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Adobe Chi -- in Marfa's Backyard, Walk to Everything.

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Last updated: 08/13/2015
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  • Minimum stay:2 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

Property description

Newly offered on VRBO, Adobe Chi is an historic, comfortable, light-filled adobe house that will inspire you to write, sketch, read and daydream while you discover the adventures and offerings of the high Chihuahua desert from its front door. The Cortez family lived in Adobe Chi (ch'i) for decades. Ismail Cortez was a magician, and the house has a magical and inviting air. Fresh and simply furnished with wool rugs, original art and cotton sheets, you will instantly feel at home. There are lots of small touches throughout the house that will make your stay the best. The den has a large metal desk for writing and a buttery (memory foam) daybed (2 twin mattresses) for lounging or napping. Plus there are lots of books to peruse from local history to Russian and Italian novels. We also offer games and cookbooks and of course free WiFi. A well-stocked kitchen (again with the little things that real cooks need like good knives, wine glasses and saucepans) is the perfect place to brew a complementary cup of coffee or tea and plan your day. The Get Go grocery is only a block away in case you forget the pesto, chocolate and Barolo. The large bedroom has a comfortable queen-sized bed, large closet, chest of drawers and a desk for you to unpack and pretend you live here. In the backyard by the pecan trees there is a table and chairs for watching the sunset, and in the lovely living room you'll find hardwood floors, a mohair sofa and a 34' HD DVD monitor for movie watching.


Property Type

  • House
  • 900 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Long-Term Renters Welcome
  • Senior Adults Only Community:

    There are handicap bars in the bathroom and shower....moreless

  • Children Welcome
  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Not Allowed

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

  • Bedroom 1: 1 queen

    fold-out cot is also available, please request...moreless

  • Hardwood floors covered with a warm wool rug give the bedroom a cozy feeling. Unwind and unpack. Down and wool blankets with lots of pillow options await you on the comfortable, new bed. ...moreless

Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom

  • Bathroom 1: toilet, shower

    Tiled shower, high-quality towels, soap and shampoo...moreless


  • Video Library:

    The Dollar General offers Red Box videos if you choose to rent a movie. ...moreless


  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Churches
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Library
  • Live Theater
  • Museums
  • Playground
  • Recreation Center
  • Restaurants
  • Ruins

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Fitness Center
  • Groceries
  • Laundromat
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Bird Watching
  • Horseback Riding
  • Photography
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shopping
  • Shuffleboard
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Rural:

    The neighborhood is sleepy with artists and old-timers co-mingling. It's tranquil, serene and quiet. Hear frogs in Alameda creek if it rains. And the starry night skies will blow your mind....moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Basketball Court
  • Cycling
  • Golf
  • Golf Privileges Optional
  • Hiking
  • Hot Air Ballooning
  • Hunting
  • Mountain Biking
  • Mountain Climbing
  • Rafting
  • Rock Climbing
  • Spelunking
  • Swimming
  • Whitewater Rafting


  • Dining:

    Dining table is in the kitchen and can seat 2-6....moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 4 people


  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer:

    Old fashioned clothes line in the backyard....moreless

  • Fitness Room / Equipment:

    Yoga mat, block and strap...moreless

  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided


  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils:

    Fully equipped with plenty of dishware, serving bowls and utensils. ...moreless

  • Kitchen:

    The kitchen is well equipped to make a good meal for yourself. Please ask if you have specific questions as to supplies. If we don't have it, we will try and get it for you....moreless

  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items


  • Lawn / Garden:

    Pecan trees and chef's herb garden...moreless



Write a review 4.8
from 11 traveler reviews
Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
My Standard Rate
2 night min stay
$129 $139
Fri, Sat
$900 $1,850

Discounts: 7 nights or more: $124 Nightly - Weekend Nights excluded; 30 nights or more: $34 Nightly - Weekend Nights excluded

Rates are based on 2 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest

* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

Additional information about rental rates


  • Cleaning Fee $50
  • Refundable Damage Deposit $250
  • Tax Rate 13%

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Last updated: 08/13/2015
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200 Miles
Nearest Airport
El Paso or Midland
145 Miles
Nearest Ferry
Big Bend's Boquillas crossing
2 Miles
Nearest Golf
Marfa Municipal Golf Course
25 Miles
Nearest Train
Amtrak in Alpine
55 Miles
Nearest Beach
Banks of the Rio Grande

Car: Not Necessary

Marfa has become a mecca for those wishing to get away from the hustle and bustle of busy, congested city living. Without even a stop-light and located three hours from an airport, people who travel to Marfa relish the slow and easy times that await them here.

However, there's more to Marfa than just a peaceful, easy feeling... there's world-class art, music, dining and area attractions not to be missed.

Highlights include:

Chinati Foundation: tour this compound (reservations required) which is an old army base turned art foundation with out-buildings showcasing minimalist art by luminaries such as Donald Judd, Carl Andre, John Chamberlain, Dan Flavin and more.

Ballroom Marfa - check out their website for their rotating exhibitions that showcase contemporary art. They also host music events in spaces throughout town.

Other orgs to google and learn about prior your arrival for possible tours, shopping or just so you're in-the-know include: Judd Foundation, Marfa Public Radio, Freda, WRONG, Marfa Book Company, MacDonald Space Observatory (star party where you can see galaxies adjoining ours is one of the best experiences of my life), Big Bend National Park, Chihuahua Desert Nature Preserve, Fort Davis Fort, Museum of the Big Bend and so much more. The Marfa Chamber of Commerce is also a good resource and prior your visit you can see what events are going on here during your stay.


Owner info

Year Purchased: 2013

About the owner: I moved to Marfa in 2009 after being drawn here by a box (as in Judd's), a cactus (as in the cholla) and a Bush (as in Johnny Bush). I'd left my hometown of San Antonio for the West coast and having stayed gone a long time I was rather surprised when the above tri-fecta beckoned me back to my homeland. I now run a performing arts non-profit, make video art and teach acting to uber creative kids. It's a good life. Marfa is full of magic.

Why the Owner Chose Marfa:
Adobe Chi called to me for years. I love this house. It was sold to me on a handshake and on my mama's birthday. We live on the same street and are close by if you need anything.

The Unique Benefits at this House:
We are on the southeast side of town which is the least developed part of Marfa due to the MacGuire ranch and its huge expanse of land. Adobe Chi is a block from the Get Go, Ballroom Marfa and everything else that is Marfa, however, it's on the edge of town with unobstructed views that go on and on and on...

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Speaks: english, Hablo un poco de espanol


  • Plenty of room to relax and unwind.

    Plenty of room to relax and unwind.

  • write your novel or postcard.

    write your novel or postcard.

  • Lots of light and places to read.

    Lots of light and places to read.

  • Pull-thru drive-way with back studio garage (use not included).

    Pull-thru drive-way with back studio garage (use not included).

  • Adobe Chi awaits you.

    Adobe Chi awaits you.

  • The den doubles as the office and the second bedroom with this comfy daybed.

    The den doubles as the office and the second bedroom with this comfy daybed.

  • Stocked kitchen and the Get Go grocery is a block away for pesto, wine or cheese

    Stocked kitchen and the Get Go grocery is a block away for pesto, wine or cheese

  • Thru the kitchen screen door a backyard place to watch the sunset.

    Thru the kitchen screen door a backyard place to watch the sunset.

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