Mountain living offers a peaceful retreat – a chance to relax and focus on family and friends. In a world that can be turbulent and hurried, living in the mountains allows us to slow down and reconnect with ourselves, others and the natural world. 

The home 

A graceful circle drive brings you to a welcoming entry way on the main level. The spacious living room embraces a massive stone fireplace. The dining room is located next to a warm kitchen with more seating at the counter – the perfect spot for a holiday morning breakfast. Just outside, the expansive deck has both covered and open areas that expand the views in all directions and is warmed by its own fireplace for cool fall nights.

Also on the main level is a master bedroom with access to the deck and its own bath and guest half bath all on the first floor. Up a flight of stairs, there is another living room, complete with fireplace, along with two bedrooms and baths. The high ceilings follow the pitched roof to create cozy space. Downstairs there is a game room with a pool table, bar area and access to the patio and hot tub, along with two bedrooms and a bath. 

Realtor Annie Lindsey says, “This home is perfect for multigenerational living. Grandparents might have the main level master bed and bath with the rest of the family having their own living spaces on the upper and lower floors.” She points out that it is only 15 minutes away from the Angel Fire Resort. “Our ski area is family-friendly and we are just over an hour and a quarter away from expert slopes at Taos Ski Valley. Wherever you go, this is the place you want to come home to,” observes Lindsey.

Trends in home buying

In March, the market was quiet, she says. But in the last few months it has become more dynamic with lots of activity in the over $1 million price range. Perhaps due to low interest rates or changes brought on by COVID, there are some trends starting to emerge. “I think people are reevaluating their lives. When you have to quarantine, many would prefer to do it in the mountains,” Lindsey suggests. Right now, inventory is low and the demand for homes, condos and lots is growing. “More people are able to work from home and their kids are going to school virtually. Why not work from a living room with a view?” she asks.

With all the changes of the last few months, there is a whole new take on mountain living. “Now everyone wants it,” says Lindsey.

Lindsey Custom Homes

In addition to offering homes like the one at 80 Via de Maria for sale, Lindsey Land and Homes builds new houses in a mountain modern style: aiming to be sleek and efficient, but not cold. Lindsey grew up in Angel Fire and brings her love of mountain living to their home building business.

Husband BJ Lindsey has been in the construction business since he was 17 and came to Angel Fire as a framing contractor. Over the last 10 years, he has honed the company’s unique approach to mountain modern design.

In addition to taking cues from the design environment of Northern New Mexico, the Lindseys visit areas like Summit County, Colorado, and return with new ideas. “We look for inspiration in other mountain communities. We always come home realizing that we are quieter, but just as beautiful and more affordable,” says Annie Lindsey. “Our buyers tell us they find just what they want here, but at one-third the price.”

For more information

The home at 80 Via de Maria along with its furnishings is offered for sale by Lindsey Land and Homes. For more information on this house or those built by Lindsey Custom Builders, visit or call Annie Lindsey at (505) 204-6716; email

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