Step back in time and enjoy modern construction at Hacienda de Los Santos in Las Palmas, just west of Ajijic and minutes from the center of town. This exceptional listing, built only 11 years ago with authenticity and artistry in mind, offers serene and bucolic living with plenty of room for large parties and intimate spaces for small gatherings amid all its grandeur. The hacienda is offered for sale by its original owner. At the end of a winding, tree-lined lane, Hacienda de los Santos is situated in an enviable neighborhood and is sounded by expertly maintained estates of longtime owners. A majestic fig tree welcomes beside one of its three separate entrances: the kitchen, the street, and the garage. Within is a splendidly designed home with flagstone verandas running along three sides, spilling out onto an expansive flagstone courtyard that features a grand cantera fountain. Hacienda de los Santos has two bedrooms – a large guest suite and a master suite offering a custom walk-in closet, each room with its own bath featuring soaking tubs and copper sinks; two large half-baths in guest areas; contiguous cooking, kitchen-dining and family room areas; formal living and dining rooms; and a fully contained palapa with its own kitchen, refrigerator and wine cooler, and a built-in Jacuzzi. Hacienda de los Santos boasts custom design elements that are at once noble and delightful:. . The ceilings – hand-hewn beams with cantera trim in the kitchen-family room lend the space an authentic, cozy charm; barrel boveda ceilings provide both height and depth in the formal living room and two bedrooms; an ornate wood-grain coffered ceiling in the formal dining room adds elegance; cupolas with antique lighting features on the verandas have an old-world feel, and indoor hexagonal cupolas feature sunlight windows to bring in the day. The fireplaces – two of them, in the family and formal living rooms, both of hand-carved cantera designs; the chimney in the family room features a whimsical, imbedded painting by jj Parrea; the fireplace in the formal living room is double-height and substantial, certain to impress hacienda guests on a chilly night. Cabinetry throughout the hacienda is top-quality, all countertops artfully tiled in hand-made, custom-designed tiles. The floors throughout the house are either stamped or stressed terracotta, a pleasure for bare feet and easy-care. The kitchen features top-of-the-line appliances, including a Smeg stove and Bosch side-by-side refrigerator/freezer; a spacious pantry and laundry room combination sits off to the side. In the master bath, you’ll discover a cheerful mural by Rommy, and throughout the hacienda are artistic light fixtures – including an imported Murano glass chandelier in the kitchen – to illuminate the beauty. All doorways are trimmed with hand-carved cantera, and the doors are wrought iron and glass, designed exclusively for Hacienda de los Santos. The palapa is imaginative, its entrance an imported Balinese temple gate, which gives the space a meditative air, yet when all is peaceful, also begs for a party. Cupolas, niches, garden spaces and beautiful pots flowing with flowers, romantic side patios here and there, and of course, wooden and stone saints – all this and more awaits you at Hacienda de los Santos in the graceful little community of Las Palmas, one of lakeside’s hidden gems. It is a must-see, so call Bettina today.