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Casita de Padre, Old Town Albuquerque

Bedrooms 1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

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.

Kris Linton
Member since: 2015
Speaks English
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
4 March, 2018

About Kris Linton

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

Why Kris Linton chose Plaza Vieja

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.

What makes this house unique

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.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Plaza Vieja in Albuquerque

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 14:00 / Check-out: Noon
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • pets considered
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • 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
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 2 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • Originally there was not a bathroom but this one follows the space of the one probably added after the 1960s. In compliance with plumbing codes since it is small, the bathroom is a "wet room" which means the entire floor and 3 of the walls are sealed. A shelf in the room was found in one of the old houses and refinished.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed
  • As in traditional adobes, armoirs and chest of drawers provide space for storage instead of closets. The armoir was painted by a popular local artisan. The headboard was found in one of the old houses. The door was handpainted in the tradition of Santa Fe's La Fonda Hotel and protected with polyurethene which also provides an element of privacy. The second bed is a sleep sofa that is also a double. It is located in the living room.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue
  • 4 bicycles
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
There is also a chimenea on the back patio. This is a type of terracotta free standing fire place that lends itself to evening conversations with a glass of wine or coffee.


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Casita de Padre, Old Town Albuquerque
average rating of 4.980769 based on 52 reviews

Old Town Gem

  • 5 of 5

We so enjoyed our stay in this historic and lovingly restored home. We had a great time exploring Old Town and the museums. The empanadas were a tasty treat!

  • Review Submitted: 16-Mar-2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Shotgun Home with Loads of Character

  • 5 of 5

If you love homes with character and history, you must stay here! This house was absolutely amazing. It is in walking distance (about 3 mins) from old town, where there a bunch of restaurant and cute little shops. To top it off the owners were fabulous! They surprised us with little treats for us and our pups. I highly recommend staying at this wonderful little home.

  • Review Submitted: 11-Mar-2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Kris and Terry did an amazing job on restoring these shotgun houses. Totally relaxing and our dog enjoyed the enclosed area. Loved being able to walk to Old Town and enjoyed the lovely park just across the street. Also, we felt very secure with the locked gate..It was especially great to meet Kris at our arrival, she is a very warm and caring host...Highly recommend this casita.

  • Review Submitted: 15-Jan-2018
  • Date of Stay: January 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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London On Canada

lots to do

  • 4 of 5

Very nice and everything worked great. Great neighbourhood with lots to bo within walking distance. Would recommend to anyone looking for rustic retreat.

  • Review Submitted: 29-Dec-2017
  • Date of Stay: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

We stayed there for 4 days. Very historic and so well appointed. Love all of the details. Great place to stay for 1-2 people

  • Review Submitted: 21-Dec-2017
  • Date of Stay: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Lovely antique cottages/casitas right next to Tigeux Park, Albuquerque

  • 5 of 5

Fantastic stay...coming back in the Spring!

  • Review Submitted: 25-Nov-2017
  • Date of Stay: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Cleaning Fee £36.1

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.