Verified Review icon check navigate-up navigate-left navigate-right expand mail svg-lightning svg-24hr svg-house svg-sleeps svg-bedrooms svg-bathrooms svg-stay svg-toilet calendar svg-report-flag pet-dog svg-multiunit Default Owner Icon heart-filled Family icon
Book Online or call HomeAway Booking Assistance 888-640-7927
Book Online or call HomeAway Booking Assistance 888-640-7927

5 bedrooms+playroom. Hot tub, views, great for FAMILIES

Bedrooms 5
Space 3,000 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 5 nights


About the property

House, 5 Bedrooms + Loft + Den, 4 Bathrooms, (Sleeps 10-14)

Welcome to your own private desert resort. This 5-bedroom luxury home overlooking the Rio Grande Valley, Jemez Mountains, and the Black Mesa. Includes an outdoor hot tub, outdoor fire-pit, indoor sauna, private flagstone patio, vine-covered pergola, a rock goldfish pond, custom-made iron gates, and breathtaking views from nearly every window.

Designed by the Chicago architect William Keck in 1942, the passive-solar building originally was the Los Alamos schoolhouse (where the children of the Manhattan Project studied) before being moved to this spur of land above the Rio Grande. The modern kitchen includes a double oven and a copper-hooded restaurant-style stove, while the dining room seats 12 and has a massive stone fireplace. Navajo rugs, art pieces, and paintings decorate the house, which includes a sunny living room (also with a fireplace) and a private study, while the bedrooms and four full bathrooms are each furnished in a distinct style. A sun room leads out to the patio, hot tub and views. Both wings have their own master bedroom with private bath, as well as a washer dryer.

A short stroll through the cottonwoods takes you to the Rio Grande; the famous El Santuario de Chimayo is 15 minutes away, Santa Fe is a beautiful 25-minute drive, Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs is 30 minutes away, and Taos lies 45 minutes to the north as does Georgia O'Keefe's Ghost Ranch. Three ski areas are in the vicinity as well. But you may want to stay home and enjoy the views.

We own and operate a Professional Photography business as well.

We specialize in Family and Wedding photography.

Keywords: Views, Black Mesa, 5 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, hot tub, river,

More Details

Amrit Khalsa
Member since: 2011
Premier Partner

This VRBO partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 19, 2018

Guestbook comments from the owner

Thanks so much. We had a fabulous weekend!

This house is wonderful. The views are breath-taking, hot tub was good and really enjoyed. The walk to the river was just right. Your house is amazing, gourmet kitchen, antiques and light fixtures, navajo rugs and pots, art and photos so special. Large table and plenty of dishes was so appreciated, beds and bedding, bathrobes and plenty of showers/tubs/sauna was perfect for our retreat.
Jan 2012
  • 1 of 1


Española House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 3000 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 14
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only ...
  • The hottub must be closed and latched with the chains at all times when not in use. This is for your safety and as well as the high winds we get.
  • Kitchen trash and recycling are to be bagged and in bins.
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace
  • Gas Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 3 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 14
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 5 - 1 double
    Loft + Den - 1 queen , 1 twin/ single , 1 baby crib , Pack n play
    Bedroom 4 - 2 twin/ single
  • Queen size Beds (4), Double Beds (1), Air mattresses (1 queen, 2 Twin beds (2), (1) Pack n play cribs
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • 6 garden chairs
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub
  • Sauna
  • cinemas
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • gambling casinos
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • ice skating
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • swimming
  • whitewater rafting


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(50 traveler reviews)

90% Complete
10% Complete
0% Complete
0% Complete
0% Complete
5 bedrooms+playroom. Hot tub, views, great for FAMILIES
average rating of 4.9 based on 51 reviews
San Francisco, California

Spacious and magical getaway with the most incredible views

  • 5 of 5

WOW - Amrit's place was the perfect retreat for me and 10 of my closest family members. The house itself is spacious and full of beautiful decorative details, like a one-of-a-kind stain glass window that allows folks in the living room to peer out into the beautiful back yard. The kitchen was huge and well stocked with staples. We enjoyed the double wide fridge so that we could cook in as much as possible. The location is perfect as it's secluded but close to hikes, the Rio, and many other outdoor wonders. I hope I get the chance to come back and stay again! I can't recommend this listing enough.

  • Submitted: Aug 9, 2018
  • Stayed: August 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0
Santa Fe, NM

Awesome for groups. Peaceful, beautiful, and quiet

  • 5 of 5

We had a group of 8 guys who met up with not too much time left to find a place. We needed beds, and Amrit's place was perfect. The house was well taken care of and interesting, with lots of things to look at (antiques, interesting furniture, maps, art, etc). The house's design leaves the bedrooms away from the kitchen, and away from the back porch. And the back porch is just awesome, with views from under a pergola, which is what you want in New Mexico. Those that wanted to hang out early/late could do so without disturbing anyone. You can sleep until noon with good privacy as well. The porch overlooks the lovely yard, and drops off to a beautiful view of the mesa and some farms. Amrit's property is a bit out of town, but it's an incredible drive, and it left us with an easy car ride to Santa Fe, and at a good jumping off point for a Taos day trip. There are numerous places to hang out, with a spacious front and back porch, side yards, easy strolls, a walk to the river, and a number of different living areas. It's a fantastic house I'll stay at again with family, when I want to be be with my family, but we all need space too.

  • Submitted: Aug 3, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0

Great !!

  • 5 of 5

Perfect vacation getaway. The hosts was wonderful!!

  • Submitted: Jun 2, 2018
  • Stayed: May 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0

Amazing location and home

  • 5 of 5

We booked this home because of the location – central to Santa Fe, Taos, Los Alamos, Bandelier, Ghost Ranch and lots of rocks for collecting - all of which were on our list to enjoy. Turns out, that was a great decision for our 3 generation ( 2-72 yrs) family outing. But it was so much more. In addition to the great views (as advertised) of Black Mesa, we rambled daily to the Rio Grande, the kids played in the large yard, the kitchen is outfitted with high quality everything any cook could want, Amrit responded quickly to every question and the house is spacious and clean. We hope to be back as soon as possible.

  • Submitted: May 11, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0
Houston, TX

Beautiful views and home

  • 5 of 5

We loved our stay at Amrit's home! The amenities and the home itself were wonderful, and the views from the property were gorgeous. It's far out of the way, but we enjoyed how quiet the area was. Thanks for allowing us to stay!

  • Submitted: Mar 19, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0

The best!!

  • 5 of 5

Such a tranquil property with such sweet owners. Amazing views of Black mesa from the hot tub. Worth it.

  • Submitted: Nov 12, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0


Nearest Point of Interest
Nearest Point of Interest
Black Mesa Golf Club
Nearest Point of Interest
Movie Theatre
Nearest Point of Interest
Coffee Shop
Car: necessary


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

House cleaning fee $250
Property Damage Protection $79

Stay 6 or 7 nights and receive one night free (excluding holidays).

Weddings and events- require a minimum of a 3 night stay in addition to an event fee of $750, $350 cleaning fee, refundable damage deposit of $1000 and property protection plan of $99. Portable toilets must be rented and visible for guest use. (we have a private residential septic system that cannot handle heavy usage as events).

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.