I’m in the real estate business, so when expats ask me for property in San Miguel, the most common request is for something within a 15-to-20-minute walk from city-center. But after years of living in Centro, I found a country life in San Miguel de Allende that has brought me happiness.
After an American lifetime of relying on a car for to get you everywhere, just walking out your door for lunch, a shopping trip or to visit a friend is very compelling. When I came to San Miguel I was fortunate to live in Fabrica Aurora for some years. It was appealing to me because I read a great deal and I liked that at any time I could open the door and have someone with whom I could talk.
As the years passed and I got older I found myself drawn more and more to the country. I have always had a car in San Miguel and I would never give up the freedom to just up and go. I had friends in the country who I visited for sunset drinks several times a week and somewhere to drive for Sunday lunch was always a treat.
But when I returned to San Miguel after a few years in Houston and South Texas I came to own a property in the country outside of San Miguel. It had been my intention to flip it as soon as I could because of litigation issues with the property, but a number of things delayed that planned sale, which allowed me to enjoy long walks in the wildflower-filled fields, quiet nights with full moons and gazillions of stars.
I am a bit hard of hearing as a result of a very small stroke I suffered because of the stress caused by the litigation on my home, so I like that I can have movies and music as loud as I like anytime I like. But more than anything, I LOVE the endless silence. I hear no traffic, ever.
As much as I loved my homes in Los Angeles, Houston and New Orleans, I am so very, very grateful to be spending the pandemic quarantine here in the endless country with the freshest of air and the occasional mournful train whistle. I am only 8 miles from the center of San Miguel de Allende, but it seems as though it’s 100 miles away.
After more than a year of looking, my partner and I finally found a private chef (an extravagance we could never afford in the U.S.), so we have even fewer reasons to leave Abundancia, our home in the quiet of the country. I have never been so happy or so satisfied in my life. It doesn’t get any better than this … really.