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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 a few hours
Response rate
Calendar last updated:
21 March, 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.
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Great getaway

  • 5 of 5

Sam and Flora were fantastic hosts. They went out of their way to make our stay comfortable and enjouaby. We got a personal tour of the Guiterrez Hubbell home which was so interesting! We also enjoyed the lovely little apartment that had everything we neesed.

  • Review Submitted: 20/03/2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Comfortable private accommodations

  • 5 of 5

These lovely accommodations helped to make our first visit to New Mexico especially enjoyable and relaxing. The apartment is beautifully decorated, private, and immaculate. The Sanchezes were excellent hosts, quick to answer our questions, offering sound advice about what to do and see in the area. I would definitely recommend this property for your next visit to Albuquerque!

  • Review Submitted: 18/02/2018
  • Date of Stay: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful apartment in a lovely rural location

  • 5 of 5

My dad very much enjoyed his stay in this apartment above a garage in my neighborhood. Decorated with lots of local artwork, handmade furniture, and bright colors on the walls, it is a clean and cheerful place to stay. Sam and Flora are considerate hosts. Lots of places to walk in this beautiful rural neighborhood near the river, and a short drive from downtown Albuquerque. Highly recommended.

  • Review Submitted: 13/02/2018
  • Date of Stay: December 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Comfortable, Quiet, Friendly

  • 5 of 5

Flora & Sam are great hosts! Always available if you need them. The property is beautiful and very clean and well maintained! They had everthing we needed. Highly recommended! You will not be disappointed. We will definitely stay again.

  • Review Submitted: 01/02/2018
  • Date of Stay: January 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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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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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$31.86

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

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