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Clever and Elegant Nob Hill Retreat

Bedrooms 1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

House, 1 Bedroom + Office, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 4)

This house glows with life and creativity. The architect designed windows and skylights to fill the interior with a distinctive Southwestern light which enhances the vivid hues of the polished walls. Each room opens onto its own secluded, outdoor space with lavender, rosemary and native plants bordered by rock walls and stone benches. It’s a remarkably peaceful refuge only a block away from the restaurants, cafés, clothing stores, and eclectic boutiques of Albuquerque’s hippest district – Nob Hill on Old Route 66. It is a 10-15 minute walk away from the University of New Mexico, including the medical school and hospital.

The kitchen is fully equipped with vintage, Route 66-era red gas stove and refrigerator, as well as a contemporary toaster, microwave and both French press and drip coffee makers. In the pantry, you’ll find an energy-saving Swedish washer and dryer. A farm-house table allows you to take full advantage of the light streaming through the French windows to the west. A step down from the kitchen, across the bamboo flooring, is the main living area. It is equipped with a large, recessed flat screen television and blue-ray DVD and plug-in Bose equipment for your I-Pod. The elegant down couch is comfortable enough for a good afternoon nap. The gas-burning stove gives extra warmth on chilly days.

The house rises to accommodate the landscape as you move towards the study and the master bedroom. The study has two desks and full internet/wireless service on request. A leather couch folds out into a full bed. The walls are hung with pieces from the largest private collections of photographs by Tony Gleaton, known for his portraiture of people from the African Diaspora in the New World. Next to the study is a full bathroom in audacious pink. Down the hall, the master bedroom offers a queen-size bed and its own regional gas stove. It flows into a changing area and large bathroom, complete with a Jacuzzi bath and shower.

For sunny New Mexico days, outdoor dining and seating dot the front and back courtyards in which a boutique landscape designer has orchestrated an array of seasonal blooms.

Because we care about the environment and don't want to expose people to unnecessary toxins, we use green products only to care for our home.

Keywords: House, Southwest, Green

More Details

Property Manager
Pamela Cheek
Member since: 2009
Speaks: french
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
January 19, 2018

About Pamela Cheek

We are retired academics who are currently working on a biography of John Mercer Langston, the son of a slave and a major political figure in the 19th century. We enjoy the natural beauty of the Southwest and the opportunities for dining, walking, listening to jazz and exploring that Nob Hill and the greater Albuquerque area offer. And then there are our grandchildren who live just outside of Albuquerque. . . Here I am with my grandchildren on a Mexico adventure. My daughter, Pamela, in the background of the photo, takes care of the house for us. -- Aimee

Pamela Cheek purchased this house in 2008

Why Pamela Cheek chose Nob Hill

Nob Hill is filled with interesting little shops and restaurants to explore as well as peaceful neighborhoods. This house is a character-filled, lovely and quiet writer's retreat near the liveliest part of town. It's the best of both worlds.

What makes this house unique

Proximity to major university, jazz, restaurants, wine bars, art galleries, paths along the river and mountains, availability of skiing and outdoor sports.


Nob Hill House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Computer Available ...
  • Covered Parking
  • Gas Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • Master bathroom has large sunken bath and separate shower. Front bathroom equipped with full bath/shower.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Queen size Beds (1), Sleep Sofa (1) a comfortable, Queen-sized, deep padded leather fold-out -- no sharp springs, not a futon
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • arboretum
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • synagogues
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • rock climbing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • tennis


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
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Clever and Elegant Nob Hill Retreat
average rating of 4.888889 based on 54 reviews


  • 5 of 5

This was my second time staying at this lovely home. I especially love the tasteful furnishings, beautiful photographs, and lovely outdoor spaces.

  • Submitted: Nov 16, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Incredibly beautiful, artsy and comfortable place!

  • 5 of 5

We loved our stay here. The house is possibly the most attractive, artsy place we've ever stayed in, in ABQ on VRBO/Home Away. It's appearance, location and affordable price are why we chose to stay here.

It is just as beautiful in real life, as in the photos. The light during the day is beyond amazing with the opaque skylights...all the brightness without the heat from the sun. The unique 'polished' finish on the walls, combined with the bold colors, were spectacular!

Some things have been changed since the online photos were posted, the main one being the queen size bed mattress. Instead of the one in the picture, there is now a very tall 'pillow top' mattress in its place. Perhaps we're just not used to having to cling to a mattress to stay in bed? While it was soft, it really does give the feel of needing to hang on in order to not slide out.

We were surprised that the refrigerator was probably as old as we are ('Baby Boomers') and was in need of being defrosted. We resisted the urge to tackle this task. Learning to light the stove was a bit interesting but the the beauty of the appliance totally balanced out that's a work of art in itself. It was wonderful having the use of a washer & dryer...also interesting learning how to use them...worked great!

The only real challenge we had was the plethora of light switches...trying to figure out which ones worked for what lights. Three of the 4 recessed lights in the kitchen weren't working but with some jiggling we got one of the 3 to work, so it was rather dim, after dark, in the kitchen, compared to the wonderful daylight. Also have to add that, after reading the 'operating manual' left for guests, I was more than a bit concerned about any little drop of water on the bamboo floors but was relieved to see we didn't damage them. Phew! :-)

We'd definitely stay here again on future visits to ABQ and highly recommend it as a comfortable, extremely spacious, wonderfuly decorated &coveniently located place to stay.

  • Submitted: Nov 4, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderfully decorated, fun home!

  • 5 of 5

The space is clean and comfortable. It is in an ideal location. Thank you for a wonderful stay!

  • Submitted: Oct 31, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Fantastic, beautiful place. Walking distance to everything. A true vacation get away!

  • Submitted: Sep 5, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great kitchen rest of house doesn't quite match.

  • 5 of 5

Lovely home, we enjoyed our stay and the place is within walking distance of numerous restaurants and hang outs, and the university.

  • Submitted: Sep 1, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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We loved it! From the first step inside, we knew we'd made the best choice.

  • 5 of 5

The home is lovely, beautifully designed and decorated and so comfortable too. It's conveniently located to Nob Hill restaurants and shops, Whole Foods too. We were so enamored with the home and its outdoor spaces, we hardly left. We'll return again for sure, especially since the owner was so accommodating and helpful with ideas for our stay.

  • Submitted: May 10, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Car: recommended

The house is an ideal site from which to set off on day hikes in the mountains, boutique hunting in Nob Hill, bicycling along the Rio Grande, birding in the Bosque del Apache, enjoying the wine bars and jazz in town, experiencing cuisine based on locally grown foods at Los Poblanos and Jennifer James 101, taking excursions up to galleries in Santa Fe by train or road trips to Indian pueblos and, seasonally, taking in balloon ascensions during the early October balloon fiesta, skiing at our local Sandia resort or further north, golfing at courses with national rankings for their exceptional design and beauty (Paa-ko and Tamaya), experiencing rejuvenation at yoga retreats, pursuing enrichment at university conferences, viewing performances at the Tricklock international theater festival in February and Globalquerque world music festival in September.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $200

Rates are subject to being changed until confirmed. Holidays and Balloon Fiesta Week are subject to higher rates. The refundable damage deposit may be paid by a refundable $200 check.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.

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