Life is a combination of yin and yang and it’s up to us to strike a balance. Living in San Miguel de Allende is no different. You want to be close enough to Centro to not miss out on the action, but if you’re ready for a somewhat quieter lifestyle, not too close. You want that colonial feeling without sacrificing modern conveniences. And finally, you want your house to be comfortable, but elegant too.
This home is a wonderful balance of all of these elements. To begin with, it’s situated in a secure, charming enclave of three similarly styled homes. It includes a façade of grand stone walls, a shared green area and even an ancient chapel, and yet, because it’s located at the point where Centro meets Barrio La Palmita, it’s just a 15 minute walk to the Parroquia and even less to upper Centro. The landscaping is full of mature trees and plants indigenous to this part of Mexico - cactus, succulents and bougainvillea, cobblestone paths, and features a real treat - a dramatic pool adorned with columns and a large, central tree that provides a lovely shaded canopy for swimmers and sunbathers.
Inside is equally impressive. Built with an “upside down” floor plan to take advantage of the spectacular views, the bedrooms, a second living area and the main entry are located on the ground floor. As you enter, the rich stone of the exterior contrasts well with the contemporary French doors that lead into the generously sized foyer.
An oversize boveda announces the master bedroom and nicely compliments its spacious proportions. The fireplace is inviting and creates an elegant focal point. French doors open out into a private patio surrounded by mature trees and vegetation. The attached bath has another boveda, double sinks and a glass brick shower partition which catches the light.
The second bedroom is adorned with wood beamed ceilings, multiple nichos and custom built-ins. Its window also overlooks the trees outside, and the overall affect is stylish comfort. The adjoining bath is finished in lovely neutral tiles and natural wood cabinets.
Perfect for relaxing, the downstairs den is home to a second fireplace, a built-in, wrap around desk with view to the trees outside and a wood beamed, tejamanil ceiling. It also features floor to ceiling built-ins, a great place for books or collectibles. Alternatively, this room could serve nicely as a guest room if need be.
A gently winding staircase adorned with artistic nichos leads upstairs to the great room, which includes the dining, kitchen and living area laid out in an open floor plan, accented by wood beamed ceilings, large arched windows and a fireplace. The French doors open out to a covered loggia and patio, creating a wonderful indoor/outdoor living area. It’s spacious and just right for entertaining - your guests will be able to mingle and lounge comfortably no matter what the weather.
The kitchen is that perfect intersection of homey yet sophisticated. A center island provides bar seating, storage and an electric cooktop, which nicely compliments the full stove with overhead vent. Large windows bring in lots of light, and a fully windowed door provides access to the terrace that runs the length of the kitchen.
Accessed from the patio off the living area, the rooftop terrace creates the sensation that you are reclining at a point somewhere between land and sky. Cantera beams define the covered seating area, which offers spectacular views of the city and beyond. Because this part of San Miguel is the highest point of the city, the views truly are unparalleled.
This home is being offered completely turn key, less one piece of art, which means that you can move in immediately and easily, and continue enjoying that magical flow and balance of San Miguel.
Listed by cooprative agency.