As you know, the property on Quebrada is for sale. Late last month my landlady and new friend Julie suggested that I take a look at a casita her friend had for rent in La Lomita. An impending sale on Quebrada was in progress, and Julie didn’t want me to be inconvenienced in a rush to look for a new place. We looked at her friend’s place but, while muy adorable, it was too far out of town. As my faithful readers also know, I’ve been looking at apartments since then. This afternoon I signed the contract on this casa, with a move-in date of September 1.
Here’s a view of the back of the house:
The two stairways you see in the back of the house lead down to this:
This casa (I can call it that because there are no other residences on the property) is in what we’d call a ‘border area’ if we were in the United States.’ Neighborhoods in San Miguel de Allende are called Colonias, Barrios, or Fraccionmentes (and probably several other words I don’t know.) My new place is in Colonia de Allende, a working class Mexican neighborhood that borders Guadiana, a tres’ chic upper class neighborhood – by all of two blocks. And that’s why I’m not paying Guadiana prices.
Don’t get me wrong. Guadiana is a beautifull neighborhood. I’d like to pay Guadiana prices. But I can’t.
As a pensionada in San Miguel, I can afford funky. It will take a lot of work – but hopefully not a lot of money – to polish this rustic charmer. It’s enjoyable work though – you know, weeding, watering, decorating, shopping for household stuff, painting, changing locks, getting utilities in my name, moving furniture around – Yikes! I’m tired already.
BUT – for no practical purpose, because it doesn’t let in any light, I have a copula on the back of the house. How cool is that?!
It’s going to be a very busy eight days and I’ll post more pictures later.
But. Take another look at that garden!
How cool is that?!
You know the rules. No laughing.
Of course they need to be straightened.