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Luxury Condo 3 Blocks to Plaza, O'Keeffe, 'Perfect for Couples,' Parking, Patio

Bedrooms 1
Space 1,100 sq. ft.
Property type condo
Minimum Stay 3 - 30 nights


About the property

One bedroom + guest room/study, 2 baths, garden patio with mountain views.

Casita Cynthia is a beautiful luxury condominium in the heart of Santa Fe, at the El Corazon de Santa Fe condominium complex. It is one of the most desirable units in one of the most desirable properties in Santa Fe, on the ground floor, with views of the mountains and the historic East Side from the spacious adobe-wall-enclosed patio. It truly is a short, easy walk to the Plaza and to the O'Keeffe (2-4 blocks, depending on how you count, five minutes, on safe sidewalks). The location is ideal.

CALENDAR NOTES: I keep my calendar up to date, so that if my calendar shows availability, the condo should be available. Occasionally there is a short lag time between a guest expressing a desire to book and making a deposit, or when a guest requests a hold while researching flights; I try to note any of those holds here. I will respond quickly if you have questions about availability or anything else. Feel free to call, e-mail, or text any time. I'm usually in the Mountain Time Zone or the Atlantic Time Zone, so late night/early morning inquiries from other time zones may receive a response several hours later.


The master bedroom has a new king sized bed and new luxury linens. The master bath has dual sinks, granite counter tops, and a large slate & marble-tiled walk-in shower. French doors open onto the private adobe-walled patio from the master bedroom.


The study has a full-size sleeper sofa (very high end, with memory foam mattress: honestly & truly extremely comfortable). This room could accommodate a visitor or a third guest during your stay, but it is tight when used as a bedroom--when the sofa is opened there is not a lot of extra room to move around. The bathroom adjacent to the study has a single sink and a slate-tiled shower.

The study has a full-sized desk and ergonomic work chair. This is a recent change; photos coming soon to replace the photo with the second TV, which is no longer there.


The kitchen has Jenn-Air appliances and granite counter tops and gourmet cooking equipment. Just in: new All-Clad TK (Thomas Keller) cookware from William Sonoma. There are everyday dishes and fancy china for your special occasions.


The laundry area includes a washer and dryer. Ironing board, iron, and detergent are provided.


The living room includes a down-filled sofa, "smart TV," and gas-fired kiva fireplace. French doors open onto the private patio. An authentic Knoll womb chair provides the ultimate in comfortable seating.


The dining area is between the kitchen and the living room, with an antique Spanish Colonial dining table, and seating for six. The antique country French cupboard holds fancy china and glassware.


The adobe-walled private patio is shady, with professionally maintained gardens, a dining table, and La Fuma lounge chairs.


There are slate floors with radiant heating throughout the home. The gas kiva fireplace in the living room turns on instantly. There is air conditioning for summer.

I am recently retired from the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs, in the extensive state museum system, and the condo is furnished with much locally-made furniture and southwestern art: carved contemporary and antique furniture from New Mexico, Mexico, and South America; art from Santa Fe's Spanish Market and Indian Market; folk art from New Mexico and Central and South America; custom tin-work mirror and living room mural by Santa Fe artists; lithographs from the famed Tamarind Institute in Albuquerque; contemporary and vintage paintings by New Mexico artists; a vintage Native American weaving, and more.

The condo comes with its own parking space in the secure underground parking lot on the premises. Parking in central Santa Fe can be tight, so this space is a real plus. (We have one dedicated space for our unit; a limited number of guest spaces are available for your guests, but are not guaranteed.)

There is an exercise room on the premises. There is no swimming pool, but Santa Fe has a several excellent community pools, with fees of a few dollars. The Fort Marcy pool is within walking distance, and the Genoveva Chavez Center, with a spectacular large pool, is a 10-minute drive away.


The condo is ideal for a single person or couple, and can easily accommodate an additional guest during a stay. It would be tight for two couples; the couple in the smaller room would envy the couple in the master bedroom. It works for parents and a teen or adult son or daughter, but it is not suitable for a family that includes small children: there is not much space for play and there is some not-childproof art and furniture.

