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Katherine Ward

Member since: 2008
Speaks: english

Stunning Santa Fe Style Just Blocks from Plaza

64 Reviews
Bedrooms 2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 5 nights

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House, 2 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 2 Baths, (Sleeps 4-8)

Enjoy charm, comfort and convenience when you visit Casa de la Luz ('House of Light'). This beautiful home on a lovely, quiet hill is just 7 blocks from the Santa Fe Plaza. This house boasts all the features of a classic adobe (vigas, beams, latillas, hand-troweled plastered walls, Saltillo tile, Mexican tile backslashes and accents, tin work and old wooden doors) however it feels light and modern, unlike many traditional homes. Perhaps its most unique aspect is the combination of a serene, peaceful setting in such close proximity to the color and excitement of downtown Santa Fe. What a pleasure to stroll down the hill to shop, dine and sight-see, with the option of returning to your quiet retreat whenever you tire of the bustle. And none of the hassle of driving or parking!

The house is decorated with original local art and hand crafted furnishings, and offers amenities for every season. In winter, get cozy by the wood burning fireplace, and in the warmer months, enjoy the many inviting outdoor spaces, including a balcony with wisteria trellis, a garden deck and a private walled terrace.

This newer-construction adobe boasts a great floor plan. The living room with fireplace, dining area and kitchen all open on to one another. These rooms, along with the mater bedroom with king size bed and full bath are on the first floor. On the lower level, there is a large open suite, including a sleeping alcove with king bed, full bathroom and sitting area opening onto a private garden. An extra queen size sleeper sofa is provided both upstairs and down for extra guests or children.

With 1600 square feet, the home is large enough to offer privacy for all without losing its intimate feel. Amenities include 3 flat-screen T.V.'s with cable, high-speed wireless internet, dishwasher, washer, dryer and air-conditioning. There is a one car garage with parking available for a second car.Special Note: This property has a permit from the City of Santa Fe for short-term rentals, Permit # 11-00104264. Enjoy the peace of mind that your rental will not be interrupted by the City as it enforces against properties that do not have City permits.

Keywords: Santa Fe Vacation Rental, Adobe Vacation Home, Walking Distance to Santa Fe Plaza

More Details
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair accessible
Katherine Ward (Owner)
Member since: 2008
Speaks: english

About Katherine Ward

A pair of world travelers, we fell in love with Santa Fe many years ago. Between stints living in Asia, we spent as much time as possible in New Mexico. When we moved to Boulder, Colorado, ten years ago, we were able to fulfill our dream of buying a home in Santa Fe. We have enjoyed creating a space that is classic, stylish and comfortable, and that sits in close proximity to all that Santa Fe has to offer.

Katherine Ward purchased this house in 2002

Why Katherine Ward chose New Mexico

We chose this historic Eastside neighborhood for its charm and atmosphere, as well as its proximity to downtown. Here, you can wander the lovely back lanes and look for the 1920 Cross of the Martyrs, located at the top of Rosario Hill on Paseo de la Loma (Accessible by stairs from Paseo de la Loma). If you climb the wooden steps to the hill where the cross stands, you will see the following history inscribed on a plaque: In 1598 a group of Spanish colonists, led by Juan de Onate of Zacatecas, Mexico, established a settlement along the banks of the Rio Grande north of present-day Espanola. In 1610 Governor Pedro de Peralta relocated the capital of the province to Santa Fe. Between 1610 and 1680, colonists moved into New Mexico, living primarily along the Rio Grande. Franciscan friars established missions at most of the Indian pueblos. Life was not always peaceful. In order to regain control of their homeland, in 1680, many pueblo people, led by Pope', a San Juan Indian, unitedto drive the colonists out. This action became what is known as the Pueblo Revolt. At this point, the rest of the settlers fled south to El Paso del Norte. It was not until 1693 that the province was peacefully resettled under the leadership of Governor Diego de Vargas.


based on 64 traveler reviews

Stunning Santa Fe Style Just Blocks from Plaza
average rating of 4.921875 based on 64 reviews

Nice place to spend time in when visiting Santa Fe.

