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Come for 2 Weeks in Jan 2017: Vacation in a Modern Centro Home with 3-Level View

Sleeps4
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms2
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 - 30 nights

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Details
Property
house
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Bathrooms
2
Half Baths
1
Minimum Stay
7 - 30 nights

About the property

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.

More Details

Owner
Larry White
Member since: 2006
Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
January 14, 2017

About Larry White

As architects, we've enjoyed traveling in Europe, Asia, Africa, Central & South America as well as the US, Canada 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 on our third trip to this magical city, we were fortunate to find this wonderful home.

Larry White purchased this house in 2012

Why Larry White chose Guanajuato

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.

Guestbook comments from the owner

What a lovely home! We had such a wonderful vacation. You have everything you could need here and we felt very at home. We loved Soledad. She is wonderful. We hope to return next year.
Oct 2016
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Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(34 traveler reviews)

Come for 2 Weeks in Jan 2017: Vacation in a Modern Centro Home with 3-Level View
average rating of 4.9411764 based on 55 reviews
5

SWEET!

  • 5 of 5

The street designation "callejon" reminded us of a French confection, callisons, from Provence...sweet! This house was sweet, as well...we loved everything about it and, if we weren't friends of the owners, would have been tempted to "borrow" some of the beautiful rugs and delightful tchochskis as souvenirs.

The casa's User's Manual was invaluable and every tip in it was spot on. We really felt the advice in it helped us max out our two short weeks, and we touted the place to fellow day-trippers who were planning returns to SMA. The one dining tip that needs more emphasis is the idea of asking Soledad to come over and prepare one of her favorite meals for you. Mucho Bueno...wish we had done it more than the two times we did! She is wonderful.

The place was perfect for the two of us, and still comfortable for all when our adult children joined us for a few days.

As I said before...sweet!

  • Submitted: Nov 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad you enjoyed your stay, and took advantage of much of which we and SMA has to offer. Come back -- Soledad says she'll cook more of her favorite meals for you! You found your own rug to buy and bring home - fantastic!!
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Windsor, Colorado
5

Lovely, comfortable home in San Miguel de Allende!

  • 5 of 5

We just love this home in San Miguel. It is both beautiful and comfortable. We felt so at home and miss those gorgeous sunsets from the balcony. San Miguel is a delightful place to visit and we will return.

  • Submitted: Nov 11, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: You made our home your own and enjoyed all the casa and San Miguel has to offer -- but there's still more -- we look forward to welcoming you back next time!
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5

13 Callejon de Chepito, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

  • 5 of 5

This property is both beautifully designed and decorated as well as perfectly situated for staying in San Miguel de Allende. There are three separate patios with "picture perfect" views of the city, and a wonderful multi-story layout separating the bedrooms from the TV room, office, dining and seating areas. The housekeeper, Soledad, is a delight, keeps the property immaculate, and is there for your check-in and tour of the casa. You can directly pay her for additional services such as meal preparation and groceries. From the house it is an easy walk downhill to the city center, and almost all of the city's principal attractions. Some may find the walk back uphill a challenge, but If so taxis are cheap and readily available. The owners, Laurie and Larry were fantastic to deal with, and fully provided all the information you might need for your stay. A special aspect of staying here is that you are in a real part of the city that is home to Mexican families, not a sterile Americanized replica. As such, you will hear roosters crowing in the morning, see children playing in the afternoon, and engage with local residents as you come and go. If you want to visit San Miguel but not be part of Mexico, then this location may not be for you. However, you will be missing a tremendous experience. I can not recommend this home and location highly enough, and we will definitely stay there on our next visit to San Miguel.

  • Submitted: Sep 4, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: You took full advantage of the Casa, Soledad's cooking skills and all that SMA has to offer. The views are so special -- either after a full day in and about town, or as part of a day and night at home. We welcome you back, soon, we hope!
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Houston, Texas
5

Beautiful home with a beautiful view!

  • 5 of 5

This was our second stay at Casa Chepito and it was even better than our last stay there three years ago. Since then, the owners have installed a whole house water filtration system so that you can safely drink the water out of the tap. There is plenty of hot water which seems to be an issue in some SMA homes. They have installed a new heavy duty door at the entrance that provides more security though we never had a problem with that before. Also, having nothing to do with the owners, a house just down the hill was converted from a metal shop to a residential home so that the noise level during the day has been considerably reduced.

The views from the terraces are spectacular and we enjoy the hikes up the hill but you can always find a taxi if you find them too challenging. The housekeeper is a charm and easy to work with. She comes twice a week so the house is always spotless. There is a little store a few steps away in case you need something. Your neighbors are locals and very friendly. I enjoyed practicing my Spanish with them.

I am sure we will be headed back to Casa Chepito in the future.

