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he curiosity to see how other people live in their homes is a human instinct many of us share. Television shows have taken us into the residences of the rich and famous for years, but so often those homes and that lifestyle seem better suited to the celebrity world than to the everyday, non-celebrity one. In this issue of Su Casa, not only will you be introduced to some fabulous creations from incredibly talented builders, you will also get a sense of the relationship between a builder and a homeowner. That relationship is a special, almost intimate one, where a builder or an architect can perceive the wants and needs of their client. Many builders are intuitive enough to go even farther, anticipating and understanding desires or requirements the homeowner might not even have realized they had. In this issue, you will see nearly 40 residences in the Homes of Enchantment Parade section, many of which were designed and crafted by builders to perfectly suit the lifestyles of homeowners they never even met. In other cases, the builder and homeowner worked closely, poring over every detail along the way. I’m sure there are entertaining stories of these meetings of minds, as well as instances when, in hindsight, the homeowner realized the builder had a better vision of how the home would be lived in than they did. An impressive example of a successful collaboration involves a stunning home near Glorieta designed by the well-known Albuquerque architect Bart Prince. When I first viewed Prince’s work, I was immediately attracted to his contemporary sense of space and design, as well as to his sensitivity to the surrounding land. Most remarkable to me is how his architectural aesthetic looks like no one else’s. In a world where everything starts to look the same, I honor all designers who think so thoroughly out of the box. At the same time, like all good homes should, this one completely meets the wishes of the homeowner. That is, above all else, the goal for all builders. When you find yourself contemplating building a new home or remodeling your current one, I encourage you to look deep within yourself to determine what you truly need and want in order to have a home that perfectly suits your lifestyle. However, keep in mind that, as you will see in the following pages, your builder has already done much of that thinking for you. Enjoy, as I have, these local builders’ incredible interpretations.

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timeless tradition A classic arched entryway sets the tone of this Southwestern-style bedroom in a Galisteo house built by Ken Kuhne of Biomes. Standout features include warm, regional colors, viga ceilings, and a built-in fireplace. Interior design work by Sher Colquitt—a rustic armoire, a curved bench, elegant candlesticks, and traditional artwork—complete the room’s timeless look.

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From handcrafted glass vessels to top-mounted farmhouse basins, innovative and eye-catching sinks can be just what you’re looking for when it comes to improving a bathroom’s functionality and flair. Here, a few ideas to get you started—whether you’re building a new space or remodeling an older one. Kohler Whist Glass Lavatory This simple under-mounted glass sink is durable and easy to clean. It comes in four different soft tones (ice, dew, dusk, and doe) to showcase the distinguishing features of its natural glass material. Dahl Plumbing of Albuquerque, Basinas Sinks These handmade ceramic sinks can be customized to fit into any space, and the color is fired onto the basin for long-lasting durability. Golden Eagle Design,

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Kohler Gilded Meadow Bathroom Sink A carved floral pattern—accentuated with precious metals—separates this sophisticated conical basin from other options. To complete the look, matching tiles are available. Dahl Plumbing of Albuquerque,


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Linkasink The Magic Sink Made with Venetian glass tiles, The Magic Sink is notable for its strking handcrafted mosaic design as well as its lack of a visible drain. (A stainless steel pan lines the exterior basin, and an interior tray is angled to direct water into the pan and out through a hidden drain.) Specialized grout helps avoid stains, chips, and mildew build-up, and the sink can be installed in a mounted or recessed manner. Santa Fe by Design,

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A. Modern spaces can often feel very cool and a little “editorial”—like something to look at, not live in. The challenge of a modern space is to embrace the look while bringing in warm, cozy, and inviting elements. Starting with the envelope of walls, ceiling, and floor, I believe in creating a balance or tension between cool and warm, soft and hard. For example, many modern spaces embrace a cool element such as concrete floors, so try adding a rug with warm colors and textures. If your room has an open floor plan, rugs are an excellent way to define the space. Adding sheer draperies will frame a window and also add softness to a room, and nothing is more effective than using lighting to create a soft ambience.

A. Before any decorating begins, consider the function of the room. Once the function is established, you’re ready to set a budget. Next, determine how the room should feel—relaxed, pet friendly, formal, etc. Then, look at the pieces you currently have and decide what still works—for example, can the sofa be re-covered or slip covered, do you have antiques you want to work with, and so on. One way to create immediate impact and drama is to add color to a room, either by painting all the walls, one accent wall, or just the ceiling. A big trend to consider is the resurgence of wallpaper. Lighting can also change the feel of a room, and adding a rug with color or texture will set off a room’s furnishings in a new way.



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After the kitchen and cabinetry experts at Hanks House worked alongside Bite Size Media during the Southwest Chocolate & Coffee Fest in March, the two organizations decided to embark on a cooking school endeavor together. “We were all in the right place at the right time,” says Kate Manchester, one of Bite Size Media’s founders. “It came up in conversation that Hanks House has this great live kitchen, and we’d been wanting to offer cooking classes,” she notes. The newly formed organization, Kitchen Sink Stories—run by Manchester and Walt and Stephanie Cameron (also cofounders of Bite Size Media)—has been moving forward since June, offering 20-student classes on Thursdays and Saturdays. The three-hour courses are led by well-known local chefs such as Rocky Durham (Executive Chef and Co-Founder, Santa Fe Culinary Academy), Evan Weed (Senior Executive Chef, University of New Mexico), and Lois Ellen Frank (Owner, Red Mesa Cuisine), who bring with them a diverse set of cooking styles and techniques. Above, top: Kitchen Sink Stories, a new cooking school formed by the Held in Hanks House’s 3,000-square-foot showroom, which founders of Bite Size Media, hosts a Mediterranean-themed class in the Hanks House showroom. Above, bottom: A colorful stuffed-eggplant features state-of-the-art Wolf ranges, classes span from dish shows off the hard work of participating students. “Cooking with Herbs” and a “Classic Pie Workshop” to “Essentials of Greek Cooking” and “Tailgating for Foodies.” With an emphasis on sustainability, Kitchen Sink Stories gets most of its ingredients—produce, poultry, and meat—from local sources. Another emphasis is media training, with courses offered on food writing, blogging, and photography. Future plans for Kitchen Sink Stories include producing a series of instructional videos for its website as well as an E-learning module, but for now the organization is enjoying the enthusiastic response it’s been receiving in its first few months of operation. “We’ve had several repeat [students],” Manchester says, “and we even have one regular.”—SS Kitchen Sink Stories’ classes are held at the Hanks House showroom (1800 4th Street, NW Albuquerque). Three-hour classes cost $75 per person. Visit for more information and for a full calendar of events. 22

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In addition to providing us with a healthy dose of Vitamin D, the sun is a valuable source of energy, especially in the Southwest, where it shines more often than not. For every year that engineers harness sunlight and convert it into electricity, the solar power field grows in popularity and evolves in terms of efficiency. “There have been improvements and advancements in the solar cells themselves,” says Kevin Bassalleck, director of commercial project development and principal for Consolidated Solar Technologies (, which has locations in Albuquerque and El Paso. (A solar cell is an electrical device that converts light energy into electricity.) In the past, the typical solar-energy setup was what’s referred to as a string system, wherein multiple solar cells are wired together and feed into a single electrical device. According to Bassalleck, string systems are still effective in

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Solar-powered carports are multi-purpose fixtures. They can be used to fuel your electric car if you choose to incorporate a charging system, or they can provide energy for your home as well as shade and protection from natural elements like rain. Daniel Weinman, CEO of PPC Solar (, which is based in Taos and Colorado Springs, recently installed a solar carport on a local farm to protect tractors and equipment while also providing power to the residence. “It’s a double-duty thing,” Weinman says. “It ties right into the electrical service of the residence.”


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For every year that engineers harness sunlight and convert it into electricity, the solar power field grows in popularity and evolves in terms of efficiency.

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southwest 101 Spotlight on: Kiva Fireplaces

Splitting piñon wood into narrow logs, stacking them upright in a corner fireplace, setting a match to the kindling, and sitting back to watch the fire glow connects you to far more than a thousand years of New Mexico history. That corner hearth—dubbed a kiva fireplace by some forgotten mid-20th-century marketer—endures as one of Southwest style’s most distinctive features, and it’s surprisingly easy to incorporate one into your own home. Noted for its strongly sculptural appearance and elliptical or arched opening, a typical kiva is often called a “beehive” for its rounded shape. The traditional shallow firebox requires vertically stacked logs. Villagers in times past typically built the squared flue with small, two-inch adobe bricks, according to the writings of the late, great architectural historian Bainbridge Bunting. He also noted they sometimes

The kiva fireplace traces its roots back 1,400 years, to the ceremonial kivas of ancestral Puebloan peoples in the region.


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Kiva fireplaces add local charm and style to Southwestern homes. They can be painted, tiled, or textured to enhance furniture, complement a space’s color palette, or blend right in with the existing decor.

or cobbles solved that. As more materials and outside architectural influences came down the trail—then the railroad, then the interstate— the classic kiva fireplace began to show much more variety of design and improved functionality. After World War II, production homebuilders like Stamm began incorporating the masonry fireplaces in new Santa Fe neighborhoods. More recent versions include gas fireplaces with ceramic logs. Today, Adobelite offers a variety of wood- and gas-fired designs that still hew close to tradition. They feature a metal frame and proprietary lightweight masonry, making them easy to install even upstairs, where weight can be an issue. What’s more, kiva fireplaces allow for versatility when it comes to your home’s aesthetics, as you can plaster or paint them to match other interior wall finishes. Prices for kiva fireplaces range from $2,000 to $4,500, plus installation, and you can find them locally at Adobelite or distributors like Mountain West Sales in Albuquerque.

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built a partial wall—a paredcito—to create a corner for nestling the fireplace in the middle of a room. “It’s part of the whole allure of the decor, the whole aesthetic of the Southwest,” says Jeff Buffington, general manager of Adobelite in Albuquerque, which manufactures prefabricated kiva fireplaces. “That kiva arch is so foundational to the style.” In fact, the classic New Mexican fireplace traces its roots back 1,400 years, to the ceremonial kivas of ancestral Puebloan peoples in the region, according to interior designer and architectural historian Susan Westbrook of Susan Westbrook Interiors in Albuquerque. Firepits backed by flagstone deflectors were built in the center of the sunken kivas, and smoke escaped through a hole in the roof. This style gradually evolved into a fireplace with a chimney well before Europeans arrived in North America. “You see it almost universally through all the pueblos,” Westbrook says. “It’s much more of a Native American than a Spanish colonial feature.” Before the opening of the Santa Fe Trail in the mid-1800s, when fired brick became available in New Mexico, Westbrook continues, people built the chimneys with adobe bricks, which included straw or some other fibrous—and highly flammable—material. As a result, chimneys often caught fire, but flagstones

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For this Sandia Park home, Dee Anna Madura of Dee’s Designs created sleek, clean-lined rooms that also evoke their Southwestern setting.

her clients can “view the mountains, the piñon trees, and the animals that meander across the land while still watching television and enjoying the fireplace.”

