About this listing
Huge loft with 2 private roof gardens in refurbished factory called La Calera/ in Oaxaca City in old neighborhood of Ex-Marquezado. 5 mins from old railway station/ 15 minutes from the Zocalo. Great for artists and nature lovers away from home.
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 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.
The apartment was incredible and worth the slightly long walk into the centre of town. The complex still has a number of open buildings with galleries and there is a very inviting communal library. Michael's interior design was unique and faultless. It fitted perfectly with Oaxaca's arty and bohemian vibe. Michael and Aremi were extremely helpful, giving us good suggestions of things to do and allowing us to stay late in the apartment when one of us was ill, which was greatly appreciated.
Dar indicaciones mas claras para la llegada será de mucha utilidad y evitará invertir tiempo innecesario en descubrir como entrar. La casa es muy amplia, original y cómoda, estuvimos un parade días y nos pareció excelente.
After staying in Oaxaca Centro for a few nights, we wanted to try staying somewhere a little different. The whole complex of the Calera was so relaxing and wonderful to explore and take photos. We loved the community aspect of the place and everything was open!! The architecture and use of plants for spaces delighted us and inspired my husband to think more creatively about our own home and how we use outdoor spaces. We loved how old mechanical parts were turned into beautiful and useful furniture. We sat every evening outside in a communal space playing cards. The home itself is also amazing! The patios were private and just a lovely place to hang out. Everything was available for our use -- from food (including honey made at the Calera) to spirits to games to ..... and of course we loved to explore the books -- from designer dogs, Rufino Tamayo to Asterix and Graham Greene! (My son, an Asterix fan, had to drink from the Asterix cup.) Quite the assortment! This was the end of our two week time in the state of Oaxaca and my husband concluded that it was the best place we had stayed during the vacation. Thanks for opening your home!!
Estuvimos en la casa de Michael tres noches, nos sentimos realmente a gusto, superó con creces nuestras expectativas. La casa tiene todo lo necesario, es cómoda, muy acogedora y decorada con muy buen gusto.
Los espacios exteriores son geniales para pasear y disfrutar de la tranquilidad. Nos encantó la nave principal de la fábrica en la que había una exposición y la biblioteca llena de libros de distintos géneros.
Si duda un lugar plenamente recomendable!!!
La Calera (as the complex is called) is a remarkable enclave, a very, very special place. Built from the remains of an old cinder block factory (which have been artfully restored), it's now an artists' residence, a collection of really cool apartments. Everywhere you turn there is terrific art situated amongst stylish and eye-catching landscaping. Even the outdoor furniture are art pieces, cleverly fabricated from old machine parts and rough-hewn wood. You will be blown away by the vibe. A lot of thought, talent and heart has gone into the design and concept of this project, which includes a fantastic shared library. Michael (one of La Calera's principal owners and designers) has paid the same level of attention and care to design, art and detail in this unit, right down to a working console phonograph complete with a selection of jazz and R&B LPs such as Dionne Warwick & Grover Washington, all circa 1960's. It's a spacious, airy space over three levels, culminating with the master bedroom at the top which feels like you are inhabiting a tree house, with big sliding doors opening out to a lush private terrace. The second bedroom is also very spacious, with it's own private patio with a hammock, fenced in by tall cacti. Both have beautifully designed ensuite bathrooms with showers. The living spaces are equally generous with a big open kitchen and sitting room that opens up to another garden space and a separate dining room with a grand table seating six. The kitchen is well equipped (although the hob isn't the fastest) and there is a new washing machine, which is a bonus. Michael was an extremely accommodating host, arranging pick up from the airport and immediately responding to our minor issues such as a burnt out light tube. Aremi, his local property manager was a real gem, ensuring we were happy and comfortable, on call at a moment's notice - plus her father operates a taxi service, which is super convenient, Aremi is happy to coordinate. La Calera is about a 20 minute (not terribly pleasant) walk from the heart of Centro Historico, but two streets down it's easy to catch cabs which are plentiful and cheap (less than $5), or jump on one of the myriad buses heading to Centro Historico for a few pesos. It's totally worth the small extra effort, knowing you're returning to the serene oasis of La Calera.
Michael was wonderfully welcoming and helpful on the phone and his property manager Aremi was fantastic upon arrival. Directions, restaurant recommendations, and even a little mezcal tasting. What a great start to our visit! We felt totally at home and comfortable in the gorgeous loft that is so well equipped. The property itself is amazing and an architects dream. Would happily stay here again!
Era la primera vez que utilizabamos Airbnb, por lo mismo teníamos muchas dudas al respecto. La sorpresa fue bastante grata, el lugar que Michael ofrece es más que un alojamiento, es toda una experiencia.
La atmósfera que se respira combina la modernidad de un loft y la rica cultura local oaxaqueña. Las habitaciones son bastante cómodas y el patio en la planta alta está increíble.
También la persona que nos recibió fue muy amable y atenta durante toda nuestra estadía.
Además de todo, el lugar es pet friendly, lo que siempre es un plus.
Volvería sin pensarlo dos veces.
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About the Host, Michael
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).