Walking into Casa Garita from its scenic historic street is a revelation. The modest door opens to reveal a spectacular open courtyard surrounded by the property’s original 18th century hacienda-style structure with elegant pillars and tall arches. This historic structure has been seamlessly integrated with new construction in the back of the property to create a home of impressively elegant proportion.
The living, dining, den and kitchen are within the original structure. Renowned International Interior Designer, Rachel Horn, has worked with the owner to create a home of extraordinary beauty and innovative luxury – no detail has been spared.
Each room has been meticulously designed to offer a luxurious counterpoint to the rustic colonial outer walls. The large living room makes an instant design statement with a midcentury French masterpiece of a chandelier and continues to wow with a collection of contemporary and vintage furnishings. The library is both sophisticated and cozy and leads into the dining room where the gold-leaf fireplace frame reflects the light pouring in through the colonial arched door.
The kitchen is both extremely functional and incredibly luxurious with its combination of Carrera marble and lacquered gold leaf finishes on the cabinets.
As you head through another ancient arch to the back of the property, you’ll find a den/tv room with French doors onto the main courtyard before you reach the lawn, pool and colorfully stylish cabana and bar.
The second floor is up a staircase that curves elegantly around a hanging two story sculptural chandelier. There is a guest room with terrace and en suite bath on one end of a hall and two bedrooms with bath on the other. The third floor is the Master Suite with walk in closets, dressing room, bath, private terrace and a fifth bed and bath.
Up another flight is the rooftop terrace with close up views the Parroquia, historic Centro and some of the best sunset vistas in San Miguel.
Casa Garita is a work of art – both architecturally and in its interior design. Much of the carefully curated furnishings and light fixtures will stay with the home, giving the buyer an opportunity to enjoy the knowledge and creativity that has created such beauty.