House, 4 Bedrooms, 2.5 Baths, (Sleeps 6-8) Best for 1 or 2 couples, or family
Although we purchased our home as a retirement home, only one of us is actually retired. At the time we purchased our home, it was the perfect Southwest distance between our two sons and their families, one in St. Louis and one in LA. The Sunport, Albuquerque's airport is an easy airport to get in and out of, in these days of heightened security lines, ease of arrival and departure is welcome. Here we are on a boat, The Fortuna in Turkey. One of us is a sailor. Both of us drink coffee.
Owner purchased this House in 2005
Why Owner chose Sandia Heights South
At the time we purchased our home, one of us (known to friends as Dr. Barista) was traveling regularly for family business in Texas. He often flew into Albuquerque and visited and stayed with friends in Sandia Heights. After a couple of years, although their generosity would have been extended, one time when his friends were out of town, he wandered on his own in the area and found a perfect home. Too perfect not to put an offer on, even though I was in Sedona that week looking for a home that would be near our family on the West Coast. By summer, we had closed. It was bought, without me even seeing it. I loved it the moment I walked in..not the house as much as the space, the views, the mountains. We both, although we have always lived on water, love the Sandia Mountains.
What makes this House unique
Fantastic views. This last year we build a new porch along the four bedrooms so now we have quite literally views from all directions. Some friends have rented for a month at a time because they are looking to retire in the area.The area is very serene,our neighbors are very private but it's not a gated community, so its very much like a modern day pueblo. Incredible vistas, wonderful hikes, deep quiet. And yet, very close to Santa Fe and city life in Albuquerque. We do host a number of golfers (we like four) and we've had wonderful comments from most of our guests (our only complaint was that our refrigerator opened from the right and they thought it should open from the left )Dr. Griffin's secretary handled our contracts for over ten year our contracts. We don't use the current guestbook because we started with an earlier company which sold to the current company. Someday we will post all the nice comments we have received on our website our favorite was from a young family that wrote 'It's our last night in Casa Griffin and we don't want to leave!' and then went on to say they forgot to put out the garbage , oh well, their charming calligraphy note did the trick because thats how we feel,(and I although I have two masters degrees in Education, spent many years as a calligrapher) much as we love our Coop life on Lake Shore Drive life in Chicago and active life at the opera, symphony, theatre &restful weekends in the Indiana Dunes, there is nothing like the high desert and the mountains. We always feel so elated that we are coming home.....and it helps now that there's a Trader Joes and Whole Foods nearby! We have loads of reference books in our little sun room library, maps etc. a do your own concierge what to do and where to go spots and of course guests also add to our stash. It's a really simple city to fly into. We like Southwest, we travel a lot, Galapagos, Turkey, Guatemala and next Bhutan! we find Albuquerque's Sunport airport is one of the easies
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Great stay at Casa Griffin
We are regular visitors to Albuquerque, but this was our first stay at this lovely home at the base of the Sandia mountains. Moira is a perfect host, inviting us to treat her home as if it were our own, from the pool to the espresso maker/frother (nice touch!) to the mountain bikes -- and a delicious bottle of Sangiovese. For our family, coming to the area for a wedding in Sandia Heights, the location was perfect, and it was noticeably cooler than the August temperatures in the valley. Sunsets over the valley were beautiful. The large kitchen was fully equipped and, hey, who knew that feeding koi was such fun? Thank you, Moira, for all the contact and consideration!
A little piece of heaven at the foothills of the Sandia Mountains
We have just turned from a magical stay at Casa Griffin! We have been staying in rental homes for our last five vacations, and this, by far, was the best ever. Andrew and Moira, our hosts, were beyond incredible. Moira handles the communications, and she was extremely responsive. By the time we finished the necessary e-mail correspondence, I felt we were great friends, and had known each other for years. Every detail was well organized and executed, even to the level of the provision of overnight, stamped mailers for the signed contract, and return of the very helpful information packet and keys. Moira makes her guests feel as though her home is their own, encouraging checking cabinets for things you might need!
Our stay spanned the winter holidays, and provided a wonderful weather break from the frigid northeast. We arrived late on Christmas Eve, and as we approached the spectacular hilltop location, with stunning views of the blinking lights of Albuquerque below, we watched as 4 does and a large buck crossed the road in front of us. A magical welcome! Upon entering the home, we were greeted with some lovely edible treats, which we really appreciated as all the stores were closed. This might have been a Christmas treat, not offered at other times of the year, but it was wonderful.
We were traveling with our four adult kids, and our daughter-in-law, and the accommodations were perfect! All beds were very comfortable, and the two queen bedrooms and two twin bedrooms worked perfectly for our group of 7. The house is equipped with absolutely everything we needed, the kitchen is spectacular, and living spaces ample and comfortable. The views from the house are unparalleled in Albuquerque, and sunrises and sunsets quite memorable. Sipping strong coffee and watching the sunrise, and sipping good wine for the sunsets, what more could one ask for in a vacation home.
