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Walk to the Plaza, Shops & Dining! Great for Girls Trips, Couples & Families!

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,100 sq. ft.
Property type condo
Minimum Stay 3 - 5 nights


About the property

2 BR, 2 Bath, 2 Private Patios, Kiva Fireplace, Chiminea, BBQ, All Adobe Charm!

Bella Casa is an 1100 Sq. Ft. Condo located on a quiet tree lined residential street in one of the oldest neighborhoods in Santa Fe. This Condominium Complex was built in 1983 on the site of a former estate and features only 5 units. My unit is located on the largest lot, in the inside corner, which allows you to have both a front and back patio that are completely private. Two Reserved Parking spots are just steps from the front gate and are off street. This area is known as the South Capitol Historic District, and is located less than a mile from the center of the Santa Fe Plaza and 2 blocks from the State Capitol "Round House". Shopping, dining, and amenities galore are within walking distance. The Cathedral bells can be heard outside and will guide you towards one of the most interesting spots in the entire country. Galleries, Art & History museums, Farmers Market & Artists Shows, restaurants, wineries, sunsets, spas, golfing, skiing, hiking, and great people abound here. Day trips are easily accomplished to Taos, Indian Reservations, Bandelier National Monument, Casinos, Los Alamos, the Sandia Tram, Chaco Canyon, Ghost Ranch, the former home of Georgia O'Keeffe, Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta, Botanical Park & Sandia Tram, the spectacular Rio Grande Gorge, Narrow Gauge Train Rides in Chama, along with skiing, hiking and sight seeing at Red River & Angel Fire. The condo is an adobe with high ceilings featuring exposed vigas, an authentic Kiva fireplace, brick floors throughout, a cooks kitchen, and above all, privacy. The two separated bedrooms (one 8 steps up, one 8 steps down) allows for guest privacy. Bella Casa has both front and back private adobe walled-in patios which allow for an indoor/outdoor feeling throughout the condo. Both patios have seating and are great for relaxing, reading or outdoor BBQ-ing. Enjoy the light filled living area (with upgraded queen sleeper sofa for those extra guests), a fully equipped kitchen, full size washer and dryer. The upstairs King bed and bath suite and downstairs Queen bed and bath layout is especially nice for guest privacy should you travel with two couples, with your family or just a fun girls trip. No matter whether you are visiting for the ambiance, skiing, shopping, dining, hot air balloons, Fiestas, museums, holidays, spas, the famous Opera and Chamber Music Festivals, Spanish and Indian Market, or just for some much needed peace and quiet, you will truly enjoy your time at Bella Casa. After a busy day out, just imagine yourself relaxing in front of the Kiva Fireplace or sitting on the back patio grilling your favorite meal? Or, perhaps it is a glass of wine or hot cocoa by the Chiminea on the patio? This will be a place to call home while you are away! Come experience the City Different, we know you will want to return.

Diane and Phil Apprill
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
July 26, 2017

About Diane and Phil Apprill

Our family grew up in New Mexico - my husband in Los Alamos, and myself in Albuquerque. Meeting at UNM in 1972 was the beginning of a fabulous journey for us. We moved around the country but always wanted to be back in New Mexico. Splitting the difference between our families, we ended up with the most amazing condo just outside of the craziness of downtown Santa Fe. Over the years we were blessed with a beautiful daughter who is now on her way to college. The condo remains our very favorite spot, and we have worked hard to make it inviting, comfortable and functional for our guests. We began years ago just occasionally renting to friends and family, and have expanded to include others. We (knock on wood) have had the best experiences with travelers, and invite you to become one of our cherished guests. We strive to accommodate the needs of each group, so let us know what you are looking for in a vacation spot, and we will be completely honest with you about our home. It is important to us that you have a great trip and everything works perfectly for you. We have great associates in Santa Fe should anything be needed, so rest assured you will be well taken care of by the best. Happy Travels!

Diane and Phil Apprill purchased this condo in 1987

Why Diane and Phil Apprill chose Santa Fe

When we finally began looking for a place in Santa Fe, we knew we wanted something very close to the Plaza and all of the galleries and museums. We looked forever it seemed, then one day we happened upon a condo for sale in the South Capitol area. Tree lined streets, residential, quiet, with the most sought after elementary in town. Turns out, the condos were designed and built by friends of my husbands in the mid 1980's. Phil is an architect by trade, and upon this discovery, we knew this was the place. At the time, it wasn't very well kept, and we strove through the years to be sure it was kept in pristine condition with traditional Santa Fe Style furnishings and art. Lots of love and care went into the unique furnishings, the acquisition of art, and maintenance.

