About New Mexico

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New Mexico

New Mexico is also usually considered one of the Mountain States. With a population density of 16 per square mile, New Mexico is the sixth-most sparsely inhabited U.S. state.

Formerly a Spanish colony after conquistadors arrived in the 16th century, then a Mexican colony until the Mexican-American War of the 1840s, and then an American territory until New Mexico achieved statehood in 1912, New Mexico still has a large native Spanish-speaking population as well as many Native American communities, offering a unique culture that clearly stands apart from that of other states.

Spanish is the official second language. New Mexico has a fantastic natural scenery, a major fine arts scene centered around Santa Fe, great outdoor recreational opportunities, and a distinctive regional cuisine.

Understanding New Mexico starts with grasping the overpowering importance of two of its geological features: the Rio Grande, which bisects the state north to south, and the nearby Sangre de Cristo Mountains, southernmost range of the Rocky Mountains and a part of the same large-scale geological structure that produces the Rio, the "Rio Grande rift." The eastern third of the state is an extension of the Great Plains both geographically and culturally and has more in common with the western parts of Texas and Oklahoma than with the rest of New Mexico.

The New Mexico horse industry produces goods and services valued at $503 million. The national industry has a $759 million impact on the New Mexico economy when the multiplier effect of spending by industry suppliers and employees is taken into account. 91,100 New Mexicans are involved with horses, either as horse owners, service providers, employees, or volunteers. Even more participate as spectators. The New Mexico horse industry directly provides 35,700 full-time equivalent jobs. Spending by suppliers and employees (in New Mexico and other states) generates additional jobs in New Mexico for a total employment impact of 45,000. There are 147,000 horses in New Mexico, over 60 percent of which are involved in showing and recreation.

  New Mexico in Numbers :
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img Horse Population : Approximately 65,000
img Total Economic Impact: $ -- billion
img Capital : Santa Fe
img Population : 1,928,384
img Land area : 121,356 sq. miles
img Counties : 33
img Highest Point : Wheeler Peak:  13,161 feet
img Lowest Point : Red Bluff lake : 2,817 feet
img 10 largest Cities:
 
  • Albuquerque: 494,236
  • Las Cruces: 82,671
  • Santa Fe: 70,631
  • Rio Rancho: 66,599
  • Roswell: 45,199
  • Farmington: 43,161
  • Alamogordo: 36,245
  • Clovis: 33,357
  • Hobbs: 29,006
  • Carlsbad: 25,300
 
$375,000
640 Acre Ranch

Portales, Roosevelt County, New Mexico


Would you like a home on the range for horses and other livestock? This property is just 19 miles from Portales, home of Eastern New Mexico University, and 5 miles west of Dora on Highway 114. A thee bedroom brick home with a two car garage, all furniture, a riding lawn mower and a 1992 Dodge truck are included. The property has two wells for domestic and livestock use, some out buildings, and a pole barn. Your home on the range is waiting for you to move in with antelope, quail, deer, and some coyotes howling at night. This is truly a great place for horses and livestock. The property sits on a paved road so bring your suitcase and horses and move in.

