Town And Country Rub Elbows At A Hacienda-Style Spread In Central Mexico

The rustic compound features wood beam ceilings, terracotta floors and metalwork (CDR SAN MIGUEL).

Rancho El Paraiso is many things.

It’s an in-town dwelling. The classic hacienda-style compound’s vibrantly red exterior wall fronts a main street in Atotonilco, a village near San Miguel de Allende, in the central Mexico state of Guanajuato. On weekends, the thoroughfare is lined with vendors selling gorditas and other Mexican food treats.

It’s a rural retreat. Covering 6 hectares, or nearly 15 acres, the tree-surrounded spread includes stables, farmland and undeveloped parcels – all of which create a protected buffer of privacy.

A tile roof shades the outdoor dining area.

Multiple courtyards create an abundance of outdoor living space (CDR SAN MIGUEL).

It’s part of a rich history. The location is practically across the street from the Santuario de Jesús Nazareno de Atotonilco. The 18th century church complex features a Mexican Baroque mural decorating its nave and chapels and contributes to the landmark designation of the greater area.

“Living in a historic UNESCO World Heritage Site, such as Atotonilco and San Miguel de Allende, adds a bit of magic to your surroundings,” says listing agent Doug Robinsonof CDR San Miguel. “Plus, you get both small town and country living in one property.”

The high-ceiling living room retains much of the home's original character.

The high-ceiling living room retains much of the home’s original character (CDR SAN MIGUEL).

The compound combines original 19th century construction and more recent additions. The front portion of the site contains the primary residence, guest quarters and two separate casitas for a total of six bedrooms and six bathrooms.

The rustic living space of about 664 meters, or more than 7,100 square feet, features stone doorways, terracotta floors and carved wooden doors. The massive brick-lined fireplaces have raised hearths and stone or wooden mantelpieces. Wall niches, some with a shell motif, adorn several of the rooms. The kitchens and bathrooms are done in decorative tile.

Mature trees line the property, which is listed at US $2.2 million.

Mature trees line the property, which is listed at US $2.2 million (CDR SAN MIGUEL).

Courtyards create outdoor living and dining spaces, softened by greenery, fountains and plantings. Steps lead into the waters of a blue tile pool with an embellished tile surround.

There are six horse stables and paddocks. On-site parking can accommodate several vehicles.

Bricks and embellished tile surround the blue pool.

Bricks and embellished tile surround the blue pool (CDR SAN MIGUEL).

The rest of the site could be used for additional structures, agriculture or kept in its natural state for personal enjoyment.

The property is priced at US $2.2 million.

The spread opens to a street where food vendors set up stalls on the weekends.

The spread opens to a street where food vendors set up stalls on the weekends (CDR SAN MIGUEL).

Slower-paced Atotonilco is in many ways much like what San Miguel de Allende was a half-century ago. Yet eateries, hot springs, stores and food stalls are all close at hand.

Downtown San Miguel de Allende, with fine restaurants, concert halls, galleries, shopping and historic sites, is about a 15-kilometer (less than 10-mile) drive 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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