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.
When asked about the essence of Salamander Company’s approach, O’Brien says “We always strive to be creative in our problem-solving and use that as an approach to the whole project.” He explains that each person on the crew and the subcontractor companies form a whole team; doing the best they can for the sake of their own work and for the mission, which is completing the house for the client.
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.
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.
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.
Ryan Trujillo, a Taos native and 2008 Taos High School graduate has become quite a familiar face in Northern New Mexico over the past year, particularly in the Real Estate community. He was recently acknowledged as one of the top producing Realtors in New Mexico and #1 Top Producing New Broker in the Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices system for BHHS New Mexico in 2020.
Mattress Mary’s Mountain Lifestyle has a variety of items to furnish your “mountain lodge” in light, luxury, and style. Since folks have been staying closer to home throughout the past year, being comfortable and cozy inside has never been more important. Robyn Pincus, Mountain Lifestyle’s manager, shared her selection of furniture that contribute warmth to every room.
Don’t be fooled by the majestic stature and celebrity affiliations. Hacienda de Viernes is a friendly place with home at its heart.
Is the Old West still in style? Of course it is: It never left, says two of the region’s most authoritative purveyors of all things southwestern.
Gabriel Abrums of Chimayo Trading Del Norte and Chris Ferguson of Tres Estrellas Design sat down with Enchanted Homes to share their perspectives on historical and contemporary southwestern home furnishings, and the ease with which these elements may be incorporated into your home regardless of your decorating style.
Stacey Blish has traveled the world, but Taos real estate was always in her blood, and has now brought her back to become a force in the business.
Enchanted Homes, 'Rooms We Love' edition
In this month’s Enchanted Homes magazine, we go inside the Friday Family’s Hacienda de Viernes.
Plus we sit down with Gabriel Abrums of Chimayo Trading Del Norte and Chris Ferguson of Tres Estrellas Design to share their perspectives.
On newsstands now! Read it online.
The home rises up from the river valley of Valdez, embracing the Rio Hondo with outdoor spaces and views from large windows to the river and El Salto beyond. There is a quiet elegance to the house created through the use of organic earthen forms inspired by local traditions combined with modern interpretations of place.
These days are made for the hot tub, which Neil Collins of Wolfgang’s Spa Works sees as “the next great American appliance,” and for good reason. Easy to maintain and ranging from small and humble to large and extravagant, there’s a hot tub to fit just about every home, lifestyle, and budget. Here are five ways your hot tub sees you through these strange times with your health and sanity intact.
While Taos homeowners typically crave sweeping views, outdoor living areas and walls for artwork, in Taos Ski Valley it’s all about getting on and off the slopes easily, kicking back after shredding a million moguls, and being able sleep a LOT of people in a relatively compact home.
Margaret Romero, full time attorney and part time associate broker, has led a complex and interesting life. Her mother and father met in Tennessee while he was enlisted in the Navy and eventually landed in California, where she was born. They moved to New Mexico when she was still a child, later making their way to Taos. Her family has roots here; she guesses she’s the seventh or eight generation to call Taos her home.
20 for 20. Browse the slide show for a look at our 20 favorite Enchanted Homes covers over the past 20 years.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.