Helen Owen

640.00 ACRES
3 BEDROOMS
2 BATHROOMS
1655 SQ FT
 
$3,889,000
Taos, New Mexico Historic Estate

Taos, Taos County, New Mexico


This is one of Taos’ historic properties. The original adobe home was first built around 1895. It has been added onto over generations with great care to detail, structural and cultural integrity. Current owners have been on the property for over 40 years. It is rare to find such a large parcel, so meticulously maintained and with such strong water rights, this close to the Taos Plaza. The property is a peaceful, secluded retreat with outstanding views of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, majestic trees and lush green meadows. The land is ideal for an equestrian property or even as a residential compound, as is it’s current use. The main home is a 5600 sq. foot adobe, 2 stories, 5 bedroom, 4 bathroom and full of the charm and character you would expect from a northern New Mexico hacienda. Plaster treated walls, luxurious tiles and intricate woodwork give all the markings of a Taos classic. The home has been well maintained and cared for and is ready for immediate enjoyment. Each room is gracefully tied to outdoor spaces, with each of the bottom floor rooms having direct access to the outdoors and the upstairs rooms with wonderful windows, allowing for tremendous views and abundant natural light. The 2,816 sq. ft. guest home is Pueblo style, flat roof and features a very open floor plan with tremendous natural light. The 3 bedrooms and 2 bathroom layout is very spacious with many glass doors connecting with the outside spaces. There is a 3,000 sq. ft. heated garage/shop.

Travis Driscoll , Galles Properties

8.09 ACRES
7 BEDROOMS
5 BATHROOMS
8300 SQ FT
 
$475,000
Beautiful Large Home with Abundant Wildlife & Water Rights!

Tucumcari, Quay County, New Mexico


This Beautiful Ranch Home sits on almost 40 acres (Farm or mini Ranch). Land has water rights, very good well and city water. Producing Apricot and Pecan trees. Home has all new flooring, New Shingles over entire Roof, New R-39 Insulation in attic, Remodeled Kitchen with New Appliances, Remodeled Bathrooms with high end Shower/spa units, and new LED lighting throughout. Private Road Easement recorded. Property Taxes do not include the reduction for AG status/base, which would make the taxes considerably less! Abundant Wildlife (notice the Wild Turkey and Deer in the photos?). Two Lakes nearby, Conchas and Ute. Oh, and Great Views !!!

Anastacia Golden Morper , Assets & Investments, LLC

39.00 ACRES
4 BEDROOMS
3 BATHROOMS
3760 SQ FT
 
$1,250,000
EXCEPTIONAL NEW PRICE! Custom Home on 367 Fenced Acres

Estancia, Torrance County, New Mexico


Design the barn of your dreams with plenty of space for your arena and round-pen. Own the natural beauty of this historic location with vistas of the Manzano Mtns. 3bed/2bath/approx. 2676sf custom home and property feature 367 acres of juniper, piñon and ponderosa pine. Double wall construction with vigas in vaulted ceilings in main living area. Enjoy the stone fireplace, solar-heated saltwater pool and hot tub. At the foothills of the Manzanos with over 200,000+ acres of Cibola National Forest adjoining for private access to miles and miles of trail access. Kitchen boasts granite countertops and VIKING Professional appliances, surrounded by hand-crafted cherry cabinets. Massive hand-carved, mesquite table and chairs convey as well as antiques, furniture and Native American art. Under 60 min. from ABQ International Sunport. Tractor, trailer and mule convey with full price offer. Fire-proof safe, surround sound, back-up generator...the list goes on and on! Buried to maintain the pristine views, power and water access points from an excellent private well extend across a portion of the property for additional construction of outbuildings- perfect for your bunkhouse and a barn project. Visit www.carriepolkrealestate.com for additional information.

Carrie Polk , Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New Mexico Properties

