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18 Life+Style Southwest

On the cover: Its elegant fusion of old Spanish architecture with modern architecture earned this jaw-dropping former Parade home a slew of awards. Read more on page 94. Photograph by Chris Corrie.

28 Design Studio


A playful tile pattern in a Santa Fe historic district remodel; tips and tricks to make task lighting work for you; a roundup of geometric décor; and Steve Thomas discusses the benefits of downsizing.

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Southwestern wall finishes that wow; decorative painter Bekye Fargason; and ShowHouse Santa Fe 2017: “West of Contemporary: A Journey in Black & White.”

34 Enchanted Spaces

Moll Anderson shows off her fabulous boots and gives advice for curating and accessorizing your closet.

104 V ida Buena

Charming Eureka Springs, Arkansas, boasts a huge personality and a rich history; Santa Fe’s very own Meow Wolf is a rising international star.

108 What’s Happening?

Arts and crafts festivals, American Indian art, Balloon Fiesta, holiday events, and more make October through December an exciting time of year.

110 Su Cocina

Santa Fe favorite Jambo Café opens a new location in the Duke City; James Selby takes a break from wine to highlight a few fantastic New Mexico microbreweries.

119 Su Libro

Architect and project manager Kristina Leigh Wiggins guides readers through the details of building a home from the foundation up.

128 Adios

Two avid golfers enjoy views of two championship golf courses from the smartly furnished portal of their Las Campanas home.


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Right: A powder room exquisitely pairs natural, masculine elements with delicate, more feminine details. For more about this home, which swept its award categories in the Spring 2017 Homes of Enchantment Parade, see page 94. 16

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s homeowners, we work hard for the privilege of opening the front door of a home that we can call our own. For the time, effort, and resources we put into our home, we are entitled to one that is right for our family and our lifestyle. If you glean nothing else from Su Casa Northern New Mexico, I hope you will discover those elements in your home that bring you joy, satisfaction, and pride of ownership. In this issue you’ll be shown lots of options for building or remodeling your own home, including the 38 houses that will be appearing in October on the Homes of Enchantment Parade. The variety of the entries in this fall’s event is amazing; the builders have really outdone themselves this time. The homes we feature in Su Casa run the gamut of styles, décor, and settings, but what they tend to have in common is a trusting, collaborative connection between homeowner and builder, as together they strive to achieve the ultimate in satisfaction with each project. Over the years, I’ve witnessed some amazing and creative solutions builders have devised for their clients in order to give them exactly what they want. Personally, I think they love the challenge!  Beyond the layout and the architecture, it’s the details that really make a home just right for you and your lifestyle. In this issue we look at lighting, which takes care of functional and practical needs even as it creates a mood and a feeling within a room. I love the term task lighting, as it reminds us that the various tasks in our lives often demand specific illumination. If you’re reading this issue of Su Casa and planning your route on the Parade of Homes, I encourage you to visit as many of these incredible houses as possible. You will see how homeowners arranged for their home to be just right for them. It’s almost guaranteed you will see at least one interesting solution that could be applied to your new home build or remodel. It’s also very possible you’ll see solutions to lifestyle challenges you didn’t realize you had. And wouldn’t that be something?

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he value of home lighting is often overlooked; only its absence tends to get noticed. Well-placed light can transform a room and awaken a home. Three types of light work together in the interior home environment: ambient, which comes naturally through windows or shines broadly from overhead fixtures; accent, which hones in on a subject—usually an art piece or other valued object; and highly directed and intentional task lighting, which illuminates places where things get done. task lighting Task lighting is perhaps the most overlooked lighting of all—and possibly the most important. Historically, people relied on overhead, ambient light to illuminate work spaces, often resulting in eye strain and general fatigue. But today’s task lights are flexible and energy-efficient, with great looks that make a visual statement. According to Charles Silva, president of Bright Ideas Inc., dba The Lamp Shop, in Albuquerque, you should “avoid task lighting that isn’t adjustable, or creates a lot of heat or glare.” LED bulbs are the way to go, but do your homework. “When buying LED,” Silva says, “always ask about warranty and life expectancy.” One example of adjustable, energy-efficient task lighting is Koncept’s Z-Bar LED desk lamp. The streamlined, bar design pivots to the max, and has a dimmer to regulate brightness. Koncept also sells floor, ceiling, and wall versions of the Z-Bar. If your task lighting is less adjustable, then placement is key, according to John Muñiz, supervisor of Dahl Lighting Showroom


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A townhome remodel by Jennifer Ashton Interiors demonstrates the effective use of art, ambient, and task lighting.

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Experts suggest using task lighting that’s fully adjustable. If it’s not adjustable, then correct placement is critical. How about in the kitchen, where fingers and sharp knives often cross paths? “Mount under-cabinet lights toward the front,” Muñiz says. “If you’re using recessed canned lights for task lighting, put them 18 inches from the wall, or six inches out from a 12-inch cupboard. Otherwise you’re throwing cupboard shadows across the counter.” Put them too far out, he cautions, and you’ll be throwing those shadows yourself. accent lighting Accent lighting points the way to something, grabbing and leading the eye to a focal point. This point is often art, says Jennifer Ashton, an interior designer in Santa Fe who calls her design style “artcentric.” Indeed, Jennifer Ashton Interiors designs entire homes around art, partly in deference to Santa Fe’s art culture, with light being essential to its finest display. “You need that layer of light to create real ambience,” Ashton says, “especially in the evening, when you can dim a monolight on art. It’s not only romantic, it’s literally illuminating.” What you consider “art” worth showcasing may be different from your neighbor. “Anything that is meaningful and beautiful to a person” can be spotlighted, says Ashton. Sometimes a light fixture is a work of art in and of itself. “Someone might reclaim 22

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a beautiful light fixture from a farmhouse, and want it in a sleek, white environment,” Ashton explains. “We drop it in, and it looks like a curated piece of art.” ambient lighting According to Muñiz, the main trends in ambient and other lighting are clean, lean, and green. People want to save energy, he says, and “they don’t want things hanging down.” Chandeliers, pendants, and even sconces are out, unless they’re very small. On the other hand, “Recessed can lights are skyrocketing,” says Muñiz. “I’m selling about 800, 4-inch cans every 90 days.” He credits this in part to the phenomenal views around Santa Fe, which people don’t want to obstruct with lights. The point: Choose your lighting well, and make it count. “Without proper lighting, you do not get to enjoy your home to the fullest,” says Charles Silva. The best way to ensure it? “Always consult a professional when lighting your home.” Below: Available in several fun colors and in desk, floor, ceiling, and wall-mount versions, Koncept’s Z-Bar LED light is adjustable to exactly where you need illumination most.

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in Santa Fe. “In the bathroom, vertical bars along the side of the mirror are best—they light the face evenly,” he says. “Light from above throws shadows under the eyes, nose, and chin. And you have to turn your head to see while shaving or putting on makeup.” Muñiz likes the products made by Modern Forms, a WAC Lighting company, which are also powered by LED.

Left: Recessed can lighting built into soffits above the bed offers excellent illumination for reading, while pendants on either side of the bed provide an ambient glow.

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by Amanda N. Pitman

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Geometrics in all forms are taking over this season, showing up everywhere from lighting fixtures to decorative chests and even unique ceramics. Whether the form is angular, round, simple, or complex, a geometric touch adds a bit of pizzazz to any room in the home.

Hudson Valley Lighting® Astrid Ceiling Light The Astrid light, from the new Mitzi line, mixes classic and contemporary with a minimalist sensibility. It may look straightforward, but the arms can be moved to suit your specific needs—a fun feature! Available in four different styles, from a two light sconce to a 12-light chandelier (shown), this fixture is sleek and on trend. $130–$800, Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery,

Corrine Chair With its timeless, wing chair style and sharp edges, this Ethan Allen chair exudes elegance—especially when paired with a neutral geometric fabric resembling interlocking keys. With hundreds of fabric options, there is sure to be a geometric fabric that speaks to your particular aesthetic. $1,620 and up, Ethan Allen,

Antique Tibetan Monastery Doors Armoire Sukhmani Home is known for their authentic furniture and home décor from around the world. This antique Tibetan Monastery Doors Armoire, ca. 1960, is done in the Tibetan round mandala style (representing the wheel of life), and is hand-painted with cinnamon reds, burnt oranges, and burgundy browns. $7,500, Sukhmani Home, 24

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Monkey Wood Shelf Who doesn’t need a little more shelving in their lives? Created from a single large tree, this beautiful blonde monkey wood shelving unit is a sculptural work of art. Not conforming to a standard bookcase-like style, the geometric carvings throughout truly make this piece pop. Prices vary, Sequoia Santa Fe,

Life+Style Southwest Island Stone Glass Palms Tile This unusual backsplash tile pattern—Palms, shown here in Smoke— comes in seven additional colors and is ideal for an added visual interest element in either the kitchen or the bathroom. Though similar to the popular chevron, this geometric pattern is much more modern. $27.50–$31 per square foot, Statements In Tile/Lighting/Kitchens/Flooring,

Roar + Rabbit Brass Geo Inlay 3-Drawer Dresser This mango wood dresser with ebony finish is an absolute geometric showstopper. Spindle legs reference the currently hot, midcentury modern style, while touches of antique brass–finished metal forming triangles, rectangles, rhombuses, and more, complement almost any décor. $900, West Elm, Hourglass Pinwheel Vase A sultry hourglass shape makes this vase a stunner, even without the geometric pattern. The black and white, however, adds an element of threedimensional visual interest to the nearly foot-tall vase. $1,200, Dana Bechert Ceramics,


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Eichholtz Geometric Room Divider With its piano-black finish over stainless steel, this striking room divider not only shows off its geometric appeal, it is slightly reminiscent of the art deco era. Manufactured in Indonesia and made of mahogany wood, this beautiful, sleek folding screen is the perfect solution for adding a bit of privacy. $3,125, Oroa,


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Three different hues of American Clay, applied by Solamente Clay Walls, are used in the hallway of this Placitas home. Even though it’s smooth to the touch, American Clay offers interesting visual depth.


Fabu-WALL-ous Solutions

ome walls really do talk. Especially around Northern New Mexico, where plaster, clay, limestone, and paint speak to the region’s diverse and textured history and relay a sense of comfort, elegance, strength, or excitement in the home. Here are a few finishes to consider, including some intriguing new products as well as a couple of old favorites much loved in the Southwest.


Sometimes called earthen plaster, clay adds a classic, healthy surface to interior walls. “Getting the right wall finish determines how you feel in a space,” says Croft Elsaesser, owner of American Clay in Albuquerque. “It can make or break a room.” American Clay makes all of its clay locally from nontoxic, naturally sourced materials that are resistant to mold and grime. Clay is easy to clean and slow to fade, and it helps regulate humidity by absorbing and releasing moisture naturally. The wide assortment of Southwest-forward finishes, colors, and textures is what makes it so popular in this region. Be sure to ask about the new Forté line—fortified to strengthen the application of American Clay finishes. 28

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Above: Two rich hues of Akrostucco, a synthetic version of Venetian plaster, are used in an award-winning bathroom remodel by Fabu-WALL-ous Solutions.

People breathe; why shouldn’t buildings? “Sustainable structures should breathe like we do, wicking out moisture through the skin,” says Brian Coia, owner of bioLime in Albuquerque. “If a building envelope is too airtight, moisture gets trapped inside.” That creates a breeding ground for bacteria, mold, and mildew—the perfect environment for decay. Having a “breathable skin” over a wall system makes buildings last longer, the company claims. Being 100 percent pure and natural, bioLime products, which include primers, paints, plasters, stuccoes, and washes, offer a greener alternative to other finishes, making them ideal for green building, historic restoration, and preservation projects.

A breathable, natural alternative to traditional stucco, bioStucco® from bioLime is widely used in the Southwest.

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hand-troweled and diamond plaster

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Diamond plaster, extremely popular in classic Santa Fe–style homes, is a finishing coat with a strong surface that resists abrasions and cracking and is smooth to the touch. The rich sheen of diamond plaster only deepens when coated with beeswax and buffed into elegance, a technique often used by Santa Fe’s Woods Design Builders. “We add a custom pigment to it and put it on top of hand-troweled plaster,” says Shane Woods, co-owner of the firm with his mother and brother. “It’s not just a flat finish,” Woods explains. “Hand-troweled plaster has a lot of imperfections in it so it looks different depending on the time of day.” Light dances on it like a playground. It’s so popular around Santa Fe, Woods puts hand-troweled and diamond plaster in most of their homes.

Akrostucco is a synthetic version of classical Venetian plaster. Imported from Italy, its smooth, matte, translucent finish adds an old world, antique look to walls. “And it’s not as synthetic as you might think,” says Bill Deuschle, co-owner of Fabu-WALL-ous Solutions in Santa Fe. “The actual resins are made from almond shells. You can eat it—but I don’t recommend it.” As to why Deuschle favors Akrostucco over traditional Venetian plaster, “It is more durable and cleanable,” he says. “Plus it closely resembles the original with its natural veining and vapor transmission qualities. Applied right, it goes from a very low to a very high sheen.” Fabu-WALL-ous Solutions is the exclusive distributor of Akrostucco in the Southwest region of the United States. 30

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Above: Aided by the infusion of natural light, the hand-troweled diamond plaster walls and ceiling of this award-winning Santa Fe home by Woods Design Builders appear to glow.


