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Casa Bosque Near the Nature Center

Bedrooms 3
Space 2,400 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

House, 3 Bedrooms + 2 Lofts in 2 of the bedrooms, 2 Baths,

High vaulted ceilings of tongue and groove pine and rough cut beams make up clerestories and lofts in nearly every room in the house. The open floor plan of the living room, dining room and kitchen make entertaining ideal. Private patios and sundeck offer additional 'rooms' to meet and relax with friends to enjoy geese, ducks, heron and crane as they travel the Central Flyway directly overhead.

The spacious master bedroom provides two additional sitting areas to read and relax well isolated from the front of the house. Similarly, the front guest bedroom also provides a sitting area in the loft with views of the Bosque neighborhood.

Wonder out the front door and down to the Rio Grande Nature Center and Rio Grande River using the arroyos that crisscross the Valley connecting to the 4300 Rio Grande State Park (search: Use this same network of dirt trails to run, hike and bike for miles and to lead to the paved trail that runs from Corrales to South Albuquerque past the Zoo and and BioPark (search: bioparksociety).

Watch for balloons overhead and at the river doing Slash and Dashes (search: albuquerque splash and dash) or catch a ride from the many professional outfits available in the area.

Slip down to Old Town to buy jewelry or just sip a margharita with a big plate of enchiladas. Red is slow to fire with a sustained glow. Green flashes with the first bite. Which is hotter? Just depends on the batch. Try them both. Have them on the side. Or go 'Christmas'.

Like to drive? Yards, not miles...though it may seem like miles when you tee up at 5000' and watch your ball roll forever down the fairway. Try the 17th championship tee at Paako: Par 4, 419 yards. You are even with the top of a ponderosa pine. If you are a long ball hitter, you may well drive this green. Go ahead; try it.

And if you are trying to knock off the top 100 courses of the US, you will make progress in a few days right here in Albuquerque. Or, if you just want to play a few rounds of golf without breaking the bank, then there are plenty of municipal and other public courses that offer the same spectacular scenery found elsewhere with plenty of challenge on well-kept fairways and greens. (search: golfnewmexico and golf-link albuquerque)

Want to try your luck off the course? Most of the top courses are at casino resorts that offer top gambling venues with games and prizes that include cars and piles of cash.

Speaking of resorts, the Hard Rock is only minutes away by car. And all of the casinos feature national acts throughout the year (seach: itsatrip). Local venues provide nightly choices of rock, jazz, piano, theater and more. Let us know your interest and we will play concierge.

Are you a foodie? We have been accused and want to help you find special places to dine as well as provide you the opportunity to create your own meals from our unique ingredients that are nearly impossible to find elsewhere in the country.

And if you like beer or wine with your meal, then we have the tips for the outstanding microbreweries and wineries located minutes from your door.

Ready to daytrip. Drive the Jemez Mountains, lunch or dine in Santa Fe, cruz the Turquoise trial to the Mine Shaft Tavern, tour the oldest pueblo in the US - Acoma (Sky City) - and hear stories of the conquistadors. Continue onto the Ice Caves in the Land of Fire and Ice. Walk the ancient ruins of the Anasazi. All the while you are getting these kicks you will be cruising various stretches of RT 66.

Stretch your legs on the hundreds of miles of trails in the Sandia and Manzano Mountains that border Albuquerque or through the forests of Santa Fe.

Seattle back into your comfortable abode and open the window wide in the summer to let the cool, desert night air lull you into a deep, enchanted sleep in summer.

Remember to layer up your clothing year round as the average temperature range varies 35F or more from night to mid-day. Summer highs of 95F with evenings in the 60Fs and winter night lows of 13F are followed by days of 50F.

A vacation ot the Land of Enchantment is like no other. The scenery, scents and succulent cuisine will linger long after your return home and draw you back again.

Keywords: Lofted, adobe casa with hard wood, brick and carpeted floors.

You will feel the charm with your first steps into the home.

