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Nature & Bird Lovers: unique, colorful, peaceful, rural, close to downtown.

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


About the property

1 BR apt on quiet family farm, near dedicated open space & trails

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.

Accommodate 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.


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

- Heating, air conditioning and celling fan

- Wireless internet

- 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 an hour
Response rate
Calendar last updated:
9 August, 2017

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 New Mexico

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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(25 traveller reviews)

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Nature & Bird Lovers: unique, colorful, peaceful, rural, close to downtown.
average rating of 4.72 based on 25 reviews

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: Jun 17, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jun 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: Mar 22, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Quiet Historic Area

  • 5 of 5

We spent two nights here. We found Flora and Sam to be welcoming, generous with local information and care regarding our comfort and access. The unit is comfortable, and the location is in an interesting part of the area and of the country. If you are interested, Sam will regale you with tales of his family and their history in the area. Right on the Rio, with access to the bosque and other open space areas nearby. In a quiet rural area, but close to town.

  • Review Submitted: Feb 28, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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quiet and relaxing retreat

  • 5 of 5

Located off the beaten path, but near enough to ABQ. Casita is exactly as presented. Quiet, peaceful and relaxing. Would stay here again!

  • Review Submitted: Jan 1, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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a little peace of paradise

  • 5 of 5

Immaculately clean and peaceful casita that had everything we needed (washer and dryer, and sleep number bed were a real bonus). The owners also gave us a warm welcome, and useful information on what to do in and around Albuquerque, as well as services in the area. My husband and I really enjoyed visiting with the animals in the pasture, watching the many birds fly over from the nearby nature reserve, just hanging out in the casita, and the nice sunsets and sunrises too!

  • Review Submitted: Oct 24, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A great week at a wonderful rental!

  • 4 of 5

My husband and I stayed for a week at Casita de Colores and it was wonderful! Flora and Sam were gracious hosts and their property was lovely! Quiet and removed from the city but easy access to all the sights and things to do. Very close to the airport which was great! We 100% recommend staying at this well equipped, comfortable apartment!

  • Review Submitted: Oct 16, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Jill. Thank you for your nice review. We are always looking to improve so if you have a bit of time we'd appreciate learning what we could do to earn a 5. Thank you!
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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

Rental Rates for this holiday apartment in South Valley

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Albuquerque Balloon Fiests
6 Oct 2018 - 14 Oct 2018
2 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee A$31.13

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.
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