High Desert Enchantment is a truly unique, large, gay-family-friendly custom built home in El Dorado Santa Fe, New Mexico, with many recent upgrades and under new management. Originally a family of 10 people lived in the home (all eight children were home-schooled), which was designed and constructed to comfortably accommodate groups. There is an exquisite Master Bedroom featuring a high vaulted ceiling, California King Bed, Native American authentic weaving and art work, kiva fireplace and large whirlpool tub. There is a large loft in the Master Bedroom boasting mountain views which is set up as a quiet meditation or reading space. For larger groups, the house features an additional 3 beds - 3 Queens and one Full - in a remodeled 3 car garage which we call the "Dormitory," as it reminiscent of college life. Besides the beds, the dormitory provides antique furniture, storage, tables and a couch, so it is almost another family room. There are several tall room divider screens which can be arranged per your preference to create privacy between beds and areas. The dormitory room has a kids area with Star Wars theme, children's books, and another stereo system into which iphone or other device can be connected - so audiobooks or music can be enjoyed. For younger kids, there are lots of stuffed animals. There is also a brand new Crib and Highchair included.
The total square footage of the rentable living area is approximately 3,000 sq. ft. The common areas include: a) Family Room with TV, leather lounge chairs with ottomans, a pull out sofa-bed and aquarium; 2) large Dining Area with 14 foot long table (can easily seat 12 people) and wood stove; 3) Fully stocked large kitchen; 4) Living Room with Kiva Fireplace, remarkable decor, several couches and chairs, piano and other musical instruments, and custom Navajo-weaved rugs. The home features multiple skylights, adobe plaster interior design. Outside, there are 3 patios, outdoor tables and chairs, several varieties of trees. Sitting on 2 acres, it is 100 yards from the road, very private, and the back yard merges with a greenbelt and it's hiking trails.
Pictures are worth a million words. So please see them, but what is remarkable is the space - expansive. The home is 3500 sq feet, custom adobe walls (thicker than other homes), and is unique. Southwestern themed decor (owner used to live on Navajo Nation) with several authentic hand-woven rugs, a collection of Pendleton blankets, along with art purchased as far away as Mozambique and New Guinea, as well as locally. Original oil paintings from local artists from avant garde to landscapes. Two functioning kiva fireplaces plus a wood stove, and radiant floor heating. There's also a 75-gallon Tropical Aquarium with a variety of schooling fish in brilliant colors and extraordinary shapes.
El Dorado is really a bedroom community for the city of Santa Fe. From house to east side of town takes 15-20 min by car, add another five minutes to the Historic Plaza. El Dorado is a community in its own right, as described above with multiple local amenities just 1-2 miles away (shopping, restaurants, community center, library) and hosts young families, many of whom decide to live in El Dorado because it is so family friendly. Santa Fe has so much to offer - so i won’t attempt to explain. There are several parks, a children’s museum, multiple summer programs in the arts and technology, adventure camping and rock climbing. Being countryside, you may see coyote wandering about during the day or hear them bay at the moon, or after they've captured prey after a spectacular sunset. Even more rare, but not unusual, is catching a glimpse of baby bob cats learning to prowl for unsuspecting rodents. For you would-be ornithologists, there are 542 different bird species to be seen throughout New Mexico.
There is a small airport in Santa Fe, but most visitors who fly land in Albuquerque, which is 55 miles southwest of Santa Fe. The drive to ABQ Airport is about 1 hour.
Amtrak has a historical station/stop at Lamy, NM. Lamy is about 5 miles from the house.
Please note the following:
1. Master Bedroom - California King Bed (total of 2 people)
2. Dormitory has the following:
a. 3 x Queen-sized beds (total of 6 people)
b. 1 x Junior double bed (total of 1 person)
For families there is a crib if needed; the junior double bed can be moved into the Master Bedroom, if a small child, ages 3 and under, needs to sleep in the same room with his or her parents/caregivers.
El Dorado is directly accessible off I-25. Denver is 385 mi to the north, El Paso is 335 mi to the south
High Desert Enchantment is a truly unique, large, gay-family-friendly custom built home in El Dorado Santa Fe, New Mexico, with many recent upgrades and under new management. Originally a family of 10 people lived in the home (all eight children were home-schooled), which was designed and constructed to comfortably accommodate groups. There is an exqu...Read more
The Manager (Michael Ruble, JD) and the Owner (John Bray-Morris, MD), on a part time basis, occupy private rooms in a separate wing of the house, with its own entrance, kitchenette and bathroom. We are both very busy and like to keep to ourselves. Therefore, apart for your arrival welcome, you will not see us - unless you want to. Our hallway is physically designed for mutual privacy - a portable “wall” of room dividers effectively partitions off this small wing. When neither of us is there, one of us will be in Santa Fe to answer your calls or come help with any issue.
2. “Astro” the cat is a two-year old delightful feline who lives in the house. If anyone is sensitive to cats from an allergy standpoint, let us know and we can sequester Astro in a separate place. On same note, we are “Pet-Friendly,” within reason. The neighborhood is very dog friendly, and there are multiple paths to walk. Leash required. If you wish to bring a pet, we will try to accommodate. It is very important to remember, and be mindful of Astro and your pets, should they travel with you, that it is dangerous to leave them outdoors at night because of the coyote and bob cats in the vicinity.
