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Tranquility in the Home of the Anasazi

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Sunset ... time to grill and enjoy the view from the portal on the SE side.

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Last updated: 03/29/2017
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  • Minimum stay:2-4 nights
  • Sleeps:8
  • Bedrooms:2
  • Bathrooms:1.5
  • Property type:House
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:Yes

About the Property

Check out www.estrellabella.com

If you would love to connect to nature, yet have easy access to the joys of Santa Fe, Galisteo, Nambe and beyond ... we think you will love our home sitting on 28 acres in the beautiful Galisteo River Basin. And, if 28 acres isn't quite enough, our 'backyard' is 10,000 acres of pristine BLM land.

Galisteo River Basin is an environmentally protected area. This area is also considered one of the historical locations of the Anasazi, the 'original people', who may have lived here as long as 10,000 years ago. The Basin had as many as 20,000 inhabitants in 8 different Pueblos as recently as 1,000 years ago. Today, you'll only see 3 man-made lights at night but every star you can imagine.

The river is damned up stream, so it flows only during heavy rains. If you are there during the rains, it is fun to walk over to see the raging rapids.

Casa de Estrella Bella gets its name from the amazing amount of stars you'll enjoy in the evenings after a spectacular sunset.

The home is a little over 1,700 square feet and has:

2 Bedrooms - 1 King and 1 Queen Bed

Master Bath and a Half Bath

Loft

Amazing light and views from every direction.

2 Portals for eating under, enjoying the views and grilling (on the south side).

Spacious Living Room and Kitchen in the 'Old Adobe', which has 2 foot thick walls of rammed earth coated in sumptuous traditional plaster. 12 foot ceilings with old beams from an decommissioned brewery add to the relaxed atmosphere. Its warm, cozy and feels like a comfortable pair of shoes.

The home is all new construction with modern appliances, fully equipped everything (including telescope, games, and TV if you really need your fix), and small details that bring the home to life. By the way, Sarah (owner) is an architect and builder ... hence all the wonderful spaces and small details.

If you have extra people, the Airstream fits 5 easily on a Queen, Double and Twin Bed. We've had as many as 11 people stay comfortably, though you may need to take turns with the bathrooms.

Satellite internet and wifi. Its not super fast, but it does the trick. It will not work during big storms, but those do not last too long.

Amtrak rails are on our southern border. They cruise by only 2x a day.

And, the home is filled with both old and new furniture and some nice (at least to us) art we hope you will enjoy and respect (please, no touching).

As for central location:

- 75 minutes from ABQ airport

- 30 minutes to the Plaza, i.e. historic downtown Santa Fe

- 20 minutes to South Santa Fe for movies, malls, etc.

- 35 minutes to Opera House

- 60 minutes to Tent Rocks and fewer to Lake Cochiti

- 75 minutes or less to Bandelier National Park, Puye Cliff dwellings, Los Alamos, Chimayo and Nambe.

- 8 minutes to Madrid (old mining town turned art colony with a couple restaurants and coffee house)

- 0 minutes to hiking, nature, sun, moon and stars.
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Owner

Member since: 2014

Speaks: english, spanish, We speak a little spanish.
Response time: Within an hour
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 03/29/2017

Property Type

  • House
  • 1700 sq. ft.

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 8
  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Considered:

    house trained dogs are likely welcome....moreless

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental

Meals

  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Onsite Services

  • Massage

Suitability

  • Long-Term Renters Welcome
  • Wheelchair Accessible:

    the downstairs is wheelchair accessible. the grounds are graveled, so they are not smooth....moreless

Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8, Beds for 8

  • Bedroom 1: 1 king

    ...moreless

  • Bedroom 2: 1 queen

    ...moreless

  • Loft: 1 double

    This is open loft on the second floor....moreless

  • Airstream: 1 queen, 1 double, 1 twin/ single

    We've had teenagers crash out there, as well as families....moreless

  • We want to be extra clear that there are 2 bedrooms, that sleep 4 people comfortably. The Loft in the house can sleep another 1-2 (it is roughly a Double sized bed). Other sleeping options are the Airstream (which is heated and air conditioned) or the couches downstairs. The Airstream is a work in progress. It is clean and nice, but has some wires where light fixtures are going to go, and some of the walls have not yet had final coats of paint or had the maps applied (Sarah is wallpapering the entire interior in maps). The couches in the house are NOT pull-outs....moreless

Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom, 1 Half Bathroom

  • Bathroom 2: toilet

    ...moreless

  • Bathroom 1: toilet, shower, outdoor shower

    Shower has dutch door, if you want to open up to nature....moreless

Entertainment

  • DVD Player
  • Games:

    We have many games like scrabble, clue, blokus and bananagrams...moreless

  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo:

    We have speakers you can plug computer, ipod or smartphone into....moreless

  • Television
  • Toys:

    Klutz books of all types. Matt used to be president of Klutz....moreless

  • Video Library:

    We have some family, kid and adult (but not dirty) movies...moreless

Theme

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

Attractions

  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Festivals
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Live Theater
  • Museums
  • Recreation Center
  • Restaurants
  • Ruins

Local Services & Businesses

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

Leisure Activities

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

Location Type

  • Mountain View:

    amazing vistas looking towards Ortiz Mountains...moreless

  • Rural:

    Perfect high desert with rolling hills dotted with Pinon and Juniper, as well as views up and down the Galisteo river basin that is full of Cottonwoods, Russian Olive, Elm and many other trees & brush...moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Cycling
  • Equestrian Events
  • Fishing
  • Fly Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Hot Air Ballooning
  • Mountain Biking
  • Mountain Climbing
  • Mountaineering
  • Rafting
  • Rock Climbing
  • Skiing
  • Snowboarding
  • Whitewater Rafting

Dining

  • Dining:

    Dining room is combined in one grand room with living room and kitchen. Large table can see 12....moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 12 people

General

  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating:

    Delicious radiant heating...moreless

  • Internet:

    we have wifi over dish internet. speeds are fine for email & surfing. IMPORTANT, please NO streaming movies, etc. Nature comes with a limit, which is 10G for our monthly data plan. You can buy more...moreless

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

    Ample, uncovered. RV ok....moreless

  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Wood Stove

Kitchen

  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils:

    We have a full kitchen. Ready to serve at least a dozen people....moreless

  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen:

    The house has a full, private kitchen...moreless

  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items:

    We provide staples like spices, condiments and paper goods. Use whatever is in the pantry and fridge. If you replace it, we'd be super grateful. Or, please let us know if something runs out....moreless

  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster

Outside

  • Deck / Patio:

    3 different deck spaces. 2 are covered portals, one with a grill and large table for eating. ...moreless

  • Outdoor Grill
 

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Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
High Season
May 26 - Sep 5, 2017
2 night min stay
$170 $220
Fri, Sat
$1,200 $3,600
Fall 2017 Holidays
Nov 13 - Jan 2, 2018
4 night min stay
$170 $240
Thu, Fri, Sat
$1,400 $3,600
My Standard Rate
2 night min stay
$140 $175
Fri, Sat
$950 $2,600
* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

Additional information about rental rates

Fees:

  • Cleaning $200
  • Refundable Damage Deposit $500
  • Tax Rate 6.75%

Notes:

Cancellation Policy:

During standard times, our cancellation policy is

100% if cancelled 14 days prior to Check-in Date

50% if cancelled 8 days prior to Check-in Date

Non-refundable if cancelled within 7 days prior to Check-in Date

For Holiday and High seasons, our policy is

100% if cancelled 30 days prior to Check-in Date

50% if cancelled 14 days prior to Check-in Date

Non-refundable if cancelled within 13 days prior to Check-in Date

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Owner's cancellation policy:

50% refund for cancellations more than 7 days before check-in date.

100% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.


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Location

70 Miles
Nearest Airport
Albuquerque
5 Miles
Nearest Barpub
Mindshart
25 Miles
Nearest Golf
Paa-Ko Ridge or Las Campanas
15 Miles
Nearest Train
Rail Runner
15 Miles
Nearest Motorway
25
5 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
Hollar
35 Miles
Nearest Ski
Santa Fe Ski Basin

Car: Recommended

From our home, you can hike to ancient petroglyphs, adobe ruins and throughout the environmentally protected Galisteo River Basin.

