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Adorable, family and pet friendly casa in superb location with spectacular views

Bedrooms 4
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About the property

4 bedroom, 3 bathroom in centro historico, sleeps 5 + convertible bed for 2 more

Situated in the historic center, this adorable, light-filled colonial casa offers terrific views of La Parroquia, the town, lake, and mountains. Just three blocks above the main square, it is within walking distance of everything there is to see and do within San Miguel: art and language schools, galleries and museums, library and bookstores, parks and gardens, restaurants and bars, shops and markets, theaters and clubs, spas and gyms, and so much more. Taxis and buses are nearby when needed.

Apart from its central location, you will also enjoy this home's old-world charm and modern comforts. Designed to accommodate privacy when needed and entertaining when desired, the house is built on three levels with fine local materials, skillfully hand-crafted by master artisans: mesquite woodwork, Talavera and Saltillo tiles, brass and ceramic hardware, wood-beamed and boveda ceilings. It has high ceilings, tasteful furnishings, and beautiful Mexican folk art.

The ground floor features a formal living room with fireplace, efficient but fully-equipped kitchen, and a separate dining room that opens into a lushly landscaped courtyard with outdoor seating and tables. Off the courtyard are two cozy bedrooms, each furnished with a twin-size bed, writing desk and armoire. These two bedrooms share a bathroom. Also on the ground floor, at the back of the house, is the service room in which you'll find the washer and dryer and a fourth full bathroom.

From the courtyard, there are two staircases on opposite ends of the house. The back staircase leads to a third bedroom with twin-size bed. This one has its own bathroom and is detached from the main part of the house -- very private and popular with teens and young adults. The main staircase leads to the spacious master suite, which has a king-size bed, sitting areas around the fireplace, bathroom en suite, and a view of La Parroquia . Also on the second level, next to the master suite, is a terrace furnished with chaise lounges, tables and chairs. On the third level is a second terrace where you can enjoy additional outdoor living. Both terraces are the perfect perch for sunbathing or stargazing, relaxing with your favorite book and beverage, and admiring the amazing views and sunsets.

This is a family and pet friendly home. It sleeps up to five comfortably: 2 on a king-size bed in the master suite and 1 on a twin-size bed in each of the 3 smaller bedrooms. There is a full-size convertible sofa bed in the living room that can accommodate up to two additional guests.

The house is professionally managed by English-speaking staff and comes with housekeeping services. Cooking and laundry services are available.

Enjoy your home away from home!

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Property Manager
Member since: 2005
Speaks english
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Calendar last updated:
April 16, 2018

About The Owner

Although residents of the San Francisco Bay Area since the 60s and '70s's, our paths did not cross until 1991. By chance, we had both planned to spend 1-year sabbaticals in San Miguel to write and to study. We arrived about the same time and met soon after. Within two montsh of our first encounter, we were living together and engaged to be married! That year, we established many a great friendships and strong ties with the artist community and knew then that our life in San Miguel would continue past the end of our sabbaticals. In the summer of 1992 we got married in Berkeley, and toward the end of December 1993, we began our search for our dream retirement home in San Miguel. It was an intense search. We looked at about 30 or so homes within a week's time. On the verge of burn-out and just as we were about to give up, we happened upon this house and immediately fell in love. It seemed perfect in every respect: location, views, and size; architecture, design, and craftsmanship; furnishings and finishes -- wow! But just to be sure, we asked our real estate agent to get the sellers to let us stay in the house for 10 days so we could experience living in it. It far exceeded our expectations and by early January 1994 we were the proud new owners of Garita 8. We are delighted to be able to share it with you.

The Owner purchased this house in 1994

Why The Owner chose Zona Centro

Of the inhabited places on the earth, San Miguel is one of the easiest on the eyes. There is a quality of light here that draws artists from all over the world. We chose our particular location in San Miguel because we wanted to be near the heart of the city in the beautiful, well preserved historic center, where it is illegal to build anything looking newer than 500 years old, and because of the spectacular views of the whole city and the valley below from two terraces, the master bedroom, and even the master bath!

What makes this house unique

We love that we can get around on foot 99% of the time; that we have the space to accommodate visiting family and friends and to entertain guests; that public transportation is accessible and inexpensive; that good food is plentiful; that there is no shortage of educational, cultural and recreational activities and events; that we have good neighbors; that we meet interesting people from all over the world; that the climate is good;; that we can feel safe and relaxed; that the community is kid-friendly; that we have some of the best views in town and have very few steps to climb to enjoy them.


