Oaxaca House Rental Photos and Description
House, 2 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 2 Baths, (Sleeps 4-6)
Everyone loves our rental, hence our 5 star rating! It is a beautiful, very light and spacious, fully furnished 2 bedroom + study area/2 bathroom, house in the desirable and SAFE San Felipe del Agua. Although the North of Mexico suffers from insecurity, this area of Mexico is particularly tranquil. People always tell us that our photos do not do our place justice.
The house we offer is very spacious and combines the best of modern and traditional design. Our house has a modern kitchen with a new stove, big fridge, washer etc an enormous inviting lounge/dining room with high wooden beamed ceiling leading on to a spacious roofed terrace with grill, hammock etc downstairs leading on to a garden, 2 bathrooms.
There are two lovely bedrooms; the one upstairs can easily accommodate a double plus an extra single if necessary; it has a balcony with great views and a study area. There is a twin bedroom (2 beds) downstairs, also with a desk and plenty of space. It is next to the terrace where most visitors have passed their time as it is so inviting, beautiful, cool and relaxing. (Limited access - 2 hours daily - to the solar heated pool next door can be arranged - for guests themselves - from Mon to Saturday for a reasonable $30 weekly). Those who come with children need not worry about the pool as there is a gate with a combination padlock between the house and our pool. All beds have mosquito nets which you can decide if you want to use if you come during the hotter months. All windows and doors have screens so some visitors find the nets redundant.
The house is set in stunning surroundings, with views of the mountains from all angles of the house. It is situated in the most desirable residential area of Oaxaca, San Felipe del Agua. The house is set back 40 metres from the road (which has little traffic) so it is very peaceful and is only moments from local shops. San Felipe del Agua juxtaposes 5 star hotels and simple abodes and its cobbled-stoned roads are shared by sophisticated cars, cows and donkeys.
The house is surprisingly close to the historic centre, so you will have the best of all worlds! Wake up with a glorious view to the mountains from your bedroom window,, exotic birds in your lush garden and the smell of tortillas, handmade in the ancient way, by a neighboring family, just minutes from your door. They will be happy to provide you with this delicious local food on a daily basis. The house is 2 blocks from the San Felipe del Agua Church and its square which has market days on Tuesday, Friday and Saturday, a local lending library and restaurants and many places to eat. The bus into town (running every day) is less than a 5 minute walk away from the house; and schools, for families with young children, are also within walking distance, so a car is not needed.
Oaxaca is a popular spot for both foreigners and Mexicans due to the year-long wonderful climate and the exceptional scenery including cactus lined valleys and glorious mountains. There are fascinating cultural buildings and artisanal markets; also including museums, restaurants, various exciting specialist markets, and experiencing nature e.g., hiking in spectacular parks and ecologically important forests, etc.
Economic weekly cleaning is $US20 per week, and you can arranged to have delicious mexican food cooked at your house so you can gather some recipes, baby sitting can also be arranged at very reasonable rates. We can also arranged for you to be picked up and delivered to the airport for around $25.00 which is less than an airport taxi (please specify if you want this to ensure this service is available) and also transported to and from to other sites in and around Oaxaca.
We are a British/Mexican couple who have lived in San Felipe for 14 years and are a convenient source of local knowledge. Sergio is an anthropologist and musicologist. Judith is a psychologist, anthropologist and painter. Sofia and Olivia are our two wonderful, bi-lingual, daughters of 16 and 12 years of age. We will be on sabbatical from August 2013 for a year and Gaby, our bilingual housekeeper and cleaner will manage the house.
We welcome short and long term visitors and we have had people stay from a weekend to a year or more. The house is great for all ages and those who like to paint/write/relax or immerse their children in the most colorful Mexican culture to learn/improve their Spanish and experience the world in one of the most popular cities in Mexico. Visitors with children will enjoy all the extra curricular activities that Oaxaca has to offer, art classes teaching artisanal craft, dance, horse riding etc. We also have a stair gate and cot for babies.
We know many families who have come to Oaxaca for a year with and without children of various ages who have adapted to school life and learnt Spanish with amazing ease (there are bi-lingual schools though visitors prefer to immerse their children in Spanish speaking schools.
