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Leigh Plesniak

Member since: 2013
Speaks: english

Casa De Colores: Walk to the Plaza and art galleries on Canyon Rd

23 Reviews
Bedrooms 4
Property type house
Minimum Stay 4 - 6 nights

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New Mexico House Rental Photos and Description

4 Bedroom, 3 Bathroom divided between a 3BR main house and studio guest house

Experience authentic Santa Fe. Located very close to the Plaza and Canyon Road, Casa De Colores is a traditional Santa Fe adobe home featuring vigas in most rooms, latillas in an expansive kitchen, indoor and outdoor kiva fireplaces, portal and New Mexican accents throughout. The original date of construction is unknown but the house was extensively remodeled in 2006 with venetian plaster, in-floor radiant heat and kitchen upgrades. The main house has 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. The casita is a studio with a small galley kitchen. Both houses have washer and dryer.

A portal spans the entire front of the house for cool summer evenings and morning coffee. An outdoor patio with kiva fireplace and barbecue off of the master bedroom is a guest favorite for outdoor meals. The yard is landscaped with xeric natives species, including chamisa, aspen and piñon. There are up to 4 off-street parking spots depending on the size of the vehicles.

The house is walking distance to the spa at La Posada, or a short drive to 10,000 Waves in the foothills of the Sangre De Cristo Mountains. It is about 30 minutes from the casa door to the lift at Ski Santa Fe.

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  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • limited accessibility
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Leigh Plesniak (Owner)
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english

About Leigh Plesniak

I grew up on the east coast in a suburban community of New York. I've been in the West since I attended graduate school in San Diego, where I now live with my family. I was a Chemistry & Biochemistry Professor at the University of San Diego for many years but retired to spend more time with my family and to develop science enrichment activities for K-12 grades.

Leigh Plesniak purchased this house in 2012

Why Leigh Plesniak chose New Mexico

We have visited Santa Fe many times over the years as a family and I knew exactly where I wanted to buy a house. We are thrilled with this location. It's peaceful, has a rustic rural feel but we are minutes walking to the heart of Santa Fe, the plaza. We walk to restaurants, galleries and museums. We hike up the arroyo trails right out of the neighborhood into Ft. Marcy park. La Posada is nearby (0.5 mile) for a drink on the patio or a massage at the spa. We can take the shuttle to the Albuquerque airport or to the Opera from nearby the hotels.

What makes this house unique

Normally not an adventurous decorator, the Casa was finished with vibrant colors in the plaster walls. The colors gave me the license to be more playful with the art and furnishings. Our home is decorated with the art from a good friend's gallery in Albuquerque (Sumner & Dene) and from art that friends of ours have made. The natural burl edge kitchen table was crafted by a friend from a eucalyptus tree that was destined for the landfill, victim to a construction project in Rancho Santa Fe in San Diego County.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Comment: Ten family members (three adult siblings, spouses, 2 kids, and 2 70-year-old parents of the siblings) stayed here for a long weekend and a trip to the opera, galleries, restaurants, etc... santa fe is a great place to visit, this house's location was great, and we enjoyed having a place to cook meals and relax between activities. - Flagstaff AZ United States

Services: excellent

Cleanliness: excellent

Location: excellent

Condition: excellent

Overall satisfaction: excellent

I would recommend to family and friends!

(Original Review Posted at
Jul 2014
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Casa De Colores: Walk to the Plaza and art galleries on Canyon Rd
average rating of 4.9130435 based on 31 reviews

Beautiful Property!

  • 5 of 5

Stunning house and casita! Location was perfect. The yard was beautiful with blooming flowers and unbelievably comfortable outdoor living. We stayed outside the entire time we were at the house - there was always a breeze up on the hill and the front patio is always in the shade. Inside the house is beautifully furnished, all of the rooms very large and everything you might need available in the kitchen. The casita was also much larger than expected and perfect for a grandparents hideaway while on vacation with the children and grandchildren.

Walking distance to the Plaza and Canyon Rd - couldn't be more convenient. Very responsive and helpful owner, as well as very friendly and helpful local representative.

Would absolutely love to return to this location - as would all of my entire family!

  • Submitted: Jun 23, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much. We are here right now enjoying the peace and quiet and the blooms in the garden are still emerging.
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A lovely home, offering total bliss by its comforts, and the area’s stunning beauty!

  • 5 of 5

A hard group to please, there were 8 of us driving a 22 day circuit of the Southwest, a university crowd from Puerto Rico with interest in Amerindian/Native American culture, anthropology, history, geology. I took a year planning the route to take us through the “musts” of the area, but more importantly, which guided tours we should choose, what local (rather than chains) businesses, restaurants and hotels among so many to sponsor. We chose wisely when we went with a house rental rather than a hotel in Santa Fe. Although we spent a week (March 28-April 3), in this great house that sleeps 4 couples in modern luxury while retaining all the charm of traditional Santa Fe architecture, and only a 10 min walk from the Historical Plaza, it was not nearly enough! The house is full of amenities, including gallery quality art work, books about the area, and pro-kitchen equipment. I have to go back and stay a month! Great hikes surround the area, amazing pictures to take, and all around, this is one remarkable area. We visited a pottery artist in Acoma, climbed up Sky City (awesome tour led by Turtle!), and got to see the Laguna Pueblo people dance in ceremony. Hiking through Tent Rocks, visiting the myriad of galleries and museums in the area, driving to Rancho de Taos, Taos Pueblo, the Gorge bridge, Ghost Ranch, all were unforgettable experiences. Mrs. Leigh Plesniak—thanks for being such a graceful host and opening your lovely home so those who venture there are in total bliss by its comforts and the area’s stunning beauty! We hope to be back very soon! Thanks for a wonderful stay!