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

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 7
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
  • smoking allowed ...
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Lake View ...
  • Monument View ...
  • Mountain View
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Free Long Distance ...
  • Gas Fireplace ...
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 6 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Courtyard bathroom - toilet , shower , Common bathroom between the two courtyard bedrooms.
    Upstairs back bedroom bathroom - toilet , shower , Private bathroom en suite.
    Master bathroom - toilet , shower , Private bathroom en suite, two sinks, views.
  • Towels provided.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Master suite - 1 king , On 2nd floor. Private bath, sitting area, fireplace, views.
    Courtyard bedroom - 1 twin/ single , Ground floor bedroom off courtyard with shared bathroom.
    Courtyard bedroom - 1 twin/ single , Ground floor bedroom off courtyard with shared bathroom.
    Upstairs back bedroom - 1 twin/ single , 2nd floor bedroom with private bath at back end of house.
    Convertible bed(s) - 1 double , In living room.
  • Linens, blankets, bedspreads, and comforters provided. Portable fan and space heater available in each room.
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • long term renters welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • arboretum
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • swimming
  • tennis
Housekeeping is provided Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. The housekeeper's name is Adelina who has been part of our family for over 10 years. She is available to cook for you and do your laundry upon request. Please make your requests for additional services well in advance of your arrival. Costs for additional services are to be paid directly to Adelina on the day of service. Our property manager, Evaristo, is also very helpful and a wonderful resource. He is a real estate broker as well, and if you are in the market to purchase real estate in Mexico, we hope you will use him as your buyer's agent.


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Adorable, family and pet friendly casa in superb location with spectacular views
average rating of 4.714286 based on 35 reviews
Chicago, Illinois

Spacious and charming hillside retreat has lots to offer.

  • 5 of 5

With beautiful views, an attentive and lovely housekeeper, plenty of supplies, this is a great house for a group of friends/family. Great kitchen to cook in, if you are so inclined, great roof to drink on and play cards, cozy, yet spacious. YES. michelle

  • Submitted: 15-Nov-2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you, Michelle!
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Dallas/ Fort Worth

Beautiful home in excellent location! Rooftop sunsets are breathtaking.

  • 5 of 5

Thank you for letting my family stay at your beautiful home.

We had an amazing week! THE VIEW! THE VIEW! THE VIEW from the furnished rooftop was incredible. We made sure we were home for sunset every night.

The master bedroom is wonderful with a King bed, a sitting area and private bath. The three other bedrooms all had single beds and in room bathroom access for our kids. The family room has a pullout couch if needed. The location is perfect! We walked from the quiet home to the heart of town in less than 10 minutes. If you are considering staying in San Miguel you do not have to look any further...STAY HERE!

  • Submitted: 19-Mar-2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Rhinebeck, NY

A perfect home in San Miguel

  • 5 of 5

This is a wonderful place, close to everything, and very good for groups. Every room has privacy, the views are magnificent, the home is well appointed and clean. The only negative was the construction going on next door, all day, five days a week, which was a drag, so it may be wise to check on the progress of that when you're booking.

  • Submitted: 22-Feb-2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Stunning home away from home

  • 5 of 5

Just got back from spending Independence weekend in San Miguel and we absolutely loved the house. We plan to go back soon and re-book. I will recommend this property to all my friends visiting San Miguel.

  • Submitted: 17-Sep-2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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"The Best"

  • 5 of 5

From the beginning of making the reservation at Garita #8, everything was wonderful ! We were greeted graciously, the house was clean, comfortable, well laid out for our group of friends! We were attending a action packed 5day event wedding ...the location was perfect, never late for anything! We all want to come back and stay at Garita#8 and see more of the beautiful city San Miguel. Thank you Mr. Hitz

  • Submitted: 22-Aug-2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Hermosa y comfortable casa

  • 5 of 5

La casa esta muy cerca de la parroquia y la plaza, el senor Evaristo estuvo atento a nuestra llegada y a nuestra salida, fue muy servicial y siempre fue muy amable, la casa es muy comoda y acogedora, la senora Adelina cocino para nosotros un delicioso pozole. La casa cuenta con todo para hacer uno mismo de cocinar, basicamente es una casa lejos de casa. El dia que regrese a San Miguel espero que este disponible nuevamente.

  • Submitted: 31-Jul-2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Car: not necessary

Individual or group classes in Spanish language; Mexican culture and history; visual, literary, performing, and culinary arts. Botanical and orchid gardens, parks, hot springs, daily artisans market, Tuesday Tiangui outdoor market, English-language library, house and garden tours, art galleries, international cuisine, and more. Day trips to Guanajuato, Dolores Hidalgo, Pozos and other nearby points of interest. Only 3 hours north of Mexico City. Literary conferences with international best-selling authors, music and dance concerts and festivals, live theater performances, fiestas and fireworks!


Rates & Availability

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

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1 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 5 guests; add C$13 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Rates are subject to change until your reservation is confirmed. Cancellations: 100 % refund if cancelled at least 90 days before arrival. 3/4 refund if cancelled 60-89 days before. 1/2 refund if cancelled 30-59 days before. 1/4 refund if cancelled 14-29 days before. No refund if cancelled less than 2 weeks before arrival. Check-in time is 4 PM, check-out time is 11 AM (unless other arrangements are made with the owner or manager).

Manager's Cancellation Policy

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