-View Terraces, Housekeeper
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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. This video shows some of the things we love about San Miguel: https://youtu.be/Zc-Z3M9dmuE
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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The property sits on a hill overlooking SMA and the view is stunning. We enjoyed morning coffee on one of the three patios and also enjoyed the sunsets. The furnishings are authentic, traditional Mexican. Charming! With four levels (including the rooftop) there are four levels--plenty of space for either gathering or being alone. The property is as described, including the fun, excitement, and noise of a mixed neighborhood. We always felt safe in the neighborhood and easily walked downtown each day.
You've used the house to it's full advantage, on all the levels to enjoy it inside and out! Alot of the art and folk-crafts we've collected for the house have come from all over Mexico, during our travels, so they each have a wonderful story about the artists to them. We've enjoyed having you all as our guests, and welcome you to return the next time you are in San Miguel.
Beautiful home with great views
This is a very lovely home, well laid out and spacious. While it is on 4 levels, the bedrooms are on the entry level so very little stair-climbing is necessary. The views of the city are spectacular but you need to be aware that the property is high on the hillside. Going down to the centro is a fairly steep but relatively easy descent; generally it took us less than 10 minutes. Coming back up is another story. If you're in good physical condition it's doable, but otherwise you'll want to take one of the plentiful (and cheap) taxis.
The house is very well equipped with plenty of towels and even an electric blanket for those cool winter nights. Bedrooms have gas fireplaces and ceiling fans so you can be comfortable whatever the weather. The water in the entire house is filtered and safe to drink and hot water was plentiful.
Unfortunately, there was very loud construction going on at the neighboring property during much of our stay. But hopefully this will be done by the time you visit.
We are glad you thought our home is lovely; while we don't always think of it, having the bedrooms and the office on the entry level does limit the amount of stairs you have to climb.
Ah, the walk.... and the view. They go together -- the spectacular vista (during the day, but particularly at sunset) is half way up the hill, so we can see San Miguel, the presa (reservoir) and the mountains beyond. Being half way up the hill, it requires that climb back up, or a taxi or Uber. If you like the combination or view and exercise (no need to go to the gym!) or prefer to take a cab, you have your choice.
The construction next door was disruptive,(we share a party wall) and while our neighbor has every right to renovate her house, we ourselves have little control over the loud sounds of construction during the day. The construction is ending in February, and has actually lessened quite a bit since your stay. Give us a call if you are looking to rent and want to know more about the status next door, along with the other sights and sounds of San Miguel (many which we love)- dogs barking, roosters crowing, fireworks, bank practice, church bells, and more.
We stayed at this home from 12/23/18 - 12/31/18. The home is beautiful and there is artwork all over that is a pleasure to take in. The owners were very helpful and informative about fun things to do and good places to eat. The challenging thing was that the home is located off a small "walking only" street where young children, completely unsupervised, were playing with fireworks all week. The fireworks went off at all hours and it was unnerving, especially after we arrived back to the home one day only to see that the kids started a fire while playing with firecrackers and the Christmas decorations that were intertwined with the power lines was on fire. It was not a quiet place because of the noise the kids were making right. outside the door.
We are so glad you loved our house, the artwork and the places we suggested to see and restaurants to try. San Miguel is a magical place and the callejon is a part of a real Mexican neighborhood. You experienced some of the excitement, —maybe too much— including fireworks, that occur as part of the Christmas festivities that go on all week. It is a community where the kids play in the callejon - since there are no cars or traffic; their mothers and fathers, and grandparents are nearby. The sounds of the kids playing, dogs barking, roosters crowing, construction going on and even the school band practicing are part of what drew us in.
We had a wonderful time in San Miguel de Allende and loved our stay in this beautiful house.
This was my second time staying in this lovely house, and I would love to come back for a third time! The house is comfortable, well equipped, and beautifully decorated. It’s such fun to look at all the folk art all over the house. We spent most of our time while we were in the house enjoying the spectacular views from the terrace off the kitchen and living room and from the rooftop deck. We saw hot air balloons in the morning, gorgeous sunsets, and the lights of the city at night; it was endlessly fascinating.
We liked the feeling of being in a Mexican neighborhood, walking down the callejon and greeting the people we passed, listening to the children playing, and hearing the roosters greeting the day. We felt safe and secure on our little pedestrian alley. We got great exercise walking down the hill but usually took the inexpensive taxis back up.
A tremendous plus for this house is the housekeeper, Soledad, who comes twice a week. She cleaned the house, did our laundry, cooked us a delicious dinner, and provided all kinds of helpful information. She is really a special person.
If you’re interested in visiting San Miguel de Allende, here’s my advice: wear sturdy, comfortable shoes that can handle the cobblestones, make your visit as long as possible because there’s so much to see and do, and stay in this house!
We loved it
We loved this sweet spot. It has everything you need, but we didn't need much. We used the bedrooms, kitchen and the covered patio off the kitchen. The views and the sounds from there are wonderful all day and night. We were there in August so it rained most days. That is the only reason we didn't use the rooftop. Beds were comfy, loved having robes and slippers as mornings and evenings were cool.
Other reviewers have accurately described the neighborhood. It's about a 3 block walk (down) to get to the market and from then it is flat in most of the central part of the city. The 3 block walk up is a bit of hike. I did it every time I was alone, but when I was with friends we usually used a cab or Uber to return to the house.
Soledad the housekeeper is charming and is a great (and very willing) cook. I had her make 3 complete dinners for us and asked her to make guacamole every time she came (twice a week). Her cooking was wonderful! She also did all our laundry which was a great treat. We thought the design was excellent, lots of light and air. The owners are responsive and obviously love their home away from home. Already booked for next year!
You enjoyed our home just the way we would; relaxing, close to the market, even exercise on the way home!! So glad to have you returning next year - with all the flowers and plants on the rooftop, hopefully you’ll have more “dry” time to enjoy up there too.
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
So glad you felt like you were "home". The views of the city, La Presa (lake) and mountains beyond are beyond words, and taking in the view over cocktails -- on the main terrace or the rooftop -- is a daily delight. We continue to shop locally for artwork and crafts to furnish our home for your enjoyment. You are welcome back at any time.
San Miguel de Allende was designated UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2008; what took them so long? Looking for some additional reading?