About the property
- Condo1100 sqft
- Half Baths0
- Minimum Stay3 - 5 nights
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
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- Calendar last updated:
- May 24, 2018
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!
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Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.
Wonderful resting place between adventures
If you are looking for your home away from home while visiting Santa Fe and the surrounding area, look no further - this is your spot!!
I am very particular on lodging for my family when we go on our globetrotting adventures, and this unit met all of our needs and wants. It was exactly as advertised and Diane was a pleasure to work with. I don’t want to say too much on how awesome this gem is because I want it to be available for us the next time we visit. We will be back, we will stay here! Thanks again Diane for EVERYTHING - When my 16 year old son woke up yesterday morning to get ready for school, the first thing he said was “Man, I miss Santa Fe”...... and I couldn’t agree more. I miss the feel of the brick floors on my feet and I miss having my morning coffee on the private patio with the Kiva burning. Sigh.....
Thank you again for sharing your place and helping us to create memories that will last a lifetime.
Wow! It’s wonderful to hear guests have enjoyed Bella Casa, my home away from home, as much as I do! Thank you for your beautifully written review! I loved the way you talked about the little details- but most impressive of all is hearing how much your 16 year old enjoyed beautiful Santa Fe! Guess you will have to
A beautifully maintained property in a great neighborhood close to everything.
Everything about this property and it’s owner are 5 star.
Adorable casita within walking distance of the plaza
Bella Casa is a very well-equipped, comfortable and charmingly decorated home not far from the State Capitol building in Santa Fe. The Pink Adobe, Rio Chama and Vinaigrette restaurants are within an easy walk. The unit had everything we required to live comfortably during our stay and I loved the two little patios, front and back. I would definitely book it again!
This place did not disappoint! Well maintained and clean. Everything we needed was available.
We enjoyed our home for the weekend! The private courtyard in the front and back, allowed us to relax and enjoy our time together. Diane provided everything, including things we didn’t think we needed. Overall, a great place to stay in Santa Fe. I’d go back.
Thanks Ladies! So glad you had time together to relax and enjoy. Would love having you back another time?
wonderful and comfortable
My husband and I were so fortunate to have stayed at Bella Casa. This rental is very clean and provides all the necessities for a vacation home. It is within walking distance of the Santa Fe Plaza area. We enjoyed having a well supplied kitchen for our breakfasts and for an evening of grilling out on the back patio. Grocery stores are near by. This vacation home is just like the pictures- beautifully decorated!
So happy you had a wonderful experience both in the lovely town of Santa Fe and at Bella Casa! Thank you for your feedback and letting everyone in on the great location. Do come again?
Everything about our experience with Diane and her home was great! Coordiantion was easy, location was central to everything and the home is fully stocked. We also enjoyed the added touches of an Amazon Echo and local's recommendations that came with the pre-arrival information. Thanks Diane, we'll be back!!
Wonderful! Hope to have you again soon. Thanks for the lovely review- you all were fabulous guests!
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
Additional information about rental rates
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.