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Historic Home, Walk to Museums, Plaza, Shopping, and Restaurants

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Last updated: 05/26/2017
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  • Minimum stay:4 nights
  • Sleeps:2
  • Bedrooms:0
  • Bathrooms:1
  • Property type:House
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

About the Property

House, Studio, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 2)

(pet owners, please see note at the end*)

"El Nido" at La Casa Santa Fe. Make your stay in Santa Fe special by staying in the historic José D Sena House, within walking distance of the renowned Plaza and of the Sanbusco Center and Railyard Park District. 'Walk Score' of 92, a 'Walker's Paradise.'

Here in the historic Guadalupe district, you will be near the Plaza, the Lensic Performing Arts Center, the Sanbusco Center, the Rail yard Park, and the Santa Fe River, as well as half a dozen museums.

This is a neighborhood where families with generational Santa Fe roots mingle with newer folks who have come to love the traditional Southwestern hospitality. 'El Nido' is an efficiency apartment located in the front part of an adobe house once owned by Civil War Major José D Sena. Local legend says he lost the property and the adjoining corn fields as a gambling debt. However that may be, various parts of this multi-roomed building have served as residence and as stables. You will be staying in rooms with 12 ft ceilings, in which you can still see bits of the adobe that originally served for the roof. But never fear, there are modern touches such as electricity and indoor plumbing!

Thick adobe walls provide insulation, and high ceilings with hand-hewn vigas and boards are some of the authentic historical features. Off-street parking near your door makes it easy to lug home your finds from shopping expeditions. A high-speed internet connection is available in case you have an urge to surf the web or, alas, have to attend to business.

You will find a queen size bed with a cozy comforter and a bank of pillows, to sleep two.

Your kitchen is outfitted with everything you need to prepare intimate meals, including recipe books featuring New Mexico home cooking recipes and a rack of basic spices. Complimentary reverse osmosis water lets you brew that perfect cup of morning coffee; we’ll give you some ground Starbucks to get you started. If you need some particular kitchen gadget give us a ring ... we can probably lend you one. Then let the dishwasher do the clean up while you relax.

A full bath followed by hefty cotton towels and a hair dryer will perk you up for a night on the town, but if you want to cozy up 'en casa,' look through the bookshelves and choose from our selection of guidebooks, novels, and historical materials with a New Mexico theme.

Sure, it's an easy walk to the famous Plaza. But look at what else there is, within a 10 minute walk of La Casa Santa Fe! Here’s a small sample of the neighborhood:

Let’s eat! Walk over and pick up fresh and prepared organic food at The Marketplace/La Montanita Co-op: 5 blocks (or drive a few more blocks to Trader Joe’s, Wild Oats, or Whole Foods). The summertime Farmers' Market is open Tuesday and Saturday mornings, we can show you how to take a walking route to shortcut through the neighborhood: also about 5 blocks.

On those days you want somebody else to do the cooking (and we all have those) at least two dozen restaurants are a stroll away, most moderately priced. For example, there's New Mexican, barbecue, Japanese, American, Continental, Thai, pizza, and mid-eastern. Look in the La Casa Santa Fe guestbook for sample menus from many of them so you can figure out where you want to go while you work up an appetite.

Maybe you're up for some unique shopping opportunities? The Guadalupe District is full of arts, crafts, quirky independent shops, antiques, and even some familiar chains. Sanbusco Center (three blocks away) has an eclectic collection of shops and four restaurants. There are also some wonderful nearby consignment shops, with clothing, jewelry, furniture, and more.

Or walk to a variety of museums . . . between the art galleries and the historical buildings, half the town looks like a museum. But seven actual museums within a ten minute walk are: The Santuario de Guadalupe, Site Santa Fe, the Georgia O'Keeffe, the Museo Cultural, the Palace of the Governors, the New Mexico History Museum, and the Museum of Fine Arts. Bus connections to four more museums on Museum Hill are two blocks away.