When it comes to paint, “You get what you pay for,” says Rick Watson, national director of product information for Sherwin-Williams. “It’s important to understand the value of quality.” It may cost more, but it’s also worth more. It covers better, dries faster, lasts longer, and looks richer. Products like Sherwin-Williams’s new Emerald® line offer paint and primer in one and new stain-blocking technology. “I have Emerald® Matte in my own home,” Watson says. It comes in four sheens, including a washable flat finish. If the array of paints available baffles you, never fear. Says Watson, “One of the things we do best is help people find the right paint for the job.”

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When decorative painter Bekye Fargason was in school, an art teacher told her she’d never amount to an artist because she wouldn’t do what she was told. It was the only art class she ever took—and she promptly quit it. “I continue to break every rule in the book because that’s what art is to me,” says the artist who came to Santa Fe by way of New York City and New Orleans. “I have to chart my own course. I explore and make mistakes and sometimes discover my best work.” For example, conventional wisdom says never to spray water on latex Above: Bekye Fargason, in the “forest” she created for a because it compromises designer participating in ShowHouse Santa Fe 2015. the quality of the paint. But Fargason disagrees. “I find the flaws create a beautiful aged surface. It creates a ‘holiday’ in the paint.” Fargason will do whatever it takes to achieve the effect promised the client. “It is their signature. Some want something so subtle you hardly know it’s there, some want over the top; others only know they want something different.” When the decorative painting market tanked around 2007, Fargason reinvented herself as a commercially viable fine artist, but soon returned to painting walls, ceilings, furniture, anything—but mostly walls. “For the most part I like my work to be the backdrop, not the focus of the room, not like a mural,” Fargason says. “A beautiful wall surface can make a world of difference to a room. It can create a whole new environment. Once in a while my work makes a statement, like in a foyer or powder room, but usually it sets the tone for the client’s art and furnishings.” She first meets with a client in their home, digests their words and surroundings, then applies her senses to poster board for their review. She works in layered, iridescent latex paint, and after 33 years she works fast—charging by the job, not the day or the hour. “I usually do three coats on top of base coat, sometimes more, depending on the desired depth and budget,” Fargason explains. For formal jobs she’ll layer on gold and/or silver leaf burnished in wax. She uses brushes, palette knives, sponges, rags, whatever intrigues her. She’ll go to almost any length. Just don’t tell her she won’t amount to an artist.—CA 32

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ShowHouse Santa Fe 2017 black, white, and a little west of contemporary

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Bekye Fargason

Above: The red-walled study is just one of many rooms and spaces that will be redesigned for ShowHouse Santa Fe 2017.


anta Feans tend to embrace color, whether it’s a vibrant Talavera tile sink or an intensely blue New Mexico sky. But black and white are powerful colors, too—especially in the interior design sense. In its fifth year, ShowHouse Santa Fe is exploring the theme “West of Contemporary: A Journey in Black & White.” If you’ve ever wondered how to incorporate monochromatic hues into a Southwesternstyle home, the 18 teams of interior and landscape designers, landscape architects, and artists in residence participating in ShowHouse this October are sure to offer many creative cues for spaces both indoors and out. This year’s ShowHouse is truly a show house. Set on 36 acres among the foothills of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, the stunning Pueblo-style residence and horse property at 5200 Old Santa Fe Trail was built in the 1940s and expanded upon over the years to include over 17,000 square feet of living space, including a guest house and caretaker’s residence. The design teams are assigned specific rooms and outdoor spaces to rework, interpreting the theme however they choose, in their own unique style. continued on page 37

Enchanted Spaces

by Moll Anderson

are you a closet case?


closet is a window to the soul! What does your closet say about you right this very moment? Is it beautifully appointed and well organized, or is it the place where you can barely open the door because you’ll be attacked by falling shoe boxes and piles of dirty laundry? The stress of a messy closet adds to the chaos of your daily life. Creating a closet that is clean, simply organized, and filled only with things you love and absolutely need will shift the negative energy in your life and allow you to be renewed, refreshed, and recharged!

personalize your closet design to meet your needs, style, and budget

Moll’s closet connects the master bedroom to the master bath. In it, custom, underlit shelving showcases Moll and Charlie’s collection of gorgeous Western boots.

John Hall Photography

display what you love Women have been collecting shoes for years. So why not showcase what you collect and love in an artful way? For Charlie and me, it was our boot collection from Santa Fe’s very own custom boot makers, Back At the Ranch. When building and designing our closet, our boots became our “closet art.” Simple shelving and lighting was all it took to create a focal point that also serves as a practical way to see exactly what we have to wear daily. Belts and jewelry are another natural choice for adorning your closet. When you display these items, you are more likely to actually make use of them. It’s amazing how, when things are tucked away, we forget we even have them until we clean out our closet. Men, watch-winding boxes are in. A watch-winding box is a wonderful way to keep watches wound and clean, plus it makes a great accessory on an island. They also now make big units that can be built in.

take a seat

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If space allows in your walk-in closet, bench seating is one of my must-haves. Not only is bench seating a great way to add a pop of color or textural interest, but it offers multipurpose use. Benches are especially handy when putting on shoes and boots, and many


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Left: In my Santa Fe home, I was challenged to maximize my storage needs and make use of all space available in the master bath. My closet serves double duty with the washer and dryer tucked away behind closed doors. Since this was my only available space, it made sense to have those appliances accessible where I needed them most!

benches have the potential for hidden storage. Make the space work for you, and hide away those items you don’t use on a regular basis.

A closet that is clean, simply organized, and filled only with things you love and absolutely need will shift the negative energy in your life.



let there be lighting Lighting is another important musthave in any design, and nowhere more important than in your dressing area and closet. The right lighting illuminates your beautiful things, and helps give you a beautiful glow, too. Install a dimmer switch, because sometimes you want to switch from task lighting to creating a vibe.

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Moll Anderson Life stylist, inspirational interior designer, and philanthropist Moll Anderson is an Emmy Award–winning television personality and the New York Times best-selling author of five books, including Change Your Home, Change Your Life™ with Color.

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by Steve Thomas

living small quality up, quantity down—minimalism starts with freeing yourself of “stuff” tons of built-in storage, and lots of natural light that makes the house cheery even in the bleakest days of winter. Of course it is very well insulated with great windows, so the house is warm and draft-free in winter, cool in summer.


spent the formative years of my 20s sailing various yachts over a large swath of the Western hemisphere. When I moved ashore in 1979 with Evy, the woman I married, the sum total of my possessions was a big box of tools and a duffel bag of ratty boat clothes. Over the subsequent years we acquired a second home, a boat, a pretty cool art collection, and all the household paraphernalia associated with family life. (Oh yeah, and a lot more tools.) A decade ago, we embarked on plan to downsize—partly with the goal of spending less in order to travel more, but mostly because we just wanted to live more simply. Think of a sushi dinner vs. a medieval feast—we wanted the sushi. Cars and boats were easy to sell—houses less so—but now we have just one home, a perfectly renovated 1905 Shingle-style Victorian in a fishing village in Maine, which I’ve written about numerous times in this magazine. Sea Cove Cottage, as we’ve named it, is only 1,800 square feet. Visitors often say, “Wow, it’s a really small house!” That’s true, but I like to think of it as a really large yacht—and a well-appointed one at that—with a state-of-the-art kitchen, 36

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So far so good, but in the downsizing game it turns out that the physical dwelling is only part of the issue. Small houses can be perfectly designed, engineered, and lovingly crafted jewel boxes, worthy of all the photo essays in all the most notable shelter magazines, including this one. But the emotional sticking point with a lot of people seems to be not the house, but the “stuff.” Possessions are hard to part with! Friends of ours in their 70s, desiring to downsize, recently asked how they could edit their collection of possessions like we did. My answer: Living on a boat is the ultimate in minimalist living, as Steve and his wife Evy will tell you. Does this mean Steve is finally going to downsize his tool collection?

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In the downsizing game the physical dwelling is only part of the issue. Possessions are hard to part with!

First of all, this is a first world problem, given the socio-economic bracket “too much stuff” implies. That said, it’s all about taking stock of what’s really important and ruthlessly curating the rest. Take the totality of your possessions, divide it into slices, or tranches. Start eliminating the lowest tranche, and then the next lowest, and the next. Once you get rid of the lowest tranche, eliminating the next one gets easier. You’ll end up with a highly edited selection of the very best objects in your universe. For me, looking around at all the possessions I most love, in a small house, gives me tremendous pleasure. But what if you really can’t decide? Are you a “downsizing wimp?” Well, the dirty little secret here is . . . storage. Full disclosure: We have two storage lockers, a big one for my tools, and a small one for furniture and art we’re not quite ready to part with. I’m not sure what will motivate me to get rid of that stuff. Maybe moving back onto a boat? Steve Thomas is a home renovation expert and the former host of This Old House and Renovation Nation.

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Some designers, like Edy Keeler of Core Value Interiors, are ShowHouse veterans. Keeler designed a stately entryway and two exciting kitchens in past years, and this year she has been tasked by event coordinators and co-founders David Naylor and Jennifer Ashton to reimagine the handsome master bath. “I’m going for comfortable, modern luxury in a place to refresh, renew, and primp,” says Keeler, who intends to appoint the space with a TV and furniture. “It’s a bathroom with benefits!” Her “mood board” includes images of a sexy black and white day bed, a lucite rocker upholstered in charcoal mohair, and fun metal accents. How does black and white work outdoors in a lush green and floral setting? Troy Tryon and Ilyse Mendel of Santa Fe Furniture Mercantile & Interior Design are doing an outdoor living space that comprises a living room, a kitchen, and a dining area. “Black and white is actually very classically Santa Fe,” says Tryon, who helped create a handsome bedroom in last year’s ShowHouse. “Native American pottery and textiles are very strong in those colors, and that’s kind of what we’re leaning toward in our outdoor living space.” Tryon and Mendel say they’ll be using lots of pillows to carry the black and white theme, and incorporating modern outdoor furnishings from Moss Outdoor. As in previous years, proceeds from ShowHouse benefit for Dollars4Schools, and the organizers are hoping to raise over $50,000 from this year’s event. The swanky Black & White Preview Gala will be held the evening of October 6, and the home will be open to tour from 11 am– 5 pm over two weekends, October 7–8 and 14–15. For tickets and the most upto-date information about the event, visit—Amy Gross

Above: A landscape architect and a landscape designer will reimagine the outdoor spaces.

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by Jessa Cast

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ou never know where your friends will take you. Some friends vacation together or enjoy hobbies together, but only a rare few would venture to build a house together. When Bobby and Jeri Martin decided to build the house of their dreams, golfing friends from the Albuquerque Country Club helped bring their ideas to fruition. The Martins, home-based professional network marketers for the biotech company ASEA, loved their existing home, but realized that in practice, it wasn’t functional for them. “We thought it would be so much fun to office together,” Jeri recalls. “We even had a big partner desk built.” But they discovered an unexpected deal breaker. “He can’t work in noise, and I can’t work in silence,” she says with a laugh. SUCASAMAGAZINE.COM


Previous pages: Mature cottonwood trees provide a majestic backdrop to Bobby and Jeri Martin’s award-winning, old world–style home. Notice something different about this dining room? Jeri wanted to be able to seat 16–20 people on occasion, but still be able to create an intimate atmosphere. Two dining tables offered the perfect solution.


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Jeri and Bobby Martin in their Los Ranchos dream home.

A golfing buddy, Karen Lovelady, was in the process of finalizing the build of her own custom home, and when she learned Bobby and Jeri were thinking about building, she invited them over for a look-see. Her house would later grace the cover of the Spring 2016 issue of Su Casa.

“You will be more in love with Tom [Cardenas] when he’s done with your house than when he started,” Karen Lovelady promised the Martins. As the Martins oohed and ahhed over their friend’s home, they were surprised to learn it was being built by yet another golf club acquaintance, Tom Cardenas of TC Building & Realty Inc. “You will be more in love with Tom when he’s done with your house than when he started,” Lovelady promised the Martins. Buoyed by Lovelady’s enthusiastic testimonial and her own finished home as evidence of his skill, Cardenas found himself engaged in a new project—this one with a squad of friends. A second-generation builder, as well as a fine art painter, Cardenas brings an artist’s eye to homebuilding, specializing in a fusion of artistry, architecture, and landscape design.

A barrel arch, oversized chandeliers, and a massive rafter are perfectly to scale in the entryway and great room thanks to extra tall ceilings.

Above: Clay walls give the home its warm, old world essence, which is punctuated by antique pieces and carefully curated art. SUCASAMAGAZINE.COM


“It’s my job to concentrate on the integrity of structure, keeping it fluent from start to finish,” he says. The Martins purchased a comfortable lot in Los Ranchos de Albuquerque’s Prado subdivision, land once owned, as it turns out, by Lovelady’s father. Lovelady, living mere golf-cart distance away, consulted with the Martins on design, furnishings, and décor. Draftsman Mike Cabber, Cardenas’s regular go-to guy for architectural design and a local legend for his talented freehand design work, developed a plan for a roughly 5,300-square-foot residence with old world flair, some Mediterranean and Southwestern features, and over 2,000 square feet of covered patio space.

