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Luxury Home Scenic Views Santa Fe-Albuquerque

Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


Half Baths
Minimum Stay
3 nights


Placitas House Rental Photos and Description

House, 3 Bedrooms + Den, 2.5+ Baths, (Sleeps 6+)

Vista de Santa Fe offers spacious living with a 360-degree view of New Mexico. It’s so quiet, you can only hear crickets and coyotes. Complete with a gourmet kitchen, wet bar, and outdoor grilling area with TV. I've taken a one-year break from VRBO to travel...before that, I hosted guests on VRBO for 5 years, and EVERY guest rated my property, and their stay, a 5-star experience. :) Contact me directly for an accurate price quote.

Wake up to an unobstructed 20-mile view of the mountains. From the coffee bar, pour yourself a strong cup of coffee, nibble on fresh fruit, and curl up in the sitting area with a book without leaving the master bedroom. My home includes a stationary recumbent bike and exercise equipment. This is your secluded, luxury home away from home on 14+ acres.

If you hike, bike, rock climb, ski, snow shoe, golf, fly fish, hunt, or soar...this property provides you easy access to some of the best in the country. You can hike/bike directly off the property for miles on private land—where you’ll find ancient fossils, petroglyphs, and pottery shards from previous visitors along a creek. Later that evening, you can star gaze in the dark skies from your very private patio off the bedroom, or watch one of the 400+ movies available in a home theater with popcorn next to the fireplace on a snowy day. Casa de Vista is a perfect romantic get-away, or a place to gather with family and friends.

After a few days, you might want to venture off the property…maybe. The club house to the nationally-rated Paako Ridge golf course is less than a 8-minute drive. Many say this 27-hole mountain course, designed by an award-winning architect, is the best in New Mexico. You can take flight in a sailplane out of Moriarty, staying up for hours in warm thermals rising off the desert in a high-performance glider.

Hike to the top of Sandia Crest, then drive back into history through the mining towns of Golden, Madrid, and Cerrillos, on your way to Santa Fe, only 45 minutes from the finest art, crafts, theater, music, museums and restaurants offered in the Southwest. Ride a hot air balloon over Albuquerque the next day.

Bandolier National Monument, site of ancestral pueblo and cliff dwellings, the Pecos Wilderness, and the famous Chaco Canyon are all day trips that usually start with a breakfast burrito. Welcome to New Mexico!

It's hard for me to believe, but I've done all the activities I've described above from my beautiful home when I'm not at work--and, now you can too. Casa de Vista is the perfect vacation home to rest, recreate, and explore the Land of Enchantment with family and friends. Only a 30-minute drive from the Albuquerque airport and to city amenities.

Hope to see you soon! Ted

Keywords: 14+ acres, estate, secluded, views, skiing, hiking, golf

More Details
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • alternative lifestyle
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair accessible

Ted Kreifels
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
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Calendar last updated:
November 13, 2016
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About Ted Kreifels

I'm a physicist in the defense industry. I want to share with you the beauty of New Mexico while staying in a contemporary casa that I designed and built. This is my home and you are my special guests.

Ted Kreifels purchased this house in 2007

Why Ted Kreifels chose New Mexico

Scenic property only 45 minutes to Santa Fe and 35 minutes to central Albuquerque.

What makes this house unique

Hike off the property along a creek on private land. Drive along the scenic Turquoise Trail to Santa Fe for a day out shopping and site seeing. 10 minutes from Paa-ko Ridge Golf Club.


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(35 traveler reviews)

Luxury Home Scenic Views Santa Fe-Albuquerque
average rating of 5.0 based on 35 reviews

Awesome place

  • 5 of 5

We had stayed two nights at another vrbo that was not as advertised. So I began searching for something in the Albuquerque area that was spacious and away from the crowds. We found this listing and the pictures looked unbelievable. We saw that it was available for the duration of our vacation so I booked it online. We soon after, within an hour, received a call from Ted. He personally welcomed us and explained some further details of his property. He was very personable and explained to us he would do whatever he could to make our stay at his property outstanding being that the previous place was a let down.

He emailed me explicit driving directions and all the personal nuances of his property.

When we pulled up to the house and entered, my wife and I almost dropped our jaws when we looked at the view out the windows. Spectacular doesn't do it justice. It is amazing!!

The house is first class in every detail. The kitchen is the nicest I have ever been in. I love to cook and could really feel like I was a first class chef in this kitchen. We love to walk. Every day we would take a 5 mile walk on the very quiet and uninhabited roads the led out of the property. I love to golf and found out that one of NM top rated courses was just minutes away. Great course. Coming from Minnesota and this being our very first trip to NM we found the area, the mountains and the house to be truly amazing.

After our first day my wife asked me to book it for next year she loved it so much.

If you like the outdoors, quiet and being away from it all, you will love this first class home.

  • Submitted: Nov 24, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Dream home, wonderful owner, book it!

