One Bedroom casita built with an artistic cultural flair. This house has a gallery quality decor and filled with local artist's work, which is captivating and fascinating. It also has all the amenities to make your stay comfortable. The perfect home away from home. This home is in a quiet and secluded area and has radiant heating, new washer/dryer, cable TV, DVD player, internet access, pots and pans, dishware, towels, linens, new appliances.
One Bedroom, 1 Bath In A Quiet Area On Dead End Street
Petra or David Rael
- english, spanish
- Calendar last updated:
- 23 Mar. 2019
About Petra or David Rael
Dave and Petra Rael are both Taos natives who feel a deep appreciation for the local cultures and traditions of their community. Dave is a teacher by trade and continues to teach at the University of New Mexico, Taos Branch. He also developed Dave's Custom Cycle in Taos, a Harley-Davidson Custom and service shop which included retail. Dave has retired from that business and decided to custom build a casita instead. His philosophy, 'if you can't go to the mountains, you bring the mountains to you'. At the completion of his casita, he decided to dedicate the casita in memory of his sister Linda. Hence the name, Casita Linda which also has double meaning, 'beautiful little house'.
Petra or David Rael purchased this House in 2012
Why Petra or David Rael chose Taos
This property has been in the family for generations and is filled with childhood memories that go back many years. The street (Peralta Lane) is named after Dave's grandfather, Malaquias Peralta. The casita was built on a two acre field, a huge backyard! You can fly a kite, take a stroll, catch a glimpse of a neighborhood cat hunting, or you may see the occasional coyote crossing the field in search of an unsuspecting cat. Other nocturnal animals which are known to frequent the area in search of left over cat food include raccoon, skunks, and other creatures which are too cunning or elusive to allow themselves to be seen.
What makes this House unique
This home was constructed with no deadline in mind. The objective when building this casita was to capture the spirit of Taos in its detailed construction. 'Taos' is a native american word meaning 'red willows' which explains why the kitchen cabinets incorporate red willows from the area. Other woods used with history include: apple wood from an old orchard in the sacred village of Chimayo, apricot wood from the valley of Valdez, aspen and choke cherry wood from cabresto canyon in Questa and cedar from an Indian reservation in Oklahoma. The native american decor of paintings, pottery, drums, and baskets coupled with snow covered peaks on the wall will surely settle a restless soul and inspire a yearning to embrace the elusive spirit of Taos. The antler lamp in the living room may illicit thoughts of deer roaming through lush meadows deep in the Sangre de Cristo mountains. The ceiling in the living room, cedar and weather wood, the gentle angles reminds you of waves or perhaps it tricks your mind, is it an optical illusion? Upon entering the bathroom, the aztec theme will certainly jump at you. The pyramid high above the lavatory wall, the aztec gods which adorn the cabinet doors, river rock floor, mexican tile, glass block shower walls, white marble. All these attributes will certainly make you feel like you entered another world within the casita, a different place in time.
Check-in: 2:00 pm
Check-out: 12:00 pm
No refunds for cancellations made after payment is made
Truly a Casita Linda—A pretty little house!
This is an lovely property—as beautiful as it is comfortable. The owner’s craftsmanship is truly amazing, making each moment inside beautiful. And outside there is a great barbeque area in an ample fenced yard. Perta and David are great hosts—and fascinating people to talk to. So, for me a perfect place to stay in Taos. Looking forward to a return trip!
A beautiful “Casita” with amazing architectural details. Walking distance to Taos town square.
Comfy, cozy home. Close to amazing restaurants and art galleries. Would definitely rent again & again!
Beautiful, unique property
We had a wonderful time in Taos. The casita was close to the Plaza and in a quiet area.
Beautiful Casita! Very clean, homey , you will find everything you need.
Very Nice Place
The place was beautiful, close to downtown. We enjoyed it very much.
This property is the perfect accommodations in a town with such an artistic and friendly culture!
This property is absolutely wonderful. The artistic construction and unique charm had us admiring new facets of the hand crafted construction through out our whole stay; yet the wood and stone materials David has used in his construction create a very warm, relaxed and snuggle-right-in atmosphere.
David met us when we arrived, gave us a quick tour of the Casita, answered any questions we had, told us how to get in touch if we needed (two doors down) and then left us to explore for 9 days. He provided just the right information we needed without being intrusive.
The location is easily within 10 to 15 minutes walking distance of the plaza and center of Taos. My wife and I walked downtown twice a day, usually mid morning and then again for dinner and evenings out. Depending when you visit, traffic can be heavy and parking is not easy in downtown Taos, so the ability to walk was appreciated. Walking back after dark does require a light for part of the way, but a cellphone flashlight worked just fine; and the neighborhood felt very safe. But please realize this is from our perspective living in a very remote area of expansive woods in Northern Michigan and having no real fear of the dark..
And while we were close to downtown, the location has pleasantries of rural life; cows roaming in a pasture right out the back window; a rooster could be heard in the distance each morning, and what sounded like ducks ever so often at night? None of this was ever intrusive or interrupted our sleep however.
We hope to visit Taos again, and we hope this property is available when we do!!
Thank you David and Petra
The Boettcher's were perfect guests. Communication was good and appreciated. They treated our Casita as their own home and that is very appreciated, guests like them are rare and a charm to host. They are welcome back anytime and we would highly recommend them.
Ranchos de Taos church as a historical history.( Be sure to see the Miracle Painting)
Rio Grande Gorge Bridge,
Taos Ski Valley,
Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs,
Kit Carson Museum,
Governor Bent Museum,
John Dunn Bridge,
Various art galleries,
Variety of Shops,
Additional information about rental rates
At the time of deposit. you will receive a contract and must return it asap in order to reserve. A cleaning fee $75.00 to $100.00 will apply.