The Martins’ must-haves included live/work space where they could conduct meetings and give demonstrations, host gatherings, and blend the indoor living areas with the back patio.

Above: Chosen and placed by the Martins, Karen Lovelady, and Tom Cardenas, the home’s elegant furnishings, décor, and artwork earned it a Best Interior Decorating Award.

The exquisite details and finishes carry through to even the smallest areas of the house. A powder room (right) adorned with classic brickwork, granite, and custom woodwork mixes it up with a contemporary metallic mirror and a simple white vessel sink.


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As professional marketers working from home, the Martins wanted a live/work space where they could effectively conduct meetings and give demonstrations, comfortably host gatherings of up to 20 people, and blend the indoor living areas with the back patio. For two skilled cooks who love wining and dining guests, fully outfitted kitchens—indoors and out—also ranked high on their list. His-and-hers offices would solve that pesky noise/no noise issue. Additionally, intending to make this their last house, the Martins asked Cabber and Cardenas to incorporate aging in place considerations into its design, specifically requesting a separately accessible caretaker’s quarters. Through a set of century-old front doors, a series of visual novelties awaits, beginning with a vaulted brick ceiling that establishes straightaway the old world elegance of which Cardenas is so fond. As an artist, Cardenas’s signature is incorporating authentic antique architectural pieces into his homes, such as the handsome old yellow doors with wide wire screens, which, cleverly embedded in the patio walls, serve as accents and open-air “windows.” Distressed knotty alder cabinets throughout the home complement the aged materials and hand-finished clay walls. Ulibarri Construction blew Parade visitors (and the home-

The award-winning and highly functional kitchen was designed by cooks, for cooks. The enormous island provides ample seating for guests as Jeri and Bobby demonstrate their culinary prowess on the kitchen’s many Wolf appliances, which include a steam oven and a restaurant-quality salamander.

With views to the pool and outdoor living areas, the cozy kitchen nook is a lovely spot to enjoy morning coffee or a pre-dinner drink.

owners themselves) away with that cabinetry. The under-counter cabinets in the kitchen arc. Even the cabinet doors are impeccably curved to match the lines of the counter. The attention to detail deserves a close look; only consummate craftsmen can carve trim to flawlessly fit compound curvatures like this. In meeting the Martins’ request for seamless indoor-outdoor living, two sets of NanaWalls angled toward one another open to a huge covered patio with abundant seating, doubling the sociable living area in good weather. The pool is surrounded by multiple seating areas, while tucked just outside the master bedroom, a hot tub affords some privacy for nighttime dips under the stars. Between the promise of gourmet home cooking, the allure of a night-lit pool, and the relaxing trickle of fountains, it’s a wonder guests ever leave. Visitors to the home during the Spring 2017 Homes of Enchantment Parade didn’t want to leave, either. Bobby, Jeri, Lovelady, and Cardenas were all on hand to greet Parade-goers and give mini tours of the home that would win several well-deserved awards in its category, including the Premier Award, Best Kitchen, Best Interior Decorating, Best Outdoor Living Space, and Most Innovative. Bobby whips out his smartphone to show off the invisible magic of his house—and the reason for the Most Innovative award. “Watch this,” he says excitedly, and promptly reveals how this gorgeous residence is also



With a fully stocked bookshelf and a TV just steps away, the bedroom’s seating area is the perfect place to put up one’s feet and relax.

Fully appointed with a Cantera stone fireplace, a TV, and a sitting area and located in its own wing of the house, the spacious and luxurious master suite (above and left) is truly a private retreat for Jeri and Bobby.

a smart home (a.k.a. “a giant electronic toy”). Bobby wanders from room to room, opening blinds, checking security cameras, playing music; it’s all connected, thanks to Blayne Hare of HD Systems, who expertly equipped the entire home to operate by the touch of a cell phone button. Even the thermostats are hidden. Tiny sensors embedded in a wall of each room relays the temperature back to a control room, eliminating the need for bulky gear on the walls. It’s easy to see in their eyes that the Martins, Cardenas, and their friend-slash-design-consultant Karen Lovelady are so gratified with the home and its accolades. The quartet (a perfect golf foursome!) is still happily discussing design choices and project highlights. “We had a great team,” says Bobby. “We are not unhappy with a single subcontractor; not one. Everybody did a super job.” 44

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The master bath is like a spa, with separate his-and-hers vanities, a walk-in shower, and a sculptural, freestanding tub. We love this fabulous art deco chandelier!



Right: The covered outdoor kitchen brings the fun outside—and keeps grill smoke out there, too. Though the kitchen is 100 percent modern, Cardenas incorporated a pair of yellow antique doors with wide screens into its walls to continue the old world feeling found indoors.


Above: Bobby and Jeri wanted space enough outdoors to comfortably accommodate large networking gatherings. Their stunning pool area, with its deep covered patio, ample covered seating, outdoor kitchen, and sliding pocket doors, is everything they had hoped.

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Above: Over the course of construction, Cardenas gets a feel for what the landscaping should look like and how it should flow. The approach at the Martins’ home is subtle and natural, an elegant blending of the house with its surroundings.


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Flow Homes

Featured Builder

Designing custom homes for the way you live by Catherine Adams


photographs by Chris Corrie

sk anyone where they want to grow old and they’ll probably say at home. The concept is called aging in place, and it’s easily accomplished through universal design, which thoughtfully considers the current and future ages of individuals living in a home. “We work universal design into everything we do,” says Jesse Deubel, a licensed realtor and owner of Flow Homes, a custom home building firm making its second appearance as Featured Builder in the Homes of Enchantment Parade. As an experienced custom home builder, Flow Homes is adept at anticipating needs before you have them, and raising questions you haven’t thought to ask. “Nobody likes to admit they may need a walker one day, or might have trouble navigating a three-inch curb into the shower, so I’m careful about how I bring Above: This Flow Homes residence features many unique, custom details, including exterior stucco in Driftwood. It will be open to tour on the Fall Homes of Enchantment Parade.

up the subject of aging,” Deubel says. The good thing is that aging modifications don’t have to be obvious or hospital-like. A grab bar can be an elegant design feature, not a piece of medical equipment. Wide hallways can support an open floor plan concept while also meeting ADA requirements. “These things can complement the aesthetic without looking like they’re meant to be functional,” Deubel says.

As an experienced custom home builder, Flow Homes is adept at anticipating needs before you have them, and raising questions you haven’t thought to ask. Whenever Flow Homes builds a custom home, Deubel makes suggestions during the design process. For example, he says, “When we do a two-story home, I suggest putting a good master bed and bath downstairs.” This creates the option for single-story living. He likes hallways and doorways to be wide enough to accommodate wheelchairs or other mobility equipment. Dishwashers and flowerbeds might be elevated to bring them within reach. Pull-out shelves are a big help, as are easy-to-grab cabinet and drawer pulls. Walk-in showers (snail showers) eliminate curbs while keeping water inside. Left: High ceilings, a custom carved front door, and curved walls make a dramatic statement in the entryway. Clerestory windows pick up the copper metallic tints of the Variance plaster walls. SUCASAMAGAZINE.COM


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The living spaces tastefully blend contemporary and Southwestern materials and finishes for an eclectic but polished look.

A brilliant red quartz countertop adds interest to the neutral palette of the modern, wellappointed kitchen.

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“We also design buildings that require a minimum amount of maintenance,” Deubel says. “As a realtor I’ve seen a lot of failing roofs because people may not be able to maintain them, or be able to climb up to inspect another person’s work. I prefer to install a Thermoplastic Polyolefin [TPO] roofing system which essentially encases the upper portion of the building in a waterproof shell and requires little maintenance.” These days, Flow Homes is building a lot of multi-generational homes. “Up to 65 percent of our customers are empty nesters, and many have parents living with them,” Deubel explains. “In fact, three of the last five houses we’ve built have an aging parent living there, so we’re doing a lot of casitas and split floor plans.” These floor plans include all the aging in place amenities, even though they may not always see usage. “These plans are incredibly versatile. If not occupied by an elderly parent, the younger generation can utilize the space as their own private quarters. It’s a lot cheaper than living in the dorm.” Deubel and Flow Homes have been building custom residences in the Albuquerque

area since 2002. The name comes from the company’s adherence to the design of homes around the seven flows of custom home building—among them water flow, sound flow, air flow, and energy flow. From Tuscan to contemporary, Mediterranean to traditional, Flow Homes has built in many architectural styles, and every Flow Home is BGNM-certified at the Gold level. In the Fall Parade, Flow Homes is showcasing a custom home that defies labeling, built for owners who previously built three custom homes in other states. “It incorporates design features reflecting some of the regional styles used in their first three homes,” says Deubel. “Plus we’ve included features that will provide spectacular enjoyment of life in retirement.” The home has some whimsical features, too. “Having spent time in wine country, our customers designed a hallway to look like you’re walking down the inside of a wine barrel!”

A sliding barn door and a see-through gas fireplace gently separate the master bedroom and bath.

Flow Homes, 505-281-1082,

The two-sided fireplace is modern stone on one side (opposite, top); the other side (above) is a kiva. “Going from the living room to the dining room, it’s a completely different feel,” says Jesse Deubel. Right: The elegant master bath is clad in marble-look porcelain tile and features a curbless walk-in shower. SunTouch electric radiant heat keeps the floors warm on the chilliest mornings. SUCASAMAGAZINE.COM


Flow Homes 39 Twin Arrow Drive


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3 bedrooms 3 baths 2,790 sq. ft. $562,059 From the Big I, take I-40 east to Exit 175 (Tijeras). Turn left at the off ramp and continue east to Hwy. 14 north (Cedar Crest). Continue on Hwy. 14 past the Sandia Crest turn-off. Turn left on Paa-Ko Drive. Right at the first stop sign. Continue on Paa-Ko Drive to Twin Arrow on the left.

This exceptional home offers a unique fusion of stylistic influence from across the country. A coppery, metallic Variance finish adorns the foyer. The unforgettable chef’s kitchen is a spacious and multifunctional space with a contemporary flair. Access the guest bed-

rooms through a hallway featuring a Tuscaninspired “wine barrel” ceiling. A kiva-shaped fireplace in the dining room accentuates the expansive views from this gorgeous East Mountain location.

Jesse Deubel (505) 281-1082

Subcontractors & Vendors

All businesses are located in the Albuquerque area, with a 505 area code. Appliances, Fixtures & Lighting: Ferguson (345-9001) Block Walls: Aspen Block Walls (934-8201) Cabinet Installation: Aguilera Cabinet Installation (379-5126) Cabinet Supplier: Gatewood Cabinets (515-6001) Concrete: Aspen Concrete (934-4023) Dirt Work: Dave’s Bobcat Service (264-1062) Electric: Johnny’s Electric (804-9559) Fireplace: Mountain West Sales (888-1041) Framing & Drywall: Hammer Construction (259-0586) Granite: TNT Stone (236-9827) Green Certification: Build Green NM (688-5335) Green Verifier/Inspections: SEBNM (490-2282) Home Cleaning: Horn Custom Cleaning (604-6377) Insulation: Miller’s Insulation (321-9159) Landscaping: Rafael’s Landscaping (440-7729) Lumber, Trusses, Windows, Doors & Hardware: Builders FirstSource (908-0866) Pad Preparation: Harold’s Grading and Trucking (280-3824) Painting: Mario and Sons Painting (550-1359) Plan Designer: Ron Montoya Designs (823-6474) Plumbing & HVAC: Bentley’s Plumbing and Heating (280-4891) Roofing: High Mountain Roofing (907-2612) 54

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Septic: Alpha Septic Company (280-5411) Site Clean-up: T.J. Baker Cleaning Service (553-8092) Stone Supply: L&P Supply (828-0332) Surveyor: Community Sciences Corp (250-3988) Tile Supplier: Emser Tile and Stone (821-2110) Tile Work: Hernandez Handyman (489-3862) Variance Wall Finish: Illusions (301-2117) Water Softener: The Water Lady (660-4162) Wood Flooring: Floors and More (991-0292)

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New Haven Homes

Featured Builder

20 years and still building strong by Catherine Adams


photographs by Patrick Massengale

ill Reynolds has spent the past 20 years building luxury homes and long-term relationships. He’s grateful for the many friendships that began as client relationships. “We strive for client satisfaction in all we do,” Reynolds says. Indeed, “Creating Happy Clients” is a key company value his employees understand and embrace as well. As New Haven Homes celebrates its 20th anniversary in 2017, Reynolds reflects on what helped make him a top builder in and around Albuquerque. “It comes down to people,” he says—the people who work for him, and the people who trust him to build their custom homes. By putting people first, New Haven Homes has weathered two decades of fluctuating markets and variable trends. “We started the company with the goal of being in it for the long haul,” Reynolds explains. “So when times were hard several years ago, we learned to be grateful for what we had, and

Above: Located in Diamond Tail Ranch, New Haven Homes’ entry in the Fall Homes of Enchantment Parade seamlessly integrates indoor and outdoor living.

