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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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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.

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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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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It’s no surprise Taos Style is heavily influenced by Pueblo architecture, and much of its enduring appeal lies in its simplicity of form and its sourcing of local materials used for centuries. Mud, straw, logs and branches combine in a timeless design that’s different and distinctive from any other you’ll find. There are five original elements you’ll likely encounter in the area’s adobe homes, or will want to include when building your own Taos Style dwelling.

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Is there a way to compromise when your heart is set on that idyllic dream of mountain living, but your head isn’t yet wrapped around a break with civilization? There certainly is, says Evan Blish, owner of Piñon Investments of Taos in El Prado, and Associate Broker Jolie Jones. Your answer lies in the foothills of the Sangre de Cristo mountains, where delightful small communities dot the landscape just beyond the limits of Taos.

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Building a home or business from the ground up is one of – if not the most – costly endeavors one can undertake. Clients understandably want the best value for their investment, including the obvious: structural soundness; functionality; and cost efficiency. But there are other boxes they may want to check in creating their dream space, like sustainability and pleasing aesthetics. 

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Taos has its share of labyrinths dedicated to personal and world peace. Some are in public locations, or private places you can visit with permission. Homeowners have built their own labyrinths for use in seasonal celebrations and walking reflection. 

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Set among the fields, this El Salto home was designed and built by an artist. Her creativity and attention to detail have created a space that is highly polished and refined like an exquisite jewelry box. 

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There have always been as many reasons people come to Taos as there are people coming to Taos, according to Dee Doubleday, Qualifying Broker and owner of Mariposa Realty of Taos, but at this exceptional moment, one particular impulse helps explain the dramatic increase in enthusiasm for our area. “Now’s the time to reconnect with our world,” Dee said. “There’s no better place to find that connection than Taos.” Newcomers to Taos soon become whole again by reestablishing a bond with any or all of these seven stand-out attributes.

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As we have adjusted over this past year to a new way of life, with vastly more of us working from our homes, home office remodeling trends have leapt to keep pace. Experts suggest putting more of your remodeling dollars toward sprucing up the home office. Bob Orner has been building in Taos for nearly half a century. His company, Up Front Constructions, recently completed a two-year job building out the top two floors of the Blake Hotel in the Taos Ski Valley. He spoke with us about doing business during the pandemic, sources of inspiration and how the long quarantine has brought the home office remodel to the forefront.

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Taos’ real estate explosion, and what it means for your home search

A century ago Taos was “discovered” by a group of artists, many of whom chose to remain here and established what would become one of the most consequential art colonies in the country. In any context it’s a remarkable piece of history.

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Patrick O’Brien of The Salamander Company LLC. has been helping people build their dream homes for more than 20 years. In doing so, O’Brien and former partner Robert Ivy have earned a reputation as craftsmen, collaborative partners, and innovative solution-seekers. 

 
 
 
 
 
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