3. TV/Netflix/iTunes: on the bright side, there are more than a thousand movies available to watch in the iTunes and Blu-Ray collection, plus High Speed Internet, WiFi and Cable: the audiovisual experience is very good with home theatre sound and high definition screen.
4. Wear and Tear: the home is more than 25 years old, and while it is in very good condition there are endless minor projects underway to improve the guest experience. For example, the back patio’s large jaccuzi is empty and needs to be replaced. There are some minor cracks in interior plaster, a couple of light switches which are sticky, and a few other minor issues around the home - but none that should impact you directly. The point is this: while this home is gorgeous it is not brand new. It is however kept very clean and safe.
5. Please note that minimum stay is 3 nights.
6. Home is ADA-complaint, most of home on one level, with a shallow 2 steps down to master bedroom.
7. Heat is radiant floor driven. Air conditioning is not necessary given the thick adobe walls. If screened windows are opened at night, where summer temps dip down to 40’s F, cool air fills the home, and if windows are shut in the AM the house will remain reasonably cool all day.
8. Coyotes are active here at night. Pets should be indoors after dark.
The Manager (Michael Ruble, JD) and the Owner (John Bray-Morris, MD), on a part time basis, occupy private rooms in a separate wing of the house, with its own entrance, kitchenette and bathroom. We are both very busy and like to keep to ourselve...read more
In addition to all of the amazing attractions and sights Santa Fe and northern New Mexico have to offer, you are approximately 6 hours away by car from Denver, and only just over an hour away from Albuquerque. For hikers, there is Bandelier National Monument (44 miles), Kasha-Katywe Tent Rocks National Monument (70 miles), and Chaco Canyon Ruins (185 miles). In addition, there is plenty of hiking in the Sangre de Christos mountain range, which envelopes Sante Fe to the east.
For patrons of the arts, we have then Lensic Theater, which is the host site for the Aspen-Santa Fe Ballet Company, and all sorts of wonderful musicians, fascinating lecturers, and other events during the year. Of course, we have the internationally-famous Santa Fe Opera, which is just thirty-one miles north of Santa Fe in Tesuque. The 2018 season runs from late June to late August, and will present five operas from Bernstein, Puccini, Adams and Sellars, Rossini, and Strauss. There are a total of 36 performances of these classic and modern performances. If you love the work of our most famous artist, then the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum will be on your list of places to visit. The museum is open daily from 10 AM to 5 PM, and extended on Fridays to 7 PM. After lingering in the museum, you should be immediately jump in your vehicle and take a road trip to Lake Abiquiu, near her beloved Ghost Ranch. It is just 62 miles away. You'll most definitely see where she divined her inspiration.
Santa Fe is a city of rich history. It is the oldest capital in the United States, founded in the late 1700s. There are great exemplars of Spanish-style adobe, French Gothic Revival (The Loretto Chapel, with its mysterious and miraculous staircase), and Romanesque Revival (The Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi) as well as contemporary design (The Santa Fe open-air Opera House).
There are a variety of wonderful cafes, coffee houses, and fine dining in and around Santa Fe. Ranging from classical New Mexican cuisine, to corn-meal crusted pizzas, fresh locally farmed fruits and vegetables (Farmer's Market) to several four-star fine dining rooms and bistros.
Of course, as with every destination which caters to out-of-town visitors, there are the run-of-the mill tourist traps, but even there you are bound to find kitschy collectables, home-grown crafts, and traditional Native-American jewelry.
Please just let either John or Michael know what type of visit you would like to have, and we most certainly will do our best to provide you with information, directions and suggestions.
In all honesty, Santa Fe is not a place to be single and gay - the environment is just not conducive to meeting other gay people, although there a quite a few of us here. The one and only gay bar closed down about 18 months ago; nothing else remains - Gay Pride is in June of each year, and the City has a small pride festival in the Railyard District. Albuquerque's gay scene is not that much better - a private club called "The Social Club," which either requires a membership card or a one-time visitor's fee. Then, there's the on-again/off-again bar on Central Avenue, in a not so safe part of town known as the International District (aka "War Zone"). Its last incarnation was called Sidewinders. I can't tell you whether it is still operating as a gay club or not - never stepped foot in there. So, if you like dancing, drag shows, or discos, you won't find them in Santa Fe, and have very limited choices in Albuquerque. A six hour road trip to Denver should fulfill your need to frolic.
From November to January, thousands of snow geese, Ross's geese, and Sandhill cranes descend upon the marshy fields and inlet water ways of the Rio Grande River in Valencia and Socorro counties. They spend the night in water to protect themselves from predators. Barely before the sun is up, they take off en masse in search of fertile fields near by to graze on food sources. You can also take an auto tour loop or hike the trails of the Bosque de Apache and other wilderness areas protected by state and federal government.
In addition to all of the amazing attractions and sights Santa Fe and northern New Mexico have to offer, you are approximately 6 hours away by car from Denver, and only just over an hour away from Albuquerque. For hikers, there is Bandelier National Monument (44 miles), Kasha-Katywe Tent Rocks N...read more
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