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Best Rate: European Elegance, Colonial Warmth In Centro

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Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights

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Property
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Sleeps
2
Bedrooms
1
Bathrooms
1
Minimum Stay
3 nights

Description

Zona Centro House Rental Photos and Description

1 Bedroom, en suite, with desk, fireplace, ceiling fan, courtyard

Welcome to Casa Dos Angeles, and the elegant guest suite you will call home during your stay with me! Located on a private, gated cul-de-sac with only seven homes and 24-hour security, just steps from the Rosewood Hotel & 3 blocks from our Jardin, my two angels (the house name, of course!) greet you at the front door upon arrival, and they set the tone for the elegance you'll encounter within. As an architect, I can tell you my home doesn't fit any one description--it's a cross between European elegance and Spanish Colonial comfort. This is not the home for a family with young children--your vacation abode is furnished with European antiques, Mexican stone, and eye-catching details, perfect for evening cocktails in the courtyard or intimate dinners beneath the candlelit chandelier. Fireplaces warm the four-poster bedroom and enliven the grand living room, while French doors abound, allowing the entire home to flow seamlessly into the central, fountain-anchored courtyard. If you're ready for a holiday that you'll remember a lifetime, this is your temporary home!

Suitability:
  • Events Allowed
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • non smoking only
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair accessible

Owner
Gregory Gunter
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
December 7, 2016
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About Gregory Gunter

In the internet age, it's easy to check out your potential hosts on affiliated sites or About Me (check out my profile there, it's full of easy hot-links to see more about me), but let's get acquainted here first!

When my AARP membership kicked in (just over five years now), I became a full-time expat in the Conde Nast Traveler-ranked Number One City in the World, which happens to also be a UNESCO World Heritage Site, like Florence, Italy. If your visit here is simply for some experience-rich R&R, I'm great at offering suggestions and pointing out the hot spots in town (I'm the social columnist for our local bilingual newspaper, so I get out once in a while!), but if you're here to also explore San Miguel as a potential home, I'm an expert. I'm a top Realtor here--originally trained as an architect in undergrad--a Mexican business owner, a published novelist, have built a home here, and can share everything you might wish to know about life in Mexico. I live upstairs, so I'm around to answer your questions!

I'm also an Italophile--perhaps I was Italian in another life?--and my home is very European in style. I love the indoor-outdoor lifestyle our weather here encourages, and you'll find my home flows seamlessly with the outdoors--the French doors at the foot of your bed open directly into your fountain-anchored courtyard in the main photo.

You'll see from the home description that I work full time and am in-and-out with appointments or sequestered away in my upstairs office, but I certainly enjoy playing the role of host--plan on a Happy Hour that I try to host when time permits so we can chat! And remember, your living quarters here are also perfect for hosting a dinner party with new-found friends--I'm happy to provide resources to maximize your enjoyment, from groceries & catering, to in-home massage services or personal tour guides.

I'm thrilled to welcome you to San Miguel, and to Casa Dos Angeles!

Gregory Gunter purchased this house in 2013

Why Gregory Gunter chose San Miguel de Allende

As I mentioned, I'm a top Realtor here in San Miguel de Allende, so i know the best locations to live, the safest in terms of both lifestyle and investment, and Casa Dos Angeles tops all locations. I chose to move here because it's such a short, easy stroll to the heart of our town (called the Jardin, or garden, the town's 'city plaza'), yet it's just far enough away from the noise of the city center (think church bells and fireworks) that it's tranquil by comparison. Casa Dos Angeles sits off the city street (no bus or auto traffic noise) on its own private, gated cul-de-sac, an extremely exclusive location with only seven homes, and offers a sense of serenity rarely found here in the heart of our city. Oh, and if you're wondering why I moved to San Miguel de Allende, your visit will soon answer that question: we enjoy a Manhattan-like lifestyle on a, say, Des Moines budget. I pen the social column for our local bilingual newspaper and can assure you that you'll never run out of activities to enjoy, be they an active day of touring the historic sites, an instructive day learning Spanish or a new artistic skill, or a lazy day lounging at the pool or at one of the nearby natural hot springs.

