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Sunday December 17 2017
The Golden Corridor: Gated Communities of San Miguel de Allende

Judy Newell

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The historic colonial town of San Miguel de Allende is attracting more and more attention from such prestigious publications as ABC News, Conde Nast Traveler and Money Magazine. It has been picked as one of the top ten most desired retirement cities in the world.
That’s because the recently named UNESCO World Heritage Site seems to offer everything that a North American dreams about: serene beauty reminiscent of Tuscany, Andalusia or Provencal France; lovely year-round weather; a healthy lifestyle; and a stunning cultural and artistic environment.

The town’s historic Centro district is filled with colonial mansions, flower-filled patios, cathedrals, winding cobblestone streets, art galleries, and restaurants. And some of its grander restored homes are now selling for many millions of dollars.

In the past decade or so, the steady flow of North Americans has burst into a deluge, and it’s estimated that ten to fifteen thousand expats live in and around San Miguel. With them have come the trappings of modern life on the outskirts of the city. There’s a shopping center with a multi-screen movie theater, two grocery-retail superstores, a country club and golf course, gyms with private trainers, and assisted living facilities.

But many foreign residents are deserting downtown’s fiestas and fireworks, buses and narrow streets for the countryside, where the quiet beauty of nature beckons. What they are quickly discovering is that the private, safe communities along the road to Dolores Hildalgo afford them the kind of retirement that would have been beyond their means at home. They are finding that the security and amenities of these developments are complimented by tranquil scenery, thermal springs and spas, riding stables, new restaurants and bistros, and a brand new highway linking them to the city.

North of town, along the aptly named Golden Corridor, these gated communities are offering home sites and custom-built homes with amenities such as golf courses, tennis courts and spas, clubhouses, event facilities, and high-speed Internet access and satellite television. At the same time, these private communities are keeping the Spanish colonial feel reminiscent of old Mexico amid the fresh air and protected nature reserves.

New Communities in the Corridor:

Starting with the closest to town, here are some of the best private communities along the Golden Corridor between San Miguel and Dolores Hildalgo. All prices are in U.S. dollars.

Vista Antigua: With more than 55 acres (22 hectares) on a gentle rise with marvelous vistas overlooking San Miguel, Vista Antigua is the closest gated community to the city. There are 203 lots in the development, starting at $49,800, and over half are sold. A shopping area is planned and a 4-star hotel with 245 rooms, where residents will have access to all the facilities. The community is planned by Coates/Dolan, a leader in designing and building private communities in San Miguel de Allende.

Ventanas de San Miguel Golf Resort: Ventanas offers 740 home sites around a Nick Faldo Signature Design golf course. It’s located at the intersection of the two principal roads leading into San Miguel, with the main gate only one mile (1.6 km) to town. All residents will have full membership to the golf club and clubhouse facilities, which will include a pro shop, wellness center, restaurant, pool, spa and gym. Ten holes are ready for play and the course will be completed in the summer of 2010. Lots start at $120,000, villas at $250,000 and residences at $350,000.

Los Senderos: The mixed-use ecological development has 125 acres (50 hectares) of parklands and protected nature reserves. Current facilities include a gourmet organic bistro, first class equestrian center with trail rides, gourmet picnics, riding lessons and boarding, a 10,000 sq ft event facility, and a sculptural lagoon. It is 1.5 miles (2.5 km) from downtown San Miguel de Allende. Thirty-nine home sites, ranging from 2153 sq ft to 26,910 sq ft are available, with land and home construction starting at $247,500 at presale prices. A thermal spa is under construction.

Rancho La Loma: This private home and equestrian center offers exclusive lots and country homes in condominium with fully completed infrastructure, equestrian center, multi-purpose carriage house for entertaining, clubhouse, gym, tennis and 60% common green areas. Lots start at $298,000 and homes with lots included start at $590,000.

Candeleria: The upscale enclave of Candeleria contains only 65 home sites on 500 acres (202 hectares) of land. It is the only low density planned community and is three miles (4.8 km) north of the city. It has a clubhouse, racquet club, gym and hiking, biking and equestrian trails. Over 85% of the land is sold. Estate lots are approximately 5 acres (2 hectares) each and begin at $399,000. Home in the Coats/Dolan master-planned community begin at $525,000.

Hacienda Presita Guadalupe: The newest real estate development along the Golden Corridor is Hacienda Presita Guadalupe, 3.4 miles (5.5 km) from San Miguel. Located on 69 acres (28 hectares), 50% of the land will be undeveloped green space and homes are restricted to a maximum of 40% of the lot size. There are approximately 100 lots, which range from 6243 sq ft to 24,757 sq ft in size, and prices begin at $46,000. Amenities will include a clubhouse with indoor and outdoor pool, gym, sauna, playground, two man-made lakes and small colonial-style chapel.

Rancho Los Labradores: This multicultural community has two phases completed with a total of 99 home sites surrounding ponds and landscaping. Lots average 1/3 acre (1215 sq mt) each and begin at $100,000. Custom built homes, including land, start at $250,000. The total development will cover 75 acres (30 hectares). Amenities include a clubhouse, spa, heated swimming pools, Jacuzzi, clay tennis court, coffee shop, multiuse auditorium, chapel, convenience store, daily shuttle bus into town, and classes in painting, yoga, dance, languages, and many other subjects. Rancho Los Labradores is developed by the Chazaro family, who lives at Rancho, and has developed real estate projects all over Mexico.

Villas de Labradores & Cielito Lindo: Part of Rancho Los Labradores, Villas is a new development concept of individual villas with "a la carte" services to support independent living according to physical needs and personal taste. Services include recreational and cultural activities, medical checkup service, nursing assistance by the hour, meal services, transportation, and housekeeping and laundry. Cielito Lindo hosts 14 residents in elegant suites that share a common area with a handicap-friendly swimming pool and gardens, with care given by professional nurses.

Sonterra EcoVillas: This green project is located on 13 acres (5.5 hectares) of highlands with a sunset view of surrounding mountains, 8 isles (13.5 km) from San Miguel. 85 freestanding colonial-style homes will be built in this condominium community, designed according to U.S. Green and ADA Building Standards. The community is free of automobiles; transportation is by golf carts, bikes and walking paths. Four home models can be customized to fit client’s needs and tastes and start at $293,500, including the lot. A clubhouse and community facilities are planned.


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