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Adobe casita on 13 acres of high desert

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Bedrooms 2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights

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Photos and Description of this 2 bedroom holiday home in Santa Fe - Casita Kalmar in Santa Fe

Get-away-from-it-all traditional adobe-style home south of Santa Fe.

Our vacation property is a wonderful adobe-style home on 12 private acres just south of Santa Fe. For those who want to enjoy both "the city different" and the wonderful high desert country, this home is ideal. Just off of the Turquoise Trail, a Scenic Byway, the property is close to Galisteo, Cerrillos and the old mining town of Madrid. Just 4 miles away, on the road to town, one can enjoy the best New Mexican breakfasts and lunches at the San Marcos Cafe while watching hens, turkeys and peacocks roam the property.

Our casita is cozy and carefully designed in the traditional local adobe style with hand-plastered interior walls, beautiful viga ceilings, and a wonderful kiva fireplace. The interior photos of the casita were taken by a professional photographer, so they are terrific, but we'd like to emphasize our casita is a cozy 700 square feet total. With amazing sunset views of the surrounding Cerrillos Hills, the casita is nestled into the landscape with 360 degrees of complete privacy.

The landscape is completely natural, with two large sand-lined arroyos (dry creek beds) on two of our property borders. Tranquility, fresh air, unforgettable sunsets and clear starry nights are everyday treats, and the sound of coyotes howling in the distance make this a very special and unique place.

The casita sleeps two in the queen bedroom, one in the single bedroom, and two on the double futon in the living room. A picnic table, hammock and lounge chair are outside on the slate patio. A stone fireplace is available for outdoor barbeques, and a pile of firewood can be used outdoors or indoors in the traditional fireplace. A large bathroom has a shower, and a washer/dryer. The kitchen has all appliances. Linens, towels, extra blankets, etc. are available. CD player/radio with CDs, a telephone (but no Internet) and only a few TV channels on a small TV. Games, puzzles, books and kids' toys are in the small bedroom. Portable air conditioner and area fans available. Internet access in town.

In 25 minutes you can be in downtown Santa Fe. Bandolier and Petroglyph National Monuments, the Santa Fe Opera, and the Pecos, Sangre de Christo, Sandia and Jemez mountains are all nearby. The mountains offer hiking and fishing in summer, and skiing in winter (Ski Santa Fe in the Sangre de Christos; and ski the Sandia Mountains in Albuquerque). Art fairs and the famous Zozobra Festival take place all summer in town. Albuquerque is an hour to the southwest. The longest tram in the world climbs up the Sandia Mountains, which lie east of Albuquerque.

Christmas is very nice, the town is decorated with lots of candelarias. A special thing to do all year long is to visit a nearby pueblo when they are having a feast or celebration day. There will be dancing, arts, food and other traditional Native American culture to be enjoyed.

The neighborhood around the casita features beautiful New Mexico high desert scenery, with amazing sunsets and views of surrounding mountain ranges. Built low in the landscape, it feels like no one else is around. All adjacent properties are at least 12 acres so there are neighbors, but lots of space in between. Explore our own 12 acres as well as walk in the neighborhood and adjacent properties. Our land encompasses two arroyos which are great for a walk.

The Lone Butte grocery store and gas station is a few miles away on Hwy 14, as is the San Marcos Cafe for all of your breakfast, lunch, hardware and feed store needs!

Climate: cold (20°-40°F) in winter, and as warm as 80°-100°F in summer, but it cools down at night and often there are short thunderstorms in the late afternoon in July and August. The air is very dry and the altitude is approximately 7,000 ft. Spring and fall are ideal seasons to visit. Skiing nearby in winter.

Access: fly into Albuquerque International Airport and rent a car; drive north on highway 25. Or fly into Santa Fe County Municipal Airport. Amtrak stops in nearby Lamy.

Getting around: a car is needed and a navigation device/GPS is helpful. Mapping ahead of time is a good idea as well. All nearby roads are dirt roads in good condition; local weather conditions apply.

Communication: cellular phone service can be good or bad depending on your provider, but the house has a landline telephone for local and long-distance calls. No high-speed Internet is available in this area as of yet.

We are available for contact via phone, email, texts, before, during and after stay.

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  • children welcome
  • limited accessibility
  • non smoking only

George and Julie Kalmar
Member since: 2014
Speaks English, Spanish, Russian, Czech, Hungarian, Hebrew
Response time:
Within 12 hours
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Calendar last updated:
12 October, 2016
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About George and Julie Kalmar

George and I have lived in Los Angeles for 20+ years. We now live in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. We have two children, ages 13 and 23, and we work in international education and other creative fields.

We enjoy sharing our homes with visitors to these three great cities: Los Angeles, San Miguel, and Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Our home in Los Angeles is an architecturally significant California modern home with original appointments and design.

Our home in San Miguel is a spacious, traditional Mexican-style casa, with a large veranda and yard, and an adjacent casita.

Our traditional Santa Fe-style adobe casita is located on 13 acres of high desert, 30 minutes southeast of Santa Fe.

