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Welcome to La Vie Sereine and the Samsara Suite!

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Last updated: 11/23/2016
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  • Minimum stay:2-8 nights
  • Sleeps:2
  • Bedrooms:1
  • Bathrooms:1
  • Property type:Townhome
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

Property description

This luxurious and comfortable adobe blends seamlessly with the landscape of the Land of Enchantment. Featuring brick floors, oriental carpets, sparkling chandeliers, and fine art, the open floor plan and four courtyards make entertaining or just relaxing a delight!

The Samsara Suite: Samsara means 'rebirth' in Sanskrit and you'll surely feel refreshed and renewed from your stay! You'll sleep peacefully in a wonderfully comfortable queen bed 'midst soothing sage walls gilded with exotic flowering vines and birds. You'll find plenty of storage, cable television, a secretary desk, and a tiny kitchenette with microwave, refrigerator and coffee-maker. Plush velvet armchairs are perfect for watching your favorite show, snacking, reading or cards. Art from Taos and Santa Fe adorns this suite. The sumptuous bathroom features a luxurious shower, tons of storage, plush hotel bath linens, a mirrored wall and granite counter tops.

The great room, with its ebony grand piano, features ample blue leather chesterfield seating. The beauty of the art is rivaled only by the incredible views of the Sandia and Sangre de Cristo Mountains. The fireplace adds warmth and ambiance and sets the crystals of chandeliers and sparkling candlesticks dancing.

The adjoining breakfast courtyard is the perfect place to enjoy your coffee while watching the many hot air balloons that fly along the Rio Grande nearly every morning, or 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. Granite counter tops, double stainless sinks and a view of the Asian garden make cooking a pleasure!

The serene Asian garden features a small pond and views of the Sandia and Manzano Mountains. Solar lighting glows along the paths at night. This is a perfect setting for an al fresco meal prepared on the gas grill or cocktails by the firepit. Of course nothing beats the hot tub with its powerful massaging jets after a long day of balloon watching or exploring the Land of Enchantment!

This southwestern Shangri-La is located on the bosque near the Rio Grande and just 15-20 minutes from Albuquerque International Airport. Over 30 miles of hiking and riding trails are easily accessible. An easy 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.

Julie will welcome you when you arrive, and will probably be in residence during your stay. We love to visit if you are feeling sociable, but if you're looking for privacy and seclusion, this home, with its distinctly separate bedroom suites, is ideally designed to provide that.

Owner

Member since: 2014

Speaks: english
Response time: Within 12 hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 11/23/2016

Property Type

  • Townhome
  • 1875 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental

Meals

  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Suitability

  • Events Allowed
  • Long-Term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

    We welcome all guests 25 years and older....moreless

  • Limited Accessibility
  • Non Smoking Only:

    We take our non smoking policy very seriously. There is no smoking in the Samsara Suite, in the home, or anywhere on the property....moreless

  • Not Suitable For Children
  • Pets Not Allowed

Bedrooms: 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2, Beds for 2

Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom

  • Bathroom 1: toilet, shower

    Luxury shower is handicap accessible...moreless

Entertainment

  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television

Theme

  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions

Attractions

  • Botanical Garden
  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Festivals
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Library
  • Live Theater
  • Museums
  • Playground
  • Recreation Center
  • Restaurants
  • Ruins
  • Synagogues
  • Theme Parks
  • Water Parks
  • Winery Tours
  • Zoo

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Fitness Center
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Laundromat
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

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

Location Type

  • Downtown:

    The lights, energy, and towers of downtown Albuquerque are far enough away to be picturesque and silent, but close enough to be easily accessible....moreless

  • Monument View:

    Coronado Monument is just minutes away outside of Bernalillo....moreless

  • Mountain View:

    We love our views! The magic light of New Mexico plays on the Sandias to the east, the Manzanos to the southeast, and the Sangre de Cristos to the north....moreless

  • Rural:

    Nestled in the Bosque, La Vie Magique borders 85 protected acres on the Rio Grande. Though officially in the city, we enjoy environment and peacefulness....moreless

  • Village:

    The villages of Los Ranchos and Corrales are nearby and offer wineries, restaurants, and galleries....moreless

  • Waterfront:

    Just minutes from the beautiful Bosque of the Rio Grande, the ancient cottonwoods cool in the summer and paint a golden swath in the autumn....moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Basketball Court
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Cycling
  • Equestrian Events
  • Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Hot Air Ballooning
  • Ice Skating
  • Mountain Biking
  • Mountain Climbing
  • Mountaineering
  • Racquetball
  • Rock Climbing
  • Roller Blading
  • Skiing
  • Swimming
  • Tennis

Dining

  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 8 people

General

  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Fitness Room / Equipment:

    See 'Garage'...moreless

  • Garage:

    The garage serves as a rehearsal area and exercise room with a Total Gym and an elliptical machine....moreless

  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine

Kitchen

  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen:

    Friendly kitchen design open to the Great Room/Dining Room....moreless

  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster

Outside

  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Tennis:

    Both clay and grass communal tennis courts...moreless

Pool / Spa

  • Communal Pool:

    Beautiful pool open mid-May through mid-September...moreless

  • Hot Tub:

    Private hot tum accommodates 6 people...moreless

 