A see-through fireplace subtly separates the dining area from the living room, while lift and slide pocket doors fold neatly into stone columns to bring unobstructed views inside. SUCASAMAGAZINE.COM


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A vanishing edge pool and spa capture gorgeous east-facing views of the Ortiz Mountains and reflect a picture-perfect New Mexico sky.

In the entryway and throughout the home, breathable clay plaster adds depth to the walls and ceilings.

New Haven Homes owner Bill Reynolds considers it a true measure of a project’s success when client relationships turn into friendships.

focused on our mission to create satisfied clients. It was this strong builder-client relationship that helped us survive.” Reynolds starts building the client relationship long before he starts building the house. “During the design stage our new clients get to try us on for size, making sure we’re a good fit. That’s when we start establishing trust and setting the client expectations we must meet.” Like any good partnership, the builder-client relationship comes down to effective communication. “The construction process can be bewildering, so we try to prevent misunderstandings through lots of upfront education and communication,” Reynolds says. “Communication is the key to a predictable and sane building process.” 58

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New Haven Homes utilizes an online project management system that allows clients to track construction schedules, review the project financials, stay current with finish selections, and communicate regularly with the New Haven Homes team. According to Reynolds, communication is especially important at particular points in the project: When selecting a builder. These early communications often reflect how the builder will communicate during construction and after closing. Builders who are effective communicators will encourage questions and answer them fully. When getting started. How will the builder communicate about the ongoing status of the project? Many builders encourage guided walk-throughs at critical stages of construction, such as during structural framing, after electrical and plumbing rough-in, or after drywall installation. Find out how the builder feels about informal meetings, phone calls, and emails. Upon seeing the schedule. The builder will present a detailed scope of work that outlines the construction process and schedule. Use this document to gain a better understanding of the building process and ask clarifying questions. It will also show deadlines for decisions on paint colors, lighting, plumbing fixtures, flooring materials, etc. Agree in advance on the best way to communicate about these decisions. When working with change orders. Few projects are completed without some changes along the way. Find out how change orders are handled before construction begins. Also, learn the details of the builder’s warranty and service program.

The master bedroom is perfectly sited to capture panoramic outdoor vistas through large picture windows.

“The construction process can be bewildering, so we try to prevent misunderstandings through lots of upfront education and communication.”—Bill Reynolds The stunning New Haven Homes property featured in this fall’s Homes of Enchantment Parade illustrates how good builder-client communication can overcome unique challenges associated with a building site. The home is located in Diamond Tail Ranch on a spectacular lot that presented some challenges. Perched on a bluff with variable soil conditions, “It required a lot of retaining walls and adjustments to the building process,” Reynolds recalls. “Working closely with the client we found a way to not only overcome these challenges, but maximize the attributes of the lot.” The Southwestern-style home complements its natural setting. Nestled into the site with a vanishing edge pool, lift and slide atrium pocket doors, hand-carved timber ceilings, soft adobe and clay plaster finishes, and hand-chiseled stone, it stands as a monument to 20 years of hard work and strong foundations laid over time.

New Haven Homes, 505-890-5476,

Above: An open floor plan connects the living room, kitchen, and dining nook. Lovely custom accents, furnishings, and décor tie the spaces together. Above, center: The New Haven Homes team took special care to match the patterns of the deeply veined granite that connects the master bath’s shower, walls, and countertops. SUCASAMAGAZINE.COM


New Haven Homes 109 Crestview Court


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Diamond Tail Ranch

4 bedrooms 3.5 baths 3,886 sq. ft. From the Big I, take I-25 north to Placitas (Exit 242) and head east on NM 165 through the Village of Placitas. Turn left after mile marker 7 onto Camino del Tecolote. At the bottom of the hill bear to the right; Diamond Tail Road is up the next hill .1 of a mile on the right. Follow Diamond Tail Road to the gated entry of the Diamond Tail Ranch community. Right onto Montezuma Crest and then right onto Crestview Court.

Designed and built by the New Haven Homes award-winning design team, this Southwest-style home provides for elegant living and entertaining. Nestled perfectly into the landscape with panoramic views over a vanishing edge pool, each room captures a

vista of scenic beauty unique to the Diamond Tail Community. Once inside the home you will feel the warmth and comfort of custom finishes, soft plaster walls, and beautiful stone and wood details throughout. It’s a New Haven Home you won’t want to miss!

Bill Reynolds (505) 890-5476

Subcontractors & Vendors

All businesses are located in the Albuquerque area, with a 505 area code. Appliances: Builders Source Appliance Gallery (889-3001) Cabinets: Wildwood Cabinets (980-8760) Closet System: California Closets (858-1100) Doors & Hardware: Moore Window & Door (292-5665) Energy Rater & Mechanical Engineering: Walker Energy Services (385-8838) Interior Clay Plaster: Solamente Clay Walls (205-6010) Landscaping: Landscape Solutions (892-2338) Shower Door: Ideal Mirror & Glass (294-0699)


Care, Design & Craftsmanship

Roofing: Chavez Roofing Corp. (843-6758)

Tile: Arizona Tile (883-6076)

Solid Surfaces: United Stoneworks (821-7625)

Waste Water Treatment System: Atlas Pumping (898-3936)

Swimming Pool: Hermanson Construction (856-0123)

Windows: Piñon Window & Door (897-9985)

Tile: Architectural Surfaces Inc. (889-0124)

Wrought Iron: MetalScapes NM (225-4747)

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7 Dreamcatcher Trail 4 bedrooms 4.5 baths 5,100 sq. ft. $1,900,000

From the Big I, take I-25 north to the second Bernalillo exit (242) toward Placitas. Right on NM 165 to Trails Road East, turning left. Trails Road East turns into Anasazi Trails. Left onto Dreamcatcher Trail.

“It’s all about the views” is an understatement! Perched atop what may be the best view lot in Placitas, virtually every room in this contemporary home offers incredible vistas. Designed by Santa Fe


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architect Robert Zachry, AIA, it’s exactly what you’d expect of a Kenderdine-built home, with elegant, clean lines, a bright and open floor plan, and interior spaces that transition seamlessly to the outdoors.

Paul Kenderdine (505) 867-1765

Aspen Commercial Group 2 Meadows Place



Anasazi Meadows Petroglyph Community

3 bedrooms 2 baths 2,545 sq. ft. $500,000 (base price) $600,000 (base price + all upgrades) From the Big I, take I-25 north to Placitas, Exit 242. Merge right onto Hwy. 165, then immediately make a left onto the Frontage Road. In 1.1 miles, turn right onto Petroglyph Trail into the Petroglyph and Anasazi Meadows Community Development. Take Petroglyph Trail 1 mile to Anasazi Meadows Court, turning right. Right onto Meadows Place.

Beautiful new custom home with breathtaking mountain views on 1.627 acres. The cook’s kitchen features black steel KitchenAid appliances, granite countertops, and custom knotty alder cabi-

nets and doors. Other features include a luxurious master suite with custom stone work, an office with a separate entrance, and plenty of outdoor living space with an extended covered patio.

Julie Shoemaker (303) 269-1348



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Vineyard Homes 9 Pueblo Bonito



Anasazi and Petroglyph Trails

4 bedrooms 2.5 baths 2,474 sq. ft. $510,000 From the Big I, take I-25 north to Bernalillo/Placitas (Exit 242). Turn right onto Hwy 165 east and left onto the northbound frontage road. Turn right onto Petroglyph Trails. Right onto Norte Trail. Go up the hill and turn left onto Pueblo Bonito.

This home is for sale! This gorgeous Southwest contemporary home has huge windows overlooking the North Mesa and to the south, plus an open floor plan with a separate master suite


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and a study, a kiva fireplace, rustic shelving, living room beams, and spacious front and back patios—all with Vineyard quality!

Deb Short (505) 235-5225

Abrazo Homes 7224 Aldan Drive NE

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Lomas Encantadas

3 bedrooms 2 baths 2,261 sq. ft. $306,950 (base price) $374,825 (base price + all upgrades) From the Big I, take I-25 north to Exit 242 (US 550), turning west. Continue on 550 for 2.2 miles, then turn left on NM 528 (Pat D’Arco Hwy), heading south. Continue on 528 for .06 mile, then turn right on Enchanted Hills Blvd NE. Left onto Lincoln Avenue, right onto Aldan Drive.

Our “Ella” model is striking with its dramatic entry. This plan features an expansive great room with volume ceilings and a centrally located covered

patio that not only offers privacy, but also creates a corridor for natural light to enter the open kitchen and great room.

Natalie Reyes (505) 227-7100



RayLee Homes: A New Generation 7216 Aldan Drive NE

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4 bedrooms 3 baths 2,594 sq. ft. $321,990 (base price) $398,988 (base price + all upgrades) From the Big I, take I-25 north to Exit 242 and head west (left) onto Hwy 550 for approximately 2.5 miles. Turn south (left) onto NM 528 for approximately half a mile. Turn west (right) on Enchanted Hills Blvd NE, then south (left) onto Lincoln Avenue, first light at the top of the hill. West (right) onto Aldan Drive.

Don’t miss this trendsetting home that’s within minutes of top-rated schools, recreation, and shopping. The home features exposed brick, herringbone floors, and a kitchen equipped with a farm sink and

open shelving. The neutral palette is brought to life with the application of materials and texture, and the industrial finishes paired with family-friendly spaces make for an ideal place to call home.



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Tammy Grady Thornton (505) 917-1677

Hakes Brothers 7011 Wrangell Loop NE

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Lomas Encantadas

HOUSE NOT AVAILABLE FOR VIEWING on Sunday, October 15, or Sunday, October 22

4 bedrooms 2.5 baths 2,356 sq. ft. $295,990 (base price) $346,014 (base price + all upgrades) From the Big I, take I-25 north to the Hwy 550 exit, turning west. Left onto Hwy. 528, right on Enchanted Hills, left on Lincoln Avenue, right on Wrangell Way. Right on Wrangell Loop NE; home is on the right. This beautiful Tuscan style home is located in the popular Lomas Encantadas community! The home features a spacious dining and living area, which opens up to the gourmet kitchen

and breakfast nook. The views from the home are a perfect backdrop for the large windows, extended patio, and interior stone fireplace.

Patrick Roark or Gary Sandoval (505) 750-8241

Own the Home You Love AT HAKES BROTHERS WE TAKE PRIDE IN BUILDING HOMES YOU LOVE. Our passion for building is evident throughout the design of our homes, from the innovative features and custom amenities, to our professional architectural designs. Our commitment is to provide exceptional value and customer service to our family of homeowners. SUCASAMAGAZINE.COM


Homes by Kim Brooks

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3012 Vatapa Road

4 bedrooms 2.5 baths 2,867 sq. ft. $358,950 (base price) $429,098 (base price + all upgrades) From the Big I, take I-25 north to Bernalillo (Exit 242). Turn left onto 550 and proceed to Hwy. 528. Take 528 south to Idalia, then right on Vatapa Road.

This spacious home has it all, with an open floor plan full of features perfect for entertaining. The inviting family room extends to meet the kitchen as well as showcasing high ceilings with

a 16-foot sliding wall that opens up to let in the mountain views. This popular plan is a natural solution for meeting all of your family’s needs.

Abrazo Homes

6029 North Sandia Court NE

Paula Haynesworth (530) 788-3235

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3 bedrooms 2 baths 1,750 sq. ft. $243,950 (base price) $275,535 (base price + all upgrades) From the Big I, take I-25 north to Exit 242 (US 550), turning west. Continue on 550 for about 7 miles to Northwest Loop Road, turning south (Northwest Loop Road becomes Unser). Travel approximately 2 miles to Mariposa Parkway and turn west (right). Turn south (left) onto Redondo Sierra Vista, then the first left onto Santa Fe Vista Parkway, then left onto La Luz Circle. Follow to Sandia Court and turn right. The construction of this “Anne” plan home by Abrazo Homes and a team of local businesses will be raffled off in November to benefit El Ranchito De Los Ninos, a long-term children’s


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home dedicated to raising brothers and sisters together who would otherwise be separated in foster care.

Larry Stapp (505) 453-6049

Sivage Homes 2500 Desert View Road

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Desert View at Mariposa

3 bedrooms 2.5 baths 2,565 sq. ft. $439,500 From the Big I, take I-25 north to the Bernalillo exit (Exit 242). Turn left onto Hwy 550 and drive west 7 miles. Left onto Northwest Loop Road and then left on Unser. Travel 2 miles and turn right onto Mariposa Parkway. Left onto Redondo Sierra Vista, left on Blue Grama, then left on Desert View Road.

This beautiful home showcases careful design and craftsmanship from award-winning Sivage Homes. The spacious open floorplan is ideal for entertaining. Experience a well-appointed kitchen with

Bosch appliances, granite and quartz countertops, a spa-like owner’s bath, beautiful tile treatments, plus much more while touring this home.

