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Spacious Villa with Pool, Patio & Gardens in Historic Center

Bedrooms 1
Space 600 sq ft
Property type bungalow
Minimum Stay 4 - 5 nights


About the property

Bungalow, 1 Bedroom + Den, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 3-4)

Casa Murguia captures the essence of indoor/outdoor Mexican living. The Bird of Paradise vacation rental, featured in this listing is a ground level, one bedroom bungalow with full kitchen and large dining / living room. This “bungalow” is a real house not an apartment and opens on to a spacious patio with dining table & chairs and comfy chaise lounges. It has over 650 sq. ft of interior living space. The stunning 75 foot long swimming pool is a zen focus in the center of the property. Exotic gardens rich in native plants attract hummingbirds and vermillion flycatchers. We have 3 other units available at Casa Murguia, spread out around the swimming pool. These can be rented as a single unit or more than one for larger groups, please inquire for details.

Casa Murguia is a singular Oaxaca home featured in Melba Levick's book “In a Mexican Garden: Courtyards, Pools and Open Air Living Rooms”. The Bird of Paradise bungalow is decorated with handpainted tile, handwoven textiles and original art from the owner’s private collection.

There is fresh, fun and close-by shopping for groceries at the charming Merced food market just 5 blocks away; this is where the owner does her shopping but right at the corner you can stock up on fruits, basic vegetables, dry-goods beer and wine.

You can enjoy your meals in the beautifully decorated dining room or outdoors on the patio. A couple of blocks west from Casa Murguia and you are in the heart of the historic center with great dining, shopping, museums and theatre.

The high adobe walls and trees make Casa Murguia quiet by any standards, guests can't believe they're in the heart of the city. Rent with the option of a king size bed or 2 single beds in the bedroom. The living room is large enough to comfortably add a single bed if requested. The Bird of Paradise bungalow at Casa Murguia can sleep a total of 4 people with one or two single beds added to the living room. If your group is larger inquire about the other rentals that surround the pool.

Although the pool becomes the central axis that all living spaces are built around it is seldom used by the owners; Mary Jane & Bobby essentially live at their guest ranch just outside of Oaxaca and come into Casa Murguia to check on things and make sure renters needs are looked after. That said, Maria Antonia, Casa Murguia's property manager and principal housekeeper is very helpful and capable of solving most renter's needs. There is a cel. phone at Casa Murguia that renter's can use 24/7 to contact Mary Jane or Bobby. Visit our Rancho Pitaya listing on HomeAway, VRBO's sister site and think about a combined stay at both places on your trip to Oaxaca. The ranch is located in the fascinating Valle de Tlacolula renowned for its natural beauty and places of interest.

Casa Murguia is the place for anyone who truly appreciates spacious living, a pool you can actually swim in and a quiet retreat just minutes walking to restaurants, museums and great shopping!

Keywords: Spacious one bedroom bungalow with private poolside patio

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Mary Jane Gagnier
Member since: 2009
Speaks english, spanish
Response time
Within a few hours
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Calendar last updated:
11 September, 2018

About Mary Jane Gagnier

Mary Jane, who grew up in Canada is now a naturalized Mexican who has lived in Oaxaca for over twenty-eight years. In 1987 she founded Galería La Mano Magica and Casa Murgia is decorated with original art and crafts collected while running the gallery. Mary Jane guides trail rides from her guest ranch Rancho Pitaya. Visit the website HorsebackMexico and enjoy a day riding in the country during your stay.

Mary Jane Gagnier purchased this bungalow in 1996

Why Mary Jane Gagnier chose Centro

The Casa Murguia property is over 10,000 sq. feet with a quiet protected inner courtyard that was large enough to construct a proper pool for swimming laps. Add to this a classic 50´s style Mexico bungalow design with a view of the Sierra Juarez mountains made the decision to buy an easy one. With so much space we were able to plant gardens rich in native plants that give privacy between the different patios. The house was an easy 3 block walk to the absolute heart of the historic center.