367.00 ACRES
3 BEDROOMS
2 BATHROOMS
2676 SQ FT
 
$1,600,000
La Joya Farm

La Joya, Socorro County, New Mexico


57 Acres of Irrigated Farm Land, Home, and Pre-1907 Water Rights of La Joya, NM. 60 miles south of Albuquerque. COMMENTS: La Joya Farm is a family owned farm located in a beautiful farming community rich in local area history. It has it all, the crops, the improvements, water, orchard, vineyard, and located not too far from the Metropolitan area of Albuquerque! Outstanding views of the distant Sierra Ladron Peak. The farm is currently planted in alfalfa, milo, and pasture grass. It is watered from the Acequia Madre de La Joya. This is an excellent opportunity to own a farm in a historical part of New Mexico! IMPROVEMENTS: The main house is a 2,200 square foot country farm house with an open floor plan built in the 1960's. It has 3 bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms, basement, two car garage, and front and back porches overlooking a large fenced yard. The construction is 2x6 frame on a slab with exterior stucco and metal roof. The house is heated by a passive solar system, electric base board heaters, fireplace, and wood stove. It is cooled by a swamp cooler. STUDIO/BUNKHOUSE: is 450 sf and has a one bedroom, bath, and kitchen. The owners could rent this studio/bunkhouse out for extra income. SHOP: is 450 sf heated by wood stove and has a ½ bath and washer/dryer hookup. Attached to the studio and shop is a 450 sf garage. HAY BARN: 3,200 sf under the roof. There is a 25 by 90 corrugated steel livestock shed. WATER: Pre-1907 Declaration is on file with the New Mexico State Engineer. The farm has a backup irrigation well that is powered by electric. The residence has a 200 foot deep well with static water level at 12 feet and the estimated yield is 32 gallons per minute. ORCHARD: There is a red wine grape vineyard that is watered by a drip irrigation pond. There are also pear, apple, and pecan trees, ELEVATION: 4730 feet ANNUAL TAXES: The total taxes on this farm are $467.34. SCHOOLS: Nearest grade school is in Vegita 7 miles from the farm. Middle and high schools are in Belen, 26 miles away. HISTORY: La Joya De Sevilleta. Present day La Joya is located near the site of an ancient Piro Indian Pueblo that the Spanish named Nueva Sevilla, or Sevilleta. During the eighteenth century, this was the southernmost settlement along the Camino Real before travelers entered the despoblando, or uninhabited area, between here and El Paso del Norte. Every fall, caravans assembled here in preparation for this portion of the journey.

Randell Major , Major Ranch Realty

56.94 ACRES
3 BEDROOMS
2.5 BATHROOMS
2200 SQ FT
 
$420,000
Scenic Horse Property in Los Lunas, New Mexico

Los Lunas, Valencia County, New Mexico


Northern New Mexico style 3 bedroom house on 5.8 ac. is stunning! Surrounded by beautiful views of the Sandia and Manzano mountains the property has an apple tree orchard, pipe fencing, 330 square foot tack room and storage. Perfect for the horse enthusiast and minutes to Railrunner.

