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Historic downtown home, easy walk to Plaza, Railyard Park, shopping, museums..

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Property type house
Minimum Stay 4 nights

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House, 1 Bedroom, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 2)

'El Primero' at La Casa Santa Fe. Make your stay in Santa Fe special by staying in the historic José D Sena House, within walking distance of the renowned Plaza and of the Sanbusco Center and Railyard Park District. 'Walk Score' 92, a 'Walker's Paradise.'

Here in the historic Guadalupe district, you will be near the Plaza, the Lensic Performing Arts Center, the Sanbusco Center, the Railyard Park, and the Santa Fe River, as well as seven museums.

This is a neighborhood where families with generational Santa Fe roots mingle with newer folks who have come to love the traditional Southwestern hospitality. 'El Primero' is located in the front part of an adobe house once owned by Civil War Major José D Sena. Local legend says he lost the property and the adjoining corn fields as a gambling debt. However that may be, various parts of this multi-roomed building have served as residence and as stables. You will be staying in rooms with 12 ft ceilings, in which you can still see bits of the adobe that originally served for the roof. But never fear, there are modern touches such as electricity and indoor plumbing!

The thick adobe walls which provide insulation, and the high ceilings with hand-hewn vigas and boards are some of the authentic historical features. Off-street parking near your door makes it easy to lug home your finds from shopping expeditions. A high-speed internet connection is available in case you have an urge to surf the web or, alas, have to attend to business. The cordless telephone allows free local or long distance calls, within the United States.

You will find a king size bed with a cozy comforter and a bank of pillows, to sleep two. Check out the antique walnut petticoat dresser, with the huge oval mirror.

Two single-size thick foam mattresses can be folded out to provide floor sleeping for the kids.

Watch HDTV in the living room, or maybe you just want to enjoy a fire in the kiva fireplace, wood provided.

Your kitchen is outfitted with everything you need to prepare intimate meals, including recipe books featuring New Mexico home cooking recipes and a rack of basic spices. Complimentary reverse osmosis water lets you brew that perfect cup of morning coffee; we’ll give you some ground Starbucks to get you started, and there is a coffee grinder for your own beans. If you need some particular kitchen gadget give us a ring ... we can probably lend you one. Then let the dishwasher do the clean up while you relax.

A full bath followed by hefty cotton towels and a hair dryer will perk you up for a night on the town, but If you want to cozy up 'en casa,' look through the bookshelves and choose from our selection of guidebooks, novels, and historical materials with a New Mexico theme.

Sure, it's an easy walk to the famous Plaza. But look at what else there is, within a 10 minute walk of La Casa Santa Fe! Here’s a small sample of the neighborhood:

Let’s eat! Walk over and pick up fresh and prepared organic food at The Marketplace/La Montanita Co-op: 5 blocks (or drive a few more blocks to Trader Joe’s, Wild Oats, or Whole Foods.) The Farmers’ Market is open Tuesday and Saturday mornings in summer, and Saturday in winter -- we can show you how to take a walking route to shortcut through the neighborhood: also about 5 blocks.

On those days you want somebody else to do the cooking (and we all have those) at least two dozen restaurants are a stroll away, most moderately priced. For example, there's New Mexican, barbeque, Japanese, East Indian, American, Continental, Thai, pizza, mid-eastern, and . . . Swiss pastries!.

Maybe you’re up for some unique shopping opportunities? The Guadalupe District is full of arts, crafts, quirky independent shops, antiques, and even some familiar chains. Sanbusco Center (three blocks away) has an eclectic collection of shops and four restaurants. There are also some wonderful nearby consignment shops, with clothing, jewelry, furniture, and more.

Or walk to a variety of museums . . . between the art galleries and the historical buildings, half the town looks like a museum. But seven actual museums within a ten minute walk are: The Santuario de Guadalupe, Site Santa Fe, the Georgia O’Keeffe, the Museo Cultural, the Palace of the Governors, the Museum of Fine Arts, and the just-completed New Mexico History Museum. Bus connections to four more museums on Museum Hill are two blocks away.

When you're in New Mexico, get outdoors! This might be our favorite topic. Nearby, Hyde Park and the Santa Fe National Forest are a cool twelve miles and 3,000 feet up. Petroglyph National Monument, Bandelier National Monument, and Pecos National Monument are all within an hour's drive. We are happy to share with you our knowledge from over 40 years of traipsing around New Mexico, from day hikes to car camping to multi-day backpacks, from X-C skiing to downhill dashes, with rafting and a little rock climbing thrown in, along with some bird watching and mushroom hunting. Just let us know what interests you.

