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Starry Skies, Open Space & Sandia Mtn Views, Great Location!!

Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Space 205 m²
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

House, 3 Bedrooms, 2.5 Baths, (Sleeps 6)

Bosque Retreat is located just north of Albuquerque in the town of Rio Rancho, about 30 minutes from theABQ airport. The house backs up to open-space, situated above the Rio Grande Bosque river trails, with wide-open views of the Sandia mountains. There are miles and miles of trails, right out the back gate. And endless sun-rise and 'water-melon' colored sunsets to view from the back patio. The night skies offer plenty of star gazing opportunities, as we are far enough away from the city ambient light.

The Bosque Retreat is a 2400 square foot Santa Fe style home, with stucco walls, tiled floors, arched doorways and niches. You enter this charming ranch style retreat, under the viga trimmed covered front patio and through the turquoise front door into the adobe walled main entrance that leads to the open great room with high beamed ceilings. The wrap around windows, fill the room with the New Mexico blue skies, sunlight and the expansive view of the Sandia mountains and the beautiful river Bosque below.

The' Kiva' gas fireplace brings ambiance to the great room and adjoining kitchen and dining areas. The 42' flat TV screen is accompanied with Cable TV, DVD/Video and CD player for a relaxing evening at home after a day of hiking or biking along the Bosque trails. Casa del Bosque has Wi-Fi high-speed internet access for all of your communication needs.

The open kitchen, with sky light, high ceiling and gourmet pot and pan hanger, fits perfectly over the large kitchen bar area, complete with stools for a visit over a morning cup of coffee or day trip planning with your group. The kitchen is fully equipped with stainless steel appliances and beautiful southwest serving dishware and flatware for any meal or gathering. The dining room flows from the kitchen and is surrounded by windows and sliding doors for more dramatic mountain views!

There is a laundry room with washer, dryer, ironing board and iron, as well as a generous half bath at this end of the house, with a full pantry with any of the extras you may have left home.

The Bosque Retreat is air-conditioned to keep you cool during the high-desert summer months and quiet, radiant floor heat to keep your toes warm on cool winter mornings.

The extra-wide, tiled hallway, complete with lighted niche, arched entrance and sky lights, leads to the spacious master bedroom, with a walk-in sky-lit closet. You enter the master bath through an arched opening to an oval tub with wrap around block windows and southwestern tile, double sink, and an over-sized walk in shower with rain showerhead and more block windows.

The master bedroom has a luxurious king bed, and opens out onto the veranda, where two cushioned chaise lounges offer a serene spot for a good book and a full panoramic view of the Sandia mountains. Lie in bed as the sunrise over the Sandia gently welcomes you to the new day.

The second spacious guest bedroom boasts a California King that always brings compliments of a deep restful sleep. There is abundant closet space and an antique roll top desk. This room has more of a 'western' motif.

The third guest bedroom is charming with a luxurious queen bed! There is a special library section, yoga mats and a chi-machine for your relaxation enjoyment!

These two bedrooms can share the second full bath across the hall and/or use the third half bath, just off the kitchen.

The front patio, is a quiet space, with banco walls for privacy. The viga columns, trim and wood ceiling give it a warm feeling and the sky light over the bench, makes it a great spot to read the morning paper or enjoy a moment of solitude.

The back veranda (70'x 8') expands the square footage of the living space and over-looks the professionally landscaped spacious back yard and beyond: over the four foot wall and out the back gate, into the open space of the Rio Grande Bosque trails and the unobstructed view of the Sandia mountains. Kick back with a margarita or a glass of lemonade, throw dinner on the gas BBQ grill and relax in one of the cushioned Adirondack chairs or at the outdoor dining table and soak in the fresh air and the view.

The Bosque Retreat is in an aviary by-way, so you can enjoy the many variety of birds, including hawk and humming birds, that soar overhead and a resident road runner family that visits on occasion!

If you are here during the Balloon Fiesta, you can watch the balloons right from your patio.

The quaint towns of Corrales and Bernalillo (just minutes away) are wonderful havens for art, local restaurants and unique shopping. The famous town of Madrid (Wild Hogs movie fame) & Cerrillos - full of art and beautiful scenery, is about a 40 minute drive. It is an easy 40 minutes to Santa Fe and an hour to the beautiful Jemez mountains and natural hot springs. The Sandia Tram and mountain drive are a great way to see an expansive view from the top of the mountain with restaurants and gift shopping along the way. A 35 minute ride will take you to downtown Albuquerque, UNM sporting events, and old Central Avenue's trendy shops and restaurants. There is abundant hiking, biking, golfing, gambling, hot air ballooning, movies, shopping and live entertainment minutes away.

