Rest and play in Albuquerque's historic heart! Walk or bike from this loft-style adobe to public transportation, museums, Old Town, Downtown and one of the nicest parks in the city. Easy access to the freeway - 15 minutes to the airport!
The Guest Room has a queen size bed with fresh linens, drawers for your things, charging for your devices and free wifi. You'll find all of the conveniences of modern life here - a/c, heat, contemporary art, a new kitchen with dishwasher, gas stove and all the cookware you'll ever need, and a full bathroom, which is shared (I also have a half-bath at my end of the house). The house is centered around the Living Room, Dining Room and Kitchen area. A fireplace and entertainment system with stereo, large TV and AppleTV with Netflix (and access to your iTunes) are here for cozy nights in.
In addition to several restaurants and bars, you can walk to many museums, Old Town, Downtown and Tiguex Park. Biking opportunities abound in the area: take the bosque trail for miles of surprisingly wild sightseeing (or mile-high cycle training), and tour the shady Downtown neighborhoods. There is at least one bike available for your use for no charge.
More about the home:
In the early 1940's, ambitious and visionary builder Leon Watson created over 35 adobe homes in the Chacon Addition near Old Town. Intended for the F.H.A. loan market of middle to lower income families, the modestly sized homes were based on modern plans and built of earth and timber in the Spanish Pueblo Revival style. Today, the adobe interior and exterior walls and earth-insulated roofs of these homes continue to stabilize indoor temperatures year round, saving on heating and cooling costs. Watson's building methods were energetic and inventive, as described in articles from the period as well as his 1982 obituary. The origins of the this home's original construction have been discovered and documented through library research and careful renovation efforts.
A work-in-progress, this home is an ongoing study in contemporary adaptation through a long-term design/build remodel effort. Featured on the 2014 Downtown Neighborhood Association Home and Garden tour, the interior is a design study combining ancient building techniques, modern materials and mid-century furniture. The flow of the interior has been generously enhanced through re-imagining the division between the original house and a front addition by the previous owners. The result is an interconnected Living Room, Dining Room and expanded Kitchen. What was once the main interior adobe structural corner is now the open social center of the house - the Kitchen counter - freeing movement and light to redefine the atmosphere. An aged cork floor unifies the major living spaces, while original oxblood-colored concrete is revealed in the Kitchen and Studio. Maple counters, stainless and raw steel surfaces and stained pine cabinets continue Watson's commitment to raw materials. A white-painted ceiling, new casework and new lighting combine in a provocative composition of strong adobe bones and timeless minimalism.
Front Porch, BBQ Grill, complimentary wireless internet, shared Kitchen, Dining Room, Living Room with entertainment system, Restroom. Smoking outside only, please.
I live and sometimes work here, but I'll seek my own privacy if I need it. My hope is to make your stay comfortable and enjoyable. And I welcome feedback at any time. If you're in need of something, let me know and I'll do my best to help!
About my rates - when demand is high, I raise them, naturally. I also raise them for the day before and after a new reservation. I do this to ease the transition between guests for myself, since I am the cleaning crew.
I can print your boarding pass... if you give me a heads up in advance.
For the shared spaces, leave things as you find them.
You're welcome to cook in the kitchen as long as you're conscientious.
It's best for all of us if we take shoes off at the door. I'm still in the process of adopting this one myself :)