Adrian Calderon (505) 998-1813

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D.R. Horton 5617 Pikes Peak Loop

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4 bedrooms 3.5 baths 3,282 sq. ft. $379,990 (base price) $479,004 (base price + all upgrades) From the Big I, take I-25 north to Bernalillo (Exit 242). Turn left onto 550 and head west to mile marker 7. Make a left on NW Loop Road, which becomes Unser; proceed south about 3 miles. Right onto Mariposa Parkway, left onto Redondo Sierra Road, left on Blue Grama, then a left into The Peaks at Mariposa gated community.

The “Leslie” immediately impresses with a 2-car garage and a separate single car garage bay, perfect for storage or your weekend sports car. The 2-story floor plan includes an open living room and dining

room and a luxurious guest bedroom downstairs with its own en suite bathroom. Upstairs a game room overlooks the family room and leads into the elegant owner suite opposite a Juliette balcony.

D.R. Horton 5613 Pikes Peak Loop

Monica Padilla (505) 750-1209

rio rancho The Peaks at Mariposa


3 bedrooms 2.5 baths 2,233 sq. ft. $292,990 (base price) $330,845 (base price + all upgrades) From the Big I, take I-25 north to Bernalillo (Exit 242). Turn left onto 550 and head west to mile marker 7. Make a left on NW Loop Road, which becomes Unser; proceed south about 3 miles. Right onto Mariposa Parkway, left onto Redondo Sierra Road, left on Blue Grama, then a left into The Peaks at Mariposa gated community.

The “Madison” is simply incredible with a 5-car garage, spacious living room with a sky-chase for abundant natural light, and a bonus media room that allows for a home office, TV viewing, or a play


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area. The large granite kitchen and island open to the dining and living room, while the luxurious master bath includes a separate tub and shower, dual vanities, and an oversized linen closet.

Monica Padilla (505) 750-1209

Crescent Custom Homes

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1515 21st Avenue SE

3 bedrooms 2.5 baths 2,270 sq. ft. $399,000 From the Big I, take I-25 north to Paseo del Norte, turning left (west) on Paseo del Norte. Turn right on Unser, left on Wellspring, and then left on 21st Avenue.

This gorgeous home on a half-acre lot highlights the quality Crescent Custom Homes is known for. Features include a beautiful stone entryway open to the spacious great room with electric fireplace, a kitchen

with custom cabinets and hand-laid, individual stone, a built-in kitchen island, and Jenn-Air appliances. The master bedroom, with its luxurious bath, snail-style shower, and huge walk-in closet is a true retreat.Â

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Homes by Kim Brooks 1522 21st Avenue

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3–4 bedrooms 2.5 baths 2,412 sq. ft. $332,950 (base price) $419,950 (base price + all upgrades) From the Big I, take I-25 north to Paseo Del Norte and turn west. Stay on Paseo Del Norte to Unser, turning north (right) and proceeding to Wellspring. Turn left or west onto 21st Avenue, then left again and follow the Parade of Homes signs.

Come see this blend of modern luxury with Southwest contemporary. This home showcases a careful design while still providing a warm welcome. It features beautiful cabinets,


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quartz countertops, and plank tile flooring, as well as a gorgeous brick accent on the dining room walls. Come in and let’s discuss building your new home.

Lindsey Anderson (505) 385-6701

Sun Valley Custom Homes 119 Todos Juntos Road



Tierra de Corrales

3 bedrooms 3 baths 2,960 sq. ft. $675,000 From the Big I, take I-25 to the Alameda exit, turning left (west) and continuing on NM Hwy. 528 for 10 miles. Turn right (east) at the light at Don Julio. Turn left on Todos Juntos.

Old meets new in a thoroughly modern take on classic Southwestern style. Set on two acres, this home blends traditional Pueblo architecture with brick, steel, and glass to define a

completely new genre. Features include old world brick floors, a unique masonry fireplace with a floating concrete hearth, and floor to ceiling windows.

Wade Wingfield (505) 321-0769

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Stillbrooke Homes 9747 Calle Chamisa NW



Villa Chamisa

3 bedrooms + study 2 baths 1,742 sq. ft. $233,807 (base price) $257,957 (base price + all upgrades) From the Big I, take I-25 north to Paseo Del Norte. West on Paseo Del Norte to Golf Course Road, turning north. West on Paradise to Calle Chamisa.

One of our most popular 3 or 4 bedroom floor plans on a corner lot! Upgraded features include wood look tile floors, a large custom shower in the master bath, and a wide open family room

that meets the kitchen with high ceilings, large built-in kitchen island, and hand-stained custom cabinets. Check out the 3-car garage with its pullthrough feature. Let us build yours today!

Right Angle Homes by DeBassige 9619 Bajada Drive NW Paradise Bluff

Florence Toti / (505) 235-1690 Tamara Groves / (505) 350-3977



4 bedrooms 3 baths 2,370 sq. ft. $325,000 (base price) $375,000 (base price + all upgrades) From the Big I, take I-25 north to Paseo Del Norte and turn west (left) on Paseo del Norte. Turn north (right) on Golf Course Road. West (left) on Paradise Blvd., south (left) on Justin, east (left) on Midnight Vista Avenue, then south (right) on Bajada Drive.

A highly efficient home for today’s modern family! Designed and built to be the centerpiece of family gatherings, with a large open floor plan, beautiful use of natural light, and


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wrapped in soft modern interior finishes. No wasted space, including a beautiful roof deck with breathtaking views of the city.

John DeBassige (505) 710-3775

Right Angle Homes by DeBassige 6331 Camino Alto Road NW



Petroglyph Estates

4 bedrooms 5 baths 3,654 sq. ft. $425,000 (base price) $485,000 (base price + all upgrades) From the Big I, take I-25 north to Paseo Del Norte and turn west (left) on Paseo del Norte. Turn south (left) on Unser Blvd. Turn east (left) on Kimmick Drive, then south (right) on Urraca, east (left) on Papagayo Road, and north (left) on Camino Alto Road.

Views galore! This masterpiece uses sleek lines and materials to create a house built for entertaining. Upstairs deck is perfect for watching balloons or fireworks. Open floor plan creates

a highly functional space and flows perfectly with an outdoor kitchen. Dramatic ceilings are highlighted at dusk, helping you unwind from a long, hard day.

John DeBassige (505) 710-3775

Scott Patrick Homes



4915 Valle Rio Trail NW El Bosque

4 bedrooms 2.5 baths 2,812 sq. ft. $588,700 From the Big I, head west on I-40 to Coors Blvd. (Exit 155). Turn right on Coors and continue 1.5 miles. Right on Sevilla. Left on Tres Gracias and proceed into the El Bosque gated community. Stay left on Valle Rio Trail. The house is on the left.

Some of the features in this new contemporary Scott Patrick custom home include quartz countertops in the kitchen and master bedroom, a freestanding tub in the master bath, and a large

kitchen pantry. The great room, dining, and master open to an oversized rear patio with views of the Sandia Mountains.

Eva Sellers (505) 463-4461



Hartenberger Construction 4504 Atherton Way NW



Oxbow North

4 bedrooms 4 full + 2 half baths 4,716 sq. ft. $1,900,000 From the Big I, take I-40 west to Exit 155 (Coors Blvd. NW), and turn north onto Coors Blvd. Continue north for approximately 2 miles and turn right (east) on Namaste Road NW. Take the second right (south) onto Oxbow North Trail NW. Oxbow North Trail curves east. Turn left onto Atherton Way.

Overlooking the Rio Grande with city lights and the Sandia Mountains as a backdrop, this hidden gem will take your breath away. Stunning architectural design and meticulous craftsmanship

bring aggressive sustainable design and elegance together in a home that celebrates place, outdoor living, and environmental commitment. Come see us!

Jon Hartenberger (505) 306-6632

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Pulte Homes


8839 Monsoon Road NW The Ridge at Stormcloud


4 bedrooms 3 baths 2,932 sq. ft. $264,990 (base price) $395,088 (base price + all upgrades) From the Big I, take I-40 west to the Unser Blvd exit, turning north (right). Left at Tierra Pintada. Left on Monsoon Road into the subdivision, continuing left.

The open and spacious Park Place is a wonderfully flexible 2-story plan featuring an opening gathering room and state-of-the-art chef’s kitchen with stainless steel appliances and beautiful granite

countertops. The upstairs features a flexible loft, spacious secondary bedrooms, and an owner’s suite with two walk-in closets, tile accent features, and dual sinks with granite countertops.

Wade Messenger (505) 341-8578



Twilight Homes 520 Twilight Vista SW



Joya Escondida

4 bedrooms 2.5 baths 2,181 sq. ft. $249,900 (base price) $259,900 (base price + all upgrades) From the Big I, take I-25 south to Central Avenue, turning right (west). Proceed to Sunset Road and head south. Turn right (west) onto Sunset Gardens. Look for the gated entrance approximately 1/8 of a mile on the south side.

The gated community of Joya Escondida, nestled among mature cottonwoods, is near downtown and the Rio Grande Bosque with quick access to the Zoo, Botanic Gardens, Old

Town, and Valle Vista Elementary. The “Trigo� plan offers open living, dining, and kitchen space with a second floor open loft, creating a quiet retreat.

Joe Ramirez (505) 302-8535


For Joya Escondida Call Joe Ramirez (505) 302-8535 Since we began building in Albuquerque, Twilight Homes has been recognized for our innovative, outside-the-box design and new home construction. We have been committed to a higher level of thinking in every detail in an effort to create living spaces that our buyers will love and enjoy for many years. Visit a model home and see what we mean. Sales (505) 903-9736 78

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D.R. Horton

1402 Valle Vista Road NW

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Las Terrazas at Fiesta

4 bedrooms 3.5 baths 2,674 sq. ft. $279,990 (base price) $300,205 (base price + all upgrades) From the Big I, go south on I-25 and take Exit 203. Make a left on Main Street and head east. Left on Los Cerritos Road, right on Highline Street. Turn left on Escalada and drive into the Las Terrazas at Fiesta community. Make a quick left onto Valle Vista Road.

The 2-story Rose floor plan by D.R. Horton will impress and delight you with its open living room, master bedroom downstairs, and mini-master bedroom upstairs. Features include a study or loft area,

granite countertops in the kitchen and island, and the living room and owner’s suite located toward the back of the home for extra privacy. Outside, the covered patio is ideal for entertaining and fun.

Monica Padilla (505) 750-1209

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Twilight Homes 2200 Gandert Drive SE

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Mesa del Sol

5 bedrooms 3.5 baths 3,044 sq. ft. $399,990 (base price) $420,000 (base price + all upgrades) From the Big I, take I-25 south to Rio Bravo and turn left. First right onto University, right onto Arbus, right onto Penn, first left onto Gandert.

Sophisticated and luxurious with a touch of hip describes both this home and the community. The “Residencia� plan features island seating in the kitchen, an upstairs balcony

with views, and an elegant master suite. Also included is a wonderfully versatile casita perfect for multigenerational living, a studio, or amazing guest quarters.

For Mesa del Sol Call Renee Capenos (505) 385-9285 Since we began building in Albuquerque, Twilight Homes has been recognized for our innovative, outside-the-box design and new home construction. We have been committed to a higher level of thinking in every detail in an effort to create living spaces that our buyers will love and enjoy for many years. Visit a model home and see what we mean. Sales (505) 903-9736 80

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Rene Capenos (505) 385-9285


Paschich Design Group 1515 Rosemont Avenue NW



Old Town

3 bedrooms 2.5 baths 2,115 sq. ft. $428,000 From the Big I, proceed west on I-40 to Rio Grande Blvd. Head south on Rio Grande to Mountain Road, turning east. Proceed to 15th Street and turn north, proceeding to Rosemont Avenue and turning west.

Using modern geometries, forms, and spaces, this architectural design demonstrates a sophisticated synthesis of progressive design elements. Built to the LEED for Homes standard, it is extremely efficient

and exists comfortably among the regional styles of New Mexico. The concrete floors, steel beam work, cantilevered staircase, and avant-garde kitchen provide an urban contrast for our historic setting.

Wristen Paschich (505) 250-1887



Las Ventanas Homes



1833 Telesfor Sanchez NW

3 bedrooms 3 baths 3,030 sq. ft. $695,818 From the Big I, take I-40 west to the Rio Grande exit, turning north on Rio Grande. Right on Griegos. Left on Patrick Place. Follow the dead end and make a left on Telesfor Sanchez. Home is on the right.

A modern retreat nested into a historic North Valley neighborhood. Exposed concrete floors, quartz countertops, beautiful tile finishes, and a lap pool define what you have come to expect

from a Las Ventanas Home. All of this situated on a half-acre lot backing to a field often visited by geese and sandhill cranes. The floating steel staircase that dominates the entry is a must-see.

Scott Ashcraft (505) 362-6824

M-Art Building Company



4842-A Guadalupe Trail NW

4 bedrooms 3 baths 2,400 sq. ft. $545,000 From the Big I, take I-40 west to Rio Grande Blvd. and travel north on Rio Grande. Turn east (right) onto Griegos Road, then north (left) onto Guadalupe Trail. Take the first turn east (right) on the gravel road and through the gateway to the end of the road.

This architecturally modern, Build Green NM–certified home is designed with an open flexible floor plan well suited to a variety of lifestyles and family dynamics. The spacious


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design abounds with natural light, incorporates extra wide and tall doorways, and is beautifully appointed with quartz countertops, elegant tilework, and steel and wood timber porches.