What makes this bungalow unique

Casa Murguia is located 6 blocks from the Zocalo, Santo Domingo and from the great little Merced market, and even though it is in the heart of the center because of the trees it is very quiet. It is constructed with adobe and stays nice and cool year round. The spacious patios are perfect for outdoor living in Oaxaca's perfect climate. The 75 ft two-lane pool was designed for swimming laps yet still fun to play in, fish designs in mosaic tile decorate the floor of the pool.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday bungalow rental in Centro

Property Type:
  • bungalow
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 600 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 12:00 PM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • Historic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • Bathtub with shower with handrails, large pedestal sink.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • King size beds (1) The bedroom can be made up with one king size bed or two twin beds. An additional twin bed can be put in the living room at no extra cost. , Twin or Single Beds (1) A twin bed can be made up in the living room at no extra cost. Yes, another bed can be added at $100 extra per week.
  • Books
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • 5 garden chairs
  • 2 beach chairs
  • long term rentals available
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Heated Pool
Onsite Services:
  • Chauffeur
  • Concierge
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • Staff
  • cinemas
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • horse riding
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • swimming
There is no other vacation rental in the heart of the historic district of Oaxaca city that offers spacious private patios adjacent to each of the four rental bungalows and surrounded by exotic gardens and solar-heated swimming pool.


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Spacious Villa with Pool, Patio & Gardens in Historic Center
average rating of 4.9259257 based on 27 reviews
Santa Fe, NM

Words cannot really describe the ambiance....

  • 5 of 5

As I said, words cannot describe the ambiance and good will that you receive while stayiing at Case Murguia. We were there for 3-½ weeks in March and couldn't have been more pleased with our accommodations. Mary Jane (the owner) is ready with information about guides, horses, tours, and Maria Antonia, who became our friend, couldn't have been nicer. The breakfast goodies that were left for the first morning was a nice touch. The location was fabulous and we could walk safely everywhere. It is just blocks from the Zocalo with its concerts, people watching....And, the food - wonderful places just outside your front door. Try Cafe Olla, and all the Mezcal bars...It was a wonderful vacation!! A truly classy and quiet place. Can't wait to return...!!

  • Review Submitted: 22/04/2017
  • Date of Stay: February 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you MaryCay, I've lived in Oaxaca for over 30 years now ( longer than I lived in Canada ), and the city, its surrounding villages and the countryside continue to captivate me. It is so satisfying to know that guests go away pleased with their stay at Casa Murguia and delighted with Oaxaca as a travel destination. And, Maria Antonia, what can I say? She has worked at Casa Murguia for 18 years. She is the most honest person I know and cares for the casa like it was her own. We hope to see you back again. Thank you, once again, for choosing to stay at Casa Murguia Guest Viila Mary Jane Gagnier
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Wonderful atmosphere, comfortable, clean, great location!

  • 5 of 5

The owner and caretaker fixed any problem that arose, and we enjoyed a spacious, homey, casita decorated in Mexican weavings and beautiful textiles. Terrific lap pool where our grandkids swam at night. Magical!

  • Review Submitted: 26/08/2018
  • Date of Stay: August 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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vancouver bc canada

Casa Murgui Oasis In The Historic Centre of Oaxaca

  • 5 of 5

We are part of a group of Canadians that have been staying with Mary Jane Gagnier and Marie Antonia in the city of Oaxaca and at her ranches each year since 2008.

Casa Murguia includes 5 well furnished suites that surround a swimming pool and garden. It is very private and quiet. There are many large patios that permit the guests to follow the sun through the course off the day. There are many quiet, sunny spots where guests can enjoy a book or a nap in solitude.

The property is always very clean and well maintained. The owner and staff are warm, friendly and committed to excellent care of their guests.

The location is optimum. It is in the centre of everything a visitor would want to see and do in the Historic Centre.

A large barbecue and many small and large tables facilitate outdoor breakfasts, lunches and dinners for singles, couples or groups.

There are also two smaller rooms without kitchens that we use regularly for additional friends and family.

Three couples in our group are already booked for November to mid-December 2018 with a few waiting in the wings. We can not give a better recommendation than our continuous annual patronage.

