Casa Alegria

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Casa Alegria At A Glance

El Centro
Max Person:
Older children OK - ask agent
Sunset vistas from roof terrace; lush garden views below
Town Distance:
10 min on foot to Jardin
Close by
Close by
Yes, including Magic Jack for international calls
Maid Service:
Cook Service:
Yes - breakfast served up to 10 am, Mon - Sat; occasional comidas
Wifi throughout

About Casa Alegria

Imagine a magic garden, tucked away on the most charming of little streets, where you find a special oasis and one of the loveliest homes in San Miguel. This is Casa Alegria, a rare jewel that combines iconic colonial architecture with a contemporary aesthetic. The house's four en-suite bedrooms feature classic comfort married with all the modern amenities one could want, and the house as a whole provides wonderful indoor and outdoor spaces for comfortable entertaining as well as private retreats for meditative moments.

This is not your typical rental house, as it is the home of the owners much of the year. Special touches: six fireplaces, a sunset-viewing roof terrace, lush grounds, and beautifully appointed rooms with art, books, rugs, fine linens, ceramics and all the conveniences of modern living.

From the street, the stone entry path winds through a verdant oasis to the main house. Towering palms and trees reign over a large garden with elegant water feature. A spacious covered terrace connects the garden to the home and offers chic outdoor dining and leisurely sitting areas. At night, this garden literally glows with enchantment, the result of architecturally designed lighting.

The entire home and grounds were re-designed and re-decorated in 2014 to reflect the refined contemporary sensibilities of the home's owners. The ground floor has an elegant living room with gas fireplace, a spacious separate dining room with its own gas fireplace, a modern gourmet kitchen, a small office with wi/fi router (which extends throughout the house) and Magic Jack phone, and one double bedroom with newly remodeled ensuite bathroom and another fireplace. This bedroom has no steps, a rarity in San Miguel and a blessing for a guest with any mobility issues.

Running along the back of the property, off the living room and dining room, is a sublime Zen garden, beautifully lit at night.

The kitchen features state-of-the-art appliances, custom cabinetry, stone counters and a cozy fireplace in the dining nook, which also opens to the garden.

Upstairs are three more bedrooms: 1) The master with king bed (which can be separated into two twins upon request) and a stunning contemporary bathroom with both shower and bathtub. 2) A large queen bedroom with sitting area accented by a stone fireplace and a newly remodeled bathroom with shower. 3) Another queen bedroom (with canopy bed), complete with gas fireplace and en-suite bathroom with shower, plus access to a semi-private terrace. These last two bedrooms connect to each other via a shared inside door.

Up one more level to the crowning glory of the house, a spectacular roof garden terrace. With areas for lounging, napping, and dining, it also has a seating area with grand vistas of both the western sunset and the dramatic cityscape to the east, including the night-lit golden dome of Las Monjas church. This is the spot for your afternoon siesta, twilight margaritas and candle-lit suppers.

Casa Alegria is under the meticulous care of the household staff. Alicia and Juana come Monday to Friday, from 8:30 am to 2:30 pm, and on Saturdays from 8 am to 11 am. Alicia, also a wonderful cook, tends to the rooms on the ground floor. She can make breakfast (served family-style, with everyone eating the same menu at the same time) up to 10 am. She also can make an occasional lunch and/or prepare afternoon snacks. Her compadre, Juana, cleans the second floor, makes beds and changes sheets, and does the laundry. Both housekeepers work their hardest to ensure that your stay at Casa Alegria is as comfortable and enjoyable as possible.

The house has all of the requisites of a luxury residence in San Miguel: a whole-house water purification system, fine linens, house-wide wi/fi signals, an alarm system, Internet phone (Magic Jack) for free calls to/from the U.S. and Canada, portable Bose sound system for use with your own iPhone or IPad, and front doorbell with camera-enabled intercom and electronic lock release. The TV room has a flat screen Internet TV with DVD (but no cable offerings). An off-premises house manager is on call 24/7, should you encounter any difficulties.

The owner prefers that the maximum occupancy be kept to 6 adults, but she will on occasion allow 8 guests total. Teenagers traveling with their parents are welcome, but the house is not suitable for younger children.

Rental Rates for Casa Alegria

(in US Dollars)
Weekly: From $4000
Monthly: From $12960

A 6% line item for Mexican taxes and administrative fees will be added to all rental rates. There is a minimum rental of 5 nights at a per diem rate of $600 USD.

Please note that a 20% holiday surcharge is added to all rental rates during Christmas, New Year's and Semana Santa (week before Easter).

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