Hidden behind a century-old mesquite door on a quiet, friendly callejòn (lane or narrow street) in the central historical district of San Miguel de Allende, Casa del Mundo is ideally located just a few minutes' walk from the main Jardín.
Our comfortable, Mexican colonial-style home features two bedrooms, five fireplaces, four and a half baths, traditional terracotta floor tiles and 10-12 foot ceilings that are either bóveda (arched) or fashioned from tejamil (wood strips) and beams.
On the ground floor, cantera-columned living and dining rooms flow smoothly out into a covered sala (outdoor living room) with fireplace and wet bar and a lushly planted stone patio that surrounds a custom soothing fountain. Special touches of this patio, one of two garden patios with hand-carved stone fountains, include a unique back wall with a circa 1840 mesquite door leading to the garden workroom, plus a turn-of-the-century cantera frame that surrounds another antique door and window.
The sala connects to a cozy study with a pull-out couch, full bath, fireplace and 50-inch, Shaw Cable-equipped flatscreen television. It's one of three TVs in the home, which also includes two Bose stereo systems.
Just off the dining room, a fully stocked gourmet kitchen features a center island cook top, corner fireplace, two sinks and an eat-in area. (A large market is just a few blocks away, and our six-day-a-week housekeeper will be happy to cook you breakfast or lunch.)
Going up the staircase, a pair of custom-made raku torsos can be seen from the living room through an interior window.
The master bedroom suite, overlooking the shaded front patio, contains multicolored columns supporting the fireplace and a papel amate (hand-hammered paper) design, beautifully framed over the bed. The master bathroom is tiled in soft greens and blues with a wall-to-wall mirror.
Across the hall, the twin-bedded guest room comes with a full bath, its own walk-in closet and restful views over the back patio. Rounding out the second floor is a laundry room with bath and a light-filled exercise room.
Continuing up to the third floor, Casa del Mundo's relaxing, beautifully-appointed rooftop terrace offers 360-degree views of San Miguel, including the surrounding mountains and La Iglesia de la Concepciòn (commonly called "Las Monjas," or The Nuns). With both covered and open seating areas, the rooftop features numerous plantings and flowers plus dining table, refrigerator and wet bar - and is the perfect spot to celebrate the end of another day in this UNESCO World Heritage city.