A beautiful, welcoming home brings out the best in people. One such home is available in the Weimer area of Taos. This singlefamily residence at 795 Espinoza Road is a comfortable environment for day-to-day living and entertaining large groups.
The square footage of the house is 3,035; the four-bay heated garage is 1,150 square feet; and the two-bay recreational vehicle (RV) garage is 800 square feet, with an attached workshop at 400-plus square feet.
The four-bedroom home has three-and-a-half baths. Built in 1992, the house resides on 5.49 acres of land covered in piñon, juniper, and sagebrush. It is listed for $885,000 (MLS 98720). The representing agent is Robert Jacobs of Dreamcatcher Real Estate.
“What really drew us was the views,” says owner Valerie Wells. “The views are stupendous from room to room.”
Indeed, Valerie and her husband Peter did extensive remodeling of the home over the past ten years, capitalizing on the awe-inspiring views that the home encompasses.
“We worked with Tommy Tafoya. We added on a living room and upstairs master bedroom. And he rebuilt the back patio so we can sit out there with incredible views of the entire valley,” Valerie says.
Tafoya rebuilt the large back porch, leveling it and creating a portal with radiating viga beams for coverage and shade. The home is high in the Weimer area so from a chaise lounge –– one can sit back, relax, and take in the majestic views of distant volcanic peaks, the expanse of the Rio Grande mesa, and the delight of hot air balloons floating in the sky. The experience is nourishing.
“The back is west-facing so we enjoy it for mornings and lunch –– and watching the thunderstorms,” says Valerie.
The first thing one notices upon arriving at house is the quietude of the property. The home’s two two-car garages face the road, thereby blocking any sounds and creating an intimate front courtyard of red brick and blooming wildflowers in season.
Guests proceed to the hand-carved front door and are immediately greeted by the hospitality of the home’s contemporary Southwest design. Window lintels, nichos, and a kitchen wood stove give one the distinct impression of “old world living” in historic Taos.
Custom woodwork, custom cabinetry, and custom tile work abound. No detail has been overlooked, including the energy efficiency of spacious Thermopane windows with solar orientation for warming on winter days and cooling on summer days.
The spacious, open kitchen has two archways that seamlessly connect to a sitting area with a kiva fireplace, and a grand living room with a wall of windows facing north to Pueblo Peak (aka, Taos Mountain). The living room also has two sets of sliding doors, which invoke the design aesthetic of “bringing the outside in.”
“What we love most about the house is that it is really great for entertaining,” says Valerie.
The living room and the second-story master bedroom are new construction by Tafoya. Within the living room, Ray Laufer built a corner stairwell to lead upstairs to the master bedroom.
“The house is stick-built,” says Valerie. “The two-story addition is adobe; it has that ‘old’ look.”
Just like the living room, the master bedroom faces Taos Mountain and its views soar above the surrounding landscape. There is an en suite bathroom, as well as a private sitting balcony tailored toward the southwest direction.
One feels grounded in this home. This feeling is made even more remarkable because it is the perfect home to suit an explorer’s wanderlust. As previously stated, there is garage space for a RV. And outside on the property, there are electricity and water hook-ups for three guest RVs. All around the house in every direction, there are outside lounging and gathering spaces. Amongst the natural landscape, the entire property feels expansive in so many ways.
“I love the multitude of outdoor hang-out spaces,” says Robert Jacobs of Dreamcatcher Real Estate. “You can lose yourself from other people.”
The high-ceiling RV garage structure and adjacent studio is a bonus space that can serve many purposes. For example in Taos, beautiful summer days are often accompanied by a sudden afternoon rainstorm. On one such day, the Wells were hosting a large neighborhood gathering when the weather started to roll in.
“In the RV section, those doors slide up. So one time, we had 70-100 people in there. We were protected from the rain. We had a great time,” Valerie says.
The MLS listing notes that the pueblo-style home nestles nicely into the elevated foothill landscape. It is located at the gentle base of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains and is within short walking distance of the Carson National Forest.
“The elk come through,” says Valerie. “And yes, we’ve even had bear. There are coyotes too. Pete is an avid bird feeder and we have a number of feeders hanging right outside his office.”
It is noteworthy that the Wells love this area so much that they are not planning on moving away. “We bought a lot literally across the street. We love Taos; it’s my favorite place to be,” says Valerie.