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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 2 - 4 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:
November 21, 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 South Capitol

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: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • 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!
average rating of 4.9594593 based on 83 reviews

We loved this place! Great location and perfect for 2 couples!

  • 5 of 5

First of all, Diane was a wonderful host! Our booking was handled perfectly, and she made sure everything was ready for our arrival. Our party consisted of 2 couples, and the 2bdr/2bth layout was exactly what we needed. It's a very cozy place with a private courtyard in front and a nice private patio in back. And the location was ideal for us - a safe, quiet neighborhood, but only a 15 minute walk from The Plaza. We would definitely book this property again.

P.S. I should also mention that the cleaning ladies found a pair of silver earrings that my wife left behind, and Diane let us know immediately and mailed them back to us. Thanks, Diane!

  • Submitted: Oct 2, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Wonderful! Thanks for mentioning my exceptional cleaning ladies, Angela & Crew. I have been very lucky to have found such a caring and honest individual. She is the cornerstone of my business. I couldn't do this without her! Please do return....I know this is probably the 15th trip for you to Santa Fe, but don't you find new things to do and see each visit? I know I do! Looking forward to hosting you again. Diane Apprill
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Highly recommended

  • 5 of 5

We found our stay at the Bella Casa to be very relaxing. A great place to get away from it all. The casita was roomy, quiet, and most pleasantly decorated. Supplied with all the amenities one could want. Clear instructions available to assist in the operation of any of the equipment. An ample supply of chopped logs available for the fireplaces.

Check-in and check-out were easy. Diane had provided a helpful list of restaurant recommendations that we made use of a number of times with favorable results. She encouraged us to call in mid-week to ensure that all was going well.

Many thanks, Diane, for an excellent place to stay. We would not hesitate to recommend.

  • Submitted: Nov 9, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much! So glad you had a great time and very much appreciatethat you were referred to Bella Casa when your first rental didn't work out! Please do come again! Diane
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Best place we have ever stayed

  • 5 of 5

We will return.

  • Submitted: Oct 18, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Wow! Thanks for the recommendation! Diane
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Home away from Home

  • 5 of 5

My husband, sister in law and I were so very pleased and impressed with our temporary home away from home. Not only is it a beautiful casita, it offered everything we could ask for and more. It is located in a lovely and quiet neighborhood that is very convenient to the plaza as well. We have visited Santa Fe over a dozen times and this is one of the most comfortable and charming places we have stayed.

Janet Smith

  • Submitted: Oct 11, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: I was so pleased that you had a wonderful visit to Santa Fe! Glad to be a part of the reason your trip proved to be relaxing and so enjoyable for all of you. I do try to think of things that our family would need in a pinch, and appreciate your affirmations. Would love to have you come again? I know that the fall is one of the most beautiful times in the mountains, but truly you have to see it in the other seasons as well? Will look forward to having you in the future. Diane
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Manchester Ct

Lovely appointed condo in a quiet neighborhood

  • 5 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay Diane was very responsive and anticipated all our needs. Would highly recommend this condo and hope to return some day.

  • Submitted: Sep 27, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Return to Bella Casa? Yes, anytime! So glad you enjoyed Santa Fe and all she has to offer. Appreciate your comments about the condo as well as how gracious you both were. Look forward to your return? Diane
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Wichita Falls, TX

Wonderful time

  • 5 of 5

Dianne was a wondful host. Texted often to make sure we had all we needed The house was very well stocked. Particularly enjoyed the chimania in the back. Plenty of wood and the weather was great. Would definitely recommend this house to others

  • Submitted: Sep 21, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Dustan & Friends! Glad you enjoyed the back patio so much- it's my favorite spot as well! Do come again!
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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: recommended

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

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $155
Damage Deposit $300

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.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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