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Hello and welcome to Casa Estrella, our Santa Fe home which we happen to share with discriminating, like-minded spirits. The comments in the Headline above are excerpts from what our guests are saying about ,Casa Estrella, a lovingly-restored historic adobe surrounded by walled gardens at the end of a private lane in the heart of Santa Fe’s Historic Eastside.
SPECIAL NOTE: 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 of VRBO. On HomeAway they appear just under the description on the first page. A recent policy change by VRBO and HomeAway removed these from the REVIEWS section and made them less accessible to viewers. These comments are notes left in our Guestbook, and emails, and cards from our guests.
Our casita is only a five minute walk to Canyon Road, the epicenter of Santa Fe's finest galleries and restaurants. Stroll to the Plaza in fifteen minutes or less. Explore four world class museums and a botanical garden on Museum Hill within 1.3 miles. The Santa Fe Opera is less than six miles away and SkiSantaFe is only 16 miles. The Railyard arts and entertainment district is minutes from the casita.
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. 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. The casita is 1250 s.f. in size and sits on almost a quarter of an acre.
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, en-suite dressing area and bath with heated floors, a top-of-the-line Tempurpedic Cloud Luxe mattress, down and Tempurpedic pillows and comfy spa linens.
The guest bedroom has a King bed with a memory foam mattress topper, traditional and Tempurpedic pillows. The guest bathroom is a modest shower bath suitable for one person at a time to do their daily ablutions.
The fully-equipped kitchen is roomy and light-filled with Saltillo tile floors and natural wood finishes. French doors in the kitchen lead to a ramada-shaded outdoor dining area and our extensive garden areas. There is 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. In the gardens, Find “Sanctuary” and'Freedom,' original sculptures by renowned artist Bill Worrell as well as other sculptures by Paul Rhymer, Alvin and Melvin John, and Chris Turri. The landscaping is softly illuminated for truly enchanting Santa Fe evenings and professionally maintained.
In the Winter/Spring of 2014/2015, we are making major landscape improvements in our already gorgeous gardens. We are adding additional native aspen trees and improving our floral color to begin earlier in spring extending later into fall. There will be a beautiful progression of more color throughout each growing season for our enjoyment and that of our guests.
Our goal is to keep our casita and gardens spotlessly clean and ever-changing for the year-round delight and excitement of our guests and ourselves.
The casita has DirectTV, free streaming Netflix movies through a new ROKU 3, high-speed wifi, a Bose SoundWave CD player with an iPhone/iPod adapter and two 30” flat panel HD TVs.
The gardens are perfect for romantic evenings for two, enterta ining outdoors or the solitude a quiet garden can provide. Within the privacy of adobe and coyote walls are three garden areas. The coffee/cocktail garden is shaded by a large plum and a mature Russian olive tree. A cocktail table, seating for four, two zero-gravity lounge chairs and a chimenea with plenty of firewood are provided for our guests’ pleasure. Enjoy meals, cocktails and conversation around the dining table for six in the shade of a ramada in another area of the gardens. The front portal offers day-long shade from our own Piñon pine and refuge during Santa Fe monsoon rains and winter snow showers.
In season, savor fruit from the casita’s apple, apricot, peach and plum trees or make a cobbler. 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. During the season, the gardens and landscaping are lush and are professionally maintained year-round. 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, outdoor adventures or all combined. Casa Estrella is best suited for one or two couples! We have strict No Smoking and No Pets policies. The casita has several heavy metal sculptures that have sharp edges and points and also two low fountains that might pose as safety hazards to your little ones. Therefore, the property may not be suitable for 'small children' or toddler appropriate.
Casa Estrella has a current City Short Term Rental permit #:14-00118458
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
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
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
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
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
We provide a Keurig, a French press, a Melitta with cone filters, a coffee grinder and a tea kettle for tea or cold extraction coffee. We try to keep turbo and decaf whole beans in the freezer....moreless
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
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
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
|Dates||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly *||Event|
Ski Santa Fe and Taos
Jan 4 - Feb 28, 2015
4 night min stay
Mar 1 - Mar 31, 2015
4 night min stay
Apr 1 - May 31, 2015
4 night min stay
Summer High Season
Jun 1 - Jun 30, 2015
4 night min stay
SF Opera and SF Wine Festival
Jul 1 - Jul 31, 2015
4 night min stay
Santa Fe Opera & SF Wine Fest
Aug 1 - Aug 31, 2015
7 night min stay
Zozobra & Wine and Chile Fest
Sep 1 - Sep 30, 2015
4 night min stay
Fall Color Change
Oct 1 - Oct 31, 2015
4 night min stay
Your Own Private Santa Fe
Nov 1 - Nov 23, 2015
4 night min stay
Nov 24 - Nov 30, 2015
4 night min stay
Dec 1 - Dec 17, 2015
4 night min stay
Dec 18 - Jan 3, 2016
7 night min stay
Additional information about rental rates
The NM legislature is considering changes to the applicability of sales tax and lodger's tax to short term vacation rentals. Applicable sales and lodger taxes will be added on the rent amount only at the prevailing rates subject to state and local requirements.
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Casa Estrella, our casita, is located 1-1/2 blocks from Canyon Road, the epicenter of art galleries and fine restaurants in Santa Fe. Canyon Road, the most densely concentrated area of art galleries in the world, boasts almost 100 art galleries along its length. Santa Fe is the second largest art market in the U.S with approximately 250 galleries.
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.
Santa Fe has 15 major museums and hosts more than 40 festivals and fiestas annually celebrating everything from wine and chile to jazz and Native American arts enjoying 300+ days of sunshine a year.
We are within walking distance of some of the finest restaurants in a city known for its culinary achievements and fine dining. Santa fe has over 250 restaurants and 40 bars and clubs.
Santa Fe supports a vibrant, opera, music, dance, theatre and film scene in numerous wonderful venues.
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.
Santa Fe has been awarded the following:
• The most artistic city in the U.S. by The Atlantic
• Top Ten Food and Wine by TripAdvisor
• #2 Travel Destination in the Country by Conde Nast 2013
• #2 Favorite Iconic American Street by USA Today 2013
• 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
• Top Ten Mountain Biking Town - USA Today 2014
• '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” in 'Best of the Road' 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
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.
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 ramada after a light snowfall
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.
Farolitas on Casa Estrella for the holidays
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.
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