The beautiful and historic Casa Chorro stands proudly above El Chorro– San Miguel de Allende, Mexico’s  legendary source of water discovered in the 16th Century. This home is close to other notable landmarks such as the Casa de la Cultura at the end of a picturesque cobblestone lane in one of the best residential neighborhoods in the Historic Center.

A truly exceptional property and easily one of San Miguel de Allende’s most distinguished homes, the fine, Spanish colonial, hacienda-like estate owned by a prominent media executive is securely ensconced within the walls of its own park on three-quarters of an acre.

The terraced compound occupies one of the largest private parcels of land in the old town and echoes a bygone era of elegance with outstanding construction, masterfully crafted materials, and state-of-the-art amenities. Advanced solar system technology provides electricity and hot water “off the grid.” Staff quarters with three bedrooms and an ample parking area accommodate practical considerations.

The ancient front door set within a timeless, vine-clad facade gives way to a dramatic open-air foyer with panoramic views of San Miguel, the valley, and the majestic Sierra of Guanajuato mountain. Each of the eight bedrooms has baths en suite. The property is comprised of three principal structures where no detail has been overlooked. Traditional artisanal ceramic tiles, hand-hewn woodwork, fine wrought iron, and masterfully carved stone fireplaces, fountains and water features ornament the stately home inside and out.

The main residence has two master bedrooms and a complement of graciously decorated and appointed living and entertaining spaces, including a kitchen with commercial-grade appliances, living room, dining room, library, study, and grandly proportioned terrace porches and loggias wrapping around the three-story structure. A stairway from the master suite on the top floor leads to a private rooftop terrace-garden with breathtaking views. A five-suite guesthouse in the same architectural style suggests entertaining on a lavish scale. A leisurely stroll past the sparkling pool lined with talavera tiles through a jasmine-clad arbor leads to the third principal structure of a more contemporary design with a gym, steam room, Japanese hot tub, and additional, second-story guest suite with dramatic vistas.

Gravel paths throughout the leafy grounds replete with ancient trees reveal a treasure trove of additional amenities. Terraces and patios both intimate and ample with fountains and cascading water features are discovered at every turn. A rusticated pavilion with grilling facilities creates a focal point for large outdoor fiestas.

An amble past the romantic Troje– a traditional wood cottage from Michoacán– poised poetically aside a serene meditation garden makes it clear why this exceptional property has enjoyed a roster of eminent owners for generations.

This property is listed for $9.95 million with CDR Bienes Raices San Miguel and is showcased by Luxury Portfolio.