About this listing
Mexican Modern, new studio apartment for 2 opens over SMA & mountians.Comfy queen bed,hi pressure rain shower,equipped kitchen,purifed water,stylish furnishings,wifi,rooftop terrace. Safe,quiet,accesible area 5 min cab/30 min walk/one mile to Centro
As world travellers,we purposely built eStudio DOS to include everything we look for while travelling;
-an economical price
-super comfortable bed,good linens,towels
-hot shower w/great water pressure
-fully equipped kitchen
-relaxing outdoor hang out spaces
The eStudios are in a a secure,private,walled compound with two apartments
DOS is the second floor apartment that opens out to sweeping views over the San Miguel church steeples and the "big sky" mountain valleys. Completely self contained and made more spacious with queen size "Murphy" wall bed (same as those used by Hilton Hotels) Cool,comfortable and stylish with a mix of traditional and modern detail,art and quality furnishings.The covered rooftop terrace offers even more spectacular views and exquistive sunsets-everynight!
Also available is eStudio UNO on the garden level
Located just 10 minutes north beyond the Fabrica Aurora Art & Design Center, a further 20 minute walk to center of town,central markets and Jardin! Walkable 30 minutes total trip/ 7 minute cab/local bus stops every 10 minutes at bottom of our street.Our street is on a slight hill so the return walk is a short distance of 5 houses but steep (as is much of SMDA)
Please READ ON below "The Neighborhood
and Getting Around" for location details!!!!
The eStudios are within secure,private compound with two apartments,garden courtyard and a third floor, panoramic view rooftop terrace as a shared common areas for both apartments.
We are often here working in our art studios in an adjacent, seperate buildings.We welcome you to visit our art studios! We are always available to you but totally respect your privacy!
Interaction with Guests
We can turn you on to all things on offer from quirky to elegant in this amazing town. We are engaging hosts (as you can see from our reviews on our other listings.) We love to share our discoveries as lovers of great food, music, architecture, archaeology, history and both ancient and modern culture.
if we are away, we have a wonderful manager that will check you in and make sure you that you have all the maps and local suggestions you may need for a magical stay in San Miguel! We have been managing properties a long time and are very aware of creating comfort for our guests!
As a painter and sculptor we know the local art scene & where the best classes are. The property is close to both the Fabrica Auruoa and Guadalupe Arts District,where there are many art classes held. Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions you want answered before you arrive or travel options you want to explore.
The eStudio is nestled on a hillside in a country-like setting NOT in Centro San Miguel, but very accesible-which is what we love about it! Our safe,quiet no-through fare cobblestone street is located in Monte de Loreto, a new but typical Mexican Colonia which has both Mexican and International residents. We know all our neighbours and are part of "Neighbourhood Watch" Our street sits off a country road aside an old ranching property with panoramic vistas overlooking the mountains and the church steepled spires of the historic center. Besides the city markets, we have a local market on Mondays and Saturdays in the next neighbourhood about 5 blocks away. Every restaurant in town delivers-all for a $3 tip! Pizza and local street food is available nearby and there are also small "tiendas" or stores throughout the neighbourhood, and fresh tortillas delivered to our street daily. There is a very inexpensive but well equipped gym in walking distance and numerous yoga,dance and Zumba classes close by. At the top of our street there is a biking/walking/running track that leads to the to botanical gardens and water reservoir. There is also a children's playground few minutes walk away.
Located just 10 minutes north beyond the Fabrica Aurora Art & Design Center, a further 15 minute walk to center of town,central markets and Jardin! That is only one mile/a walkable 30 minutes total trip or 7 minute cab/local bus ride to the Jardin in Centro Historico.
-The local bus stops every 10 minutes at bottom of our street and for 50 cents takes you directly to the modern shopping mall/ supermarkets, "Tianguis" Tuesday market or into town.
-If you do not want to walk the whole distance into town and cabs are safe,plentiful and inexpensive at $3-4 per ride.
-We often walk into town and cab it back if shopping or if it is too hot or at night.
-Cabs will take you to the hotsprings for about $10 and private tours,shuttles and private cars are also readily available.
-Close Fabrica Aurora Art & Design Center and the Guadalupe Arts District-both with great restaurants,regular art openings,organic grocery and interesting shops and galleries.
-We are also well located to both the big central markets-one in Centro,the other San Juan Dios.Both are filled with fresh fruit, meats,fish,vegetables and flowers. (and great taco stands!)
Getting Out of Town
We are minutes from several hot springs,golf courses and horse trail riding and the highway that leads to all the shopping centers and other major towns of interest such as Atotonilco and Dolores Hildago-the talvera pottery center, antique yards,several haciendas,wineries and agarve and organic farms. A car is useful but not necessary except for touring. Cabs will take you to the hotsprings for about $10 and private tours,shuttles and private cars are also readily available.
Other Things to Note
Some houses in San Miguel can be dark, cute but not comfortable,massive in scale, draughty and cold, or in neighbourhoods that are crowded and constantly noisy.There are benefits of being right in Centro but we offer the serenity of being just outside of the San Miguel yet having access to all the action whenever we want it being a short distance to town. Although we do not have traffic or music or crowded conditions in our area,this is Mexico and fireworks,domestic dogs barking and festival music is part of the culture -and therefore part of the soundscape!
We don't allow pets (sorry!) no smoking inside but on the rooftop only. Shoes off in the house (keep the floor and your feet from what our local dogs and horses leave behind!) We want you to make yourself at home,hang out and relax when here and act as a guest in our home-as our primary home is next door and the eStudios are not a hotel or (website hidden) aware of neighbours when entering and exiting the house.Please recycle,use composting bin provided for fruit and vegetable scraps and try to conserve water-a precious resource in Mexico and electricity which is very expensive.(turn things off when not in use!) We minimize the use of paper in the toilets.We ask our guests to follow our example.
