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Going the distance

After years of living abroad, Evan and Belinda Rael embrace the solitude of a home by the bosque.

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A nature retreat becomes a family affair in Los Ranchos de Albuquerque.

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Beautiful Baths

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22 Life+Style Southwest A bright outdoor space with native plants, making a great first impression with gorgeous entry doors, home stagers share why you should hire them if you want to sell your home faster and why soil is the most important part of your vegetable garden.

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Life+Style Southwest light it up! Outdoor spaces should be an extension of the home. So when these homeowners wanted a lovely space to enjoy the evening, this shade tree became its focal point. “We wanted to highlight the natural shape of the tree with the uplighting,” says Joseph Barnes, Yellowstone Landscape’s marketing director. “They can go out on a cool evening and enjoy the outdoors.” To give the homeowners a useful patio that wouldn’t be hard to maintain, Barnes says the company incorporated native plants that will handle the elements. These lovely ornamental grasses and potted plants add color and texture, without overwhelming the landscape. Yellowstone Landscape, yellowstonelandscape.com

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first impressions what your front door says about you

Who knew a front door had so much to say, especially in New Mexico. “Your front door makes a statement about you,” says Shannon White, vice president of Santa Fe Door Store Inc. “It’s the first impression you make on people who walk up.” From the pragmatist to the modernist to the Old World soul, “front doors serve as a metaphor for your life,” says Melissa Coleman, owner of La Puerta Originals. They represent passing from the external world “into your own inner sanctuary.” Both long-standing, family-owned local businesses have seen entry doors evolve over the years. But one thing that hasn’t changed, per White: “People tend to be very passionate about their front doors. It’s where they often run over budget.”

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“Today people are almost craving that which is authentically old,” Coleman says. “There are so many massproduced products out there.” All of La Puerta’s doors are handcrafted from reclaimed wood and repurposed lumber at their local mill and workshop. The result is a highly customized, Old World-style popular among the well-off and well-traveled — their niche. Some of these doors run up to three inches thick, making them both durable and safe. “You can’t kick in three inches of solid wood,” Coleman says. As for price point, “most basic doors run from $8,000 to $10,000, which includes hardware and glass,” and go up from there.

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“Front doors serve as a metaphor for your life.”—Melissa Coleman

Made with salvaged lumber and inlaid with antique carved fragments, this door by La Puerta Originals is both rustic and modern. The windows are set with custom iron grillwork.

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Meanwhile, contemporary architecture is making itself known around the state. “With the modern movement, we’re seeing more pivot doors, oversized doors and clear material versus knotty material,” White says. “People want more exotic American hardwoods, like rift-cut (vertical grain) walnut and oak.” Their entry doors run $2,500 and up. The color of your front door also says something about you, adds White. A red door says welcome. A white door says clean and serene; a blue door says prosperous and grounded. A black door symbolizes order and control. Orange is vibrant and exciting. Gray is intelligent and dignified. Green means health and community.

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For some, front doors are more utilitarian — all about function, durability and security. That’s right up the alley of Pella Window and Door. Most of their doors are made of fiberglass, and occasionally steel. “Fiberglass accommodates multiple stains, paint and molded wood grain,” says Jim Dundon, general manager of Pella Window and Door’s regional office in Albuquerque. “It looks just like wood from two feet away. Plus, it’s more durable, it won’t crack or split from the environment,” sparing the


expense of high maintenance. As for safety, “our doors feature a multipoint locking system,” Dundon says. “When you lift the handle, three bolts lock into place along the side, bottom and top of the door.” In addition, any window in or around the front door features builtin security via Pella’s Insynctive smart technology. These are hidden security sensors built into windows that allow remote monitoring for those with smart living technology in their homes. Pella’s entry doors run $800 and up. The right entry door will welcome guests happily into your home.

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This custom pivot door from Santa Fe Door Store Inc. is made of reclaimed fir, and was painted with a dry brush application.

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This set of doors in a Joe Boyden home from Pella modernizes a Southwest-style entryway.


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by Patricia L. Garcia

sell it faster!

home stagers share insights for a successful sale

Karl Horodowich Photography

Selling your home is an emotional process. It can bring about all kinds of feelings: excitement for your new home or chapter, anxiety about selling your home, sadness about moving from where your family grew or frustration with the moving process.

