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Homes in the town center, like the Enchanting and Historic Hacienda Alma de Ajijic (the Soul of Ajijic), harken back to an earlier time and as its name suggests very much reflect the SOUL of our village. They rarely come on the market and are highly desirable. This property offers historic prestige and with its inward looking pool garden courtyard – privacy and seclusion. The Hacienda has appeared in several books on Ajijic, has had its ancient wooden front doors immortalized by the Sketchers of Ajijic, has been used to host international musicians from Ajijic’s February International Music Festival, and has been on the Behind The Walls home tour. This a RARE and COVETED Property and will not last long on todays COMPETITIVE Market!
If you are dreaming of a new life in Mexico – Picturing yourself in a traditional Hacienda in one of Mexicos Magic villages, walking to a street market for your fresh fruits and vegetables, lounging by a sun heated pool surrounded by tropical flowers then Hacienda Alma de Ajijic is sure to speak to your heart and soul.
This property offers the prestige of a landmark home on a corner lot, in a prime location, walkable in the heart of the village. Its classic courtyard hacienda design offers privacy with lush gardens, flagstone terraces and views of the surrounding Sierra Madre Mountains. The building has unheard of construction with soaring ceilings, wood beams, original wood windows and doors, majestic wrought iron metal work, skylights, fireplaces, hand crafted clay floor tiles and walls over a foot thick. It features an off street two car garage with automatic doors. A solar heated pool. A 4 panel solar electric system. A whole house water pressure and filtration system. A hacienda kitchen AND a presentation kitchen in the colonnade. A monumental sanctuary master suite with 2 walk in closets and an ensuite bath with garden courtyard views. It’s guest room harkens back to the historic past AND the 2 bonus rooms are ideal for an additional guest room, home office or art studio.
The classic oversized solid wood street doors lead into the original high roofed entry foyer. This part of the Hacienda has historic thick adobe walls and 20 foot ceilings. We then step through a pair of elegant wrought iron gates into the house proper. The home looks into a central courtyard and a colonnade arcade spans almost its entire south side. This space blends the interior and exterior living that our near perfect climate invites.
A secondary presentation kitchen with a built in grill and wok allow a chef to show off their skills to guests. This still leaves ample space for entertaining, dining and living with views of the gorgeous garden of fruit trees festooned with hanging orchids, and blooming flowers.
To the west of the Entry Foyer is a spacious breakfast room for casual dining with a south facing window, high ceilings, and wooden beams. This room flows thru to the Hacienda kitchen. The kitchen has Artisan Mexican tiled surfaces and accents, built in wall niches and hand painted decorative wall details. It is zoned for 2 or more to cook in harmony. Space to cook, to prep and to clean without getting in each other’s way. I love this shutter window that is elevated above the street for privacy but allows you to observe village life.
To the east of the foyer entrance is a large guest room. This was probably the original Sala or Living room and is large enough for a king sized bed. Like the breakfast room it has a south facing window, but it is the clerestory windows at this rooms soaring ceiling that bathes it with an almost magical ambient light. A fireplace adds charm and comfort for cooler evenings and I adore the whimsical nautical weathervane that is wall mounted over the hearth. Notice the original wood shutter windows and the walls thickness that create a window seat.
There is also a full bath off the arcade and an oversized storage room that is rare in homes of this age. It is perfect for those Costco shopping trips as well as seasonal storage for holiday clothing, décor or entertaining. The East wing of the house leads back to the massive master suite and comprises 2 more rooms. They offer built in book cases niches and have been used as living, home office and guest rooms. French doors connect this space to the pool courtyard and garden. I love homes whose floorplans are adaptable to a new owner’s needs and lifestyle.
The master bath has a walk in shower as well as a therapy tub with a garden view, a generous vanity, toilet room and a walk in closet. BUT it is the Master Bedroom itself that is truly impressive. This sanctuary space is large enough for a California king bed, a separate sitting area, breakfasting area and even a grand piano. It offers double height ceilings with skylights, a fireplace and French doors leading directly to the pool garden AND a second walk in closet dressing room. WOW! I might never leave this space! You could just live here! AND the homes laundry room is just next door – HOW PERFECT IS THAT!