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Casita de Padre, Old Town Albuquerque

Bedrooms 2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


Minimum Stay
2 nights

About the property

Named "La porte du ciel" (Heaven's Gate) by a priest who lived here for years, he was only referred to by locals as the priest. No one knew his name but they saw him often as he walked about the area he knew as home. This is the second house to be completed in an old 19th century family compound of adobes that is being renovated just blocks away from Albuquerque's Old Town Plaza. A typical "shot gun" style house with a pitched tin roof, the house maintains its late 1800s original footprint although it has all the 21st century upgrades -- modern bathroom, fully equipped kitchen, central heating/cooling system, WiFi. There is also access to a laundry room that was originally bathrooms separate from the houses, not completed until 1957. What has been maintained is the simple architectural features of the house, the original plank flooring, high ceilings, a private backyard patio with access to a shared coyote fence ramada in the back lot. It is across the street from the Centennial Park and all the major museums which were the agricultural fields of old Albuquerque over 100 years ago. To view the larger casita that is located in the same compound, refer to listing 3895291. This makes a wonderful multi-unit for extended families or friends vacationing together.

Kris Linton
Member since: 2015
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
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Calendar last updated:
January 22, 2017

About Kris Linton

I am a retired therapist who has always loved local history and architecture in Albuquerque, my native home. My husband and I have lived in and renovated old homes for over 35 years. We have one daughter who lives in London and also loves old buildings.

Kris Linton purchased this house in 2014

Why Kris Linton chose Albuquerque

It had been for sale for over 3 years and 3 of the 4 homes on the property were not inhabitable. Because of its wonderful location close to Old Town and across the street from the park, we were afraid someone may raze the old buildings and build something modern. We loved the old modest adobes.

What makes this house unique

We have made every effort to maintain the integrity of these old houses while providing modern conveniences that 21st century families expect. We have worked side by side with craftsmen that work with adobes, tin roofs, hand plastering and technicians that have made electrical wires, heating elements and plumbing features as discreet as possible.


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(22 traveler reviews)

Casita de Padre, Old Town Albuquerque
average rating of 5.0 based on 22 reviews

Great location! Super cute place!

  • 5 of 5

My family of 3 stayed in this cozy house for 3 days during Thanksgiving holiday. They did a GREAT job remodeling and totally gives you the flavor of NM. Would stay there again in a heartbeat. If you like authentic, don't mind coziness, and want to be close to Old Town this place is for you. :-). Kris was awesome, super responsive and super friendly. Only small drawback is the bathroom is teeny, tiny - but that's the way it was, way back when.

  • Submitted: Dec 4, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great little place, great location, great host

  • 5 of 5

The casita is within easy walking distance of the Old Town plaza, the place itself is nicely restored and nicely decorated, and the fruit empenadas Kris left for our arrival were delicious. Kris was very prompt with all communications. Highly recommended.

  • Submitted: Nov 9, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Location, Charm, and all the comforts of home!

  • 5 of 5

What a darling casita - so clean, so nicely decorated, and with all the comforts of home -- including the invitation to help ourselves to the veggie garden - which, by the way, was fabulous! The location was perfect for attending my conference (just a 10 minute way through the beautiful park), visiting museums, taking hikes through the many wonderful parks in this city, visiting Old Town, and finding yummy restaurants. Each evening we enjoyed a fire in the fire kiva and even took advantage of the terrific grill so we could "stay in" and enjoy this sweet gem. Thank you Kris, for being such a gracious host! We will definitely return if we are back in Albuquerque!

  • Submitted: Oct 25, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We feel it is a privilege to have the guests that we have had. So many of them (like above!) are so open to trying and seeing new things in the locale. It is a great opportunity for us to show off the old adobes and have visitors see how they were part of a rural neighborhood, at one time, of old Albuquerque. Thank you for giving us the opportunity to share our love of the history of Old Town.
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Delightful Stay

  • 5 of 5

From the moment I came through the door of this Casita, I felt at home. From the empanadas that Kris left on the kitchen table to greet me to all of the small thoughtful things that she included throughout the Casita, I had everything I needed. Kris dropped by a couple of times when I was outside and I really enjoyed my visits with her.

I was staying alone and felt very safe in the area. Truly this is a unique, special place. I will be coming back to Albuquerque and I will stay here again if it's available!

  • Submitted: Oct 2, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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AMAZING! Relaxing, beautiful, peaceful and convenient!

  • 5 of 5

This place has it all. It is beautifully but comfortably appointed and architecturally interesting. The home was very spacious, and yet felt cozy all at the same time. Pride of ownership definitely shine through on this unique group of properties. We actually stayed in the larger Casita De Madre', we had the pleasure of speaking with the couple staying in Casa De Padre', they echoed our sentiments about their stay as well, saying they come to ABQ twice a year and will not stay anywhere else! I certainly understood why. The lovely park across the street was perfect for an early morning walk, and the property was so convenient to all of the shops and charm of Olde Town, we actually walked there twice. Kris, the owner, was easy to reach and very thoughtful, as proven by the delicious, homemade cherry empanadas that she left for us. I'd make a trip back just for those! If you ever have an opportunity to stay at one of these lovely casita's, I would highly encourage you to do so! I would not hesitate to stay here again on my next excursion to ABQ. As a matter of fact, like our travelling neighbors said, we probably won't stay anywhere BUT Casa De Madre' or Padre'!

  • Submitted: Oct 1, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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What a relaxed and comfortable place with a real New Mexico feel. And very convenient to Old Town.

  • 5 of 5

We stayed for four days. Very convenient to our conference at Hotel Albuquerque. Lovely ambience and friendly host Kris. Would highly recommend

  • Submitted: Aug 26, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

Plaza Vieja House Rental Rates

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Oct 1 2017 - Oct 22 2017
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Cleaning $50

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Plaza Vieja House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 2 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • Originally there was not a bathroom but this one follows the space of the one probably added after the 1960s. In compliance with plumbing codes since it is small, the bathroom is a "wet room" which means the entire floor and 3 of the walls are sealed. A shelf in the room was found in one of the old houses and refinished.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 double
    Bedroom 2 - 1 sleep sofa /futon
  • As in traditional adobes, armoirs and chest of drawers provide space for storage instead of closets. The armoir was painted by a popular local artisan. The headboard was found in one of the old houses. The door was handpainted in the tradition of Santa Fe's La Fonda Hotel and protected with polyurethene which also provides an element of privacy.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • 4 bicycles
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
There is also a chimenea on the back patio. This is a type of terracotta free standing fire place that lends itself to evening conversations with a glass of wine or coffee.

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