What makes this condo unique

Let me start with what to expect when you arrive at Bella Casa. We have 2 private off street parking spaces, which make entry with all of your bags very easy to accomplish no matter the weather...just steps from the front patio door. The patios are truly the best ones we have ever seen in a condominium. There are only a few homes in our complex, and we are in the corner of them. This means we have a great sized flagstone front patio, complete with a Chiminea, seating, greenery and a beautiful shade tree. The living room windows look onto this patio, and the view is lovely. Both front and back patios are surrounded by tall adobe walls, so they are completely private. The back flagstone patio is very large, with a grill, easy access to dry firewood, seating, a cocktail table and a beautiful wrought iron bench under a mature pine. There will always be a spot of shade to enjoy a quiet moment outdoors. If you are ever lucky enough to be at Bella Casa in May, you will see the magnificent Lilac bush in bloom by the kitchen window. The family story states that Arch Bishop Lamy gave a cutting to my husband's Grandfather, and it traveled to Santa Fe to our garden. The dining area and kitchen look out to the back patio, which makes for another great view. The two bedrooms are very separate. Upstairs there is a King bed, with great light and a private tub/shower full bath. Plenty of storage, and a full wall of closets. Brick floors, vaulted ceilings with vigas, and a great view to the back patio and beyond. In the winter months when the leaves have fallen, you can see the top of the Capitol building from the window, and the mountains surrounding Santa Fe. Downstairs there is a queen bed, with a window to the back patio and an adjacent tub/shower full bath. Vigas, brick floors, and a very large closet complete this room. Flatscreen TV's are in both bedrooms and the living area. The Kiva fireplace speaks for itself in the living area. Just check out the photos!

Guestbook comments from the owner

Well, all got her Safe & Sound. Later than planned, several delays. Your home is even nicer than the pictures! So comfortable and nicely decorated. We are going to enjoy our stay here very much.
Jul 2016
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South Capitol Condo Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • condo
  • floor 1
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1100 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • Off Street Parking....we have two dedicated spaces for our Condo. You must park only in these spaces. Additional parking is available on the street.
  • Outdoors Quiet Hours are from 10:30pm to 8:00am please.
  • Please do not rearrange the furniture. If you do need something moved, please contact me for assistance.
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Upstairs Full Bath - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Downstairs Full Bath - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Upstairs King Suite - 1 king
    Downstairs Queen Suite - 1 queen
    Living Room Sleeper Sofa - 2 sleep sofa /futon , Queen Sleeper Sofa with Upgraded 8" Mattress
  • Upstairs Master Suite has King Bed with attached Full Bath Suite. Downstairs Master Suite has Queen Bed with Adjacent Full Bath Suite. Living Area has a Queen Sleeper Sofa with highest upgraded mattress available - 8" deep.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • synagogues
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • rafting
  • skiing
  • tennis
  • whitewater rafting
There are wonderful Spas located within minutes of the house. Ten Thousand Waves is my personal favorite but La Posada is lovely as well. Ojo Caliente is approximately an hours drive and its sister spa and restaurant is just south of town, called Sunrise Springs. Ojo has massage services, natural hot springs, as well as an excellent restaurant on site. Please ask for referrals for massage therapists and facials.


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Walk to the Plaza, Shops & Dining! Great for Girls Trips, Couples & Families!
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A perfect stay!

  • 5 of 5

Bella Casa is a lovely property! Diane has been attentive to every detail to make your stay comfortable and enjoyable. She sent information prior to our arrival regarding entry procedure and information about the property as well as about the area regarding restaurants, happy hours, museums, etc., offered to allow us to check in earlier when she heard we would be in town earlier in the day, contacted us when we arrived to be sure everything went well, let us know she was available if we had any questions and reached out the day we were leaving.

The property was very clean and orderly. The decor was charming and very indicative of the Southwest. The kitchen was well stocked. The bedrooms very comfortable. I was quite impressed with the fact that there were "First Aid" supplies which I have never seen in a rental before and thought it was a really thoughtful thing to have available.

I was also impressed by Diane's request to give her feedback regarding any concerns or recommendations I may have had to help her provide the best possible experience for her guests! Staying at Bella Casa was an overall great experience! Thank you

  • Submitted: Jul 7, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: What a lovely review! It makes me so happy to know that you appreciated your experience at Bella Casa! I truly enjoy having guests in our condo and hope that you will venture back to Santa Fe again? The fall is so beautiful, I hope that can be a trip for next time... Hope you didn't need the First Aid Kit! Diane
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Great stay!

  • 5 of 5

So glad we chose to stay at Casa Bella! Diane was incredibly attentive to our needs, and we couldn't have asked for a better space to unwind in after the Santa Fe heat. The house was incredibly convenient and only a 5 min drive from the plaza. It also had a great space in the back to relax as the sun went down. If we are ever in NM again, we'll be sure to come back!

  • Submitted: Jun 26, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the lovely comments! Santa Fe has been hot, and I bet that A/C came in quite helpful? Please do come back again. Hope your Mom enjoyed her 70th Birthday - your family is very thoughtful and I appreciate the care you gave our home. Diane
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Beautiful, quiet and convenient place to stay

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful stay at Casa Bella. The house was as beautiful as it appears in the pictures. The beds were comfortable and the house had everything a guest could need. The bedroom arrangement, with one bedroom upstairs and one bedroom downstairs from the main living area, was a perfect set up for our family of two parents and two teenagers. Dianne was very accommodating by offering to let us check in early, and was very friendly and always available. It is a really convenient place to stay--about a 15 minute walk to the plaza and its many shops, restaurants, and museums, but in a very quiet residential neighborhood with no traffic noise. Enjoying an evening fire in the chiminea in the back courtyard was a relaxing way to end to a day of sightseeing. Definitely 5 stars!

