Nestled in the high hills of Balcones, literally carved out of the rocky hillside, this charming home reflects the sophisticated sensibility of its artist owners. The gated entrance opens onto a landscaped terrace that is shaded by a grand and graceful mesquite tree. A centerpiece of this terrace is a serene contemporary water fountain. There is a half bath on this level.
From the terrace, through a colonnaded walkway, that lead to the main living area. This airy, open-plan space has a chic mid-century quality, with soaring white boveda ceilings, a floating fireplace and elegant built-in sofa. A wall of wide-paned French doors opens onto a terrace with impressive hillside views.
The recently remodeled kitchen is two steps up from the living space. It is a stylish chef’s kitchen, with creamy polished concrete countertops, new stainless-steel appliances, large center island and custom cupboards. There is laundry room adjacent to the kitchen. This first floor has a guest bedroom with fireplace and French doors that open to a private balcony overlooking the ground floor terrace. There is a full bath accessible via the guest bedroom as well as through the outer hallway which serves as a guest bath too.
The second floor houses the master bedroom suite, an art studio and large west-facing outdoor terrace. All three areas are connected by a colonnaded walkway that overlooks the ground floor entry courtyard. The master bedroom, with ensuite bath and separate dressing room, anchors one end of the walkway. The studio is midway between the master bedroom and outdoor terrace. It can be entered via the walkway and has tall French doors that open to the terrace at the other end.
The outdoor terrace with wood/gas burning fireplace may well be the pièce de resistance of this delightful house. There is a covered area for dining and an open area with sun. The views from this terrace are breathtaking. There are unimpeded views of Centro San Miguel as well as wide vistas toward the distant mountains. The sunsets are guaranteed to be spectacular.
Additional highlights include a one car garage and space below the first floor that could be converted into a wine cellar or staff apartment.
Casa Questa de San José is an elegant, light-filled home that epitomizes the joyful indoor-outdoor San Miguel lifestyle – and it has the very best views in town.