Tony Rivera (505) 507-0390

Lee Michael Homes 7910 Rancho de Roberto Road NW



3 bedrooms 2.5 baths 2,600 sq. ft. (main house) From the Big I, take I-25 north to the Paseo Del Norte exit and turn left (west). Take the 2nd Street exit from Paseo Del Norte and turn left (south) on 2nd Street. Turn right (west) onto Horton, which turns into Rancho de Roberto. Follow into the cul de sac.

Craftsman fuses with mid-century modern in this stunning home with a complementing home office casita. A custom iron door and soaring beamed T&G ceilings welcome you, along with brick details and

reclaimed wood accents. Each room has its own personality to integrate with nature. Inspiration is focused around a huge chef’s island, Thermador appliances, butler pantry, and octagon dining room.

Alexa Knight (505) 299-1500

Building for today’s lifestyle.

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Stillbrooke Homes 7301 Dana Point Drive NE

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Santa Monica Estates

3–4 bedrooms 2 baths 2,033 sq. ft. $354,876 (base price) $399,781 (base price + all upgrades) From the Big I, go north on I-25. Exit right at San Antonio and proceed east to San Pedro. North to Santa Monica. Turn right (east), then left on Dana Point.

This extraordinary home is perfect for entertaining with its spacious open floor plan! The kitchen features custom cabinets, upgraded stainless steel appliances, and a built-in island. The private master features a large walk-

in closet, separate shower, corner garden soaking tub, and his-and-hers sinks with raised vanity. The fireplace in the family room has upgraded cultured stone. Fully landscaped, gas stub on patio, and many upgrades!

Luxury Design Builders 8823 Silver Oak Lane NE

Mike Davis / (505) 514-8143 Blaine Query / (505) 280-6301

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Silver Oak Estates

5 bedrooms 4.5 baths 3,275 sq. ft. $700,000 From the Big I, take I-25 north to Paseo Del Norte, turning east. Turn left (north) on Louisiana one block north of Alameda. Turn left on Oakland and left on Silver Oak into the gated community.

This Tuscan-style home with modern touches and open floor plan with 20-foot ceilings includes custom wood cabinets, travertine floors, stone accents, and rosette wrought

iron. The home is perfect for entertaining and family living with front and rear balconies that capture amazing views. A great Northeast Heights location in this new gated community.

Lawrence Peralta (505) 900-4451



Landmark Builders 10411 San Rafael Road NE

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North Albuquerque Acres

4 bedrooms 5 baths 5,600 sq. ft. $1,200,000 From the Big I, take I-25 north to Paseo del Norte, turning right (east). Turn right or south on Eubank, east (left) on Del Rey Avenue to the frontage road. Turn left or north on the frontage road to San Rafael.

With primary focus to client needs, this spacious open floor plan designed by Designer Studios captures uninterrupted vistas of the Sandia Mountains while offering the comfort and feel of home.

Designed around family function and future growth, while incorporating energy efficient green build practices, our home infuses an artistic contemporary and Old World interior/exterior architecture.

L. Martinez (505) 934-8750

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Panorama Homes 9505 Sandia Vista Drive NE

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North Tramway Estates

2 bedrooms 2 baths 2,218 sq. ft. $578,000 From the Big I, go north on I-25 for 7.5 miles, taking Exit 234 (NM 556/Tramway Road). Proceed 4.9 miles to the stop sign. Continue south on Tramway Blvd., past County Line restaurant, and turn right on Tramway Lane. In approximately 100 yards turn right onto Sandia Vista Drive NE.

Located in the foothills of the Sandias, this modern contemporary home is comfortable, livable, and filled with new and unique Panorama details. It is of course Build Green New Mexico

certified. The house was designed to capture the awe-inspiring views of the Sandias, the tram, and city lights. It’s everything you have come to expect in a custom home by Panorama Homes.

John Lowe (505) 688-6834



Scott Patrick Homes

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9504 Ridge Vista NE North Tramway Estates

4 bedrooms 2.5 baths 2,929 sq. ft. $667,800 From the Big I, take I-25 north to the Paseo Del Norte exit, turning east. Proceed to Tramway Blvd. approximately 6 miles east. Turn left on Tramway Blvd. to Tramway Lane and turn left. North Tramway Estates will be located immediately on the right side of the street.

This Scott Patrick contemporary custom home has spectacular views of the Sandia Mountains. It is appointed with many upgraded features

including a butler’s pantry, a front enclosed gated courtyard, and a bedroom set up as an in-law suite with its own private entry.

Fair and Square Builders 33 Sandia Heights Drive NE

Eva Sellers (505) 463-4461

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Sandia Heights

5 bedrooms 2.5 baths 3,800 sq. ft. $1,250,000 From the Big I, take I-25 north to Tramway Road/Hwy. 556 and proceed east for several miles. Turn east (left) on Tramway Road at the County Line BBQ toward the Tram. Turn north onto Sandia Heights Drive.

Situated to capture the amazing views while preserving the natural beauty of the lot, this spectacular house is designed with an eye toward midcentury modern style, with a jaw-dropping


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cantilever. The open floor plan design and 16-foot bifold doors and large windows seamlessly bring the outdoors in.

Jason Buchanan (505) 977-1332

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Beautifully sculpted bathtubs, sinks and other custom pieces are available through Rocky Mountain Stone. Granite, marble & quartzite countertops are always in stock. Stone pavers, veneer and gravel are always available as well. And if you’re looking for truely unique stone items, we can’t wait to talk to you. Rocky Mountain Stone has been New Mexico’s source for natural stone since 1963.

More Brothers Construction 12813 Arroyo de Vista NE

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Remodel New Kitchen & Patio

$130,000 (cost of remodeled portion only) From the Big I, take I-40 east. Exit Tramway and head north on Tramway. After Montgomery, turn right on Manitoba Drive. Left on Larchmont Drive. Follow the curve east and the house will be on the left.

We expanded the kitchen in this Glenwood Hills remodel and created additional outdoor living space to extend the beautiful views of the city. A

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narrow kitchen was replaced with an open floor plan, a center island, and snowfall granite. This remodel is now ready for entertaining.

Kyle Tidmore (505) 837-2955

“More Brothers was professional and wonderful to work with. We now have a wonderful open living room and beautiful new kitchen. We couldn’t be happier with the end results.” G. Seeley, 2017

Lowe-Bo Homes



35 Madera Vista

4 bedrooms 2.5 baths 3,425 sq. ft. $866,538 From the Big I, take I-40 east to Exit 175 (NM-14/Cedar Crest). Merge onto NM-333 East/Route 66, then turn left on NM-14 north. Turn left onto La Madera Road and proceed 4.9 miles. Make a sharp left onto Canon Madera Road, left onto Madera Vista, and keep right to stay on Madera Vista.

A stunning masterpiece designed for living, entertaining, and enjoying! The traditional Craftmanstyle exterior impresses the senses, while the interiors showcase beam trusses with a cathedral

T&G ceiling. Beautiful natural wood oors and tile work blend to make this home a wonderful mountain getaway. The breathtaking East Mountain vistas alone make this home a must-visit!

Value and quality through generations of experience. 505-281-0512 |

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Ted Lowe (505) 991-2555

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Infinity Homes 15 Nature Pointe Drive



Nature Pointe

3–4 bedrooms 2 baths 2,728 sq. ft. $580,000 From the Big I, take I-40 east to Exit 178 (Zuzax), exiting to the right. Immediately turn left onto NM 333 and proceed about 2 miles east to Five Hills. Turn right (south) on Five Hills. Right on Sedillo, left on Avenida Allegre, left on Nature Pointe Drive.

This home, built in one of the East Mountains’ gated resort communities, is a must-see for mountain living. Highlighted by an open floor


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Carl Sanchez (505) 459-0621

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The views inside Dr. Kevin and Gina Kirkpatrick’s High Desert home are as jawdropping as the ones from the covered patio. Don’t forget to look up: the great room’s imposing beams and the kitchen’s dramatic, brick-lined groin arch are incredible architectural features.

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by Keiko Ohnuma photographs by Chris Corrie


t’s a dilemma that most homebuilders never have to face. When a customer asks you to build their “dream home” for the third time, how do you top your last act? Luckily, Diego Ruiz of Diego Handcrafted Homes thrives on creative challenge; he never wants to build the same home twice. His clients, Dr. Kevin and Gina Kirkpatrick, simply loved the home he designed for them in North Albuquerque Acres, an expansive Spanish Colonial/ Tuscan style, as well as the one before that, a 6,500-square-foot Mediterranean trophy home with an indoor pool. But they were ready to downsize into something, as Ruiz puts it, “still rustic, but more refined.”

The project presented quite a challenge: fusing the old world atmosphere the homeowner craved for its warmth and comfort with a contemporary exterior she instinctively rejected as cold and sterile.

when builder and homeowner trust each other implicitly, amazing (and award-winning) things happen

Problem: The covenants for the Kirkpatricks’ newly purchased High Desert lot wouldn’t allow their favorite architectural style, and they were faced with choosing from one of three approved styles they didn’t care for: Pueblo Revival, Territorial, or Southwest contemporary. Thus began a yearlong design process that might have been stressful if not for the solid respect and friendship that had grown between the Kirkpatricks and their homebuilder over 17 years and two prior homes. By the time the family moved in last Christmas, Ruiz had devoted so much time, care, and meticulous attention to the project that Gina laughingly told him, “You need to have a room here!” At every phase of design, Ruiz would listen carefully to what Gina and Kevin wanted, then, because it was the third home they’d built together, try to push them just a little out of their comfort zone. “If this was a first-time client, I might not have been able to do it,” Ruiz admits, crediting the Kirkpatricks with an open-minded SUCASAMAGAZINE.COM


The interior stonework mimics that of the Southwest contemporary faรงade, but the expression is deliberately softer and more rustic. Geometries play beautifully with one another, illuminated by natural light provided by oversized kitchen windows and clerestories within the groin arch.


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Above: In Kevin’s circular office, a skylight is recessed into the coffered ceiling, whose criss-cross pattern is reflected in the flooring. Leather seating and custom woodwork add to the warm, masculine feel.

Left: “I was trying to be sensitive to what she wanted,” Ruiz says of Gina’s desire for warmth and old world elegance. “I wasn’t looking to make her adapt to modern, but make modern adapt to her.”

attitude. He insisted on a few green features to help create a home they could grow into. The project presented quite a challenge: fusing the old world atmosphere Gina craved for its warmth and comfort with a contemporary exterior she instinctively rejected as cold and sterile. Ruiz, who was educated as an architect and draws his inspiration from historical styles, encouraged the Kirkpatricks to keep an eye out while on vacation in Europe for old stone buildings that had been converted to modern uses. By the time she returned home, Gina realized that what Ruiz was proposing was “exactly right. Timeless, something that won’t go out of style.” To address the question of covenants, the team opted for a Southwest contemporary exterior. Sharp, clean-lined stucco walls and a façade clad in earth-toned stacked stone are at once dramatic and desert-appropriate against the backdrop of the Sandia Mountains. Inside, a pair of dramatic limestone arches across the great

room and patio are reminiscent of Roman aqueducts. Though the interior walls are also stone—local limestone and rough, random castle-cut sandstone around the fireplace—the overall feeling is less Southwest contemporary and more a blending of old world and Mediterranean elements, with distinctly personal touches from the homeowners themselves. “‘Eclectic’ is one of the most difficult styles to do,” says Ruiz, noting going that route could inadvertently create a patchwork effect. In every room, he says, his goal was fusion—like, is this old world or contemporary? Or both? The kitchen is one of many spaces in the home that compels a double take, an elegant blending of classic architectural elements with contemporary lighting and cabinetry. A stunning brick groin vault ceiling spans the kitchen—a Ruiz signature feature and a favorite of the Kirkpatricks. To bring in tons of natural light, Ruiz positioned skylights in the ceiling, essentially a clerestory with motorized windows. Opening them on hot, windless days creates a convection effect—an SUCASAMAGAZINE.COM


The cleverly hidden man cave features a billiards area set above the media area and a state-of-the-art sound system. The specialty glass backsplash wall in the man cave (below) won a Most Innovative award for Ruiz, Woodlife Custom Craft, and Albuquerque Custom Shower Doors. Cleverly backlit, it looks like it’s floating.

innovation that earned the home a special award in the Spring 2017 Homes of Enchantment Parade and helped it attain an impressive 50 HERS rating. Offsetting the heavy stone, brick, and dark wood of the home are a few carefully selected contemporary fixtures and features, such as the waterfall granite countertop in the kitchen; a dramatic backlit glass bar in the elaborate man cave; rolling barn doors in the bedrooms; and one-touch programmable light settings and shades. In the great room, huge disappearing pocket doors open the living spaces directly and seamlessly to the covered patio, which has its own sitting area, a movie screen, a fireplace, a grilling area, and a romantic hanging bed.

