Stories from this issue
The 1,250 kW Blue Sky array was built in 2012 near Taos Mesa Brewing. It features 5,280 panels, capable of powering 350 homes. A single-axis tracking system allows the panels to face the morning sun in the east and then pivot to face the sun as it sets in the west.

Kit Carson is building the grid of the future: What this means for you

By early 2021, Kit Carson Electrical Cooperative (KCEC) will complete the installation of a 15 megawatt solar array near the airport, reaching its goal of 100 percent daytime solar. This is a huge milestone: 100 percent of our daytime electrical needs will be solar-generated on a sunny midsummer day. In effect, about 42 percent of our annual load will be renewable energy – mere shouting distance from the 50 percent goal mandated for 2030 by the New Mexico Energy Transition Act. Kudos to Kit Carson and CEO Luis Reyes!
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Small Spaces: Adobe Casita at Cañon

The Adobe Casita at Cañon wasn’t on the market, according to Pavel Lukes of Dreamcatcher Real Estate Co. Yet he was fielding multiple offers to buy the property. The original purchase and current sale of this home and its owner, author Glenn Aparcio Parry, is one to which many who purchase property in Northern New Mexico can relate. Some call it déjà vu, others call it serendipity. Although the casita at 585 Baca Lane is under contract, Parry agreed to share his bittersweet story of letting go of the creative place he had at one time called home.
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Small Spaces: Quaint & Comfy Downtown Condo

Sensible luxury best describes the sun-drenched authentic adobe condominium on leafy Dolan Street in the heart of Taos.  With a Southwest aesthetic extending from solid pine doors in and out, turquoise-blue window frames and the soaring tongue-and-groove vigas cradling the vaulted ceilings, this exceptionally maintained two bedroom, two bath abode lends itself to a pedestrian lifestyle perfect for those wishing to downsize. 
Then & Now: Taos Rural Sprawl with Ted Terry
Enchanted Homes 20th Anniversary

Then & Now: Taos Rural Sprawl with Ted Terry

In honoring the 20th year of the publication “Enchanted Homes,” we have been visiting the many ways in which the community looks different between “then and now.” And perhaps the most significant changes have come in the way we look at and utilize our land.
Real Estate agent Dawn Grainger, Taos, New Mexico
Realtor Profile

Meet Dawn Grainger: Real estate with a truly Taos flair

Real estate professional Dawn Grainger brings a uniquely Taos-centric perspective to her job. We asked her about life, work and quarantine.
6 ways to spruce up a small space with Max Jones
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6 ways to spruce up a small space with Max Jones

6 ways to spruce up a small space with Max Jones
1. CHUCK HENNINGSEN: A COMBINATION HOME & ART GALLERY  (EH69: 2009)
Enchanted Homes 20th Anniversary

Our Ten Favorite Homes of All Time

For it's 20th Anniversary, Enchanted Homes magazine revisits 10 of the magical homes that have graced it's pages over the years, with an introduction by managing editor Paul Gutches.
Featured home

The Phoenix: Sustainable Luxury

The Phoenix is a fantastical castle complete with turrets and towers, rising above the sage-covered desert landscape. Full of whimsy, warmth, color and texture, this earthship shows that sustainability can co-exist with luxury and comfort.

Then and now, with Marny and Joel Schantz

If anyone  has their  fingers  on the pulse of the local real estate market, it's Joel and Marny Schantz of top-performing Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Taos Real Estate. Active in the Taos Valley real estate commu­ nity for decades, the Schantzes have, they laughed, "sold the same houses over and over again."
One of the VC cohousing facilities.
Sustainability

Valverde Commons planned community

Cohousing isn’t new to Taos. Long before Valverde Commons (VC), decades prior to the 1960s communes, the Red Willow community lived within the adobe walls of Taos Pueblo. Cohousing US (cohousing.org) defines cohousing as “community designed to foster connection.” This means shared governance, resources, socializing and spaces.

Realtor Profile: Vaughn Dearing

Vaughn Dearing began his realtor career in 2001 with ReMax in California. He discovered Taos after his aunt, Chien Motto, moved to Lama in the 1970s and wed Doroteo Frank Samora, a spiritual leader …

Casa Mariposa: capturing the magic of Taos

Casa Mariposa in Des Montes is a dance of light and shadow. The mood of the home changes with the time of day and the seasons. This spectacular house was designed to echo the shape of a mountain on the ancient volcanic plain to the west. Pueblo and territorial architecture are captured and reinterpreted in a completely original way by world-renown architect Antoine Predock.

The rug dealer of Taos

Robert Vander knows rugs. For nearly four decades Vander has been traveling between New Mexico and Asia, bringing a sweeping assortment of Oriental treasures to his retail location, Alhambra, where Chinese and Indian finds co-mingle with Nepalese altars and Tibetan-style artisan creations.

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