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NOVEMBER 2017: Vacation in a Modern, Art-Filled Centro Home with 3-Level Views

Bedrooms 2
Half Baths1
Space 2,300 sq. ft.
Property type house
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

Larry White
Member since: 2006
Speaks: english, spanish
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Calendar last updated:
October 22, 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

Just wanted to tell you that we had a fabulous time in San Miguel, and your lovely home was a big part of our enjoyment. We spent every evening on the living room terrace, drinking wine and watching the sunset.

We've already talked about coming back again (my wife really liked SMA), so you may hear from me again! Thanks so much for everything.
May 2017
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Nearest Airport
60 Kilometres
Queretaro, Mexico
Nearest Golf
8 Miles
Las Ventanas
Nearest Beach
15 Kilometres
Hot Springs
Car: not necessary

San Miguel de Allende was designated UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2008; what took them so long? Looking for some additional reading?


San Miguel de Allende House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 2300 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Max. adults: 4
  • Min. age of primary renter: 16
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • As is customary in San Miguel, please tip our housekeeper 100 pesos per person per week.
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Lake View ...
  • Monument View ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • 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 ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 6 people
  • 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
  • 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 fans keep you cool in warmer weather. 100% cotton deluxe bed linens. Electronic Safe uses your personal combination.
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Gazebo ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Porch / Veranda ...
  • Tennis ...
  • 4 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • 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
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. We can arrange for a masseuse to come to the house for a 60 or 90 minute massage. You pay them directly for their service.


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As beautiful as in the pictures

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I just returned from our lovely vacation in Callejon de Chepito. The casa was absolutely wonderful; the rooms are comfortable and beautifully decorated, the views from all 3 levels are stunning, and there is nothing lacking in the home. The kitchen is outfitted for all the cooking anyone would want to do, although there is no shortage of delightful restaurants nearby (which are described in the binders provided by Laurie and Larry). Soledad, the housekeeper, is charming, friendly and completely helpful in every way. I understand that she is even available to cook a meal by arrangement if desired, although we did not take advantage of this. I can't say enough about how peaceful the home is; we slept very well despite Independence Day fireworks and the like (a very exciting time to be in San Miguel, by the way).

We absolutely recommend San Miguel for a vacation of any length. We were there for 10 days and barely scratched the surface. We visited 4 private homes on 2 tours sponsored by the Biblioteca, took a historic walking tour sponsored by Patronato pro Ninos, and took day tours to Guanajuato, Dolores Hidalgo and Atotonilco. And shopped enough to come home laden. I would return to San Miguel in a heartbeat, and would always want to stay at this convenient property if available!

  • Submitted: Oct 1, 2017
  • Stayed: Sep 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so glad you both enjoyed your vacation, and look forward to welcoming you back anytime - please stay for a longer visit next time so you can discover the nearby town of Pozos, the excavation of the Pyramids, and more of San Miguel itself.
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Beautiful Casita

  • 4 of 5

The decor and furnishings were spectacular. The owners have done a wonderful job with art and accessories. The view is breathtaking because it is up on a hill that overlooks the city. Well supplied with everything imaginable. Thank you for a lovely accommodation and a wonderful vacation..

  • Submitted: Sep 15, 2017
  • Stayed: Sep 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We enjoyed having you both, and loved the way you embraced San Miguel, seeking out restaurants and places to go. We continue to search for artwork for the house to enhance your stay. Come back anytime!
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Lovely Location

  • 5 of 5

The home is beautiful in all aspects. Great Views, steep walk downhill into town (use a taxi if you are not in shape), water in the house fine to drink, art work is especially beautiful. Home was very clean except for a few dusty spots. Thank you for a great stay!

  • Submitted: Sep 1, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We're so glad you enjoyed your stay at our house and in San Miguel; we continually look for art work and local crafts that will enhance the house; you are welcome to come back anytime.
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Best VRBO rental experience we have ever had!

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I are building a home in San Miguel de Allende (we'll be relocating from the US next year) and as we've been coming down here for many years, we know this exquisitely charming town quite well. We've stayed in fine hotels, BnBs, and private homes through VRBO type platforms. But our visit this summer at Callejon Chipto 13 was, by far, our most wonderful stay ever. There are several reasons why...

First off, the home itself is gorgeous and congenial in every way. It is located conveniently on a safe, well let, but tiny and meandering alleyway (called a Callejon in Spanish). You are a ten minute downhill walk to all the restaurants, shops and attractions of the Centro. And the safe cab ride home takes 5 minutes an costs just a couple of bucks!

Importantly, you are NOT on a street and there is no direct traffic.This doesn't mean that you are insulated fully from the sounds of the city, which to my wife and me was a great plus. You can hear the gentle murmur of the historic Centro below your hillside perch. A couple of roosters in the distance crowing to greet the new day. There is also the occasional barking dog and the musical laughter of neighborhood children as they stroll and play in the Callejon. So if you want an antiseptic silence, stay at the Rosewood for $700 per night. But if you want the authentic magic and music of old San Miguel to part of your vacation, then you will love to hear the pealing bells from four churches in the Centro, including the famed Parroquia! We loved the soundtrack of Callejon Cheipto 13 as much as we loved the views!

Next there is the inviting, informal elegance of the home itself. Laurie and Larry make this house their home often each year, and you never feel like you are in a rental. You always feel like you are in the home of a tasteful and treasured friend. The Sperlings remodeled this home entirely, and the architecture, design and decor are all impeccable and inviting. Very comfortable beds and furnishings, inside and outside, and too many thoughtful, homey details to mention here. They anticipate and meet all your needs, while also providing a wonderful housekeeper and (if you wish) cook.

The views are, literally, to die for. (But please don't!) From every level, the picturesque town of San Miguel rises up to meet your eyes and senses in a very immediate, but still gentle way.

Finally, Laurie and Larry were incredibly helpful throughout the process. Best stay ever!

  • Submitted: Aug 10, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Michael and Lisa were extraordinary guests; thoughtful, inquisitive and open. We loved having you stay our casa (so glad you thought of "mi casa es su casa"), and welcome you back anytime. We continue to add to the house so people will feel at home -- currently we are upgrading our plantings and garden - so come back in a few months to see the transformation!
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Well appointed, beautiful home with great views

  • 5 of 5

This home is special. On a small alley with a true flavor of Mexico, this home has everything you need. With stunning views and beautiful furnishings you will be comfortable here. The owners are extremely accommodating and responsive and will do everything they can to make your stay special. Soledad, the housekeeper lives right across the cajejon and is a jewel. The walk up the hill is very doable if you are in good shape and if not the taxis are around $2.50. I hope we will be back.

  • Submitted: May 19, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We love that Michael and his family adopted our house and San Miguel as their own, Ising the casa to its full advantage. Even when a maintenance item came up, they were helpful getting it identified and we got it repaired. Larry and I welcome your return, hopefully soon!
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Has it all!

  • 5 of 5

We've been to San Miguel before and this place has it all. The house is in great shape, it is impeccably decorated and it has all the little things you might need to run a home. The view from the balconies and rooftop garden is fabulous. It may be the best in town. Since the house is uphill from the "centro"" ,it was about 1 mile round trip from activities and shopping. When we added our walks in town we found we could eat all the great SMA cooking without packing on any weight.

  • Submitted: Mar 13, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: You both have taken great advantage of our casa's location, even getting in your exercise on the way home! We're so glad you have been able to enjoy the house, inside and out, including grilling on the terrace and reading on the rooftop. We look forward to welcoming you back next year!
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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

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

Weekly from $895, Monthly from $2,200.



Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.