What makes this house unique

Unique benefits of Casa Dos Angeles? Take a look at the photos and you'll see--as they say, a photo is worth a thousand words!

Reviews

Excellent! 4.7/5 -
(37 traveler reviews)

Best Rate: European Elegance, Colonial Warmth In Centro
average rating of 4.7027025 based on 37 reviews
Seattle
4

Excellent location, central yet quiet

  • 4 of 5

Great location. Convenient walking to centro yet quiet. Secure with gate and guard. Well appointed kitchen. Bed was comfy. Bring a jacket and hat; SMA eveniings are chilly in late November

  • Submitted: Nov 26, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Santa Monica, California
5

Wonderful!

  • 5 of 5

The house, tranquility and privacy of the gated community was a great retreat after a long day exploring San Miguel. Thank you Gregory for your sincere hospitality and for sharing your gourgeous home with us.

  • Submitted: Nov 19, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Beautiful home, fantastic location with a gracious owner!!

  • 5 of 5

We are building a home in SMA and have been staying in different B&B's and renting homes thru VRBO frequently over the last year. I wasn't familiar with renting a room in an owners home while they were occupying the home. This was a very pleasant surprise as the owner, Greg, was there if we needed any advise or suggestions but otherwise we never saw him. Our area was on the first floor with the kitchen, living and beautiful garden enclave. He provided a light breakfast and coffee as well as an honor bar. He suggested we invite our friends over to enjoy a glass of wine in the garden and we did. That really made us feel at home.

The home is located a few steps from the Rosewood Hotel in an upscale and safe area. We were comfortable walking (5 min) to the #1 rated restaurant in SMA, La Parada, for dinner one night.

Because we need a car for our activities (most people don't) it was a big bonus and necessity that Greg had secure parking available inside the guarded compound.

Our home won't be finished for another 10 months and we hope to stay again if it's available.

Tim and Vicki

If you are a golfer you need to play the best course in SMA, Las Ventanas. It's 2 miles away and 50-60 peso cab fare.

  • Submitted: Nov 19, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

fabulous!!!

  • 5 of 5

Extremely charming home and gracious host! Greg supplied helpful info on restaurants, maps etc. We enjoyed relaxing in the courtyard after a day of activity. So much better than a hotel!

  • Submitted: Oct 31, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
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5

La Serenissima

  • 5 of 5

Most of you will undoubtedly read the other reviews of Casa Dos Angeles (CDA), so I wanted to focus in on things that may have not been written in other follow-ups. San Miguel de Allende is a laid back place to start with. But even after an active day filled with walking, shopping, trying a new eatery, or people watching at the jardin, it is nice to come back to your little corner of tranquility. CDA is everything you have read about, or seen in the pictures. In addition, the walk from the house to the center of activity (jardin) is relatively flat. Some other paths I imagine can be rather aerobic. The ever present church bells of San Miguel can be heard from CDA in the distance. Not too loud, but enough to remind you that you don't need a watch or a smartphone to keep track of time. San Miguel creates its own time. Mornings start a little bit later since the sun is hidden in the shadow of the mountain. Evenings extend a little bit longer. Just around the corner from CDA is the iconic rooftop bar of the Rosewood. A must visit just to see the view of the valley and the churches at sundown. A variety of other cafes and restaurants are within a walkable relatively flat distance. Always an easy walk back to CDA. When you arrive at the gate, the veladores (watchmen) greet you. In San Miguel, everyone greets you as though they had known you for years. A late night craving of some kind ? There is a 24 hour combined pharmacy and convenience store nearby. We spent under a week at Casa Dos Angeles and started missing our stay while en route to the airport for our departure flight. San Miguel and Casa Dos Angeles, the perfect pair.

  • Submitted: Oct 29, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Location Location Location!