For interior designer Dee Anna Madura of Dee’s Designs (, it’s all about balance. When designing this Sandia Park home’s living room and guest bedroom, Madura focused on balancing clean and contemporary elements with warm Southwestern decor to achieve a simple but beautiful aesthetic. Noting that she and many of her clients have very hectic work days, Madura says, “We are beginning to feel like we want to come home to a space with less frill and fuss. I was trying to achieve those clean lines but still depict where the house is—in the Southwest, in wonderful New Mexico.” The guest bedroom’s contemporary wet bar (with built-in refrigerator), geometric and modern bed, bedside tables, and lamps, achieve balance against the warm American cherry hardwood flooring and large rustic wooden mirror. Likewise, in the living room, simple, contemporary furnishings and modern abstract paintings find harmony with blue and orange hues that reflect the colors of New Mexico’s wide-open skies and breathtaking sunsets. Comfortable and inviting, both rooms feature striking, decorative beams. Even the furniture has been carefully placed for optimal enjoyment, Madura says, so





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How did you come up with the paint color? Were any treatments applied to the walls? I love a darker wall, and a darker, warm tone is perfect for dining room walls. In this room, the walls are finished with a burnt-pumpkin Variance, a type of plaster. This room has plenty of natural light, so it doesn’t become gloomy during the day. At night, the darker color is encompassing and warm. Like the wall color, the light fixtures are dramatic and really stand out. Why did you choose them? The lights were special ordered from Albuquerque Lighting and were specifically chosen because they didn’t look like a typical chandelier. The glass globes are a hand-blown gray with swirls of iridescent colors in them. We chose to use two for balance because the table is quite large, and we hung them at an angle for further interest. How do the drapes you chose contribute to the look and feel of the room? The drapes are sheer to soften the room without drawing attention from the views. They are a soft gray with large burnt-pumpkin medallions. They are really quite dramatic when they are drawn at night because they have a little bit of shimmer to them. Kira designed the framing so that the rodding system is hidden. What was it about the table centerpieces that caught your eye and made you think they would work here? The centerpieces—three large boat-shaped bowls—are light and earthy in color and add contrast to the room. They are functional as vases in this case, but they can also hold other objects and, because they are low, can stay on the table during a dinner service.

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What was the inspiration or intention behind the look and feel you created for this dining room [below]? We were going for cozy yet bold. The homeowner and architect, Kira Sowanick, previously had a home that was contemporary but not warm, so in this new space we wanted more color and texture.

Susan Westbrook

When it comes to Southwestern architecture and decor, history is key. Susan Westbrook of Susan Westbrook Interiors (, who studied architectural history alongside Bainbridge Bunting and other well-known New Mexico experts, brings knowledge of the old to her presentday aesthetic. “Historic preservation is essential when an area has such a rich architectural heritage,” Westbrook says. It follows that aspects of local life shine through when the design is focused on history. When Westbrook is working on guest bedrooms and homes, for example, she tries to incorporate regional flair so that her clients’ guests can wake up and know where they are, based on the room’s decor. Westbrook’s own guesthouse (above, top), as well as a guest room in Albuquerque’s Uptown neighborhood (above, bottom), are, in Westbrook’s usual form, inspired by our area’s past. Elements like adobe walls, plaster finishes, and large tin farolitos have been part of New Mexico’s culture for thousands of years. Even the color usage is inspired by historical design, Westbrook says. “The play of color in a room and the way the colors relate to each other is my guide—and red is a comfortable, inviting, and stimulating color,” she explains. Local businesses like Fresco Harmony, as well as Westbrook’s personal construction crew, also worked on these spaces.


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Lori Roybal of Pamela D. Earnest Interiors used gray, black, and citron colors to add a sophisticated feel to this master bedroom sitting area. The sheer drapes provide privacy without blocking the natural light and views.

What was your general plan for designing this living area [above, left]? When this home was built, a lot of features, like the fireplace, were left plain. When my clients purchased the home, they wanted to add texture and detail without breaking up the room’s openness.

“The artwork and the fireplace draw your eye up. This becomes important in a room where all the furniture is purposefully low,” says Roybal.

Where did you begin? When my clients purchased the house, the floors and walls were a creamy yellow color that went well together but had no punch. We needed to add many different features to give it interest. The stone we added to the fireplace has that creamy yellow color but also incorporates gray, brown, and maroon. We started pulling from that. The sofa was the last piece we put in, and it was dictated by the fireplace’s stone colors, the shape of the room, the views, and the function of the space. Where did you find the sofa, which works so perfectly here? The commercial-grade velvet sofa was custom-made and chosen for the amount of seating we could get, the style, and its size. My clients saw a similar one in a hotel in Scottsdale, but until we found this one, everything else we looked at was for hospitality or commercial use, which would have looked out-of-place and stiff. What can you tell us about the artwork hanging above the fireplace? It’s a contemporary landscape with nice texture and bold strokes. That and the fireplace draw your eye up. This becomes important in a room where all the furniture is purposefully low.



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The warm colors and textures Violante & Rochford Interiors used when designing this historic Santa Fe home were inspired by the natural light provided by the home’s interior courtyard.

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In re-imagining this historic Santa Fe property, the design team at Violante & Rochford Interiors ( looked past the home’s tiled walls and fireplaces and focused instead on layers and colors—at the specific request of their client. “We take the time to really listen to every client and see what they like and don’t like,” Paul Rochford says. “It’s a very intimate relationship.” The design process was inspired by one of the home’s best features: the natural light provided by an interior courtyard, to which all the rooms in the home are connected. In the bedroom, the first acquisition was the rug, which became the starting point for collecting the headboard material and the antique New Mexican bench; all blend nicely with the orange color scheme, wooden doors, and classic vigas. In the living room, early Spanish furniture, historic Native American pottery, and Spanish Colonial silver provide distinctive and sophisticated New Mexican touches. “We wanted [the look] to have the feeling of a

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We’re excited to present Design Santa Fe 2012, our eighth annual showcase of the best in design innovation and products. As one of UNESCO’s Creative Cities, Santa Fe is recognized as a place where traditions and trends combine to produce a unique design language that honors the past while embracing the future. Design Santa Fe 2012 celebrates that creative fusion by bringing together the many ideas, products, and overall inspirations that keep our community at the forefront of contemporary design. Our theme this year is Unleashing Creativity, a topic that explores the genesis and practical application of the creative spark that is so essential to art, design, and, indeed, all human endeavors. This year’s Design Dialogue has moved to the New Mexico History Museum and takes place in the early evening, with a reception to follow. It brings together internationally recognized designers in order to explore ways we can tap into the inspiration, invention, and interdisciplinary cross-pollination that fuels creative thinking and transforms our world. Our distinguished panelists include Michael Rotondi of RoTo Architecture in Los Angeles, an award-winning expert in solving resource management issues and architecture-related challenges; Los Angeles–based April Greiman, a pioneer in the use of advanced technology in art and design; and Suzanne Tick, a New York–based specialist in material development for commercial and residential interiors who is known for her groundbreaking innovations. Susan Szenasy, editor-in-chief of Metropolis magazine, returns as moderator for the third consecutive year to add her wisdom and wit to the mix. The three-day Design Crawl is a festive citywide open house that lets you browse, shop, and gather new ideas for home and office design. Another two-day event is our annual Home & Garden Tour, which invites you into a variety of houses to view the work of the talented local designers who bring interiors and outdoor spaces to life. New this year is our Design Lab, a juried competition of exciting new designs for domestic environments. As always, we’ll be donating our proceeds to charity, with this year’s contributions going to St. Elizabeth Shelter and the Santa Fe chapter of Architecture for Humanity. Since our founding in 2005, we’ve donated more than $41,000 to local and national/ international charities, and your participation will help us to continue this important tradition. We look forward to welcoming you to an inspiring celebration of creativity and design! Your Design Santa Fe co-chairs, Kim White Statements In Tile / Lighting/ Kitchens / Flooring Victoria Price Victoria Price Art & Design On the cover: ACC Fine Furnishings owner Larry Goldstone’s extensive art collection is highlighted by ACC design consultant Larry Nearhoof ’s sleek design for this contemporary living room. Photo by Richard White.

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Get insight into designers’ creative processes on the 2012 Home & Garden Tour Creativity: that intangible quality that takes an idea—or, in this case, six Santa Fe spaces—from basic to one of a kind. in a city brimming with creative star power, Design Santa Fe’s 2012 home & garden tour offers the chance to see firsthand the innovative work of some of the area’s top designers. Designer edy Keeler of Core value inc. and builder Major Development had a lot of freedom when creating the modern townhome that will open its doors for this year’s tour. Keeler selected a palette of rich earth tones with bright accents that would “blend but not be bland” and that would serve as a backdrop for the owners’ art and furnishings. “the availability of materials that are clean and contemporary and fit our palette is staggering,” Keeler says of her creative approach for this project, which began on spec. “but to do this within the budget of a speculative venture is the fun part of the challenge: to be inventive with the application of materials, to add a little luxe on the prescribed budget, and to have a pop of spicy color in smaller spaces.” When larry goldstone, owner of aCC Fine Furnishings, wanted to decorate his own home, he turned to aCC design consultant larry nearhoof, who filled goldstone’s house with aCC furnishings, lighting, rugs, and bedding. the color palette originated from a rug goldstone purchased years ago. his eclectic taste and art collection—which includes everything from original andy Warhol pieces to Chinese textiles and contemporary native american art—set the tone. While the layers of design are complex, goldstone’s goal was simple: “to have a beautiful home that showcases his signature style,” nearhoof says. the owners of the modern home designed by James horn, aia, of Spears architects, were a strong force in the creative process. “the clients had a great initial knowledge of what they wanted, from lights to plumbing fixtures to floor materials and general layout,” horn says. interior finishes include polished granite countertops in the kitchen and cocoa-colored burnished concrete floors.

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Powder room by Edy Keeler, Core Value Inc.

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Clockwise from left: Goldstone game room by Larry Nearhoof of ACC Fine Furnishings; Martin kitchen by Jim Satzinger, AIA, of McDowell + Satzinger Fine Homes; Martin entry garden by Solange Serquis of Serquis + Associates Landscapes; Butterfly House exterior by James Horn, AIA, of Spears Architects.

