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Spend the Holidays in A Historic Adobe Superbly Located in Old Town Albuquerque

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,700 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 9 nights


About the property

3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms

Come enjoy the glamor and Southwestern charm of this old, territorial style house. The Old Town House in the museum district is an authentic adobe, built c. 1902. Directly cross the street from Tiguex Park, and about a block and a half from historic Old Town Plaza, the location is unmatched. With original wood floors, beamed ceilings, and foot thick walls, this house evokes the romance of the Old West, and is a fantastic base for your Albuquerque adventures.

Three bedrooms and two baths accommodate 6 (2 queen beds and 1 full bed, as well as a sleeper sofa in the living room, which adds flexibility in sleeping arrangements). The en suite master bath features a claw foot tub, the second bedroom has a gas kiva fireplace, and soft lighting is achieved in all three bedrooms with chandeliers. An open floor plan connects the living room and kitchen. All kitchen appliances are stainless. An adjoining sitting room (with its own gas kiva fireplace) allows views of the park through a side lit French door. The dining room seats 6 comfortably. There is off street parking for two vehicles parked in tandem (for example, a large pickup and regular sized sedan will both fit).

The back yard patio area is equipped with three bistro tables and six chairs, as well as a charcoal Weber grill.

Things to Do in Albuquerque: Check out the web site for Old Town Albuquerque. Also, the Duke City Fix web site for a daily dose of Albuquerque pictures (as well as local commentary). Photos are posted on the Albuquerque Photo Gallery near the top of the DCF home page. People post new ones daily, and there are often spectacular shots of the Albuquerque scenery.

Here are a few of local restaurants of note (there are many other fabulous ones in Old Town, and throughout Albuquerque, but these are some of my favorites):

The St. Claire Winery and Bistro - great food, often live music, and local New Mexico wines. About a five minute drive (with traffic).

Seasons - within walking distance - upscale, great food, good service.

Golden Crown Panederia - Bakery which gets rave reviews in my guest book.

Flying Star - About a 10 minute drive north on Rio Grande. In the summer, the shaded patio is particularly lovely.

There is a Starbucks (with a fireplace) about 4 minutes away by car, or about a 15 minute walk. For local coffee houses, try Velvet Coffeehouse in the Patio Market just off the plaza. Or walk 10 minutes east on Mountain Rd and visit Boiler Monkey.

More Details

Carol Prather
Member since: 2006
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 14, 2018

About Carol Prather

I am a recently retired U.S. Naval officer currently teaching at the Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island. While I will always love the maritime environment, I head for New Mexico whenever I get the chance. I am also fortunate enough to have excellent support staff for the house.

Carol Prather purchased this house in 2007

Why Carol Prather chose Plaza Vieja

I am a fan of the blend of cultures, terrain, climate, and cuisine in New Mexico. The way the air smells, sharply blue sky, fab food, great people, public art. People are friendly and real. I like the vibe these things impart, and I like Albuquerque in particular. Thinking ahead to life following active naval service, I was delighted by the opportunities the Old Town House represented, even though I was stationed overseas at the time I happened across it. Since I love New Mexico as much as I love to travel, I thought it would be the perfect eventual home plate and launching pad for all sorts of adventures. It has turned out that my Navy life has continued on past retirement from active duty service (something I could not have predicted). I'm now involved in academic and policy facets - summer of 2017 has me complete with course work for a phD in international relations - now on to comprehensive exams and the dissertation - whew! So I continue to enjoy sharing the Old Town house with people who seem to enjoy Albuquerque just as much as I do.

What makes this house unique

The outstanding location, adjacent to much loved Tiguex Park, and also within steps of the museums and the plaza, is hard to beat. While restaurants and shops are easily accessible, the environment of the house itself is quite calm. The house is full of charm and character, and old adobes sleep very well. It is fairly routine for balloons to launch at daybreak from the balloon park, and often their flight path takes them over Tiguex park, which makes them visible out the front windows as they approach. If you'd like to see what it's like to be down on the field during mass ascension at the Balloon Fiesta, you can search for my video "2017 Balloon Fiesta - Final Prep and Takeoff." The house is about 20 minutes from the balloon fiesta park, and the balloon museum.


Plaza Vieja House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1700 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Town ...
  • Adventure
  • Historic
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Gas Fireplace
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Sofa Bed
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Master Bath - toilet , combination tub/shower , Clawfoot Slipper Tub
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
  • Clawfoot slipper tub in the master bath is a great spot to unwind.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Master Bedroom - 1 queen
    The Adobe Room - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double , Full Bed
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Patio
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • rock climbing
  • roller blading
  • swimming
  • tennis
Air conditioning is evaporative cooling vice refrigerated. Please e-mail with any other questions.


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Spend the Holidays in A Historic Adobe Superbly Located in Old Town Albuquerque
average rating of 4.7297297 based on 37 reviews

Great destination to fully enjoy Old Town in Albuquerque

  • 4 of 5

Convenient to Old Town shops and dining. Very clean and well furnished to accommodate us. We really enjoyed staying in this authentic Adobe home.

