New 2 story modern house with 2 private roof gardens in refurbished factory called La Calera/ in heart of Oaxaca City in old neighborhood of Ex-Marquezado. 5 mins from old railway station/ 10 minutes from Zocalo. Home to artist studios and media offices. Safe, convenient. Great for artistic minded.
La Calera is a refurbished factory, the only of its kind in Oaxaca. The architecture and design is fabulous and of the highest quality down to the bathroom and kitchen tiles from Maestro Francisco Toledo himself. There are working artists on site along with a beautiful library with over two thousand editions.
The house is equipped with all amenities including wireless internet, washer and dryer and a full working kitchen. A full bar is also available where guests are asked to leave a contribution for what they consume.
Interaction with Guests
La Calera is alive with working artists and media studios, along with a library, basketball court,, and spaces to sit and walk. It is situated in Oaxaca´s oldest neighborhoods: Ex-Marquezado which offers a real, authentic vista of Oaxaca City. Given that it is Oaxaca the colonial city center is just a few minutes up the road.
Public transport in the form of urban buses and taxis run along the main avenue into the city center every few minutes just one/ two blocks away. We do offer a taxi service with a reliable and economical person for guests arriving to the airport.
Other Things to Note
La Calera is an ex-factory. Therefore, it doesnt have the usual street address and getting in for the first time is not as easy per say as a street level house. It is therefore important to be patient, follow the instructions/ maps, and to try to time your arrival in daylight and as best as possible so as to avoid complications. In addition, ceilings in the house are very high and the staircases are open. Therefore, it is not advisable to bring very small children unless under constant supervision.
Oaxaca is a very "natural place" and you are never far away from the elements. The Calera is also a safe haven for nature with lots of birds, animals, and insects to enjoy. As a result, it is important to be clean and tidy in the kitchen and not to leave crumbs or food out. Moreover, during the rainy season (may to august) the rain can be very strong and wild and therefore it is important to close windows and patio doors. The library is a great place for kids to explore but please make sure to put back games and books in the places they were found. The library does have "community hours" and there may at times be community activities taking place. As a result, please limit consumption of alcohol during these times to the house and its terrace spaces.
La Calera (the location of the bnb) is totally unique. You are within the walled compound that was formerly a limestone factory. Aesthetically it is absolutely stunning. The apartment is large and well-equipped (including washing machine). It is quiet at night, very secure (the metal gates are closed and locked at night). The apartment opens onto the common area, which is very big. There is parking inside the compound (as well as outside). We absolutely loved it. Michael, accessible by email, was VERY responsive. The two people on site were very lovely to work with and very helpful. We walked to and from town every day for Spanish classes. It was about 1 3/4 miles, about 35-40 minutes to Santo Domingo. That is a bit more than it states on the bnb website. It is a very short walk to Chedraui, a large supermarket, which is quite handy. The internet access is excellent.
I'll start by saying that La Calera is an incredible space — a former lime plant turned into a cultural center and office for NGOs. The place is decorated beautifully. There are a few things that could be improved upon to make the stay more comfortable (an easier way to make coffee—takes about 20 minutes in the percolator on the weak stovetop—, towel hooks in the bathrooms, not having workers around in the morning, etc), but the space is a bit in-progress and I have no doubt it will shape up to perfection. Michael was a wonderful host from afar, and Aremi, his go-to on-site, was sweet, accommodating, lovely and helpful. The space is a bit outside of the Centro, so for those who haven't been to Oaxaca before, you may be better served closer to the action, but for me (my 11th trip) it was perfect. It's a quick 5 minute cab ride to Santo Domingo / the Zocalo.
La Calera es un gran lugar, es mucho más bonito en vivo que en las fotos. Michael siempre estuvo atento a nuestra llegada.
We had a wonderful stay at La Calera. Michael was an amazing host, greeting us after we arrived later than expected one night from D.F and spending a good part of the next day showing us around Oaxaca. This was our first AirBnB experience, and in general I don't write on-line reviews. But Michael and La Calera deserve any praise we can give.
We were traveling with three children, including a baby. La Calera was a great space for them to roam. While a working, refurbished factory (spaces for art, non-profit offices, etc) they were safe and befriended many of the workers there. Michael helped to arrange private Spanish lessons for the children. And they enjoyed the library space and basketball hoop when we were not out seeing the sites.
We especially enjoyed the neighborhood and La Calera's attempts to integrate and yet bring some economic diversification to what I would describe as a working class area. It felt very authentic. Our children took up with many neighborhood kids over the two weeks and came to enjoy nightly games of street baseball, in addition to Flora, a wonderful woman and her family's nightly tlayudas and memelas on a nearby street corner.
We walked to and from the Zocalo many a time. Yes, it's a bit of a haul with busy traffic, noise, exhaust and lots of street construction to navigate. But it also introduced us to new people and the various fiestas that seem to crop up on an amazingly frequent basis. And sometimes it felt faster than being stuck in a taxi or bus in traffic. Plus, it helped to work off some of the food we enjoyed too much!
Kudos to Michael, Jacaranda and La Calera staff for a great place! We had a truly memorable experience. Thank you!
We had a lovely time in Oaxaca renting Michael's house. Despite the frustration of the airlines losing our luggage the entire duration of the trip, relaxing at the factory made the stress much more bearable. Michael's local support team were fantastic with prompt taxi service, suggestions for mezcalotecas in Centro Oaxaca, and bringing my friend on a mezcal tour in neighboring villages. Michael also introduced us to our factory neighbor who was also visiting from SF and the three of us had a great time together.
It was the best Air BnB flat I've been to. It's just amazing. I wish we could stay much longer. Michael is a great host & offered us a bootle of Mezcal. We even saw an owl. What more can I ask for.
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I was born in London UK. I have lived abroad all my adult life. I attended UCL for undergraduate and then Columbia Uni in NYC for my Masters. I am the Exec Director of a small organization that provides services and consulting in international education and development in Mexico. My passions include - interior design, architecture, gardening, food and beverage, and botany amongst others.
I like to travel to unknown places and to go off the path to touch the local and authentic. I like to explore and I like to get to the unique and the true knowledge. As a host, I try to provide interesting and unique experiences which are not found on the map and which offer cnnections to quality art, crafts and tastes. I am constantly learning and looking to incorporate best practices and feedback. We like it when people turn up to the airport and ask for a taxi and no-one has any idea where our factory is (we provide a driver - don´t worry).