Kevin Garley , Keller Williams

5.80 ACRES
3 BEDROOMS
3 BATHROOMS
2646 SQ FT
 
$1,760,000
Mesa Bonito. Santa Fe County ,New Mexico

Los Cerrillos, Santa Fe County, New Mexico


Contemporary Ranch House on Mesa Bonita This is an architectural contemporary and environmentally sustainable ranch house (3,175ft2) with horse stables, independent guest quarters and artist studio located on Mesa Bonita (160 acres) with possibility to include River View Mesa for a total of 391 acres. The main house is a state-of-the art (2006) adobe construction in stucco with diamond-finish interior plasterwork. It has three bedrooms, three baths, an open-concept kitchen and living space, a loft, a 900ft2 multipurpose room, and a 600ft2 garage with greenhouse. The house has radiant floor heating throughout, a fireplace, a north and south terrace and a garden. Mesa Bonita is located at a 50-minute drive from Santa Fe plaza and 70 minutes from Albuquerque airport. The property is perfect for creative, nature loving people, working from home, or as a seasonal invigorating retreat or vacation home. If you’re looking for a place to enjoy serenity in New Mexico, look no further than this tranquil, luxury ranch. Located in the Galisteo Creek Basin nestled in the foothills of the Ortiz Mountains and Cerrillos hills, this high desert haven is just 3.4 miles off pavement outside of historical Madrid, NM, a quaint artisan hamlet with creative vibe, galleries and small eateries. The main house is featured in the book Sun, Sticks & Mud – 1000 Years of Earth Building in the Desert Southwest (see separate document). The author architect, Bart Kaltenbach, chose to showcase the home because it represents both the ultimate in design of a comprehensive, sustainable, energy-efficient dwelling as well as an architectural masterpiece. The homeowners, renowned artist Dominique Samyn and her husband, an international agricultural consultant are citizens of the world. The couple chose to settle in The Land of Enchantment for its stunning natural beauty, multicultural society and to live in harmony with nature. The house is of adobe construction with 2-inch outside insulation under stucco and is optimally oriented to be open to the south for passive solar heating and to see the breathtaking views to the north. The construction includes a clerestory that contains windows above eye level to admit additional sunlight and fresh air through natural ventilation. The floors are polished concrete with in-floor radiant heat throughout the residence (with the exception of the garage). There’s ample storage throughout the house. Dominique designed the interior with an exacting artist’s eye for color, texture, and details. The home has an open-concept floor plan that is centered on the living, kitchen, dining, and office spaces. The living room, which features a Rumsford fireplace that provides an artistic focal point as well as warmth and ambiance, also has north and south French doors that open onto terraces. All interior walls are covered with diamond-finish plaster. The kitchen features state-of-the-art concrete countertops and bar with seating, custom-built cabinets as well as high-end appliances that include a cooktop range, dishwasher, and Sunfrost refrigerator. A window over the double sinks overlooks the south courtyard. Adjacent to the kitchen is a large pantry with laundry and a tub sink. There are 3 bedrooms, each with its own closet and full bath containing a vanity with concrete countertop, custom cabinets and bathtub or shower. The closet in the master bedroom is walk-in. There’s also a stairway to a crow’s nest that has hardwood flooring and walk-outs to both north and south balconies. This space, with its indescribably beautiful views, could be used as a fourth bedroom, office, or yoga or meditation room. Between the kitchen and laundry is an entryway onto a hallway that serves as a mudroom with both north and south exits to the outdoors. This hallway leads to a 900ft2 multi-purpose room with a full bath that could be converted into an apartment. The room has a doorway into the double garage and adjoining greenhouse. Along the length of the south side of the house is a courtyard for outdoor living and entertaining that contains a fountain and a pergola with a kiva fireplace. In addition to the 3,175ft2 house with attached 600 ft2 garage and greenhouse, there are 3 separate free-standing structures: 1. Horse Stables with 4 stalls, a tack room, a hay storage room with capacity for 300 bales, fenced areas for turnout, a round pen, and a water tank. 2. An impressive Artist Studio (800ft2) that includes ceiling fans as well as a clerestory with windows above eye level to admit additional sunlight and fresh air through natural ventilation. 3. A Caretaker’s independent living quarters (720ft2) with one bedroom, a living room, kitchen, bathroom, and utility room with its own solar and water catchment systems. With the separate Artist Studio, this Casita could be used as an in-residence artist’s retreat. Water is precious in the high desert and rainwater harvesting is key to environmental sustainable living. The foundation of the house incorporates an approximately 24,000-gallon rainwater-catchment. The concrete underground cistern has pump, pressure tank, and water filtration. The cistern supplies abundant soft potable water to the main house. The ranch has also a shallow well connected to the house and stables. The home is powered by a substantial high voltage photovoltaic on-site electric solar power system with 14 @ 160-watt panels mounted on a freestanding Watson solar tracker that stores the D.C. electricity in 30 @ 6-volt deep-cycle Rolls batteries. A 6000-watt Sun energy inverter converts the power to A.C. and provides 2.5 kilowatts of power to the house. This is typically sufficient, but there’s a back-up generator if needs be. The septic tank is equipped with a Piranha waste-digestion and sludge-reducing system. Cellphone connection is excellent (Verizon) and broadband Internet connection is perfect for working from home. This is not a regular off-the grid home. The house itself is state-of-the-art. The properties combined (Mesa Bonita with River View Mesa) offer opportunities for hiking, horseback riding, picnics on the banks of the river, creativity, family vacations,camping and spiritual invigoration. Since moving to New Mexico, Dominique, whose paintings have been featured in magazines, shows, and galleries in the US, Europe and South America, has been inspired by the natural elements and hues of the American Southwest landscape just outside her own front door. Just by looking at her paintings on her website, www.dominiquesamyn.com, you can see the exquisite artistic sensibility the property offers. Now the owners want to live closer to their grandchildren. This stunning sanctuary can be your personal corner of Eden! The house, studio, casita, and stables are all located on Mesa Bonita, a 160-acre tract, selling price $1,465,000.00. In addition, there’s a contiguous 231-acre tract (River View Mesa) with Galisteo River frontage, selling price $295,000.00 that will only be sold secondary to give the Mesa Bonita buyers right of first refusal. For showing, the sellers request that potential buyers please provide 48 hours notice as well as proof of funds or a prequalification letter. In addition, the listing broker has to be present at all showings.

