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The Best Available! Historic Adobe Home in Old Town Albuquerque

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,700 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 9 nights


About the property

3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms

Come enjoy the glamor and Southwestern charm of this old, territorial style house. The Old Town House in the museum district is an authentic adobe, built c. 1902. Directly cross the street from Tiguex Park, and about a block and a half from historic Old Town Plaza, the location is unmatched. With original wood floors, beamed ceilings, and foot thick walls, this house evokes the romance of the Old West, and is a fantastic base for your Albuquerque adventures.

Three bedrooms and two baths accommodate 6 (2 queen beds and 1 full bed, as well as a sleeper sofa in the living room, which adds flexibility in sleeping arrangements). The en suite master bath features a claw foot tub, the second bedroom has a gas kiva fireplace, and soft lighting is achieved in all three bedrooms with chandeliers. An open floor plan connects the living room and kitchen. All kitchen appliances are stainless. An adjoining sitting room (with its own gas kiva fireplace) allows views of the park through a side lit French door. The dining room seats 6 comfortably. There is off street parking for two vehicles parked in tandem (for example, a large pickup and regular sized sedan will both fit).

The back yard patio area is equipped with three bistro tables and six chairs, as well as a charcoal Weber grill.

Things to Do in Albuquerque: Check out the web site for Old Town Albuquerque. Also, the Duke City Fix web site for a daily dose of Albuquerque pictures (as well as local commentary). Photos are posted on the Albuquerque Photo Gallery near the top of the DCF home page. People post new ones daily, and there are often spectacular shots of the Albuquerque scenery.

Here are a few of local restaurants of note (there are many other fabulous ones in Old Town, and throughout Albuquerque, but these are some of my favorites):

The St. Claire Winery and Bistro - great food, often live music, and local New Mexico wines. About a five minute drive (with traffic).

Seasons - within walking distance - upscale, great food, good service.

Golden Crown Panederia - Bakery which gets rave reviews in my guest book.

Flying Star - About a 10 minute drive north on Rio Grande. In the summer, the shaded patio is particularly lovely.

There is a Starbucks (with a fireplace) about 4 minutes away by car, or about a 15 minute walk. For local coffee houses, try Velvet Coffeehouse in the Patio Market just off the plaza. Or walk 10 minutes east on Mountain Rd and visit Boiler Monkey.

More Details

Carol Prather
Member since: 2006
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 27, 2017

About Carol Prather

I am a U.S. Naval officer currently teaching at the Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island. While I will always love the maritime environment, I head for New Mexico whenever I get the chance. I am also fortunate enough to have excellent support staff for the house.

Carol Prather purchased this house in 2007

Why Carol Prather chose Albuquerque

I am a fan of the blend of cultures, terrain, climate, and cuisine in New Mexico. The way the air smells, sharply blue sky, fab food, great people, public art. People are friendly and real. I like the vibe these things impart, and I like Albuquerque in particular. Thinking ahead to life following active naval service, I was delighted by the opportunities the Old Town House represented, even though I was stationed overseas at the time I happened across it. Since I love New Mexico as much as I love to travel, I thought it would be the perfect eventual home plate and launching pad for all sorts of adventures. It has turned out that my Navy life has continued on (now with academic and policy facets - spring 2017 will find me finishing course work for a phD in international relations - whew!). So I continue to enjoy sharing the Old Town house with people who seem to enjoy Albuquerque just as much as I do.

What makes this house unique

The outstanding location, adjacent to much loved Tiguex Park, and also within steps of the museums and the plaza, is hard to beat. While restaurants and shops are easily accessible, the environment of the house itself is quite calm. The house is full of charm and character, and old adobes sleep very well. It is fairly routine for balloons to launch at daybreak from the balloon park, and often their flight path takes them over Tiguex park, which makes them visible out the front windows as they approach.


Plaza Vieja House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1700 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy 6
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Downtown
  • Town ...
  • Adventure
  • Historic
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Gas Fireplace
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Sofa Bed
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Master Bath - toilet , combination tub/shower , Clawfoot Slipper Tub
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
  • Clawfoot slipper tub in the master bath is a great spot to unwind.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Master Bedroom - 1 queen
    The Adobe Room - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double , Full Bed
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Patio
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • rock climbing
  • roller blading
  • swimming
  • tennis
Air conditioning is evaporative cooling vice refrigerated. Please e-mail with any other questions.


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(29 traveler reviews)

The Best Available! Historic Adobe Home in Old Town Albuquerque
average rating of 4.7586207 based on 29 reviews

A wonderful home, full of character.

  • 5 of 5

I really enjoyed my stay in this charming bungalow. My toddler was delighted to discover a playground 20 seconds away. Carol was very easy to deal with and the property is equipped with pretty much everything you'll need. Will definitely stay here again.

  • Submitted: Dec 5, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks very much for the feedback! So glad to hear that the way the house is equipped worked well. The playground across the street in the park is a pretty neat feature of the house's location. It's close enough to be really convenient, and the park designers also put some good thought into the way the berms in the park work with the siting so that things feels mellow along Old Town Rd. when the younger set is out playing. Thanks again. So you glad you enjoyed your stay.
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Very comfortable well maintained old house (1901!) only a block or two from the heart of Old Town.

