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Exquisite Panoramic Views From This Elegant, Modern Ridge-top Adobe Casita

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,250 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

Uniquely designed 2-Bedroom, 1-bath adobe casita (sleeps 4-6), stunning views

This 2-bedroom, 1-bath contemporary adobe casita guest home sits on five acres high on a ridge-top just two miles north of Santa Fe, at 7,000'.

The striking 360-degree high-desert views include the famed Sangre de Cristo Mountains' ski hill to the east, west across the Rio Grand Valley to Los Alamos and the Jemez Mountains, and extending all the way north to Colorado.

Arroyos, canyons, ridges, mesas, and mountains surround the casita -- the vistas are unique to northern New Mexico, and the guest house is perfectly sited to take advantage of the breath-taking beauty.

Designed by esteemed Chicago architect Jim Nagle, whose homes have been featured in Architectural Digest, this romantic hideaway has everything you need for graceful living.

The complete kitchen features a French Gascon blue limestone countertop and top-of-the-line appliances. Jim Nagle described it as "an entire kitchen in one elegant island."

The exquisite interior walls are hand-plastered with custom colors throughout.The master bedroom features a king-size bed complete with upscale Ralph Lauren bedding, and sheets from Tuscany and Venice.

The expansive deck, which runs the length of the house, is perfect for watching the hummingbirds against the backdrop of northern New Mexico's magnificent sunsets.

Everything you need for barbecuing is in place ... all you have to do is fire up the grill!

You'll love the breath-taking views of the Santa Fe Opera House, the Jemez Mountains, and the Tesuque valley.

And it's a very special experience to watch the occasional thunderstorm moving across the vast expanse of the northern New Mexico sky.

If you visit in winter, you'll cozy up next to the custom-made fireplace in the living room, with its enormous windows allowing you to enjoy the exquisite vistas and scenic mesas.

Year-round, you can hike the private trails right outside your front door, cross-country ski in the arroyo just below your home-away-from-home. You and your family will enjoy an unforgettable stay in this peaceful, quiet getaway.

Furnishings and accessories have been collected from all around the world by Terry. The casita is full of Moroccan lanterns, Thai silks, and dishes and furniture from Mexico, all complementing the warm, natural materials and high-end finishes throughout the guest house.

Birds and wildlife abound in this exclusive, million-dollar neighborhood. Tesuque is an extraordinarily beautiful village, renowned for the old-growth cottonwood trees lining the narrow valley’s creeks.

Tesuque is rich with pinon pines, junipers, cedars, cottonwoods, and aspens ... all because of the year-round streams running through its picturesque canyon.

Perfect for a solitary writer's retreat, romantic getaway, or your next family reunion, this place has it all.

And best of all, this lovely retreat is just five minutes away from all the Santa Fe action.

Terry loves dogs; he's happy to host your four-legged companion.

He's also been known to cook one of his gourmet meals for folks, including the best calabacitas in the state.

He's on-site, and takes great care to create special experiences for his guests. Terry's always ready to answer any questions about the area. He's taken folks to his secret fly-fishing spots, and into town for the insiders' live-jazz nights at the local tapas bar.

He's stocked the casita with fiction and non-fiction books, reflecting his eclectic travels around the world. There's a stereo for your pleasure, along with some of Terry's favorite jazz and bossa nova cd's.

Please give Terry a call to talk about your stay: 505-820-3167.

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Terry Brunner
Member since: 2012
Speaks english
Response time
Within 2 days
Response rate
Calendar last updated:
16 September, 2018

About Terry Brunner

Before I retired, I had an active career as a strike force chief in the organized crime and racketeering sections of the Justice Department, leading teams of federal agents against the mafia in Cleveland and Pittsburg.

I was the long-time head of Chicago's Better Government Association, investigating political corruption in Chicago and Washington.

My investigations have been featured in the national media, including 60 Minutes, 20/20 and Dateline. I've worked closely with Mike Wallace, Ed Bradley, Brian Ross and Geraldo Rivera.

