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- Minimum stay:4-7 nights
- Pets considered:No
- Wheel chair accessible:No
Historic Eastside house description
This is what our guests are saying about Casa Estrella, a lovingly-restored historic adobe surrounded by private gardens at the end of a private lane in the heart of Santa Fe’s Historic Eastside.
PLEASE READ THE 50+ REVIEWS UNDER 'Guestbook comments from the property manager' which can be accessed by clicking 'Manager Info' on the button bar on the first page. A recent policy change by VRBO and HomeAway removed these from the REVIEWS section. On HomeAway they appear just under the description on the first page.
It is only a five minute walk to Canyon Road’s finest galleries and restaurants. Stroll to the Plaza in fifteen minutes or less.
Explore four world class museums on Museum Hill within 1.3 miles. It is less than six miles to the Santa Fe Opera and minutes from the Railyard arts and entertainment district. SkiSantaFe is only 16 miles away.
This authentic casita has been totally redone and has been filled with new and antique furnishings and stainless steel appliances in a contemporary New Mexico style. The casita has DirectTV, free streaming Netflix movies, ROKU TV, high-speed wifi, a wireless printer, scanner, fax machine, a Bose SoundWave CD player with an iPhone/iPod adapter and two 30” flat panel HD TVs for guests’ use and enjoyment.
There are double-adobe walls, 9' beamed ceilings, hand-troweled, diamond plaster walls, skylights, wide-plank pine and white oak floors, and Saltillo tile throughout the casita. French doors in the kitchen lead to a ramada-covered outdoor dining area and our extensive garden areas. The master suite has heated floors, a Tempurpedic top-of-the-line Cloud Luxe mattress and comfy spa linens.
Warm yourself by the kiva fireplace in the living room on chilly Santa Fe nights. Enjoy a gourmet-equipped kitchen, with a dining table seating up to six. The two lovely bedrooms include a master suite with a California King bed, dressing area and bath plus a guest bedroom with a King bed and shower bath. The house has a full-size stacking washer/dryer in the utility area.
Casa Estrella is filled with original signed Native American and Southwestern art and is surrounded by lovely garden areas on four sides. Relax to the sounds of our 'Valentine's' natural rock fountain or our Stone Forest millstone fountain. Find “Sanctuary,” an original sculpture by renowned artist Bill Worrell in the garden. The landscaping is softly illuminated for truly enchanting Santa Fe evenings.
The gardens are perfect for outdoor entertaining or a romantic evening for two. There are three separate garden areas for dining, cocktails and coffee or just enjoying a rain shower or snowfall. A coffee/cocktail garden shaded by large plum and Russian olive trees has a cocktail table, seating for four, two zero-gravity lounge chairs and a chimenea with plenty of firewood. Enjoy meals, cocktails and conversation around the dining table for six in the shade of a newly built ramada (pergola).
In season, savor fruit from the casita’s apple, apricot, peach and plum trees. The house and gardens are completely private and enclosed by adobe walls and coyote fences. Aspen trees line the drive along the casita’s outer wall. The gardens and landscaping are lush and professionally maintained. For your time indoors, the casita is cooled with remote-controlled air conditioners and heated by radiant in-floor and baseboard systems.
This very popular property is perfect for romantic escapes, “girlfriend getaways,” art and museum jaunts or outdoor adventures. Casa Estrella is best suited for one or two couples! Children are not allowed.
REASONS TO VISIT SANTA FE?
