Central seating area in the open-air atrium.Very central location, flat walk to the jardin.
Jewelbox in Historic Centro–house
4 guests
2 bedrooms
2 beds
2.5 baths
4 guests
2 bedrooms
2 beds
2.5 baths
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Jewelbox in the historic Centro. Easy, flat walk to the jardin. Spare, beautiful, clean, impeccable details. Mexican modern with historic materials. Private 2-bdrm house with 2.5 baths, writer's study, gourmet kitchen. Two terraces. Excellent location. Housekeeper 2x/week, property manager, library, WiFi, free US & SMA phones. One bedroom has a queen bed, the other has a double bed.

Maximum of four adults, and no small children. Absolutely no smoking, no pets. Not a party house.

The space

Casita Laurita, built in 2008, is an architectural gem centrally located on one of San Miguel’s best loved streets, Calle Loreto. Open the door to this seemingly small house in the Centro and be amazed at the gorgeous, light, airy, beautifully-appointed casita, with terrace gardens, a gourmet kitchen, and plenty of places to lounge. Two bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms, plus an extra napping couch/bed in the studio. A convenient base to explore all of San Miguel de Allende, you may never want to leave the house.

English and Spanish-speaking house manager will greet you, show you around, and help you out. Maid service 2x/week. Cook and grocery service available upon request for an extra fee.

Casita Laurita was featured in the Great Homes and Destinations column of the New York Times.

Built on three stories with terraces on top, the 2-bedroom, 2.5-bath house is an easy and flat walk to the jardin, near language schools, and steps away from the town’s famous artisan market. Great cafes nearby, as well as an organic market.

The 1000-sq-ft house is Mexican modern style, built around a central courtyard, with clean design and exquisite details. The house has up-to-date amenities (flat-screen TV, wireless) and dreamily comfortable beds. The covered top terrace has a lovely 360-degree view of San Miguel and its famous Parroquia church. A second patio with lounge chairs is private and cozy, perfect for dreaming, surrounded with lavender, jasmine, and other scented potted plants.

A sunny studio with a 13-foot wooden desk makes Casita Laurita a wonderful retreat for a writer. The gourmet kitchen is a splendid spot for a cook who wants to explore Mexico’s cuisine.

Guest access

Entire private house. You will get instructions to meet my property manager, who will give you keys, show you around, and get you settled.

Interaction with guests

I will interact only by email. This is your private house. There is a property manager to meet you and settle you in, and he is available when you need him. There is also a maid two mornings a week.

Other things to note

Designed by noted Mexican/Norwegian architect Anja Fauske; appeared in NYT Homes section, also featured in owner's memoir, All Over the Map. Tall and narrow with lots of spaces to sit, read, dream. Kitchen with everything you need, from sharp knives to Le Creuset. Excellent linens, attention to detail throughout, book and film libraries. Parking lots nearby.

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Security Deposit $250
Weekly Discount: 25%
Weekend Price $200 / night
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Sleeping arrangements
Bedroom 1
1 queen bed
Bedroom 2
1 double bed
Common spaces
1 couch

House Rules
No smoking
Not suitable for pets
No parties or events
Not safe or suitable for children (2-12 years)
Check in is anytime after 2PM
Check out by 12PM (noon)

No smoking, no children under 12 (check with me). Owner not responsible for items left behind, or for conditions outside the house (parades, firecrackers, music, etc.). Absolutely no sublettors or more than 4 guests without explicit permission of the owner. Maid comes twice a week. It is customary to tip the maid as well as the property manager if you make him wait. Check in at 3 pm, check out by noon. This is a quiet neighborhood, so please entertain guests for drinks or dinner, but no parties. The property manager can help you arrange a private car service for transportation to and from the airport, but we are not responsible for any shuttle services, which you should book on your own and confirm. Enjoy the books and films but leave them behind. Thanks!


Safety features
Carbon monoxide detector

2 nights minimum stay

20 Reviews

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Shawn User Profile
September 2017
The pictures don't do this jewel justice! It has all the amenities and more that my wife, 9 year old and I needed. Guillermo, the house manager was very kind and respectful, upon our arrival he picked us up from our location which was near by and personally drove us to the house. He was very knowledgeable and helpful about the house and the areas history. Beautiful inner courtyard and upper decks that were great for morning coffee and evening drinks. As with the rest of the house it was exceptionally clean with a great layout and furnishings. Do not hesitate staying here! Very safe area, friendly neighbors excellent shops are all along your five or so minute walk to "The main church" El Jardin, museum, square, coffee and restaurants. This is the place to be just a slice of heaven we look forward to going back.
Laura User Profile
Response from Laura:
Shawn, I'm so glad you had a great stay, thanks so much for your lovely comments and please return!
September 2017

Joe User ProfileJoe is a superhost.
August 2017
We went for a few days for a wedding and where able to find this awesome little house. Very unique in style. Loved the location,set up and all around concept of the design. Only bad thing was in early Mrng the sunlight would sneack through to both rooms and wake us up because it would hit our faces through a window that had no curtains n since its high we couldnt reach it to cover it. Besides that Everything else was great.
Laura User Profile
Response from Laura:
I'm glad you enjoyed the house! I guess if someone is super sensitive to light, it would be a good idea to bring a sleeping mask because a small amount of light does get in the rooms in the morning. Aesthetically, cutting off those light sources wouldn't work.
August 2017

Christian User Profile
August 2017
You will fall in love with the house! The house was everything and more than what we expected and very centric. Walking from the house to El Centro was only minutes away, very convenient to stores and pharmacies! The house was very clean and had everything we needed and more! Laura and Guillermo were very accommodating from the day we booked our trip. Will be back again:)

Bobbie And John User Profile
January 2017
The Jewel Box really is lovely. People in the neighborhood are very friendly. Everything we needed and more was there. Breakfast in the morning on the kitchen, staying in a few nights for dinner, and an evening glass of wine on the roof deck made a nice balance between staying "home" and exploring San Miguel from this very convenient location. Laura's library is exceptional which made for some late nights staying up reading. With 4 levels, there were lots of various spaces to relax. Laura's suggestions for places to eat, places to see were spot on! Because we were in town at New Year's there were some nights that were quite noisy. A party next door one night that went on past 4:00am and a loud parrot next door made using the recommended earplugs a necessity. We feel so lucky to have had the use of this wonderful home for our first trip to San Miguel.

Armando User Profile
December 2016
This home will truly impress you with its rustic details, modern finishes and comfortable rooms. There is an incredible amount of light throughout. It's location is far enough away from the main town activity but a very short walk to it. I'd recommend Casita Laurita to anyone visiting San Miguel. It is ideal for two couples.
Laura User Profile
Response from Laura:
Thank you, Armando! Please come again. Un placer! --Laura
December 2016

Madeline User Profile
September 2016
Laura'a house was perfect for our weekend stay in SMA. She was very responsive and accommodating. The house was just a short distance from the city center on a quiet, lovely street. The house itself was clean, organized and a great size for two couples. The pictures don't do it justice! We hope to return in the near future.

Lynne User Profile
July 2016
We loved the atrium, the pretty dishes, the countertops, the lovely lighting, especially the pattern from the cut iron lanterns at night, the library collection (I enjoyed "Flirting in Spanish"), the art...the French press, the housekeeper ... so much more.

San Francisco, California, United StatesJoined in May 2010
Laura User Profile

Freelance writer and traveler. Most recent book is All Over the Map, which features my Mexico house.

Languages: English, Español, Italiano
Response rate: 100%
Response time: within an hour

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