From left, Dr. Tom Csanadi and his wife Marvel Harrison turn over the keys for Pueblo Canyon Inn to Elizabeth and Matthew Allen. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
Effective Oct. 1, the Pueblo Canyon Inn and Gallery officially becomes the Pueblo Canyon Inn and Gardens.
“We are so excited to create a community space for events, nonprofit fundraisers, garden walks and more,” Elizabeth said. “We also want to add extended stays in our spaces for people relocating to Los Alamos.”
The property encompasses nearly 3 acres and is adjacent to county protected land.
“Coming to Los Alamos has been a dream come true and getting this place makes us really want to stay here and become a part of the community,” Matthew said.
The property includes a large home with six rental spaces and a separate two-bedroom cabin, which they’ve leased to a family and their beloved dog for the next 12 months.
“I think people are excited to rent with us because we are willing to take pets,” Elizabeth said.
The Allen’s are converting three rooms in the main house to represent each of the three national parks. The Manhattan Project Room will boast a mid-century modern design.
“We’re watching Mad Men for ideas,” Elizabeth said.
The Valles Caldera Room will be reminiscent of a rustic cabin with a high back leather chair, fireplace and period photographs. The Bandelier Room will feature a platform bed complete with a ladder and Native American art and rugs.
“We are going to start the remodeling project this week,” Elizabeth said. “We also are going to create a space called the Tree House Suite above the garage with views of Pueblo Canyon. It will have a kitchen and bedroom and will serve those people relocating to the area.”
There also is a room called the New Mexico Round that is designed in the traditional adobe style and includes a fireplace. There is a large game room that can be rented for birthday parties, zumba classes, craft parties and other events.
The Allens are originally from Utah but moved from Idaho to Los Alamos two years ago. They have three children, Evan, 7, Magnolia, 4, and Annmarie, 1. Matthew manages all the maintenance at the Los Alamos County Golf Course. He is completing his Masters Degree in Turf Grass Management from Penn State in December. He holds an undergraduate degree in horticulture.
Elizabeth is an attorney and owns her own law firm, E.K. Allen Law, which she operates out of her home. She specializes in criminal and real estate law as well as estate planning. She also runs the local Teen Court and teaches a class on business law at UNM-Los Alamos. She anticipates transitioning transition her work as the Pueblo Canyon Inn develops.
Harrison explained how the sale to the Allen’s came about.
“We were downsizing because both of our kids have left for college,” she said. “I called the Allens because I knew they had three kids and I wanted to give our trampoline to them. We got talking and this property needed a lot of attention and we needed to find someone who had the entrepreneurial spirit. They were the perfect people to sell to.”
Harrison has bought and sold more than 40 properties in 14 states and four countries over the years.
“This has been the easiest real estate transaction for a complicated property that I’ve ever experienced,” she said.
The Allens thank Harrison for her generosity in mentoring them since May on how to manage the property and operate the bed & breakfast.
Csanadi and Harrison are leaving Friday for California.
“It’s been sad saying goodbye to so many friends but I think we are leaving this place in the best possible hand,” Csanadi said. “The really hard part of all this was finding a home for our home.”
The couple did find a place in California’s Central Coast where they plan to work for a couple of years before retiring to Imperial Beach where they have their new home under construction.
For information about Pueblo Canyon Inn and Gardens and to reserve a space for an event, visit www.pueblocanyoninn.com, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 505.695.0883.
One of the spaces available for rent at Pueblo Canyon Inn and Gardens. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
A kitchen is convenient for extended stay residents in one of the spaces available for rent at Pueblo Canyon Inn and Gardens. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
Evan Allen, 7, and Magnolia Allen, 4, with Tigger are two of three children of the new owners of Pueblo Canyon Inn and Gardens, Matthew and Elizabeth Allen. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
All the birds that have been spotted visiting the Pueblo Canyon Inn over the years are listed on a window in the main room. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com