If you have questions about whether or not the condo will work for your party, don't hesitate to ask and I'll do my best to answer you honestly and right away.


There is an elevator from the underground parking area to the condo complex courtyard, and the unit is a short walk along safe paths from the elevator. There are two short steps (about 4") from the sidewalk to the front door), but otherwise the home is all level and on the ground floor. There are no steps out to the patio, and there is a back gate that opens onto the Grant Street sidewalk from the patio without steps, however there is no parking on Grant Street, and the patio door must be locked from the inside, so this no-steps access is not a true entrance and exit. Hence, the home is very comfortable, easy, and safe for anyone with mobility issues, but not truly ADA accessible. I'm happy to answer any questions about accessibility.


I welcome inquiries from legislators, the film industry, house-hunters, and others seeking longer term rentals. For a rental of more than one month, please contact me with your desired dates and I will send you a quote. Month-long rentals include a housekeeping visit mid-month. Additional housekeeping can be arranged.

Long-term rentals may have a different deposit and payment schedule, to be discussed during booking.

If you are interested in a month-long rental that spans 2 different months, or anything else that doesn't seem to fit my rate schedule, just ask for quote, and I will try to accommodate your plans.


50% of your payment is due upon booking and 50% is due 15 days before arrival. If you cancel and I'm able to re-book the unit, I will refund the amount I am able to recoup. If you cancel before you've made the final payment, then only your first payment is in jeopardy of not being refunded.

VRBO/Homeaway offers reasonably priced trip insurance. You will see a quote for this insurance at checkout and can examine the policy before you purchase it, or you can go to http://www.vacationprotection.com and get a quote. The cost is about 4-5% of your rental payment. I feel confident in recommending this insurance after it recently paid a claim for a guest who was unable to get here for New Year's Eve due to a blizzard that closed highways in Texas & New Mexico. Please consider it.


Tax: In accordance with New Mexico law, I collect 8.313% Gross Receipts Tax and 7% Lodging tax. NOTE: NO TAX ON STAYS OF 30 DAYS OR LONGER. Quotes for 30-day stays may show a tax. If so, I will adjust the quote and remove the tax.

Pet Fee: $75 (one-time fee, not daily, dogs only).

Third Guest Fee: $50 (one-time fee; not daily).

Service Fee: In February 2016, HomeAway/VRBO implemented a service fee, which is a percentage of the rental payment. I have no control over this fee, which is established, collected, and retained by the company. To offset the cost of this fee to travelers, I eliminated my exit cleaning fee.

Security Deposit/Damage Insurance: $200, refundable within one week of departure (usually more quickly), for stays under one month. This is charged to your credit card on your second payment, 15 days before arrival. If you would prefer to purchase damage insurance through VRBO/HomeAway, starting at $59 for $1,500 of damage insurance, please let me know, and I can adjust your quote.

Longer rentals, including for film industry or the NM legislative session stays, may require a larger refundable security deposit and/or insurance, to be discussed at the time of booking.


You can pay through this site with credit cards or e-check. If you would like to pay with a personal check, you will receive my mailing address in the check-out process.


I can put a 24-hour hold on a reservation to allow time to make airline reservations.


After you book with your first payment, I will send you detailed info about the condo, the neighborhood, and entry to the home and parking garage, and you will be invited to access VRBO/HomeAway's mobil app. I'm always available to answer questions about the condo, Santa Fe, and New Mexico travel.


Check-in time is 5pm. Check-out time is 10am. We accommodate requests for early check-in and late check-out when we can.


We leave a welcome basket of snacks and New Mexico red wine. If you have any special needs or requests, please let me know and we will try to accommodate you.


Gmail sends VRBO/Homeaway correspondence to the 'Promotions' folder and it looks like spam, so if you are expecting to hear from me or the company, please check that folder, or check with me to see if you've missed anything.


No smoking in the condo and on the patio. Thank you.


