Fabulous Listing on the Balloon Flight Path: Magical in All Seasons!
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- Minimum stay:2-5 nights
- Property type:Townhome
- Pets considered:No
- Wheel chair accessible:N/A
This adobe ,with it's award-winning architecture, was designed by an internationally acclaimed architect to blend seamlessly with the landscape of the Land of Enchantment. The foot thick adobe walls embrace a home that is both luxurious and comfortable, featuring brick floors, beautiful oriental carpets, sparkling chandeliers, fine art including paintings, pottery and sculpture, and walls gilded and hand painted in both Tibetan and Moroccan themes. The open floor plan and four courtyards makes entertaining or just relaxing a delight!
The entry pathway winds through beautiful desert landscaping to the main entrance (past a beautiful statue of The Three Graces) or to the private patio and entrance of the Samsara Suite.
The Samsara Suite: (Samsara means 'rebirth' in Sanskrit and you'll surely feel refreshed and renewed from your stay!) Here you'll find soothing sage walls artistically gilded. You'll sleep peacefully in a wonderfully comfortable queen bed. You'll find plenty of storage, cable television, a secretary desk, and a tiny kitchenette with microwave, refrigerator and coffee-maker. Two plush velvet armchairs are perfect for catching your favorite show, snacking, reading, or playing games and cards. The walls are hung with fine art from Taos and Santa Fe artists. The sumptuous bathroom features a luxurious shower, tons of storage, plush hotel bath linens, a mirrored wall and granite counter tops.
Down the hall/gallery you'll enter the great room with its ebony grand piano. Ample blue leather chesterfield and armchairs gather round the cozy fireplace. The beauty of the art hung on walls is rivaled only by the incredible views of the Sandia and Sangre de Cristo Mountains.
The adjoining breakfast courtyard is the perfect place to enjoy your coffee while watching the many balloons that fly each morning along the Rio Grande, often within shouting distance! This courtyard is perfect for enjoying a glass of wine while the sunset bathes the Sandia Mountains in the watermelon hue that gives them their name.
The Talavera dining room easily seats eight and opens onto the kitchen. Here you'll find everything you need to whip up a snack or a formal meal: microwave, toaster, citrus and regular juicers, Vita-mix, small blenders, mixer, food processor, steam cooker, Foreman grill, more than we can possibly list. Granite counter tops, double stainless sinks and a huge window with a view of the wisteria and Asian garden make cooking a pleasure!
From the dining room, you'll enter the serenity of the Asian garden. A small pond burbles happily, festooned with water lilies and iris. The tiered brick patio and pathways offer views of the Sandia and Manzano Mountains, and of course, more balloons! Solar lighting glows along the path at night. Just outside the kitchen window is a table perfect for al fresco dining. You may choose to prepare your meal on the gas grill. Of course nothing beats a hot tub with its powerful massaging jets after a long day of balloon watching or exploring the Land of Enchantment!
A Chinese-red gallery leads to the Kwan Yin Suite. This suite includes an office, painted in a periwinkle perfect for creativity, a lovely bath with laundry, and an opulent bedroom. From the bed of the Kwan Yin Suite, embellished with peacock blue and Tuscan gold, you can watch the sunrise from your pillow. The Kwan Yin Suite is reached through double doors that, when closed, offer all guests complete privacy.
This southwestern Shangri-La is located on the bosque near the Rio Grande and just 15-20 minutes from Albuquerque International Airport. Miles and miles of hiking and riding trails are easily accessible. A short drive will bring you to the base of the Sandia Mountain Tramway (the longest in the world) with alpine hiking trails, fine dining, and skiing in the winter. Historic Old Town is located about 10 minutes away and was founded in 1706. There you'll enjoy galleries, museums, shopping, and restaurants. Two of New Mexico's finest wineries are within a few miles of this beautiful Albuquerque home.
Member since: 2014
- 1875 sq. ft.
