A hillside of abundant native flora and fauna with spectacular westward views only 35 minutes from downtown San Miguel de Allende- one of Mexico's most beautiful colonial cities named a World Heritage Site in 2008 by UNESCO. Enjoy a short journey to old Mexico on a paved rural road to a nature lover's paradise.
The land boasts an 18th century chapel ruins, a hillside dam, a partially restored old stone farm house along side a remodeled variety-store-turned-guesthouse. In addition, a sculptural house under construction, reminiscent of Gaudi, offers spectacular 360° views of the surrounding hills and valley.
Much time and energy has been dedicated to the restoration of the native flora and fauna, by using permaculture techniques of soil restoration, erosion control, water caption tree pruning and planting, the creation of wildlife habitats, fencing and vigilance to eliminate grazing of animals, and the collection, propagation, and redistribution of indigenous seeds and plants. The restoration of the land has allowed the return and increase of many plant and animal species. You may see falcons, eagles, owls, coyotes, snakes, foxes, rabbits, hares, squirrels and possums, as well as en endless array of fascinating reptiles and insects.
The old stone house, the guesthouse and the new construction are located on a 3.2 hectare (7.9 acres) block of land.
The guesthouse is ready to be lived in. Live in the guesthouse while restoring the main house, and later use the little house for guests.
There is a 20,000 litre newly restored underground cistern on the property.
The 3.2 hectares of land surrounding the 3 houses includes 2.5 hectares of hillside land full of hundreds of young and mature trees, plus 1,000 m2 of a newly planted stone-terraced orchard with an assortment of 25 fruit trees, including peach, plum, loquat, apple, apricot, pecan, orange, lemon, lime, fig, white zapote, pear and others, as well as a large cobblestoned parking area, 3 small newly built stone corrals, an old stone and polished cement watering trough, and mature as well as recently planted plants and trees: Mesquite, California Pepper, Hizache, Chinaberry, White Mulberry, Cape Honeysuckle, Yellow Oleander, Leucaena, Privet, Jacaranda, Acacias, Coral tree, Casahuate, Tepozan, Brazilian pepper, Gerolis, Prickly Pear, Plumbago, Yellow Jazmine, Organ Cactus, Aloe Vera, Agaves, etc.
The ruins of the old stone farmhouse are between 200-300 years old and consist of approximately 150 m2 os stone construction, with the main facade shouth-facing. The exterior walls of the building (70 cm/28" thick) have been partially restored using the original construction technique of stone adhered with a mortar of quicklime, sand and local clay soil. There is plenty of available material on site to continue the restoration. Some of the original Mesquite roofing trunks are still in place, and the original kitchen is still intact. On the south side of the house is a patio garden of approximately 150 m2, with a peach tree, two pomegranate trees, 3 Chinaberry trees, and bougainvillea. There is also a newer brick room attached to the old construction for a night watchman's quarters. There is electricty and water available in the house.
The colourful guesthouse is a remodeled old variety shop. It is 60 m2 of brick and stone construction, with Mexican tile and ppolished cement tile floors, antique doors and windows, antique clay tile roofing, high wooden ceilings, loft bed, charming kitchen, Mesquite details, working fireplace, dry toilet, shower, large hot water heater, large patio and parking area.
Ecological house with sculptural architecture. The construction of the new house is approximately half finished. The remaining work to be done is primarily in the details, ie., windows, doors, flooring, wall finishes, etc. The cost of finishing the project epends on the materials chosen for the details. The building permits are in order. The new house is a passive solar design constructed between 2001-2003, of poured and sculpted concrete mixed with a lightweight mineral aggregate of high thermal mass. The house is approximately 200 m2 of construction (roughly 10 meters wide by 20 meters long), divided up into organically shaped arched room spaces, distinguished by varying roof heights and shapes. The high ceiling over each pillared and arched space is a unique design. There are no interior walls which allows for unobstructed views through the house to the landscape beyond the windows - to the east the cliffs and sunrise over the hilltop, to the west the sunsets over the valley below and mountains beyond, to the south the canyon and village chapel on the cliffs, and to the north a view of the trees planted to protect from the cold. The interior design feels light, airy and spacious. The masonry facade is suitable and harmonious with the surrounding landscape. The exterior masonry walls and foundations were built with on-site material. The house was designed with ecological intentions and is set up for rain water capture, solar hot water, grey-water recycling an compost toilets.
Agent: Gabriel Rubiera
- 415.101.0474 Cel.