  • Submitted: Jul 21, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It's gratifying to hear you both enjoyed your return visit to our casa and to San Miguel; we continue to provide updates and add "creature comforts" so the house feels like a home, and you really never want to leave! We look forward to welcoming you back for a future vacation.
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5

Ultimate views

  • 5 of 5

We just spent the beautiful month of April in San Miguel. We were greeted with the spectacular colors of the jacaranda trees. The house is a gem! Everything you could need is here. My husband is a retired chef and we found the kitchen to be very well equipped. The whole house water purification system is a bonus. As other guests have mentioned, the walk to "downtown" is easy, but we helped the local economy by taking a taxi back home! Laurie was available for questions and information. She sent periodic emails while we were here to let us know about events and restaurants, and just to check in with us. Soledad, the housekeeper, is a lovely person and works hard to keep the house in order. You will find that the views from both patios and the roof are beyond spectacular. Our best recommendation is just to sit back, relax, and enjoy the views from this wonderful house.

  • Submitted: Apr 28, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Repeat Visit

  • 5 of 5

This is our second year (all of the month of March both times). We highly recommend Laurie and Larry's home, as well as them, as courteous landlords. The house has fantastic views of San Miguel. It is an easy downhill walk to the Jardin (centre of life in San Miguel) and an inexpensive taxi ride back. Many people err when they rent and end up with a difficult walk to the Jardin, this property does not have that problem.

The house is well equipped, has WIFI, a new flat screen TV with a great collection of DVDs (we are not TV watchers, so did not avail ourselves of this feature), a decent sound system. The kitchen is well equipped, has a microwave, good fridge, gas stove and a good selection of utensils. Soledad, the housekeeper comes twice a week and a truly a lovely woman; laundry is done, house is cleaned and anything that needs attention is dealt with.

The house is replete with art work, much of it of the highest quality. It truly makes for a classy stay. We have rented many properties, this one rates as tops. They are good people to deal with, they are more than fair to deal with and are continually improving the property. I would be hard pressed to find anything to criticize.

  • Submitted: Mar 25, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: As return renters, Geof and Sian have taken advantage of the whole house, from rooftop down, and made it their own for their month's stay. That's our goal - for you to feel welcomed and comfortable. We invite them back anytime.
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Map

Nearest Airport
60 Kilometres
Queretaro, Mexico
Nearest Golf
8 Miles
Las Ventanas
Nearest Beach
15 Kilometres
Hot Springs
Car: not necessary

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Rates & Availability

San Miguel de Allende House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
 
January 2017
Jan 17 2017 - Jan 31 2017
7 night minimum stay
$900
 
 
February 2017
Feb 1 2017 - Feb 28 2017
28 night minimum stay
$2,400
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $12 per night, per additional guest
 
March 2017
Mar 1 2017 - Mar 31 2017
30 night minimum stay
$2,400
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $12 per night, per additional guest
 
April 2017
Apr 1 2017 - Apr 30 2017
7 night minimum stay
$895
$2,350
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $12 per night, per additional guest
 
October 2017
Oct 1 2017 - Oct 31 2017
7 night minimum stay
$895
$2,350
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $12 per night, per additional guest
 
Nov - Dec 2017
Nov 1 2017 - Dec 31 2017
7 night minimum stay
$895
$2,400
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $12 per night, per additional guest
 
January 2018
Jan 1 2018 - Jan 31 2018
28 night minimum stay
$2,500
 
 
February 2018
Feb 1 2018 - Feb 28 2018
28 night minimum stay
$2,500
 
 
March 2018
Mar 1 2018 - Mar 31 2018
30 night minimum stay
$2,500
 
 
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
$875
$2,200
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $12 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $100
Property Damage Protection $59
Tax Rate 10.0%

Weekly from $875, 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!

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Amenities

San Miguel de Allende House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
Housekeeping:
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 2300 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Lake View ...
  • Monument View ...
  • Mountain View ...
Theme:
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Free Long Distance ...
  • Garage ...
  • Gas Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • 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:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Powder room - toilet , Conveniently located between the living and dining rooms
    Guest Room Bath - toilet , shower , Hammered copper sink; terry robes and slippers, too!
    Master Bath - toilet , combination tub/shower , Double sinks; plenty of storage; terry robes and slippers.
  • 2.5
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Guest Bedroom with ensuite bathroom - 2 twin/ single , Walk-in closet; 2 Twin beds or 1 King bed; your choice
    Master Bedroom with ensuite bath - 1 king , Walk-in closet; Glass doors open to your private terrace; TV
  • Large walk-in closets in both bedrooms have hanging, built-in shelves and drawer storage. Ceiling fan keeps you cool in warmer weather. Electronic Safe uses your personal combination.
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Gazebo ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Porch / Veranda ...
  • Tennis ...
  • 4 garden chairs
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
Attractions:
  • arboretum
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • synagogues
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • equestrian events
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • kayaking
  • swimming
  • tennis
Notes:
Our housekeeper, Soledad, can prepare light breakfasts or Comida (lunch) for you on the two days a week she works in our home, or an evening meal for your group, she's quite a good cook! We can procure your groceries and beverages and have them waiting upon your arrival. Just let us know what you prefer.

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