Terrance Polly , Terrance Polly

394.00 ACRES
3 BEDROOMS
3 BATHROOMS
3175 SQ FT
 
$998,000
150 Acre Farm near Moriarty, New Mexico

Moriarty, Santa Fe County, New Mexico


This property is composed of 150 acres, 100 of which are irrigated, in Moriarty. The irrigated land is currently leased to a local farmer. Vegetables, hay, and milo have been grown on the land. The other 50 acres are for grazing, pipe-fenced arena, and a 44’x72’ barn. The barn contains a workshop, 12x24’ heated tack room, and nine stalls. The whole property is fenced. The owners had the architect-designed 2-story 2400 sf stucco home built in 1989. It has 2 bedrooms & 2 ½ baths, a kitchen which opens into a formal dining area, covered porches front and back, and passive-solar heated enclosed sunroom on one side. The big wood fireplace in the living room has a beautiful textured white tile surround. The ceilings are pine and the floors oak and Mexican ceramic tile. The master bedroom has a small standing balcony, and the master bath has a claw-foot tub and separate shower. The second bedroom has an attic space which was finished and made into a “tree house” for the kids. A small garden on the side of the house is surrounded by a white picket fence and has been used for vegetables and roses. The fields around the house are inhabited by cranes in the wintertime; owls nest around the house, and crows and doves abound in the spring and summer. Several movies have been filmed here, so the house works for you.

Laurie Frantz , Keller Williams

150.00 ACRES
2 BEDROOMS
3 BATHROOMS
2400 SQ FT
 
$470,000
TWO HOMES AND ROOM FOR HORSES!

Los Lunas, Valencia County, New Mexico


Southwest Charmer and Horse Friendly! This fabulous 4bd, 2 bath pueblo style home sits on 1 acre with an additional 1 bd, 1 bath casita. Fully landscaped with fountains, sprinklers and bubble drip systems, there are also two stalls for horses along with a building for tack. Main home adorns vigas, nichos and french doors throughout. With a great room and a spacious kitchen, this home has everything you need! Custom bar, dining and additional living area with kiva fireplace are perfect for entertaining! Upstairs is your private master suite with balcony and fireplace. Master bath has separate shower and jetted tub with his and her closets. The 1 bedroom, 1 bath casita is over 800 square feet with a spacious kitchen and bathroom, living room with kiva fireplace, sunroom, 1 car garage and carport. Casita is on its own utilities. (Total square footage of 4,008 includes main home and casita)

