|Minimum Stay||2 nights|
Named "La porte du ciel" (Heaven's Gate) by a priest who lived here for years, he was only referred to by locals as the priest. No one knew his name but they saw him often as he walked about the area he knew as home. This is the second house to be completed in an old 19th century family compound of adobes that is being renovated just blocks away from Albuquerque's Old Town Plaza. A typical "shot gun" style house with a pitched tin roof, the house maintains its late 1800s original footprint although it has all the 21st century upgrades -- modern bathroom, fully equipped kitchen, central heating/cooling system, WiFi. There is also access to a laundry room that was originally bathrooms separate from the houses, not completed until 1957. What has been maintained is the simple architectural features of the house, the original plank flooring, high ceilings, a private backyard patio with access to a shared coyote fence ramada in the back lot. It is across the street from the Centennial Park and all the major museums which were the agricultural fields of old Albuquerque over 100 years ago. To view the larger casita that is located in the same compound, refer to listing 3895291. This makes a wonderful multi-unit for extended families or friends vacationing together.
I am a retired therapist who has always loved local history and architecture in Albuquerque, my native home. My husband and I have lived in and renovated old homes for over 35 years. We have one daughter who lives in London and also loves old buildings.
Kris Linton purchased this house in 2014
It had been for sale for over 3 years and 3 of the 4 homes on the property were not inhabitable. Because of its wonderful location close to Old Town and across the street from the park, we were afraid someone may raze the old buildings and build something modern. We loved the old modest adobes.
We have made every effort to maintain the integrity of these old houses while providing modern conveniences that 21st century families expect. We have worked side by side with craftsmen that work with adobes, tin roofs, hand plastering and technicians that have made electrical wires, heating elements and plumbing features as discreet as possible.
My family of 3 stayed in this cozy house for 3 days during Thanksgiving holiday. They did a GREAT job remodeling and totally gives you the flavor of NM. Would stay there again in a heartbeat. If you like authentic, don't mind coziness, and want to be close to Old Town this place is for you. :-). Kris was awesome, super responsive and super friendly. Only small drawback is the bathroom is teeny, tiny - but that's the way it was, way back when.
The casita is within easy walking distance of the Old Town plaza, the place itself is nicely restored and nicely decorated, and the fruit empenadas Kris left for our arrival were delicious. Kris was very prompt with all communications. Highly recommended.
What a darling casita - so clean, so nicely decorated, and with all the comforts of home -- including the invitation to help ourselves to the veggie garden - which, by the way, was fabulous! The location was perfect for attending my conference (just a 10 minute way through the beautiful park), visiting museums, taking hikes through the many wonderful parks in this city, visiting Old Town, and finding yummy restaurants. Each evening we enjoyed a fire in the fire kiva and even took advantage of the terrific grill so we could "stay in" and enjoy this sweet gem. Thank you Kris, for being such a gracious host! We will definitely return if we are back in Albuquerque!
From the moment I came through the door of this Casita, I felt at home. From the empanadas that Kris left on the kitchen table to greet me to all of the small thoughtful things that she included throughout the Casita, I had everything I needed. Kris dropped by a couple of times when I was outside and I really enjoyed my visits with her.
I was staying alone and felt very safe in the area. Truly this is a unique, special place. I will be coming back to Albuquerque and I will stay here again if it's available!
This place has it all. It is beautifully but comfortably appointed and architecturally interesting. The home was very spacious, and yet felt cozy all at the same time. Pride of ownership definitely shine through on this unique group of properties. We actually stayed in the larger Casita De Madre', we had the pleasure of speaking with the couple staying in Casa De Padre', they echoed our sentiments about their stay as well, saying they come to ABQ twice a year and will not stay anywhere else! I certainly understood why. The lovely park across the street was perfect for an early morning walk, and the property was so convenient to all of the shops and charm of Olde Town, we actually walked there twice. Kris, the owner, was easy to reach and very thoughtful, as proven by the delicious, homemade cherry empanadas that she left for us. I'd make a trip back just for those! If you ever have an opportunity to stay at one of these lovely casita's, I would highly encourage you to do so! I would not hesitate to stay here again on my next excursion to ABQ. As a matter of fact, like our travelling neighbors said, we probably won't stay anywhere BUT Casa De Madre' or Padre'!
We stayed for four days. Very convenient to our conference at Hotel Albuquerque. Lovely ambience and friendly host Kris. Would highly recommend
* Approximate monthly price. Actual pricing will depend on the days of the month you stay.