It’s a dilemma that most homebuilders never have to face. When a customer asks you to build their “dream home” for the third time, how do you top your last act? And then there’s the pièce de résistance, Kevin’s incredible, hidden man cave. This is home theater taken to the next level, with a billiard room set apart from and elevated slightly above the theater area, the award-winning backlit bar, and a narrow granite platform that wraps around the billiard table where players can rest their 98

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drinks. “Actually, we all use this room a lot,” Kevin says, showing off the blackout shades, the seven-speaker sound system with subwoofers in the floor, and acoustic panels in the walls. Parade visitors were impressed with the home, as were the judges. The 4,350-square-foot residence swept the awards in its price category (Premier, Premier Green Home, Best Kitchen, Best Master Bath, Best Outdoor Living), and earned three Most Innovative awards. While the awards are gratifying, the Kirkpatricks are more concerned with how their most recent Tied together with complementary colors and patterns, the master bedroom demonstrates an effective blending of transitional, contemporary, and French Provençal furnishings and lighting.

A freestanding tub (above) adds a contemporary crispness to the otherwise textural master bath. The window above the tub peeks into the shower.

Mirrors above the his-and-hers vanities on opposite ends of the room create the illusion of a neverending hallway.



The deep covered patio (here and below, left) has space enough for several seating areas, an outdoor kitchen, a fireplace, and even a full-size hanging bed from which one can enjoy the custom water feature and the Sandia Mountain views. A spiral steel staircase leads to a rooftop deck.

Left: The homeowners were looking for large and comfortable gathering places and a seamless flow between them. Ruiz delivered with a disappearing pocket door that opens between the great room and covered patio. 100

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With the front door open, the sightline from the entry gate looks clean through to the backyard.



The “striations” in the exterior stonework mimic those found in ancient geological formations. The entire effect, aided by soft, downward-facing lighting, helps blend the entire home into its desert surroundings.

Kevin and Gina Kirkpatrick, enjoying the third home designed and built for them by Diego Ruiz.

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The Blue Springs Heritage Center is home to miles of natural beauty.

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The streets curve and rise so quickly in the town’s five-mile loop that it’s not unusual for some structures to have street-level entrances on more than one floor.

Above: In downtown Eureka Springs, Spring Street is home to more than 50 shops and eclectic art galleries.


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It would seem the area was destined for greatness because of its 140 cold-water springs. Native Americans first attributed the waters with natural healing properties and visited the springs for sacred purposes. The first European to discover the springs was Dr. Alvin Jackson in 1856. He soon began to market the healing waters as “Dr. Jackson’s Eye Water.” Following the testimony of a reputable personage, the area came to the attention of then Governor Powell Clayton, who turned the area from a rural village to a major city. In 1882, the railroad arrived, soon converting the area into a retirement community for Arkansas’ wealthy. The Ozarka Spring Water Company formed in 1905, but today, due to over-extraction, the springs’ output is greatly diminished. Visitors today can glimpse the spring water oozing from rock formations along the town’s driving loop.

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Above: Known as a mecca for up-and-coming opera performers, Opera in the Ozarks presents several dynamic shows throughout the year, as well as A Taste of Opera in the summer.

f not for the seven-story Christ of the Ozarks statue jutting above the tree line, one might easily miss Eureka Springs, a hidden gem in the mountains of northwest Arkansas. Often overshadowed by showy Branson, Missouri, this tiny town (population 2,278) makes for a one-of-a-kind heartland getaway, rich in Ozark culture, history, and eccentricity. Fly into Fayetteville, Little Rock, or Springfield, Missouri, then wind your way through hairpin curves to a narrow valley where hundreds of charming Victorian-style homes hug the mountainsides. The streets curve and rise so quickly in the town’s five-mile loop that it’s not unusual for some structures to have street-level entrances on more than one floor. The entire downtown area is on the National Register of Historic Places. The National Trust for Historic Preservation named Eureka Springs one of its Dozen Distinctive Destinations; Spring Street, a main thoroughfare, was named in America’s 10 Best Streets for 2010 by the American Planning Association, and Yahoo Travel named it one of America’s Best Main Streets.

Today, some of the area’s prehistory can be appreciated at the Blue Spring Heritage Center—a 33-acre preserve of native plants and hardwood trees whose namesake spring pours 38 million gallons of water daily into a troutfilled lagoon. Cherokee, Osage, and Quapaw historians say their tribes intermittently lived at Blue Spring as “bluff dwellers”—a claim supported by artifacts dating between 8000 BCE and AD 1500. Nowadays, the area draws intermittent bluff dwellers for other reasons, including a love of opera, religious experiences, and a welcoming LGBTQ community. Since its founding in 1950, Opera in the Ozarks—a summer open-air opera festival and training program—has been instrumental in the careers of 20 or more prominent opera singers. Also outdoors, and running since 1968, is The Great Passion Play, an outdoor drama boasting almost 8 million viewers since its inception. Just a short walk from the Christ statue, the outdoor production has its own park, which also includes a section of the Berlin Wall and a full-scale recreation of the Jewish Tabernacle in the Sinai wilderness. Interspersed among the town’s many festivals (art, chainsaw carving, jazz, blues, antique cars, and more) are Diversity Weekends on the first weekends of April, August, and November, along with a week-long Pride celebration in June. Arkansas isn’t known for its food scene, but several Eureka Springs restaurants will satisfy, including Nibbles Eatery for breakfast or lunch, and Grotto Wood-Fired Grill and Wine Cave, named for its exposed rock interior. Seafood lovers, try fresh trout from the family farm at DeVito’s, a Eureka Springs institution since 1988. Finally, the Eureka Springs and North Arkansas Railway offers an entertaining lunch and dinner experience during an hourlong excursion through the mountains from April through October. A destination for all seasons, Eureka Springs is the kind of vacation spot that takes you far off the beaten path. This quaint Victorian town may be small, but it’s huge on personality and rich in history, with cultural roots that run deep.

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The façade of The House of Eternal Return seems ordinary enough, but inside, a mystery awaits solving—if you so choose.

by Amanda N. Pitman

Meow Wolf local treasure, national attraction

Above: The Toon Room by Dylan Pommer reads like something from Roy Lichtenstein’s oeuvre but is in fact three-dimensional and full of intrigue.


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n almost every issue, Su Casa includes an article on a not-too-far-away destination—Sedona, Napa, New Orleans, and the like. But are we at risk for overlooking the treasures sitting in our own backyard? Santa Fe is quickly becoming synonymous with Meow Wolf—the art-collective-meets-funhouse that is the brainchild of a small group of artists, writers, musicians, and makers from near and far. The generous contributions of author George R.R. Martin helped repurpose an old bowling alley into the hip complex it is today. The Meow Wolf Art Complex and its first permanent exhibition, The House of Eternal Return (shown above), is fully immersive, aiming to provide a narrative storytelling experience complete with visual and audio polyphony, live music, performative experiences, and interactivity. Perfect for both children and adults, it provides children a “fantastic world to play within” and for adults, a “sophisticated artistic experience with narrative depth” as stated on their website. Darren and Max, from Las Cruces, New Mexico, note, “[We] thought it would be a place that would usually be visited by parents with children.” But, says Darren, “I had no idea what surprises were in store for me! I liked being surprised, and I’m in awe of the creativity that went into constructing the installations—the laser harp was magical!”

Albuquerqueans Lana, Jane, and their two kids, Tate and William, drove up to Santa Fe to make a full day of Meow Wolf. Tate, age 12, first noticed the line out the door. After her first visit, she gushed, “I can’t decide what I like the most. All of it is my favorite. I would definitely go back any time I could!” Meow Wolf especially loves visitors from the Land of Enchantment, offering a discount to all New Mexicans. In addition to their permanent exhibitions, Meow Wolf strives to keep things interesting and fresh, so you’ll never have the same experience twice. Anthony Guida, AIA, design director of Meow Wolf, confirms, “There are always new things!” Recent additions in the exhibition space include The Fridge (shown below), the dryer/slide, and outside the house, the exceptionally cool gift shop. If an immersive, art-centric funhouse doesn’t exactly sound like your idea of a good time, give it a try; you might just experience a once-in-a-lifetime, game-changing, mystery-wrapped puzzle of sorts. If it truly isn’t your thing, let your friends or family enjoy everything Meow Wolf has to offer while you take a seat at the in-house bar (also designed and created by Meow Wolf artists), stocked with local beers from Duel Brewing. All in all, Meow Wolf is something that must be experienced—don’t just go on word of mouth. It has something for everyone: art lovers, mystery solvers, inner kids, actual kids, skeptical adults, and those who simply want to see what all the fuss is about. It is quintessentially Santa Fe. Meow Wolf also has a fantastic nightlife scene with music of all kinds, Shakespeare plays, yoga events, and other one-off productions. Whether you’re a local or are just passing through, Meow Wolf is a must. Meow Wolf, 1352 Rufina Circle, Santa Fe,

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SHOWHOUSE SANTA FE October 6, 6–9 pm, Black & White Preview Gala October 7–8 and October 14–15, 11 am–5 pm 5200 Old Santa Fe Trl, Santa Fe $125 opening night gala; $30 weekend tour tickets As a fundraiser for Dollars4Schools, ShowHouse Santa Fe will bring 18 design teams together to turn a large estate into an interior designer’s dream, with each team creatively updating a room or outdoor area. This year’s theme, “West of Contemporary: A Journey in Black & White,” is the unifying undercurrent. The opening night gala offers food, drinks, and entertainment, as well as a boutique to purchase incredible pieces for the home. The property is then open to tour over two weekends.

ALBUQUERQUE INTERNATIONAL BALLOON FIESTA October 7–15, times vary Balloon Fiesta Park $10 general admission, under 12 free, $15 general parking, other prices vary The 46th annual International Balloon Fiesta takes places over nine days and draws an eclectic crowd of ballooning enthusiasts and novices alike. Located at Fiesta Park, there are familyfriendly events, laser light shows, fireworks, evening “glows,” and multiple mass ascensions of over 500 balloons.

SPIRITS OF NEW MEXICO’S PAST October 28, 5–8 pm El Rancho de las Golondrinas 334 Los Pinos, Santa Fe $6–$8, kids under 12 free For a fun and not too spooky pre-Halloween event, check out El Rancho de las Golondrinas’s newest offering. By the light of campfires and lanterns, meet the ghosts of history and step back in time to experience events and characters from New Mexico’s colorful past. Albuquerque American Indian Arts Festival Indian Pueblo Cultural Center

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ALBUQUERQUE AMERICAN INDIAN ARTS FESTIVAL October 7–8, 9 am–5 pm Indian Pueblo Cultural Center 2401 12th street NW, Albuquerque $6–$9, under 5 free, museum members free The 5th annual Albuquerque American Indian Arts Festival is a two-day Native American art show. Fifty invited artists showcase their work, including pottery and jewelry, while chatting with visitors about their art and process. SCANDINAVIAN FESTIVAL November 4, 10 am–4 pm St. Luke’s Lutheran Church 9100 Menaul Blvd NE, Albuquerque free admission and parking This fun festival, presented by the Rosemalers of New Mexico and the Scandinavian Club of Albuquerque, features Norwegian and Swedish folk art and food, Scandinavian dance performances at 11 AM and 12:30 PM, a kids’ craft corner, and more. RIO GRANDE ARTS AND CRAFTS FESTIVAL—HOLIDAY SHOW November 24–26, 10 am–5 pm Friday and Saturday, Sunday 10 am–4 pm Expo New Mexico’s Manuel Lujan Building 300 San Pedro NE $8 one-day pass, under 12 free, $11 festival pass, $5 parking Start your holiday shopping over Thanksgiving weekend at the Rio Grande Holiday Show. Shoppers can find everything from pottery and jewelry to leather goods, photography, fine art, and more. Live music, food, photo ops with Santa, and a face-painting elf make this a magical time for all. River of Lights

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RIVER OF LIGHTS November 26–December 30, 6–9:30 pm (Closed December 24 and 25) ABQ BioPark 2601 Central NW $12 adults, $6 children ages 3–12 Named one of the 15 most spectacular holiday light shows in the United States, Albuquerque’s River of Lights display is an amazing treat to enjoy with family, friends, groups, or a special someone. Other attractions include holiday nature crafts, a G-scale model railroad, and the Polar Bear Express.

OLD TOWN HOLIDAY STROLL December 1, 5–9 pm Historic Old Town 303 Romero St NW, Albuquerque Free Kick off the holiday season with an enchanting evening in Old Town. Over 130 different trees are placed together to create one giant Christmas tree, which is lit at 6:15 pm in Plaza Don Luis. Live music, dining, shopping, and free museum admission round out this festive evening. GILDAN NEW MEXICO BOWL December 16, 2:30 pm Dreamstyle Stadium, University of New Mexico 1414 University Blvd SE, Albuquerque $25–$40 The 12th annual Gildan New Mexico Bowl is scheduled to feature teams from the Mountain West Conference and Conference USA. The Gildan New Mexico Bowl game marks the traditional opening day for college football’s bowl season.

