Guanajuato House Rental Photos and Description
2-bedroom, 2.5-bath home, with an art studio, office & beautiful central garden
In October of 2007, The New York Times featured this home in its 'Great Homes' section. That article, including photographs, can be viewed by going to New York Times website and searching for 'Great Homes' and then 'Mineral de Pozos'.
The home was designed by the noted Mexican architect, Gabor Goded, and built between 2000 and 2003. The home consists of two buildings, a one and a half-story residence and a two-story studio. Each building is approximately 2,200 square feet. However, rental of the property does not include the lower (basement level) of the studio, which is a photography laboratory.
Rental includes the entire 2,200 sq ft of the home and the entire 1,100 feet of the art studio. A gardener/groundskeeper lives in a small casita on the property 24/7 and is available for errands, assistance and chores.
The residence consists of the following: on the ground floor, a large room (approximately 22 ft x 55 ft) which serves as combined living room, dining room, and kitchen (three double doors open from this room onto a spacious patio and the garden); a small library and adjacent half bath; a bedroom (queen bed) with a full bath. Stairs lead to a large master bedroom (22 ft x 24 ft, king bed), a dressing room, a full bath, and a very large (22 ft x 42 ft) outdoor patio. The house is fully and comfortably furnished, including a fold-out, queen size sofa in the library and a couch, which can serve as a single bed in the living room. The kitchen is fully equipped.
The ground floor of the studio, 18 ft x 60 ft, is included in the rental of the property. It is divided into 2 rooms. The main room is 18 ft x 42 ft and serves as an art studio; the secondary room serves as additional studio space and/or office.
Entry to the home is through large double gates, and there is space for parking two vehicles inside the property.
- smoking allowed
- pets considered
- Long-term Renters Welcome
- children welcome
- limited accessibility
The property owners are photographer Geoff Winningham and artist Janice Freeman, who purchased the property in 1999 and built the home between 2000 and 2003. When we are not at home in Pozos, we live in Houston, Texas, where Geoff teaches in the Department of Visual Arts at Rice University. The home is largely decorated with photographs and art by Geoff and Janice.
Mexico and Mexican culture have been important in both of our lives. Janice grew up near McAllen, Texas, riding her horse all along the Texas/Mexico border. Geoff has spent over thirty years exploring and photographing all of Mexico. He first visited Pozos in 1979, when the place was still more of a ghost town. Shortly after they married in 1996, they visited Pozos together and fell in love with the place. They hired Gabor Goded in 1999 to design the home, and by 2003 it was completed. Today, each summer, their home is the site of the Pozos Art Project, and they teach photography and art of the children of Pozos.
The beauty and attraction of Pozos is its true, authentic Mexican character. Except for the tourists who come over to Pozos each weekend from nearby San Miguel de Allende and the relatively few foreign born-residents of the town, living in Pozos is an immersion in the real Mexico. People in the restaurants and on the streets speak Spanish in Pozos, so visitors will want to learn a few words of Spanish (or go to San Miguel).
At the same time, Pozos is ideally located as a base to explore all of central Mexico. Highway 57 is only 10 minutes away, and it will take you north to Real de Catorce or south to Querétero, Mexico City, or even Oaxaca. The mountains and the missions of the Sierra Gorda are only a few hours to the east.