Sophistication Sets The Tone At A Villa In Mexico’s San Miguel De Allende

The light-filled living space opens to two levels of courtyards (CDR SAN MIGUEL).

A pair of ornately carved doors only hint at what lies in store at Casa Ladrillera, a five-bedroom home set on a quiet street in lively San Miguel de Allende in the central Mexico state of Guanajuato.A pair of ornately carved doors only hint at what lies in store at Casa Ladrillera, a five-bedroom home set on a quiet street in lively San Miguel de Allende in the central Mexico state of Guanajuato.

Inside, quality finishes, skilled workmanship and high-end style combine to reveal a sophisticated house in a class by itself. Outside, quatrefoil windows, draping greenery and wrought-iron railings add to the effect.

The living room has high ceilings and a blown-glass chandelier.

High ceilings and a blown-glass chandelier contribute to the charm of the living room (CDR SAN MIGUEL).

Designed by architect Nicole Bisgaard, the house is entered through a well-lit, double-height foyer.

Sheltered under a wood beam ceiling, the formal living room centers on a stone fireplace, one of nine in the house. Bricks within the tall firebox are arranged in a chevron pattern, adding a touch of elegance. An artistic blown-glass chandelier hangs above.

Glass doors open to a tranquil lower courtyard where a stone walled waterfall fountain creates a focal point. An outdoor barbecue center with a sink is tucked under a second-floor balcony.

The lower courtyard.

Multipurpose courtyards extend the living space outdoors (CDR SAN MIGUEL).

A gently curved staircase with an iron railing leads up to a second courtyard awash in plantings.

A blue-tile swimming pool, lawn and a covered loggia with a fireplace create additional outdoor living space.

The swimming pool and loggis.

An expansive loggia sits along one side of the swimming pool (CDR SAN MIGUEL).

The pool room opens to a temperature-controlled wine cellar and an office area.

The marble and granite kitchen features an expansive eat-at island, a Wolf double range and a Sub-Zero refrigerator. Thick beams line the ceiling.

The adjacent breakfast room has a fireplace. Doors conceal the breakfast room from the dining room and butler’s pantries.

The dining room.

The dining room features arched doorways, a wood-beam ceiling and a fireplace (CDR SAN MIGUEL).

A series of arch-topped glass doors separated by columns bring light into one side of the dining room, which is entered through a pair of ornate metal and wooden doors.

The five bedrooms feature fireplaces, tall ceilings, beams and electric blinds. There are five bathrooms.

The bedroom.

The windows in the five bedrooms are equipped with electric blinds (CDR SAN MIGUEL).

The primary suite sits off the upper courtyard. Its freestanding bathtub looks out on a private garden. A mature mesquite tree add character to the yard.

Solar panels provide power to the house and the pool.


Landscaping softens the stone fountain above the pool (CDR SAN MIGUEL).

Jessica Patterson of CDR San Miguel is the listing agent for the property, priced at US $2.75 million.

Nearby downtown San Miguel de Allende is filled with restaurants, galleries and boutiques, as well as historic sites. Baroque and Neoclassical colonial buildings from the 17th and 18th centuries fill the town’s well-preserved historic center and contribute to its designation as a United Nations’ World Heritage Site.

There’s lots to do in vibrant San Miguel de Allende, including shopping for artisans’ wares.

Wine tasting, culinary tours and museums, including one devoted to masks and another to toys, are close at hand. Outdoor activities include horse-back riding and cycling.

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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