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Enchanted Homes: The Small Spaces Issue
 

The benefits of living in a small home are many: less maintenance, a smaller carbon footprint and, often, a significant cost savings on mortgages and utilities. Of course, there are challenges, too. When living in a region so full of gorgeous art and native crafts, it can be difficult to curate what belongs in your small space and what won’t work. There’s so much to buy, but how will it all fit?

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Set among the tall pine trees, this storybook log cabin is the perfect retreat from the world. The front porch welcomes visitors and connects to a wrap-around veranda with mountain views. It’s a great place to relax after a crisp fall day of hiking, biking or playing golf in nearby Valle Escondido. The veranda is lit with tiny magical lights and warmed with a heat lamp so that afternoon relaxing can be extended into the evening.

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Howdy to all our neighbors here in the Enchanted Circle and visitors to our beautiful part of Northern New Mexico. I appreciate you reading this column as I give you the Views from the Valley on all things real estate and related.

Palacio de Marquesa is a magical place full of authentic Taos spirit and history. Shadow and light play against the thick adobe walls; red roses, yellow columbine and bluebells adorn the courtyards. Majestic old cottonwoods provide shade and a feeling of enclosure. There is an elegant and welcoming front façade enhanced by a decorative cornice and windows accented with blue tile.

Summer evokes the sweetness of fruit ripening on laden branches, inspiring you to plant fruit trees or shrubs for food, shade, wind protection or to enhance your home’s beauty. You might aim to establish a backyard orchard or integrate new species into what already exists. Whatever your objective, Paul Bryan Jones, certified consulting arborist, provides guidance for selecting, planting and caring for fruit trees and bushes that thrive in Northern New Mexico.

“Angel Fire is our home town and we know it like the back of our hands,” said Annie Jo and Barry Lindsey, Jr. (BJ), of Lindsey Homes Custom Builders and Real Estate. It’s the reason why the couple is in a unique position to make your relocation to Moreno Valley’s crown jewel a seamless one.

It’s no secret that the real estate market across the country is in a precarious position, and the “Land of Enchantment” is no exception. With a shortage of sellers, new home construction outpacing population growth, and rising mortgage interest rates, this is a difficult time to buy a home. We’ve been in the business for a combined 160+ years and have never seen anything like this.

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For many Americans, living in the high country is a dream they’d love to live. It isn’t for everyone because it usually involves some isolation and sacrifice for the trade off of wonderful weather, clean air, amazing sunsets and a casual lifestyle not available in our cities.

Thomas Chuby Tafoya and Jennifer Miera are realtors, developers, investors and builders who have an eclectic portfolio of commercial and residential rental properties and spec homes that serve the diverse demographics of Taos. They are also life and work partners who share a passion for making the town they were raised in a better place. 

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The home on Brooks Street is full of possibilities in its elegant indoor spaces and extensive patios and courtyards. Local lore says that it was home to Taos author Frank Waters. A sense of history infuses the thick abode walls. The house was first built in the late 1950s or early 1960s and has been added to and updated over time. All parts of the home are seamlessly integrated into a classic adobe structure, accented with bright blue windows.

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Jennifer Laabes of Taos Landscaping and Julie Shedko of Lettuce Grow have been working to restore the land in Ranchos de Taos that once housed Blossoms. At the same time, they are collaborating to provide clients with landscaping that is beautiful, functional and healthy.

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Bathrooms. The one room in the house where everyone goes… literally. A room with which ones relationship can be a bit more nuanced, a bit more personal and private. There are bathrooms that are large and inviting and there are small, quiet ones.

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Clean modern lines make this home on Los Pandos Lane comfortable and inviting. Everything about the home is sleek and thoughtfully designed. The open and contemporary feel creates space for relaxed living. Oriented around an extensive courtyard, the home is full of natural light and looks out on beauty during all seasons of the year.

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The kitchen is the heart or hub of a house, not just the place where food is prepared, but the gathering spot for resident and visitor alike. A place to share conversation, clink glasses in a toast, plan for the future, and reminisce about the past. 

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It starts and ends with a feeling. The question can be posed in a variety of ways. Some ask why you keep traveling back to Taos to visit. Others will seem curious as to why you moved to Taos. And then there are those who take a far more direct approach and ask, “What is it about Taos that makes it so special?” After all, it is one of those, ‘you can’t get there from here’ places. If you are in Taos, it’s because you want to be in Taos.

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With a deep connection to the history of Taos, the home on Las Cruces Road mixes comfortable living with high Taos Style.

The home is located near downtown and is thought to be the first non-parochial schoolhouse in Taos, according to stories collected by the owners. Known as Sol y Sombra (Sun and Shadow) the home balances sunny outdoor patios with cozy indoor spaces.

 
 
 
 
 
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