Centro is the heart of downtown San Miguel. It’s a mix of residential and commercial, with stores, hotels, offices, restaurants, cafes and bars.
Covering 30 blocks, it’s a locale with winding streets and gorgeous historic homes…where doorways and arches, strung with roses or tea lights, lead to art galleries, little cafes and quirky stores. You never quite know what you’ll find when you step in.
It’s a perfect spot for walking and wandering, stopping off for a flaky pastry or hot chocolate on the way…
Centro is where early buyers in San Miguel snapped up crumbling homes and restored them to their former glory. But prices soon became crazy expensive. For a dream colonial in Centro these days, you’re looking at $1 million plus.
There are strict permitting and zoning laws in place to protect the city’s heritage. You can’t just tear down an old building and throw up condos…or re-design the façade of a historic home.
Living in the heart of San Miguel, you’re a stroll to everything from stores, markets, dining and entertainment. The biggest trade-off is likely the traffic. The city’s narrow cobblestone streets were not designed for modern traffic, and there’s a shortage of parking. Noise is also an issue—from chiming church bells, to fireworks and mariachi bands.
Here’s a sample of some of our listings on the market in Centro:
–A one-bed one-bath apartment, just under 500 square feet in size. The apartment is in a gated community with 24-hour security, a swimming pool and gym. Price: $199,000.
–A three-bed three-bath home (plus two powder rooms) with a garage, heated pool and covered outdoor patio. The house has lots of features including stone fireplaces, beamed ceilings and tile floors. Each of the three bedrooms has its own bathroom. There’s a traditional-style kitchen, spacious living room and dining room, and lots of outdoor space (including an impressive rooftop lounge). The house is sold fully furnished and equipped. Price: $795,000.
–A 4-bed 4-bath home plus a 3-bed 1-bath casita in a lot of just over half an acre. The main house has stone walls, beamed ceilings, cupolas, colorful mosaics, and Saltillo tiled floors. Outside, there’s ample parking, multiple patios, a lily pond, a heated outdoor pool plus wet bar, and a bocce court. Potential for development or as a B&B. Price: $2.4 million.
I’d be happy to help you find a home. Contact me to see any of these or other properties. I can show you any property you see on any website in San Miguel de Allende – and I have pocket listings, too.