Casita Cynthia is licensed by the City of Santa Fe as a short term rental in full compliance with all city laws.

More Details

Cynthia Baughman
Member since: 2014
Speaks English
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
29 March, 2017

About Cynthia Baughman

Cynthia recently retired from the New Mexico Department of Cultural affairs as editor of 'El Palacio,' the magazine of the extensive state museum system (www.elpalacio.org). She and her husband love the cultural life and the beauty and history of Santa Fe and the whole state of New Mexico. If you would like recommendations for museums, restaurants, day trips (or longer) just ask.

After many years of visiting New Mexico, Cynthia and her husband moved from the Philadelphia area to Tesuque Village (a few minutes north of Santa Fe) in 2010. Born in Tennessee, Cynthia grew up in Washington DC, got a BA in English from Dartmouth College and an MFA in Creative Writing from Cornell, and taught writing at Ithaca College and Temple University before moving to Santa Fe to work in Cultural Affairs. Cynthia and her husband have two adult children who work in the film industry and live in New York state, and two small dogs from the Santa Fe Animal Shelter. A frequent vacation destination is Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, Canada.

Note from Cynthia: I keep my calendar up to date and am easily accessible by e-mail and phone. If you have questions, I will get back to you as soon as I can--usually within a few minutes (although varying time zones can make for a lag).

Cynthia Baughman purchased this condo in 2008

Why Cynthia Baughman chose Santa Fe

El Corazon de Santa Fe means 'The Heart of Santa Fe,' and it's the truth. This location is ideal: a quiet, residential block just steps from the best restaurants, museums, and shopping of Santa Fe. The nearby Plaza throbs with life, and the great Spanish Market and Indian Market happen around you. Marcy Street, with excellent restaurants and shopping is one block away. The Lensic Performing Arts Center is a short 3-block walk away. Located on the north side of town, the condo provides easy access by car to the Santa Fe Ski Valley and the Santa Fe Opera.

What makes this condo unique

The shady garden patio provides a quiet haven behind adobe walls, and gives you a view of the snow-capped mountains of the Ski Valley and the gentler Sun Mountain of Santa Fe's Museum Hill. Underground parking means your car is always at the ready for jaunts to the Farmer's Market, Ten Thousand Waves Spa, Ski Santa Fe, or the Opera, or for day trips to Bandelier Monument, Los Alamos, or Taos. But you may just want to keep your car parked for days---there are so many magical places within walking distance. It is possible to come without a car and spend your entire trip walking the historic Plaza area, or to rent a car just for a few days of trips to spots such as Acoma Pueblo, Taos, and the historic mining town--now arts town--Madrid.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday condo in Downtown in Santa Fe

Property Type:
  • condo
  • floor 1
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1100 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy 3
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...
  • not suitable for children ...
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
Location Type:
  • city centre ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Adventure
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Lift ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Master Bathroom - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Dual sinks with granite countertops.
    Study/guest room bathroom - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • Showers are tiled with slate; master bathroom has dual sinks. Shampoo, conditioner, and soap are provided.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 3
  • Guest room/study - 1 Sofa bed/Futon , Full-sized sleep sofa with a memory foam mattress.
    Master bedroom - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , French doors open onto the adobe-walled patio.
  • Master bedroom has a king-sized bed and French doors that open onto the private walled patio with views of downtown and the mountains. Study/guest room has a high end full-sized sofa bed with memory foam mattress--an exceptionally comfortable sofa bed, truly as comfy as a bed. The room is small and there is very little space left when the bed is open, hence, I consider the unit a one-bedroom with a study/guest room, not a true two-bedroom unit. Two people could sleep here, and they would have a quiet window to an inside pathway and a private bathroom, but they would not have the space that the folks in the master bedroom are enjoying.
  • Books ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • synagogues
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • ski
The condo is in a gated, adobe-walled complex in the heart of Santa Fe. Pathways are quiet, private, and landscaped. Location is unbeatable for Indian Market, Spanish Market, Fiesta, and Convention Center events.


