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Villa Alta Dos: very special, private, quiet, 15 minute walk to El Jardin

Bedrooms 1
Half Baths1
Space 600 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 6 nights


About the property

Very unique 1 bedroom fully furnished Casa in a walled in compound.

Villa Alta Dos at Calle Sierra Gorda #10 is nestled in the exclusive, quiet Atascadero neighborhood, only a 15 minute walk to the center of town. Originally constructed in the late 1980’s, the Villa was designed in an Italian Mediterranean style unique to San Miguel de Allende. The compound walls assure security and privacy and enclose a large terraced courtyard with gardens and lawn and three buildings - the renovated, fully furnished rental Casa, a smaller uninhabited Casita, and an artist/artisan Studio that is available on request.

The design of the Casa is intended for a single or couples as the sleeping area is on a mezzanine without separating walls and overlooks the living room. The high ceiling living room with clerestory windows add much light and a feeling of airiness to the interior ambience.

Amenities include a fully equipped kitchen, water purification system, comfortable queen size bed, large wardrobe, 32” TV with cable/HDMI connection, excellent WiFi, ceiling fans, fireplace, heater for the cold winter nights, washer and dryer and full use of the courtyard for outdoor living and entertaining. As of May 2018, there is a newly installed half bath on the main floor in addition to the full bath upstairs next to the bedroom. Three hours of housekeeping service once a week is included. A "House Book" is provided with important and useful information about living in the Villa.

The final stretch of road leading to the Villa is single lane, paved with in stone and is moderately steep. Sturdy walking shoes and moderate physical fitness are a plus for a really pleasurable stay at the Villa and for navigating San Miguel on foot - the preferred was of getting around town. No parking is provided but limited street parking is available about 250 yards downhill from the Villa. Traffic in San Miguel has become pretty congested and it is recommended that you do not maintain a car during your stay. Taxis are readily available all over town for the uphill trip and cost 40-50 pesos (less than $3) from El Centro. Radio called taxis for pick up at the Villa are a little more.

Veronica Alvarado is the Property Manager. Members of her staff will greet you at the Villa when you arrive and will be there for your departure. They will respond to your special requests, questions, and emergencies.

More Details

Property Manager
John Sims
Member since: 2014
Speaks english, spanish
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
June 21, 2018

About John Sims

The Property Manager at Villa Alta Dos is Sra. Veronica Alvarado. She is a native of San Miguel de Allende and studied Business Management at the University of Queretaro. For six years she managed some of the finest hotels in SMA. In 2001 she joined a local real estate firm and had a very successful 11 year career selling real estate. In 2012, Sra Alvarado opened her residential management business. Combining her knowledge of local real estate, residential services and property management, she has been serving property owners of SMA with excellence, honesty and honor. Sra Alvarado and her staff are committed to providing you with the highest level of personal service.

John Sims is the owner of Villa Alta Dos. Semiretired, he has 46 years of experience as a professional builder, contractor, and hands-on building tradesman. He spent 18 years as a Building Inspector for the City and County of San Francisco. His interests include travel, photography, general and military history, aviation, golf, art and architecture. Sims bought and renovated the Villa during the summer and fall of 2014. He resides in San Francisco on Alta St on Telegraph Hill, 'Alta Uno'.

John Sims purchased this house in 2014

Why John Sims chose Atascadero

Villa Alta Dos is my final retirement home. The location, price and Italian Mediterranean style and design were the major draws.


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

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 600 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • children not allowed
  • Events Allowed
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only ...
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet
  • Downstairs half bath has toilet, pedestal sink and mirror; upstairs full bath has large sink; large well lit mirror at sink; full length mirror on door; shower; storage cabinet
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
  • Mexican Queen bed, large wardrobe with shelves, drawers and closet; ceiling fan; terrace
  • Books
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • photography
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • golf
  • hiking


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Villa Alta Dos: very special, private, quiet, 15 minute walk to El Jardin
average rating of 4.3333335 based on 9 reviews

A very nice property

  • 5 of 5

We found it to be comfortable, relaxing and a perfect place to unwind after the activities of the day. It was a nice 3/4 mile walk to the Jardin and a little over a mile to a nice supermarket. Everything we needed was here and we enjoyed the visits from the two neighborhood cats.