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All About Staging stages vacant homes to convey a liveably functional home.

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One way to help allay any negative feelings about selling your home can be to work with a home stager. A home stager helps sellers create an objective, yet desirable, space that will appeal to as many buyers as possible. “If you’ve decided to sell your home, you need to emotionally divorce yourself from the home, and do the things necessary to sell the home,” says Edgar Marroquin, owner of ABQ Home Staging, adding that staging is not interior design; it’s marketing. “We’re going to come in and create the best image of your home for buyers. You have to showcase the positive aspects of the home and minimize the negatives.” Some sellers believe they will save money if they stage their home themselves or skip this step altogether, but that can be a costly mistake, says Trish Tilley, co-owner of All About Staging in Albuquerque. Tilley says the first impression is everything — six seconds is all it takes for buyers to decide if they like a home — and if you lose potential buyers, a home can sit unsold for weeks, or longer. That can lead to price reductions. “The best time to hire us is prior to listing,” Tilley says. “Sometimes we get calls from Realtors or their clients when their home has been on the market for several weeks. … The investment for a vacant staging engagement is usually far less than the first price reduction that the Realtor may recommend.” Mindy Abramson, owner of Distinguishing Style and the only Certified Staging Professional (CSP) in New Mexico, agrees that sellers can lose money by trying a DIY method to staging. “If you want to lose money, you don’t need my help, you can lose money by yourself,” she says. “But often my clients get 10 percent to 20 percent more of the original price of the home than


“Often my clients get 10 percent to 20 percent more of the original price of the home than they ever thought they could.” — Mindy Abramson

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they ever thought they could” because of her services. Abramson works with sellers still living in their homes. Tilley says that stagers help sellers put their best home forward. “It’s about creating desire and temptation — not letting another buyer make an offer before you can,” says Tilley. “Let’s face it: selling a home is a competition. We believe that tasteful staging will help it stand out in a positive way.”

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Life+Style Southwest

by Elaine D. Briseño

finding your green thumb soil preparation is key to a vegetable garden’s success

A successful garden will yield tasty results that are also nutritious.

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he quest to grow a thriving vegetable garden begins well before the first seed is put in the ground. Gardening experts agree that soil preparation is not only the first step; it’s the most important step to a green garden. Daniel Schwery, plant pharmacist at Osuna Nursery, says one of the biggest mistakes gardeners make, especially beginners, is not prepping their soil. He says no matter where one lives in the Albuquerque area, the soil lacks the proper nutrients for a garden. Schwery says adding nutrients to the soil and letting it sit for a while makes for better growing conditions. “The soil here really lacks the organic material needed for growing almost anything,” he says. Jericho Nursery owner Rick Hobson says the soil consistency varies in the Albuquerque area, but none are ideal for gardening. The Valley has clay, and residents near the Sandias deal with granite. Hobson now lives in the North Valley, but lived for many years in Rio Rancho, where most of the soil is sand, which does not retain water. “I would water, and it was like I never put any water,” he says. “I would say, ‘Where is it? Was it abducted by aliens?’” Amending his soil, Hobson says, allowed him to grow vegetables. He adds that the book Down to Earth: A Gardener’s Guide by Albuquerque Area Master Gardeners is an invaluable tool that covers several topics, including soil composition in the Albuquerque area. It can be found in local nurseries and bookstores. Schwery says potting soil, peat moss or any composted manures will add the needed elements to the soil. He recommends adding 50 to 100 pounds of soil for every 100 square feet of garden. It should be tilled about six to eight inches deep. If you will be growing root crops such as carrots, potatoes and radishes, the garden will need a foot.

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Ensuring your soil has the right nutrients and consistency is important for a sucessful vegetable garden.