Clerestory lofts throughout, open floor kitching/dining/living room floor plan with sunken kiva fire pit.

Outdoor rooms of patios and sundeck to enjoy geese/heron flyover pathway - sometimes just 20 feet above you.

Roadrunners scoot around the neighborhood.

And the kid's can have a hideout in the master loft.

More Details

Jim Asperger
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
August 22, 2017

About Jim Asperger

I love traveling and I find that I like adventure in food, yet I prefer if not predictablitily in accomodations, then at a minimum pleasantness. Now that you have delved this far, I will tell you that pets are in fact negotiable, though with limitations. My dog had always traveled with me in the States until he passed away. We expect pets to be loved and respected. Leaving them in a bathroom for a day would not be loving, nor respectable for instance to the pet or the house. So, please bring your dog, yet do not leave him or her alone. Cats? Not wild about cats due to their ability to damage furniture and leave unwanted scents is mysterious places.

Similarly, I treat our surroundings probably a little better than I do my own home...out of respect. That is why we ask for a relatively high damage deposit.

I ski, hike, bike, cruz, hang and do just about anything that involves sun and friends.

Jim Asperger purchased this house in 1990

Why Jim Asperger chose Albuquerque

This house was a first home-purchase and it is a perfect example of New Mexico modern architecture with its arches and adobe. I am from the East and love living in the West with all the sunshine. I embrace and like to share the beauty of the high, plains desert of New Mexico. It is truly the Land of Enchantment where your batteries recharge. Party meccas are elsewhere. This is the place of good food, good friends and a good place to put away a good book by Mark Twain or your favorite author as the sun slides over the western horizon. And the varied sights and senses with in an hour or so are spectacular. 13,000 foot peaks to ice caves to lava flows to radio telescopes to skin walkers (grab a Tony Hillerman book for that last one).

What makes this house unique

Have you ever seen a road runner from ten feet. Just like your favorite movie star, this cartoon character is shorter then you expected. How about seeing a field full of blue heron and Canandian geese. They are all steps from the door step.

And red or green? That is the question. Once you have a few tastes of the state chile, you will be hooked as a regular guest returning for the cuisine.


Rio Grande Blvd House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2400 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Monument View ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Water View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , Two vantities
  • Shower only in the master bath with two vanities. Shower/tub in the other bedroom.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , Carpeted loft with a two section sofa is also available
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , 1 double , Queen is located in loft
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double
  • Queen size Beds (1), Baby Cribs (2), Full Double Futons (2), Queen mattress/box set in a loft (limited privacy) Loft in the master bedroom is carpeted and suitable for kids camping out on the floor.
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Tennis ...
  • 8 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • limited accessibility
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • roller blading
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • spelunking
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
I am your concierge and love sharing our state with visitors. Please...ask. The Bosque del Apache is a state park stretching nearly 100 miles along the Rio Grande river which features the Nature Center a pleasant 1/2 mile walk from the home, Acequia trails (irrigation arroyos) run throughout the Albuquerque valley and right past the casa allowing hiking/biking/running on dirt trails to and from the river and Bosque, Balloons blue herons geese road runners are common, And even the yip of a coyote or the howl of a peacock can be heard occasionally, Yet you are 2.5 miles from Albuquerque old town and the museums 3 miles from downtown 1-2 miles from I-40 and I-25 and 15 minutes from the airport, Rural setting on a cul de sac in the city.


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Casa Bosque Near the Nature Center
average rating of 4.909091 based on 11 reviews

Clean, comfortable, authentic

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful stay at Casa Bosque. We were in ABQ for a long weekend to visit family and enjoy the NM scenery. Although we didn't spend much time at the house, we were looking for a vacation rental that felt like a "home" and had that classic Southwestern feel. Casa Bosque did not disappoint in that regard. Jim, the owner, was friendly and responsive and both arrival and departure were easy. The house was clean and comfortable and the neighborhood was quiet yet close to downtown, Old Town, etc. Would definitely recommend.