  • 5 of 5

We had six family members spend a week in this nice house, four adults and two teenagers. We all enjoyed our stay very much, and the house had everything we needed to feel comfortable. The furnishings are very nice, with stuff you'd buy for your own house. One nice bed for each adult couple, a Futon for one of the kids and a fold-out couch for the other. The kitchen has everything you need, including plenty of Trader Joe's coffee which was a nice bonus. It's located in a nice neighborhood, close to historic downtown (although not walking distance, unless you're up for a good walk). One small issue came up which the owner took care of and was more than accommodating in doing so. Were we to ever visit Santa Fe again, we would not hesitate to get this house once more.

  • Submitted: Jul 3, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful, immaculate, great location and artsy.

  • 5 of 5

The Sante Fe home was just fantastic. The owner has such excellent taste in furnishings. It was apparent that the artwork and all the small details had been carefully selected. Kitchen was bright, clean and had all the needed. We fell in love with the tiles in the bathroom. The bedrooms were gorgeous and spacious. Per my sister the hide a bed was the most comfortable that she had ever slept in. Should we ever stay in Sante Fe again we would definitely stay here. Last, the owner left a welcome bottle of wine for us. Being San Franciscans, we thought it was a very nice touch. I highly recommend staying here.

  • Submitted: Jun 26, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful location and accomadations!

  • 5 of 5

We couldn't have been happier at Casa DeLuz! The owner was very easy to work with. We decided to add more days to our visit and she was very helpful and prompt. The house is very comfortable for 4 adults. We had everything we needed and loved sitting outside every night on the balcony. The neighborhood is very quiet and beautiful. It was fun walking our dog around the area and checking out all the cute houses. We could easily walk into town and the plaza from the location. I highly recommend this vacation rental for anyone staying in Santa Fe!

  • Submitted: Jun 19, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A great experience for all ages

  • 5 of 5

We spent 3 nights here at Casa de la luz. My disabled mother, my husband , our daughter, granddaughter and myself. There was nothing I could think of adding to make our stay any more perfect. My mother has always dreamed of seeing Santa Fe and the availability and location of Katherine's property allowed her to fulfill all her dreams and some. Would love to go back, only downside was we had to leave. Thank you so much Katherine. This was our first time renting a vacation home and surely will not be our last.

  • Submitted: Jun 13, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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We were thrilled with Casa de la Luz. It was exactly as described on VRBO.

  • 5 of 5

The house was beautiful! The location was perfect. It was a 10 minute walk to the Santa Fe Plaza, and a short drive to the interstate. The house was immaculate and had all the modern conveniences. We had to contact Katherine one time and she responded within an hour. We tried several restaurants and sites that she recommended and all were wonderful. We would definitely recommend this property and should we return to the Santa Fe area, we would rent it again. It was lovely and the location was great.

  • Submitted: Jun 8, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Santa Fe Style baby. Loved it.

  • 5 of 5

I absolutely loved it. My son and I do this "golf get together each year and this year we chose Santa Fe and Katherine Ward's wonder property. At work on the walls, much done by her brother, was really very nice. The location was terrific, out from the center of town, but 5 minutes from anything you may want in Santa Fe.

The rooms were comfortable and clean with plenty of accessories, for example, towels, extra bedding, soap in bathrooms, kitchen. I loved the Santa Fe Style interior. Would return in a heartbeat.

Proximity to the Georgia O'keeffe Museum and galleries on Canyon Rd is minutes away.

Seriously, loved it, loved it, loved it.

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  • Submitted: Jun 6, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Santa Fe is consistently rated one of the world's top travel destinations for its confluence of scenic beauty, long history, cultural diversity, and extraordinary concentration of arts, music and fine dining.


Rates & Availability

Santa Fe House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
High Season
Jun 15 2016 - Aug 31 2016
2 night minimum stay
Nov 19 2016 - Nov 26 2016
5 night minimum stay
Winter Holidays
Dec 19 2016 - Jan 2 2017
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $100
Pet Fee $20
Tax Rate 7.0%

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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New Mexico House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1600 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower , Beautiful handmade tile throughout
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , Also has traditional tile
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Convertible bed(s) - 2 sleep sofa /futon , Very comfortable Sleep Sofa and Futon
  • King size beds (2), Sleep Sofa or Futons (2)
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Balcony
  • Bicycles
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair accessible
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • whitewater rafting

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