In between, we visited many unforgettable hiking areas and "attractions"......Ghost Ranch, where Georgia O'Keefe lived, Sky City, the oldest inhabited Native American pueblo, Tent Rocks, Santa Fe, the Georgia O'Keefe Museum, Malpais National monument, as well as spectacular hikes in the Cibloa National Forest, just minutes away from our "home." We stayed so busy. In what little down time we had, we took walks around the mountainside neighborhood, played board games, and enjoyed amazing 55 degree days. All of us would say that we would love to return. Many thanks to our gracious hosts!
Magnificent vacation home!
This was our family's third stay in this lovely home. The views of the magnificent Albuquerque sunsets and Sandia mountains cannot be beat. Watch the "lights of Albuquerque" turn on or storms roll across the skies from the home's grand picture window. This home is comfortable, clean and serene. The kids love the sparkling blue swimming pool and gorgeous backyard. The deck continues to be a favorite spot of mine for sunrise views and a cup of coffee. Views of Albuquerque are unsurpassed as you walk through the neighborhood (bikes are available too). Great shopping and restaurants are close in proximity. Truly, we are thrilled we could stay in this beautiful home again.
Stunning views! Great location! Endless charm!
Our family had the pleasure of returning to Albuquerque and we were thrilled that we could stay in this incredible home once again. Truthfully, we can't imagine staying anywhere else, even with the over 150 choices on "HomeAway''s" website. The homeowners are extremely kind and thoughtful! The house has everything you would need and more, with it being extremely well maintained. The beds and pillows are very comfortable! The views are spectacular from every view of the home! Our family loves the layout of the home and it's charm! We ate breakfast outside on the back patio by the fishpond and our lunches by the pool. Personally, one of my favorite things to do at this home, is not to sleep in but get up early to enjoy coffee on their magnificent deck and watch the sun come over the Sandia Mountains-it never gets old! We also enjoyed leisurely walks around the serene neighborhood, taking in more breathtaking views. There are bicycles you can borrow, helmets too, and get in a great ride around the neighborhood or hop on the bike path, a short distance away. There is so much to see and do in Albuquerque and there are restaurants galore with amazing food, but you could just stay put in this home and be perfectly content.
Our warmest regards to the homeowners for having us!
Gods' Little Acre
"once again your home has provided us with many happy and serene hours. No matter which way we turned the beauty surrounding us always amazed us and elevated our emotions. Perfect therapy not only for the body but also for the soul. This without a doubt will be a repeat place to get away from it all. If God was to retire, I believe this would be his spotl Our very Best to you both"
All of the comforts of home and so much more.
Our family of six vacationed in Albuquerque this summer to visit family. We really enjoyed the comfort and exquisite amenities this home features. The location of this home is ideal, easily accessible to grocery stores, coffee shops, bike/walking paths, Albuquerque attractions and especially picturesque views! The owners of this home were a pleasure to work with. They were very thoughtful and considerate as well as thorough in the information they provided about their home and the Albuquerque area.
Some of our favorite things about this home were the lovely picture windows to observe day and night time views of Albuquerque, absolutely beautiful! My husband and I enjoyed watching storms roll over the Albuquerque skyline. We could not wait to get up and watch the presentation of colors displayed on the mountains, as the sun rose each morning, from one of the impressive patios or deck. In the evening, we enjoyed walking around the serene neighborhood and watching the exquisite sunsets. Our children thoroughly enjoyed the stunning swimming pool. During our stay, our two year old marveled at the fish pond and took great pleasure in feeding the fish with her grandpa. Several varieties of birds ate from the feeders, even a roadrunner stopped by to eat. We enjoyed cooking in the backyard and often ate our evening meals in the dining room as it too had fabulous views of the attractive backyard and mountains.
After a visit to New Mexico, you will understand why they call it “The Land of Enchantment.” We would highly recommend this wonderful home to anyone planning a stay in Albuquerque. The property is clean, comfortable and very well maintained. The home had everything we needed and then some. I imagine this home is just as impressive in the winter time. We had a wonderful time in Albuquerque and our family couldn’t have been more pleased with our exceptional accommodations.
Our kindest regards to the owners.
It was a pleasure to share our home with your lovely family.
Very much appreciated the fun photos!
Visiting Indian Pueblos, day-trips to fascinating historical and natural sites, minutes from Trader Joes and Starbucks and Whole Foods, very nice restaurants...all just down the mountain. Big city amenities minutes from a private secluded home. Great museums, art, science aquarium having lunch at the Shark Reef a must! for kids