Colorfully artsy' appropriately depicts Mariposa Mexico! This is evident in the delightful character of the gated entrance, the painted antique door covered in bugambilia and in the dreamy view down the lane to the church spire and local market. A hidden arbor path just behind the street entrance leads you seductively along toward days filled with local charm. It is a colorful artist’s 'get away' with its own special magic that exudes from within. All this conveniently located in the center of San Miguel, walking distance to the main garden.
Leafy green vines grow in abundance along the arbor walls and overhead arches. A row of central lanterns light the path at night while a succession of niches spot dramatic stone carvings along the walk way. This path ends in front of a stone stair case that leads to a small, cozy front courtyard. Peeking through the gate across the courtyard, one is treated to the first dramatic view of the Colonial facade. High arched glass doors lead to the ground floor bedrooms off the courtyard while a second set of windows balance the symmetry of the building from the second living room level. A large stone fountain occupies a central position between the gridded doors in the courtyard. It gives a splash of freshness to the privacy of this cozy open area. Directly overhead is the bell tower and rooftop terrace of this artistic Colonial town house (And, yes, the bell can be rung). A small seating area is directly across from the fountain in the courtyard. This provides a likely spot for morning coffee. Directly behind the seating is the stairway leading up to the second floor entrance and antique wooden door that accesses the living room and kitchen level.
The second level has an open floor plan and the entire floor is used for the living room/kitchen area. The central part of the ceiling has a “boveda” ceiling with spots reflecting up from the moulding onto the boveda itself. In the kitchen section, there are wood beams. The floors are white faux brick with scattered red tapestry rugs. Two balconies look down on the courtyard below and glass light wells are placed periodically in the kitchen and in the corners of the room. Two chandeliers create romantic lighting in the center of the boveda. Inside a circular alcove, there is a delightful lange ficus tree with ivy extending out on to the boveda ceiling. Behind the tree there is a fountain that spills water into a circular troff around the trunk of the tree. A long bookshelf runs along the entire back wall of the room with two antique wooden doors in the center. Behind these doors are the large flat screen TV and the central stereo system. A wonderful antique desk interrupts the symmetry of the wall. Bright colorful santos and niches are placed in window boxes randomly around the book shelf. These have small spots inside that dramatically light the book shelves. The furniture in the living room is all Colonial period antiques and there is also an “L” shaped sectional coach which is conveniently placed in front of the TV area for comfort and easy viewing. The bright ethnic pillows are fun and decorative.
The kitchen is open and is in the left corner of the room. It has a bar counter with bar stools to one side with a hanging shelf and decorative baskets overhead. The oven is constructed in the Colonial Mexican style with a mantel overhead. Behind the oven is an open light well with plants and decorative hanging kitchen accessories. The stairway leading to the rooftop terrace is in the corner of the kitchen. There is a dumbwaiter that services all three floors of the house.
The spectacular top floor has a 360° view of the town of San Miguel, the Parroquia and the entire valley and surrounding area. It overlooks one of the most charming Mexican residential streets and has a lovely view of the prestigious and fun rooftops of the area. There is a dipping pool with a fountain and lounge chairs for relaxation and sunning. The stereo speakers that are also placed on the rooftop are a perfect addition. A comfortable dining table seats ten and the delightful, 'all-glass' green house is decorated with shelves so it can serve as a buffet area for outdoor dining.
The stairs behind the courtyard seating lead to the laundry room. There is a clothes washer and dryer, an ironing board and a service bathroom with a sink and a toilet....Read more
Stunning Home in San Miguel De Allende, Mexico San Miguel de Allende, Central Mexico and Gulf Coast, Mexico
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San Miguel is a 450-year-old Colonial town. It began as an Indian mission and was later drawn to the silver mining era with the mines that were being developed in Guanajuato. Today it is being protected as a national monument due to its historical importance in Mexico's fight for independence. It is for this reason that there are no neon signs, no bill boards, no fire hydrants and no traffic lights.
It is widely considered one of the prettiest and cleanest towns in Mexico. The narrow cobblestone streets remain much as they have for centuries. There is a mixture of 16th and 17th century architecture, old churches and elegant haciendas. All of these have sun baked, multi hued walls varying in the spectrum of colors from okra to pastels, faded pink, green and blue.
The house is located 5-7 minutes walking distance from the main garden or center of town. ife in San miguel is rich in local traditions. It is colorful in its local charm, fascinating in its mix of old and new and fun its bounty of things to do. It mixes the best aspects of small town life with cosmopolitan pleasures of a big city. San Miguel has grown in stature as a writer and artist colony. This progress dates back to the 1930′s when the first art school was founded. There are literary readings, art shows, and annual chamber music and jazz festivals. For example, in August there is the world-class festival of chamber music, as well as the International Jazz festival which takes place the last week in November.
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Last updated on May 04, 2015
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