  • Submitted: 18-Jan-2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great spot!

  • 4 of 5

Charming, private place to stay while in SMA. Loved that it is a private, walled compound...reading on the patio in the morning sun, photographing butterflies as they flit from flower to flower in the garden. It's an effort to walk back up after wandering the city (at over 6,000 feet elevation) but after 3 round trips on foot I started taking a taxi home most of the time (less than $3 US). It's light & bright, has a spacious, well equipped kitchen that I barely used. Felt like home. Yes, I would heartily recommend staying at Villa Alta Dos.

  • Submitted: 30-Nov-2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Quiet and Comfortable and a Great Workou

  • 4 of 5

In all our trips to Mexico, the neighborhood around Villa Alt Dos was the quietest place we’ve ever stayed, and other than having an oddly loud refrigerator, it was a peaceful and comfortable place to spend a week. The Villa is a short 15 minute walk down to the Jardin along the picturesque “cobbled” roads (the roads in SMA’s historic district aren’t so much cobblestones as “dumped” river rocks, so no matter where you go you’ll need thick-soled shoes).

The walk back up from downtown requires a bit more vigor. It’s only a half mile from the Jardin, but there’s a 200 foot elevation gain. Not that big a deal, but remember the - anything but smooth - road surfaces of SMA.

We walked back to the Villa several times a day, including late after dinner, and always felt safe…with a ““Buena Noche” unfailingly met with the same response and a smile. 

The Villa is reasonably well appointed, and the space heater will come in handy for the cool winter mornings. The internet was fast and reliable.

  • Submitted: 15-Nov-2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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The house was nice! The description of street was much more steep than was told! We are both good

  • 3 of 5

Shape but it was challenge going up hill. We had problem with electricity going out for hours at time, we also had trouble getting hold of the agent when needed her in our 2 week stay. Taxis were hard to get going to town unless you talked Spanish they would hung up on you! Norma Healy

  • Submitted: 5-Aug-2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Casa Alta Dos

  • 4 of 5

We reluctantly write this review as we do not want the "secret" of Casa Alta Dos out and about. We want it all to ourselves every February and March for years to come! The casa is perfect for two people, very well designed and furnished. All the mechanicals work perfectly. The neighborhood is quite safe as we tend to be walkers even during the early to mid evening hours. After 10:00 pm take a cab home from Centro for $3.00. The casa is a fifteen minute walk to the Jardin (downhill); twenty minute return (be mindful of the hill). As active seniors, we had no difficulty with the spiral stairs or the hill. The casa's staff are wonderful, especially Veronica the Property Manager. The walled compound does not have a view of the Parroquia but the grounds are beautiful. This is our seventh year visiting SMA and we have never enjoyed a casa more. In fact, we already booked our stay for 2017. When John finishes the casita, it will be perfect as our family will be able to visit us in SMA. But please, do not tell your friends about Casa Alta Dos; it has to be our little secret!

  • Submitted: 24-Mar-2016
  • Stayed: February 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Our home away from home

  • 5 of 5

Everything in the home is beautiful, you can see John has put a lot of love into it. Super confortable and beautiful house where you really feel at home. Walking distance to the Jardin ( downtonwn plaza). Very quiet neighborhood. Veronica and John were amazing and made us feel welcomed all the time we stayed. We fall in love with San Miguel de Allende and the house and will definetely be back.

  • Submitted: 18-Sep-2015
  • Stayed: September 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear lily - thanks so much for your positive review of your stay at Villa Alta Dos. Veronica and I look forward to you next visit to SMA. Sincerely yours, John Sims
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Rates & Availability

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

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6 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection C$78.29

Two week rate is $775.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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