Bella Casa is an 1100 Sq. Ft. Condo with 2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms located on a quiet tree lined residential street in one of the oldest family neighborhoods in Santa Fe. This Condominium Complex was built in 1983 on the site of a former estate and features only 5 units in an L shape. My unit is located at the inside corner, which allows for 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 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, Canyon Road, Farmers Markets, Art Shows, restaurants, wineries, sunsets, spas, golfing, skiing, hiking, and great people abound here. Day trips are easily accomplished throughout Northern New Mexico. The condo is an adobe home 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, especially for two couples. The front and back patios have been completely redesigned and re-landscaped in 2018. They give you an indoor/outdoor feeling throughout the condo and great light. The living area (with upgraded queen sleeper sofa for those extra guests), a fully equipped kitchen, full size washer and dryer all add to your comfort. 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. Both bedrooms have cable TV, as well as the living area which also has a DVR and DVD player. No matter what brings you, I believe you will truly enjoy your time at Bella Casa. This will be a place to call home while you are away! Come experience the City Different, we know you will want to return.
- Condo1100 sq. ft.
- Half Baths0
- Min Stay3 - 5 nights
2 BR, 2 Bath, 2 Private Patios, Kiva Fireplace, Chiminea, BBQ, All Adobe Charm!
Diane and Phil Apprill
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- Response time:
- within one hour
- Calendar last updated:
- Aug 14, 2018
About Diane and Phil Apprill
We both 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 loves being in Santa Fe! 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 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 residential streets, 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 complete with seating, greenery and beautiful shade trees and both front and back patios are surrounded by tall adobe walls, so they are completely private. The back patio has a grill, easy access to dry firewood, seating, a chiminea and is viewed from the kitchen and dining area. 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. Arch Bishop Lamy gifted this plant to his close friend, my husband's Grandfather, who was the Editor of the New Mexican for many years. It was transplanted from their home in Santa Fe and remains in our garden. 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 spacious closet. Brick floors throughout, vaulted ceilings with vigas, and a great view of 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, also with a window to the back patio and an adjacent tub/shower full bath. Vigas, brick floors, and a large closet complete this room. Flatscreen TV's are in both bedrooms as well as the living area. The Kiva fireplace speaks for itself in the living area and will provide many hours of enjoyment during your stay!
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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.
I really shouldn't tell you this!
It is the WORST place in the world! (That is just to keep this my own secret hiding spot!) Seriously, this was the BEST place I have EVER rented and I rent through VRBO all around the world! Diane was so sweet, so informative, caring and just the best I have dealt with. We are now friends. The house is the most well equipped home I have stayed in. Don't pack anything but a few clothes. The house was spotless! The patio was heaven. We sat out on the patio all the time. We hardly sat in the house, just because the patio was so charming. I came home and gutted my patio and working on it like Diane's! The beds were extremely comfortable. Bathrooms had ample space. Okay, I hope I have talked you out of renting this because I want it to be available for ME!
Thanks Diane! We truly did enjoy our visit!
Vicki and granddaughter, Emma
I don’t know where to begin! Thank you so much for your lovely review! I am very pleased that you and Emma enjoyed the condo and both of the patios. I must say you have been one of my most enjoyable guests! And now a Friend as well!
I admit my heart did a little flip when you mentioned you had been with a welll known and respected International Hotel Enterprise for 34 years. I am so pleased you found everything of a high caliber. I can’t wait to share this review with my fabulous Housekeeper, Angela and my landscape designer Carlos. They work very hard to keep everything in excellent shape. Couldn’t do this without them!
I look forward to having you as a guest in the future,
Comfortable and inviting. Beautiful patio. Everything one could ask for.
Thank you! So glad you enjoyed your time in Santa Fe.
Lovely property and great host
The property was just as described and a great location to downtown Santa Fe. The host was very responsive with any questions we had about the property.
I can definitely recommend this home.
Appreciate your review Jeni - so glad our housekeeper found your sister's ipad and glasses and was able to send them along to you asap!
This townhome and neighborhood exceeded all expectations
I've been to Santa Fe many times. I thought I knew my way around but I did not know this neighborhood called South Capitol. Fantastic neighborhood, close to the plaza, quiet, quiet, quiet. Lovely homes to take in on your one or two walks to the plaza each day. Two outdoor spaces for taking in the cool evenings. I must come back in cooler weather when you can use the outdoor fireplace.
It's a beautiful space, especially the living room with so much natural light. And the owner Diane so warm and on top of all your needs. Book early! Great place.
Thank you Linda!
I so appreciate the compliments on Bella Casa! Especially coming from another VRBO Owner! Can't wait to see your slice of heaven in the future!
Quiet, comfortable, well-equipped condo
We had a lovely stay in Santa Fe at this pretty adobe-style home conveniently located about a 1/2 hr. walk from the Plaza on a tranquil street. Modern kitchen with good appliances, spacious living room, big private back garden, good beds, clean. Diane is friendly, responsive and on top of every detail. Highly recommend.
Nancy, so many compliments! Thank you! I look forward to hosting you again in the future. I am especially glad that my housekeeper found your sister's date book and will be mailing it back to her asap.
It sounds like you found a very leisurely way to walk to the Plaza through some of the quiet surrounding neighborhoods, but know there is also a more direct route that will get you there in around 10 minutes.
Fabulous place and attentive owners!
Bella Casa was the perfect location for my friend and I to have a girls trip. Impeccably clean and appointed. Diane checked in to make sure all was well. Lots of easy to follow guidance. Can’t wait to book again!
Lovely having you, Paula! Do hope you make it back to the Southwest again in the future? You were fabulous guests, enjoyed having you.
Bella Casa is ideally situated close to Museums, shopping, restaurants, grocery store, liquor store, the Santa Fe Children's Museum and live theaters. The condo is 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.