Casita de Las Golodrinas is one of San Miguel's most popular apartments. It has ambiance: a great room with living/dining/kitchen with wood-burning fireplace. The sunny, south-facing room has an arched brick ceiling and French doors that give out to a private balcony with umbrella table and fabulous city/country views! The comfy bedroom has a king-size bed, a walk-in closet, and gas heater. The tiled bathroom has a tub and shower. The apartment is furnished is local craftsmen and artisans style, with original folk art paintings, dishes and textiles... Everything is providing: cable TV with US stations, private telephone, wireless internet, twice weekly maid service (personal laundry, extra charge), radio/CD player, every kitchen appliance, linens, towels, dishes, etc. Come and see a good life is all about. San Miguel was voted one of the top ten places in the world to visit, by Conde-Nast Travel Magazine!
History of Calle Sierra Gorda: Casita Las Golondrinas, Casita Los Colibris and La Mariposita are on the second floor (the owners live on the first floor) on old and narrow one-block long street named Sierra Gorda. During the early 18th century the Spanish army, who over-saw the transhipment of silver to Spain from the mines of Guanajuato, was bivouracked here, because the spot provided an excellent viewpoint of the Camino Real (the road leading to Queretaro and Mexico City beyond). One of the oldest 'capillas' in San Miguel (at the end of Sierra Gorda) has a map detailing the encampment.
Later on in the 18th century, the Spanish had immense flocks of cattle and sheep in the state of Guanajuato, among which was the Rancho Atascadero, in the outskirts of San Miguel (now known as a hotel). A tannery was developed at the western gate (still standing...Calle Santo Domingo passes through it 2 blocks from the house) and our house was originally a caretaker's casita for the tannery. See photo of stairs
Immediate surroundings: I bought the property in 1985 (for slightly over 2,000,000 Old Pesos--the equivalent of US $7100--See picture), because of the excellent view. Later that year, David Hernandez, from an old San Miguel family of builders ('abaniles'), and I got married in Santa Fe. In 1990, David and I moved from Santa Fe down to San Miguel and started to build house... In the 25 years since I bought the property, many fine homes (worth up to a million US dollars or more) have been biult around us!
San Miguel de Allende is the keystone in the historic Colonial Cities route between Mexico City and the silver mines of Guanajuato. It, along with Queretaro and Dolores Hidalgo, played an outstanding role in the 1810 Revolution from Spanish. San Miguel lies, also, on the fabled Santa Fe Trail that went north to the U.S. In the 20th century, the city was declared an historic monument by Mexico, and it is being considered for World Heritage Site status by the UN. After WWII, many GI from the US came to San Miguel to go to the Instituto Allende (still an active language and art school) and artists, musicians and craftsmen from all over the world continue to come here. San Miguel was chosen by Conde-Nast Traveler Magazine one of the top ten cities worldwide to visit. An active community of ex-pats from US, Canada and Europe, as well as South America, enjoys San Miguel's temperate climate and unparalleled ambiance... Why don't to come and see for yourself?
Other Activities: local fiestas, touring near-by historic towns, concerts, lectures, art galleries
Golf: There is a golf course (La Malaguin) on the southern edge of San Miguel... Green fees start at US $35 to $50...
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