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Jewelbox in the Historic Centro

Bedrooms 2
Half Baths1
Space 1,000 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights


About the property

House, 2 Bedrooms + Den, 2.5 Baths, (Sleeps 4)

Casita Laurita, built in 2008, is an architectural gem on one of San Miguel’s oldest and best loved streets, Calle Loreto. The three-story townhouse, designed by prominent Mexican/Norwegian architect Anja Fauske, has been called a 'jewelbox' by architects and designers who have stayed here. Open the modest door and be amazed at the cool, spacious, airy, sophisticated house. The name is 'Casita' but it is an entire house.

Casita Laurita was featured in the Great Homes and Destinations column of the global New York Times on April 21, 2010.

NOTE: This house is for a maximum of 4 people (two couples) and one child who could sleep on the day bed in the studio, but no more.

Solo renta la casa por maximo 4 personas, o cinco con un hijo. Esta casa no es disponible para mas personas. Gracias!

'Absolutely, the PERFECT place to stay in San Miguel for those who appreciate modern design and convenience!  Truly a beautiful home.  Feels like an oasis in the center of town..' --Emily Chan, recent guest at Casita Laurita

The 2-bedroom, 2.5-bath house is an easy and flat walk to the jardin, and steps away from the town’s famous artisan market. The house is Mexican modern style, built around a central courtyard, with clean design and exquisite details. The top terrace, with a roof for rain and sun, has comfy seating and a lovely view of San Miguel and its famous Parroquia church. A second patio is private and cozy, perfect for dreaming, surrounded with lavender, jasmine, and other scented potted plants. There is an outdoor seating area downstairs, too.

A sunny studio with a 13-foot wooden desk makes Casita Laurita a wonderful retreat for a writer. The gourmet kitchen is a splendid spot for a cook who wants to explore Mexico’s cuisine.

The house is modern but respecting historic style and materials. The entryway shimmers with patinaed glass and Moroccan-style lamps. The kitchen was designed by an award-winning food writer, with an island, toaster oven, French press and drip coffeemakers, good knives and cutting boards, and artisan plates. The kitchen table pulls out to accommodate eight; the island has stools for people who like to watch the cook. There's also a wine cabinet and lots of storage.

Screens throughout the house keep out flies and mosquitoes.

The stairs lead up to an airy office with a huge desk and napping couch, along with ergonomic keyboard and 2 comfortable and adjustable task chairs. (The napping couch has linens and is big enough for a child or an overnight guest, who can use the powder room downstairs without disturbing the other bedrooms). Wireless Internet and local phone service. Free US calls with Vonage phone. The study is also where you can find a great book to read on the terrace.

A passage over the courtyard (open to the sky) leads to the master bedroom, with its full bath, Queen bed, and two reading lights. Plenty of closet space. Artisan-made bed and furnishings. High thread-count sheets, sophisticated palette, spare design. Modern bath has shower and artisan tiles with concrete shelves, modern fixtures, and baskets for personal items. Organic soap.

The second bedroom on the top floor doubles as a media center, with a cozy Moroccan pillowed nook for viewing films on the flat-screen TV. There is an extensive DVD library of films. The second bedroom has a double bed, also with good linens and a comfy, firm mattress.

Across from the second bedroom is a laundry area as well as a private terrace with scented potted plants. The top terrace has a teak sitting area with a sun umbrella and a wet bar.

Although the house has many comfortable places to sit indoors and outdoors, there is no traditional living room with easy chairs and a large TV.

This house is for a maximum of four adults and one child.

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More Details

Property Manager
Laura Fraser
Member since: 2008
Speaks english, spanish, italian
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 20, 2018

About Laura Fraser

Laura first came to San Miguel de Allende with her family when she was ten years old, to learn a little Spanish and a different culture (smart parents!). It was a wonderful childhood experience that made her forever interested in languages and travel. When she returned to SMA in 2007, she fell back in love with the magical town and bought a run-down lot in the Centro on an impulse. Everyone thought she was crazy, until a year later, when they saw the amazing house she'd built with her architect and friend, Anja Fauske.

Laura Fraser purchased this house in 2008

Why Laura Fraser chose Zona Centro

Casita Laurita is on one of San Miguel's best streets--Calle Loreto. It runs through the artisan market, is convenient to the design center, and three blocks to the jardin in the center of town. It's a great location, and yet retains an authentic feeling of Mexico. It's wonderful to be right near the market and to live on a small, curving street with little traffic.

What makes this house unique

The house is comfortable and relaxing, with three terraces, and the top has a protected, splendid view of all of San Miguel. The office is beautiful, and a wonderful place to work, with an extensive lending library. Flowering plants on all floors, everything simple and elegant, and the kitchen has all the tools (sharp knives! Le Creuset!) a cook could desire. The neighbors are friendly and there has not been a robbery on my street in 30 years. I always feel safe walking around by myself at night. Please note that this house is not for people who have mobility challenges, as there are a lot of stairs. This also isn't the house for you if you require a large livingroom with a giant TV.


