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Adobe Casita on 13 Acres of High Desert

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Last updated: 04/16/2017
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  • Minimum stay:2 nights
  • Sleeps:5
  • Bedrooms:2
  • Bathrooms:1
  • Property type:House
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Ask Owner
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

About the Property

Get-away-from-it-all traditional adobe-style home south of Santa Fe.

Our vacation property is a wonderful adobe-style home on 12 private acres just south of Santa Fe. For those who want to enjoy both "the city different" and the wonderful high desert country, this home is ideal. Just off of the Turquoise Trail, a Scenic Byway, the property is close to Galisteo, Cerrillos and the old mining town of Madrid. Just 4 miles away, on the road to town, one can enjoy the best New Mexican breakfasts and lunches at the San Marcos Cafe while watching hens, turkeys and peacocks roam the property.

Our casita is cozy and carefully designed in the traditional local adobe style with hand-plastered interior walls, beautiful viga ceilings, and a wonderful kiva fireplace. The interior photos of the casita were taken by a professional photographer, so they are terrific, but we'd like to emphasize our casita is a cozy 700 square feet total. With amazing sunset views of the surrounding Cerrillos Hills, the casita is nestled into the landscape with 360 degrees of complete privacy.

The landscape is completely natural, with two large sand-lined arroyos (dry creek beds) on two of our property borders. Tranquility, fresh air, unforgettable sunsets and clear starry nights are everyday treats, and the sound of coyotes howling in the distance make this a very special and unique place.
The casita sleeps two in the queen bedroom, one in the single bedroom, and two on the double futon in the living room. A picnic table, hammock and lounge chair are outside on the slate patio. A stone fireplace is available for outdoor barbeques, and a pile of firewood can be used outdoors or indoors in the traditional fireplace. A large bathroom has a shower, and a washer/dryer. The kitchen has all appliances. Linens, towels, extra blankets, etc. are available. CD player/radio with CDs, a telephone (but no Internet) and only a few TV channels on a small TV. Games, puzzles, books and kids' toys are in the small bedroom. Portable air conditioner and area fans available. Internet access in town.

In 25 minutes you can be in downtown Santa Fe. Bandolier and Petroglyph National Monuments, the Santa Fe Opera, and the Pecos, Sangre de Christo, Sandia and Jemez mountains are all nearby. The mountains offer hiking and fishing in summer, and skiing in winter (Ski Santa Fe in the Sangre de Christos; and ski the Sandia Mountains in Albuquerque). Art fairs and the famous Zozobra Festival take place all summer in town. Albuquerque is an hour to the southwest. The longest tram in the world climbs up the Sandia Mountains, which lie east of Albuquerque.

Christmas is very nice, the town is decorated with lots of candelarias. A special thing to do all year long is to visit a nearby pueblo when they are having a feast or celebration day. There will be dancing, arts, food and other traditional Native American culture to be enjoyed.
The neighborhood around the casita features beautiful New Mexico high desert scenery, with amazing sunsets and views of surrounding mountain ranges. Built low in the landscape, it feels like no one else is around. All adjacent properties are at least 12 acres so there are neighbors, but lots of space in between. Explore our own 12 acres as well as walk in the neighborhood and adjacent properties. Our land encompasses two arroyos which are great for a walk.
The Lone Butte grocery store and gas station is a few miles away on Hwy 14, as is the San Marcos Cafe for all of your breakfast, lunch, hardware and feed store needs!
Climate: cold (20°-40°F) in winter, and as warm as 80°-100°F in summer, but it cools down at night and often there are short thunderstorms in the late afternoon in July and August. The air is very dry and the altitude is approximately 7,000 ft. Spring and fall are ideal seasons to visit. Skiing nearby in winter.

Access: fly into Albuquerque International Airport and rent a car; drive north on highway 25. Or fly into Santa Fe County Municipal Airport. Amtrak stops in nearby Lamy.
Getting around: a car is needed and a navigation device/GPS is helpful. Mapping ahead of time is a good idea as well. All nearby roads are dirt roads in good condition; local weather conditions apply.
Communication: cellular phone service can be good or bad depending on your provider, but the house has a landline telephone for local and long-distance calls. No high-speed Internet is available in this area as of yet.
We are available for contact via phone, email, texts, before, during and after stay.
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Member since: 2014

Speaks: english, spanish, russian, czech, hungarian, Hebrew
Response time: Within an hour
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 04/16/2017

Property Type

  • House
  • 750 sq. ft.

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 5
  • Children Welcome
  • Non Smoking Only

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Onsite Services

  • Housekeeper Included


  • Limited Accessibility:

    Standard wheelchair will not fit in the door. But it's possible the area outside of the house/the patio, is suitable for wheelchair access, with the understanding that it is not landscaped or developed as a wheelchair-accessible space. We want to be clear, but inclusive!...moreless

Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5, Beds for 3-5

  • Bedroom 1: 1 queen


  • Bedroom 2: 1 twin/ single


  • The futon in the living room opens as a double bed.

Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom

  • Bathroom 1: toilet, shower


  • Lots of space, includes a washer and dryer, iron and ironing board.

Other Amenities

  • This is a rural area with charming rustic appeal. The roads in the surrounding area are all dirt roads, and road conditions, while usually very good, are subject to weather conditions. Hiking nearby in the Pecos Mountains, and further away in the Sangre de Christos, Jemez and Sandia mountain ranges. Historic and tourist attractions refer to those in nearby Santa Fe!...moreless


  • Books
  • Games
  • Music Library:

    Small music library--CDs....moreless

  • Stereo:

    Small radio/CD player. Gets local radio stations....moreless

  • Toys


  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Festivals
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Library
  • Museums
  • Playground
  • Recreation Center
  • Restaurants
  • Synagogues

Local Services & Businesses

  • Groceries

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Bird Watching
  • Gambling Casinos
  • Horseback Riding
  • Photography
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Sledding
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Mountain View:

    The Ortiz, Sangre de Christo, Jemez and Sandia mountain ranges are all visible from our area....moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Cycling
  • Fly Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Hot Air Ballooning
  • Mountain Biking
  • Mountain Climbing
  • Mountaineering
  • Rafting
  • Rock Climbing
  • Skiing
  • Snowboarding
  • Swimming
  • Tennis


  • Dining:

    The main room consists of the living room, kitchen and dining area as a combined space. The dining table can be pulled away from the wall to seat 6, but 4 more comfortably. A picnic table is outside. ...moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 6 people


  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace:

    Wood is provided, you may need to come up with kindling and newspaper!...moreless

  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet:

    HughesNet satellite Internet/wifi and telephone....moreless

  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking:

    An attached carport fits one car, and there is an adjacent parking area....moreless

  • Telephone:

    Internet-based telephone with HughesNet service....moreless

  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove:

    Outside fire pit....moreless


  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils:

    Cookware, dishes, everything you need!...moreless

  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items:

    Basic salt/pepper, tea, sugar. Various things that may have been left by the last renter! We do have plastic wrap, paper products, foil, coffee filters, etc....moreless

  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster


  • Deck / Patio:

    Slate patio with lounge chairs. ...moreless

  • Lawn / Garden:

    We have 12 acres of high desert natural landscape for walking and exploring. There are cacti and prickly grasses so wear long pants and/or walk carefully! ...moreless

  • Outdoor Grill:

    No grill, just a fire pit with a grate for cooking with a wood fire....moreless

  • Ski & Snowboard:

    Ski Santa Fe is an hour away. Sandia Mountains have a smaller resort also about 45 minutes away. Taos Ski Valley is about 2.5 hours to the north....moreless

House Cleaning

  • Housekeeper Included


Write a review 4.9
from 9 traveler reviews
Rental basis: Per property
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My Standard Rate
2 night min stay

Additional information about rental rates


  • Taxes Not included


A two-night stay requires an additional $75 cleaning fee.

Owner's cancellation policy:

50% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.

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Last updated: 04/16/2017
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2.5 Miles
Nearest Motorway
Hwy 14
5 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
San Marcos Cafe and Lone Butte Grocery Store

Car: Necessary


Owner info

Year Purchased: 1991

About the owner: George and I have lived in Los Angeles for 20+ years. We now live in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. We have two children, ages 13 and 23, and we work in international education and other creative fields. We enjoy sharing our homes with visitors to these three great cities: Los Angeles, San Miguel, and Santa Fe, New Mexico. Our home in Los Angeles is an architecturally significant California modern home with original appointments and design. Our home in San Miguel is a spacious, traditional Mexican-style casa, with a large veranda and yard, and an adjacent casita. Our traditional Santa Fe-style adobe casita is located on 13 acres of high desert, 30 minutes southeast of Santa Fe. Like many of our guests, we love to explore the world, and hosting people from all over the world enriches our own experience. We always provide attention that is both professional and personal.

Why the Owner Chose Santa Fe, NM, USA:
We each have a history of living in, or visiting New Mexico since 1990. We love New Mexico and its unique aspects: cultures, landscapes and cuisines.

The Unique Benefits at this House:
Beautiful high desert countryside, privacy, quiet, lots of stars at night.

Contact us

Speaks: english, spanish, russian, czech, hungarian, Hebrew
Response time: Within an hour
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 04/16/2017

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Guestbook comments from the owner

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  • View of the casita facing east.

    View of the casita facing east.

  • The living room with traditional kiva fireplace.

    The living room with traditional kiva fireplace.

  • Tipi poles we left standing long after the tipi was gone!

    Tipi poles we left standing long after the tipi was gone!

  • The master bedroom.

    The master bedroom.

  • Looking out one of the screen doors.

    Looking out one of the screen doors.

VRBO #614217

This listing was first published here in 2014.

Date last modified - Thursday, April 27, 2017

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