Upon entering from the cobble stone street alongside the San Antonio Church into the sweet lime tree-shaded patio with its soothing cascading pink cantera stone fountain, this historical gem of artistic energy has preserved the magic time of the 1960’s and 70’s in San Miguel.
The Spanish colonial style three story corner residence built upon a 200 yr old stone foundation by prolific writer and historian, Robert Somerlott, is a tribute to Mexican art and culture including the local craftsmen whose indelible mark can be seen in the intricate iron work details, boveda ceilings and cantera stone architectural embellishments.
Thick plastered stone walls were solidly built around a pair of mystical antique hand-carved wooden chapel doors scavenged from a rancho outside of San Miguel, adorned with mini statuettes of Virgins and Saints mounted on a verdi gris background, the spacious living room is a collector’s paradise of objets d’art, some of which are prominently displayed in a copper-clad floor-to-ceiling wooden display case. Crowned with a hand-carved decorative ornament, this grand cabinet was one of many custom designs created by Robert’s talented artist friends from the Instituto, where he served as professor of literature. Behind this collector’s display cabinet is the half bath adorned with artisanal tile and a gilded mirror.
Beyond the living room’s art history and romantic fireplace lies the dining room graced with a boveda ceiling and with an iconic view onto the mature verdant garden resplendent with magenta bugambilia climbing ocre walls observed through the large picture window adorned with exquisite curls of white iron work. An exceptional original painting by Maxwell is suspended over a custom hand-carved wooden cabinet with gilt-framed medallions springing forth from a celeste blue background.
To the left of the dining room is the sunny cheerful kitchen painted in the French provincial style with ample cabinets, artisanal tile and stainless steel sink. High ceilings of 13 ft and large window panes span over generous counter tops providing inspiration for culinary creations to delight one’s palate.
The present owners of Casa Christina have created a private rental haven below street level with its own private entrance. With an eye for combining textiles from Guatemala, Nepal, Laos and India, the king size bed with its intricately artisan-carved wooden headboard is draped with an Indian elephant quilt accented with Ikat silk decorative pillows. Under the over 12 ft high ceiling are hand-carved wooden bedside tables beautifully framing the luxurious bed on either side. Curtains made of Ikat fabric in shades of plum envelop the arched windows which overlook the lush garden and patio where one can enjoy their first cup of tea or java for the day. Renovation includes an expansive arch flanked by hand-carved grey cantera stone columns as well as ornamental iron work enhancing glass doors. An artisan-tiled private bathroom with shower is conveniently located next to the bedroom.
Casa Christina is conveniently located in Colonia San Antonio and is considered a “mixed” neighborhood with Mexicans and foreigners coexisting to create a caring, pleasant and secure environment. Offered turn-key, this magical San Miguel mecca is steps away from Mercado Sano, El Instituto, Artists’ Studios, Wolf’s Gym, Tennis Courts, hand-carved artisan Bakeries and Restaurants. An easy short flat walk away are The Rosewood, Parque Juarez and the heart of Centro; El Jardin,
Let this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for this jewel in the crown of San Miguel de Allende be yours.
Courtesy of Agave Sotheby’s International Realty