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Placitas New Mexico Adobe Sandia Foothills Rural Retreat

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Last updated: 06/10/2015
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  • Minimum stay:1-4 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Property description

Casa de Paiz is a classic, cozy split-level 1100 square foot adobe home, sitting on a secluded acre of Pinon-Juniper woods at the north end of the Sandia Mountains, within easy driving distance from Santa Fe and Albuquerque. It's a perfect couple's getaway featuring a large and luxuriously appointed master bedroom with a California-king size bed and a decorative kiva fireplace, a large bathroom with separate tub and shower, new completely equipped kitchen, nice views from large windows, a covered patio in front next to the lily pond, and a very private patio outside the master bedroom. The bedroom and den both have flat screen LCD TV's, with access to Netflix and Hulu streaming movies and TV shows plus over-the-air network tv. All your computing and communications needs are met with a desk-top computer, printer, wi-fi and landline telephone. A double size futon (sofa bed) in the den can be used by a 3rd and 4th guest.

In warm weather enjoy the cool breeze in the shade of the portale waiting for hummingbirds to visit the flowers and dragonflies to visit the lily pond, or the beautiful view of the Jemez Mountains 40 miles away while sunbathing on the bedroom patio. Star-gazing is excellent on clear, moon-less nights, as the lights of Albuquerque are hidden on the other side of the mountain. Year-round birding opportunities abound in the area with many feathered friends visiting our feeders and the lily pond.

Recreation and outdoor adventure opportunities abound in the area, with the 10,600 foot Sandia Mountains at hand with winter snow sports and summer mountain biking and many miles of hiking trails including nearby trails in the foothills that are accessible year-round. The annual Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, featuring hundreds of colorful hot air balloons from around the world, is held in early October and is just 20 minutes away.

Nearby Indian Pueblos offer excellent golf courses, casino gambling and entertainment venues. Throughout the year Pueblos have traditional dances that are open to the public.

Experience the colorful Southwestern culture, unique shopping opportunities and fine dining in Santa Fe and Albuquerque Old Town, both an easy drive from Placitas. But there are great restaurants close by as well in Placitas and the town of Bernalillo.

Your hosts Joel and Mary Lou live nearby in Albuquerque (25 minutes away) and are readily available to help make your stay very enjoyable and comfortable.

Please note that Casa de Paiz is ADULTS only, and NO PETS are allowed.

CONCERNED ABOUT WINTER ACCESS? Not likely to be a problem as this area just gets a little more snow than Albuquerque - 1-3 inches several times a year, rarely more. When it does snow the road crews clear Highway 165 quickly.

Keywords: Birding, Birdwatching, Casa,Casita, Placitas,adobe, rural, wooded, hillside, views, luxury, stargazing,Southwest, New Mexico, Albuquerque, Santa Fe, Sandia Mountains, Balloon Fiesta, Indian Pueblos, Casinos, between Albuquerque and Santa Fe


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Property Type

  • House
  • 1100 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:


  • Non Smoking Only
  • Not Suitable For Children
  • Pets Not Allowed
  • Unsuitable For Elderly Or Infirm
  • Wheelchair Inaccessible:

    Not suitable for the elderly or anyone who cannot climb steps on their own. House is not set up for handicapped use....moreless

Bedrooms: 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4, Beds for 2-4

  • Bedroom 1


  • Convertible bed(s)


  • King size beds (1) California King-size with new Sealy mattress, Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) Double size futon sofa-bed; air mattress available on request....moreless

Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom

  • Bathroom 1

    Complimentary Shampoo, Conditioner and Hand Soap...moreless

  • Separate Tub and shower enclosure

Other Amenities

  • Covered flagstone patio in front, lily pond, private bedroom patio. Fresh cut flower arrangements. Not suitable for the elderly or anyone who cannot climb steps on their own. Property is not equipped for handicapped use....moreless


  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • MP3 Dock
  • Music Library:

    We have small MP3 stereo player....moreless

  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television:

    Over-the-air digital TV featuring local channels. Free Netflix and Hulu streaming video, with hundreds of movies and TV shows available on-demand ....moreless


  • Away From It All
  • Romantic


  • Churches
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Library
  • Museums
  • Restaurants
  • Ruins
  • Winery Tours
  • Zoo

Leisure Activities

  • Bird Watching
  • Gambling Casinos
  • Horseback Riding
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Sledding
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Mountain
  • Mountain View:

