About this listing
TurnKey property with 3 distinct living areas, though is one home officially. Each space unique. $274k USD. Secure, Clean, Comfortable! Built in 2007-8. Smaller of 3 habitats. Safe, quiet, ready for you to move into one and rent the others!
Welcome to my beautiful and comfortable apartment, which has potable tap water, good water pressure, all the linens, pots and pans, the usual appliances one needs, outside dining space (and inside too).
The entire house is for sale, and is about to go on the market, but at this writing, I have not listed with an agent. I expect I will within a week or two. Right now the price is $249,000usd, but it may change after my agent's evaluation is ready. My guess is that it may go up.
Description of this particular apartment: whole apartment with King bed and individual daybed. Fully furnished with everything one needs in the kitchen, bed and bathroom linens, etc.
There's usually other guests within this three home oasis to share information with.
Included: use of shared laundry machines, 9-9pm only...gas and electricity, safe tap water, and WiFi. Weekly cleaner is scheduled for you and only costs you $60 pesos per hour, about $3.50usd. Cleaner is not optional. We pay the weekly gardener.
This apartment has a king bed and an individual sized day-bed sofa in the living room. Sleeps 3 comfortably... We've gathered hand loomed Mexican fabrics for the bedspreads and coupled that with good quality, all cotton, US linens. Beautiful Mexican tiles, ceiling fans, high quality cabinetry, fuse into a colorful, charming quiet elegance, yet is casual and comfortable.
The kitchen is fully equipped, modern and clean. Linens, dishes, cookware, microwave, blender, toaster, coffee maker, are all included. There is a walk-in closet in the bedroom. The property was built in late 2008, so it is modern with antique and homey touches, and Mexican charm.
We are located in Colonia Santa Cecilia, which is a relatively level 20- 25 min. walk or 8 minute bus ride to Centro (just about a mile). The bus stops half a block away and runs every 10-15 minutes M-F and a bit less frequently on weekends. Taxis are frequent and inexpensive. It's a good location to reach paths used by bicyclists and hikers.
There is a basketball court where Zumba is held, and a playground about 2.5 blocks away. There are outdoor produce markets on Monday and Saturday within 6 blocks. There are small stores on every street. And terrific hamburgers and pizza can be gotten at the pizza restaurant 2 blocks away...tell them what you like on it or it is very funny, what they will add...(hotdog).
There are many art and language classes to choose from in SMA, and a plethora of cultural events! Samana Santa at Easter time is the biggest celebration of the year. There are nearby hot springs, and many spas, fabulous restaurants, equally fabulous street tacos, wandering minstrels, mariachi (URL HIDDEN) is too varied to describe. Many people come for a visit and end up buying or renting a house to move to!
Please note, there is no smoking allowed inside, but outside on your terrace is fine. If your stay is 9 days or less, you may use our laundry soap for your laundry.
There is a patio (with table &chairs just for you), and a shared laundry. This is a 3 home oasis, so you all share the front entrance, then have your own private homes built around the courtyard and large old Mesquite tree. You can be on your own entirely, or get to know your neighbors for a community feel.
There's room for a couple of bicycles, if you are bringing yours. There is undeveloped country right behind the house, so bring your birding glasses!
Interaction with Guests
You will be greeted upon your arrival...please arrive during daylight hours, between 1pm and 8pm if possible, or talk to me so we can discuss your options. Departures by 10 am unless I have agreed to a later time...don't be shy to ask, it might be fine. I am happy to walk you around San Miguel to help orient you, if I am able. You can email or call me for information as well, and if I am by chance traveling when you visit SMA, there will be another person who will take my place, if not to walk with you, at least to give you a nice orientation, tell you how to hop on a bus or taxi, or to walk into the historic center.
Rated the number one destination in the world by Conde Nast Magazine in 2013! This "World Heritage" colonial city is the seat of Mexican independence. There are marvelous festivals all year long, indigenous as well as modern. Most years finds film, flamenco, jazz, Cuban, classical, etc festivals. All have at least part of the celebration free of charge...the film festival is all free, and is international.
I hope you will go to you tube and search for some of the wonderful videos on this sweet town, so you can see it for yourself. I cannot show them here, they will be blocked. If you search, you can find the link for the web cam of our plaza...the activities are on weekends and holidays.
The historic town is charming, cobbled and friendly! There are hot springs and organic farms surrounding San Miguel. The restaurants are marvelous, and you can find lots to do by day and by night.
Your immediate neighborhood, or "colonia" is called Santa Cecilia. It is a typical, original Mexican neighborhood with little stores, eateries, open-air Monday and Saturday markets, etc.
The bus is half a block away, costs 5 pesos, and takes about 8 minutes to get into the center. Taxis are about $3.50.
It is a pleasant, relatively flat walk into town, one mile to Centro Historico, and the main road has just been completely re-paved, with a broad smooth (URL HIDDEN) more cobbles on this road or walkway!
Other Things to Note
Public transport is very close at hand, for the one mile 8 minute ride into the Center. It takes about 20-30 mins for most walkers, depending on your pace and ability, of course. Taxis pass on the same road as buses, and will cost about $45 pesos during the day.
You may have me book the cleaner for as many days a week as you like, just tell me ahead of time. You've already paid for the cleaning when you leave, but for any other cleanings, you will pay about $3.50 usd, 60 pesos per hour. If you don't make arrangements otherwise, I will schedule your first cleaning for a week after your arrival (not Sundays), and for each week there after.
There is garbage pick up at your door at least once and sometimes twice a week. Listen for the sharp clang clang of metal on metal, and go out to the street to dispense your rubbish like they do it in Mexico. It's an adventure! You must be there to hand your trash to the garbage men. No smoking indoors, outside is okay. No loud parties. We are a mature, quiet, community. No pets. Use your own laundry products after one load on me. Use laundry machines from 9-9 only. No electric heaters, and conservative use of gas and electricity...
One cleaning per week is non-negotiable, so please be sure that you let the cleaner in (or you can be out) by 10 am on your cleaning day. If 11 works better for you, you must let her know ahead of time. It is your responsibility to pay for a minimum of 3 hours $120 pesos on cleaning day. She will change your sheets and towels, launder them, wash your floor, clean the kitchen and bathroom. If it takes more than 3 hours, you are responsible for all the time it takes her.
There are often usable items in the cupboards and in the refrigerator, please help yourself, but don't take anything away with you that you didn't bring or buy...I put large bottles of shampoo, for-instance, in the bathroom, and you can use what you need, but not carry it off, please.
We ask our guests to use appliances and furnishings as gently as possible, so we can continue to offer a beautiful and comfortable environment for all guests.
You may purchase bottled water at the door when it is being delivered...about 25 pesos for a very large bottle. Save the bottles to trade for full ones! We can usually provide you with a start.
We pride ourselves in providing you with a clean, safe and serene environment, and ask that you do what you can to help us maintain it. Thank you so much!