Please be sure not to generalise travel advisories about Mexico. Oaxaca is safe despite problems in other areas of the country.
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- children welcome
- non smoking only
- wheelchair accessible
About Judith Zur
We are a British/Mexican couple who have lived in Oaxaca since 1998. Judith is a clinical psychologist family therapist and painter and Sergio is an Ethnomusicologist and flautist. We have two lovely, bi-lingual, daughters.
Judith Zur purchased this house in 2006
Why Judith Zur chose Oaxaca
We built the property ourselves next door. We already had built our own house a few years before and had chosen to live in Oaxaca because of the combination of proximity to the center but away from traffic and congection with its spectacular views and the opportunity to live in a town where we could be part of the community. It is also cooler in the summer time with fresh evenings and mornings. Sergio, who is a Mexican from Mexico City had always wanted to live in Oaxaca becuase of its rich Mexican culture and art; so when we returned from London he took his chance, with no regrets. Everyone who visits us from abroad tells us we live in a paradise and, really, this cannot be disputed.
What makes this house unique
The property itself is very charming and spacious. It is comfortable and has a wonderful terrace which, in Oaxaca, can be enjoyed all year round as the weather is a real plus. Everyone, without fail, has loved the house and the neighbourhood where we live. San Felipe is the best residential neighborhood in Oaxaca given that it is mountainous and cool with spectacular views but also close to the historic centre so one doesn't need a car when renting our property. People have benefited from our experience as foreigner/locals who have lived in Oaxaca over a decade; we can act as a bridge into the culture and the best of Oaxaca.
We know that there has been bad press about Mexico lately, even in the Triki area in Oaxaca which has had conflict for over 4 decades but Oaxaca City is a haven, Really, I would not be living in a place that could present a threat to my children in any way whatsoever. So please inquire with us about anything you may feel nervous about and we will update you.
Guestbook comments from the owner
What a wonderful month of March we have had living in San Felipe del Agua and staying in this beautiful house! Judith, Sergio, Sofia and Ollie could not have been nicer to have as landlords and neighbors--they are a very special family. And gracias to Fernanda who helped us with all things casa related and our Spanish too. We hope everyone who follows here enjoys as much as we have the beautiful mornings, the birds, flowers and trees, sights and sounds of the nieghborhood (don't worry, you'll get used to the rooster and dogs!) dips in the pool and the lovely privacy. Our favorite time of the day is around 4:30 PM--we sit on the veranda when the wind blows through and clears the air--make sure the windows upstairs are secured or they will slam! Another delight is having breakfast or a late supper on the veranda--no bugs!
We have had many great adventures in and around Oaxaca largely attributable to Lonely Planet and Moon guidebooks--both and others are available in English at the bookstore "Amate" at the corner of Alcala and M. Matamoros. You can also pick up a good map at a green Tourist Information kiosk. As you will discover, the white busses, route 25, (leaving from the corner across from the church in San Felipe, for Centro--ask folks when to get off-- then pick up Route 25 busses along the street Reforma for the return, right to the end of your lane!) are fun, cheap (4.5 pesos) and come often. The gray busses are good too. Taxis cruise through regularily and cost 40 pesos to the center, 50 to get back. Once in the Center, we recommend eating a late lunch or supper (get mole negro!) at least once at El Asador Vasco on the balcony overlooking the southwest corner of the Zocolo. They open at 2:00, and you'll need to reserve if you want a front row table. We also recommend the food at La Olla Cafe (esp breakfast! or dinner upstairs or a drink on the roof) on Reforma. If you haven't been to Oaxaca before, of course you'll want to stroll north up Calle Alcala to Iglesia de Santo Domingo around 6:30 to witness the gilded interior aglow in the evening light. The huge Cultural Museum of Oaxaca in the former monastary attached to the Santa Domingo catherdral is excellent (and has English audio tours) as is the guided tour of the adjoining Ethnobotanical Gardens and the new Textile Museum on Hidalgo. In the morning visit the Mercado Jaurez and the Mercado 20 de Noviembre south of the Zocolo. And of course there are wonderful Artisan shops,