  • 5 of 5

We were very comfortable while there for 6 days for my daughter's wedding. All the systems work, plenty of hot water and the landlord was gracious enough to turn the A/C back on since the area was a bit unseasonably warm. It was clean and there were plenty of towels, sheets, pillows, etc. If you want a taste of Old Albuquerque, this is a great location for you, with tons of restaurants (Try the Golden Crown, 2-3 blocks away), museums, and shopping literally within blocks. A beautiful park is right across the street.

  • Submitted: Nov 3, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great location, very romantic, rustic Southwest character

  • 5 of 5

The house had everything I was looking for and more. While the house has been updated, all the charm remains: original wood floors, kiva fireplaces, claw foot tub, southwestern furniture, plaster walls, and floor stencils. You couldn't ask for a better location!

  • Submitted: Oct 28, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: I really appreciate the positive feedback. Figuring out how to preserve the character of an old house while adding modern comforts can be a bit of a delicate balance. I'm so glad to hear that you found its charm continuing to shine through, and that it served well for your visit! Thanks, Carol
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Adorable home!

  • 5 of 5

My daughters and I spent a week in this precious home in early September. The location is perfect -- just across the street from a lovely park, filled with the laughter of children, folks out walking, etc. Just a short walk to Old Town, 15 minutes from downtown, grocery store nearby, central to everywhere we wanted to go. The house itself is adorable -- authentic adobe outside, spacious yet cozy inside, comfortable beds, decorated in perfect old New Mexico style, down to the original, creaky wood floor, which was one of my favorite things! Lovely patios and landscape out back. Super cool master bath. I'll be bringing my husband back to stay here again. Thanks, Carol, for letting us enjoy your lovely home. Give us first choice if you ever want to sell it!

  • Submitted: Oct 9, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you very much for the wonderful feedback! I'm so glad you enjoyed your stay, and that the house worked well for you. You and your family are welcome back any time. - Carol
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Albuquerque home

  • 5 of 5

Wonderful location near large park, Explora interactive children's science museum, Albuquerque history museum, and natural history museum. Not far from zoo. 3 minutes walk from Old Town Plaza.

We spent the Christmas holiday here, and the luminaries on Christmas Eve that lined the sidewalks were lovely.

House is well equipped with every thing one needs - cookware, dinnerware, bedding, and towels. The furnishings are Sourhwestern, appropriate for this adobe house.

  • Submitted: Jan 2, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Cozy and Convenient

  • 5 of 5

Our family spent 2014 Christmas here, and loved it. We'd happily return! We loved the spacious layout and New Mexico style. The kiva hearths kept the house SO warm, and the bathtub is heavenly. Many great meals were cooked in the kitchen, and there was plenty of room for the whole family to sit and enjoy at the large dining room table, overlooking the garden. Minutes to walk to Old Town to the plaza made it easy to enjoy the winter festivities there, and as always we love food at Church Street restaurant! Even my mother could walk, and she is currently on crutches. The park across the street is always full of families, dogs, and people exercising. We will definitely make this our home in Albuququerque, this house has it all.

  • Submitted: Dec 31, 2014
  • Stayed: Dec 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

Plaza Vieja House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Balloon Fiesta 2017
Oct 6 2017 - Oct 14 2017
9 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $400
Cleaning Fee $100 + Tax
Tax Rate 7.19%

A deposit of $400 is separate from the rental fee, as it converts to a damage deposit upon arrival. It is fully refundable with the house left in good condition. The deposit and a signed rental agreement secure your reservation. I handle all payments through HomeAway's secure online payment system.

2015 Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta dates (unconfirmed) 2-10 October.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
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Nearest Airport
7 Miles
Albuquerque International
Nearest Train
2 Miles
New Mexico Rail Runner
Car: recommended

The house fronts Old Town Rd., a quiet street bordering Tiguex Park. The park is a place of towering cottonwoods, grassy fields, and a first rate playground. This is a walking neighborhood, with people out with strollers and dogs into the evening hours. Immediately across the park are several museums (Art and History, Science and Natural History, and Explora - the children's science museum). Excellent restaurants and interesting shopping are within leisurely walking distance. The Albuquerque Biological Park, including the zoo, aquarium and botanical gardens, is a short drive away.

Logistics are easy, with a short ride from the airport, a mile and a half to the train station and Convention Center, and about 1 hour to Santa Fe.

Albuquerque was recently ranked one of the five best cities in the U.S. to live in. The culture in the area is amazing and there is always something of interest going on. Come and enjoy!

Other Activities: Museums & Theaters (I-Max)

Ski: According to Google Maps, Santa Fe Ski area is 1 hour and 2 minutes from the house. Closer to town is Sandia Peak Ski Area, about 45 minutes away. Some drive to the Sandia Peak Tramway in the Northeast Heights, and take the tram to and from the ski area.


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