“You are getting a personal education: problem solving, spending time with your family and connecting with nature.”—Dane Elias In addition, Dane Elias, horticulturist for Plant World, says growers should not be afraid to do periodic liquid feedings throughout the growing season, adding that water-soluble fertilizers work well. Another option is placing vegetables in raised beds or planters. Elias says they can be made of various materials, including stone or wood, if they have adequate drainage. Planters should be at least 18 inches deep. “In these conditions, you are able to improve the soil to a high-performance level,” Elias says. “They are also easier to harvest because they are elevated, and they can be an architectural statement in your yard.” The downside to raised beds, Hobson says, can be cost. Raised beds can be expensive, but those who are handy might be able to build their own at an affordable price. How to plant vegetables is important, but when to plant them is also crucial, Hobson says. He says there are two vegetable seasons — cold and warm. Cool season vegetables, such as lettuce, spinach and broccoli, should be planted in early spring. Other vegetables should be planted about midApril to early May, after the nights will no longer reach freezing temperatures. “April 17 is the average last frost date in Albuquerque,” he says. “May 10 is the last recorded frost date.” Hobson says almost any vegetable can be grown in New Mexico under the right conditions. Popular choices include tomatoes, peppers, squash, cucumbers, carrots, radishes and broccoli. At the end of the day, planting a vegetable garden offers many advantages. “You are getting a personal education: problem solving, spending time with your family and connecting with nature,” Elias says. “You are getting high-quality food, and expanding your culinary skills. You start looking for ways to cook all these vegetables you are growing.”

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Daniel Schwery, Osuna Nursery Why grow your own vegetables? It’s very, very fun to do. It’s very rewarding. You get much more variety when you grow your own vegetables. You have a wide selection of vegetables available to plant, and you can choose what you want. The taste is different. A lot of the vegetables you see in the stores are large. We’ve made them larger and larger, but they have little flavor. The ones you grow at home may be smaller, but they are so flavorful. What can you do to keep the pests away? One of the best ways you can help your garden protect itself is to stop using insecticides. When you use a chemical pesticide, you are killing everything in your yard. But there are insects out there that eat insects that we don’t want. Two that we do want are ladybugs and green lacewings. The ladybugs primarily focus on aphids. A single ladybug eats 50 aphids a day. Green lacewings are a much more voracious eater than ladybugs. They will eat spider mites, scale and will also eat aphids. They can eat over 100 aphids a day. Sap-sucking insects, like aphids, can destroy your plants. But they also usually carry diseases they can pass on to your plants. With that being said, there is a time and a place to use a chemical control. When there is an outbreak so bad, that is where chemicals come into play. Sometimes there are not a lot of natural predators you can buy and place in your yard to kill unwanted pests. When and where is the best time to plant? The best time for planting is fall and spring. You can plant during summer, but it’s extremely stressful for the plants because of the heat. You might not have as much success. Where you plant in your yard is important. I suggest sticking them in a place where they can get shade for part of the day. Most plants will have a tag indicating whether they can take full sun. If they say they can get full sun, they will probably be fine, but keep them watered. What are the best vegetables for this area? Beans and tomatoes do excellent. Chiles do very, very well, but most people don’t realize they require a little bit of shade. However, because of New Mexico’s long grow season, you’re not really limited on what you can grow here. Most leafy vegetables are cool season plants, and should be done in the spring or fall for the most part. Anything that’s tropical will have a hard time growing here. Citrus just won’t take our winters. We’ve tried to bring in seeds that will do well in this environment, that will do well in our climate. SUCASAMAGAZINE.COM

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one bright space

Wendy McEahern

Woods Design Builders Architect Salomon Velasquez designed the cabinetry in this master bath after early New Mexico furniture pieces. The result is an airy and bright master bath in this Santa Fe home with a mix of modern and traditional styles that is timeless. The double slipper tub was strategically placed to take advantage of the home’s gorgeous views. “You can soak in the tub and look at the city lights or take in the morning light over Santa Fe,” says Velasquez. The tub’s simple elegance blends easily in the bathroom, giving it a contemporary feel. The most important element of the bathroom, Velasquez says, is the natural light that comes in through the windows by the bath, as well as skylights, making for a clean and bright space. Builder: Woods Design Builders; Plumbing Fixtures: Santa Fe by Design; Lighting: Violante & Rochford Interiors; Tile: Statements In Tile/Lighting 30

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BEAUTIFUL BATHS: OLD WORLD CHIC

When Dianne and her husband built their home, they chose a Mediterranean style, but wanted a cohesive look throughout. So to match the copper farmer’s sink in the kitchen, she chose a striking copper clawfoot tub for the master bath. Ordered from India, the tub is not only striking; it’s roomy too. “My husband is six-foot-three, and he fits in the tub just fine,” Dianne laughs. “But it is one of my favorite elements of the home. It’s something that we both look forward to on the weekend—to have a nice relaxing tub to soak in.” The lights set in the mirror are essential for getting ready for the day, says Dianne. “Those really worked out great for me.” Cabinets: Craig Sowers Custom Cabinets; Countertops: Arizona Tile 32

