For a video of the house, put in my name, Joe DeCola at that famous you joint. It does not show the recent total renovation of the kitchen, nor new hot water system. Let me know of any questions you might have. You'll love the house.
The pool is kept meticulously clean by Jose, the Pool Guy. It can be heated to your pleasure.
Just a fifteen minute walk to the "Jardin"(center of town), this great house in Atascadero has the charm of a country house, a spectacular view of Centro, plus extensive gardens and a great pool.
A unique, luxurious and comfortable vacation home filled with light, warmth, hospitality and privacy.
Bright, three-bedroom, three-and-a-half bath home with two fireplaces, a luxurious heated pool (private enough for skinny dipping!), two terraces and an inviting garden where orange and pomegranate trees and a rainbow of blooms invite you in.
Fully furnished, down to the cable tv, high speed internet for your laptop, VCR, telephone, dishwasher and microwave, it looks out on the pool, the sweet sleepy town of San Miguel and the mountains off in the distance.
San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
- Private Vacation Home
- 3 Bedroom
- 3 1/2 Bath
- Sleeps 6 (ideal for 2-3 couples)
-100 channel satellite radio(Sirius)
- TV/VCR /Cable (CNN/HBO)
- Broadband internet connection
- Maid service
Perched on a hillside in the exclusive residential area of El Atascadero, you'll find Casita del Sol. After you enter the unassuming gate and walk across the pretty entry garden (grass, flowers, fruit trees) to the antique door into the compact brick bungalow, you are suddenly surprised by the spacious living/dining room, new kitchen, with it's cathedral ceiling and the bright, cheerful interior graced by equipale furniture and a wood-burning fireplace.
Through the picture windows and doors, you can enjoy forever views of 180 degrees. The terrace that runs the full length of the living/dining room overlooks the backyard garden and pool area. A table and chairs provide a great place for sundowner drinks as well as an al fresco breakfast or lunch. The new kitchen is nicely equipped granite countertops, with large and small appliances, and a pantry. There is also a half-bath for guests on this level.
You descend to the lower level via the unusual wood staircase. The master bedroom, with king bed, fireplace and en suite bath enjoys a view of the pool. The second bedroom has a queen bed, comfortable sitting area and en suite bath. Both bedrooms have a bank of closets.
Across the pool patio with its relaxing recliners, is a twin-bedded third bedroom. The bath that adjoins it also serves as a changing room for pool guests. The free-form pool is kept warm by a gas-fired furnace, and is sparkling clean, thanks to a poolman who comes several times a week.
The maid, Chila, and the gardener Trini, each come Monday, Wednesday and Friday to cater to your needs. There is also a professional manager on call, if you should need any repairs. There is off street parking, should you arrive via car
The home is furnished with many amenities: SIRIUS satellite radio with 100 commercial-free stations, cable TV, VCR, wireless high speed internet connection (for your laptop), automatic washer, chaise lounge chairs, massage table, electric mattress pad warmers as well as down comforters on all beds.
Three bedrooms, 3.5 baths, heated pool, flowered gardens, spectacular views
Atascadero, the neighborhood just above the center of San MIguel is a quiet, tranquil place.
While some prefer the hurly-burly of the downtown, it's gotten a bit too noisy for some, too congested, and too touristy. The air, the noise level and the views from Atascadero are ideal. You'll appreciate being able to walk downhill along shady cobblestoned streets to be in The Jardin, the main plaza, in 12- 15 minutes. Walking back up is a good daily cardio, but when you have groceries, etc., you might appreciate the easily found 35 peso taxi (about US$2.30)
Radio taxis come to the house and take you anywhere in town for US$3.00.
Other Things to Note
please bring comfortable walking shoes..the cobblestoned streets of San MIguel require them.
There's no Gay bar in SanMiguel...they've tried to open them, but they become too popular with the straight folks. Friday evenings at "Berlin" Bar and "Tapas" bring like minded gay and lesbian folks together.
My favorite bar in town is just down the hill, "La Sirena Gorda" (the fat mermaid)...awesome fish tacos, steamed artichokes and martinis made with fresh grated ginger...
no smoking in the house. gas for pool heating at renter's expense unless booked for weekend with heated pool, tips for staff suggested ($20 to housekeeper, gardener, and pool boy each per each week or less) Staff comes Monday Wednesday and Friday mornings. The Gardener arrives about 8 AM and Chila, the Housekeeper at about 9...they're both there until noon or so.
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Joe was a great host. He depicts the listing accurately, and was responsive within a few days. He called me a few weeks before our trip to give me the lay of the land, and offered to heat the pool and stock the kitchen with breakfast foods so that we wouldn't have to run to the grocery store immediately upon arriving. Chila was extremely nice and helpful, as was the rest of the staff.
The house itself is beautiful. The garden is well tended, and everything was clean and neat when we arrived. The pool was warm and relaxing, and we felt very much at home.
The neighborhood is residential and serene, but only about a 4-5 minute drive into the main part of San Miguel de Allende. It was very convenient.
My family and I will be sure to keep Joe's place in mind the next time we visit SMA! Thanks Joe!
The house is nice but needs a little update in certain things. Joe is a great host he answers really quickly.
We had a little trouble with the shower in the 2 bathroom ( couldn't use it at all) and the water wasn't hot. We had to change the batteries on the water heater.
Otherwise really enjoyed our stay. But didn't spend lot of time in the house.
Joe is a very attentive and helpful host, and is almost maternal in making sure you arrive safely at his house. The house is beyond expectations. The gardens are beautiful, with flowers and fruits every where, even in December! I cannot imagine what it looks like in the spring. The location is a very easy walk into town if one is accustomed to walking (e.g., from New York, Chicago, and other "pedestrian cities") - and yet it is up on a quiet hill. The yard is secluded is gives the feeling of being alone in a quiet paradise. The kitchen is well equipped for cooking. It is also a breeze to get around town in a taxi. San Miguel is magical. We also had a wonderful tour with Coyote Canyon out to the pyramids. It was informative and a beautiful drive. I highly recommend Joe's paradise!
I will like to add my opinion of this house, first I talk to Chila that we need a maid for sunday and we paid the maid, and also to who we have to paid the tip if Chila wasen't in San Miguel she left Saturday
Also, there was so little water to shower and there was no hot water, also we have problems with the pipe of the shower. However this is my opinion of the house we have so many problems
We spent a magical week in San Miguel and loved staying at Joe's home. It had the feel of a real Mexican home and comforts of home. The pool and outdoor space was worth being just a short walk from Centro, and after a busy day walking the crowded streets of San Miguel it was a comfort to sit quietly on the patio and watch the sunset.
The walk to centro is about 10 minutes, but the cobbled roads can be precarious if you are older or not a good walker. We always cabbed it home - it was only $3-4 and well worth it. I recommend getting the pool heated, we still used it, but it was chilly!
Also, Joe's staff is super helpful. They went out of their way to make us feel at home.
Spent 3 nights at the house with 4 other friends. The house is absolutely gorgeous with the gardens and the views. The surrounding area is really fun to walk through among the lovely old homes. All of the rooms were comfortable and clean. We thoroughly enjoyed the pool and outdoor lounge area. The staff were very friendly and sweet as well. Joe was extremely responsive to messages while planning the trip which made it all easier.
Overall, we had a lovely time and would love to go back there again for a little longer soon :)
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