Modern Luxury Feels Right At Home In Historic District Of Mexico

Casa Garita in Mexico's San Miguel de Allende combines original 18th-century architecture with designer-done finishes (CDR SAN MIGUEL).

Casa Garita, a luxury residence set in the inland Mexico state of Guanajuato, holds more than a few surprises.

The property is hidden behind a modest door on a street of historic homes in San Miguel de Allende’s lively Centro district.

front entrance courtyard to casa garita in san miguel de allende

Casa Garita sits on a street lined with historic homes in San Miguel de Allende’s lively Centro district (CDR SAN MIGUEL).

A step off the cobblestone and across the threshold reveals an elegant courtyard enveloped by an 18th century Hacienda-style home. The structure’s stone walls shelter blue-and-gray tiled patio space surrounded by tropical greenery. One portion of the courtyard steps up to form an outdoor dining area.

arched steel and glass doors in historic san miguel de allende casa garita

Graceful arches crown other passageways and doors (CDR San Miguel).

Massive stone pillars frame doorways and windows, while graceful arches crown other passageways and doors.

Once inside the rustic outer walls, however, it’s another century altogether. With the owner’s input, the rooms have been updated by interior designer Rachel Horn into refined contemporary living spaces.

courtyard in san miguel de allende with blue tiles and cobblestone walls

Rustic cobblestone walls and artistic tile lend a romantic touch to Casa Garita’s central courtyard (CDR SAN MIGUEL).

The large living room, which with the dining room, den and kitchen is part of the original structure, centers on a midcentury French chandelier and combines contemporary and vintage furnishings. Dark beams line the high ceiling.
arched windows looking into a formal dining room with gold fireplace casa garita mexico

A gold-hued fireplace surround draws the eyes upward in Casa Garita’s formal dining room (CDR SAN MIGUEL).

An arched doorway off the courtyard opens to the formal dining room and frames a fireplace adorned in a gold-leaf chevron pattern.

The updated kitchen combines gray-flecked white Carrera marble counters, lacquered gold-leaf cabinets and stainless appliances.

flecked white Carrera marble counters and gold-leaf cabinets in a historic home in mexico

The updated kitchen combines gray-flecked white Carrera marble counters, lacquered gold-leaf cabinets and stainless appliances (CDR SAN MIGUEL).

The library and den/TV room continue the modern vibe with sleek black-fronted fireplaces. French doors off the den lead back to the main courtyard and to a lawn-surrounded swimming pool area with a cabana and bar.

A curving staircase enclosing a dramatic two-story chandelier accesses an en-suite guest room, two bedrooms and a bathroom on the second level.

black-painted library with red rug and chairs in a historic san miguel mexico house

The den/library has a subdued vibe thanks to dark-hued walls and hardwood floors (CDR SAN MIGUEL).

The third floor contains the primary suite, which has walk-in closets, a dressing room, a terrace and its own bathroom. Another bedroom and bathroom are on this level for a total of five bedrooms, four bathrooms and two half-baths within the 845 square meters (or nearly 2,800 square feet) of living space.

courtyard with blue tiles and stone walls in san miguel de allende's casa garita historic

Casa Garita was created by seamlessly integrating new construction in the back of the property (CDR SAN MIGUEL).

A rooftop terrace takes in views of the pastel pink church towers of Parroquia de San Miguel Arcangel and the shops and restaurants of El Centro.

Many of the furnishings and light fixtures will convey with the home, which is priced at US $2.95 million. Ann Dolan and Nancy Howze of CDR San Miguel are the listing agents.

view of san miguel de allende historic core from casa garita De La Garita 10, Centro

The view from Casa Garita takes in the spectacular cityscape of San Miguel de Allende (CDR SAN MIGUEL).

Del Bajío International Airport is about 93 kilometers, or 58 miles, away.

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During four decades of covering luxury and celebrity housing, I’ve looked into people’s homes, lives and property records through many lenses. I was the Los Angeles Times Real Estate section editor for eight years, the Hot Property columnist for six and did stints as a newspaper reporter, copy editor and page designer. My work for The Times Business, Home and Real Estate sections has garnered in-house and national awards for blogging, editing and feature writing.

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