Santa Fe has been awarded the following:
• Among the “World’s Best Award” for the eleventh time by Travel + Leisure 2012
• “Top “No. 1 Cultural Destination” by Travel + Leisure 2012
• '#1 for Peace and Quiet' by Travel + Leisure 2012
• '#1 of Top Ten Places to Visit in the Summer Time' by Travel + Leisure 2012
• '#3 City for Art Galleries' by Travel + Leisure 2012
• '#3 Best Weather' by Travel + Leisure 2012
• 'Top Ten Cities for Art Markets' by Travel + Leisure 2012
• 'Top Ten Cities for Performing Arts' by Travel + Leisure 2012
• '4 City for Museums' by Travel + Leisure 2012
• “One of America’s Greenest Cities” by Travel + Leisure 2012
• “6th most popular travel city in North America” by Travel + Leisure
• “Best Food” for the eleventh time in 2012 - Rand McNally/USA Today
• “Top 13 Romantic Date Destinations 2012” - Redbook
• “No. 1 Spa and Relaxation” - TripAdvisor
• “No. 1 Cleanest Air” by the American Lung Association
• “Best Towns” 2011 and 2007 - Outside Magazine
• “10 Best Summer Festivals” - Outside Magazine
• “10 Best Bars for Cyclists” - Outside Magazine
• “Best Southwestern Adventures: Mountain Biking” - Outside Magazine
• “Reader's Choice for Best Town Ever: Santa Fe” - Outside Magazine
• “National Treasures” top spot three years running - American Style Magazine
• “The top city in the west to visit for art and architecture” - Hotwire.com
• “The top farmers market in the West” - HGTV
• “#3 Top 10 Cities for Historic Preservation” - Livability.com
• “Top 3 Hot Spring Getaways” - Forbes Magazine
• “#5 of country's top historic destinations” - US News
• “One of America's top three cities for art galleries and museums” - U.S. Travel Association
• “10 Best Vacation Spots for Traveling Boomers” - Huffington Post
• “#1 place for a Cultural Getaway, for Peace & Quiet” - 2011 Travel+Leisure
• Top ten for “Romantic Escape, Museums/Galleries, Weather, Ethnic Food,
• Fine Dining, and Friendly People” - Travel+Leisure
• “Top 10 travel cities in the U.S” for the 20th consecutive year - Conde Nast
• “Third most popular travel town in the country in 2011 - Conde Nast
• “Second cleanest in the world” - 2011 World Health Organization
• :One of America's Best Cities for Fall Travel” in September 2011 Travel + Leisure
• “One of the Coolest Small Cities in America” - GQ Magazine
Casa Estrella has a current City of Santa Fe Short Term Rental permit.
- Vacation Rental
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
- Housekeeper Optional
There are tub rails in master bathroom. There are no steps from the parking area to the rear entry of the house or within the house. There are two steps from the front patio to the front porch, but these can be avoided by entering through the rear....moreless
- Not Suitable For Children:
Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4, Beds for 4
- King size beds (1) Tempurpedic Cloud Luxe California King in master bedroom. King bed in guest bedroom with a plush mattress topper. Ralph Lauren down pillows in master. Guests rave about the comfort of the beds. Each bed has fabulous spa sheets that are softer than high thread count Egyptian cotton. One guest with chronic back pain said his nights at Casa Estrella were the first he has had without back pain in years. He bought the same bed for his home when he returned. There is a portable humidifier in the master closet....moreless
Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms
Kitchen & Dining
There is a new KEURIG Platinum coffee brewer, and we leave a variety of coffee and decaf pods in the carousel for guests. Pots and pans hang from the beamed ceiling on a rack. there is a new Cuisinart food processor, a new slow cooker, a blender a toaster, spice rack and more. The kitchen has Saltillo tile floors, adobe walls, French doors to the patio and lots of natural light. There is a flatware and pottery service for eight indoors and Melamine dishes and flatware for outdoors. All perishables and consumables are removed after each guest departs for the protection of the next arriving guests....moreless
Kaune’s Foodtown, serving Santa Fe since 1890-something, is just three blocks away. They deliver. In fact, if you go to their website they have menu planning, cooking videos, and so much more. Click on “Recipe Center” and save the ingredients to your shopping bag, and Kaune’s will deliver everything required to cook the meal. They are really terrific people. There are some great caterers in Santa Fe that will cater everything from a cocktail party to a banquet. However, you will have difficulty seating more than six or eight for dinner at Casa Estrella....moreless
Besides the Keurig, we have a French press, a Melitta drip with cone filters, and a tea kettle if you like cold extraction type. We keep whole bean and decaf in the freezer and have a coffee grinder....moreless
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New state-of-the-art REMOTE CONTROL Sanyo air conditioning units in each bedroom and the living area. These are unobtrusive 'run-quiet' wall mount units located high on the wall under the beamed ceilings. Ceiling fans in bedrooms....moreless
Full complement of high quality linens and bedding for each bedroom and bathroom. Luxurious spa sheets for each bed. Ralph Lauren down pillows in the master bedroom and 'Allergen Barrier' pillow covers in both bedrooms....moreless
