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4BR Spacious Sandia Heights - Excellent City & Mountain Views!

24 Reviews
Bedrooms 4
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 4 nights

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Half Baths
Minimum Stay
3 - 4 nights


Sandia Heights South House Rental Photos and Description

House, 4 Bedrooms, 2.5 Baths, (Sleeps 8)

We call our house Cristalera, which means window in Spanish, because our favorite feature of the house is the windows, which afford 360 degree view of the mountains, city and beautiful desert landscape. A trip to New Mexico can be as active or as relaxing, as adult-oriented or as family friendly as you choose. Our house accommodates families (including larger families) or multiple couples with four bedrooms and two and a half bathrooms. We have three queen beds and a king bed in the master bedroom. The master bath has a large jetted tub. With 2850 square feet indoors, plus plenty of outdoor living space there is plenty of room to relax.

Our house is surrounded by private courtyards and natural, southwestern landscaping. The covered back deck has an outdoor fireplace. In addition to the comfortable living room, there is a family room with a wii game console and dvd player. Both living room and family room have direct tv. There is high speed wireless Internet service in the house as well. The fully stocked kitchen is handy either for cooking meals or just snacks. Eight people can eat in the breakfast room or eat outside on the covered deck. You will be sure to see rabbits, road runners, hummingbirds, quail and lizards in the yard. We often see deer. For your convenience, there is a full size washer and dryer. Your vehicle will fit in our two car garage or in the spacious driveway.

Cristalera is located in a quiet, secluded residential area in the foothills of the Sandia mountains. The house is a five minute drive from the Sandia Tramway and from numerous hiking and biking trails. It is a fifteen minute drive to the historic and cultural offerings of downtown Albuquerque and a twenty minute drive to the University of New Mexico. Cristalera is a 25 minute drive from the Sunport international airport in Albuquerque. Santa Fe is an hour drive.A variety of supermarkets, pharmacies, department stores and restaurants are only a few minutes’ drive away (including Trader Joes, Target, Albertsons, CVS, Barnes and Noble, Starbucks)

Please consult our webiste and blogs (links below) for a comprehensive list of things to do in Albuquerque and nearby. We have found a plethora of activities for sports enthusiasts (hiking, biking, golf, skiing, horseback riding), adults (wineries, casinos, art galleries, shopping, sightseeing, fine and casual dining) and families (zoo, aquarium, small amusement park, childrens museum, petroglyphs, national parks and monuments).

Keywords: House, home, yard, kids, children, balloon fiesta, movie crew, reunion

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  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed

Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
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Calendar last updated:
October 5, 2016

Why Greg chose Albuquerque

Someday we will retire to Albuquerque. Until then we eagerly await the visits we make to New Mexico a few times every year. After our first family vacation to New Mexico in 2009, we found that we couldn’t stop dreaming about returning and kept planning return visits. We love the climate and the natural beauty of New Mexico, the delicious local food and the amazing history and culture of the area. We have yet to meet anyone in New Mexico who isn’t friendly and welcoming. There is so much to do. Every time we visit Albuquerque, we come home with a longer list of places to see and things to do on our next visit.

What makes this house unique

Cristalera is located in the peaceful and quiet residential area in the foothills of the Sandia Mountains. We are enthralled by the beautiful views that surround the house and thrilled by the regular visits of local wildlife. The house has plenty of space to relax, indoors and outdoors, and has comfortable bedrooms and a convenient and pretty eating area. I love to look out the back window while cooking at bunnies and birds in the backyard and the city below. On a recent Fourth of July, I had the unique experience of sitting on the back deck in the evening and looking down on the celebratory fireworks exploding in the city.

Guestbook comments from the owner

My family very much enjoyed our stay at Casa Cristalera. The house was perfect for our reunion - we rode balloons, rode the tram and played at Old Town.

Thanks so much for sharing your home with us. My entire family appreciated it.
Oct 2013
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based on 24 traveler reviews

4BR Spacious Sandia Heights - Excellent City & Mountain Views!
average rating of 4.9166665 based on 25 reviews

Perfect Family Gathering

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at this home with our children and grandchildren while in Albuquerque and it was a perfect weekend. This house is beautifully and comfortably furnished, well equipped, and the location is beautiful at the base of the Sandias. We had a gorgeous view of the mountains and city lights . Outdoor patio was perfect for morning coffee and evening relaxation. We had a beautiful stay and highly recommend this house!