  • Submitted: Aug 23, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Comfortable home away from home

  • 4 of 5

We stayed at Casa Bosque for almost 6 months and we were very pleased with our choice. Jim, the owner, was very welcoming and accommodating and keeps the house in excellent condition. The kitchen is well stocked, the beds firm, and in high heat, the house cooling system was more than adequate. We also enjoyed the fenced-in backyard for our dog and loved the verdant North Valley neighborhood. The Rio Grande River and nature center are 1/2 mi. away, and there's a beautiful walking path along the canals just around the corner.

  • Submitted: Jul 7, 2016
  • Stayed: Jan 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wedding Bliss

  • 5 of 5

As soon as we entered the property we had the best most comforting feeling. We were in town to get married and we couldn't have picked a better place to stay. This location is so cozy and relaxing. It is also an excellent location for getting around in Albuquerque. The landlord is so nice. He is one of the reasons our stay was so much fun.

  • Submitted: Jun 23, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Best Ever!

  • 5 of 5

Over the last 5 years we had stayed at a few other rentals in the ABQ area and then found this fabulous house. It is an amazing property and the owners were so wonderful to us. What a fabulous area as well, right in the mix and close to everything ABQ has to offer... but also felt like we were worlds away at at retreat inside the home. We highly recommend this property on VRBO! Cheers!

  • Submitted: May 22, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great House for Kids Adventure in Albuquerque

  • 5 of 5

My family was looking for a house in ABQ for a week during our move from Texas to Idaho and was thrilled to find this house which was near old town and all the great kid friendly activities. Not only did the house work for my kids, it was also super for my 2 dogs who had a great time in the backyard running around and hanging out in the sun.

Jim was super fast in responding to any of my questions and provided everything we needed for the week. The house had all the amenities to keep the kids fed with mac-n-cheese while my wife and I enjoyed some great local food.

As for the location, it was 10 minutes to old town and there was a nice co-op grocery store just down the road about 4 minutes away making it easy to get food. The house was spacious, super clean and having Direct TV was a nice break from our usual Netflix and Hulu offering. The house is on a cul-de-sac with friendly neighbors who waved hello.

If you are coming to ABQ for a few days and want to be near all the great activities and have plenty of space for your family and dogs then I highly recommend this house. As this was our first time using HomeAway we are extremely pleased with the experience and a big part of it comes from Jim and his house.

  • Submitted: Apr 2, 2014
  • Stayed: Mar 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Steve, It may be hard for me to live up to my reputation with this kind of review, yet I appreciate the kind words. Jim
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Beautiful Casa Bosque

  • 5 of 5

My friend and I had an amazing time at Casa Bosque! The location is perfect - close to the Rio Grande, Old Town and the Bio Park (and of course, the Flying Star and Lily Barrack :) ). Our host, Jim couldn't have been more welcoming. He made sure that our stay was comfortable and inviting. The house itself was beautiful and fully equipped for entertaining. I will definitely be staying at Casa Bosque in my future trips to ABQ. Cheers Jim!!

  • Submitted: Nov 15, 2013
  • Stayed: Oct 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: You're fun...and kind. Thank you.
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Nearest Airport
9 Miles
Albuquerque International
Nearest Barpub
1.5 Miles
Q-Bar in the ABQ Hotel or Seasons - rooftop nearby
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Nearest Train
5 Miles
Amtrak and NM Railrunner
Nearest Motorway
2 Miles
I-25 and I-40
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
Paco's and Flying Star
Nearest Ski
15 Miles
Sandia/Santa Fe/Taos
Car: recommended


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $200
Pet Fee $150
Damage Deposit $750

NOTE: The pricing listed for the weekly rate is for 4-7 nights. Each additional night is $284.00.
50% refund with 21 day notice and full refund with 45 day notice.
Additional guest over a count of 6, add $30/day.
Failure to disclose pets or additional guests may result in forfeiture of damage deposit.
Smoking inside the house will result in forfeiture of damage deposit.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.

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