[Editor’s note: Suzie Osman lives in Rancho Los Labradores, which is about 9 miles from the center of San Miguel de Allende, in sort of a country area, that is a gate-guarded multi-use community with everything from a little hotel to villas to homes.]
We’re renting a big home-- 2,300 square feet with a beautiful view, and almost a half an acre. Everything costs about US $1500 a month. This rental is fully furnished, but I brought much of my stuff, so they had to take out what we didn’t want.
The utilities are not included. My landlord is paying for the homeowners (association), and for gardening. I’m paying for water, electricity and full maintenance, including a housekeeper. Both of my friends who live in centro are paying about the same (US $1,500)
I looked at a different house including one that was about the same price. One of the reasons that ours is more expensive is that we have a pool- it would probably be a little less if we didn’t have a pool. The other house we considered was a big house, and I didn’t like it. It wasn’t usable for me- it had an upstairs area inside.
We have an upstairs terrace in the place we’re renting now in Rancho Los Labradores, which is gorgeous, but I can’t walk upstairs. The other house they were renting had to be about 3,000 square feet or more, but because it had a downstairs level with a bedroom, a bathroom, a library, a big main floor, and a loft area, I knew it wasn’t anything I would be comfortable in.
(Single story home in Rancho Los Labradores, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, pictured.)