Contemporary Home in Historic San Miguel De Allende, Mexico

Contemporary Home in Historic San Miguel De Allende, Mexico


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3 chambres
Couchages 6
2 salles de bain
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My home is a 6-year-old, architect-designed home in San Miguel de Allende, a historic Spanish colonial in the central highlands of Mexico. It is a small home that lives large because of its outdoor living spaces. It includes charming traditional elements--the walled garden, the central courtyard, high wood-beamed ceilings and indigenous materials--while adding contemporary features like skylights and expanses of glass to really open it up for completely modern living. Small terraces are on each level, plus a rooftop terrace with a dramatic view of the city and the surrounding mountains. Tall jacaranda trees shade the central courtyard. Bougainvillea, agave, bamboo, olive, vines and herbs add greenery to sunny spaces. Three spacious bedrooms (2 queen beds and 2 twin beds) and two full baths accommodate up to 6. On the first floor, the master bedroom with its own terrace is especially convenient for those seeking one-level living. On the second floor, two bedrooms and bath, plus laundry terrace are perfect for guests. You can make more than a good cup of morning coffee in the fully-equipped kitchen. Both outdoor and indoor dining areas are steps from the kitchen. Natural materials and colors highlight the simplicity and serenity of this home. Some call it "organic modern." I call it "barefoot living." Comfortable furnishings, quality bedding and linens throughout. Private, secure car park for one vehicle. Maid and gardener service. NO PETS.

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  1. Casa Luisa is my second home. I live in Minneapolis, and my son and wife and two granchildren (ages 6 & 8) live in Manhattan. I hope to exchange a family-friendly beach house somewhere on the mid-Atlantic seacoast which would accommodate up to 6. And/or an apartment in Manhattan (Upper West Side) for 1 or 2. I was in the book business for years, but recently I went back to school in order to shift into my "retirement" work, which is spiritual counseling and leading contemplative retreats. This work is flexible, so my schedule is flexible. I can offer Casa Luisa primarily in the winter and the summer, but other times are possible. Please let me know when you might be interested!





My home--"Casa Luisa"--is in the neighborhood of "San Antonio," which is an easy 15-minute walk to the historic center of town. It is just 5 level blocks to the Instituto de Allende and 10 blocks to the Jardin (the central park). You will find everything you need near the Instituto--grocery stores, pharmacy, wine shop, bakery, ice cream and chocolate shop, tortilleria, etc. San Miguel de Allende is a 450-year-old Spanish Colonial town in the central highlands of Mexico. It is 6300 feet above sea level with a climate similar to Santa Fe, NM--"high and dry"--only milder. In Mexico, they call it "eternal spring." It is cool in winter and comfortable in summer. Nights can be "crisp," so we sleep under wool blankets year round. The city of approximately 100,000 is rich in architectural beauty with its hilly cobblestone streets, beautiful old homes and churches, vine-covered walls, plazas and parks. San Miguel is steeped in ancient cultures and traditions from the heart of Mexico and, at the same time, is a mecca of modern-day Mexican visual and performing arts. Library lectures, language schools and art schools offer excellent courses for the continually curious. Cafes and restaurants, coffee shops, art galleries and delightful craft and gift shops abound. Cars are not necessary! You can walk almost anywhere. Taxis, if you want them, are safe, cheap and plentiful.

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