Sarah Hammack , Coldwell Banker Legacy

1.00 ACRES
5 BEDROOMS
3 BATHROOMS
4008 SQ FT
 
$2,600,000
EL RANCHO DE CAMPANA

Black Lake, Colfax County, New Mexico


This pristine mountain property is located in north central New Mexico, approximately 6 miles south of the Angel Fire Resort in the rural community of Black Lake. This property is approximately 2 miles east of the Carson National Forest (1,507,000± acres) on Colfax County Road B-2. This access point is the start of the south boundary trail which is considered to be the best mountain bike trail in the state of New Mexico. The property also has easy access to large areas of New Mexico State Land to the east. El Rancho de Campana offers privacy and solitude yet it is within a couple of hours drive of many of New Mexico's recreational and tourist destinations. These destinations include the art centers of Taos and Santa Fe. It is only a short 5-minute drive to the Angel Fire Resort which offers golf, skiing, fishing and fine dining. Three other ski areas, golf courses, museums and Indian Pueblos are also an easy drive from the property. This property is comprised of 68.28± acres of alpine meadow and mountainous terrain. The elevation is approximately 8,600 feet. The northern boundary of the property has New Mexico Highway 434 frontage. The southern boundary has a small amount of frontage on Colfax County Roads B-1and B-2. It is contiguous to New Mexico state grazing land on the west and across NM Highway 434 to the north. The property has good views to the south and north. It also has good southern exposure. Coyote Creek flows through the northern portion of the property. The property also has a pond fed by Coyote Creek. The neighborhood is comprised of subsistence farms/alpine ranch property and recreational homes. The main house (approximately 5,768± sq. ft.) is a single level stucco structure with a loft above the kitchen and bar areas. It has three bedrooms, 2 loft areas, two full and 2 half baths. This home has large areas for entertaining both inside and outside, a chef’s kitchen and bar area, a very spacious, beautiful master suite with a split design providing additional privacy and a total of five masonry fireplaces with gas logs that can be converted to wood with gas log lighters. The exterior of this home is designed for low maintenance with stucco and a metal propanel roof. It is built with eco friendly and natural materials. The exterior walls are “Rastra” block construction. Rastra block is an in-place insulated concrete form system made of lightweight composition with a higher than 70% recycled foam plastic and cement content. It has a high insulation value (for energy efficiency and sound reduction) and is resistant to fire, frost and other climate influences. The exterior southern side has a large flagstone covered patio and separate barbeque area with outdoor fireplace. It has great views and increases the summer living space. The main entry has a private courtyard under a large portico. Upon entering the home an inviting view opens into the main living and bar areas. The countertops in the bar area are granite with rock highlights, lots of cabinets, a bar sink, wine cooler and refrigerator. The main living area is divided from the dining room by a large fireplace facing the living area and a smaller fireplace facing the dining area. The kitchen has abundant custom cabinets with granite tile counter tops. It also has a large, walk-in pantry and a Sheppard’s fireplace. The master suite has its own entry onto the southern patio and a Kiva fireplace with sitting area. The en-suite offers a stunning glass block shower, a tiled sunken tub with an adjacent rock waterfall and looks out over the expansive southern view. A spacious walk-in closet with a full size washer/dryer completes this area. The guest wing has its own living/TV area, fireplace, small kitchen area and entry onto the far west side of the southern patio. It also has two bedrooms, a loft (with 2 day beds), laundry area and "Jack and Jill" walk through bath with a half bath on either side of the shower/tub area. The guesthouse (approximately 1,120± sq. ft.) has a great-room with kitchen area, one bedroom, one bath and stackable washer/dryer. It is located above a 1.120± sq. ft. garage. It has vaulted T&G ceilings with flagstone flooring and in-floor heat. The equipment barn is a 2,400± sq. ft. metal building that is currently used to house equipment and vehicles. It is insulated, heated and has a restroom area. This structure could easily be converted partially or fully to support livestock. A restored log structure near the driveway entry was supposedly the historical home of Luis Martinez and was at one time the community store for Black Lake. The property is fully fenced with an attractive entry gate. Underground power and telephone are supplied to the main structures. The close proximity to the Angel Fire Resort and the Colfax County/Angel Fire Airport makes this property very attractive for a corporate retreat. The live water, alpine meadows, improvements and proximity to New Mexico state land and Carson National Forest also make this property very attractive to horse and ATV enthusiasts.

Stan Harrell , MONTE VERDE REALTY

68.28 ACRES
4 BEDROOMS
3.5 BATHROOMS
5768 SQ FT

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