  • Submitted: Jan 29, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Wonderful Home and Excellent Location

  • 5 of 5

We arrived in Albuquerque on 11-21-17 to spend Thanksgiving with family. The house was charming and immaculate (and I'm really picky). Carol, the owner communicated with us prior to our visit and during. She's very responsive to any questions you may have. The house has a very open feel. It's decor is very tasteful and well thought out. There's a wonderful park across the street and Old Town and several museums are only a five minute walk from the house. We would definitely recommend it to family and friends and hope to stay here in the future.

  • Submitted: Nov 28, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Feels like New Mexico!

  • 5 of 5

Lovely old adobe home in a very convenient location. There really is no other experience like tucking yourself in to a house with thick adobe walls! Very clean house has well supplied open kitchen and comfortable beds. Bathrooms are great with a big clawfoot tub in the master and powerful shower heads in both. Large back yard and quiet neighborhood. Plenty of space for 6 people! Good communication and easy access to house. Be sure to visit the Golden Crown Panaderia around the corner on Mountain Road and 11th street for the best empanadas in the world! Thank you Carol for making this such a great place for my family to stay while visiting my dad for his 80th birthday!

  • Submitted: Nov 23, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Centrally located, easy access to interstate highways and very comfortable. Just like home VERY NICE

  • 4 of 5

Had a nice time and were able to walk to almost all venues. Weather was beautiful and overall area gorgeous.

  • Submitted: Oct 24, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
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Tis house in Old Town is well located for exploring the nearby museum and shopping opportunities.

  • 4 of 5

The house is of historical character. It was interesting for us as Canadian visitors to have this opportunity. All the modern conveniences were available in the house, including laundry. Well located in the centre of the Old Town encouraged us to leave the car behind and explore on foot. The host was easy to communicate with and very responsive. A pleasant stay!!!

  • Submitted: Sep 23, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the feedback. I'm so glad you enjoyed your stay, and took the opportunity to enjoy some of the great things Old Town has to offer. It's a great place, and so many things are within easy walking distance of the house.
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Comfortable and convenient historic home.

  • 5 of 5

We loved our stay in this cozy historic, adobe home in Old Town. It was comfortable and just a block from Old Town, which offers great shopping, dining and sightseeing. We loved the large dining table and claw foot tub! Once we figured out the cooling system, we were very comfortable. Our only complaints were the beds were a little uncomfortable and there were no sheets for the foldout bed in the couch. Everything else was great for our family. We'd rent it again if we visit the area again.

  • Submitted: Jul 10, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for this excellent, valuable feedback! I am so sorry about the sleeper sofa bedding. I've endeavored to think through the information guests receive in preparation for their stay, and once they have arrived, but this is one that hadn't occurred to me. I have added a note to arrival instructions regarding the location of bedding for the sleeper sofa (we keep that all in a blanket chest in the dining room - not an obvious location for a guest arriving at the end of a long day of travel). I will also move the note on this to a more prominent location in the Guide to the House. Feedback helps me keep the Old Town house in top condition and running well, and I very much appreciate it. I also welcome calls from guests at any point during their stay if they have questions or a concern. Thanks again. Carol
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Nearest Airport
7 Miles
Albuquerque International
Nearest Train
2 Miles
New Mexico Rail Runner
Car: recommended

The house fronts Old Town Rd., a quiet street bordering Tiguex Park. The park is a place of towering cottonwoods, grassy fields, and a first rate playground. This is a walking neighborhood, with people out with strollers and dogs into the evening hours. Immediately across the park are several museums (Art and History, Science and Natural History, and Explora - the children's science museum). Excellent restaurants and interesting shopping are within leisurely walking distance. The Albuquerque Biological Park, including the zoo, aquarium and botanical gardens, is a short drive away.

Logistics are easy, with a short ride from the airport, a mile and a half to the train station and Convention Center, and about 1 hour to Santa Fe.

Albuquerque was recently ranked one of the five best cities in the U.S. to live in. The culture in the area is amazing and there is always something of interest going on. Come and enjoy!

Other Activities: Museums & Theaters (I-Max)

Ski: According to Google Maps, Santa Fe Ski area is 1 hour and 2 minutes from the house. Closer to town is Sandia Peak Ski Area, about 45 minutes away. Some drive to the Sandia Peak Tramway in the Northeast Heights, and take the tram to and from the ski area.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $400
Cleaning Fee $100 + Tax
Tax Rate 7.19%

A deposit of $400 is separate from the rental fee, as it converts to a damage deposit upon arrival. It is fully refundable with the house left in good condition. The deposit and a signed rental agreement secure your reservation. I handle all payments through HomeAway's secure online payment system.

2015 Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta dates (unconfirmed) 2-10 October.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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