Read the Reviews and look at the pictures! I offer this at the best price in the neighborhood. You have a truly comfortable, clean and convenient home-away- from-home, with all the comforts, and a lovely community feel. Half block to bus and taxi.
Welcome to my beautiful and comfortable apartment, which has potable tap water!
Get a whole apartment for one or two people for the price of a hostel, or just a bedroom in someone's house, and in an environment that usually has other guests nearby to share information with. This is truly the best value I know of in San Miguel.
It is a long trip for most, and we want you to be immediately welcome and comfortable. Enjoy your first breakfast and snacks on us, as well as enough paper supplies to last your first few days. There will be a map and information awaiting you, to help get you started.
Included: use of shared laundry machines, gas and electricity, safe tap water, and WiFi. Weekly cleaner and gardener. (If you arrange for a long term stay and get a discount on the price, there are some differences in amenities, so do ask!)
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 level 20- 25 min. walk or 8 minute bus ride to the center of town, (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 children's 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 bands...it 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 compound, 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, after 3PM if possible, or talk to me so we can discuss your options. Departures by 10 am. Unless we have agreed to other hours of arrival or departure. I am happy to walk you around San Miguel to help orient you, unless I am traveling at the time you are here. 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 vimeos on this sweet town, so you can see it for yourself. I cannot show them here, they will be blocked.
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 $3-3.50.
It is a pleasant, flat walk into town, one mile to Centro Historico, and the main road has just been completely re paved, with a broad smooth walkway...no more cobbles on this road or walkway!
Other Things to Note
I no longer use the airbnb security deposit, and will collect $150 from you prior to your arrival. So far, there have been no claims against the deposit, but it is not practicable to use airbnb for this service. Public transport is very close at hand, for the one mile 7 minute ride into the Center. It takes about 15-25 mins for most walkers, depending on your pace and ability, of course.
There is garbage pick up at your door at least once and sometimes twice a week. The neighbor lady, Angelica, will take care of the garbage for a modest tip so you do not have to. No smoking indoors, outside is okay. No loud parties. We are a mature, quiet, community. No pets. Use your own laundry products if you are here more than 9 days. Use laundry machines from 9-9 only. No electric heaters, and conservative use of gas and electricity...Thank you!
There is usually a minimum of 4 nights stay, but please ask if you want a shorter period.
We ask our guests to use appliances and furnishings as gently as possible. This is a pet free apartment.
You may purchase bottled water at the door when it is being delivered...about $2 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!
Sharyn's house is beautiful. The place is thoughtfully decorated in a Mexican style as if by an interior designer. All the fixtures and switches work well, as if new. It's an easy bus ride into town or walkable if desired. The place met and beat our expectations. Sharyn is also very friendly and helpful regarding information about town, where things are, and what to do. We would definitely stay here again.
We really enjoyed ourselves in this apartment some 3 kms north of San Miguel.
Sharyn was a most welcoming host and we felt at home quickly; a neighbor gave us access as we arrived later than we thought and we saw Sharyn during the next couple of days;the kitchen had items for our first days' breakfast and was really clean,as was the rest of the apartment.
The location was easy to find by car, from the map Sharyn had e-mailed us.
We have already mentioned the apartment to others,so they may both avoid the busyness of the town and also have the privacy that the apartment affords.
Everything was perfect! This was my first time to SMA and I will definitely be coming back!!
I had a wonderful stay in Sharyn's lovely apartment! The place was exactly as it looks in the pictures, mexican influenced decor with a comfortable king sized bed and kitchen well stocked with everything needed to cook meals should you wish to do so. Sharyn is so friendly and helpful, you can tell that she really enjoys hosting her guests and will do everything possible to make your stay comfortable and enjoyable. I lost my cellphone in a taxi and Sharyn went above and beyond to help me to try and recover it, I could not be more grateful! 10/10 experience with Sharyn and her beautiful apartment!
Sharyn's lovely casita was the sweet, comfortable hub of my vacation in SMA. Santa Cecilia is a humble and welcoming neighborhood, with warm residents happy to smile and make small talk (even if you hardly speak Spanish) while waiting for the bus or on an evening walk. I loved taking the bus into town. It gives you a chance to be among the community and is a quick, easy, extremely cheap way to get around. Sharyn stocked the fridge with wonderful, refreshing foods - truly a blessing after my arrival was delayed until after dinner time! The apartment itself has everything you need to be quite at home, and is well supplied if you like to cook and bake. Sharyn is very available as a host and went to great efforts to ensure all of my questions were answered and needs met. I look forward to staying in one of her properties again!
I stayed in the "small" casita which really isn't small at all. Sharyn was a very hospitable and generous host; there even was food in the refrigerator when I arrived! The bed was king sized and very comfortable; I loved sitting at the cute kitchen table in the morning, planning my day. What a wonderful experience! The kitchen is fully equipped, so I needed nothing else in order to cook.
Thank you, Sharyn, for going above and beyond to make your guests comfortable!
The stay here was fantastic....The apartment was extremely beautiful and a very quiet location. There was easy access to town on the bus and great hiking in the mountains. I would stay here again.
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I retired to Mexico from California with a desire to re-connect to creativity and fun and adventure. It has not disappointed me! Inspiration is everywhere. I feel so fortunate to live in a thriving artist colony. I had no idea how culturally diverse and wonderful Mexico is. Come for a visit, and you just may stay forever for the lifestyle!
I have a son and daughter and two wonderful grandchildren still living in the U.S. My kids grew up in Marin County and graduated from UC Berkeley.