Tranquility in the Home of the Anasazi(31 Reviews)
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- Minimum stay:2 nights
- Property type:House
- Pets considered:Yes
- Wheel chair accessible:Yes
About the Property
Check out www.estrellabella.com
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
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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Member since: 2014
- 1700 sq. ft.
- Vacation Rental
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
- Long-Term Renters Welcome
- Non Smoking Only
Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8, Beds for 8
- 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
- Satellite / Cable
- Away From It All
- Health/Beauty Spa
- Live Theater
- Recreation Center
Local Services & Businesses
- Fitness Center
- Massage Therapist
- Medical Services
- Bird Watching
- Eco Tourism
- Gambling Casinos
- Horseback Riding
- Scenic Drives
- Sight Seeing
- Wildlife Viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities
- Cross Country Skiing
- Equestrian Events
- Fly Fishing
- Hot Air Ballooning
- Mountain Biking
- Mountain Climbing
- Rock Climbing
- Whitewater Rafting
- Dining Area
- Seating for 12 people
- Hair Dryer
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
- Coffee Maker
- Dishes & Utensils:
|Dates||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly *||Event|
Apr 9 - Apr 16, 2017
2 night min stay
May 26 - Sep 5, 2017
2 night min stay
My Standard Rate
2 night min stay
Additional information about rental rates
- Refundable Damage Deposit $500
- Cleaning $200
- Tax Rate 6.75%
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
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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From our home, you can hike to ancient petroglyphs, adobe ruins and throughout the environmentally protected Galisteo River Basin.
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.
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Sunset ... time to grill and enjoy the view from the portal on the SE side.
Looking up at the West Side during Early Fall
The view under the cottonwoods looking across our property.
A view looking east up the river basin to the 'Wave' in the background.
Weather beaten green bench at sunset
Looking Past Home to SW. Ortiz Mtns in distance to left.
Under north side portal. Chairs and table out there now. Sunsets are amazing!
Kitchen view of the 'Old Adobe' where all the entertaining happens.
Master Bath Sink and Mirror reflecting Large Shower
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
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.
Entrance into Property. We're on the Other Side of the Cottonwoods.
Discover petroglyphs just 15 minute hike from the front door.
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.
North Side Portal with Airstream you can hang our or sleep in!
A lovely cottonwood in the winter.
Kitchen view of the 'Old Adobe'. The beams are from old Pabst brewery!
Master bedroom with comfy king sized bed.
Upstairs to loft and second bedroom
Second Bedroom with Queen Size Bed and Antique Armoire and Side Table.
Classic summer storm coming through the river basin. House on the right.
This listing was first published here in 2014.
Date last modified - Wednesday, January 18, 2017
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