Our guests have left us some kind comments, click on the 'Reviews' link to read them. Give us a call or send e-mail if you have questions. We live around the corner from the property, and we're looking forward to meeting you!

Please note: La Casa Santa Fe offers a smoke-free environment, so we trust you will respect this policy and only smoke outdoors.

Keywords: Historic, house, residential, adobe, fireplace

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  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Linda (Owner)
Member since: 2007
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Speaks: english

About Linda

We are 'outdoor nuts' who find something to do outdoors no matter the season ... although things don't always turn out just as planned! Our fondness for good food can take us on excursions closer to home ... there are literally dozens of restaurants within walking distance of our home and El Primero. Or we can stretch our legs with a stroll to the Plaza and museums, or to the Lensic Performing Arts space. Our kitties like the outdoors, too, but we have them confined to our house and back yard.

Linda purchased this house in 2006

Why Linda chose Santa Fe

We have lived in our side of the house for over 30 years, and enjoy the neighborhood mix of families descended from the early settlers and newcomers who have adopted Santa Fe for their hometown. Since our vacation rentals are next door, now we get to meet people from all over the world!

What makes this house unique

Our guests tell us they feel like they are staying in a real home. And they are right, this house has been home for local folks for over 130 years. Ask us about Great-Great Grandmother Montoya ... and her canary mausoleum! If you want to be able to tell your friends you vacationed in a 130 year old house made out of dirt (adobe) this is the place.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Dear Linda,

We are sorry not to have seen you again prior to our departure, but hope that your mother-in-law is doing better in Colorado.

Thank you for the coffee mug! We met Lyle, who was most helpful, he even offered us theatre tickets.

It has been a great stay for us in your superb VRBO and we will say so very soon when we post our comments online. We would very much like to return.

Your general advice and suggestions were invaluable and perhaps the very best was to visit the State Capitol (building) which is an absolute masterpiece.

We tried three of your restaurant suggestions: Tomasita's, El Tesoro, and the Upper Crust are excellent. This last place even provided live entertainment.

In El Primero we found all that we needed -- thank you!
Nov 2014
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Historic downtown home, easy walk to Plaza, Railyard Park, shopping, museums..
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  • 1 of 5

The owner of the Santa Fe property, ID p141822vb, provided an excellent experience. All amenities were provided and she was very responsive to insuring our stay was wonderful. I did have issues upon arrival with connecting with the owner through HomeAway. Am email sent through HomeAway was not relayed to the owner for over 8 hours. This impacted our starting our stay. HomeAway needs to do a better job of passing along information to owners

  • Submitted: May 23, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
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Comfortable and historic reasonably-priced lodging walking distance to the Plaza

  • 4 of 5

I thoroughly enjoyed staying in "El Primero". Quiet neighborhood, off-street parking, 15-minute lovely walk to the Santa Fe Plaza, WiFi, comfortable bed. Plenty of space for one or two people. It has historical charm and a kiva fireplace (wood and kindling included). A spacious, decently-equipped kitchen for making one's one meals, if desired. Small drawbacks: 1) There is not enough light to read by in the bedroom, even with all the lights in the room turned on (this could easily be remedied with better bedside lamps). 2) the shower has a very low ceiling, so it's not for anyone tall. At 5'6", I fit just fine, though I had to do a back bend to get under the shower stream to rinse my hair. (A handheld shower attachment would improve this situation.) Linda, the owner, is friendly and helpful. Overall I would highly recommend El Primero!

  • Submitted: Apr 30, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: The hand-held shower head might be a workable idea, I'll look into it. The current shower head includes a temporary shut-off device to conserve water, so we need to be able to retain that feature. I'm thinking getting a bedside lamp with a three-way switch would be a good solution for those who want to read in bed.
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Perfect apartment in downtown Santa Fe

  • 5 of 5

We stayed with Linda in El Primero casita in Santa Fe a week in April 2016. We are a retired couple in our early 60’s and late 60’s. The casita location is excellent! We walked everywhere in Santa Fe including restaurants for dinner. The rental was clean, kitchen well equipped, TV worked easily, WIFI was strong and consistent, neighborhood was quiet, parking was off street and easily accessible right beside our front door, front porch was perfect for afternoon wine. It was better than described! Towels were nicer than many places we’ve stayed. We cooked breakfast in and had plenty of dishes/mugs to last all week and run the dishwasher just once. Bottled water was provided for the entire week. Linda was attentive, offered suggestions for meals, and available if we needed her but not intrusive. We had perfect weather with sun/clouds and temps in the 70’s some days. Our only rain was one night after we returned from dinner and it ended before sunrise. We spent 4 of our 7 days in Santa Fe. Our trips out of town were to Puye cliff dwellers ruins, Bandolier National park, Taos/Earthship houses/Rio Grand Gorge, and for a phenomenal horseback ride outside of Taos. In Santa Fe the many galleries and museums could keep you busy for weeks! We really liked the Artisan Market in the Railyard station which occurs every Sunday. April was before the busy season but everything was open and the Plaza was active with vendors and performers. Mondays are the slowest days in town as many places close that one day so plan a trip out of town on Mondays. It was a great time of year and our casita with Linda was a great choice for lodging. We strongly recommend this rental! We could go on and on about the wonderful Santa Fe food too!! We loved Tomasita's, the Cowgirl, La Choza, and when we tired of southwestern food we had an outstanding Italian meal at Andiamo. For the best diner southwestern breakfast in a local hangout check out the Pantry.