Keywords: Explore the sights of Santa Fe, Albuquerque, Jemez Springs and more or just hangout close to home: walk the bosque river trails and watch the stars from the back veranda on the Open Space over-looking the Bosque from this Santa Fe style home,open floor plan, professional landscape, expansive, wrap around veranda, with spectacular views of river Bosque, unparalleled sunrise and sunset views of the Sandia mountains. Backs up to Rio Grande Bosque open space and miles of trails.

More Details

Debi Peterson
Member since: 2011
Speaks english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 17, 2018

About Debi Peterson

Debi and Randy moved to Rio Rancho and Jemez Springs after living in Colorado for 30 years, where Randy flew helicopters for the Army National Guard and worked in the airline business and Debi taught in the field of mind/body health. They moved to explore the beauty of New Mexico and to be close to family. They love their Rio Rancho home, taking walks on the Bosque trails and sharing this space with family and friends. They never get tired of the ever changing view of the Sandia mountains or the quiet and the wide open space that surrounds them. They feel like this special home is meant to be enjoyed by many! They have a little cabin just an hour away in the Jemez mountains where they spend most of their time and enjoy occasional visits from their VRBO guests. Randy enjoys fishing and riding his motorcycle through the New Mexico mountains and Debi loves teaching yoga and energy medicine. They both enjoy hiking and biking and going on camping trips.

Debi Peterson purchased this house in 2008

Why Debi Peterson chose Rio Rancho

To quote our real estate agent: "This place has a million dollar view!" Bosque Retreat is conveniently located for easy access to Albuquerque, the Jemez mountains, Santa Fe, Albuquerque Old Town and the Sandia's.

What makes this house unique

Although we are in a neighborhood, the lots are spacious, there are no street lights to dim the star gazing at night and there is a quiet peacefulness here. There are many beautiful homes in New Mexico but we have not found one yet that we would trade ours for! We love everything about the inside and outside of our Bosque Retreat home and look forward to sharing it with you!

Guestbook comments from the owner

Debi and Randy,

Thank you so much for sharing your lovely home with us! It is so very warm and homey. It was so fun to discover all your cute decorations in every corner! Being our first trip to NM, it was a very special trip. We loved it so much - we will surely be back. So sorry it had to end.

Thank you again and P.S.

The brownies were great!
Jul 2015
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Accommodation and Amenities for this vacation house rental in Rio Rancho

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 205 m²
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only ...
  • Please sign and initial lease and house rule prior to being approved and email a copy of your drivers license and credit card.
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Garage ...
  • Gas Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 2.5
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • King size beds (2), Queen size Beds (1)
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • 2 bicycles
  • 16 garden chairs
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • synagogues
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • 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
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • roller blading
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • swimming
  • tennis
Home is located 50 feet from Rio Grande River Open Space with miles & miles of hiking trails along river w/mtn views. Great for balloon watching and star gazing.. Fantastic sunrise and sunsets from the veranda and from inside the home. Southwest contemporary furnishings, including original and local artwork. Garden tub in master bath, spacious master suite with views. Open floor plan, dining, kitchen with large central kitchen bar with seating, all with magnificent views! Parking in the driveway & front of house. Quiet neighborhood with pleasant roadside appeal. Shopping within ten minutes. ABQ International airport 35 minutes away. Shopping mall with movie theatre and fine dining within 20 minutes. Comfy pillows, linens, comforters (2 king size and 1 queen bed). Plenty of closet/drawer space. Updated kitchen with stainless appliances and generous, solid surface counter tops. Everything you will need for cooking &eating in style!! Quaint villages nearby with dining and shops.


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Starry Skies, Open Space & Sandia Mtn Views, Great Location!!
average rating of 5.0 based on 30 reviews
Grapevine, TX

Fabulous place to stay in Rio Rancho

  • 5 of 5

I can't say enough good things about this wonderful home in Rio Rancho. We didn't get to meet Randy, but saw Debi, who was the best host ever. The home was comfortable, immaculate, and had an incredible view. It has so many personal touches in each room, and I kept discovering something fun and wonderful in each one. Plus, you will have everything you need for a stay here. We had the best sleeping ever, and the neighborhood is so quiet. Waking up to see that Sandia view every day made me so happy! We highly recommend this home.

  • Submitted: 9-Apr-2016
  • Stayed: April 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Loved our stay at Starry Skies

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at the Starry Skies location for 10 days and absolutely loved every minute of it. Debi's and Randy's home has everything you will need, all the comforts of home (++) and is in impeccable condition. Both Debi and Randy have gone out of their way to make sure we felt comfortable during our stay. The house location is ideal...close to Albuquerque and Santa Fe with the backyard facing the Sandia mountains and steps away from the Rio Grande Bosque Trail leading to Corrales. A great location for daily walks and bike rides. We stayed at the home with another couple and there was ample space for everyone without the feeling of being ever crowded. Beds felt very comfortable after a long day exploring. Highlights were watching the sun come up over the Sandia Mountains with a coffee in hand as well as sunsets with the mountains slowly turning to red. We would go back without hesitation. A super stay.