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BEAUTIFUL BATHS: BEAUTIFULLY RUSTIC

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Northern New Mexico architecture is the epitome of Southwest design, as evidenced by this rustic bathroom with touches of the Land of Enchantment. First, there’s the gorgeous view of the Sandia Mountains and the Bosque that can be taken in from the Signature Hardware soaking tub, different from clawfoot and slipper tubs. Second, there’s the unique soaking tub, set into wood frame legs. Melinda Bowen, vice president at Joe Boyden Homes, says it matched the cabinetry perfectly, and fit well into the rustic feel of the bathroom. Rather than opting for stark white countertops, the tan granite countertops are a simple, yet clean, addition to the space. Opposite the tub is a gas fireplace and encased shower, giving this bathroom a touch of luxury. Builder: Joe Boyden Homes; Granite: Arizona Tile SUCASAMAGAZINE.COM

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“I call it zebra tile,” laughs Marty Zimberoff of his master bathroom’s starring tile. “It’s really pretty; we get a lot of positive comments on it.” When Zimberoff and his wife, whose home is located in Northeast Heights, saw this tile, they instantly knew it would work in their master bedroom and bathroom, a contemporary space with a walk-in shower with bench and a floating vanity with a gray and black granite countertop. The shower’s flooring is made of black stones set into white grout, making for easy maintenance. The vanity mirror extends all the way to the ceiling, making the space feel larger and more open. Another highlight of the master bath is the skylight above the shower, which makes the space feel even more luxurious. Builder: Panorama Homes; Tile: Stonewood Flooring LLC; Fabricator and Installer: Strahle Tile & Granite SUCASAMAGAZINE.COM

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It’s no surprise that the marble in this bathroom was the inspiration for the space. The homeowners liked the marble, so New Haven Homes designed the shower to showcase the stunning stone. Bill Reynolds, New Haven Homes’s president, says building the shower was tricky because of the technical skill required to match the seams and patterns in the marble. “United Stoneworks spent about a week perfecting that,” says Reynolds. But the result is a stunning double-entry shower, with glass subway tile, bench and a remote-controlled skylight. The bathroom is not only nice to look at; it doubles as a pool bathroom, as there is an entrance to the home’s pool area, making it functional for the homeowners. Builder: New Haven Homes; Marble: United Stoneworks; Cabinets: Wildwood Cabinetry & Design 37


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“We wanted sleek and clean lines, and a minimalist approach to this space,” says Ashley Lawrence, director of operations at RayLee Homes, of the master bath in this home in the Rio Compuesto community in Corrales. A modern farmhouse style throughout, this bath has a touch of industrial style, with its soaking tub surrounded by 12-inch-by-24-inch tiles made to mimic concrete. To keep the space from feeling dark, and to add subtle elegance, RayLee chose polished nickel fixtures, white cabinetry and cream Calacatta Silestone countertops. A large sliding transaction window by the tub ensures plenty of natural light, giving the space an airy and vibrant feel. With two separate vanities, the bathroom has plenty of storage space for any spa necessities. Builder: RayLee Homes: A New Generation; Fixtures: Delta; Lighting: Turn On Lighting; Classic Calacatta Silestone: Cosentino 38

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ucked near the end of a quiet road in Corrales, Evan and Belinda Rael finally found a serene lot on which to build a new house. After 13 years of living abroad (four in Argentina and nine in Qatar), three grown children flying the coop and with Evan preparing for retirement, the couple found themselves casting about for a place to call home. Evan, a graduate of New Mexico Tech and a now-retired petroleum engineer, hails from New Mexico. Belinda “grew up all over,” but affectionately calls Alaska home. After some consideration, they settled on the Land of Enchantment, where Evan has family. They found a two-acre lot, close to the river, where seasonally migrating cranes gather in droves. “Belinda wanted to be close to the bosque, someplace green, with trees,” says Evan. “That’s why we chose Corrales.” It’s not far off the beaten path, but feels more remote than it is. Once they had the lot secured, they needed a builder. A close friend recommended Norm Schreifels, owner of Sun Mountain Construction. Schreifels has been building custom homes in New Mexico for 33 years and is well acquainted with Corrales. Sun Mountain’s standard, Schreifels says, is that “every home is a green built, energy efficient, healthy home. Period.” The Raels knew they were in good hands. They were ready to design their house, but were still living in Qatar. So the determined trio

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“I wanted a red island, so I got a red island!� says Belinda. A black granite countertop stands out against the red cabinets.