Spears Architects aimed to create simple, clean spaces while meeting the challenges of the building site and incorporating a multitude of sustainable elements. Built by Housemakers, the home features interior design by HVL Interiors. Victoria Price Art & Design created the look of a new house that’s part of a compound. (The owners’ already existing home is next door.) Designed by Architectural Alliance and built by Santa Fe Trail Builders, with project manager Tracy Lopez serving as Price’s eyes and ears on the job, the transitional-style home incorporates contemporary and New Mexico–style features. Local resources are important to Price—Samora Woodworks and Statements in Tile/Lighting/Kitchens/Flooring were involved with the project—and she likes to engage her clients in a hands-on creative process. “My job is to put them in front of things that will excite them and open their minds,” Price says. “I am very much about the dialogue, the conversation.” At the Martin family compound, architect Jim Satzinger, AIA, of McDowell + Satzinger Fine Homes, preserved the relationship among the 1950s-era riverside compound’s five buildings while strengthening the home’s connection to the outdoors. The owners were involved with selecting features like light fixtures, colors, and tile, and Satzinger and contractor Doug McDowell incorporated green solutions at every turn. “One of the biggest things is that we reused as much of the framing lumber, beams, vigas, decking, and wood siding as we could in the new construction,” Satzinger says. “None of this material left the site.” The goal to reduce, reuse, and recycle continues outside, where landscape architect Solange Serquis of Serquis + Associates Landscapes created a design that incorporates salvaged bricks and makes use of harvested rainwater. As part of the creative process from the start, she was able to tap into the essence of the site and incorporate the architecture, interiors, and surroundings into the landscape plan. According to Serquis, the combination of existing materials and new ones brings harmony to the design. Surrounded by this much creativity inside and out, inspiration is sure to follow.

Design Santa Fe 2012 Schedule of Events Home & Garden Tour

A self-guided home and garden tour, open to the public, showcases the best in interior and exterior design in Santa Fe as well as innovative products and design solutions. Six design projects, with one exterior space, demonstrate the wide variety of styles and trends available from the talented interior designers in Santa Fe.

Friday, October 5, 11 am–4 pm Saturday, October 6, 11 am–4 pm Tickets: $15

Design Crawl

Design Santa Fe 2012 invites 30 retail and wholesale home decor and interior furnishing businesses to join the third annual Design Crawl. The Crawl is open to the public and was conceived of as a way to introduce small businesses to the growing audience for the Design Santa Fe event, now in its eighth year. Each business holds an open house during the day of the event, inviting guest designers to discuss their products and innovations with the public. Come and explore new design resources.

Thursday, October 4, 11 am–4 pm Friday, October 5, 11 am–4 pm Saturday, October 6, 11 am–4 pm Free and open to the public

Design Dialogue

Design Santa Fe’s Design Dialogue brings together top designers to share their expertise and insights regarding the power of creative energy and how to activate it in your own life and work. The panel discussion is moderated by Susan Szenasy, editor-in-chief of Metropolis magazine, and featured speakers include Michael Rotondi of RoTo Architecture in Los Angeles; April Greiman, a Los Angeles–based design consultant and artist who helped pioneer the use of advanced technology in design; and Suzanne Tick, a New York–based specialist in material development for commercial and residential interiors. The Dialogue is held at the New Mexico History Museum Auditorium and is followed by a reception.

New Mexico History Museum Auditorium, 113 Lincoln Saturday, October 6, 5:30–7:30 pm Tickets: $45 (includes Dialogue and Home & Garden Tour); students with ID: $30

Design Lab

This juried furniture competition opens its month-long show at Zane Bennett Contemporary Art with a reception.

Zane Bennett Contemporary Art, 435 S Guadalupe Friday, October 5, 5–7 pm Visit to purchase tickets to all events.

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portrait in concrete, wood, and steel A Bart Prince窶電esigned dream home in Glorieta


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By Charles C. Poling Photographs by Amadeus Leitner


hen the owner of this unusual Glorieta house first saw architect Bart Prince’s design for it nearly 10 years ago, she found herself at a loss for words. “Oh,” she said, “I thought it might have curves.” Prince, one of New Mexico’s best-known and most celebrated architects, has earned his place in the design pantheon by designing homes of stunningly—even outrageously—singular forms. Many curve and swell with their native terrain: One in Rio Rancho writhes across the landscape on stilts like a suborbital centipede turned loose in suburbia by NASA; another features undulating, softly shingled rooflines that emulate both its meadowy setting and the waves of the Pacific Ocean below. So it seemed only natural for the owner to expect curves. But when you ask Prince for a design, you don’t constrain his imagination by micromanaging the details. “If you had told me you wanted curves . . .” he said to the homeowner. “No, no!” she shot back. “I like it! I was blown away. I just needed time to take it in.” Seeing this place in person, it takes less than a millisecond before the design stops you in your tracks. The home’s setting alone—11 acres along the upper reaches of Galisteo Creek that face a short stretch of railroad tracks before they disappear up-canyon—demanded something special. As you approach from the long drive, which wriggles and ducks behind an escarpment to block it entirely from the main road, you pass an old woodand-stone bridge, the site of a major skirmish in the Civil War battle for Glorieta Pass. Elsewhere on the property, the homeowner (who wishes to remain anonymous) says she found an old stone-lined well that likely dates back to Santa Fe Trail days. For 25 years the owner had lived in a sprawling historic adobe on Agua Fria Road in Santa Fe, but with her children grown and moved out and the neighborhood considerably suburbanized—“The ambience had changed,” she says—she wanted a different kind of home. She didn’t know what it should look like, but she knew it should feel as comfortable and unassuming as that old adobe. She first found the lot in Glorieta, drawn in by its privacy, strong sense of history, and rich biodiversity. Next she needed an architect, one who worked in the modern or contemporary idioms. She called around, asking friends for recommendations and interviewing perhaps a half dozen candidates. “I needed to learn more about architecture,” she says. “I read this book, American Architects. The Price house by Bart Prince in California was in it Bart Prince can be reached at 505-256-1961 or through



“I’m not into luxury,” says the homeowner. “This house is simple and it’s made of natural materials.”


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and I liked it. Then, at a party, I told a friend of mine that I was interested in Bart, and she told me that he was in Albuquerque, that she had met him on a home tour, and that he’s so accessible. He wasn’t into making monuments, but architecture as architecture.” She called Prince, who answered the phone and said he wanted to see the property. When he arrived in Glorieta, they walked the land together. “He was very quiet,” she says, “and I realize now that he was thinking. He’s actually very talkative.” “I did what I always do,” Prince recalls. “I like to meet the client at the site and walk around and look at it. I’m really trying to solve their problem, but it’s going to be in a way they never thought of. I spend time there, consider various aspects of the program, and think about how best to solve the problem. It seemed like something ought to be part of that slope. I didn’t want it all packed into one shape, but spread out, with bedrooms far from each other for privacy, and there would be this central pavilion. The train was an essential feature across there too. I thought it was fantastic.” As for the “program”: In architecture that means the needs, wants, and requests of the client. In this homeowner’s case, “I didn’t give Bart much of a program,” she notes. “I said I wanted a real sense of space, that I wanted to be more aware of space than of building. I wanted a real sense of connection to the outside.” She also wanted two separated master suites and “an open concept with a dining area, a conversation area, a kitchen, and a home office.” She also gave Prince a budget, which she revised upward once before construction to maintain the integrity of the design in the face of construction costs. The homeowner also took Prince through her Agua Fria house, “so he could see my aesthetic,” she says. “I’m not into luxury. I wanted to show him my lifestyle. This [new] house is nothing like [the old one], except for the way it feels. It’s simple and it’s made of natural materials.” With the homeowner’s sensibilities in mind, Prince went into the design phase, which happens “in mind.” “Doing the design is easier than explaining it,” he jokes. “I never know what I’m going to do until I see the situation. I think about where I’d like to be on the site, then I let The open-plan, single-story house has a central pavilion comprising kitchen, living, and dining areas as well as a sunken area designated for conversation. The home’s 11-acre grounds have been xeriscaped with native plants and grasses.



Some of the home’s special features include an entertainmentfriendly deck off the living area, three fireplaces, custom cupboards and bookcases, granite countertops, and spectacular views. 50

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Above, top: Exterior stairs provide access to the home, which was built along a natural slope whose elevation totals 20 feet from the lowest point to the highest.

that become structured in my mind. It starts as an idea. Then when it comes out [on paper]—within a day or so, depending on the level of detail—it comes out really fast. It’s like giving birth.” If Prince feels the client needs 3-D visuals, he builds a model, as he did for this homeowner. The model also helps the builder. As for this homeowner’s initial reaction, Prince laughs and notes, “If they say, ‘It’s exactly what I expected,’ then you

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careful consideration Nothing is by accident in this beautifully planned home, whose strength is in its details

By Alicia Kellogg


Photographs by Mark William Photography

ow try to picture this,” says Chad Hazen from the bright, open kitchen in the home he shares with his wife, Bridget, and their two-and-a-half-year-old daughter, Audrey. “This was all chamisa, cactus, and dirt. That’s what we started with.” After more than a year of deliberate planning with designer and builder Rick Atchinson of Plumbsquare Construction, the one-time high-desert lot was transformed into a thoughtfully considered home that combines the contemporary lines of modern design with the warmth of Southwestern architecture. Smart, functional, and filled with elegant details and design-forward choices, the house takes custom to another level. It’s a place where nothing is by accident, from the perfectly placed skylights to the view of the Sandia Mountains from the dining room table. Chad and Atchinson considered each sight line and vantage point when staking out the home’s position. “We knew where every room was from our layout, and we would sit in those areas, look out, and make sure we had the rooflines at the right points, the windows at the right points,” Chad recalls. Atchinson and his team broke ground in late June 2011 and completed the house in January 2012. Considering the vision and attention to detail Chad and Bridget put into conceptualizing the design, it’s no wonder the resulting home is so authentically their own. “We tried to make some careful decisions and really feel out what our style is,” says Bridget, who owns Nest Realty and has an eye for design that shaped the fresh aesthetic choices throughout the home. “[We asked ourselves,] ‘Are we putting this in our house because we really like it or because we think that’s what we’re supposed to like because everybody else does?’” Plumbsquare Construction can be reached at 505-991-0537 or



Guided by this kind of conviction, Plumbsquare Construction created a home that supports the family’s tastes and lifestyle at every turn. The butler’s pantry is located where you enter the home from the garage so that putting away groceries is easy, while a skylight in the garage itself means there’s no fumbling for light switches along the way. A jack-and-jill bath incorporates separate toilets and sinks, leaving the tub and shower as the only shared spaces, and every bathroom has its own linen closet for convenient storage. “It’s just really an easy place to live in,” Chad says. “Everything is in the right place.” Sometimes it’s the simple things that count: the glass door in the master bath positioned so that it doesn’t get splashed with water when someone is taking a shower; a light placed over the grill to make cooking at night possible; a tray fitted outside next to the patio door, providing a place to set things down when moving inside and out. “That’s the type of planning we did,” Chad says. Some of these ideas came together on a long road trip. Somewhere between New Mexico and Missouri, Chad and Bridget considered each room and determined what they liked and what they wanted to avoid. Their list included wide, open spaces; a roomy entry; a kitchen where people could gather; a highly functional floor plan; and a place where their daughter would feel at home. The other two members of the family figured into the planning process too. “We have big dogs, and we’ve had houses where the dogs had to go all the way to the end of the hallway in order to do a U-turn,” Bridget says. “We don’t have that here.”