  • 5 of 5

We've stayed in several VRBO/Air b'n'b places over the past few years and this one tops the list. We came in for the Balloon Fiesta and almost didn't want to leave the house! The design of the place is lovely -- spacious and comfortable. Secluded with gorgeous views and anything you could possibly want in a kitchen set-up. It's about a 25 minute drive to the bustle of Albuquerque. The stargazing was spectacular! Also highly recommend a stop at Java Junction in nearby Madrid. :-) Ted was effortless to work with and we will absolutely be back!

  • Submitted: Oct 25, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Late July

  • 5 of 5

This house (and the surroundings) are simply beautiful. There's plenty of room to find privacy, but also very generous shared spaces. The owner is a dream to work with. And, we (including small children) loved his dog. We plan on staying again in the future.

  • Submitted: Aug 1, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Loved this house!

  • 5 of 5

This house was everything we could have asked for and more! It is in the best possible location away from other houses which we like. There are so many amenities that this house has to offer! My husband and I rented the property for an anniversary trip. It was a perfect place to reconnect with each other. From the gorgeous views from every angle to the double bath and double shower, which also have great views! Then there's the awesome kitchen! We WILL be back! I love this place thank you Ted for sharing your home with us and making it so comfortable!

  • Submitted: Jul 23, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Las Vegas, NV

Been Here Four Times

  • 5 of 5

Just finished another four day stay at Ted's place - my fourth visit. Have been here with my brothers and sisters twice in addition to special friends. If you never understood why they call New Mexico "the land of enchantment" - you will be crystal clear after a stay here. As impressive as the house photos above are, it just doesn't do full justice to the beauty of this place. Its the perfect place for those who enjoy cycling, golf, hiking or just catching up on reading (or each other) with the best gourmet kitchen at hand for your culinary desires. This kitchen has everything! I honestly cant decide which is more beautiful from this house - sunrise or sunset. Absolute seclusion amplifies the beautiful sounds of the outdoors and the occasional visiting wildlife. And with 60 mile vistas from Sandia Peak out the front door to Santa Fe Baldy out the great room and patios your eyes will never become complacent. Even the occasional afternoon or evening summer thunderstorms are such an incredible light show before quickly passing by. And with Santa Fe just 20-30 minutes away, there is a whole separate outing for food and culture if one so desires. Of course you must stop in Madrid, NM, (just up the road from this place) for a unique drink or draft beer at the Mineshaft Tavern and catch up with the Wild Hogs and Del Fuegos. Its all good.

As one who spent many years working and living in Albuquerque, and who really loves NM, I just cant see ever staying anywhere else when I go back to NM. Ted knows comfort and class in sharing this place for those looking for a great experience and some time to just decompress.

  • Submitted: Apr 26, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Douglas, Michigan

Look no further...

  • 5 of 5

This was our first experience renting a home for a vacation... We have 2 kids that have special needs, allergies and sensitivities. It is a tricky proposition to travel to unknown places! Ted was so patient while disclosing information about his home - everything from where his water comes from to the fabric content of his sheets, cleaning products used, available sources for food that would accommodate our needs...

Of course we were thrilled at the beautiful photos but what they don't show is the level of attention given to the home's upkeep. It is clean and so easy to be in! The views are simply spectacular... The spaces are open, free of clutter and so peaceful inside and out it is tough to get motivated to leave! The layout of the home is great - 2 bedrooms for the kids on one side of the home with corresponding bathrooms, the master bedroom on the other. Ted is funny and helpful and was available during our stay via phone if we needed something. Every accommodation for comfort has been accounted for. As you might have noticed from other reviews, there is an elderly dog named Seltzer that lives there. He is super cool - always sweet and good! We were concerned about allergy issues for our kids, but had absolutely none - he stays outside and was a wonderful part of our experience.

The drive into town (Sandia Crest, Albuquerque and Santa Fe were easy and scenic. At the end of a long day it was an amazing treat to head back to this peaceful and beautifully maintained getaway. We are grateful for the chance to have stayed here and will look forward to doing it again!!!! Look no further - you have just found paradise in New Mexico!

  • Submitted: May 26, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
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Nearest Airport
33 Miles
Albuquerque Sunport
Nearest Golf
4 Miles
Nearest Train
30 Miles
Nearest Ski
16 Miles
Sandia Crest

Rock climbing in the nearby Sandia Mountains, top-rated sailplane/glider club in country at nearby Moriarty airport, nationally-recognized Paa-ko Golf Club only 7 minutes away

Rates & Availability

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3 night minimum stay

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Housekeeping $149
Property Damage Protection $59
Refundable damage deposit $250

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Placitas House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
Location Type:
  • Golf Course Front ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Computer Available
  • Fireplace ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment
  • Free Long Distance
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Catering Available
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower , my favorite room, very luxurious
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , powder bath, off main living area, kitchen and dining room
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
    Den - 1 queen , inflatable queen-size bed available w comfortable foam top
  • King size beds (1), Queen size Beds (1), Double Beds (1)
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • 1 bicycles
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • alternative lifestyle
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • jetted tub ...
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • arboretum
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • synagogues
  • water parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • racquetball
  • rock climbing
  • roller blading
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • whitewater rafting
Now WHEEL CHAIR accessible!

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