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Above: Inset wood-clad ceilings with wood beams bring a touch of Southwestern design to the home’s great room.

Guests are greeted by a lilac soffit surrounded by cattle brand symbols.

commenced a long-distance enterprise. The majority of decisions were made electronically, with Belinda finally moving to Albuquerque last summer to oversee the final stages, while Evan stayed in Qatar. “They were away a lot,” says Schreifels. “Evan was overseas. He didn’t see the house at all between framing and completion. There’s a lot of trust in that long-distance relationship.” There were several priorities at play for the home. “We wanted a big outdoor area,” says Belinda, “and to stay with the Southwestern theme of Corrales.” Also of importance were warm colors, lots of light, views and a casita for guests, in-laws, or later, possibly a caretaker. The final design detailed a three-bedroom, three-bathroom, 3,800-square-foot main house with a 750-square-foot casita. The pueblo-style exterior blends into the neighborhood, while the interior presents a sedate Southwestern look. “It has a Southwest feel, but it’s not over the top,” says Schreifels. “It’s vibrant.” Schreifels and his crew completed the home to align with the Fall 2019 Parade of Homes, after which the Raels finally moved in. Based in Houston before going overseas, they had put all their belongings into storage before they moved. “Then, overseas, we collected stuff,” says Evan. Much to their joy, they’ve found that the furniture and décor picked up on their international travels mix beautifully with their home’s Southwestern aesthetic. As they unearth their well-traveled treasures, pieces from far-flung places like India, Qatar and South Africa merge beautifully. It’s eclectic, yet cohesive. Entering at the front door, the eyes are drawn upward to a lilac-centered soffit, surrounded by cattle brand symbols. “My family were ranchers,”

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Above: “It’s very dark and quiet at night, the stars are out,” says Belinda of the home’s master bedroom.

says Evan. “It’s a longtime New Mexico family, the Raels.” Three of the brands belong to his uncle, grandpa and dad. Nick Harmon, of Fresco Harmony, who applied his proprietary finish to the entry ceiling, bedroom and other spots in the home, had the idea to personalize the entry with the cattle brands, which the Raels loved. Commanding attention is Belinda’s centerpiece. “I wanted a red island,” says Belinda, “So, I got a red island!” Topped with black granite, the island serves them well for entertaining. “For Christmas we do a big cooking thing, so the family is all in there working,” says Evan. A second island serves as a bar and buffet, and provides extra storage. The great room, kitchen and dining room culminate in inset, wood-clad ceilings with wood beams, a tasteful New Mexican theme. Below, the wood floors have a charming, aged look. “We wanted something warm and distressed,” says Belinda. Both the main house and the casita open to the pool and covered patio spaces. An array of seating areas, delineated by a fireplace and outdoor kitchen, are perfect for parties. One day toward the end of the project, the Raels discovered a surprise gift from Schreifels on the patio. Taking a cue from Harmon, Schreifels had Evan’s three family cattle brands crafted in steel and installed over the fireplace. Touched, 44

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Belinda’s vanity station is one of their daughter’s favorite features. A claw-foot tub is a luxurious addition to this master bath.