There is radiant heating in the floor of the master suite and baseboard heating throughout the rest of the casita. We keep a humidifier available for guests with sensitivity to the dry climate....moreless
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- Security system. Signed Native American art throughout by Bill Worrell, Malcolm Furlow, John Nieto, Frank Howell, Nocona Burgess, Sandy Graves, Chris Turri, Susan M. Harvey, Earl Eder, and Alvin John. Bali top-down, bottom-up shades, LED candles throughout. track lighting w/dimmers. clock radios in each BR, emergency flashlight. weather station, Natura bath products. four bathrobes, hair dryers and lighted magnifying make-up mirrors, landscape lighting, There is a backpack and umbrella for guest use. 1½ blocks to Canyon Road, 6-1/2 blocks to Plaza, ½ block to Downtown Subscription, a newstand/bookstore/internet café, 2½ Blocks to Kaune’s Foodtown historic grocery (They deliver!), 4 Blocks to La Posada de Santa Fe Spa and Fitness Center, 1.3 Miles to Museum Hill and four world class museums/Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian, Museum of Indian Arts and Culture, Museum of Spanish Colonial Art and the Museum of International Folk Art....moreless
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Casa Estrella has four distinct patio/portal porch areas within the adobe-walled and coyote-fenced yard for enjoying the outdoors in all seasons. All garden areas are illuminated by subtle landscape lighting. Plus, there is a separate tree garden across the gravel lane that belongs to the property. The covered front portal (porch) has a southwestern love seat where we like to sit with a glass of New Mexico’s own Gruet Champagne and enjoy a summer rain, light snowfall or the evening sounds of tree frogs. Within the gardens, there is a shaded patio with a glass-top table and four cushioned lounge chairs. This area is perfect for morning coffee or evening cocktails. A chimenea and firewood are located nearby. Another lovely area is the new flagstone dining patio with a table and chairs for six and a 9’ umbrella for shade on summer afternoons. This patio is near the millstone fountain. One of our favorite areas is the small protected portal patio out the French doors to the kitchen. W...moreless
Lawn / Garden:
Casa Estrella has four different garden areas, each with its own character, landscape and function. Garden areas are shaded at different times by mature trees including apple, peach, apricot and plum....moreless
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- Away From It All
- Sports & Activities
- Tourist Attractions
- Live Theater
- Medical Services
- Cross Country Skiing
- Whitewater Rafting
- Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
- Fly Fishing
- Freshwater Fishing
- Mountain Climbing
- Massage Therapist
- Mountain Biking
- Rock Climbing
- Hot Air Ballooning
- Jet Skiing
- Health/Beauty Spa
- Botanical Garden
- Winery Tours
- Wildlife Viewing
- Sight Seeing
- Bird Watching
- Eco Tourism
- Gambling Casinos
- Scenic Drives
- Horseback Riding
- Fitness Center
- Basketball Court
|Dates||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly *||Event|
|SF Opera and SF Wine Festival
Jul 1 - Jul 31, 2014
4 night min stay
|Santa Fe Opera & SF Wine Fest
Aug 1 - Aug 31, 2014
7 night min stay
|Zozobra & Wine and Chile Fest
Sep 1 - Sep 30, 2014
4 night min stay
|Fall Color Change
Oct 1 - Oct 31, 2014
4 night min stay
|Your Own Private Santa Fe
Nov 1 - Nov 23, 2014
4 night min stay
Nov 24 - Nov 30, 2014
4 night min stay
Dec 1 - Dec 15, 2014
4 night min stay
Dec 16 - Jan 4, 2015
4 night min stay
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- Exit Cleaning Fee $150
- Property Damage Protection $49
- Tax Rate 7%
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Casa Estrella, our casita, is located 1-1/2 blocks from Canyon Road, the epicenter of art galleries in Santa Fe, the second largest art market in the U.S.
At least five internationally known museums are within 1-1/2 miles of Casa Estrella as is the Plaza and the Palace of the Governors.
We are within walking distance of some of the finest restaurants in a city known for its culinary achievements and fine dining.
Historical, archeological and anthropological sites abound in the area including pueblos, cliff dwellings, and petroglyphs, plus a wealth of astounding geologic features and gorgeous vistas.
Snow skiing, white water rafting and kayaking, mountain biking, hiking and other outdoor adventures are just minutes from Casa Estrella.
Year Purchased: 2008
About: We are both auctioneers and work long hours, so when we travel, we like to do it right. We seek out upscale, interesting hotels, lodges and vacation rentals. We love fresh air, beautiful gardens, and all varieties of nature, climates and cultures and try to discover new, unique and soulful experiences in exciting places. We love good food and are experimenting cooks. We dine in the finest restaurants in each destination and particularly enjoy discovering off-the-beaten-path, hidden, local and out-of-the-way gems. We hate fast food. We are daily walkers and seek out romantic sunsets wherever we are. Marilyn loves the outdoors and is an avid reader. Ed skis, kayaks, scuba dives, and likes to fish although all fish are safe in his presence. We both like southwestern and Native American art, museums and galleries of all types.
