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Stunning 4 bed/3bath house and salt solar heated pool near center of Oaxaca City

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Bedrooms 2
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Minimum Stay 7 nights

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Agencia Municipal de San Felipe del Agua House Rental Photos and Description

House, 2 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 2 Baths, (Sleeps 5-7)

We are renting our own much loved beautiful house including house keeper to help your stay easy over the Christmas/New Year period 2016/7. We have rented this house for a whole year while on sabbatical and for the summer and winter and have had nothing but very satisfied families.

Everyone loves our rental house next door, hence our 5 star rating!

They also tell us that our photos do not do justice to the beauty, light and space of the house There is access to a great solar heated pool . Although the North of Mexico suffers from insecurity, this area of Mexico is particularly tranquil.

The house we offer is very spacious and combines the best of modern and traditional design. Our house has a very spacious modern kitchen with a new stove, big fridge, dishwasher, washer etc, an enormous inviting lounge with beamed ceiling both of these rooms leading on to a spacious roofed terrace leading on to a garden. Downstairs there is also a study/bedroom and a bathroom.

There are three lovely bedrooms upstairs, one with a king bed and ensuite bathroom, another very large twin room and another bedroom with a double bed both sharing one bathroom on this floor and a balcony. can easily accommodate a double plus an extra single if necessary; it has a balcony with great views and a study area. There is plenty of space and desks etc in all rooms. 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 for one day 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 also can recommend wonderful day tours to the local area.

Prices are for up to 4 people, for extra people the cost is $25 per person per night.

We are a British/Mexican couple who have lived in San Felipe for 15 years and are a convenient source of local knowledge. We have two wonderful, bi-lingual, daughters who can baby sit.

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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  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • wheelchair accessible

Judith Zur
Member since: 2007
Speaks: english, spanish
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Within a few days
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Calendar last updated:
October 15, 2016
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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, our responsible and fun 14 year old would be happy to baby sit.

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 congestion 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 because 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,
Mar 2007
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based on 18 traveler reviews

Stunning 4 bed/3bath house and salt solar heated pool near center of Oaxaca City
average rating of 4.9444447 based on 20 reviews
Oakland CA

A perfect home base to explore Oaxaca

  • 5 of 5

We have just returned from an incredible month in this beautiful house. The location is ideal. The house is situated down a long driveway off the cobblestone road. This means the only noises you hear are those of the local roosters, crickets and occasional thunderstorm. Yet the bus runs by about every five minutes headed to the city center and is a direct, easy ride. You have the best of both worlds, the leafy village surroundings with lovely views but all the convenience of the city center just a short ride (and 5.5 pesos) away. We had our two young children with us and it was truly ideal. The kids enjoyed the play structure next door, and private swimming lessons in the pool. They became friends with the neighbors (and all the neighborhood pets) and were able to play free and unsupervised in a way they can’t even at home.

We felt totally secure and safe in Oaxaca and in San Felipe del Agua. My husband was working during our stay. He had three laptops and lots of other valuable high tech equipment in the house and we never worried about security. From the bus drivers and cab drivers going out of their way to help us find certain locations, to the shop owners, market stall sellers and most especially Judith and Sergio and their wonderful daughters, we have never met kinder, more helpful people anywhere we have travelled. We visited ruins and villages, markets and artist studios, walked the streets in the late evenings, attended fiestas and performances in town. In every situation we were welcomed, treated with great kindness and overwhelmed by the generosity and humor of the Oaxacan people.

Judith, Sergio and the darling Ollie are the perfect landlords and neighbors. They are truly warm and outgoing people willing to offer suggestions and assistance if you need it, allowing plenty of privacy and space if you want it. We simply cannot recommend this home highly enough and we cannot wait to return. We are already homesick for our “home away from home” and lovely life in Oaxaca.

  • Submitted: Aug 3, 2012
  • Stayed: Jun 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful! Wonderful!

  • 5 of 5

Judith's place was amazing! Everything as promised and much more. We also hired a cook recommended by Judith and she cooked some amazing vegetarian meals for us.

  • Submitted: Oct 25, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Hemel! It was a pleasure to meet you and your very sweet, kind and interesting family. I hope you will return one day.
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Property very clean and very well presented

  • 5 of 5

My partner and I stayed for three days during the end of September 2015. The weather was very nice only raining one day. There was generally no need for warm clothes as the temperature was in the mid 20's during the day.

Our hosts were very nice (an English and Mexican couple) showing us around the property and explaining local customs to be aware of. Judith made us feel very welcome. Drinking water arrangements take some getting used to if you are from the UK. Water is delivered via underground spring to a tinarco (water tank) at the top of the house then distributed to the house. Drinking water has to be filtered then treated with an ozone pump before drinking. This sounds like a hassle but is not a chore. The property is close to two big supermarkets "Chedraui" and "Soriana" if you need supplies after a long drive! They are a couple of miles drive away. Download Waze GPS application it's very useful for finding your way around the town. The property had WIFI and telephone access. This was a nice touch and very much appreciated allowing us to keep in touch with loved ones and check emails etc...

