Casa de Paiz is a classic, cozy split-level 1100 square foot adobe home, sitting on a secluded acre of Pinon-Juniper woods at the north end of the Sandia Mountains, within easy driving distance from Santa Fe and Albuquerque. It's a perfect couple's getaway featuring a large and luxuriously appointed master bedroom with a California-king size bed and a decorative kiva fireplace, a large bathroom with separate tub and shower, new completely equipped kitchen, nice views from large windows, a covered patio in front next to the lily pond, and a very private patio outside the master bedroom. The bedroom and den both have flat screen LCD TV's, with access to Netflix and Hulu streaming movies and TV shows plus over-the-air network tv. All your computing and communications needs are met with a desk-top computer, printer, wi-fi and landline telephone. A double size futon (sofa bed) in the den can be used by a 3rd and 4th guest.
In warm weather enjoy the cool breeze in the shade of the portale waiting for hummingbirds to visit the flowers and dragonflies to visit the lily pond, or the beautiful view of the Jemez Mountains 40 miles away while sunbathing on the bedroom patio. Star-gazing is excellent on clear, moon-less nights, as the lights of Albuquerque are hidden on the other side of the mountain. Year-round birding opportunities abound in the area with many feathered friends visiting our feeders and the lily pond.
Recreation and outdoor adventure opportunities abound in the area, with the 10,600 foot Sandia Mountains at hand with winter snow sports and summer mountain biking and many miles of hiking trails including nearby trails in the foothills that are accessible year-round. The annual Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, featuring hundreds of colorful hot air balloons from around the world, is held in early October and is just 20 minutes away.
Nearby Indian Pueblos offer excellent golf courses, casino gambling and entertainment venues. Throughout the year Pueblos have traditional dances that are open to the public.
Experience the colorful Southwestern culture, unique shopping opportunities and fine dining in Santa Fe and Albuquerque Old Town, both an easy drive from Placitas. But there are great restaurants close by as well in Placitas and the town of Bernalillo.
Your hosts Joel and Mary Lou live nearby in Albuquerque (25 minutes away) and are readily available to help make your stay very enjoyable and comfortable.
Please note that Casa de Paiz is ADULTS only, and NO PETS are allowed.
CONCERNED ABOUT WINTER ACCESS? Not likely to be a problem as this area just gets a little more snow than Albuquerque - 1-3 inches several times a year, rarely more. When it does snow the road crews clear Highway 165 quickly.
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