When Canadian actor David Cubitt, known for TV action dramas like Van Helsing and big-budget features like the 2016 Naomi Watts thriller Shut In, needs to step off the red carpet, he and wife Julia Molnar head to picturesque San Miguel de Allende, a four-hour drive northwest of Mexico City. “San Miguel is a UNESCO heritage site, so they can’t put in any modern fire hydrants or traffic lights or neon,” David explains. “It looks like it did 500 years ago: breathtakingly beautiful.”
Their 3,000-square-foot home, Casa Arabella (named after their only daughter of six children), is one of San Miguel’s rare, contemporary 1980s houses, built high up on a rock. Designed by Patricia Larsen, owner of gallery and shop Pilar Studio in San Miguel, the villa has a muted palette and natural textures that provide a tranquil retreat from the lively arts scene outside. Escape to the exotic oasis with our virtual tour below.