About this listing
I DO book for more than 30 day, but you must talk to me first.
Lovely clean and comfortable 1 BR 1 Ba with king and individual beds, potable water, everything you need on your vacation. Fully equipped, good WiFi. Near bus. 8 mins to Centro Historico, 5 mins to Fabrica La Aurora art studios and galleries. Walking to Centro is about 20-30 minutes.
Very well appointed and fully equipped one bedroom apartment, with outdoor dining area as well as indoor. WiFi, DVD and TV, cable.
There is a main house, and two one bedroom apartments in this compound. This is a smoke free environment, but outside is okay.
There's usually other guests within this three home oasis to share information with, plus I am happy to help get you oriented when you first get here, if I'm in town.
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 $200 pesos, (abt $10usd). 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, a way to make coffee, 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- 30 min. walk or 8 minute bus ride to Centro (just about a mile). The bus stops a block away and runs every 10-15 minutes M-F and a bit less frequently on weekends/holidays. 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, about 2.5 blocks away. There are outdoor produce markets on Monday and Saturday within 6 blocks. There are small stores on every street. There's a place selling fresh roasted chickens about 2 blocks away.
There are many art and language classes to choose from in SMA, and a plethora of cultural events! Samana Santa (Holy Week) 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.
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 home. 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 3pm and 7pm 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 may be traveling when you're here...but if I'm here, I am happy to drive or 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 an orientation, tell you how to hop on a bus or taxi, or to walk into the historic center.
This neighborhood, called Colonia Santa Cecilia, is in a real Mexican neighborhood, with little stores and open air markets on Monday and Saturday, within 6 blocks. We're a mile out of Centro Historico, and it is a 20-30 minute walk for most guests. The bus is a block away, and runs about every 10 mins M-F, less frequently on weekends and holidays...perhaps 20-30 mins., and stops around 9-9:30pm.
The City: 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 links here, they will be blocked. If you search, you can find the link for the web cam of our plaza...the activities are mostly 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. On the main street of the adjoining (3 blocks away), colonia, which is called San Luis Rey, you will find a bakery, tortilla store (that will deliver if you let them know), butcher, chicken store, raw, roasted chicken store, and many small grocery stores. The best one is in Santa Cecilia though...just 1.5 blocks away from your house.
Most people without disabilities have told me they LOVE the walk into town. But it's nice to know that the bus is a block away, costs 5 pesos, and takes about 8 minutes to get into the center. Taxis are about $2.50.
It is a pleasant, relatively flat walk into town, one mile to Centro Historico, and the main road is paved, with a broad smooth walkway. Many guests have had rental cars and parked on the street without a problem. One should never leave anything in the car, however.
Other things to note
As owner, I retain the right to see and show the property with prior day notice. This does not happen often, but if I need to show a prospective guest, I'd just like you to know I want to retain the right to do so.
For stays of fewer than 14 days, I will leave paper products and shampoo and bar soap. For 14 days or more, there will also be snack and or breakfast foods for your first morning, plus coffee. I leave all good condiments and spices that are in the house, for the next guests to use if they like.
You've already paid for the final cleaning when you leave. There is a requirement to allow a cleaning once a week which you will pay for as well. So if you stay for 2 or more weeks, you will pay the cleaner $250 pesos (abt. 12 usd) to change your linens, wash the floors, bathroom and kitchen.
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...I will give you advance notice if there is to be a showing of the property, and appreciate your cooperation in letting me show the apartment in good condition. Showings will not be before 10:30 am, nor after 6 pm.
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.
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.
The tap water is potable, as we have a special system with ultra violet light and filters.
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!
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.