 

Owner info

Year Purchased: 2002

About the owner: We've been happily married 21 years. We have a daughter getting ready for college. And, 3 crazy dogs. We met in New Orleans and live in the Bay Area.

Why the Owner Chose Los Cerrillos, NM, USA:
We were travelling around the Southwest for about a month with our young daughter and dogs, after years of over-working in start-ups. We needed a break. Upon returning to Santa Fe (we'd lived there right out of college (sarah) and law school (matt)), we stumbled upon the land. It captured our heart immediately. The views, the colors, the creatures, the history, the sky, the petroglyphs... everything about it. We bought it on the spot. Raw and ready for us to design and build a home of our dreams. Sarah is an architect and a builder, so the home we are listing represents our efforts to create a sustainable, beautiful, thoughtful space for everyone to connect to and enjoy the land, sky and creatures big and small.


Contact us

Speaks: english, spanish, We speak a little spanish.
Response time: Within an hour
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 03/29/2017

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Photos

  • Sunset ... time to grill and enjoy the view from the portal on the SE side.

    Sunset ... time to grill and enjoy the view from the portal on the SE side.

  • Looking up at the West Side during Early Fall

    Looking up at the West Side during Early Fall

  • The view under the cottonwoods looking across our property.

    The view under the cottonwoods looking across our property.

  • A view looking east up the river basin to the 'Wave' in the background.

    A view looking east up the river basin to the 'Wave' in the background.

  • Weather beaten green bench at sunset

    Weather beaten green bench at sunset

  • Looking Past Home to SW.  Ortiz Mtns in distance to left.

    Looking Past Home to SW. Ortiz Mtns in distance to left.

  • Under north side portal.   Chairs and table out there now. Sunsets are amazing!

    Under north side portal. Chairs and table out there now. Sunsets are amazing!

  • Kitchen view of the 'Old Adobe' where all the entertaining happens.

    Kitchen view of the 'Old Adobe' where all the entertaining happens.

  • Master Bath Sink and Mirror reflecting Large Shower

    Master Bath Sink and Mirror reflecting Large Shower

  • Looking out from the master bed, with the portal just outside the door.

    Looking out from the master bed, with the portal just outside the door.

  • Looking out from Second Bedroom over Loft and out to the Ortiz Mountains

    Looking out from Second Bedroom over Loft and out to the Ortiz Mountains

  • Loft that sleeps 2 with panoramic view across the Galisteo River Basin.

    Loft that sleeps 2 with panoramic view across the Galisteo River Basin.

  • Yep ... That's the Milky Way over the Casa.  Taken by cool renter, Khurram.

    Yep ... That's the Milky Way over the Casa. Taken by cool renter, Khurram.

  • Entrance into Property.  We're on the Other Side of the Cottonwoods.

    Entrance into Property. We're on the Other Side of the Cottonwoods.

  • Discover petroglyphs just 15 minute hike from the front door.

    Discover petroglyphs just 15 minute hike from the front door.

  • The entrance to Casa Estrella Bella, with the 'Old Adobe' on the right.

    The entrance to Casa Estrella Bella, with the 'Old Adobe' on the right.

  • Matt's favorite window, looking thru living room to river basin beyond.

    Matt's favorite window, looking thru living room to river basin beyond.

  • North Side Portal with Airstream you can hang our or sleep in!

    North Side Portal with Airstream you can hang our or sleep in!

  • A lovely cottonwood in the winter.

    A lovely cottonwood in the winter.

  • Kitchen view of the 'Old Adobe'.  The beams are from old Pabst brewery!

    Kitchen view of the 'Old Adobe'. The beams are from old Pabst brewery!

  • Master bedroom with comfy king sized bed.

    Master bedroom with comfy king sized bed.

  • Upstairs to loft and second bedroom

    Upstairs to loft and second bedroom

  • Second Bedroom with Queen Size Bed and Antique Armoire and Side Table.

    Second Bedroom with Queen Size Bed and Antique Armoire and Side Table.

  • Classic summer storm coming through the river basin.  House on the right.

    Classic summer storm coming through the river basin. House on the right.

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This listing was first published here in 2014.

Date last modified - Wednesday, March 29, 2017

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