Above, top: When the builder, Plumbsquare Construction, and homeowners, Chad and Bridget Hazen, were positioning the house, they thought about everything from the height of the roofline to the view from the street. They also placed the garage so it would not be seen from the front of the home. Above, bottom: The powder room vanity by craftsman John Hunt was designed to look like a piece of furniture, not just a sink. Right: Plumbsquare Construction added wooden grillwork that dresses up the hallway skylights while still allowing natural light to pour into the home.


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Above: Bridget reads to her daughter, Audrey, in a cozy nook in the living room. Below: When it came to the placement of the windows, “We didn’t want it to be the obvious—there’s the mountain, so let’s frame it,” says Bridget. The living room’s artwork includes a photograph by Kim Jackson of Kim Jackson Photography, which stands out against the quartz fireplace, and a largescale painting by Colorado-based artist Larry L’Argent.


In the kitchen, a generous island includes seating and a full-sized sink, allowing it to serve as a dining space in addition to a prep area. “We entertain quite a lot, and friends always want to pitch in, so it’s nice to have extra space for people to help,” Chad says, while Bridget adds that she likes being able to prepare dinner while Audrey sits nearby. The kitchen is so carefully planned that Chad and Bridget knew where every pot and pan would go before they moved in. And it’s also a looker: Open to the living room and dining area, the kitchen is clean and refined, outfitted with maple cabinets by Davis Kitchens and large-scale white Walker Zanger tiles patterned with textured rings. 56

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Bathrooms don’t always get as much design attention as other spaces in the home, but at the Hazen residence they’re a highlight. The shower in the guest bath near the office has deep mahogany-toned tile with a vertical stripe of smoky blue-green glass, while the jack-and-jill bath features bold complementary wallpaper. The spalike master bath has a large walk-in shower and a deep soaking tub, both accented with sophisticated gray oval tiles. Robert Strahle of Strahle Tile & Granite played an integral role in the tile and stonework throughout the home. The powder bath in the front hall exudes understated elegance with a custom vanity that was designed to look like a piece of furniture.

The kitchen, which is just off the living room, features Walker Zanger tile from Architectural Surfaces, Inc., maple cabinetry by Davis Kitchens, and Silestone countertops. Lighting by Turn On Lighting and wood floors by Benchmark Woodfloors are found throughout the house.



After more than a year of deliberate planning, the one-time high-desert lot was transformed into a thoughtfully considered home that combines the contemporary lines of modern design with the warmth of Southwestern architecture.

The Hazens’ home has more than 1,000 square feet of patios positioned to catch different light at various times of the year. The space outside the dining room (seen here) incorporates an outdoor kitchen and a wood-burning fireplace.


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The home is filled with special touches, but Chad and Bridget are quick to point out that with Plumbsquare Construction’s help, they built their home on a reasonable budget. “And we didn’t feel that because of [the budget] we had to compromise on what we wanted,” Bridget adds. The Hazens’ home is green conscious as well. Atchinson, who has worked in construction for almost 30 years, paid careful attention to properly sealing and insulating the house. Passive solar heating and cooling techniques protect the home from the sun in the summer and take advantage of it in the winter. Lights are seldom needed during the day thanks to the skylights—even in the garage, where Chad also points out the baseboards and stained wooden doors that enclose the water heater. It seems that Plumbsquare Construction’s attention to detail proved a perfect fit for this discerning couple. “We always try to add details to a house that distinguish it and make it more complete, more finished,”

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Mesa del Sol Invites You Home By Laura Sanchez Photographs by Mark William Photography


brand-new city-within-a-city located just south of Albuquerque’s airport, Mesa del Sol draws inspiration from a sheltered past, when kids rode bicycles through their neighborhoods until dusk brought them home for supper, and when Mom and Dad could walk to work or to the corner store for a loaf of bread. While most of the development of Mesa del Sol has occurred in the last few months, the process of creating the community began in the mid-1980s, when then-State Land Commissioner Jim Baca saw the huge tract of state-owned land as a key to Albuquerque’s future growth. The city annexed the land in 1993, the University of New Mexico joined the endeavor, and Mesa del Sol received state funding for infrastructure in the mid-2000s. Forest City Covington was selected as the master developer, and Peter Calthorpe, a leading proponent of New Urbanism, created Mesa del Sol’s master plan. Groundbreaking for the first neighborhood took place in October 2011, and the first homes—the first of what’s expected to be thousands built over the course of the next few decades—were completed in March of this year. Today, a colorful new community hums with activity, the first families have moved in, and young trees rise from beautifully landscaped yards and parks, framing Mesa del Sol’s 70-mile views.

Amenities already in place at the 12,900-acre Mesa del Sol include biking and running trails; football and soccer fields; a cooperative agreement with the nearby UNM golf course; Rose’s Table Café, serving a full range of breakfasts and sand-

Today, Mesa del Sol hums with activity, the first families have moved in, and young trees rise from beautifully landscaped yards and parks, framing the community’s 70-mile views. wiches, New Mexico favorites, and a handful of Yucatecan specialties; and a K–8 school that uses the International Baccalaureate curriculum. (Students can also be bussed to Bandelier Elementary School, Jefferson Middle School, and Albuquerque High School.) Future amenities include a neighborhood pool and fire and police stations. Mesa del Sol Vice President for Marketing Chris Anderson says the first three approved homebuilders were chosen based on reputation, commitment to quality, and financial stability. RayLee Homes, Rachel Matthew Homes, and Pulte Homes all

Left and right: The two-story, three-bedroom houses in RayLee Homes’ Casita series are mid-range in terms of size and price and were the first to be completed in Mesa del Sol.


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For more information about Mesa del Sol call 505-508-0021 or visit


specialize in residences of different sizes, and each builder offers several floor plans with exteriors finished in local styles: Territorial, Northern New Mexico, Pueblo Revival, Craftsman, Contemporary, or Spanish Eclectic. All Mesa del Sol homes meet the Energy Star 3.0 standard and the Build Green New Mexico Silver standard in addition to Mesa del Sol’s stringent design guidelines. Front porches add to the streetscape vitality, and side or rear patios encourage outdoor living. Houses are set up for rainwater harvesting and solar PV panels, and alleys provide access to garages and other service amenities, avoiding a street view dominated by garage doors. Marketing Consultant Jennifer Hurst says Mesa del Sol’s first neighborhood, Portrait Park, is based on two of Albuquerque’s prized and walkable historic districts, Ridgecrest and Nob Hill, which effectively and comfortably mix homes, shops, parks, and schools. Portrait Park’s homes line streets named for famous photographers, just as the streets in Mesa del Sol’s business zone are named for famous scientists. The Aperture Center, a LEED silver-certified office and retail complex designed by Antoine Predock, sits at the end of University Boulevard, which Portrait Park is adjacent to. The curving alley behind RayLee Homes’ Casita series in Portrait Park—the first block of homes to be completed in Mesa del Sol—looks like a painting with its harmonious colors and well-proportioned shapes. The two-story casitas fit in Mesa del Sol’s mid-size range and price zone, spanning from 1,697 to 2,048 finished square feet and selling in the low $200s. Great-room ceilings in the Casita series’ Desire model soar to 13 or 14 feet over optional arched openings. A large dining room and kitchen look out to a covered patio, Above, top: The Otoño model in Pulte Homes’ Morada series includes an elegant study on the first floor. Above, middle: Throughout Mesa del Sol, garages are located along alleyways behind homes so they don’t dominate the community’s streetscape. Bottom: Pulte’s Morada series features large patios that are great for entertaining.




Clockwise from left: interior images of RayLee Homes’ Casita series, Rachel Matthew Homes’ Residencia series, and Pulte Homes’ Manzano Paired series; home exteriors in Pulte Homes’ Morada series.

and French doors lead to a room suitable for an office or an additional bedroom. Most of the Casita homes have three bedrooms upstairs, although the owner’s suite of the Dream model is on the first floor. RayLee representative Stacey Aten says the company is planning a future series of one-story homes. Each of the Casita series’ homes includes charming touches such as a small window at the top of the stairs that frames the Jemez Mountains and a carpeted nook underneath the stairs. Standard amenities include a security system that allows for smart-home functionality, rounded interior drywall corners, and instantaneous water heaters in the fully finished, insulated garages. Optional features include wine grottoes, patio fountains, and custom tile work. Rachel Matthew Homes is in the process of completing both the largest and smallest of Portrait Park’s five series of homes. The Cottage Green series, from 1,070 to 1,533 finished square feet and selling from the mid- to high-$100s, clusters several homes around a common green space. Each Craftsman-style house also has its own patio area, reducing yard maintenance. Most of the models include three bedrooms and two-and-a-half baths. One bedroom has a full wall finished with blackboard paint so youngsters can draw to their hearts’ content. The downstairs living areas, featuring nine- and ten-foot ceilings and gas fireplaces, are pulled together with warm earth-toned walls. Homeowners can customize the colors and other finishes on a visit to a design center in Albuquerque. Rachel Matthew Homes Executive Vice President Marlene Vance describes their Portrait Park Residencia series as having “the high-end feel” that characterizes the company’s homes. The Residencia homes range from 2,374 to 2,690 finished square feet and come with a twoor three-car garage. The large houses also offer a casita option—a small guesthouse that includes a bedroom, walk-in closet, bath, and minikitchen. The Residencia series’ Fiesta model showcases New Mexico 64

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detailing such as massive wood corbels, columns, beams, and Anasazi stonework. The great-room ceiling has vigas with authentic latillas above them, and the master bedroom ceiling features 8 x 10 beams topped with roughsawn boards. Other delights in the first-floor owner’s suite include an enormous walk-in closet and a beautifully appointed bathroom with an optional sauna. Standard Residencia amenities include professional interior design services; a landscape package; numerous closets; and ceramic tile flooring, surrounds, and countertops. Pulte Homes is also building two different categories of houses in Portrait Park. The Manzano Paired series facing University Boulevard near the Aperture Center offers homes with a contemporary, urban vibe; features include side patios, balconies, two-car garages, and plenty of natural light. The pairs—two attached yet separate residences—present a single impressive facade tied together by deft massing and stucco colors. Mostly two stories tall, the homes range from 1,315 to 1,943 square feet and sell from the high $100s to the low $200s. Homes in Pulte’s Morada series range from 1,315 to 1,943 square feet and sell in the mid $200s. The homes feature walk-in pantries and 5 x 8 kitchen islands. The smaller Otoño model situates its three bedrooms upstairs and places an elegant study/office downstairs convenient to the front door. The welcoming front porch is large enough for casual gatherings, and the large side patio is great for entertaining. The Morada series’ largest model, the Primavera, has the owner’s suite downstairs with three more bedrooms and a den-size loft upstairs. A large covered front porch is at the front entrance and leads to a roomy sequence that includes a great room, dining area, and kitchen. A side porch and a yard off the eating area can be filled with optional amenities such as a gas grill, a basketball goal, and a small putting green. Rachel Matthew Homes’ Residencia series (right, top and middle) features the largest houses in the Portrait Park neighborhood; RayLee Homes’ Casita series homes (below, right) are warm and charm-filled; and Rachel Matthew Homes’ Cottage Green series (below, left) offers intimate and elegant spaces.



let’s live in color.