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Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Pre-Holiday Special
Dec 1 - Dec 16, 2016
3 night min stay
$69
Happy Holidays!
Dec 17 - Jan 2, 2017
5 night min stay
$84
Snowflakes & Hot Tub Special
Jan 3 - Feb 9, 2017
3 night min stay
$69
Valentines Day
Feb 10 - Feb 15, 2017
2 night min stay
$84
Cozy Nights Special
Feb 16 - Mar 26, 2017
3 night min stay
$69
Wisteria Wonderland
Mar 27 - Apr 9, 2017
3 night min stay
$74
Easter
Apr 10 - Apr 22, 2017
5 night min stay
$84
Spring Special
Apr 23 - May 25, 2017
3 night min stay
$69
Memorial Day
May 26 - May 30, 2017
3 night min stay
$84
4th of July
Jun 30 - Jul 7, 2017
3 night min stay
$84
Labor Day
Sep 1 - Sep 4, 2017
3 night min stay
$84
State Fair
Sep 7 - Sep 17, 2017
3 night min stay
$84
Balloon Fiesta
Oct 6 - Oct 15, 2017
8 night min stay
$99
Pre-Thanksgiving Special
Nov 1 - Nov 21, 2017
3 night min stay
$69
My Standard Rate
3 night min stay
$79

Additional information about rental rates

Fees:

  • Cleaning fee $35
  • Refundable Damage Deposit $250
  • Tax Rate 7%

Notes:

The Samsara Suite is perfect for two guests. If you require lodging for additional guests, please see listing #617007, La Vie Sereine.


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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Location

11.8 Miles
Nearest Airport
Albuquerque International
1 Miles
Nearest Barpub
Jinjas or Kitchinas
5 Miles
Nearest Golf
Ladera
3 Miles
Nearest Train
Railrunner to Santa Fe
5 Miles
Nearest Motorway
Interstate 40, Interstate 25
1 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
Jinjas or M'Tucci's
15.3 Miles
Nearest Ski
Sandia Peak Tramway
47.9 Miles
Nearest Beach
Cochiti Lake

Car: Necessary

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, traditional dancing and festivals, gorgeous jewelry and pottery. Visit the casinos for 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.

 

Owner info

Year Purchased: 2013

About the owner: I was born and raised in Denver, Colorado and love the high country and the high desert. In my late teens I visited the Land of Enchantment and fell in love! For the past 45 years I've taught piano and early childhood music education, directed musical programs and performed as a pianist and accompanist and am now mostly retired from teaching. I performed for many years with a fabulous female foursome called the 'Dazzle Dolls!' the voice of The Harmony Project, a nonprofit I founded in 2000. Our mission: to bring the joy and healing of fabulous music to the elderly and veterans, folk who are unwell, and people in crisis and transition. We also performed for private, corporate and community events. Our Big Band, Broadway & Blues concerts have delighted thousands over the years, and we are so pleased to have received the Mayor and First Lady's Charity Gala Award in 2010. Due to the needs of our aging parents and relocation of one of our member, the Dazzle Dolls are on hiatus, but I'm currently working on a dueling piano act that will fulfill the same mission. In addition I am the music director for a nearby church. I live in La Vie Sereine with my beautiful Great Pyrenees, Holly.

Why the Owner Chose La Luz, Albuquerque, NM, USA:
When I first saw this property, with its wonderful courtyard 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 trunk has been woven into Tolkienesque vision, and when in bloom in April, the fragrance and beauty of the blossoms are 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 four courtyards you'll see balloons nearly every morning! Three mountain ranges! Glorious sunrises and sunsets! Serene Asian and Southwestern gardens! Foot thick adobe walls! Hot tub specially designed with high intensity jets for therapeutic massage. Seasonal Swimming pool. Clay and grass tennis courts. The grape vines produce fruit bursting with sunshine in late June, and juicy peaches can be picked in July. The brick floors from the interior continue outside throughout the Asian Courtyard providing a generous and beautiful space for entertaining or relaxing. The gas fireplace can 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 is a one-of-a-kind experience in beauty and harmony!


Contact us

Speaks: english
Response time: Within 12 hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 11/23/2016

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Photos

  • Welcome to La Vie Sereine and the Samsara Suite!

    Welcome to La Vie Sereine and the Samsara Suite!

  • The sumptuous and serene Samsara Suite.

    The sumptuous and serene Samsara Suite.

  • The Samsara bath.

    The Samsara bath.

  • This shamanic sculpture watches over the entrance to the Samsara Suite.

    This shamanic sculpture watches over the entrance to the Samsara Suite.

  • Coffee or Cocktails? The Patio Intimo is perfect for both!

    Coffee or Cocktails? The Patio Intimo is perfect for both!

  • Everything you need to create a snack or a feast.

    Everything you need to create a snack or a feast.

  • Holly enjoying the Asian Garden.

    Holly enjoying the Asian Garden.

  • Enjoy a comfortable seat, fine art and a cozy fire in the Moroccan Great Room.

    Enjoy a comfortable seat, fine art and a cozy fire in the Moroccan Great Room.

  • The Asian Garden in the snow.

    The Asian Garden in the snow.

  • View from Patio Intimo (the breakfast patio)

    View from Patio Intimo (the breakfast patio)

  • Words can't describe this Wisteria Wonderland at it's peak in April.

    Words can't describe this Wisteria Wonderland at it's peak in April.

  • The Samsara courtyard. Enjoy fresh peaches in July.

    The Samsara courtyard. Enjoy fresh peaches in July.

  • Enjoy playing this beautiful grand piano, or ask your host to entertain you.

    Enjoy playing this beautiful grand piano, or ask your host to entertain you.

  • What a wonderful place for good food and great conversation.

    What a wonderful place for good food and great conversation.

  • Kwan Yin radiates serenity.

    Kwan Yin radiates serenity.

  • Nothing feels better after a long day exploring the Land of Enchantment.

    Nothing feels better after a long day exploring the Land of Enchantment.

  • Try alfresco dining prepared on the grill overlooking the Asian Garden.

    Try alfresco dining prepared on the grill overlooking the Asian Garden.

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This listing was first published here in 2014.

Date last modified - Friday, December 02, 2016

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