About This Listing
Traditional Mexican home with an artist's touch of color and creativity in every corner. Two bedrooms, 2 baths, arts district yet friendly and easy neighborhood, with a quick walk to centro.
Conde Nast named it the Best City in the World. San Miguel is known for its colorful artists, colorful streets, colorful folk art, colorful flowers, oh so much color here! Casa Lenita is no exception, and it makes one feel happy just being in it. Your spirits will soar in this beautiful artist's paradise, each room decorated with the owner's art and her collection of Mexican and Guatemalan masks and textiles.
Upstairs are two bedrooms, one with queen size bed and the other with king size that can also be separated to used as twins. Each room includes its own beautiful Talavera tiled bathroom. Terrace kitchen upstairs, full kitchen downstairs, living room, art studio, office and bathroom, plus patio.
In a lively but safe Mexican neighborhood 6 blocks from the famous Parroquia and Jardin, 3 blocks to organic store/restaurant, and an art supply store. Easy flat walk to centro, but buses and taxis are close-by if you want to go further. Situated between Centro and Fabrica Aurora, the art gallery haven in San Miguel, there is hardly any better location to spend your vacation.
No pets, no smoking, no little children, this is a haven for artists, writers, filmmakers, musicians. Your consideration of perfume-free is greatly appreciated. 3 separate outdoor areas for yoga, relaxing, eating and dreaming. Make your plans now, for this home is available only when the owner is traveling. Minimum stay is 2 weeks.
For more reasons why you will love San Miguel:
Both bedrooms, one with king or two twins beds, and one with queen size. Living room, art studio, kitchen/dining, office, patio, terrace kitchen and rooftop lounge and dining. The only room not available to you is my bedroom, but you have plenty of space without it!
Interaction with Guests
If you are renting my entire house, it means I am out of town. Interface will be only with house manager and housekeeper.
Our neighborhood, Colonia Guadalupe, has been officially designated as The Arts District. This means there is a large number of artists living and working here, there are street murals and street festivals happening and changing the face and feeling of the community. And last but not least, there is an art store, an organic market and restaurant, and other necessities like hardware stores, tiendas for any kinds of groceries, and we're close to the galleries and stores in the Fabrica Aurora.
Urban bus stops 2 blocks from my house, taxis easy to find. First class bus terminal for other cities in Mexico is about a mile away. From airports, you can come to San Miguel via this terminal, on either ETN or Primera Plus, both luxury buses. Or, you can schedule an airport shuttle with BajioGo, whether you fly into Mexico City, Leon, or Queretaro.
Other Things to Note
Please try to check-in is before 6 pm. If your flight doesn't allow for that, please let me know in advance and I'll either make arrangements or recommend a hotel for your first overnight.
No smoking, no pets. There might not be a lot of places in San Miguel where you can stop worrying about your allergies to pet dander and cigarette smoke. Your little corner of the world here does not include a party house. Little kids not allowed except by prior agreement.
Upon arrival, Lena showed us around her beautiful home, and she continued to be available by email for the duration of our stay. The house was just as described, very comfortable, and had all we needed for our visit to San Miguel de Allende. The location was perfect - a 5 minute walk to the Spanish school we attended and a 10 minute walk to the downtown square. We had a month-long stay and would have happily stayed another month if we could have! Thank you Lena for sharing your lovely home with us. High recommendation!
We never met Lena, but we corresponded with her regularly,, and she was always helpful -- and I mean, very helpful.
The house was as pictured -- or even better -- and the locations was great (10 minutes to Jardin Principal without hills). Her housekeepers kept the place in great order.
It was a joy to stay in Lena's house for an entire month: being surrounded by her art and her love of colors. I loved the neighborhood and having easy access to Via Organica and the restaurants in that area, plus the easy walk up to the Jardin. The house was comfortable, especially the luscious double bed in the upper room. I wanted to write and spread my manuscript out, so her art space with its long tables was absolutely perfect for my work. There were several relaxing places to choose from: the upper patio with a view of the parroquia; the patio sofa surrounded by her herb garden, the living room. Lena thoughtfully checked in with me by email and also left me alone to do my creative work. Together with her support system in San Miguel, we navigated the running the house quite well. And it was a joy to spend time with her the last few days I was there.
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About the Host, Lena
Artist for many years, expat from Santa Fe, N.M. living full time in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. I'm an easy guest and some people say a great host. I love meeting new people from all over the world. I don't love big groups, don't party, non-smoker, no drugs, nice radical grandmotherly cosmic space-explorer artist type. I'm happy to show you my San Miguel if you are new to the scene.
Sagittarian, feminist, flexitarian, borderline Buddhist / spiritual being just being here now, I love galleries, museums, cultural experiences of any kind. I know the art scene in San Miguel and will happily give you a tour of our neighborhood, the newly designated Arts District of Colonia Guadalupe. My rooms are like your own private artist residencies, so come and explore, create, let San Miguel inspire you. "All art, all the time!"