There’s more to life than beige. The homes of Mesa del Sol will make you think of poppies and sunrises. Chocolate and deep blue skies. And with community events and a neighborhood pool coming soon, life here is getting colorful in all sorts of ways.

See 5 home collectionS and 8 model homeS juSt South oF the SunPoRt. Start your tour at the Info Gallery. 505.508.0021 Monday–Saturday: 10 am– 6pm. Sunday: 12 – 5 pm. I-25 to Rio Bravo, east to University, turn right and follow the signs.

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The Cottage Green Homes

The Manzano Paired Homes

The Casita Homes

The Morada Homes

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From the mid $100s. 1,070-1,533 square feet

From the high $100s. 1,315-1,943 square feet

From the low $200s. 1,697-2,048 square feet

From the mid $200s. 1,315-1,943 square feet

From the high $200s. 2,374-2,690 square feet

prices subject to change.

The Residencia Homes

Pulte Homes

5727 University Boulevard SE

Signature Community Mesa del Sol

3 bedrooms 2½ baths 1,943 sq. ft. $242,656


From the Big I, take I-25 south to the Rio Bravo Boulevard exit. Turn left (east) onto Rio Bravo. Turn right onto University Boulevard, go about 3 miles, and continue to Mesa del Sol.

This home sells at a base price of $204,990. The optional features included in this home are solidsurface countertops in the kitchen, upgraded appliances, a deck off the master bedroom, over-

sized sliding glass doors, a home entertainment system, a water catchment system, upgraded tile and carpet flooring, and a solar package.

Pulte Homes

5723 University Boulevard SE

Sales Department (505) 761-9606

Signature Community Mesa del Sol

3 bedrooms 2½ baths 1,776 sq. ft. $236,365


From the Big I, take I-25 south to the Rio Bravo Boulevard exit. Turn left (east) onto Rio Bravo. Turn right onto University Boulevard, go about 3 miles, and continue to Mesa del Sol.

This home sells at a base price of $197,990. The optional features included in this home are 42-inch-tall birch cabinets, granite countertops in the kitchen, stainless steel appliances, recessed

can lighting, a home entertainment system, cultured marble countertops in the bathrooms, a water catchment system, and upgraded tile and carpet flooring.

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Pulte Homes

Signature Community

5719 Bourke-White Drive SE


Mesa del Sol

3 bedrooms 2½ baths 2,123 sq. ft. $291,091

From the Big I, take I-25 south to the Rio Bravo Boulevard exit. Turn left (east) onto Rio Bravo. Turn right onto University Boulevard, go about 3 miles, and continue to Mesa del Sol.

This home sells at a base price of $243,990. The optional features included in this home are 42-inch-tall birch cabinets, solid-surface countertops in the kitchen, recessed can lighting, a

home entertainment system, oversized sliding glass doors, a luxury master bathroom, a fireplace, upgraded tile and carpet flooring, and a solar package.

Pulte Homes

5723 Bourke-White Drive SE

Sales Department (505) 761-9606

Signature Community Mesa del Sol

4 bedrooms 2½ baths 2,443 sq. ft. $340,266


From the Big I, take I-25 south to the Rio Bravo Boulevard exit. Turn left (east) onto Rio Bravo. Turn right onto University Boulevard, go about 3 miles, and continue to Mesa del Sol.

This home sells at a base price of $264,990. The optional features included in this home are a gourmet kitchen with cherry cabinets, stainless steel appliances, and granite countertops; a large


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covered patio; recessed can lighting; a home entertainment system; oversized sliding glass doors; luxury master bathroom; fireplace; and upgraded wood, tile, and carpet flooring.

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rayLee Homes: a new generation 5731 Witkin Road SE

Signature Community

Mesa del Sol

3–4 bedrooms 2½–3 baths 1,922 sq. ft. $220,101


From the Big I, take I-25 south to the Rio Bravo Boulevard exit. Turn left (east) onto Rio Bravo. Turn right onto University Boulevard, go about 3 miles, and continue to Mesa del Sol.

This Spanish-style home features dramatic architectural design and color with traditional New Mexico style. High ceilings, decorative archways, and custom finishes add to the function and flow of this stunning

home. Relax at sunset on the spacious back patio or the upstairs deck of the owner’s suite. This home includes LED lighting in the kitchen and advanced security systems monitored from your smartphone.

rayLee Homes: a new generation 5735 Witkin Road SE

Tammy Thornton (505) 917-1677

Signature Community

Mesa del Sol

3 bedrooms 2½ baths 1,697 sq. ft. $210,101


From the Big I, take I-25 south to the Rio Bravo Boulevard exit. Turn left (east) onto Rio Bravo. Turn right onto University Boulevard, go about 3 miles, and continue to Mesa del Sol.

This Pueblo-style two-story home combines traditional New Mexico architecture with contemporary style. An open kitchen and living arrangement provides flexibility for optimal liv-


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ing and entertaining. The downstairs owner’s suite and spa-like bath is a perfect retreat. Two bedrooms and a full bath upstairs make this home spacious for family and friends.

Tammy Thornton (505) 917-1677

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rachel matthew Homes 5736 Witkin Street SE

Signature Community

Mesa del Sol

3 bedrooms 2½ baths 1,358 sq. ft. $189,900


From the Big I, take I-25 south to the Rio Bravo Boulevard exit. Turn left (east) onto Rio Bravo. Turn right onto University Boulevard, go about 3 miles, and continue to Mesa del Sol.

This cozy cottage green design is a perfect example of how Rachel Matthew can build homes that fit your needs and work within your budget. This Build Green New Mexico–certified home will

save homeowners thousands on their utility bills. Rachel Matthew Homes is a local builder who wants only the highest-quality homes for you and your family. Visit us—you can afford quality!

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Marlene Vance (505) 792-4663

Signature Community

Mesa del Sol

4 bedrooms 3½ baths 3,006 sq. ft. $394,900


From the Big I, take I-25 south to the Rio Bravo Boulevard exit. Turn left (east) onto Rio Bravo. Turn right onto University Boulevard, go about 3 miles, and continue to Mesa del Sol.

Starting in the high-$200s, Rachel Matthew Homes is excited to be part of Albuquerque’s new community Mesa del Sol. This home is a fine representation of the great things traditional New Mexico–style homes


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have to offer, with a new urban flair. Old meets new, and sparks fly! Visit our Fiesta model home, and let us show you how we had your family and lifestyle in mind when these highly functional designs were created.

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2 bedrooms 2 baths 2,200 sq. ft. $491,126


Take I-25 southbound to Los Lunas, Exit 203. Turn left (east) on Highway 6 (Main Street), and go 1.6 miles to Highway 314. Turn left on Highway 314 (north), and go .9 miles to MacDougall Lane. Turn left on MacDougall (west), drive .25 miles, and the house is on the left.

This contemporary home designed by Sam Sterling Architecture coexists with the traditional New Mexican landscape and environment. The passive solar floor plan takes advantage of the

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9680 Mirasol Avenue NW

Westside Prima Entrada at the Petroglyphs

3 bedrooms 2½ baths 1,795 sq. ft. $224,990


Take I-40 west to Unser Boulevard. Turn right on Unser to Ladera Drive. Turn left on Ladera to Vesuvius. Turn left on Vesuvius to Endee, then turn right on Endee to Prima Entrada. Turn right on Prima Entrada to the D.R. Horton sales office.

This Auburn model is great for entertaining or just relaxing in its spacious family room, stylish kitchen, and inviting nook. The generous windows provide abundant natural light, and the

nine-foot ceilings add to its openness. This home is Build Green New Mexico Silver-level certified and offers comfort and energy efficiency.

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Master-planned living with homes from the mid $150’s.

Only a short distance from Petroglyph National Monument, Prima Entrada is a great community for outdoor living. Including several community parks, nature trails, dog parks, and more; you’ll discover a master-planned community that’s designed with you in mind. Conveniently located near I-40 and the new Unser extension to Paseo del Norte, this community gives you ease-of-access to numerous amenities and downtown destinations. With affordable pricing, New Mexico Green Build rated homes, open floor-plans, and a beautiful location, why choose to live anywhere else?

Sales Office: 9680 Mirasol Albuquerque, NM 87120

(505) 352-3937 DIRECTIONS: I-40 to Unser, Unser north to Ladera, Ladera west to Vesuvius, Vesuvius south to Endee, right on Endee to Prima Entrada, right on Prima Entrada to D.R. Horton sales office.

Prices, availability, incentives, plan features and materials are subject to change without notice and will vary by subdivision. Square footages are approximate. All floor plans and elevations are artist’s renderings. Not all buyers will qualify for all programs. See a D.R. Horton sales consultant in the community for details. D.R. Horton Inc. 505-7974245. Build Green NM is a voluntary statewide program for certifying green technologies, products and practices in homebuilding. Only those homes certified within the BGNM program will receive a “certified” designation. Although some D.R. Horton homes are constructed using BGNM criteria, D.R. Horton makes no representations as to actual energy cost savings or specific energy performance. For more information, visit Builder retains the rights to any applicable energy tax credits.



tiara Homes

4805 Valle Rio Trail NW

Westside El Bosque at Andalucia

4 bedrooms 3 baths 2,879 sq. ft. $549,900


Take I-40 west to Coors Boulevard. Turn right on Coors, then turn right on Sevilla. Turn left on Tres Gracias into the gated El Bosque subdivision. Keep right on Camino Valle Trail and follow to Valle Rio Trail.

A private courtyard entry is situated behind a dazzling stone tower. The spacious floor plan includes high ceilings, walk-in closets, and separate bedroom wings. A large portal features a

wood-burning kiva fireplace, beamed ceiling, and outdoor kitchen. This one-third-acre lot is just steps from the Rio Grande bosque.

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Rich Gantner (505) 804-7424

Westside El Bosque at Andalucia

4 bedrooms 2½ baths 2,708 sq. ft. $499,800


Take I-40 west to Coors Boulevard northbound (Exit 155). Turn right onto Coors and continue 1.5 miles. Turn right onto Sevilla into Andalucia. Continue to Tres Gracias, turn left, and follow into El Bosque, a gated community.

Relaxed living awaits you in this open-concept home featuring large window walls highlighted by contemporary finishes. The gleaming stainless steel and granite kitchen is open to the living


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and dining areas, offering city and bosque views. The master suite is separated from the additional three bedrooms for added privacy.

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Paradise View

3 bedrooms 2 baths 1,617 sq. ft. $229,975


Take I-25 north to Paseo del Norte. Turn left on Paseo del Norte and drive west past Coors Boulevard to Eagle Ranch Road. Turn right on Eagle Ranch, then turn left on Paradise Boulevard. On Paradise between Unser Boulevard and Universe Boulevard, turn south on Park Lane to the Paradise View Stillbrooke model homes. Watch for flags and signs.