  • Review Submitted: 20/03/2018
  • Date of Stay: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Always a delight

  • 5 of 5

I have been coming here once a year since 2011, so obviously it is a high point in my life. I have always loved the city of Oaxaca, and the location of Casa Murguia allows closeness to the city’s downtown, yet it is also quiet, due to the thick walls around the courtyard.

The staff, headed by the wonderful Maria Antonia, is more than helpful; they seem to anticipate your needs. Every apartment is tidied every day (except Saturday), and there is a complete cleaning and linen change each week.

Much more important is the ambiance: it is very beautiful on these grounds, so that on days when one might be tired or too hot to do much, sitting around the pool and enjoying the garden is a lovely option.

Also, a good mix of people are here in winter, and I look forward to both new people and returners.

Note: these are self-catering apartments. Toilet paper and linens are provided, but you will do your own shopping and cooking. There are many great markets nearby, it’s part of the fun.

  • Review Submitted: 17/03/2018
  • Date of Stay: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I have always thought of Casa Murguia as a refreshing oasis from the wonderful yet sometimes intense stimuli of downtown Oaxaca. I raised my son on this property and after he left home for collage decided to transform it into a rental villa. It gives me immense satisfaction to see travellers so content to stay here. A house should be lived in and loved! Thank you for taking the time to write this review and thank you for returning year after year.
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Property is immaculate, comfortable, and beautiful

  • 5 of 5

We return every year to Casa M. It is the highlight of our year. Both the owner, Mary Jane, and the caretaker MV are very attentive. We are experienced Mexico travelers, and this is the absolute best place we have stayed. I especially enjoy the pool, and the morning sun at Aguacate. I have already recommended to many folks, and look forward to my fall visit!

  • Review Submitted: 12/03/2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect vacation stay

  • 5 of 5

The house is even nicer in person than in the photos. The two biggest selling points for us were the location and the pool. The pool is long enough for lap swimming but each unit has quite a bit of privacy. It is a just a few blocks from the Zocalo - central but quiet. Also close to many of the restaurants we had planned to visit. Mary Jane, the owner, is a good resource for things to do. We especially enjoyed the Mercado on Sunday which was just down the street. It is a true neighborhood market and it was fun to see local people doing their weekly marketing. There is a supermarket about a block away for groceries which would be nice if you were traveling with kids or doing a longer stay.

  • Review Submitted: 04/04/2016
  • Date of Stay: March 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I love the east side of the historic centre. The Merced market just four blocks from Casa Murguia offers it all; fresh produce, local specialities, delicious and authentic Oaxaca food. I often pop in for a quesadilla filled with Oaxaca string cheese called quesillo and fresh squash blossoms. Thank you for choosing to stay at Casa Murguia; I'm glad the casa worked out for you.
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Nearest Airport
12 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
100 Metres
Nearest Golf
25 Kilometres
San Augustin Etla
Nearest Restaurant
400 Metres
Nearest Beach
280 Kilometres
Car: not necessary


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this holiday bungalow around the Centro

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Day of Dead
26 Oct 2018 - 4 Nov 2018
5 night minimum stay
Late Fall
5 Nov 2018 - 19 Dec 2018
4 night minimum stay
Christmas New Years
20 Dec 2018 - 4 Jan 2019
4 night minimum stay
Winter High Season
5 Jan 2019 - 15 Mar 2019
4 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
4 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Rates for two and three week rentals.
Mid-season 2 wk. 1,575. 3 wk. 1,940.
Low-season 2 wk. 1,150. 3 wk. 1,420.
Fall High Season 2 wk. 2,200 3 wk. 2,900
Holiday two week rate 2,800.
High Winter season 2017 - 2 wk. 2,500 / 3 wk. 2,350. rate. Rates include: Housekeeping Sunday thru Friday, bottled drinking water, weekly linen and towel change, pool towels, wireless internet, parking.
Visa, Mastercard, Paypal, U.S. $ check
There is a $140 per week surcharge for a fourth person.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if cancelled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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