Belinda says, “I was almost in tears.” “We were thrilled,” Evan agreed. A spacious master suite hosts impressive views. “It’s very dark and quiet at night, the stars are out,” says Belinda. “It’s crazy beautiful.” In the bathroom, a curved bank of windows mimics the arc of the walk-in shower. Across from the his-and-hers sinks is Belinda’s dedicated vanity station, one of their daughter’s favorite features. A free-standing tub offers a relaxing soak over a glass of wine. In the other wing, a media room with blackout blinds, the only carpeted room in the house, makes for a sound-proofed movie theater. Just down the hall, two guest rooms share a Jackand-Jill bathroom with lovely mosaic tiling. While the home may feel traditional, behind the scenes it’s fully modern. They can run the electric blinds, as well as a host of other smart features, from their cell phones. Not only did the Raels score a beautiful home, but they came out with a new friend. “It was really smooth,” Belinda says of working with Schreifels. We had a good experience.” Schreifels says of Sun Mountain, “at this stage in our building lifecycle, most of my work is from referrals. We’re very hands on, very detailed. Most of my customers still hang out with me with after the job. We’re friends.” Every morning, Belinda and Evan get to open their bedroom blinds and look out onto that unique bosque landscape, with shady trees and wildlife, and enjoy the quietude, happy in their new abode.” SUCASAMAGAZINE.COM

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Talk about leisurely living! The home’s patio has a pool to keep cool or for exercise, as well as an outdoor living room, complete with gas fireplace and TV.

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Juan Tabo Hills Estates at Volterra

Signature Community

Semi-custom living in a nature-inspired community by Patricia L. Garcia photographs by Joe Garcia

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Homebuyers at Juan Tabo Hills Estates at Volterra are drawn to the open space of the community.

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ust southeast of the Tijeras Arroyo lies the last major masterplanned community on the east side of Albuquerque, Juan Tabo Hills Estates at Volterra. The highly amenitized community is conveniently located to major thoroughfares like I-40, health care options and the popular Albuquerque Uptown area, with upscale shopping, dining and entertainment. It is also ripe with opportunities to take in the natural areas all around. From Cibola National Forest and open space that’s closed to vehicular traffic, the community is a great place to live and to stay active, no matter the age or fitness level. “The southern boundary abuts Kirtland Air Force Base, so you get views of the Sandia and Manzano mountains,” says Rex Wilson, developer of Juan Tabo Hills Estates, along with codeveloper Scott Grady. “But it’s not a gated community, so you have trails, and three acres of parks along those trails. The main walking trail has some very nice amenities.” Wilson says there will be approximately three acres of parks throughout the community that will be built along the main walking trail. Four builders offer homes in the new community: Paul Allen Green Homes, D.R. Horton, Pulte Homes and RayLee Homes: A New Generation. Each offers single-family homes ranging from 1,400 square feet to approximately 3,500 square feet. Homes include custom rock walls, as well as tile roofs. Many of the homes have two- to three-car garages, as well as single- and two-story floor plans. Some builders in the community offer green homes; Paul Allen Green Homes, for example, builds homes that include low-water use appliances and fixtures and sustainable building materials. Homes in the community range from $270,000 to $490,000. At completion, this final phase of the Volterra community will have 330 homes, and will include a mix of housing for active adults, as well as families and singles. Wilson says the community is popular with buyers; homes started selling in September 2019, and already one-third of the homes have sold. That’s ideal if buyers plan to sell later, he says. “The demand for the east side is high. The community is a very stable community and has great resale value,” Wilson says. The community has a homeowners association (HOA) that offers security that actively patrols the community. Proximity to Sandia Labs and other major employers mean an easy commute for homeowners. Living in Juan Tabo Hills Estates means you don’t have to sacrifice a natural environment for one that’s close to the best of what Albuquerque has to offer.

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From Cibola National Forest and open space that’s closed to vehicular traffic, Juan Tabo Hills Estates is a great place to live and to stay active, no matter the age or fitness level.

Three acres of parks will be built along the community’s main walking trail.

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Volterra

Signature Community

Juan Tabo Hill Estates

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(505) 797-4245 From the Big I, travel  I-40 East to Juan Tabo Exit 166. Turn right on exit ramp and follow Juan Tabo Blvd approximately 2.5 miles south to the corner of Rockytop and Juan Tabo and turn right into Juan Tabo Hills Estates at Volterra.

Rex Wilson, left, and Scott Grady, co-developers of Juan Tabo Hills Estates at Volterra, stand beside the entrance sign to the community.

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Featured Builder

Twilight Homes building family homes with community in mind by Adrian Gomez photographs by Fotovan

This $292,990 home in Rio Rancho’s Mountain Hawk community features Twilight Homes’ Questa II floor plan.