  • Submitted: May 27, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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The best of Santa Fe living with all the comforts of home (if you have a very nice home!)

  • 5 of 5

Our three-generation family group, ages 11-76, loved this home and highly recommends it. The house is beautifully appointed with southwestern charm (but absolutely no kitsch). The leather sofas and chairs are very sophisticated, yet actually super comfortable. Entire house well-maintained and immaculate. Laid out with places for-whole group gatherings in the larger areas and more private, smaller spaces for activities like reading, puzzle making and conversation. We love group cooking, and the spacious kitchen is conducive to that. The casita is perfect for the couple wanting to be part of the group but still have a bit more privacy. The wifi worked well in the main house. Excellent beds and a generous supply of high quality sheets and towels. The weather was chilly at night so we enjoyed the fireplaces and plentiful wood supply. We appreciated the individual room radiant heat control because some of us like to sleep in warm rooms and others in cool rooms. One very minor issue - lack of plastic wrap and aluminum foil - was remedied immediately with a call to the owner and a visit from her local representative with a good supply of those, plus new plastic food containers.

All of us greatly enjoyed white water rafting on the Rio Grande, a hot air balloon ride, and the night-time Astronomy Adventure in the desert. Don't miss the amazing Museum for International Folk Art - a world-renowned Santa Fe treasure (incidentally, with a great shop for nice souvenirs). A drive or taxi ride away but well worth it. Canyon Road galleries, the Plaza, La Posada Spa, and many excellent restaurants within pleasant walking distance.

  • Submitted: May 18, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Wow. Thank you so much for your very kind words. I think you captured my intention when we decorated the house and laid out the furniture. And it sounds like you guys did some activities that I need to try as well.
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Fantastic Property in Sante Fe.

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful stay in Sante Fe at Casa De Colores with our family. Everything that was promised was delivered. The location was great for walking everywhere. Upon arrival we did make a few extra requests and they were quickly taken care of by the Property Manager. We would definitely consider renting again and will highly recommend the Casa to our friends.

  • Submitted: Apr 29, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Casa De Colores

  • 5 of 5

Hi, sorry for the delay. I continued traveling after we left Santa Fe. Our stay was great. The house is beautiful and has everything

we needed to make sure our stay was really enjoyable. Mike, the person we were in contact with, in Santa Fe, answered all our requests promptly and was

very understanding and helpful. The house is near the Plaza, so getting around Santa Fe was easy. I highly recommend Case De Colores to anyone wanting a comfortable, clean and beautiful place to stay in Santa Fe.

  • Submitted: Apr 10, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Tampa Florida

Casa de Colores is a wonderful vacation rental for a family get together;

  • 5 of 5

The photographs really do not do the home justice. While they are accurate they fail to give you true sense of the space the Casa has. We had two daughters, their spouses and three grandchildren (8 months, 2 years and 4 years) with plenty of space for everyone. We had folks watching tv on the sofas with two kids and an adult working on puzzles at the table behind the sofas. Plenty of room for family meals. and random comfortable seating in two other rooms for the book readers. Leigh and Mike are very hospitable and easy to work with.

  • Submitted: Mar 2, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
70 Miles
Nearest Barpub
0.5 Miles
La Posada
Nearest Golf
10 Miles
Santa Fe Country Club and Golf
Nearest Motorway
5 Miles
US 25
Nearest Restaurant
0.5 Miles
The Staab House at La Posada
Nearest Ski
15 Miles
Santa Fe Ski Basin
Car: not necessary

Casa De Colores is located in the Plaza and Canyon Rd areas of Santa Fe, NM. Santa Fe is known for its unique historic and cultural heritage, which is shaped by a mixture of Pueblo and colonial Spanish influences. It has a thriving arts culture, chamber and orchestral music, as well as the famous Santa Fe Opera. The Plaza hosts many festivals during the summer, including Spanish Market and Indian Market. There is a spa at La Posada de Santa Fe within 0.5 mile walk and the famous Ten Thousand Waves Spa is a short 4 mile drive from the Casa. During winter opportunities for snowplay, cross-country and downhill skiing are nearby. The Ski Santa Fe is 15 miles up Hyde Park Road. Santa Fe is the also the home of innovative restaurants and New Mexican cuisine.


Rates & Availability

Santa Fe House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Summer 2016
Jun 19 2016 - Aug 31 2016
6 night minimum stay
Christmas 2016
Dec 19 2016 - Jan 3 2017
6 night minimum stay
Spring Break
Mar 1 2017 - Mar 31 2017
5 night minimum stay
Early Summer 2017
May 26 2017 - Jun 15 2017
5 night minimum stay
Summer 2017
Jun 16 2017 - Aug 31 2017
6 night minimum stay
Thanksgiving 2017
Nov 18 2017 - Nov 25 2017
5 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
4 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection $59
GRT /Cleaning 8.1875% $20
Cleaning $250
Tax Rate 7.0%

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New Mexico House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2700 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Mountain ...
  • Adventure
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Master Bedroom - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single , Can be converted to a king bed
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 4 - 1 king , Guest house bedroom
  • Larger Master suite
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • limited accessibility ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • festivals
  • forests
  • museums
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • skiing
  • swimming
  • whitewater rafting
La Posada with it's restaurants and spa are 0.4 mile walk. The famous Santa Fe iconic spa, Ten Thousand Waves, is a 10 minute drive, ~4 miles away. We are also conveniently close to the road up to the Santa Fe Ski Basin. Property managers in town can provide concierge services and have 24 hour on-call for emergencies.

Learn more about this vacation rental at the owner's website:

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