- Vacation Rental
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
- Events Allowed
- Long-Term Renters Welcome
- Minimum Age Limit For Renters:
- Limited Accessibility:
Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5, Beds for 4-5
Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms
- La Vie Sereine is perfect for a romantic get-away, a home base for exploring the Land of Enchantment, a serene retreat during a business conference, or entertaining family and friends. If you intend to entertain friends for lunch or dinner during your stay, there is no fee for one other couple; $50 for 3-6 guests; $75 for 7-10 guests. 10 is the maximum number of guests....moreless
- DVD Player
- Satellite / Cable
- Away From It All
- Sports & Activities
- Tourist Attractions
- Botanical Garden
- Health/Beauty Spa
- Live Theater
- Recreation Center
- Theme Parks
- Water Parks
- Winery Tours
Local Services & Businesses
- Fitness Center
- Massage Therapist
- Medical Services
- Bird Watching
- Gambling Casinos
- Horseback Riding
- Outlet Shopping
- Scenic Drives
- Sight Seeing
- Wildlife Viewing
- Monument View:
- Mountain View:
Sports & Adventure Activities
- Basketball Court
- Cross Country Skiing
- Hot Air Ballooning
- Mountain Biking
- Mountain Climbing
- Rock Climbing
- Surf Fishing
- Dining Area
- Seating for 8 people
- Hair Dryer
- Coffee Maker
- Dishes & Utensils
- Pantry Items
|Dates||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly *||Event|
Dec 21 - Jan 2, 2017
5 night min stay
Feb 10 - Feb 15, 2017
2 night min stay
Apr 9 - Apr 23, 2017
5 night min stay
May 26 - May 29, 2017
4 night min stay
4th of July
Jun 30 - Jul 7, 2017
5 night min stay
My Standard Rate
5 night min stay
Additional information about rental rates
- Refundable Damage Deposit $250
- Cleaning fee $100
- Tax Rate 7.313%
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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The longest tramway in the world will take you to alpine hiking trails and rock climbing in the summer, skiing in the winter, and fine dining year round. Less than 60 miles to the galleries and restaurants of Santa Fe on nearby I-25, or take the Turquoise Trail to the artists' colony of the old mining town of Madrid. Native American pueblos offer scenic views, dancing and festivals, and gorgeous jewelry and pottery. Casinos offer headliner concerts, gaming and fine dining. We're centrally located for sightseeing from Carlsbad Caverns to Taos, from Billy the Kid country to the Navajo Nation.
Year Purchased: 2013
About the owner: I was born and raised in Denver, Colorado and love the high country. In my late teens I visited the Land of Enchantment and fell in love! I've been a pianist/musician all of my life and currently perform with the Dazzle Dolls. For the past 45 years I taught piano and early childhood music education, directed musical programs and performed as a pianist and accompanist and am now mostly retired from teaching. However, I am honored to continue to perform with a fabulous female foursome called 'The Dazzle Dolls.' The Dazzle Dolls are the voice of The Harmony Project, a nonprofit I founded in 2000. Our mission is to bring the joy and healing of fabulous music to the elderly and veterans, folks who are unwell, and people in crisis and transition. We also perform for private, corporate and community events. Our Big Band, Broadway & Blues concerts have delighted thousands over the years, and we were so pleased to win the Mayor and First Lady's Charity Gala Award in 2010. I live in La Vie Magique with my beautiful Great Pyrenees, Holly.
Why the Owner Chose La Luz, Albuquerque, NM, USA:
When I first saw this property, with its wonderful courtyards and views, gardens and earthy spirit, I knew it offered the perfect harmony of serenity and fun. With a talented crew, I worked for more than half a year turning its plain beige and brown interior into a fantasy-come-true of Moroccan and Tibetan delight. The wisteria in the Asian Courtyard is unlike any plant I've ever seen. The trunks have been woven into a Tolkien-esque vision, and when in bloom in April, the fragrance and beauty of the blossoms is intoxicating. Year-round its giant canopy creates a shady retreat for meditating, reading, or tapas and cocktails.
The Unique Benefits at this Townhome:
From any of the courtyards, and even from the bed in the Kwan Yin Suite, you'll see balloons nearly every morning! The hot tub is specially designed with high intensity jets for therapeutic massage, much stronger than any other tub available. The grape vines produce fruit bursting with sunshine in late June and juicy peaches can be picked in July. The brick floors of the interior continue throughout the Asian Courtyard providing a generous and beautiful space for entertaining or relaxing. The gas fireplace will warm your toes in seconds. This home is a sanctuary for birds (you'll see everything from hawks to hummingbirds) and our roadrunner neighbors come for a snack every morning and evening. Little Rascal, the youngest roadrunner, will walk right through a group of people on the patio to gobble a tender morsel. Because of the hundreds of hours that went into the painting and decor of La Vie Magique, this is truly a unique home: it's a one-of-a-kind experience in beauty and harmony!
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The view from the Great Room and Patio Intimo of La Vie Magique.
Joy, Charm, and Beauty greet you!
Enjoy playing this beautiful grand piano, or ask your host to entertain you.
Coffee or Cocktails? The Patio Intimo is perfect for both!
Everything you need to create a snack or a feast.
Close to the Balloon Park, or relax herein the gardens, balloons drifting above
Words can't describe this Wisteria Wonderland!
The sumptuous and serene Samsara Suite.
The Samsara courtyard. Enjoy fresh peaches in July!
Fit for royalty! Slide out of this uber-comfortable bed onto flokati rugs.
Kwan Yin radiates serenity just outside the Kwan Yin Suite.
Welcome to La Vie Magique on the Rio Grande!
Enjoy a comfortable seat, fine art and a cozy fire in the Moroccan great room.
In the serenity of the Asian Garden you'll leave all your cares behind.
What a wonderful place for good food and great conversation.
Try alfresco dining prepared on the gas grill, overlooking the Asian Garden.
Nothing feels better after a long day exploring the Land of Enchantment.
This shamanic sculpture watches over the entrance to the Samsara Suite.
The Chinese Gallery leads to the office, bath and bed of the Kwan Yin Suite.
Read, enjoy your favorite cable channel or watch a movie on the DVD player.
This listing was first published here in 2014.
Date last modified - Friday, December 02, 2016
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