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Serene, Charming Rural Retreat Yet Close to Town.

Bedrooms 1
Space 51 m²
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

1 BR apt on quiet family farm, fully equipped for comfortable stay.

Wake to face large windows overlooking verdant acres; winter walks delight with cries of hundreds of sandhill cranes; relax with glass of wine on private patio; visit family chapel or pasture with llama and goats. You'll find our 2nd story house of colors, with unique hand-carved elements, an enchanting retreat. Full kitchen contains everything you need to prepare meals if you wish or enjoy just relaxing on the private patio, or soaking in the hot tub after day of sightseeing.

Accommodates two, adults only, no pets. Minimum stay 2 nights.

Newly renovated. Extremely clean. Living space: 550 sq ft with private secure parking in family compound. Owners are docents at nearby Gutierrez Hubbell House History & Cultural Center and are happy to offer our guests tours of the museum and gardens at their convenience.


- Wireless internet

- DirecTv

- Pool (June - Sept) and Hot Tub (2 person, guests only)

- Exercise Room next door

- Heating, air conditioning and celling fan

- Sleeping: Queen Sleep Number Bed;

- 2 Bed stands with lamps, alarm clock

- Make-up vanity with bench, mirror and hair dryer

- Walk in closet with iron board, iron, full length mirror, bench, plenty hanging space, chest of drawers

- Shower with rain shower head

- Towels, basic toiletries

- Flat screen TV with DirecTv channels

- 4 ring stove & oven

- Keurig Pro 2. Coffee pod for each guest for each day of stay

- Toaster

- Microwave

- Service ware for 4, wine glasses

- Cookware and cooking utensils

- Mixing and storage bowls

- Set knives

- Basic pantry items, including oil, salt/pepper

- Paper towels

- Dish soap

- Washer & dryer, detergent & dryer sheets

Outdoors: private brick patio, bench & chiminea

Other: pool (June 1-Sept. 15), 2 person hot tub, gym with treadmill, BoFlex, row machine, mirrors and flatscreen TV

Property features: private family chapel, farm animals (llama and goats), summer garden (fresh vegetables for your table)

Suitability: non smoking only, 2nd floor not accessible for limited mobility, adults only, no pets

More Details

Flora Sanchez
Member since: 2014
Speaks english, spanish
Response time
Within 12 hours
Response rate
Calendar last updated:
18 January, 2018

About Flora Sanchez

My husband Sam and I were both born and raised in Albuquerque. We bought this 8 acre property in 1982. We built our home and raised our two children here. Eventually we deeded an acre to each of the children; they built their homes here and are raising our grandkids next door. Friends and family call it 'the Sanchez village'. Over time we've added several structures to the estate, most recently the recreation building (which houses the Casita along with Sam's wood shop, the RV garage, and a small gym) and the family capilla or chapel. We raise grass hay, Boer goats and Dolly Llama on the back pasture, an open space that attracts hundreds of cranes and geese here in the winter. A small farmer coop plants organic vegetables and will soon begin building a hoop house to extend the growing season.

Flora Sanchez purchased this apartment in 1982

Why Flora Sanchez chose South Valley

Sam and I are both retired and have enjoyed sharing our guest room with friends and family. After our granddaughter moved into her own home we converted her transition living space to a rental and look forward to welcoming new friends to this place.

What makes this apartment unique

Everyone who visits this property comments about how beautiful and quiet it is. The property's east boundary is a cottonwood forest that borders the Rio Grande. A 1/4 mi walk will take you to the banks of the Rio Grande River where you can enjoy the wildlife, especially birds being drawn to the Valle del Oro National Wildlife Refuge directly across the river. Walking trails connect you to three open space properties within 1 mile radius, including the historic Gutierrez Hubbell House History and Cultural Center just 1/4 mi south. We are right on the original Route 66.

When ready to see more of the city an easy 7 mi drive will take you to downtown ABQ and Old Town. Balloon Fiesta Park is just another 7 mi north. Santa Fe is a quick one hour's drive as is Acoma (Sky City) Pueblo. At the end of a long day of sightseeing you'll enjoy returning to your quiet, restful abode for a soak in the hot tub, a moonlight swim, or just a cup of coffee on your own patio.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday apartment rental in South Valley

