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Beautifully Landscaped House in Quiet Village Outside Oaxaca

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Bedrooms 2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights

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7 nights


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House, 2 Bedrooms + Sleeping Porch, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 4-6)

Located in the village of San Pablo Etla, this beautifully landscaped home is situated on one acre with mango, limes, lemons, oranges, pomegranates and loquat trees, cactus gardens and many other native Mexican vegetation, The house sits on one level with an open and airy layout and a beautiful view. This quiet house offers an ideal home for researchers, writers, hikers, nature lovers, birdwatchers and artists. Short and long term rentals. Optional arrangements available for cook, babysitter and laundry service.

The house has Two bedroom and an indoor sleeping porch

Keywords: house, gardens

  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair accessible

Member since: 2006
Speaks: english, spanish
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Within a few days
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Calendar last updated:
September 18, 2016
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About The Owner

Karen and Tami live and work in Brooklyn, NY and spend as much time as possible (when not working) in Oaxaca. Tami is a documentary filmmaker and professor of film and media studies and Karen sells real estate.

The Owner purchased this house in 2005

Why The Owner chose Oaxaca

We bought El Huajal in 2005 after spending 4 weeks vacationing in Oaxaca. We had both always loved Mexico and fell in love with the area -- the mountains, the many artisan pueblos, the warmth of the community. Some friends told us about the house and after going to see it we knew we wanted to own it and build a life there.

What makes this house unique

There is so much that we love about El Huajal -- the bright, airy, open feeling of the house, the expansive back yard, the cactus gardens, the sounds of the neighborhood goats and chickens, the wonderful community of North Americans living in the area and the warmth of the Mexican culture.


based on 4 traveler reviews

Beautifully Landscaped House in Quiet Village Outside Oaxaca
average rating of 5.0 based on 4 reviews

Beautiful, well equipped house in village north of Oaxaca

  • 5 of 5

We stayed in the house for almost one month, from February 9 to March 9, 2016, and we did enjoy the time there. The house well situated, surrounded by Mexican village life, with three tiendas in walking distance,where you can buy most of your needs. The house itself is beautiful with terraces on the front and rear, in a large garden; a paradise for birders. The house is full of local art and very colourful, with two bedrooms, and a sleeping porch, where we sat most of the later evenings. Catalina come once a week to clean and help with other things, and gardeners also appear on some days. The house is somewhat difficult to find, but with the help of the property managers, Carl and Celina, it should not be a problem. Our daughter with her two year old stayed for two weeks, and Celina helped out to find a crib for the child.

The house is peaceful, but there are Mexican village sounds,which usually stop around 10:00pm or so.

The nights are cool in February, down to 10-12 C in early morning, so you will sleep very well. It will warm up very fast and by early afternoon easily reach 30 C, and by early evening still around 22 C, so you can have dinner on the terrace outside. The kitchen is very well equipped, with basically everything you might require. A large superstore, along a Costco concept, Bodega Aurora is halfway between San Pablo de Etla and Oaxaca

If you stay only for a few days or a week, and will mainly visit Oaxaca and places nearby we recommend to go by taxi, around 200 pesos one way to Oaxaca. Public transport by motor taxi,tuktuk and local bus will be adventurous, but time consuming. If you stay longer, as we did, I strongly advise to rent a car; we found Hertz at the airport very reasonable,and they actually mention to you that the third party liability is included in the rental. Most other rentals, especially the ones in town include it ( and excessively) in their price resulting in a very expensive rental. Mexicans drive very defensively, are polite and use common sense rather than following strict rules. If you follow the same routine, check all sides of the car, and beware of the speed bumps (topes) you will enjoy driving in Oaxaca.

In Oaxaca city there are a number of public parking sites, clearly indicated by E(staciamento), are fairly quiet and charge only 15 to 20 pesos/hour.

Oaxaca is at 1600m ,consequently you need some adaption if you arrive from sea level, and the sun can be very hard.

We recommend this rental very much

  • Submitted: Mar 22, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Tampa, Fl., usa

Like living in a comfortable art gallery

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I enjoyed two wonderful weeks here in November. Perfect weather for enjoying the multiple porches and seating areas. Carl picked us up at the bus terminal and waited while we loaded up with groceries for our stay. Good idea because we did not have a car. As described by everyone the

Casa is well equipped, comfortable and ideal for a stay in the country. Nice country roads lead into the hills for enjoyable walks. But for us, the great joy was living in a home with all the incredible pottery & art work that was obviously chosen after research, going to the artisan villages and displayed with good taste. Our only disappointment was not meeting the owners.

  • Submitted: Dec 13, 2015
  • Stayed: Nov 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Lovely House in the Oaxaca City area

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at the wonderful house for 6 weeks and loved it. We were really fortunate also to have met Tami and Karen as this house tells so much about the owners. The house is bright and airy with good protection. The art work in the house is wonderful and it has tasteful and comfortable furniture.

The yard is absolutely stunning and we spent many hours outside just enjoying this area with its birds and hummingbirds. Many many fruit trees and you can go out and pick what you want.

Our favorite afternoon spot was the blue room with the bed type couches and access to another beautiful patio. The back patio is almost always in the shade which both my husband Dan and I loved. There is also great off street parking for your car at the back of the very large lot. Lots of places to go for long walks in a country atmosphere.

The kitchen was great with lots of cookware, dishes, glasses etc. The dining area was roomy and would have enough room for 6 people for a dinner.

San Pablo Etla is a charming Mexican town and we are really glad we found this oasis.

Thanks Karen and Tami we loved our stay and we loved your property and also thanks to Celina their property manager who is a wonderful person.

If we get back to this area we would certainly stay again .

  • Submitted: Oct 24, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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New York, NY USA

Happy Traveler

  • 5 of 5

I have stayed at this lovely property 3 times. The home is a beautiful and very comfortable space. It is well maintained and easily accommodates 5-6 people. The garden is breathe-taking and a quiet restful oasis and the view is beautiful. The flowers and plants are the feeding grounds for hummingbirds and a variety of butterflies.

The kitchen is well stock with all necessities for cooking and gathering. Each of the bedrooms offers easy access to the beautiful terraces. The living room faces west and the sunsets are wonderful.

This home is centrally located and offers easy access to major roads and is only a short drive to shopping and close to the charming and cultural centers that the area has to offer.

It is obvious that the owners of this home take pride and care to ensure comfort for their renters. I highly recommend this property. I thoroughly enjoyed myself each and every time.

  • Submitted: Aug 10, 2013
  • Stayed: Jul 2013
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Car: recommended


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Universidad House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Broadband Access
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Queen size Beds (1), Double Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (2),
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair accessible
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • swimming

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