The municipal government of San Miguel de Allende recently declared U.S. Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump as “persona non grata”, due to his xenophobic campaign against Mexicans and his insistence on building a wall along the border, that should be paid by the government of Mexico.
Under that context, owners of the historic Hacienda “La Petaca” are developing a real estate complex that counteracts Trump´s xenophobic speech.
The project aims to attract a new generation of American Expats, in order to demonstrate that there is a close relationship between the two nations.
Historic hacienda “La Petaca” originally belonged to the family of insurgent Francisco Lanzagorta. But the current owners are Americans, who are structuring an ecological and sustainable development that seeks to conquer a new generation of families from both sides of the border.
This innovative ecological project features 47 lots between 1,500 and 5.500 square meters each, a boutique hotel with 28 rooms, 18 bungalows or villas, an incredible swimming pool with hot spring water, chapel, auditorium, clubhouse, and orchards.
The idea is to create a concept for families who can continue with their businesses, professions or activities within or outside Mexico, featuring great connectivity and proximity to the International Airport of Querétaro (one hour by car).
Today, of the nearly 20,000 foreign residents in San Miguel de Allende, 70% come from the United States, 20% from Canada and the rest from other countries.
This complex is under construction at the “Golden Corridor”, famous in the region for its wide open spaces, large supply of water and natural beauty.
This corridor represents an important part of the country’s history, due to on September 15, 1810 the priest Miguel Hidalgo, Ignacio Allende were accompanied by the Lanzagorta (former owner of “La Petaca”), who recruited the first insurgents known as “Los Guerreros”. They took the banner of the Virgin of Guadalupe in the chapel of “Atotonilco”, at the beginning of the Independence movement.
According to the managers, “La Petaca” expects to contribute with a relevant economic spill that impacts the whole region.
Centuries ago, this place was one of the most productive in the Bajío, being the center of the country. Now, the owners also expect to generate 150 indirect jobs during the construction and at least 100 direct jobs, when “La Petaca” begins operations.
“This is an example of what Americans and Mexicans can do together, up in the US or down here; who do not understand this synergy, do not understand the world in which we live today, and Donald Trump is trying to make people think the opposite” concluded one of the descendants of “Los guerreros”, who still work in “La Hacienda”.
About Hacienda “La Petaca”
Located on the banks of the Laja River, the Hacienda is surrounded by old mesquite trees. Beneath the Hacienda lies a vast underground network of healing thermal water channels.
Only fifteen minutes from San Miguel de Allende, this peaceful oasis is the perfect location for a spa, a school, a hotel, or a large family compound.
The Moorish-style hacienda building has a large hall, a shady central patio, two kitchens, and six large private rooms.
Next to the hacienda building is an inn that accommodates up to forty people. The hacienda’s chapel, with its beautifully restored frescos, seats fifty. A separate “casita” building has one bedroom and one bath. Part of the property is already subdivided for residential development.