The saltwater pool is shared access (between the rental house and the owners house), we made the most of it after our visits to the local market and pyramids at Monte Alban.

Be aware that it's a local custom to have "outdoor dogs" so if you are a light sleeper then this is something to bear in mind. Also if mosquitos love you then take repellant and make sure the bug screen doors are closed between 6pm and 10pm. The property comes with Mosquito nets so this is a thoughtful touch for visiting guests. The house came with mobile fans for the upstairs part of the property which were very much appreciated.

Given the opportunity we would revisit this property given the excellent stay we had at Oaxaca.

  • Submitted: Oct 2, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Austin Tx

Oaxaca house - excellent home, wonderful hosts

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at Judith and Sergio's house for 4 weeks. We had a wonderful time. Judith and Sergio were great hosts, as well as being, good folks. The house was a nice spacious 2 bd 2 bath home and we enjoyed the veranda a lot. The swimming pool was just the right temperature and we never felt like we were imposing on Judith and Sergio when swimming in it. The neighborhood was relatively quiet, the market close and a great place for breakfast, Hotel Laureles 1.5 blocks, also a nice breakfast destination. La Posoleria - great simple dinners for for 3 - 6 dollars. taxis and buses easy to get. Overall a wonderful experience if you want to get to know Oaxaca and do not want the downtown area. When we go to Oaxaca again, we will try to rebook. Cost was an excellent value.

  • Submitted: Sep 14, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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New Orleans, Louisiana, USA

Beautiful house in Oaxaca

  • 5 of 5

Judith and Sergio's house in San Felipe del Agua was such a treat! It is absolutely gorgeous, just the right size for me and my family (husband and 2 young sons, age 6 months and 4 years). It has everything you need, the kitchen is well-stocked, linens, etc. What we loved the most was the backyard/veranda. Every morning, I would roll out my yoga mat and practice in the morning sun. We were there in October, so the weather was never too hot or too cold (although we did have to use the space heater for 2 nights, but it just made it cozier for us to snuggle up on the couch). The house is really well situated, one street over from where the bus to the center would pick up every 10-15 minutes. Coming back from the center, it would drop us off right in front of the road leading up to the house. Judith and Sergio were really sweet and made sure that we had everything we needed while never being intrusive. Definitely consider this house if you are looking for a long-term rental in Oaxaca.

  • Submitted: Nov 20, 2014
  • Stayed: Oct 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your review Scarlett. It was a pleasure to have you and your very sweet family stay! I hope we will meet again one day. In the meantime enjoy all your interesting travels.
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San Francisco

perfect family vacation house

  • 5 of 5

We stayed a month at this lovely house. It is spacious and much brighter and prettier than the photos suggest. My kids studied Spanish just down the street while I worked in the mornings, then we explored Oaxaca city and the amazing archeological sites and nearby village craft markets. Living in the village my kids had some independence to run to the store, take the bus to spanish classes, and really feel like they were living in Mexico. Yet is was only a 10-15 minute bus ride to the Center of Oaxaca, which we thoroughly enjoyed. The property was clean, the pool delicious, and the owner very helpful. Do bring earplugs because the neighborhood dogs and roosters are quite loud at night.

  • Submitted: Aug 26, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
6.8 Miles
Oaxaca City
Nearest Barpub
100 Metres
El Hotel los laureles
Nearest Golf
15 Miles
San Augustin
Nearest Restaurant
100 Miles
El Hotel Hacienda los Laureles, Comedor del Carmen
Nearest Beach
200 Miles
Puerto Angel/Puerto Escondido/Huatulco/San Agustin
Car: not necessary

Archeological sites, markets, museums, theatre, mezcal tours, horse riding, swimming.


Rates & Availability

Agencia Municipal de San Felipe del Agua House Rental Rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Dec 12 2016 - Jan 12 2017
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

cleaning per week $20
extra people (>4 p/nt) $25
Pet Fee $100

Note: Until confirmed, rates are subject to change without notice.
Fully refundable Security Deposit required upon arrival.
Cost for extra people after 4 @ $ 20 per person per night
Pool access costs $120 per month
Guelagetza and Day of the Dead dates are $150 per night

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 90 days before arrival date.
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Agencia Municipal de San Felipe del Agua House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 180 m²
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 2
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , can fit a crib or second bed if needed
    Bedroom 2 - 3 twin/ single
  • Queen size Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (1), Baby Cribs (1), Sleep Sofa or double Futons (1)
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Hot Tub
  • Private Pool ...
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • golf
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • rock climbing
  • roller blading
  • swimming
  • tennis

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