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Artistic Casita (10 minute, flat walk to Centro)

Entire home/apt

3 guests

1 bedroom

2 beds
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Charming, airy, art-filled one-bedroom casita with full kitchen and access to lush patio garden and sunny roof terrace. Located in the Colonia Guadalupe arts district, which is a flat 10-minute walk to Centro.

The space

"Duende” is a Spanish word that loosely translates to mean the transcendent emotional-physical-spiritual state achieved by flamenco dancers and musicians at the peak of artistic expression; it also refers to a fairy or goblin-like creature in Latin American mythology. Casa Duende, with its quirky shapes, vibrant colors and jungle-like garden is designed to inspire creativity.

The owners of the property, Gina and Dave, live in the casa grande with their English Springer Spaniel dog named Goose. The casita is located across a small brick patio from the main house.

The casita has a sky blue bedroom, bright Talavera tiled bathroom, a full kitchen, and light-drenched open living area. There's an extensive library of books and lots of folk art.

Casita guests have access to the roof terrace garden and washer and dryer. There's WiFi and cable television.

Casa Duende is located in the Colonia Guadalupe neighborhood, a flat 10-minute walk to the Centro or to the Fabrica la Aurora art and design center.

One wakes up to the sound of church bells, chirping birds, crowing roosters, barking dogs and often fireworks (exploded in honor of all manner of saints). Please note: this is the soundtrack of Mexico. If you are especially sensitive to noise and these things make you cranky, ours is not the rental for you.

Also, please note that we have a dog, so you need to like dogs if you rent our casita.

Guest access

We have a one-week minimum stay policy, but if there is last-minute availability, we may consider three-day rentals.

Interaction with guests

The rent includes housekeeping three times per week by Delia (who you can also hire to bake amazing pastel de tres leches cakes if you like), gardener Faustino two times per week (he sweeps the bougainvillea blossoms off the terrace and keeps the plantings lush), and on-call assistance from our charming, handy, and helpful bilingual property manager, José. Since we are on site, we are also available to help with anything that comes up.

Other things to note

We built Casa Duende in 2000 to serve as a creative family compound. Gina's husband Dave oversaw the jazz-like process -- the builders drew the outlines of the rooms with sticks in the dirt and no power tools were used to construct the buildings. Even the ladders were made by hand, so the house is full of soul and personality.

Note: some of the reviews are from before we lived at the property full time, so they talk about both the casa grande and casita.

The space
Accommodates: 3
Bathrooms: 1
Bedrooms: 1
Beds: 2
Pet Owner: Dog(s)
Room type: Entire home/apt

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Sleeping arrangements
Bedroom 1
1 double bed
Common spaces
1 single bed

House Rules
No smoking
Not suitable for pets
No parties or events

Maximum three (3) people.

This is our home and it's full of family treasures. We ask that you treat everything with care and respect, and hope you fill the house with your own creativity and adventures to keep the lively spirit of the place flowing.


Safety features
Smoke detector
Carbon monoxide detector
First aid kit
Safety card
Fire extinguisher

3 nights minimum stay

16 Reviews

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Huanyuan User Profile
September 2017
Gina & Dave were really great hosts who made us feel at home during our stay. The apartment was clean and beautifully furnished. It was also situated in a great location, roughly 10 minutes walk to the center of the city. Highly recommended!

David User Profile
January 2017
An incredibly beautiful oasis in a slightly quieter (except for the roosters) part of town about 7 min walking from the Jardín. The house was very comfortable and Gina was an excellent hostess, making sure that all was good. The casita was equally nice with wonderful light filled rooms and a great rooftop porch.

Erick User Profile
November 2016
Host and caretakers are very welcoming.

Luis User Profile
September 2016
Superb long holiday weekend with family of 5 at Casa Duende! Most SMA attractions are a short 10- to 15-minute walk from the house. Accommodations were exactly as shown at Airbnb. Gina was very responsive and on top of things to make sure everything was well organized for our check in procedures. Property manager Jose was quite diligent and at all times available for us during our stay. The only downside was a neighbor rooster that started crowing constantly promptly at 4:30 am each morning making sure that we were awaken much earlier than expected. Overall, a wonderful experience in SMA.

Carolina User Profile
August 2016
Listing was accurate everything as described. Gina is an awesome host

Jeff User Profile
April 2016
This is a great house. Very fun and functional and is in a good central location, 10min walk from the city center. Gina was wonderful and accommodated us in multiple ways and checked up on us during our stay. We would definitely come back

Melody User Profile
March 2016
We were a family of 4 traveling from the US to San Miguel for the first time. Our whole family absolutely loved this Airbnb. It was hard to leave. Everyone involved was helpful and communicative through out our stay. The place was well appointed like a home and the location was perfect for us. It was about a 10 min walk to the heart of San Miguel. Having a quiet neighborhood and beautiful place to return to was ideal. Jose the property manager went above and beyond for us and helped us secure a ride back to the Leon airport on our final day. Gina was attentive to any questions we had and set up a great manual that guided us to best places around. All in all we would love to stay here again.

San Miguel de Allende, MexicoJoined in March 2014
Gina User Profile

Our family's San Miguel de Allende roots stretch back to the late 1950s, when my late mother, Leigh, who was a well-known artist, earned her MFA in painting from the Instituto Allende. My husband, Dave, and I built Casa Duende with my mom in 2000. I am a writer and editor and Dave is a visual artist. We love the color, music, cultural traditions, and humane pace of life in Mexico.

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