Like many of our guests, we love to explore the world, and hosting people from all over the world enriches our own experience. We always provide attention that is both professional and personal.

George and Julie Kalmar purchased this house in 1991

Why George and Julie Kalmar chose New Mexico

We each have a history of living in, or visiting New Mexico since 1990. We love New Mexico and its unique aspects: cultures, landscapes and cuisines.

What makes this house unique

Beautiful high desert countryside, privacy, quiet, lots of stars at night.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We loved the casita! Julie made us feel very welcome and provided us with lots of great information about the Santa Fe area. The casita is nicer than we expected and was very clean and well stocked with everything we needed. The location is a bit out of town but was perfect for us as we were seeking a more peaceful and serene setting. We will definitely be back.
May 2015
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Adobe casita on 13 acres of high desert
average rating of 5.0 based on 13 reviews

Blissful quiet.

  • 5 of 5

This property was just what we needed. It was quiet and close to all the things we wanted to do and see. The remote location gave us the peace and quiet we were looking for. I think my favorite part of the trip was coffee each morning on the patio, listening to the birds. Just beautiful! My boyfriend really enjoyed the hammock and we had a great view of the stars with our telescope.

There is no A/C in this unit so it's a good idea to bring a fan with you. We spent the hottest part of the days out doing things in the area but we did notice it was pretty hot when we got back.

We loved our stay here. We were able to go play at Tsankawi, Bandelier and the Petroglyph National Monument. The little town of Madrid is a treasure. Thank you for sharing this wonderful place with us.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 16, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Austin, Texas, U.S.A.

Great Place!

  • 5 of 5

We very much enjoyed our snowy stay in the casita! We were snowed in for two days by a blizzard but did not mind a bit. The house was comfortable for two parents and three teenagers and had everything we needed. The property and surrounding area were great for exploring and hiking, and the location away from it all was relaxing. The drive into Santa Fe was easy, and we enjoyed exploring the town, skiing in the area, and returning to the quiet of the casita to cook dinner and relax by the fireplace in the evening. The owner was responsive, helpful (with lots of information about the area) and easy to work with. We highly recommend this property.

  • Review Submitted: Jan 19, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We loved hosting you as well. We especially love when kids visit, since our kids have grown up going there. It isn't that often that we get so much snow there (there's lots more in the mountains), but I'm glad getting snowed in was fun, and that you got to ski! You are welcome back anytime!
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Colorado Springs, CO

Peaceful and remote

  • 5 of 5

My husband was recovering from surgery and we needed a quiet place for that.

The casita was the perfect match!

We could rest, enjoy the beautiful scenery, the casita charm and character.

It is very nicely decorated.

The weather wasn't the best for Thanksgiving (a bit cold and windy), but the casita was well heated and pleasant.

We truly enjoyed our short stay and hope to come back at a better time of the year to be able to explore the trails around.

  • Review Submitted: Jan 18, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Nov 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We're so happy you were able to get some R&R for your husband--we do look forward to welcoming you back in warmer weather, you're welcome back anytime. Just let us know!
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Wonderful experience in the high desert

  • 5 of 5

This is a wonderful little adobe house. We especially enjoyed the silence around the hose.

The host was very responsive to any request and has everything in the house very well organized.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 11, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great, secluded spot

  • 5 of 5

We spent a couple of days here in April, and had a great time. It's in a nice, secluded spot. From the house, you can really only see one or two neighbors in the distance, the rest is untouched desert.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 13, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Houston, Texas

Cozy, high-desert retreat

  • 5 of 5

I was looking for a place where I could roam outdoors with my kids but with easy enough access to big-city amenities. We loved climbing the nearby hills and following animal tracks in snow-covered arroyos. I fell in love with the spectacular sunsets and silence outdoors. The house was charmingly appointed but more importantly accommodated the needs of my family of 5. While I would be just fine alone there with a stack of books watching the sunsets, it was important for us that it was close enough to Santa Fe to run to Wal-Mart if we needed to restock on waffles or pick up long johns we'd forgotten in Houston. I hope to return.

  • Review Submitted: Jan 11, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Motorway
2.5 Miles
Hwy 14
Nearest Restaurant
5 Miles
San Marcos Cafe and Lone Butte Grocery Store
Car: necessary


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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Santa Fe, USA

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 750 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • rural ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • Lots of space, includes a washer and dryer, iron and ironing board.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Single Bed
  • The futon in the living room opens as a double bed.
  • Books
  • Games
  • Music Library ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Toys
  • Terrace
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • children welcome
  • limited accessibility ...
  • non smoking only
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • horse riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • cycling
  • fly fishing
  • hiking
  • Hot Air Ballooning
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • Rock Climbing
  • ski
  • Snowboarding
  • swimming
  • tennis
This is a rural area with charming rustic appeal. The roads in the surrounding area are all dirt roads, and road conditions, while usually very good, are subject to weather conditions. Hiking nearby in the Pecos Mountains, and further away in the Sangre de Christos, Jemez and Sandia mountain ranges.

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