Stunning, colourful, architecturally designed colonial home

Stunning, colourful, architecturally designed colonial home


Jan 2014

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4 Bedrooms
Sleeps 8
4 Bathrooms

About our home

Our beautiful home is delightfully decorated in warm colours with tiled floors and rugs throughout. There are amazing terra cotta brick boveda ceilings in many rooms; we have a large collection of original art, 6 gas fireplaces, 9 overhead fans, a great kitchen with granite countertops, stainless fridges and a freezer, maids kitchen, walk-in pantry and Maria the maid comes one day a week. The master bedroom has a queensize bed, TV, fireplace with recliner chairs, balcony, twin-sink bathroom, large Jacuzzi, separate shower and toilet (with heated seats), gigantic walkin closet and there's a wonderful view from our bed looking towards the Sierra Madre mountains where the sun rises in the morning.
The second bedroom has a queensize bed and the third has a double and a single with a single day bed in the Casita.
The covered la sala looks out onto a central maintained garden of 8 circulating ponds with delightful bougainvilla, palm trees, cedar, mesquite and colourful garden beds, providing a pleasant walking path. Our home 'Cascabel' (little bell) is set in our own large landscaped garden which is maintained by our gardener. We have recently added a 'Casita' - (little house) which doubles as a studio for Glenda who is an artist and also a separate/private guest room. Sit on the la sala and enjoy the hummingbirds feeding while sipping on your morning coffee or a late afternoon margarita made with limes from our own trees. We are in a secure area outside the city of San Miguel de Allende, where you are surrounded by equally colourful, colonial properties and the clubhouse offers swimming pools, tennis court, gym facilities, café, free private bus service to SMA along with many other activities regularly arranged by the management. Our community of approx.250 includes expats from Hawaii, England, Europe, USA, Canada and ourselves from Australia, along with many Mexican families.
San Miguel de Allende is a 16th century World Unesco Heritage city with cobblestone streets, no traffic lights, colourful colonial buildings and a great artist community where every day there are art shows, music festivals, parades and fireworks. The history, the art ,the architecture, the colour and the people are magnificent. We have lived here for 3 years after selling our home in Australia. Its all here! At 6,500 ft. elevation the town has a population around 140,000, 20% expats. and was recently awarded the title of 'the best city in the world' by Conde Naste travel magazine's readers.


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More about us

  1. We are a retired couple from Australia having a wonderful adventure in Mexico where we spend the northern winter and we are now permanent residents here. We also have a Lakehouse on the Flathead Lake in Montana where our children and grandchildren join us for the summer months from Calgary, Canada. We spent 6 years in beautiful San Miguel de Allende in Mexico and did several exchanges with properties in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico and Cairanne, Provence, France. We now live in a beautiful condo in Nuevo Vallarta in a penthouse condo on the 6th floor right on the ocean.. it’s a stunning place and the people are wonderful.

  2. Kingsley was in senior management and a director of one of Canada's top ten companies and after he retired we returned to Australia where we owned a heritage property on the south coast, hosting weddings and various groups for parties, meetings etc. We built a Mediterranean style house on the coast at Port Elliot but eventually sold it when we decided to return to North America to be closer to our family.

  3. Glenda is an artist., first training when living in Calgary, Canada where I became professional and was accepted into various art societies across Canada. I worked closely with World Vision and all the funds received from the sale of my work was donated to support many children around the world. After Kingsley retired we lived in Ireland for 6 months and the local Kenmare Park hotel sponsored an art show at their beautiful hotel, with all proceeds going to children through World Vision. We have 2 adult children and 5 grandchildren living in Canada where we took then 30+ years ago. We have travelled extensively, sometimes taking the whole family; a Mediterranean cruise from Greece to Istanbul and then time at a farmhouse in Italy, next holiday we all spent 3 weeks in Dubrovnik, the island of Vis and then a week further north in Istria, and more recently 3 weeks in a France where we exchanged our property in SMA for time in Cairanne, Provence, plus we rented the property next door to house our whole family, before moving to another location above St Tropez.. all wonderful experiences that I have captured in coffee table books that I write and have printed on Blurb. Each of our family have copies of these books and they love to revisit these wonderful places and revive the memories we have shared. Kingsley and I have also been on cruises to Vietnam, Myanmar and Cambodia, a 28 day river cruise when we spent time in Prague before commencing the cruise in Bucharest, Romania and travelled through Serbia, Hungary, Slovakia, Austria, Germany, and into Holland and then Belgium. Another book records these travels for us to enjoy and share. Our last cruise was 45 days, commencing in Singapore and following Magellan’s spice route, ending in Lisbon... many wonderful memories and friends made along the way...

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Where is it?


Buzzy restaurants
Firenze, Nirvana, The Restaurant, Tio Lucas
Cool bars
Tapas bar at Rosewood Hotel, #1 in Mexico
Cozy cafés
Cafe Rama, Cafe Buenas Dias, La Mesa Grande
Retail therapy
Aurora art centre, art galleries, artisan markets, everywhere.
Bit of culture
Instituto Allende, Belles Artes, Teatro Angela Peralta, Biblioteca, Teatro Santa Ana
Walks in the park
Parque Juarez, Historic walk in San Miguel de Allende, nature walk in botanical gardens - birdwatching etc.
Spot of exercise
Rancho los Labradores pools and gym, yoga retreats
Day tripping
City of Guanajuato, Dolores Hidalgo, Queretaro

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