  • 5 of 5

We really enjoyed our stay at Dos Angeles. The property is beautiful and looks just like the pictures on the website. We took a red-eye flight but were able to check in early. Although the owner lives on site, we felt like we had the place to ourselves as we barely saw him during our week-long stay. He was very responsive via email and gave us all kinds of advice on restaurants, gym, shopping, and activities. We really enjoyed being in the heart of it all. Last time we were in San Miguel we took quite a few cabs, but this time we walked everywhere because we were so close to all of the restaurants, shops, and historic sights. The noise could be an issue for some light sleepers but that comes with the territory when staying in Centro. I am a very light sleeper but I brought a good ear plugs (as I do every time I travel), and I slept just fine. I highly recommend Dos Angeles!

  • Submitted: Sep 3, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
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Map

Nearest Airport
40 Miles
Leon or Queretaro, Mexico
Car: not necessary

Google the city "San Miguel de Allende:" you will see that we were named by Conde Nast Traveler magazine as the #1 City in the World and it is easy to research our city online!

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Rates & Availability

Zona Centro House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Owner accepts payment in:
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High Season
Sep 1 2016 - Jun 30 2017
3 night minimum stay
$99
$658
 
 
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
$99
$658
 

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $250
Tax Rate 16.0%

Rates may be subject to change until your reservation is confirmed. No pets and no smoking, please. Deductions for consumables (bottle of wine, for instance) or optional amenity offerings (extra laundry charges,for instance) may be withheld from the Refundable Damage Deposit noted above if not paid prior to departure.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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Amenities

Zona Centro House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Housekeeping:
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 1400 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Your en suite bathroom - toilet , shower , Oversized, luxurious wrap-around mirrored bathroom!
  • Passing through the dressing area, you'll find the door-private en suite bathroom, which boasts wrap-around mirrors, one sink, and plentiful extra counter space for two or more people, with six drawers and under-sink storage, all in Spanish-colonial tile design and whitewashed cabinetry. Three frosted glass windows enliven the bathroom, and a skylight brightens the oversized shower. You'll enjoy custom-crafted lavender soap and shampoo and Ralph Lauren towels, laundered weekly (more often upon request).
Bedrooms:
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Your four-poster bedroom! - 1 queen , A private en suite bedroom with fireplace & dressing room!
  • Your private en suite bedroom also opens to the outdoor courtyard with French doors just one step away from the foot of your bed, boasting a view of the gorgeous stone fountain and your own private tree garden and sitting area. From the luxury of your curtained four-poster bed you can enjoy the soothing sound of the fountain and awaken to bird song each morning, or close off the shutters and blinds for those morning you want to sleep in. Your bedroom boasts gas fireplace for romantic evenings, an old Spanish Colonial desk that folds up to hide your electronics when not in use, and a dressing room with plentiful closets and built-in drawers behind doors (plentiful additional closet space is available in the adjacent living room). WiFi is strongest at your desk (but available through most of the house) and allows for Skype or MagicJack calls back home, and you'll enjoy streaming music and an iPod dock, alarm...in short, just like home!
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • Stereo
Outside:
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Tennis ...
Suitability:
  • Events Allowed
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • non smoking only
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • Massage
  • Staff
Attractions:
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • synagogues
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • tennis
Notes:
Your in-room information notebook will describe all the amenities available within a two-block walk in my little micro-neighborhood, from three luxury hotels (with their pools, spa, gym, bars, and multiple restaurants), numerous independent restaurants, specialty grocery & natural food shops, flower vendor, the best ice cream in town, and specialty shopping...and remember, the entire town is at most a 20 minute walk from your front door. Enjoy no-charge amenities like my hosted Happy Hour chat when time allows, and I'm happy to offer abundant advice on the tours, trips and in-town amenities available. Your in-home extra-charge amenities can range from ordering an at-home massage (al fresco or indoors) to catering services for an intimate dinner at home. And remember that while most all other rentals offer no security or watchman services, it's nice to know that there is someone to greet you and ensure a safe arrival, no matter the hour of your return.

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