ABOUT OUR HOME
Our traditional Mexican home sits on the San Miguel de Allende hillside offering a commanding view of this wonderful city. San Miguel has on numerous occasions been named the number one city in the world to live in. Most recently it was also honored as the most friendly city in the world. Indeed, it is attractive and friendly but what draws visitors to San Miguel is the lively Mexican culture, well established art scene, vibrant colorful buildings and very nice weather. The central square (jardine), the true meeting point and pulse of the town, lies just below our casa, a mere ten minute stroll through cobbled streets lined with beautiful, colorful colonial homes. Once in the jardine you will be captivated by the rose-colored Parochia, the grand church and architectural gem of the city.
Once inside the property gates, one will find a lovely entry with fountains and flowers. Here awaits a very comfortable, well-maintained 4,350 square foot house, spread over three floors. Privacy abounds in this house. It is comfortable and well appointed throughout. Each floor has a large terrace to enjoy al fresco dining, relaxing with a book or just gazing at the mesmerizing, panoramic city view. The colorful potted plants are blooming year round. The house has four bedrooms, two of which are large master suites with very comfortable king-sized beds. There are five bathrooms in total. The kitchen is substantial, well equipped and the appliances are all new. It has a beautiful boveda ceiling with a cupola letting sunlight in from above. Three other bovedas are found throughout the house. The living room and dining room is the center of the house. Here, as in all of the house, art work graces the walls and a large collection of Mexican folk art adorns the bookshelves and tables. On the lower level one will find the family room along with the two lower bedrooms and baths. Here a WIFI-connected smart TV will provide entertainment on the many US and Mexican channels. Movies and TV series are available for those inclined to binge watch on Netflix. WIFI is streamed on all three floors.
Outside the lower floor is the splash pool and barbecue terrace. It, like the rest of the house, is very private. The splash pool is perfect for a cool down on a hot afternoon. It is solar heated and will get up to 90 degrees fahrenheit ( 31 C) for much of the year. There is a pool heater for the winter months which have cool nights mornings but temperatures usually reach the mid 70’s ( 22-24 C).
San Miguel de Allende is much like an Italian or Spanish hill town. There is much to see just strolling the many winding streets. Colorful houses abound and will fascinate all visitors. Restaurants and shops are spread throughout the centro. Art galleries have always been a vital part of the city culture and there are many to visit. Musical events and festivals are frequent all year round. There also is an international film festival. For those who want more active entertainment, a weekly hiking group, open to all, gathers on Sundays for hiking in the local Picacho Mountains. There are several groups that hit the hills, each designed for different hiking abilities. This is part of our weekly routine and I highly recommend it. Also worth the exercise is a kayaking paddle on the (Presa) local reservoir. This is great fun and provides the opportunity to see local birds such as the Giant American Pelicans, several varieties of egrets, Roseate Spoonbills and Great Blue Herons.
San Miguel has an ideal high dessert climate. Being in the central plains of Mexico, it is warm and sunny most of the year without ever getting too hot. If rain is going to fall, it will likely be in the months between June to September, but only as afternoon or evening thunderstorms that are entertainment in themselves. However, most every day in San Miguel is sunny. Visitors have been coming to San Miguel for decades and a large reason is the wonderful climate.
Day trips to other colonial towns are a great way to get more familiar with Mexico and its colorful culture. Guanajuato and Queretaro are just an hour or more away. Also, the interesting old mining ghost town, Mineral de Pozos, is close by and worth a visit. Other colonial towns are within a few hours drive as well. The many cultural events in Mexico, such The Day of the Dead make a trip to Patzcuaro a lasting experience.
Our home is a very clean, well cared for property. It has the inherent Mexican charm that everyone loves, is truly comfortable but up-to-date in terms of modern conveniences. All appliances are new and the house is equipped with both UV and reverse osmosis water systems. Life here can best be described as indoor/outdoor due to our sunny climate. Therefore, much of the time is spent one of the outdoor terraces. The location and views are especially great, just minutes from town by foot. The property is cared for by a wonderful full time house-keeper and gardener who are at the house morning to mid afternoon very day but Sunday. Their schedules could be altered to satisfy visitor’s needs. Laundry will be done as required and cooking is a possibility.
Our hope is to share our home with those who would treat the property as if it were their own. This a great house and town. Mutual swaps, either at the same time or not may work best. But, points may be considered. We have no kids but like to travel with another couple or two, always responsible, as are we.