This model home from the popular Treviso collection showcases many of the options and upgrades available in Paradise View, including a Tuxedo Touch home automation system, TruAudio whole-home

system with iPod integration, deluxe security system, and much more. Stillbrooke Homes offers plans in this community that range from 1,407 to 2,807 square feet; prices start at $189,990.

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RayLee Homes: A New Generation 6274 Carmona Road NW



3–4 bedrooms 2½–3 baths 3,020 sq. ft. $245,101


Take I-25 north to Paseo del Norte. Travel west on Paseo del Norte to Coors Boulevard. Turn right on Coors and continue to Ellison. Take Ellison west past Unser Boulevard (Ellison turns into McMahon), and turn right at Maravillas Drive into the Saltillo subdivision. Take the first left at Carmona Road and proceed to the model home on the left at 6274 Carmona Road.

You’ll love this spacious Tuscan-style two-story home. The open kitchen and grand living room make entertaining easy and enjoyable. Office, formal living, and loft areas provide flexibility to those

looking for extra space. This home is perfectly designed for functional living. Decorative archways and custom finishes such as a two-way fireplace in the owner’s suite make this RayLee home a classic.

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101 Coyote Trail

remodel 4,151 sq. ft. $200,000 (cost of remodeled portion of home) $879,000 (sales price)

From the Big-I intersection, take I-25 north to Alameda Boulevard. Turn left on Alameda and continue to Corrales Road. Turn right on Corrales Road to Cabezon Road. Turn left on Cabezon. Continue to El Camino Campo. Turn right on El Camino Campo, which dead ends at Coyote Trail. Turn left on Coyote Trail. Take the first right into the driveway.

This single story on 2.85 acres is a tasteful total remodel that maintains the home’s distinctive original character while incorporating modern, high-end, and all-new upgrades. The secluded property is con-


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veniently located on the southern end of Corrales and boasts equestrian facilities as well as additional adjoining acreage available.

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Rio Rancho

Hidden Valley

3–4 bedrooms 2½ baths 1,860 sq. ft. $159,990


Take I-25 north to Paseo del Norte. Drive west on Paseo del Norte to Coors Boulevard. Turn right on Coors and continue to Highway 528. Take Highway 528 north to Northern Boulevard. Head west on Northern. Turn right at Broadmoor, and head north. Proceed to Hidden Valley. Turn left into the community.

This beautiful two-story home is open and spacious. Perfect for entertaining, the large kitchen with expansive serving bar top opens into the great room and dining area. A custom fireplace adds unique

architecture to the home. Upstairs is comfortable with two guest rooms and bath, a loft area, and a luxury owner’s suite. Combining livability and design with value and affordability, this home is a must-see.

Tammy Grady Thornton (505) 917-1677

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Morningstar homes by Twilight homes 1710 Lark Drive NE

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3–4 bedrooms 2 baths 1,604 sq. ft. $163,990

From I-25 north, take Paseo del Norte west to Unser Boulevard. Go right on Unser to Northern Boulevard. Go right on Northern to Idalia Road. Go left on Idalia to Loma Colorado Boulevard. Turn left on Loma Colorado. Take the first left onto Inca Road. Take the third right onto Lark Drive. The model is the fourth house on the right.

This captivating home has a unique, fresh look. The home pushes the envelope for style in the affordable market. Sophisticated with a modern feel, it manages to deliver it all—flexibility, inter-

est, and warmth—all in 1,604 square feet.

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Rio Rancho

High Range

3 bedrooms 2 baths 1,718 sq. ft. $214,900


From I-25 north, exit at Paseo del Norte and drive west. Exit at Coors Boulevard to the right, heading north. Coors turns into Highway 528. Stay on 528, and turn left on Northern Boulevard. Drive west on Northern to Loma Colorado, and go right to Idalia. Continue straight through the stop sign, and turn left on Inca. Turn right on Lark. Turn left on Buckaroo.

This exquisite home unites the Old World charm of Tuscan-Mediterranean styling with exceptional performance by implementing sustainable building practices and cutting-edge technologies. All


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features in this Gold-certified model home are included, such as granite, extensive custom tile, Variance wall finish, stainless steel appliances, and an energy recovery ventilation system!

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1014 Northern Lights Way NE

Rio Rancho Cielo Norte

3 bedrooms 2 baths 1,589 sq. ft. $200,990


Take I-25 north to Paseo del Norte and turn left. Turn right on Unser Boulevard. Turn left on Cherry, turn right on Meadows, and turn right to the community.

This newly designed Vassar plan is a highly functional, stylish home built for the way homeowners want to live. From its oversized garage to its rear covered patio, the Vassar is an exceptional

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value and a must-see.

New spacious & open floor plan designs from the $120’s.

Cielo Norte is a delightful community nestled between Northern Meadows and North Hills in the heart of Rio Rancho. Conveniently located, Cielo Norte is near many amenities including the Rio Rancho City Center, Santa Ana Star Center, Central New Mexico University, and the University of New Mexico Hospital. Additional conveniences include Wal*Mart, a host of restaurants, shops, boutiques, a state-of-the-art 14-screen theater, and countless other services. Come out today and discover all the charm and affordability that Cielo Norte has to offer.

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DIRECTIONS: I-25 to Paseo del Norte, Paseo del Norte west to Unser, north on Unser, left on Cherry, right on Meadows, right to community.

Prices, availability, incentives, plan features and materials are subject to change without notice and will vary by subdivision. Square footages are approximate. All floor plans and elevations are artist’s renderings. Not all buyers will qualify for all programs. See a D.R. Horton sales consultant in the community for details. D.R. Horton Inc. 505-797-4245.


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Take I-25 north to Highway 550 at Bernalillo. Go left on Highway 550, and proceed to Highway 528. Turn left on Highway 528 (Rio Rancho Boulevard). Turn right at Enchanted Hills. Turn left on Lincoln. Turn left on Nativitas. Turn right on Nacelle. Turn left on Falkirk. Turn right on Icarian Road and continue to 6628 Icarian on the left.

This lovely three-bedroom bungalow is perfect for a growing family. A gorgeous curved back wall takes advantage of mountain views. It has radiant heat throughout as well as locally handmade cus-

tom cabinets. A beautiful stone fireplace, granite countertops, and a dream oversized two-car garage are only a few more of the many special features.

Deborah Short (505) 235-5225



Patriot homes

6032 Magnet Road NE

Rio Rancho High Ridge Estates

4 bedrooms 3 baths 3,121 sq. ft. $470,000


From the Big I, go north on I-25 to Bernalillo, Exit 242. Turn left on Highway 550 and proceed 5.3 miles to Chayote Road. Turn left and follow to the fourway stop. Continue straight, and then turn left on Magnet Road.

Patriot Homes thought outside the box when creating this custom home. The home has a 1,000-square-foot covered portico, slate ceiling at the entry, hand-carved viga posts, and a gour-

met kitchen. The master shower is one of a kind. The master bath has flagstone flooring and features a six-foot jetted tub surrounded by natural moss rock and a waterfall that fills the tub.

Jimmy Porter (505) 974-5300

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Wild Horse Mesa

4 bedrooms 3 baths 2,800 sq. ft. $625,000


From I-25 north, turn east on the Placitas exit, Highway 165. Go through the village and past Clear Light the Cedar Company to Camino de las Huertas. Turn left and follow to Palomino at the top of the hill. Turn left and follow to Horseshoe Loop across from the water tanks.

This home is designed as a true gateway where the wild horses roam and views go on forever. The home is Craftsman inspired, with a 2,400-squarefoot man cave to architecturally match the home.

Features include huge beamed ceilings, dormers, wood floors, a dramatic stone fireplace, a chef’s kitchen with a wine bar, an art room, and a panoramic outdoor patio living space.

Alexa Knight (505) 681-9447



New Haven Homes 275 Star Meadow Road


Diamond Tail Ranch

3 bedrooms 2½ baths 2,750 sq. ft. $569,000


Take I-25 north to Exit 242, and travel east through Placitas past the post office. Turn left after mile marker 7 onto Camino del Tecolote. At the bottom of the hill bear to the right, and Diamond Tail Road is up the next hill on the right. Follow Diamond Tail Road into Diamond Tail Ranch. Take the first left on Meadows Road and follow the signs to Star Meadow Road.

Designed and built by the New Haven Homes award-winning design team, this Southwest-style home provides for casual yet luxurious living and entertaining. You’ll enjoy breathtaking views from


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throughout this Build Green–certified home. Feel the warmth and comfort derived from careful design, traditional craftsmanship, and attention to every detail, including adobe with plaster accents and much more.

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8900 Brookdale NE

4 bedrooms 3 baths 3,144 sq. ft. $499,000


Take I-25 north to Paseo del Norte and drive east on Paseo del Norte. Drive north on Wyoming Boulevard to Oakland Avenue (just past Alameda Boulevard). Turn left (west) to Brookdale, and look for flags and signs.

Enter this new Tuscan country model through a secure wrought-iron gate into a private open courtyard that leads to an eight-foot knotty alder entry door under a covered porch. The home has a living/

family room with a kiva-style fireplace with cultured stone surrounds, a formal dining room, formal parlor, a large kitchen and nook, a butler’s pantry, loft, and laundry room, and a spacious owner’s suite.

Scott Henry (505) 858-1800

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Take I-25 north to Paseo del Norte. Go east on Paseo del Norte to Holbrook Street. Turn left on Holbrook and continue to Eagle Rock Avenue. Turn left on Eagle Rock and proceed to 9511 Eagle Rock Avenue on the right.

The Sandia Mountains at their grandest is the view that is showcased in this magnificent remodeled home! A whole-house update includes the custom kitchen, master suite, four bathrooms,

a majestic great room, and a wall of windows! Beautiful handmade cabinets, doors, and woodwork are also special features. A must-see on your list!


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3 bedrooms 3ž baths 3,700 sq. ft. $1,200,000


From I-25 and I-40, take I-25 north to Paseo del Norte, turn right, and head to Holbrook Street. Turn left on Holbrook and proceed to Eagle Rock Avenue. Turn right on Eagle Rock to the house.

Capturing an uninterrupted view corridor of the Sandias from the back loggia, this Tuscan-style home is nestled in North Albuquerque Acres. Offering an indoor pool, great outdoor living space, and a media

room, the home is excellent for entertaining yet offers the tranquility of an Italian villa. In addition to style and elegance, this home incorporates many green features while meeting the everyday needs of family living.

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10501 Modesto Avenue NE

Lawrence Martinez (505) 934-6779

HeigHts North Albuquerque Acres

3 bedrooms 2½ baths 3,880 sq. ft. $770,000


Take I-25 north to Paseo del Norte. Travel east on Paseo del Norte about 3 miles to Eubank Boulevard. Turn left on Eubank and travel to Modesto Avenue. Turn right on Modesto. The home is the second house on the left.

This soft contemporary home was designed to invite the majestic Sandia Mountain view into every room, including an art studio. This unique house is an energy-efficient certified Build Green


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12116 San Antonio Drive NE

4 bedrooms plus office 3 baths 3,000 sq. ft. $850,000

From I-25 north exit at Paseo del Norte and go east. Turn right on Tramway. Turn right on San Rafael. Turn left on Tennyson. Turn right on San Antonio to the first house on the left.