Accommodation and Amenities for this vacation house rental in Zona Centro, Central Mexico / Colonial Circuit

Property Type:
  • house
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 1000 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • children not allowed ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Monument View ...
  • Historic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • Traditional Mexican tiles, modern fixtures, quality towels, baskets for toiletries, organic soap.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • 2 garden chairs
  • 2 beach chairs
  • long term renters welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • photography
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • mountain biking
Maid service 2x/week; more if requested. Wonderful office with 13-ft desk, ergonomic keyboard drawer, task chair; you may just finish your novel. Courtyard, two terraces, architectural gem. Near great organic market.


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(22 traveler reviews)

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average rating of 4.8636365 based on 22 reviews

A lovely house in a great neighborhood

  • 5 of 5

We have been coming to San Miguel de Allende since 2008, and have stayed in many different rentals. Casita Laurita is our favorite for a number of reasons. First, it is beautifully designed with such quality workmanship and attention to detail. The casita is beautifully maintained and equipped, which is especially important if one is staying here a month. January is a cold month, but the rooms are warm, even without the gas heaters, and the rooftop terrace was our favorite part of the house in the afternoon and evening. Guillermo is a great manager and very responsive. Paula, the housekeeper, is wonderful. Calle Loreto is also one of our favorite neighborhoods in SMA, friendly, safe and quiet. We highly recommend Casita Laurita!

  • Submitted: 17-Feb-2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much, I'm delighted you enjoyed your stay at Casita Laurita! --Laura
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Nice spot, not for most retirees

  • 3 of 5

The space was very nice and beautifully decorated, however you have to climb three plus steep flights to get to the view. It is not quite as represented in the photograph showing the view. Once on the deck you are proximate to people on other rooftops. I would recommend this for younger or very fit older couples.

The location is proximate to a great area with organica and other interesting places in Guadalupe neighborhood. A fairly easy 10 minute walk to the main square.

  • Submitted: 12-Mar-2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi, I’m sorry you didn’t like the stairs but the description of the house clearly indicates that it is on several levels and specifically cautions against anyone with mobility issues renting. The house is in impeccable condition and it seems unfair to have a poor review based on clearly described characteristics.
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Beautiful, well-maintained, safe, walking distance to all

  • 5 of 5

Outstanding property. Very well kept and equipped with friendly local contacts. Walking distance to historic San Miguel de Allende. We definitely recommend this property.

  • Submitted: 22-Oct-2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful house. Great location.. Stunningly designed residence.

  • 5 of 5

This is a wonderful house in a great location, close to the centro, the art market, easy to get taxis to go other places. The property manager, Guillermo, was so helpful. I really felt taken care of by him and Paula. I can't wait to return.

  • Submitted: 27-Jul-2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Truly a jewelbox!

  • 5 of 5

This is a truly lovely property. From the correspondence with Laura, arrival with Guillermo, and housemaid Paula this rental was perfect. My favorite moment was reading the owner's book - All Over the Map - while staying in this property (Laura - a little bit of a surreal experience!). The location is ideal, and I felt very safe walking home at night alone. Laura provided so many great restaurant recommendations that I (almost!) got through most of them in my two weeks. The property was located just around the corner from my Spanish school which made making breakfasts in the wonderfully equipped kitchen before heading off to class a delight. This residence is best enjoyed by 2 -3 people, but I really enjoyed having it all to myself!

  • Submitted: 15-Apr-2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Tamara, thanks so much for staying at Casita Laurita. I am delighted you enjoyed your stay (and my book)! Cheers, Laura
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A wonderful stay

  • 5 of 5

We found the house to be very comfortable and with everything you need. It is in the heart of the Artisan market and close to the Jardin. The caretaker Guillermo was very charming and helpful. It truly is a gem.

  • Submitted: 21-Mar-2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much, Di, I'm so happy you enjoyed your stay. Please come again! --Laura
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Car: not necessary

Artisan market, cafes, restaurants, arboretum, nearby Spanish schools and art schools, dance classes, cooking classes, galleries, design center, near jardin. Great organic shopping right nearby.


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this vacation house rental in Zona Centro, Central Mexico / Colonial Circuit

Rental Basis:
per property
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2019 high season
Dec 20 2018 - Apr 1 2019
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable Damage Deposit C$319.02

Any reservation not paid in full 30 days in advance will be considered cancelled, unless it is a new reservation within that period. Security deposits are repaid promptly. If you pay by PayPal, either pay "friends and family" or add a 3% fee. If you pay via PayPal, you can subtract vrbo service charges. If you cancel your reservation and we re-rent the property, we will refund you the amount for only the days it was possible to re-rent the property, minus a $250 administrative fee.
Any additional adult guests without explicit permission will mean the loss of the security deposit and will terminate the agreement. There is a maximum of 4 adult guests, and 5 total. There is no subletting; any subletting will also mean the loss of the security deposit and immediate termination of the agreement with no refund.
Lessor's Access; Showing Premises; Repairs. Lessor and Lessor's agents shall have the right to enter the premises at any time, in the case of an emergency, and otherwise at reasonable times for the purpose of showing the property to prospective renters, and making such alterations, repairs, improvements or additions to the premises as the lessor may deem necessary. All such activities shall be without abatement of rent or liability to renter.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the manager or check their rental agreement when booking the property.
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