  • Submitted: Jun 15, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much! I am glad you chose Bella Casa and Santa Fe for your summer adventure. We are so lucky to have such a great second home and in a fabulous location. Hope that your girls had just as much fun as mine do, too. A nice mix of great food, wonderful weather, history, museums, and fun adventures for the kids like Meow Wolf. Please do come back soon? Diane
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  • 5 of 5

Stayed at Casa Bella from 5/16/17 to 5/23/17. So glad we chose Casa Bella! It was exactly as described. The south capital location is very convenient to the Plaza area, restaurants, museums, shopping, and all Santa Fe and surroundings has to offer. The condo was spotless. Loved the New Mexico decor. Every convenience and needed items were provided, plus loads of info and suggestions for what to do and where to go. The 2 separate suites worked out great for the quite times. The owners were terrific to work with. Hated to leave! Would rent it again "in a heart beat"!!! Thanks for everything Bella Casa...

  • Submitted: May 27, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Teri, I so enjoyed working with you, too! Thank you very much for your lovely review of Bella Casa! The details you mentioned will certainly help others to know what to expect and encourage them to come visit Santa Fe as well. I appreciate your comment about the condo being "spotless". My cleaning ladies are amazing and really do work hard to keep everything in tip top shape. They will be so pleased to be mentioned. Agree that the totally separate bedroom spaces make for a good vacation for everyone. A bit of private time is always welcome when traveling together! Do come again, would enjoy having you anytime! Diane
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Charming Condo in Great Location

  • 5 of 5

My 3 kids and I enjoyed a week at Bella Casa. The condo itself is perfectly decorated and was outfitted with everything we needed. It was a treat to sit in the blue chairs by the window or out on the patio and relax after sight-seeing all day. The location was perfect. We were able to walk to nearly everything - the farmer's market, the Plaza, great restaurants, and art museums. Communication with the owner was prompt, easy, and friendly. I wouldn't change a thing and would definitely stay at Bella Casa again.

  • Submitted: Apr 18, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Wow! I am so glad you had so much fun with your children! Here's hoping they remember the trip forever! Santa Fe is such a charming city... full of history, art, activities and interesting people! Message me sometime with your kids favorites so I can add them to my list of "Things to Do"? Thank YOU for choosing Bella Casa, and please do return! Diane
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Well equipped condo in a very convenient location.

  • 5 of 5

Two couples spent five nights at Bella Casa. Dianne does an amazing job of equipping this facility with virtually everything that you might need for an enjoyable stay. Secondly, everything is clearly labeled and there are detailed instructions on how to use every device in the condo. Her list of restaurants as well as things to do were very helpful. The best feature was the location. Bella Casa is extremely convenient to the downtown area as well as Canyon Road. We loved Santa Fe and we loved Bella Casa. We will be coming back to both.

  • Submitted: Apr 8, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
50 Miles
Albuquerque Airport & Santa Fe Airport
Nearest Barpub
0.7 Miles
Pink Adobe, The Dragon Room
Nearest Golf
3 Miles
Multiple Courses Locally
Nearest Train
3 Miles
Downtown Santa Fe in the Railyard
Nearest Motorway
5 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
0.5 Miles
Upper Crust Pizza
Nearest Ski
15 Miles
Santa Fe Ski Hill
Car: necessary

Bella Casa is ideally situated close to Museums, shopping, restaurants, grocery store, liquor store, the Santa Fe Children's Museum and live theaters near the intersection of Old Pecos Trail and Santa Fe Trail.


Rates & Availability

South Capitol Condo Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Mid-Summer 2017
Jul 1 2017 - Aug 16 2017
3 night minimum stay
Indian Market 2017
Aug 17 2017 - Aug 21 2017
3 night minimum stay
Fall 2017
Aug 23 2017 - Oct 31 2017
3 night minimum stay
Late Fall 2017
Nov 1 2017 - Nov 19 2017
3 night minimum stay
Thanksgiving 2017
Nov 20 2017 - Nov 26 2017
4 night minimum stay
Early Winter 2017
Nov 27 2017 - Dec 17 2017
3 night minimum stay
Holidays 2017-2018
Dec 18 2017 - Jan 3 2018
5 night minimum stay
Summer 2017
Jun 1 2018 - Jun 30 2018
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $300
Standard Cleaning Fee $155
Tax Rate 7.0%

Keys must be returned to have your deposit refunded. If your cleaning fee does not cover the cost of the exit cleaning, after discussion with the renter, appropriate monies will be withheld from the deposit. If evidence of pets, smoking, candles or incense is found, deposit is non-refundable. (Owners child is highly allergic to smoke and pets of all kinds.) Thank you for your understanding.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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