When you're in New Mexico, get outdoors! This might be our favorite topic. Nearby, Hyde Park and the Santa Fe National Forest are a cool 12 miles and 3,000 feet up. Petroglyph National Monument, Bandelier National Monument, and Pecos National Monument are all within an hour's drive. We are happy to share with you our knowledge from over 40 years of traipsing around New Mexico, from day hikes to car camping to multi-day backpacks, from X-C skiing to downhill dashes, with rafting and a little rock climbing thrown in, along with some bird watching and mushroom hunting. Just let us know what interests you.

Give us a call or send e-mail if you have questions. We live around the corner from the property, and we're looking forward to meeting you!

Please note: La Casa Santa Fe offers a smoke-free environment, so we trust you will respect this policy and only smoke outdoors.

*We do not usually charge for cleaning, but Doggie guests are welcome for a modest extra charge, to help with the cleaning expenses: $40 fee, and an additional $6/day.

Keywords: Historic house, residential district, walk score 92, downtown
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Member since: 2007

Speaks: english
Response time: Within an hour
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 05/26/2017

Property Type

  • House
  • 362 sq. ft.

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 2
  • Non Smoking Only:

    Please smoke outside only....moreless

  • Pets Considered:

    Doggies welcome for $6/night/dog, and a $40 cleaning fee....moreless

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Onsite Services

  • Housekeeper Optional


  • Long-Term Renters Welcome
  • Alternative Lifestyle

Bedrooms: 0 Bedrooms, Sleeps 2, Beds for 2

Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom

  • Bathroom 1


  • Full size tub, with shower head.

Other Amenities

  • This studio apartment has 362 sq ft of relaxing living space. We live in the other side of the house, and are glad to offer suggestions to make your Santa Fe visit great! Short-term rental license: #15-00130950...moreless


  • Books:

    A selection of novels, guides, cookbooks, and history books reflecting the local area....moreless

  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable:

    Dish Network TV...moreless

  • Television
  • VCR


  • Historic
  • Romantic


  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Library
  • Live Theater
  • Museums
  • Recreation Center
  • Restaurants
  • Synagogues

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Fitness Center
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Laundromat
  • Massage Therapist

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Bird Watching
  • Horseback Riding
  • Photography
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Sledding
  • Walking

Location Type

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Mountain Climbing
  • Racquetball
  • Rafting
  • Rock Climbing
  • Skiing
  • Snowboarding
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Whitewater Rafting


  • Dining Area


  • Air Conditioning:

    Window air conditioning during summer months....moreless

  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating:

    Gas wall furnace....moreless

  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided:

    For our guests with longer stays, we provide fresh linens on a weekly basis....moreless

  • Parking Off Street:

    In front of the apartment....moreless

  • Telephone:

    Free local calls....moreless

  • Towels Provided:

    A complimentary linen change every week for our longer-term guests....moreless

  • Wireless Internet


  • Coffee Maker:

    And filters....moreless

  • Cooking Utensils:

    Coffee grinder and electric drip coffee maker; pots, pans, baking dishes, sharp knives -- everything you need to enjoy the bounty of the local farmers' market....moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils:

    Dishes, glasses, and wine glasses; flatware....moreless

  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen:

    Galley kitchen....moreless

  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items:

    A selection of spices, flour and sugar are provided....moreless


  • Deck / Patio:

    Umbrella table and chairs by the front door....moreless

  • Outdoor Grill

House Cleaning

  • Housekeeper Optional


from 50 traveler reviews
Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Savings Season
Mar 1 - May 31, 2017
4 night min stay
$546 $1,240
Regular Season
Jun 1 - Sep 30, 2017
4 night min stay
$693 $1,600
My Standard Rate
4 night min stay
$546 $1,240
* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

Additional information about rental rates


  • Tax Rate 8.313%


Call before booking for CURRENT SPECIALS 505-231-6670. Nights beyond 7 at reduced rates; 3 night stay may be available; monthly stays, no tax. Doggies welcome for $6 additional/night, plus $40 cleaning. Our homepage has links to nearby restaurants, museums, shopping, etc. Non-refundable reservation of 50% can be transferred to other dates or to friends or relatives. Prefer payment by check.