  • Submitted: Jun 14, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Albuquerque Trip

  • 5 of 5

This place is incredible! It was everything we wanted and more. The views are beautiful, it is very clean and stocked with items in case you forget. We had plenty of room as a family of 6. The kids enjoyed the Wii games and the keyboard. After the kids argued about who got which room, we had a wonderful stay and highly recommend this house! Thanks so much!

  • Submitted: Mar 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
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Tremendous sunsets!

  • 5 of 5

Our group had a great stay in the Sandia Foothills. We loved the proximity to the tramway bike path and the mountains. It provided for great running and even better views. We had a few issues with the TV and internet upon arrival, but Greg worked with me to get the issues resolved quickly. We had a pretty large group staying at the house, so having two different family/living rooms was really nice for giving people space. I definitely recommend this property and would stay again.

  • Submitted: Feb 9, 2016
  • Stayed: Jan 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful home & location & wonderful Homeowner

  • 5 of 5

We really enjoyed our stay in this beautiful home and location in Sandia Heights. Greg, the owner/manager, was very helpful and responsive to our needs. The views of the mountains in one direction and the city lights in the other were spectacular ! There were a few issues with the house, and some with the neighborhood, but a call to Greg was returned promptly and all was resolved. At one point, we had five adults and two children which were accommodated well, but a few more extra blankets for those cold November nights would be helpful. The house was clean when we arrived and basic supplies were adequate. Great space for young children, and the streets outside have virtually no traffic. There is plenty to do in Albuquerque of course, and there are many good restaurants within reasonable driving distance, but none within walking distance. One caution when you first arrive at the house - just after you enter thru the front gate to the atrium - there is one step down on the brick patio path that is difficult to see, especially at night. We tripped on it when we first arrived in the evening, and a couple more times after that. An extra light and/or warning would be helpful. We would most definitely recommend this Homeaway to friends or anyone, and we will plan to stay there again when in Albuquerque.

  • Submitted: Jan 26, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2015
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What can you say about about this WONDERFUL property that hasn't already been said?!!

  • 5 of 5

We spent the week between Christmas and New Years enjoying this spacious, well appointed home. Please note - the pictures just do not do it justice!!

We are a family of seven - my 2 adult children and their 4 preteens - never once did we feel cramped or crowded. The children particularly enjoyed having "their own room to hang" with their own tv, games and a keyboard that was a pleasant, much enjoyed surprise!

The kitchen was equipped with everything we needed and we loved our big family meals in the dining area complete with a wonderful wood burning fireplace! We even looked up one morning to find 6 deer having their breakfast in the backyard - a real treat!

Can't say enough about the great owner - very accessible and extremely patient with all of my dumb questions!

I feel that I do need to mention that all of the bathing facilities are upstairs; so, if anyone in your group absolutely cannot manage stairs, this wouldn't be the best fit for you. Otherwise, PLEASE contact this owner and enjoy time well spent in his wonderful home!

  • Submitted: Jan 13, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful Views

  • 5 of 5

This house is in a very scenic location in Albuquerque and nearly every window has a stunning view of either the city or mountains.

The owner was very helpful and prompt. 100% would stay here again.

  • Submitted: Jan 8, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Car: necessary


Rates & Availability

Sandia Heights South House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Nov 23 2016 - Nov 28 2016
4 night minimum stay
Christmas/New Year
Dec 23 2016 - Jan 3 2017
4 night minimum stay
Winter Special
Jan 4 2017 - Mar 24 2017
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $300
Cleaning Fee $200

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Sandia Heights South House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2850 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Air Conditioning
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Garage ...
  • Gas Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking Off Street
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Fireplace
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • King size beds (1), Queen size Beds (3)
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Video Game Console ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Pool / Spa:
  • jetted tub
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • miniature golf
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • wildlife viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • mountain biking
  • rock climbing
  • skiing
Short drive to Sandia Tramway (you can see it from the house!) and numerous hiking and biking trails.

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