My work has been featured in Time, Newsweek, and Chicago Magazine. The investigations won almost every national journalism award, including the Pulitzer Prize.

I taught investigative reporting, broadcast journalism and media at Northwestern and Loyola universities, and Columbia College in Chicago.

After 15 years here, I've happily settled into my Santa Fe life, hiking or cross-country skiing every day in the arroyo or on the private trail with my Aussie.

And yes, I love children -- I've got three adult children and five grand-children. The casita is a wonderful place to vacation with your kids; and everyone loves the dog, whose name is Sky.

I'm a long-time jazz aficionado, and often take guests into town for live jazz concerts.

I'm also an avid fly fisherman, and have a great time taking guests to my favorite secret spots in the nearby Sangre de Cristo mountains.

You can celebrate the day's catch, grilling the fresh-caught trout while enjoying the sunset with a glass of wine from your private patio.

Please give me a call to talk about staying in the guest house: 505-820-3167, or 505-699-4197.

Terry Brunner purchased this house in 2006

Why Terry Brunner chose Tesuque

I love this particular property because I enjoy Santa Fe so much, and love the sense of spaciousness and privacy, the outstanding vistas all around us, as well as how close it is to all the fantastic restaurants, museums, concerts and movies.

Also, it's just five minutes to access points for the High Road through Truchas and Chimayo up to Taos, over to Los Alamos and Valles Caldera, and all of Northern New Mexico.

I lived in the guest house for two years while my own home was being built. The guest casita was designed to be open to the natural environment ... that's why it has 7 sets of French doors, each one opening onto to its own patio.

Please give me a call to talk about staying in the guest house: 505-820-3167, or 505-699-4197.

What makes this house unique

I came here to build my dream home. The fantastic location -- with its retreat-like setting, along with the proximity to Santa Fe's cultural scene and great restaurants -- has everything I always wanted.

Chicago architect Jim Nagle and I collaborated to create and build an intimate, elegant home and the "ultimate" guest house on this very special land.

We knew this was the right site because it's the outstanding high point on the long ridge between Santa Fe and Tesuque.

Nagle designed this guest house based on his experiences while building his own guest houses in New Mexico and Wisconsin.

I've never gotten tired of sitting in my living room looking east to the Sangre de Cristos, or sitting on the north patio watching the lights come on in the Pojoaque valley at dusk.

Many of the unique New Mexico penstemon varieties fill the hillside in the extensive gardens surrounding the casita.

The hummingbirds are back by mid-April, and stay though October, filling the air with their special magic. The gardens are also a popular hang-out for many migrating varieties of birds such as grosbeaks, tanagers, and finches. And, of course, there are always a few ravens flying overhead.

I've been here for 15 years ... and every sunset is as remarkable as the first one. This truly is my dream home come true.

It's a real pleasure to share this land with guests. I'd love to talk with you about staying in Hummingbird Heaven: give me a call: 505-820-3167, or 505-699-4197.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house rental in Tesuque

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1250 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Village ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Linens Provided
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Fireplace
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • Tub and shower.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 extra lg. double bed , Newly renovated-unique, beautiful furniture and accessories.
    Bedroom 2 - 1 large double bed , Large, sleep/work space w/ desks, storage, view.
  • Queen size Beds (1 Q in each room) Pull-out sofa in living room.
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • fly fishing
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountaineering
  • rock climbing
  • ski
  • snowboarding
  • whitewater rafting


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average rating of 4.9 based on 10 reviews

Beautiful setting. Comfortably appointed. Ideal location.

  • 5 of 5

Lush flowers, humming birds hovering on the porch with scenic views of the Tesuque valley and Sangre de Cristo mountains in the distance. The breezy evenings on the porch provide a fabulous view of the lights of Los Alamos. All in all, it was a very relaxing three weeks. Our 4th summer vacation at this great location and, hopefully, more to come.

  • Review Submitted: 23/06/2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful and serene.