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Jambo Café expands its African, Jamaican, and Moroccan homestyle cuisine to the Duke City

Chef Ahmed Obo himself designed and decorated Jambo’s newest location in Albuquerque’s Northeast Heights. Foodies hankering for newto-them flavors and spices will love the homestyle African, Jamaican, and Caribbean comfort foods on Jambo’s eclectic menu. 110

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t doesn’t happen often, but occasionally a Santa Fe restaurateur will feel confident enough with their established local clientele to head south to the Duke City and take a stab at enticing diners there. “City Different” doesn’t always equate to Albuquerque, but in the case of Santa Fe’s beloved Jambo Café, Chef Owner Ahmed Obo played his hunch right. At Jambo’s newest location, on Juan Tabo in the Northeast Heights, foodies of the “Que” are reveling in Jambo’s exotic flavors and embracing its unique cuisine, eagerly lapping up the Island Spice Coconut Peanut Soup and sucking the bones clean from the Jamaican jerk chicken. It would seem Obo has once again written a culinary success story, and it couldn’t happen to a nicer or more talented guy. The charming chef, with his generous smile and amazing palate, took his time finding a fan base with a 10-year stint at Santa Fe’s popular Zia Diner, before embracing his Kenyan heritage and opening the first Jambo location, on Cerrillos Road, in 2009.

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Immediately, diners could tell there was something different going on with Obo’s Jamaican-, Moroccan-, African-, Caribbean-, and Mediterranean-themed dishes. It wasn’t long before locals were raving about the unique combinations of flavors that celebrate spice, ginger, curry, coconut, plantains, pomegranate, mango, and so much more. Soon the restaurant doubled in size and added an import shop next door, where African art, sculpture, clothing, jewelry, and textiles, as well as the ethnic spices and foods that fire this cuisine, are available.

“City Different” doesn’t always equate to Albuquerque, but in the case of Santa Fe’s beloved Jambo Café, Chef Owner Ahmed Obo played his hunch right. The Albuquerque location opened earlier this year in a former Weck’s, which helped make the transition a relatively easy one given its spacious kitchen and large dining room. An L-shaped bar occupies the upper level while the main dining room boasts handsome, never-used banquettes that Obo rescued from a renovation of a nearby casino restaurant. What is amazing about the décor is that Obo himself designed and executed every touch. An import store here, too, adds another unique dimension to the second location. “A big percentage of my customer base has always been folks from Albuquerque, and when I would chat with them in the restaurant they would ask me when I was opening there,” Obo says. “About three years ago a real estate agent who handled properties in Winrock Center contacted me with an opportunity to open in the mall, but after crunching the numbers I decided it wasn’t the right location.” The company growth was temporarily put on hold, until last year when Obo heard about a restaurant listing in a very busy residential area that already had a strong customer base and wouldn’t involve too much renovation. “I started planning,” says Obo, “but I had many mixed emotions about it.” Not long before the Albuquerque location was due to open, there was a kink in the plan that might have thwarted the enthusiasm of a less inspired businessman. In early March a befuddled driver mistakenly accelerated through the front window of the Santa Fe Jambo, injuring multiple diners and forcing the 112

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Left: Obo’s signature slowcooked goat stew, served traditional style (bone-in) with vegetables and potatoes. Roti, a traditional African and Caribbean flat bread, helps to mop up the rich, island spiced curry sauce.

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café to close for major repairs. Luckily none of the casualties were life-threatening, and the community pulled together to support Obo and his staff by continuing to dine out of the Jambo Hapa food truck in the parking lot. It was this support that encouraged Obo to push forward with his plans. “I was worried that it was a sign I was making the wrong decision to do a second restaurant,” he says of the incident, “but when I saw the support we got from the community and how people appreciated us I was confident to continue.” “I really like the shape of [the Albuquerque] building,” he continues. “It has big front windows, and there is plenty of parking. I had a collection of wooden masks that I put up, and a friend who imports exotic furnishings had a big elephant and rhino sculpture that I always thought I would like at the front door—and there they are!” Obo’s generosity and sense of community are well known, making him a favorite of local charities and nonprofits. He is a four-time “Best Soup” winner at Santa Fe’s annual Souper Bowl, which benefits the Food Depot, and was one of the original Super Chef mentors for the Cooking with Kids program in local schools. Obo even established his own nonprofit organization Right: Lamu, Kenya, native Ahmed Obo has made New Mexico his second home. 114

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called Jambo Kids, which benefits a children’s clinic in his hometown of Lamu, Kenya. Recently a second tier of the foundation added young women and new mothers as benefactors of assistance. Giving back both locally and globally is what Chef Obo is all about, and Jambo’s success can perhaps be summed up by Obo’s simple mantra: “We just try to make people happy.” Welcome to Albuquerque, Chef. Jambo Café Santa Fe: 2010 Cerrillos, 505-473-1269, Jambo Café Albuquerque: 1105 Juan Tabo NE, 505-294-3959,

Left: Santa Fe rallied around Jambo during the restaurant’s unexpected renovation earlier this year, and regulars were thrilled to make their return when it reopened.

Right: Jambo Imports, a retail shop selling “all things authentically African,” is just two doors down from the Santa Fe Jambo. Five percent of all purchases goes to Obo’s Jambo Kids Foundation.




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Right: La Cumbre Brewing Company’s Project Dank is an ongoing experiment for the brewery using different hops, hopping techniques, and malts.

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ext time you’re in your favorite local brewpub, watching a beer flow from a tap, remind yourself that you’re witnessing the coursing of American history. Brewing in the United States illuminates much about immigration in this country, urbanism, and the evolution of business. Find that hard to swallow? The Smithsonian decided the brewing industry was significant enough to create a department at the National Museum of American History to document it, as well as showcase a collection of historical, beer-related artifacts. In the second half of the 19th century, over a million beer-thirsty Germans came to the U.S. By the late 1800s there were over 4,000 breweries here. That number flatlined dur-

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television. In the 1960s things began to change with the proliferation of regional, craft breweries like Samuel Adams on the East Coast and Anchor Steam out West, which made smallbatch beers in many styles. By 2012 there were 2,500 microbreweries in the U.S.; today there are twice that many.

New Mexico is hopping beer-wise, ranking 11th in the nation of breweries per capita. New Mexico is hopping beer-wise, ranking 11th in the nation of breweries per capita, and Albuquerque proudly boasts many of them. Craft and microbreweries are restricted in the amount of beer they’re allowed to produce, which limits distribution and ensures that most of the nearly 60 breweries in the state are truly

local. But a few brands have achieved statewide, even regional presence. Prominently available are La Cumbre Brewing Company, with its Elevated IPA, a highscoring, high-hopped IPA with shades of pine, citrus, and graham cracker. Bosque Brewing Company’s Scotia Scotch Ale is a high-alcohol brew with a viscous texture and deep caramel flavors. Floral, spicy and crisp, Marble Brewery’s Pilsner is a German classic. The brewing forerunner in New Mexico is Santa Fe Brewing Company, founded in 1988. The Pale Ale is their workhorse, but hitched to the wagon is the Nut Brown, an English-style ale, nutty (as the name suggests), with chocolaty malt and ripe cherry flavors. Since our country’s inception, the making of beer has had a significant effect on American society, reflective of our myriad cultures, communities, and tastes, and it shows no signs of slowing down. In the Southwest and New Mexico, amazing things are brewing.

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What really makes Building Your Home unique is the small details—including definitions of different architectural terms, author’s notes, and “quick tips” placed throughout the book. If you’re tech savvy, the book’s sister app, Simpleigh Done, helps to further organize and keep inspiration boards and photos handy, because after all, the point of this guidebook is to keep the building process flowing smoothly from start to finish. “The goal of this guide is to simply and gently guide you on how to make good decisions when building a home,” says Wiggins. “Breaking things down into sections that are easy to tackle will help you to make good decisions by allowing you to focus on one thing at a time and not be consumed by what can seem like an insurmountable mountain of things that have to be determined during the process of home building.”—Danielle Urbina

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f the 42 species of raptors found in New Mexico, the red-tailed hawk is the most commonly seen. You’ll often see one soaring on air currents, solitary and seemingly carefree, looking below with powerful eyes in search of prey. Raptors have the keenest eyesight in the animal kingdom, having 20/4 eyesight compared to our 20/20. In other words, what we can read at four feet, a red-tailed hawk can see at 20 feet. This extraordinary eyesight allows hawks to see prey at great distances—rabbits, rats, mice and other rodents, and even snakes. The redtailed hawk is considered beneficial and not a threat to domestic animals, and like all species of hawks, they are protected by state and federal laws. Redtailed hawks love open spaces and can often be seen in trees or on power poles. Though they may appear to be resting, they are in fact always hunting. As any frustrated birder will tell you, hawks are notoriously difficult to identify due to their subtle coloration and wariness of humans. However, red-tails are a bit easier to recognize because of their chestnut red tail feathers and large size (like most raptors, the males are a third smaller than the females). Look for broad and rounded wings, a rusty brown head, and a whitish-streaked belly and brown back. Juveniles are more mottled and will not develop the red tail until their second year. Red-tails are found throughout the state, with many migrating here in winter from states further north. Long-lived (up to 20 years), they use the same nesting and hunting grounds year after year. They begin nesting in mid-March in lower elevations and somewhat later at higher elevations, mating for life with the female laying two or three blue–white eggs in a large stick nest, usually built in tall trees. The young will typically leave the nest at around 45 days of age and then spend most of the summer learning from their parents how to hunt and ride the air currents in the blue skies of New Mexico. Tom Smylie, from Edgewood, New Mexico, is a retired wildlife biologist affiliated with the World Center for Birds of Prey.

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Looking up, I observed a very slight and graceful hawk . . . turning over and over like a kite. It appeared to have no companion in the universe and to need none but the morning and the ether with which it played. It was not lonely, but made all the earth lonely beneath it. —Henry David Thoreau, from Walden Editor’s Note: On certain Sundays in November, the Las Vegas Wildlife Refuge in Las Vegas, New Mexico, opens its back roads to birders and nature lovers. Driving slowly along the dirt roads, it’s easy to spot hawks of many species from the comfort of your car, as well as belted kingfishers, meadowlarks, bald and golden eagles, and many other birds. Migrating flocks of sandhill cranes and snow geese often fly in to rest in the refuge’s ponds and lakes before heading farther south to the Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge. Check out the LVWR’s website ( for information about the November back roads event, or connect with a local birding group and join a caravan. The Sangre de Cristo Audubon Society and Santa Fe Birdbrains (a Meetup group) lead annual trips to the refuge.—Amy Gross

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Built by adobe master David Peterson, this quintessential Northern New Mexico home sits on 1.17 acres at the foothills of the Sandia Mountains, providing outstanding panoramic views. Crafted with the details in mind, the home also features solid wood gates and doors handmade by Peterson, as well as a passive solar design and radiant heat for utmost comfort. Totaling nearly 3,000 square feet, the home’s three bedrooms and three bathrooms are nicely sized and offer plenty of privacy. As a bonus, each closet is designed by California Closets, maximizing space and organization. The kitchen, perfect for entertaining, is appointed with a Viking refrigerator, Viking double ovens, and a six-burner range. It is finished with granite countertops. Outside, large decks and patios with exquisite views offer a respite from the daily grind. List price: $700,000, John Brewer, Keller Williams, 505-271-8200,

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On the National Register of Historic Places, the 121-year-old Queen Anne Victorian Mauger Mansion helps define downtown Albuquerque’s 4th Ward Historic District. Beautifully restored, the home has operated as an eight-room bed and breakfast since the 1980s but could easily be returned to a private residence. The three-story home exudes charm with a welcoming front porch, private balcony, private courtyard, fenced yard, and period architectural details—and that’s just the outside. Inside, two ground floor master bedrooms, one with a fireplace, complement the six additional bedrooms and nine bathrooms throughout the home’s 3,793 square feet. Additional features include air conditioning throughout, two living areas, a nice kitchen with island and bar, two eating areas, and two sunrooms. List price: $675,000, Chris Lucas, Remax Select Real Estate Group, 505-463-5317, Rob Thalmann



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winding down In Santa Fe, it’s all about the views, and this stunning home designed and built by Woods Design Builders captures mountain vistas and glorious sunsets in dramatic fashion. “The house is on an elevated lot overlooking both 18th holes of Sunrise and Sunset, the Jack Nicklaus Championship golf courses at Las Campanas,” says Rob Woods. “The 180-degree views are amazing: the Sangres to the east, the two converging 18th holes and water straight ahead, and sweeping vistas to the west.” Homeowners and avid golfers Jay and Donna Ralph, who have lived all over the world, chose Santa Fe as the place they wanted to retire, and hand-picked a team of consummate professionals to design and build their primary residence. In an often-repeated collaboration, Violante & Rochford managed the furnishings and interiors


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of the project while Woods spearheaded the classically Santa Fe–style architecture and construction. Outside, beneath a deep covered portal, a huge, wood-burning fireplace made of locally sourced indigenous moss rock allows the Ralphs to enjoy their spectacular views in most seasons. Violante & Rochford’s outdoor furnishings are simple, elegant, and comfortable, while the gorgeous wrought iron railing fabricated by blacksmith Francis Nowicki is just one of the home’s many exquisite custom details. Cue the sunset and pour the wine. Another fun day on the links is just a few hours away. Woods Design Builders, Violante & Rochford Interiors,

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