    Northeast side of Sandia Mountains; view north through Las Huertas valley to Jemez Mountains in the distance....moreless

  • Rural

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Cycling
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Hot Air Ballooning
  • Hunting
  • Mountain Biking
  • Mountain Climbing
  • Mountaineering
  • Rock Climbing
  • Skiing
  • Snowboarding
  • Snowmobiling
  • Wind-Surfing


  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 4 people


  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access:

    Comcast broadband cable, for accessing email and the web on the desktop computer or via WiFi on your own portable device....moreless

  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Computer Available:

    New HP Desktop with printer...moreless

  • Free Local Calls
  • Free Long Distance:

    Within US and Canada...moreless

  • Gas Heating
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Mobile Phone:

    Cell phone service for some providers; Verizon available within one mile...moreless

  • PC
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street:

    Gated driveway leads 150 feet to parking area at house....moreless

  • Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Printer
  • Safe
  • Secure Parking
  • Shampoo
  • Sofa Bed
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet


  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker:

    Complimentary Coffee, and Herbal Teas...moreless

  • Cooking Utensils:

    Full set of cooking utensills, pots and pans....moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils:

    Full set of dishes and eating utensils...moreless

  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items:

    Spice rack, salt, pepper, sugar...moreless

  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster


  • Barbecue
  • Deck / Patio:

    Covered patio in front, private patio outside master bedroom....moreless

  • Fully Fenced Property
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Porch Furniture
  • Small Cooler
  • Terrace
  • Wood Deck


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Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Apr 1 - Sep 30, 2015
3 night min stay

Rates are based on 2 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest

Balloon Fiesta
Oct 1 - Oct 11, 2015
4 night min stay

Rates are based on 2 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates


  • Refundable Damage Deposit $150
  • Tax Rate 6.025%


3 nights $450. 3 or more guests add $75 cleaning fee. Full refund up to 30 days before arrival.

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Last updated: 06/10/2015
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30 Miles
Nearest Airport
7 Miles
Nearest Barpub
Blades Bistro
10 Miles
Nearest Golf
Santa Ana
9 Miles
Nearest Train
Railrunner station at Bernalillo
8.75 Miles
Nearest Motorway
Interstate 25
7 Miles
Nearest Restaurant

Car: Necessary

Sandia Peak Tramway, Casinos with entertainment venues, world-class golfing, Santa Fe, Albuquerque Old Town, Railrunner train service from Bernalillo to Santa Fe and Albuquerque, Hyatt Tamaya Resort


Owner info

Year Purchased: 1985

About the owner: Joel and Mary Lou live in Albuquerque, and use Casa de Paiz as a second home. Joel is retired and Lou has a custom floral business. We manage Casa de Paiz ourselves.

Why the Owner Chose Albuquerque:
After recent extensive renovations we decided to make it available to others looking for a unique place to stay in New Mexico.

The Unique Benefits at this House:
Relaxation induced by quiet and wooded seclusion, with beautiful views of both mountains and desert.

Contact us

Speaks: english

Links to more information:



  • Approach on Highway 165 from Placitas

    Approach on Highway 165 from Placitas

  • East side steps to bedroom patio

    East side steps to bedroom patio

  • Portale and Patio

    Portale and Patio

  • Master Bedroom

    Master Bedroom

  • Master Bedroom patio

    Master Bedroom patio

  • Computer and TV in den.

    Computer and TV in den.

  • Placitas Village Fall

    Placitas Village Fall

  • Christmas Wreath

    Christmas Wreath

  • Christmas Lights

    Christmas Lights

  • Dining and Kitchen area

    Dining and Kitchen area

  • Lily Pond

    Lily Pond

  • Master Bedroom/King Bed
Fall and Winter Bedding

    Master Bedroom/King Bed Fall and Winter Bedding

  • Master Bedroom

    Master Bedroom

  • View north from bedroom patio with Jemez Mountains in the distance

    View north from bedroom patio with Jemez Mountains in the distance

  • Sitting Room with futon convertable bed.

    Sitting Room with futon convertable bed.

  • Bathroom


  • Thanksgiving Decorations

    Thanksgiving Decorations

  • Christmas Decorations

    Christmas Decorations

  • Christmas Lights and Lumenarias

    Christmas Lights and Lumenarias

  • View off Front Portal/Jemez Mountains

    View off Front Portal/Jemez Mountains

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Placitas New Mexico Adobe Sandia Foothills Rural Retreat

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