  • Submitted: Apr 27, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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A cozy casa with everything you need to feel right at home!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I stayed at the El Primero adobe house in March for five nights and we loved it! Linda met us when we arrived and made sure we were all oriented on what the casa and Santa Fe had to offer. She shared some interesting background on the property and made us feel at home. Staying at El Premero really was like a home away from home. My husband and I snuggled up to fires in the kiva fireplace every night, drank coffee on the front porch every morning and enjoyed cooking some of our own meals in the fully stocked kitchen. The king size bed was super comfortable and the antique dresser and large closet gave us plenty of room to store our clothes and all the treasures we found shopping downtown Santa Fe. We would definately love to stay here the next time we visit Santa Fe!

  • Submitted: Mar 26, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
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Legit Santa Fe home

  • 5 of 5

Cozy in a good way. Extremely quiet street. Great internet. Close (walking) to The Plaza, The Railyard District (2nd St Brewery, REI, Movie Theater, Tomasitas Restaurant, The Railrunner and more. We lived in Albuquerque for 20 years and can't imagine a better place to stay in Santa Fe. Linda, Thanks again for your hospitality. Hope to visit with you again.

  • Submitted: Aug 26, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Lovely old home close to everything

  • 5 of 5

We love old homes, particularly old adobe homes. This was a great place to appreciate the history and yet be very close to everything Santa Fe has to offer. We walked and enjoyed all that we had time to take in....the owner is equally lovely and accommodating.

  • Submitted: Jul 17, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
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Nearest Airport
12 Miles
Santa Fe
Nearest Train
0.25 Miles
Rail Runner
Nearest Motorway
4 Miles
I - 25
Nearest Restaurant
0.08 Miles
Nearest Point of Interest
Sanbusco Shopping Center
Nearest Point of Interest
Georgia O'Keeffe Museum
Nearest Point of Interest
New Mexico Museum of Art
Nearest Point of Interest
Plaza and the Palace of the Governors Museum
Nearest Point of Interest
Institute of American Indian Arts Museum
Nearest Point of Interest
New Mexico State Capitol
Nearest Point of Interest
Railrunner Train Station
Nearest Point of Interest
Bus stop - for busses to Museum Hill
Nearest Point of Interest
Lensic Performing Arts Center
Nearest Point of Interest
Santa Fe Community Convention Center
Nearest Point of Interest
New Mexico History Museum
Car: not necessary

Please enjoy the library shelves, stocked with books and maps of local interest. Learn about the local history or arts, enjoy the Tony Hillerman mysteries, peruse the cookbooks to cook something with New Mexico flavor. Walk over to the Farmer's Market to get fresh, local produce and meat. The Santa Fe Opera is about a ten minute drive from El Primero.


Rates & Availability

Santa Fe House Rental Rates

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Regular Season
Jun 1 2016 - Sep 30 2016
4 night minimum stay
Holiday Season
Dec 22 2016 - Jan 6 2017
4 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
4 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Tax Rate 8.31%

Call before booking for CURRENT SPECIALS 505-231-6670. Nights beyond 7 at reduced rates; 3 night stay may be available; monthly stays, no tax. Doggies welcome at our El Nido at Our homepage has information re nearby restaurants, museums, shopping, etc. Non-refundable reservation of 50% can be transferred to other dates or to friends or relatives. Short Term Rental License #15-00130950.

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Santa Fe House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 651 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access
  • Filtered Water
  • Fireplace ...
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • Tub with shower.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • King size beds (1), Sleep Sofa or Futons (2) Foldable, single-size thick foam mattresses and bedding for floor use.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Porch / Veranda ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • synagogues
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • racquetball
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • whitewater rafting
With 651 sq ft to enjoy, there is room to spread out and relax. The east-facing covered front porch (portal) is a pleasure from spring through fall. We live on the other side of the building, and are glad to provide suggestions to make your Santa Fe visit a great one! Short-term rental license: #15-00130950

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