About New Mexico


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 :
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
Custom Home with Sierra Blanca Views

Alto, Lincoln County, New Mexico

Incredible custom built home on a little over 5 acres with unobstructed Sierra Blanca Views is move in ready. If you are looking for privacy, solitude, equestrian property with incredible views a viewing of this property is a must.

Mary Weaver, Weaver Real Estate

5.23 ACRES
3923 SQ FT
spectacular views of the Franklin Mountains, peace & tranquility

Anthony, Doña Ana County, New Mexico

Welcome home to spectacular views of the Franklin Mountains, peace & tranquility. 2014 quality-built home sits on 5.69 acres surrounded by farm land & equine estates w/1 acre fenced home site. Never lived-in 2,527 sq. ft. home features cut-glass front door, arched doorways, gas fireplace, tile & carpet, skylights, ceiling fans, arched windows & plantation shutters throughout. This uniquely designed home offers split bedrooms, plus two owner’s suites & ensuite baths – one w/separate entrance. Kitchen boasts oak cabinets, pantry, stainless steel appliances, plus granite countertops & 10’ peninsula which opens up to a spacious dining area w/bay window. Laundry room w/utility sink, granite counters & cabinets. The Scenic backyard features fruit trees, views of mountains & pecan grove & 59’ patio w/21’ covered porch – perfect for relaxing & entertaining. 45 x 30’ finished 3-bay garage w/tall stall – perfect for RV, includes 28 x 22’ flex area w/windows. Perfect “Man Cave,” recreation space or deluxe work shop.

Cody Russell, Zia Vista Realty, LLC

5.69 ACRES
2527 SQ FT
World class VIEWS on this lovely horse property with stalls!

Placitas, Sandoval County, New Mexico

World class VIEWS of the Sandia's North Face, Rio Grande Valley, Cabazon, & Jemez Mountains. This meticulously maintained residence is located on a private 1.82 acre cul-de-sac lot and features an open and bright floor plan that can be configured to fit an abundance of lifestyles. New roof, beautifully remodeled kitchen w/ granite counter tops, wood flooring, lower level guest/ in-law/ studio, radiant heat, pellet stove. Each bedroom features it's own private bath. Paddock, 2 stall barn, and covered maintenance area. Tons of storage. Pride of ownership throughout and one of the best values in Placitas. Come see for yourself... 25 minutes to the Big-I.

Joseph Szklarz, Q Realty

1.82 ACRES
2944 SQ FT
Custom Adobe SW Home on 3 Acres of Tranquil Countryside

Peralta, Valencia County, New Mexico

Enjoy the tranquil countryside of this custom SW style adobe home. Settled on 3 acres this home is minutes away from Abq. Featuring 22,000 handmade adobes,passive solar,exposed wood beams,clerestory windows,brick flooring,Rumford style kivas,wood burning fireplaces, playroom/loft & catwalk. Large master suite includes walkin closet,kiva fireplace & vigas. 2ND & 3RD bedrooms are connected by''loft''style playroom. There are 2 living areas,dining area,sun room,cellar/basement, gourmet style kitchen stainless appliances & breakfast bar. Attached in law quarters with private entrance.Large covered patio with courtyard that faces south. Property includes 3 horse stalls,tak room,hay/alfalfa storage,goat pen/birthing room, chicken coop, garden space,large arena for riding/training.

Heather Caine, Keller Williams

3.00 ACRES
3015 SQ FT
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
3175 SQ FT
custom home with over 160ac for $86 per sqft

Estancia, Torrance County, New Mexico

Custom built home on 160ac in good condition ready for a new owner great place to raise the kids as well. there is a shorter distance to Albuquerque by using hwy 337 property is too large for family kids are grown and owner is moving to Albuquerque.

Brad Townsend, Townsend Realty

160.00 ACRES
3459 SQ FT
Equestrian Lot in a Gated Community

Las Cruces, Doña Ana County, New Mexico

This beautiful lot sits in the Gated Community of La Tierra Escondida. It is the last Equestrian lot available. The subdivision features and equestrian easement to across the street from this lot and leads you to Federal open land. This is part of Phase 2 to the subdivision, which is mostly built now. There are fabulous mountain views to the east and of valley views to the south. You can have up to 2 horses on this lot. Building requirements are at least 2400 square feet of living space. Plans must be approved by the architectural committee. There is not building time requirements and no specific landscaping requirements.

Connie Hettinga, Steinborn & Associates Real Estate Mesilla

2.38 ACRES
Premier Training & Boarding Equestrian Facility for sale near Santa Fe, NM

Lamy, Santa Fe County, New Mexico

Located just minutes from the culturally significant city of Santa Fe, Luna Rosa is a state-of-the­ art commercially licensed equestrian training and boarding facility on 50 picturesque fenced acres. Highlights include paved access to the custom gated entrance; 40 horse stalls with paddocks, rubber mats and heated waterers in two barns; main barn with oversized indoor arena with rubber and sand footing, lounge, office, heated tack & laundry rooms, tack-up bays and wash stalls; three staff homes. Additional features include a hay barn, shop/ garage, outdoor arenas, turnouts, galloping track, European hot walker, trail access and more. A private well provides for domestic and stock water needs while landscaping irrigation and arena maintenance is provided by a sophisticated rain water catchment system. The Indoor arena is ideal for training and clinics with a pro sound system and elevated viewing platform. Whether horses are your business or your pleasure, or both, Luna Rosa offers amenities for nearly every equestrian discipline. Offered by the Farm, Ranch & Equestrian Brand at Santa Fe Properties, Inc. 505.982.4466

David Mead, Farm, Ranch & Equestrian Brand at Santa Fe Properties, Inc.

50.00 ACRES
HUGE PRICE DROP! Super convenient ABQ location for horse owners!

Albuquerque, Bernalillo County, New Mexico

Gorgeous Horse property! Awesome and super spacious home on 2 ACRE LOT equipped with your own stream complements of mother nature! So serene and tranquil area to enjoy! Spectacular home, all redone and turn key ready! fabulous views! all bedrooms are downstairs leaving the second floor living space for city, and mountain views enjoyment! Beautiful redone kitchen with granite countertops, beautiful new alder wood cabinets w/auto close, new hardware, all new stainless steel appliances, new lighting, new ceiling fans, two newer master cools, (1 month other 3 year) new broiler, new insulated garage door, two living areas, family room with access to roof top deck, wet bar! Bedrms. super spacious, new carpet. 5 year Rubber member roof and so much more

Gina Maes, Bershire Hathaway Home Services

2.00 ACRES
2650 SQ FT
Horse Property on 10 Acres!

Belen, Valencia County, New Mexico

Wonderful horse property--10 acres with amazing 360 degree views and motivated seller! Bright, open floorplan, cathedral ceilings & ceiling fans throughout, tile & laminate flooring, refrigerated air, kitchen updates. Great master suite: Spacious bedroom, elegant remodeled bath with jetted tub, TWO walk-in closets, separate shower! 2 living areas, or use as adjacent living room & huge formal dining room with woodburning stove plus gas-log fireplace. Outstanding horse facilities: top-notch two-stall barn (could easily be expanded to 4 stalls!), loads of hay storage, fenced and cross fenced, run-in shed in arena/turnout area. There's also a huge, 2-story storage shed! Plenty of car space too-- 3-car garage (with own 1/2 bath!) plus 2-car carport! Easy access too-- just 1/2 mile off Hwy 47!

Laura Warden Nordin, Century 21 Camco

10.00 ACRES
2069 SQ FT

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