Why Historic Eastside:
When we decided to buy a second vacation home, we considered several of our favorite travel destinations, places to which we seemed to return repeatedly. For exploration, outdoor activities and relaxation, we love the central Oregon coast, Squaw Valley and North Lake Tahoe, Ruidoso and, of course, Santa Fe/Taos. As we evaluated each location and which place offered the most romantic, magic, spiritual qualities and in which location would we be happiest spending time long term. What area offered the most varied, yet agreeable climate year around? Where could we experience the greatest intellectual and recreational stimulation? All of a sudden the answer became obvious: Santa Fe. Where else in the U.S. could one find a settlement with 400 years of history blending three distinct cultures, the Native American, the Spanish Colonial and the northern European? What other place has the combined beauty of the arid northern New Mexican desert, the majesty of the Sangre de Christo and Jemez mountains, the lush, fertile ribbon of the Rio Grande? Where else provides the broad range of archeological sites and cultural traditions to enjoy and explore? In what other resort area can a person find any wider array of educational experiences, arts and entertainment such as Museum Hill, the Santa Fe Opera, the Lensic Performing Arts Center, the new Railyard District and a wide variety of performance venues including theatres, playhouses, and an amphitheatre. How can one compare the unique scope and variety of galleries and shops of Santa Fe to any other place? What other city can match the combination of cultural choices and outdoor recreational opportunities offered by the Santa Fe area: sightseeing, snow skiing, kayaking and rafting, water skiing, fishing, hiking, rock climbing, archeological exploration, hot air ballooning and so on? What other city has a wonderful, 100 year-old neighborhood gourmet market and two Whole Foods Markets?
The Unique Benefits at this House:
We bought the very best two bedroom vacation rental on the market, and we looked at plenty. The location is ideal, and the combination of features offered by this casita makes it unique to the area. It is a restored original “Pueblo Revival' or 'Santa Fe Style' adobe in the Eastside Historic District, the Camino del Monte Sol Historic District and the Garcia Historic District. It is within easy walking distance of the most important destinations along Canyon Road and the downtown plaza area. We found this casita to be immaculate, in excellent condition, beautifully furnished, very well maintained and ever so romantic. We fell in love with the gardens at first sight. Even before we went in the house, we knew this was the perfect place for us. Once inside, we found the cutest casita we had ever seen, but the private outdoor spaces are what we love most. The garden areas are exceptionally large for the Historic District and offer four distinct areas for entertaining friends and family or for a romantic evening for two. Adobe walls and coyote fences completely enclose the casita and three distinct gardens for complete privacy. The gardens are perfect for dining and cocktails al fresco or for enjoying the sounds of a summer night. The lounge area is shaded by a bearing plum tree and a large Russian olive tree. This garden has a cocktail table with seating for four plus two Zero Gravity lounge chairs and a chimenea. There is a lovely flagstone patio shaded by a new ramada (pergola) with dining for six. Sit under the front portal and enjoy the smell of a summer rain or the peaceful whisper of a snowfall. A fourth garden shaded by giant apple and apricot trees lies along the Aspen-lined drive bordering the casita’s outer wall. In season, savor fruit from the casita’s apple, apricot, peach and plum trees. Outdoor sculptures abound throughout the gardens. We continue to add art and additional plantings to enhance the outdoor enjoyment of our guests and ourselves.
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Living room from the front door
Master looking toward dressing area and master bath
Guest bedroom view from the doorway
Modest guest bathroom with shower
Dining area for six looking toward kitchen and French doors to patio
Our front portal.
Great Things are to be Found at the End of the Rainbow!
Cocktail/Coffee Garden Viewed from the Front Portal in Late May
'Welcome' smoke signals over our back gate
Our fire table and millstone fountain from the shade of the ramada
View of the ramada from the cocktail garden.
Master bedroom yiew from the dressing area
En suite master bathroom with tub/shower with hand rails in tub
Guest bedroom looking at living room
Kitchen with French doors leading to back patio and ramada
Original art around the kiva fireplace.
The west side and rear gate from our private parking spaces.
Our Garden Shaman, 'Sanctuary' by Bill Worrell
View down our East Garden Path from the Ramada toward the Cocktail Garden in Late May
Santa Fe sunshine, swallowtail butterfly, summer flowers and ribs on the grill
Cocktail garden seating with a little fire in the chimenea.
Your hosts, Marilyn and Ed by one of the fountains in winter
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