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Clever and Elegant Nob Hill Retreat

Nob Hill, Albuquerque, NM, USA
  • House
  • Bedrooms1
  • Sleeps4
  • Bathrooms2
  • Half Baths0
  • Minimum Stay2 nights

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

Property Manager

Pamela Cheek

Member Since 2009
Response rate:
Response time:
within a few days
Calendar last updated:
Apr 21, 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.


    • Internet
    • Air Conditioning
    • Heater
    • Fireplace
    • Satellite or Cable
    • Kids Welcome
    • Washer & Dryer
    • Parking
    • TV
    • No Smoking


      • 1 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
        • Queen size Beds (1), Sleep Sofa (1) a comfortable, Queen-sized, deep padded leather fold-out -- no sharp springs, not a futon


        • 2 Bathrooms
          • Master bathroom has large sunken bath and separate shower. Front bathroom equipped with full bath/shower.

          Location Type

            • Mountain View


                • Away From It All
                • Romantic
                • Sports & Activities
                • Tourist Attractions


                    • Guests provide their own meals


                        • Internet
                        • Air Conditioning
                        • Clothes Dryer
                        • Computer Available
                          printer available for use with your computer
                        • Covered Parking
                        • Gas Fireplace
                          in main living area and in master bedroom
                        • Hair Dryer
                        • Heating
                        • Broadband Access
                          high-speed wireless and cable attachment
                        • Iron & Board
                        • Linens Provided
                        • Living Room
                        • Parking Off Street
                          covered carport attached to house and to kitchen entry
                        • Telephone
                          local service
                        • Towels Provided
                        • Washing Machine
                        • Wireless Internet


                            • Cooking Utensils
                            • Dishes & Utensils
                            • Kitchen
                              Fully equipped for cooking, baking, entertaining
                            • Microwave
                            • Oven
                            • Pantry Items
                              basics: oil, herbs and spices, flour and sugar
                            • Refrigerator
                            • Stove
                            • Toaster


                                • Dining
                                  indoor light-filled area with full table and seating for 4-6; outdoor, umbrella covered table for 4-6
                                • Dining Area
                                • comfy seating for 6 people


                                    • Books
                                      contemporary and classic novels, history, art, children's, poetry
                                    • DVD Player
                                    • Music Library
                                      loaded I-pod with broad range of music -- world, contemporary, children's, classical, jazz, R & B
                                    • Satellite / Cable
                                    • Stereo
                                      Boze system to use with your I-pod or ours
                                    • Television
                                    • Video Library


                                        • Deck / Patio
                                          private landscaped back patio with outdoor eating area, as well as three landscaped patios outside French doors


                                            • Long-term Renters Welcome


                                                • live theater
                                                • arboretum
                                                • churches
                                                • cinemas
                                                • health/beauty spa
                                                • library
                                                • botanical garden
                                                • 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

                                                            • hunting
                                                            • basketball court
                                                            • cycling
                                                            • equestrian events
                                                            • golf
                                                            • hiking
                                                            • hot air ballooning
                                                            • cross country skiing
                                                            • mountain biking
                                                            • mountain climbing
                                                            • rock climbing
                                                            • skiing
                                                            • snowboarding
                                                            • tennis

                                                              58 Reviews


                                                              Latest reviews

                                                              Fantastic Retro-Modern House in Perfect Location!

                                                              Dave H.

                                                              My wife and I stayed here for two nights and wish we could've stayed longer! Everything about the house is awesome from the funky color scheme to the spacious living area. The house was exactly as described with no unwanted surprises. The location is fantastic...about a minute's walk to downtown Nob Hill and a bazillion restaurants!

                                                              The house itself is equipped with everything you would need and has a real charming feel to it. It was nice to have a carport and not have to park on the street also.

                                                              We would ABSOLUTELY stay here again!

                                                              Staying here made my visit to Alburquerque that much more special.

                                                              Lynette G.

                                                              Really enjoyed coming “home” at the end of the day. The bright sunny mornings with a coffee out on the patio was pretty nice too.

                                                              Spacious, elegant, and comfortable

                                                              Mary O.

                                                              Relax and enjoy the indoor and outdoor spaces of this beautiful home. It is conveniently located within one block to many interesting restaurants and shops, and yet, it has been designed to be very private and quiet. A rare find...you will be delightfully surprised the minute you open the door! The decor is tastefully artistic, elegant, and extremely comfortable.The owner is very responsive and easy to work with. She has provided detailed information to make your stay simple. You will want to return again and again.

                                                              Excellent location +absolutely charming home +wonderful owner = Perfect Stay

                                                              Chelsea R.Hilo, Hawaii

                                                              This property was absolutely perfect for our long stay in Albuquerque. Not only was it ideally located near the hospitals for my husbands work, but it was near all the fun shops and restaurants on Central Ave. The house is so charming and gorgeously decorated. I'm an artist and found the property to be very inspiring during our stay. The retro fridge and oven were an especially fun touch and the fire places' kept the house nice and toasty. The owner was wonderful to work with and they had everything we need to accommodate us during our time. We plan on defiantly booking this property again if we return to Albuquerque and would give it 10 stars if we could.

                                                              Owner's Response:

                                                              I’m so glad you enjoyed it! Thanks for taking care of the house and for the lovely drawing of it that you gave to us. So nice to here that the house inspired you.


                                                              Carole R.

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

                                                              Incredibly beautiful, artsy and comfortable place!

                                                              Tom C.

                                                              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 challenge...it'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.


                                                              Nob Hill, Albuquerque, NM, USA

                                                              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

                                                              Additional information about rental rates

                                                              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.

                                                              58 Reviews
                                                              Wonderful 4.9/5
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