  • Submitted: 5-Mar-2016
  • Stayed: February 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

We were extremely pleased with our trip to New Mexico. Debi and Randy made us feel so welcome. Debi was wonderful with communicating and we knew she was always a phone call or text away. The house was absolutely immaculate and everything was above and beyond what we expected. The house was perfectly located to make day trips, and we loved the information book that she left for us (we used it extensively). Thank you Debi and Randy for your hospitality, and for sharing your beautiful home with our family.

  • Submitted: 12-Aug-2015
  • Stayed: July 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Delightful home base!

  • 5 of 5

Location: A great home base for our day trips! Located in a suburban area, it was convenient to interstate, grocery stores, pharmacy, etc.

Amenities: Beautifully decorated , comfortable bedding, well appointed kitchen for nights when you feel like cooking. Washer/dryer allowed us to pack light! Only 1 shower taker at a time because of pressure/temperature but our family of 4 just practiced being patient:-). Loved the open floorplan and the patio. The view from this home was stunning. The hosts were gracious.

Adventure: Sandia Tram, Tent Rocks National Monument (our favorite), Tinkertown, Jemez Scenic Byway=beautiful sights and fun times for our family over spring break!

  • Submitted: 10-May-2015
  • Stayed: April 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Green Bay, Wisconsin

Beautiful Bosque Retreat

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful 6 week visit to New Mexico and the Bosque Retreat. Thank you, Randy and Debi, for accommodating us at the last minute. The view from the house and the easy access to multiple interesting trails were awesome. New Mexico has so much to offer and the house is perfectly located for exploring this gorgeous state. Thank you for your hospitality and kindness. And if your paths ever take you to Northeast Wisconsin, stop by!

  • Submitted: 11-Apr-2015
  • Stayed: February 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Palatine, IL

Home away from home!!!

  • 5 of 5

Usually by the end of a vacation, we are looking forward to the comforts of home. This trip, we feel like we ARE home (only with a better art collection). It will be hard to leave. You have likely, already, read the wonderful things about Debi & Randy, all of them accurate! Both are people you would hang with if you lived in ABQ, and we will think of them long after we have left. Much thanks to them for sharing their lovely home!

Rich & Rhonda Chicago IL May 2014

  • Submitted: 29-Mar-2015
  • Stayed: May 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
26 Miles
Albuquerque International Sunport
Car: necessary

Hiking and biking on the Bosque river trails are right out the back gate! You can ride North to Bernalillo and South to Corrales and Albuquerque along the Rio Grande river, right from the house! There are beautiful views and some areas are shaded. Its only a 5 minute walk to the Rio Grande River!

The Balloon Fiesta is the largest hot air balloon gathering in the world. Every year, we have outstanding balloon watching right out the front and back door. We have had many land in front and behind our home. It is beautiful to watch the balloons with the Sandia mountains and the colorful fall Bosque trees as the back drop.

Walking and bike riding along the Bosque trails is one of the most special places to walk and ride you will ever experience.

Nothing beats New Mexico's cuisine with our home grown green chile and numerous authentic Mexican restaurants. The many locally owned coffee shops make for the perfect start to your day of shopping and visiting the many art galleries, wineries and museums. And for you "Breaking Bad" and" Better Call Saul" fans, you can purchase a tour or google the filming locations all on your own!

We are centrally located for easy side trips to Santa Fe, the beautiful Jemez mountains and hot springs, to the famous artsy town of Madrid from "Wild Hogs" and to the Sandia mountains and Old Town Albuquerque.


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this vacation house rental in Rio Rancho

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Spring Break
Mar 23 2018 - Mar 31 2018
5 night minimum stay
Memorial Day
May 24 2018 - May 31 2018
4 night minimum stay
July 4th
Jul 2 2018 - Jul 8 2018
4 night minimum stay
Baloon Fiesta
Oct 5 2018 - Oct 14 2018
7 night minimum stay
Nov 19 2018 - Nov 30 2018
6 night minimum stay
Dec 20 2018 - Jan 6 2019
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add C$13 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable Damage Deposit C$627.9
Tax Rate 7.0%

There is a cleaning and prep fee. The fee covers preparing the yard, patios, windows and detailed cleaning. This is our main home and has many extra wonderful art works and such. We so enjoy sharing this home with travelers and appreciate when they take good care of it. We refund $50 to $100 of the $150 prep fee if the house is left as you have found it. The cleaning prep fee can be higher for longer stays.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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