Enchanted Homes: Mountain Home Issue
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Kent Forté’s adventures have taken him from the Peace Corps and jobs around the Caribbean to being manager of the Edelweiss Lodge and Spa and a real estate adviser with Engel  & Voelkers Taos. We asked him about his roundabout and fascinating journey before settling in Taos Ski Valley, and his thoughts on the future.

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Veteran Taos realtor Norris Romero said, “Years ago, people would say if the mountain wants you to stay here, you’ll stay, and if it doesn’t you won’t. I believe that.”

It’s a commonly held belief here in Taos, and they’re still saying it now. So how does the mountain decide whom to keep? Perhaps the mountain invests in the passion of individuals willing to stand their ground through extreme changes, not just then and now, but also into the future. 

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Recently licensed real estate agent David Trujillo exemplifies his personal motto to “live life to its fullest!” 

Upon graduating from Taos High School, he moved to California to attend college. He quickly realized that the cost of out-of-state tuition would be too great a financial burden. After considering his options, he enlisted in the U.S. Army and served a total of five years in Korea and at bases across the country. Trujillo returned to Taos after military service and sought out employment that would be more than just a job – a career. 

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You’ve dreamed of that mountain home, but what makes it truly epic?

Angel Fire resident and qualifying Remax broker Catherine Moon of moonRE LLC, at Re/Max Mountain Realty lays out what every mountain home needs to make it the ultimate escape.

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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. 

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In honoring the 20th anniversary of its publication, “Enchanted Homes” has been exploring the many ways in which the community has changed between “Then” and “Now.” And who is better suited than some of the region’s top-notch realtors–all with 20 years or more of experience–to share their thoughts on the evolution over the last two decades of buying or selling a home here.

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“there is not enough supply to meet 

the demand for residential properties.”

– Page Sullivan, Page Sullivan Group of Coldwell Banker Mountain Properties


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Even though Debbie Friday Jagers earned her real estate license just this year, her experiences from childhood to college to career guided her onto this trajectory long before. She equates arriving at this new profession to laying path stones. “You build each one to the next. I’ve been building a path to this my whole life.” Her excitement to navigate this new course is evident when we speak.

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Taos Style is so much more than vigas and latillas! It’s about how to respect culture and tradition, how to be artful, how to relate to the environment – and, increasingly, how to create a sustainable future. Here are ten ways to pursue that vision.

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A small house comfortable for the human spirit 

Gilster bought the land 20 years ago and moved forward with construction in 2016. With its small footprint, the house exemplifies the market trend towards smaller spaces. Gilster says that the National Association of Realtors research shows that the market will welcome houses between 1,500 and 2,000 square feet; her house is 1,900 square feet. “That makes sense to me,” says Gilster. “As I look at our children’s generation and younger, they don’t want big grand expensive houses.” She adds “Many years ago, I read the book ‘The Not So Big House’ and that was a huge influence on me. The book explores the idea that the human spirit is more at home in a smaller space. When it gets to be cavernous it loses its appeal.” 

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“In this month's Homes magazine, we go behind the scenes with Sharon and Norman Gilster, and profile their amazing home in the Weimer foothills east of Taos. Clean lines and thoughtful design combine to create a home that is not only efficient and low maintenance but also beautiful - a unique example of Taos Style. In honor of the 20th anniversary of Homes, we meet with four local real estate brokers to share their years of experience on the evolution of buying or selling a home in Northern New Mexico over the past two decades.

All this and more, in this month’s Enchanted Homes magazine.

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!

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.

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.

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. 

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.

“As we continue to celebrate our 20th year publishing the Enchanted Homes magazine, we talk to Ted Terry and look at Taos’ rural sprawl and housing growth over the past two decades. We go behind the scenes and showcase two small casitas in our special small spaces issue and Vishu Magee explores the grid of the future with Kit Carson Electric and what this means for you.”

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 …

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