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Luxury Condo 3 Blocks to Plaza, O'Keeffe, 'Perfect for Couples,' Parking, Patio
average rating of 5.0 based on 28 reviews

Absolutely perfect!

  • 5 of 5

We loved every minute of our time here. Location is primo and the condo has every thoughtful touch you could imagine. We will be back!!

  • Review Submitted: Mar 12, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Downtown Santa Fe Style

  • 5 of 5

A great location within walking distance to all the downtown activities and attractions. The condo is nicely furnished, and the kitchen is well equipped.

  • Review Submitted: Mar 6, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for the kind words. It was a pleasure having you folks stay with us.
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Quiet, cozy gem near the best of Santa Fe!

  • 5 of 5

From the booking to the departure everything about our stay was effortless and enjoyable. Cynthia's list of suggestions about what to do and where to eat in Santa Fe was invaluable. She knows this town like no other!

She was so helpful to us regarding early arrival, specifically in finding a place for our luggage before our check in time. I thought that was extremely generous of her and above and beyond the expectations. The condo was so perfect for the two of us, comfortable, well appointed and spacious. It was very nice to have two bathrooms and two showers. Thank you Cynthia for making our stay so wonderful!

  • Review Submitted: Jan 2, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for staying with & thanks for taking the time to write these nice comments. We are so happy everything worked out and that you had a good trip.
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  • 5 of 5

We travel to Santa Fe every Christmas for the last 14 years and we have stayed in many El Corazon units-- this one is by far the best. Every amenity is provided and attention to detail distinguishes this property from the others. Cynthia went beyond the call to accommodate our stay and is very kind and personable. After such a wonderful experience it will be hard to stay anywhere else when we return to Santa Fe next year.

Trey & Liz, San Antonio, Texas

  • Review Submitted: Dec 30, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We loved having you stay with us. Thanks for being such great guests & thank you for taking the time to post this lovely review.
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The perfect place to stay in downtown Santa Fe!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed in Casa Cynthia over the Christmas holiday. It was perfect! This home is extremely comfortable and well appointed. We had everything we needed to cook a fine Christmas dinner and when we didn't want to cook, some of the finest restaurants in the country were only a few blocks away.

We walked nearly everywhere during our stay. There are grocery stores and bakeries within one-half mile. Canyon Road is also a walk-able distance. The Plaza and fine shopping are within 3-4 blocks. You cannot beat this location.

It gets quite cold in Santa Fe in the winter. This home has radiant heat and provides underground parking. The garage was always dry and warm no matter the weather outside. We also made good use of the kiva fireplace. This is a truly cozy and warm home!

Cynthia and her property manager, Calliope, are exceptional. They were always responsive and wanted to make sure we had everything we needed to fully enjoy our stay.

I highly recommend this home for your vacation in Santa Fe.

  • Review Submitted: Dec 29, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so glad that you spent your Christmas with us & had a good time. Thanks for taking the time to post these kind words, and come back any time!
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Did a genie create this place?

  • 5 of 5

Every time we wished for something at Casita Cynthia, there it was! We stayed for six nights in May, when the weather was cool and changeable with some lovely sunshine. The location is terrific: within an easy walk of lots of restaurants, three excellent museums, and the downtown Plaza with all of its galleries and crafts. Another nearby gem is the Lensic Theater, which has all kinds of performances—we went to three! There are lots of guide materials at the condo to help decide which restaurants and sites to see. We especially enjoyed the Plaza Café: an unprepossessing place with great local fare. A stay of two to four days without a car is entirely feasible. If you do have a car, the parking in the complex garage is part of the deal.

The condo itself is very nicely appointed, with original, mostly local, art on the walls. The linens are high quality, and all the furniture is comfortable and elegant. Two full baths mean that no one has to wait in the mornings. The kitchen is impressively stocked, with enough gear to cook anything, and a welcoming array of snacks and goodies.