The home sits 15 feet above the Tanoan golf course with 360-degree city, mountain, and golf course views. The home has a resort feel with a wine and observatory room on the roof. The

home is Gold LEED certified with a putting green and two large water features that give the sound and appearance of being in the mountains.

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9925 Cielito Norte Way NE

HeigHts Cielo Estates

3 bedrooms 2½ baths 2,656 sq. ft. $495,000


Take I-25 north to Paseo del Norte, and travel east on Paseo del Norte almost 3 miles to Holbrook Street. Turn right on Holbrook, and then left onto Palomas Avenue. Make another immediate left onto the frontage road, and follow the frontage road to the subdivision entrance. Turn left on Cielito Norte Way. The home is on the left at the end of the cul-de-sac.

Located in Albuquerque’s newest Northeast Heights subdivision, Cielo Estates, this beautiful and unique Nuevo-Mexican-eclectic–style home has a private courtyard entry and fantastic views.

Every home in this green-certified subdivision is custom designed and is a certified Build Green New Mexico energy-efficient home!

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9931 Cielito Oeste Way NE

John Lowe (505) 688-6834

HeigHts Cielo Estates

3 bedrooms 3 baths 2,830 sq. ft. $496,946


From I-25 and Paseo del Norte, travel east on Paseo del Norte almost 3 miles to Holbrook Street. Turn right on Holbrook, and then left onto Palomas Avenue. Make another immediate left onto the frontage road, and follow the frontage road to the subdivision entrance. Turn left on Cielito Oeste Way. The home is straight ahead at the end of the cul-de-sac.

Located in Albuquerque’s newest Northeast Heights subdivision, Cielo Estates, this beautiful and unique Nuevo-Mexican-eclectic–style home has a private courtyard entry and fantastic views.


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6828 Rio Grande Boulevard NW remodel $650,000


(cost of remodeled portion of home) Take I-25 north to Osuna Road/San Mateo Boulevard. Turn left on Osuna and continue past 4th Street to Chavez Road. Drive west to Rio Grande Boulevard. Drive north on Rio Grande to 6828 Rio Grande.

Ben Lucero displays his artistic talent once again with this magical renovation and rejuvenation of an Albuquerque landmark home, featuring a state-of-the-art gourmet kitchen with retro flair,

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5114 Guadalupe Trail NW

3 bedrooms 2 baths 1,800 sq. ft. $304,914


From I-40 west, take Rio Grande Boulevard north to Griegos Road. Proceed east on Griegos to Guadalupe Trail. Turn left or north on Guadalupe to Pedros Place. Turn right on Pedros Place and proceed to 5114.

This progressive architectural design by Paschich Design Group demonstrates a sophisticated synthesis of contemporary design elements. While the home is an example of modern living, it feels


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quite comfortable set among the regional styles of the North Valley. The concrete floors, steel beam work, and avant-garde kitchen provide an urban contrast for the historic neighborhood.

Wristen Paschich (505) 250-1887

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4820 Joem Lane NW

2 bedrooms 2 baths 1,679 sq. ft. $346,600


Take I-25 north to Osuna Road/San Mateo Boulevard, exit and go west on Osuna. At Osuna and 4th Street, go south to Griegos Road. Turn right on Griegos and go west past 14th Street. Joem Lane is on the right-hand side.

This new elegant boutique home is very open, livable, and timeless. The open great room and kitchen are designed for entertaining and casual living. The large three-car garage is any

man’s dream. The outdoor living space completes the home. This home has green amenities and is very energy efficient.

Marie “Betty” Blea (505) 342-1532



lowe-Bo Homes 1343 Valle Lane NW


Candelaria Village

2 bedrooms 2 baths 1,968 sq. ft. $350,000


Take I-40 west to 6th Street and 12th Street, Exit 158. Merge onto the frontage road. Turn right onto 12th Street. Turn left onto Candelaria Road. Turn left into Candelaria Village, a gated community. Turn right onto Valle Lane to 1343 Valle Lane.

This classic New Mexico–style custom home is perfect for the exclusive gated North Valley community Candelaria Village. The home shows off numerous custom features such as hickory wood floors, stained

vigas, a diamond plaster fireplace, alder doors, and an adobe wall with glass block accents. The home’s exquisite kitchen is upgraded with hickory cabinetry, granite countertops, and high-end appliances.

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1922 Rio Grande Boulevard NW

4 bedrooms 3 baths 2,500 sq. ft. $539,000


Take I-40 west to Rio Grande Boulevard and head north on Rio Grande. About .25 miles past Indian School Road but before Matthew Avenue, turn right onto the private cul-de-sac. The home at 1922 Rio Grande is on the left side of the street.

This sophisticated contemporary green home is loaded with must-see custom details. A dramatic corner pair of pocketing sliders connects the open living area to a private enclosed patio with

a wood-burning fireplace. The sumptuous master suite includes a freestanding tub, stunning glass shower, six-foot custom negative-edge sink, and a see-through fireplace.

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1315 Gabaldon Road NW

3 bedrooms 3 baths 3,601 sq. ft. $609,524


From I-40 west, drive north on Rio Grande Boulevard. The first stoplight is Floral Road. Turn left on Floral and drive approximately 1.5 miles. Floral intersects into Duranes Road. Turn left on Duranes. The first stop sign is Gabaldon Road. Turn left on Gabaldon, and the house is the second on the right.

This beautiful Santa Fe Pueblo–style home has an open floor plan with public and private outdoor living areas surrounding the home. Features include a whole-house entertainment system, rough-sawn


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interior and exterior wooden ceilings and beam work, custom alder cabinetry, a theater room, granite countertops, porcelain and wood floors, natural stone tile, and outstanding finishes throughout!

David K. Langham (505) 238-7678

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Entrada del Bosque

3 bedrooms 3 baths 2,005 sq. ft. $399,000


Take I-40 west to the Rio Grande Boulevard exit. Turn left on Rio Grande to Mountain Road. Turn right on Mountain and drive for approximately 1 mile. The neighborhood is on the right, Entrada del Bosque.

This spectacular new model boasts full solar and Build Green New Mexico Gold certification. With a distinctive casita floor plan and Spanish Mission influences, this energy-efficient home has custom finishes

including hand-scraped wood floors, granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, exposed beams, and custom tile. Come see why the homes in these North Valley gated communities are selling so quickly.

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East Mountains


Nature Pointe

3 bedrooms 2 full baths & 2 half baths 2,802 sq. ft. $794,139

Take I-40 east from the Tramway exit. Take Exit 178 to Old Highway 66. Take Highway 66 east to 5 Hills Road. Turn right on 5 Hills. Turn right on Sedillo Road. Turn left on Avenida Allegre. Turn left on Nature Pointe Drive. Turn right on Cougar Court.

This home has a contemporary Southwestern design and exterior features including concrete columns, a rusty metal portal roof, colored stamped concrete portales, an entry courtyard, an outdoor

built-in barbecue/kitchen, an exterior fireplace, and solar hydronic panels for heat and domestic hot water. The home’s interior features include tile floors, clay plaster walls, nichos, and built-ins.

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Jack Anderson (505) 830-0313

East Mountains


3 bedrooms 3½ baths 3,660 sq. ft. $900,000


From the Big I, travel east on I-40 for 14.5 miles. Take Exit 175 toward NM 14/Cedar Crest. Travel north on NM 14 for about 9.5 miles, turning left at the second entrance to Paa-Ko. Take the first right onto Paa-Ko Drive, then left on Raindance Road. Turn left at the first gated entrance, Broken Arrow Road. Follow Broken Arrow, and the home is at the end of the cul-de-sac.

Located in the newest gated area of Paa-Ko Village Communities, with an expansive view of the world-class Paa-Ko golf course, this traditional Territorial-style home is the very definition of


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timeless, understated elegance.

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or Chef Pat Keene—who with her husband, Terry, has brought the Duke City such delicious restaurants as Portobello and Bien Shur—having a well-outfitted kitchen in her personal life is as important as having one at work. When she’s not handling the stoves at one of the couple’s current establishments (the longstanding Artichoke Café and the pizza powerhouse Farina), she’s likely to be found in the kitchen of their Albuquerque home, relaxing, entertaining, or coming up with her next culinary creation. Keene worked hard to create a comfortable environment that would be in contrast to the bustling ambience of a professional kitchen while also facilitating her love of home entertaining during her downtime. Tucked into the popular Altura Park Neighborhood, the Keenes’ ranch-style house was built in 1963 and came with a sea foam greenand-blue color scheme throughout. The kitchen desperately needed a revamping when the Keenes bought the place in 2002, and since then—with help from architect Rob Strell, of Strell Design—they’ve been working to make it chef-ready, installing granite countertops, custom cabinets, and wood flooring. Skylights now

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Two wall-mounted Jenn-Air ovens, flanked by custom cabinetry, complement Keene’s six-burner Viking range, which has a built-in stainless steel shelf.


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“Buying kitchen equipment to me is as much fun as buying jewelry is for other people,” says Chef Pat Keene.

let natural sunlight into the area, while a butcher-block island adds even more workspace. One of Keene’s favorite parts of the project was selecting the appliances. “Buying kitchen equipment to me is as much fun as buying jewelry is for other people,” she says. An old dishwasher was replaced with a two-drawer Fisher & Paykel model; each drawer operates separately, and there’s a gentle wash cycle for glasses. Because commercial stoves aren’t permitted in residential kitchens, Keene selected a Viking range with a six-burner gas stove and an oven beneath it. “Two years ago, after I got tired of having to get down on my hands and knees to baste the holiday turkey, we added separate wall JennAir ovens,” Keene says. Adding a Sub-Zero refrigerator/freezer was a no-brainer—Keene considers it a “must-have for any well-equipped home kitchen.” Other must-haves? “A good set of knives—my favorites are Wusthof—and a good set of cookware. I use All-Clad and Le Creuset for stew pots; I’ve had mine forever. A KitchenAid mixer is a good thing to have too,” she adds, noting that hers is a special-edition teal green. A big cupboard along the dinette was transformed into a minioffice, with a desk and shelves for Keene’s cookbook collection, which ranges from Joy of Cooking to titles by Mario Batali and Ina Garten. Photos of the family and clipped recipes are pinned up on a corkboard wall. A glass-paned cabinet in the kitchen shows off Keene’s extensive collection of vintage Fiestaware while also making the kitchen feel more open. Throughout, the shelves and drawers are full of Keene’s favorite gadgets and collectibles, which include a fragile-looking ceramic cow-shaped creamer that belonged to her grandmother, a milk cup Keene used as a child, assorted mortars and pestles, garlic and cheese graters, microplane zesters, a collection of whisks, and a Mario Batali silicone basting brush. “When we first moved SUCASAMAGAZINE.COM


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to New Mexico from the East Coast in the late 1970s, I was big into soufflés so I have quite an assortment of soufflé dishes,” Keene says. “I also love gratin recipes so my big copper gratin pan gets a lot of use.” With all the ease, comfort, and character Keene’s kitchen offers, she’s nevertheless talking about increasing the size of the island and adding a sink to it, extending the pantry, and putting a wine cellar in the basement. “Then,” she says, “I think we’ll have everything we need—for now.” Warm up this fall with Keene’s favorite gratin recipe (see opposite), inspired by New York Chef Anne Rosenzweig, with whom Keene worked at the beginning of her career. A central butcher’s block provides Keene more space to prepare specialties like apple garlic potato gratin.