Owner's cancellation policy:

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Last updated: 05/26/2017
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0.25 Miles
Nearest Barpub
0.5 Miles
Nearest Train
0.2 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
18 Miles
Nearest Ski

Car: Not Necessary

Please enjoy the library shelves, stocked with books and maps of local interest. Learn about the local history or arts, enjoy the Tony Hillerman mysteries, peruse the cookbooks to cook something with New Mexico flavor. The Santa Fe Opera is a 15 minute drive away.


Owner info

Year Purchased: 2006

About the owner: We are 'outdoor nuts' who find something to do outdoors no matter the season ... although things don't always turn out just as planned! Our fondness for good food can take us on excursions closer to home ... there are literally dozens of restaurants within walking distance of our home and El Nido. Or we can stretch our legs with a stroll to the Plaza and museums, or to the Lensic Performing Arts space. Our kitties like the outdoors, too, but we have them confined to our back yard.

Why the Owner Chose Guadalupe, Santa Fe, NM, USA:
We have lived in this area for over 30 years, and enjoy the neighborhood mix of families descended from the early settlers and newcomers who have adopted Santa Fe for their hometown. Since our vacation rentals are next door, now we get to meet people from all over the world!

The Unique Benefits at this House:
Our guests tell us they feel like they are staying in a real home. And they are right, this house has been home for local folks for over 130 years. Ask us about Great Great Grandmother Montoya ... and her canary mausoleum! If you want to be able to tell your friends you vacationed in a 135 year old house made out of dirt (adobe) this is the place.

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Speaks: english
Response time: Within an hour
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 05/26/2017

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Guestbook comments from the owner

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  • Your fully-equipped galley kitchen.

    Your fully-equipped galley kitchen.

  • The hand-hewn antique vigas and boards

    The hand-hewn antique vigas and boards

  • The TV unit, crafted in Mexico

    The TV unit, crafted in Mexico

  • Sanbusco shopping center - three blocks away.

    Sanbusco shopping center - three blocks away.

  • Part of our long, old adobe home.

    Part of our long, old adobe home.

  • We often go to the Pecos Wilderness for hikes.

    We often go to the Pecos Wilderness for hikes.

  • Walk over to the State Capitol building to see art, including sculptures.

    Walk over to the State Capitol building to see art, including sculptures.

  • Much of the art on the Capitol grounds has a Native American theme.

    Much of the art on the Capitol grounds has a Native American theme.

  • Historic neighborhood house with adobe plaster

    Historic neighborhood house with adobe plaster

  • La Conquistadora

    La Conquistadora

  • Hide stretching a Las Golondrinas

    Hide stretching a Las Golondrinas

  • Lake Katherine from Santa Fe Baldy

    Lake Katherine from Santa Fe Baldy

  • Southwestern colors and comfort in your Queen-size bed

    Southwestern colors and comfort in your Queen-size bed

  • Sunshine abounds

    Sunshine abounds

  • Dining in at the leather-topped table.

    Dining in at the leather-topped table.

  • Our neighbor across the street is a woodcarver.

    Our neighbor across the street is a woodcarver.

  • We love to watch the seasons change on the mountains.

    We love to watch the seasons change on the mountains.

  • La Virgen de Guadalupe

    La Virgen de Guadalupe

  • The Capitol has art displayed both outside and inside.

    The Capitol has art displayed both outside and inside.

  • The State Capitol, AKA "The Roundhouse," is shaped as a Zia sun sign.

    The State Capitol, AKA "The Roundhouse," is shaped as a Zia sun sign.

  • Sculpture near the Plaza

    Sculpture near the Plaza

  • Spiral staircase at Loretto Chapel

    Spiral staircase at Loretto Chapel

  • A view from Museum Hill

    A view from Museum Hill

  • Traditional New Mexico decoration

    Traditional New Mexico decoration

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This listing was first published here in 2007.

Date last modified - Friday, May 26, 2017

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