  • 4 of 5

Great property and host.

  • Review Submitted: 16/04/2018
  • Date of Stay: April 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great location and great house.

  • 5 of 5

We couldn’t be happier with our stay! The kids loved it and want to go back!

  • Review Submitted: 01/04/2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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It was wonderful - exactly what we needed - incredible views

  • 5 of 5

We could not be more pleased - the hosts were terrific - hope to return for a longer stay. Stay here and you will not regret it.

  • Review Submitted: 04/07/2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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It is a Paradise, and a very Fragrant and Dog-Friendly one, too

  • 5 of 5

I am so glad to find Terry's rental house on our first visit to Santa Fe! Honestly speaking, coming from Houston TX, we (family of 4 + 2 dogs) were not easy when we just arrived this hilltop house to learn that there is no AC! But very soon we started to enjoy the dry mountain breeze and not missed the AC a bit - and it can become cold in the evening and morning. Terry maintains such a wonderful garden that attracts many birds, especially cute little hummingbirds, and not a single second I did not smell different kinds of fragrance from the plants/trees in the air. The house itself is impeccable, like previous reviewers said, with high-end furniture and appliances. Neighborhood are all $millions houses. There is a trail starting from this property; we hiked the trail twice during our one-week stay and gave enough exercise to everyone. Terry and his aussie Sky are such great host. Kids became attached to them, and wanted to write them a card immediately when we returned to Houston home. When I asked my daughter, what is your most favorite place in this Santa Fe vacation, she answered without hesitation, "Grandpa Terry's Little Hill" (among Santa Fe Plaza, Bandelier, Taos Pueblo, Pecos Wilderness). Being on a hilltop, our regular Toyota Sienna still can manage during a rainy evening no problem. No wonder people keep returning, and we are planning our winter ski vacation @ Terry's ...

  • Review Submitted: 04/08/2015
  • Date of Stay: July 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

We just got back from our second vacation in paradise at this lovely Tesuque home. We will also be returning in fall. As other people have mentioned, Terry, the host is a joy. Interesting, entertaining, friendly, and the best trout fishing guide in Santa Fe. Sky, the owner's Australian Shepard dog, warmly greeted us each morning and made a final appearance before lights out at night. The view from each window is spectacular from the sunrise over the Sangre de Christo mountains to the incredible sunsets over the San Juan mountains. Celebrating fabulous sunsets while sitting on the porch with a glass of wine and watching the hummingbirds feed are some of our fondest memories. The home is very convenient to the wide-range of activities in Santa Fe (12 minutes to the plaza)yet at the same time it feels as if you are in a spacious, isolated retreat. We enjoyed the convenience of being able to prepare meals whenever we chose to in the well-equipped kitchen. Other appreciated amenities include washer and dryer. A few foot steps from the home are ridge top and arroyo hiking trails. We have traveled throughout the US and several international locations, and this is our favorite accommodation ever.

  • Review Submitted: 11/06/2015
  • Date of Stay: April 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Located 5 miles from the Santa Fe plaza, this gracious adobe casita has views of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, the Jemez Mountains, and the world-renowned Santa Fe Opera.

The special village of Tesuque and the always-popular Tesuque Market/Restaurant are located just a mile's scenic walk or drive away.

Santa Fe's most popular attractions are within a 10-minute drive from the home. including museums, art galleries, restaurants, historical sites, and the Santa Fe Ski Area.

Stay in Tesuque, and you're much closer to many special day-trip destinations such as Ojo Caliente Hot Springs, Abiquiui, Bandelier National Monument, and Taos.

It's the perfect location for maximizing your visit to Santa Fe -- peace and privacy, and yet just minutes from everything waiting for you to explore.

Whether you're coming for a family reunion or a wedding, to attend one of the many high-quality art workshops, or to enjoy a quiet retreat setting, Hummingbird Heaven has it all.


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this holiday house around the Tesuque

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3 night minimum stay

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cleaning AU$137.22

4-wheel drive car recommended.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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