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apple garlic potato gratin serves 4–6 1 head garlic 3 sliced, peeled Granny Smith (or baking) apples 3 tablespoons unsalted butter 1/4 cup white wine 1 lb sweet potatoes, peeled, thinly sliced (1/16" thick) 1 1/4 lbs baking potatoes, peeled, sliced thinly 1 cup heavy cream salt and white pepper to taste Preheat the oven to 400°. Wrap the garlic in foil and roast it in the oven for 45 minutes. When cool, slice off the top of the head and squeeze out the softened garlic cloves. Set aside. While the garlic is roasting, sauté the apples in the butter over low heat until caramelized. Add the white wine and continue to cook until the liquid is absorbed. In an eight-inch baking dish (for easy cleaning, spray with a natural non-stick spray), layer the potatoes with the garlic and apples, seasoning each layer with salt and pepper. Pour cream over the vegetables. Cover with foil. Bake for 20 minutes, then uncover and bake 10 minutes longer, until the potatoes are soft. Chef’s tip: A mandoline slicer works brilliantly for any vegetable gratin dish.

sun wise continued from page 24 certain settings, but new developments are emerging. “Now we’re seeing more decentralized equipment on the electrical side, especially in residential systems,” Bassalleck adds. These newer, individual micro-inverters each handle one cell’s power, so one failing panel won’t take down your whole system, and the burden of finding space for a large and central electrical structure is eliminated.

String systems are still effective in certain settings, but new developments are emerging. While functionality is the foremost consideration when adding solar panels to your home, aesthetics can now play a role as well. Positive Energy Solar Electric Systems (, which has locations in Albuquerque, Santa Opposite: A commercial carport at Albuquerque’s Veterans Affairs Medical Center. Below: Panels installed on a rooftop overlooking the Rio Grande River.

Fe, Taos, and Las Cruces, carries SunPower’s residential panels, for example, which make use of the micro-inversion system and come in an all-black option. “They’re pretty sleek looking,” says Karen Paramanandam, Positive Energy’s marketing and sales coordinator. “They have a very low reflective surface so they blend in really beautifully.”—SS

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what’s old is new Delve into ancient adobe homes and modern renovation projects that highlight the aesthetics of Georgia O’Keeffe, Diane Keaton, and other artists.


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ritten by two Georgia O’Keeffe insiders, Georgia O’Keeffe and Her Houses: Ghost Ranch and Abiquiú is the first comprehensive exploration of the artist’s famous adobe homes and their surroundings. This beautiful image-heavy book pays homage to New Mexico’s unique and historic architecture as well as to O’Keeffe herself, who became so enamored by the region’s beauty that she made it part of her personal and professional lives, living here for decades and painting and drawing iconic images of the local landscapes and cultures. Authors Barbara Buhler Lynes, former curator of the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum and former Emily Fisher Landau Director of the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum Research Center in Santa Fe, and Agapita Judy Lopez, director of Abiquiú Historic Properties and rights and reproduction manager for the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum, offer a highly varied look at


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O’Keeffe’s two New Mexico homes— one on the grounds of Ghost Ranch, an education and retreat center, where the artist stayed in the summer, and the other just south of Ghost Ranch in Abiquiú, where she lived in the winter. Readers are treated to O’Keeffe’s personal letters, historic and current photographs of her houses (inside and out), and her own paintings and drawings of the buildings and their surroundings. The book’s photographs capture O’Keeffe during her daily activities, such as cooking in the kitchen, working in the garden, playing with her beloved Chow Chows, and hosting friends. The images also make note of architectural components that are specific to adobe homes (arches, bancos, vigas, and outdoor ladders), and the way in which O’Keeffe was able to blend these components with her modernist tastes to create spaces she felt satisfied living and working in. The engaging and intimate book contains 250 illustrations—enough for readers to feel as if they’re walking through the homes, arroyos, and red hills with the artist herself, and enough to understand what O’Keeffe meant when, speaking about one of her adobe residences, she said, “I had no peace until I bought the house.”—Samantha Schwirck

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More than just a no-frills handbook on Southwestern style, Adobe, by Sandra and Laurel Seth, both third-generation New Mexicans, conveys the “ancient meanings, myths, and mysteries” that make up the regional landscape and find their way into local architecture and design. Beginning with the special relationships ancient Pueblo people had with the land, Adobe shows how such a connection and way of life is evidenced in the construction of early adobe villages, which blended so seamlessly into their natural surroundings that villagers were provided the protection of camouflage during times of warfare. But even in modern times, the late Alfonso Ortiz, a former professor of anthropology at the University of New Mexico, wrote in the book’s introduction, “This building pattern conveys a sense of being a part of the earth itself and, therefore, of fading into the landscape.” With chapters titled “Adobe in the Southwest,” “Indians in the Southwest,” “Hispanics in the Southwest,” and “Anglos in the Southwest,” the authors delve into the history and evolution of Southwestern homes and continue covering backstories while later spotlighting specific features such as bancos, nichos, windows, and shutters. “Pre-Spanish dwellings had only small rooftop entrances and few (if any) windows,” the Seths write. “Windows were still rare in the seventeenth

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A view of Cerro Pedernal from Ghost Ranch’s portal, which showcases the curves and wooden beams typical of adobe architecture.

and eighteenth centuries when the newly introduced ground-level doors provide the only light and ventilation.” One particularly engaging section called “Three Artists—Three Cultures” looks at the influence of Native American artist Virginia Romero, who made the first of her famous pots in 1919 and later built the adobe fireplaces and bancos in Millicent Rogers’s home (now the Millicent Rogers Museum) in Taos; Hispanic textile artist Teresa Archuleta-Sagel, whose works incorporate the stories of her New Mexican, Mexican, Spanish, and European predecessors; and Anglo painter Georgia O’Keeffe. O’Keeffe, who moved to New Mexico permanently in 1949, was certainly aware of her Abiquiú home’s historical relevance. Anasazi dwellings in the surrounding area date back to 10,000 BC, and ancestors of the Spanish rancher and politician Julian Chavez built O’Keeffe’s house in the 1700s. Its traditional adobe aesthetic inspired dozens of the artist’s paintings. The authors write: “Earth walls, earth floors, mud plaster were not only the sensible choices at the time of the renovation because the native people could build with earth so beautifully, had done for hundreds of years, but they were the aesthetic choices for Miss O’Keeffe.” First published in 1988 and re-published this year after Taylor Trade Publishing acquired the original company, the photo-filled Adobe is an intriguing mix of architectural history and modern-day application that gives the reader a sense of the unique local traditions and aesthetics that are inexorably rooted in the region’s stirring natural environment.—SS

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Academy Award–winning actress Diane Keaton—who’s had an interest in architectural design since she was a child—writes in the introduction to House, her second architecture book, that the content contained within “appears straightforward and uncomplicated, but it’s not.” This primer is fitting, as the rest of the pages showcase remodeled or reimagined minimalistic structures that seem to be simple, yet are, in fact, anything but. The homes that Keaton has selected and presents—and that are written about by Los Angeles Times contributor and author D. J. Waldie—range from industrial lofts and warehouses to barns and farmhouses. There’s no mention of adding throw pillows, rearranging furniture, or painting walls. Instead, the text describes each renovation project’s purpose—whether it’s to build a sustainable home or create an artful studio, the spaces highlighted here have been thoughtfully transformed with a specific goal in mind, and Keaton and Waldie highlight the houses’ histories as well as their avant-garde characteristics. The Chesapeake Bay home of architect Stephen Kieran of KieranTimberlake, for example, is noted for its discretion (it blends into the surrounding forest without disrupting the landscape), as well as its ecofriendliness, evidenced by the recyclability of almost every one of the home’s components. Similarly, Lake/ Flato Architects, who often work in the Southwest, take the landscape into

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consideration when reworking industrial spaces. The authors explain that Lake/Flato Architects’ designs— which at times use retired oil field pipe or nearly-centuries-old structural steel—aim to make up “for a deficiency in the landscape.” Overall, Keaton and Waldie’s compilation is refreshing in its attention to what is considered beautiful beyond the world of plush textiles and modern lighting fixtures. In House’s recognition of a dwelling’s deeper meaning and larger impact, we begin to see how profound the homes we make for ourselves can be.—SS Avant-garde living spaces are highlighted in Diane Keaton’s architecture-focused book.

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Atchinson says. “The house turned out beautifully, and it was a collaboration among all of us.” The family settled into their home early this year, and they love their new space— not too small or too grand. They love how the lighting looks in the evening, and they love their new neighborhood’s quiet, dark night skies. Now that their wish list is a reality, Bridget and Chad can appreciate living in the house they imagined. “Almost once a week we ask each other, ‘Would you change anything if we did it again?’” Chad says. “We have yet to figure out what we would change because we really have been so pleased with how it’s come together.” For this couple, it looks like the journey to get here makes living in their new home that much sweeter.

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continued from page 51 haven’t done your job as an architect. They wouldn’t need one. The design ought to be as surprising to them as it was to me—and it is.” But it’s all based on getting to know the client well. “I see these buildings as portraits of the clients themselves,” Prince adds. To get the sense of space, privacy, and outdoor connection that the homeowner wanted, Prince “essentially pulled the house apart,” he says, “stretching it out with courtyards, making it a lot more porous, and bringing the exterior spaces into the interior and creating long sight lines.” Contractor Kory Baker of Arbor Construction has been building houses for Prince since 1983, when he was fresh out of architecture school, and helped Prince build his own home in Albuquerque. By the late 1980s, Baker was building many of Prince’s designs. “Building for Bart is a good thing,” he says, “because, contrary to what people might think, he doesn’t just come up with some wild thing and ask you to build it. He has everything figured out—how every shape will be created, how to create the structure.” This homeowner’s house came together without any serious challenges. The house lacks the overly precious quality of some modernist homes, and it’s worth noting that the materials in the home are plain: sandblasted block walls, stucco, concrete floors, Glulam and pine tongue-and-groove ceilings, dramatic steel trusses and beams holding the high pavilion roof skyward, and lots and lots of glass. That modest use of materials might be one reason the homeowner kept all her old things. “I didn’t buy new furnishings,” she says. “You’d think in a contemporary home you’d need to. I lived in that old adobe for 25 years, and I brought all that furniture here, and I think it fits just fine. It’s nice living in a house where you have a sense of continuity with your life.” For more information about the house, visit


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