We will do everything to make your stay comfortable.We leave everything for your use and enjoyment.We have a great respect for others homes as we are fellow travellers, house swappers and house sitters ....we expect the same of our guests!
The "Murphy Bed" wall bed opened -Your comfy pillow top queen bed,side tables wibed lamps
Everything was as described, very clean and very functional, is not that easy to find the house but is really near to the centro and once you learn the way you dont have any trouble, i was received by Isabel, a friend if Cate and Judson, she is so kind and nice.
Great house, really comfortable.
Estuve por 10 días realmente muy a gusto, el estudio tenía todo lo que yo requería y muy limpio. El agua de la regadera con mucha presión, la cocina equipada y la cama muy cómoda. Judson fue siempre muy amable, de verdad es una gran persona. Lo recomiendo ampliamente. Arturo
Judson was a quite genial Kiwi and fun to talk to (his wife Cate was out of town). He was quite helpful in getting us situated, and giving us advice. San Miguel is a magical town.
We just loved staying at Cate and Judson's eStudioDOS! For starters, the studio is GORGEOUS. We stayed the entire month of April, and our good friends stayed in the bottom portion (eStudioUNO) for almost two weeks; FABULOUS setup for couples traveling together! The location was perfect: a nice stroll into town and back, although buses and taxis are readily available. We quickly fell into a routine and had cocktails on the rooftop terrace every evening (when we weren't wandering around the city), which affords a stunning overlook of San Miguel, especially at night, SIMPLY MAGICAL. The studio has everything you could possibly need, including washer and dryer (we did not need the dryer, as there is a cleverly-designed clothesline up there) discreetly tucked behind doors on the terrace. Margarita, our lovely housekeeper, offered to do our laundry for a small fee, so we were total slackers and took her up on it. :)
If we needed anything or had any questions, there was always someone available…. Isobel (across the street neighbor, who manages the studios in Cate and Judson's absence) and Cate's brother King (who was visiting from Chicago while we were there). Unfortunately Cate was away, but we loved talking with Judson (who has a great Australian accent!). We cooked much of the time, but if we didn't feel like it, the Pollo Feliz is just down the hill (yummy rotisserie-style chicken to-go), so we'd have that, cheese and fruit with a bottle of wine on the terrace. There is pizza delivery available as well, although we didn't try it.
I could go on and on… obviously so much thought, clever use of space, design and love went into Cate and Judson's studios… we felt SO comfortable there. Honestly one of the (or maybe THE?) nicest places we've found on Airbnb.
P.S. If you really want to treat yourself, go spend a day (or several, which we did) at La Gruta, a short drive or taxi ride from eStudios. Hot baths, massages and delicious food and drinks…. they even have "pool boys" to come around and take orders as you lounge around the pools. Sweet!
Thank You Karena and Raad! Your detailed overview of your time at the eStudios is so helpful for other travelers wanting to know what experiences they can expect! We especially appreciated you pointing out that the two eStudios together makea perfect getaway for friends travelling together.That was our intention of the design of the compound-along with all the comforts and beauty!
We look forward to hosting you again!
My time in San Miguel de Allende was truly magical and staying in Cate & Judson's studio had a lot to do with this. It is located about 30 minutes by foot from the town centre, but what you gain from being a small way out of the city is the most spectacular scenery. Incredible sunsets, sporadic firework displays, waking to hot air balloons drifting right past the window. I couldn't have asked for more, it really was the perfect setting in which to experience San Miguel. The studio itself is beautifully designed, spacious and very clean and comes with a communal terrace upstairs. If you're searching for the perfect place, look no further!
Cate's brother greeted me; with the hosts abroad he was there caring for the house and two suites. The house is perfect to my tastes and I settled in. The house staff were fun and kind and the other guest arrived with wise messages. After work there were lots of places to explore in the surrounding hills and an easy 10 minute walk down to town on the road. Grateful for my boots.
I set my office on the table. Comfy Queen = perfect for the individual traveller.
Cate and Judson were awesome hosts. The apartment was wonderfully stocked. The little details make you feel right at home, things like Kirkland toilet paper (if you have traveled at all within Mexico you will know what a treat that is), soft wonderful towels, a very comfortable bed and in house water filtration were just a few of the things we enjoyed. The apartment is well appointed and beautiful. We hope to come back soon, thank you both.
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About the Host, Cate & Judson
We are both full time practising artists, Judson, a New Zealand born sculptor and master carver and Cate a USA born painter (and also life coach). We have created amazing homes in both Mexico and Australia that are filled with our paintings and sculptures along with surprising artworks of other international artists and many treasures from both our travels and from nature. We have both managed B & B properties as one of our many lifestyle incarnations and take pleasure in making travellers welcome and comfortable. We enjoy sharing our passions of art,history,culture,music, great food and of course traveling, with others!
We ended up living in Mexico after going on a year trip through South America and across the USA visiting the national parks.Looking for a place to stop and do some artwork, we went to San Miguel de Allende and felt so at home in this amazing colonial jewel. We are currently exhibiting our sculptures and paintings in Mexico, California and Chicago.
We also are enjoying sharing our skills and passion of art making with others. Recently we have opened our home studios both in Mexico and Australia up to both experienced and beginner painters and sculptors who want to have some fun and receive qualified, professional one on one art instruction. Feel free to ask us more about it!
Adventurers at heart, we have soaking up as much of beautiful Mexico when we are there doing trips to various archeological sites and many colonial towns along the way! People often ask us where is home-and we reply that home is in our hearts because we have them with us wherever we go!
Come visit! Happy Travels!
Cate and Judson