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 2
Building Type:
  • building
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 51 m²
House Rules:
  • Check-in: Flexible
  • /
  • Check-out: Flexible
  • Max. occupancy: 2 ...
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Not suitable for children ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • Guests will leave the apartment in the same condition as they found it.
  • Use of exercise room, swimming pool and hot tub are at guest own risk. Contact us for instructions on opening and closing the pool and hot tub.
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Rural
  • Away From It All
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 2 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower enclosure
  • One bath with shower, toilet and sink
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 large double bed , 1 sofa bed/futon
  • One BR--bank of south facing windows offers beautiful view of neighboring farm. Contains Queen Sleep Number bed, two bed stands with lamps, alarm.
  • Books ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • long term rentals available
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Private Pool ...
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • laundrette - not serviced
  • festivals
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • photography
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • laundrette - serviced
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • roller blading
  • swimming
  • tennis
Three dedicated open space properties within 1/2 mile radius -- all with good walking paths. Historic museum 1/3 mile--hosts are docents and happy to provide tours


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Serene, Charming Rural Retreat Yet Close to Town.
average rating of 4.7586207 based on 29 reviews

Quaint and Cozy Apartment

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful stay over Thanksgiving week at this cute apartment in Albuquerque’s south valley. The cranes and geese were fun to watch (and hear honking). Great location and great hosts. Would definitely recommend to others.

  • Review Submitted: 27/11/2017
  • Date of Stay: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Vacation made Perfect by staying in this Casita!

  • 5 of 5

Words alone cannot begin to describe what the meaning of "a perfect vacation" is, until you stay at this casita! It is quiet, serene, and beautiful! It is on the edge of town. It is only a short drive to the interstates, airport, Super WalMart, The Petroglyphs, Old Town, Turquoise Trail, missions, numerous restaurants, many trails, Hubbell House, bakeries, and a place where you can by homemade ice cream delicacies. The Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta was only a short 20-25 minute jaunt. Further destinations such as national monuments, the Bosque Del Apache Wildlife Refuge, Jemez Mountains, missions, Santa Fe, and the Cumbres/Toltec Scenic Railroad were easily accessible and only a few hours drive. Sam and Flora are the most kind and gracious hosts! Any questions you might have, about anything at all, were answered quickly either by a text message or telephone call. They provided pages of information to ensure that our stay was enjoyable. My husband and I simply cannot thank them sufficiently for all their many kindnesses! They are a lovely, Christian couple! We certainly plan to return in the near future and stay much longer! Thank-you, Sam and Flora, from the bottom of our hearts!

  • Review Submitted: 20/10/2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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The perfect hideaway

  • 5 of 5

This Casita was the perfect place for us! A last minute trip to see the balloon fiesta and really didn't think I would find a hotel. (I didn't because the prices were to high) A friend told me to look on VRBO and I found this gem, tucked in the South Valley down a private drive. This perfectly groomed property was a delight to our eyes. Every need was taken care of by Sam and Flora the nicest people you would ever want to meet. I highly recommend this place.

  • Review Submitted: 09/10/2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nicest Owners

  • 5 of 5

Flora was so quick to respond to all my inquiries about the area and local transportation. At the last minute I had a death in my family and was unable to go. She took the time to find another renter and without asking refunded my money . So nice to have this human touch in the seemingly impersonal world of travel these days. I hope to be able to stay at this idyllic location in the future .

  • Review Submitted: 04/10/2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Cute, clean and comfortable!

  • 5 of 5

Sam and Flora were friendly and gracious. Their second floor apartment was thoughtfully laid out to make the most of the area and was appointed nicely. I was there alone while my husband worked during the day and I felt safe and comfortable. The grounds are pretty and fun to explore. If work takes us to Albuquerque again, we will definitely look them up. Highly recommend! Thank you, Sam and Flora!

  • Review Submitted: 17/06/2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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44th Anniversary getaway

  • 4 of 5

We had a wonderful time at our Casita. It was close enough to town for all the activities but out in the country for privacy. Quaint, clean and cozy. The owners were very warm and friendly and had alot of helpful recommendations. We will definitely recommend Casita de Colores.

  • Review Submitted: 22/03/2017
  • Date of Stay: March 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
7 Miles
Albuquerque International Sunport
Nearest Golf
6 Miles
UNM South Course & Isleta Pueblo
Nearest Motorway
2.5 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Car: recommended

Our property is on Isleta Blvd, the original Route 66

Gutierrez Hubbell House History & Cultural Center 1/4 mile south

Isleta Pueblo and Resort & Casino are 6 miles south

National Hispanic Cultural Center 5 miles nortth


Rates & Availability

Contact Owner

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee AU$31.36

Note: Returning guests are offered 7th night free on a week's booking. Once payment is received I will forward packet of information to assist your planning.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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