Cynthia herself is a charming host, as is her assistant Calliope. She promptly answered our inquiries and seems to have thought of everything a visitor could want. The condo is spotlessly clean. We have already recommended this to friends, and will certainly return if, as we hope, our travels bring us back to Santa Fe.

  • Review Submitted: Dec 6, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
13 Miles
Santa Fe
Nearest Barpub
0.1 Miles
La Fonda
Nearest Golf
15 Miles
Las Campanas
Nearest Train
1 Miles
Rail Runner
Nearest Motorway
0.5 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
0.1 Miles
La Boca
Nearest Ski
16 Miles
Ski Santa Fe
Car: not necessary

Casita Cynthia is in the heart of historic Santa Fe, a few short blocks (a five-minute walk) from the Santa Fe Plaza, the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, the New Mexico History Museum, the New Mexico Museum of Art, and the sites of the famous Spanish Market and Indian Market. Fabulous restaurants in all price ranges and legendary shopping are within a block or two on Marcy Street, Guadalupe Street, Johnson Street, Lincoln Avenue, Washington Avenue, Palace Avenue, San Francisco Street, and the Plaza.

Canyon Road, lined with art galleries, is about a 15-minute walk away.

Within easy driving distance are the Santa Fe Farmer's Market (5 minutes), the Santa Fe Opera (8 minutes), Ten Thousand Waves Spa (12 minutes), and Ski Santa Fe (20 minutes).

Free underground parking comes with the unit. You can see the historic center of Santa Fe without a car, or have your car conveniently tucked away for when you need it.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday condo in Downtown, New Mexico

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
Spring Break 2017
1 Mar 2017 - 31 Mar 2017
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
May, 2017
1 May 2017 - 31 May 2017
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
June, 2017
1 Jun 2017 - 30 Jun 2017
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
July, 2017
1 Jul 2017 - 31 Jul 2017
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
August, 2017
1 Aug 2017 - 31 Aug 2017
30 night minimum stay
for 30 nights
September, 2017
1 Sep 2017 - 30 Sep 2017
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
October & Balloon Fiesta 2017
1 Oct 2017 - 31 Oct 2017
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
Thanksgiving, 2017
18 Nov 2017 - 26 Nov 2017
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
Christmas 2017
17 Dec 2017 - 28 Dec 2017
6 night minimum stay
for 6 nights
New Year Holiday 2017-8
29 Dec 2017 - 2 Jan 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Refundable Damage Deposit £160
Pet Fee £60
Tax Rate 15.31%

If you desire a date range that is not listed here, please inquire, and I will see if I can accommodate your plans and give you a quote. Maximum number of guests: 3. Minimum age: 13. At least one traveler must be 25 or older. Check-out is 10 am and check-in is 5pm, with variations possible, depending on availability. No smoking inside or on the patio. Good dogs allowed with written pet agreement and a one-time $75 pet fee. Sorry, no cats (my dogs made this rule). One-time $50 fee for a third guest. If you would prefer purchasing damage insurance to making the refundable security deposit, let me know & I can adjust your quote. Month-long rentals are 30 days (including those in months that are 31 days long).

I collect NM Gross Receipts Tax and Lodger's Tax totaling 15.313% on rentals under 30 days. RENTALS 30 DAYS OR LONGER ARE NOT TAXED, according to NM state law. If your stay is 30 days or more, I will adjust your quote and remove the tax (the booking system automatically adds it).

If you are interested in a rental longer than one month, please contact me for a quote. I welcome inquiries from the film industry, state legislators, researchers, house-hunters, and others who wish to spend more than a month in Santa Fe. Extended stay may require purchase of damage insurance or a larger security deposit or an adjusted payment schedule.

50% of your payment is due upon booking and 50% 21 days before arrival. If you cancel, I will refund the amount I am able to recoup through re-booking. If you cancel before you've made the final payment, then only your first payment is in jeopardy of not being refunded.

VRBO/Homeaway offers you the option of purchasing cancellation insurance when you check out, so please consider that.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Cancelled bookings will not receive a refund.
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