Immerse yourself in the city of Holy Faith (Santa Fe) in this very special 180-year-old, two-bedroom adobe casita in the center of Eastside Historic neighborhood. High ceilings with centuries old vigas, thick cream colored adobe walls, nichos, ceiling fan, and original, well worn wood floors are a few of the very special aesthetics of this space made sacred by the love and faith that has lived within its walls. This is blended with modern comforts and conveniences, and three generations of collecting, to provide you a sanctuary for a very special stay in Santa Fe. The Apodaca family spirits live on this wonderful casita, where the most recent family matriarch, Grandma Gregorita, ruled and raised her daughter, Clara, the last of the family residents. The casita was the family gathering place in an old orchard and farm, which included many other properties on Abeyta street, where members of the Apodaca family still live to share their stories. Recently renovated with all modern amenities but the charm and warmth of the original wood floors remain. Double thick adobe walls (some more than 18 inches!) provide insulation in summer and winter; natural gas heat and air conditioning keep the temperature perfect. Bedrooms are on opposite sides of the casita for extra privacy, joined by a lovely common area and kitchen with a private, fenced in courtyard.
An ample entryway welcomes you into the casita, providing a space for shaking off snow, setting down your treasures, or storing hiking sticks and sunhats, depending on the time of the year and your pleasure. Here you will also find materials on local hikes, galleries, and other Santa Fe treasures.
To the left of the entry is the Mora Bedroom, with a queen bed, kiva fireplace, sitting area, and small secretary which may provide space for those who must work while in Santa Fe. Art work in this room is from the mid-century modern era in NM and Texas. With a door opening to the courtyard on one side and windows on the other, you enjoy a lovely breeze when the weather is nice. Plush bed linens include down comforter and Pendleton blanket. (Please do not allow dogs on bed).
To the right of the entry way is the family room, perfect for relaxing on a cool summer evening as you meditate to the sounds of nature in the courtyard through the living room window, or warm your heart and hands by the fireplace in the winter. The sleeper couch makes out into a comfortable queen bed. You will not be bored, as you peruse the extensive library with art, history, novels, travel, educational, spiritual, and musical delights. Or, if you prefer, you can amuse yourself with the board games or plug into your favorite streaming shows via the SmartTV. Free Internet access is provided, through which you can enjoy shows from Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, and MHZ. Artwork in the family room evokes the Catholic Spanish faith traditions, as well as paying a tribute to Freida Kahlo. Antique furniture from 19th century France, Italy, Spain and Mexico blend the essence of Old World with the southwest to create the enchantment that epitomizes NM.
The living opens into the warm and sunny family kitchen where you and your companions will break bread together at a lovely old French farm table, or out on the courtyard, if you prefer, under the shade of the aspen and pine trees. Here the birds sing to bring you cheer all year round as you keep time by the distant chiming of the cathedral bells on the quarter hour. (Nuthatches, chickadees, flickers, robins, finches and towhees are frequent visitors.) The kitchen is fully stocked for even the most discriminating cook, with pottery dishes, cutlery and utensils, pots & pans, coffee & tea pot, toaster, tea and coffee, microwave, and basic spices. You will not believe the size of the refrigerator and freezer for all your leftovers from the gourmet dining in Santa Fe, if you opt not to cook. There is no disposal, so if you do cook, please take care to dispose of waste in the trash can. Stacked washer and dryer are in closet in the kitchen, and cleaning supplies are in a broom closet.
The second bedroom and bath are through the family room at the far end of the house. The bathroom has a shower head in a full jacuzzi tub, where you can soak your bones after a long hike, shussing down the slopes, or careening down a mountain bike just weary from all those art galleries and museums! Plush towels and robes, and hair dryer are provided.
The Taos room, with its two antique Italian twin beds, is enlivened by 70-80's era poster art and folk furniture from Taos. Plush bed linens include down comforters and Pendleton blankets. As in the Mora bedroom, please do not allow dogs on beds. A large closet stores extra linens and bedding should you need them.
At the front door of the casa, you will find a characteristic Santa Fe bench, where you can sit and watch the neighbors stroll by, enjoy the birds flit high overhead back and forth across Abeyta street, the sunset colors behind the aspen of our neighbors, or the moon rising over the mountains to the east.
Stroll down the quiet dirt road under the cotton wood trees for three blocks and you will find gourmet dining at Geronimo's, flamenco shows at El Farol, modern and traditional art galleries on Canyon Road. Keep going for one mile and you will be at the Cathedral and downtown plaza. museums, hiking trails. Historically significant residence of generations of Apodacas, a seventeenth century founding family.