Building community—this is what Vinny Pizzonia and Tim McNaney specialize in. After decades of building homes, in 2000 the pair founded and are the owners of Twilight Homes in New Mexico. As one of the largest local builders, the company has closed more than 100 homes in the past year, according to Joe LaMendola, vice president of Sales and Marketing for Twilight Homes. “Vinny has been building homes for 42 years,” LaMendola says. “Vinny and Tim are local, and they understand what it means to create a community.” Twilight Homes has communities in Albuquerque, Rio Rancho and Santa Fe, and all are diverse in range and scope. Joya Escondida, an infill project, is the sole Albuquerque community for Twilight Homes. LaMendola says the gated community feels quiet 54

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The downstairs living room area of Twilight Homes’ two-story Questa II floor plan located in Rio Rancho.


“The goal for each community is to give a sense of home. It’s where you want families to interact and grow together.” —Joe LaMendola

The kitchen of the Questa II floor plan.

and removed, yet close to everything. Close-by attractions include Old Town, Nob Hill and the ABQ BioPark Zoo and Botanic Garden. “You drive through this older community,” he says. “Then you get to the gates and enter, and it’s what you would think of Old Albuquerque. It’s really beautiful because the design is taking into account the historical legacy of the area.” The community has 11 floor plans that range from $227,900 to $299,990. LaMendola says building in Joya Escondida, Twilight Homes wanted to make a different imprint with the community and use it as an infill project. “Everything is being sold on the Southwest Mesa,” he explains. “We wanted to get something closer to Old Town and Downtown. That’s why we searched out this specific area. It’s close to everything and becomes a part of the surrounding community.” Rio Rancho is where Twilight Homes is making its biggest imprint in New Mexico. With four communities — Mountain Hawk, Lomas Encantadas, Tierra del Oro and Mariposa — LaMendola says there’s a model that will suit every need. SUCASAMAGAZINE.COM

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The Questa II plan is open concept, making the kitchen, dining area and living room feel bright and spacious.

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Mountain Hawk is located near Unser and U.S. 550 and has access to the outdoors. There are views of the Sandia Mountains and easy access to getting outdoors. “We’re minutes from grocery stores and all of the restaurants, as well as the many brew pubs,” he says. “It’s a great community because it’s accessible from Interstate 25.” With 10 floor plans to choose from, homes range from $225,900 to $292,990. “This community really offers tons of affordability,” LaMendola explains. “It’s a rare combination because of the location.” Lomas Encantadas has six floor plans available that range from $252,990 to $349,990. Tierra del Oro is one of the newer Rio Rancho communities and is located near Northern Boulevard and NM 528. The community has 16 floor plans that range from $235,990 up to $355,990. Mariposa is one of the biggest communities, and has 13 floor plans that range from $237,990 to $469,990. “The goal for each community is to give a sense of home,” LaMendola says. “It’s where you want families to interact and grow together. These locations in Rio Rancho are important, because this is also where development is strong.” In Santa Fe, the communities are Cielo Azul and La Potencia. Cielo Azul is in Santa Fe’s growing south side. It’s close to NM 599 and Interstate 25. The community features the EOS Series of new homes and are green built. There are eight floor plans that range from $285,990 to $378,990. Meanwhile, La Potencia is also located in Santa Fe’s south side and features 22 lots with 14 floor plans for buyers to choose from. These homes range from $399,990 to $532,990. The homes are also green built. “We build everything from affordable first-time homebuyer to million-dollar custom homes,” LaMendola says. “We aim to add to the community with quality homes for New Mexicans.” Twilight Homes, twilighthomesnm.com


Twilight Homes

4808 Valle Romantico NW

WESTSIDE

El Bosque

featured builder 5 bedrooms 3 baths 3,432 sq. ft. $675,000 From the Big I, take I-40 west to Coors Blvd and exit right (north). Continue 2 ¼ miles to Sevilla Ave. Turn right (east) and continue to Tres Gracias Dr. Turn left (north) and go to the roundabout. Take the 1st exit onto Valle Santo Trail NW (west) and continue to the home.

This stunningTwilight custom covers all bases! At over 3,400 square feet, you’ll have room for everyone! This feature-rich home has it all, five bedrooms plus a study, three baths, large living room and formal dining room.

UNMATCHED STANDARD FEATURES.

The chef’s kitchen with oversized pantry is open to the living room. There’s a Jack and Jill bath that splits bedrooms three and four.The large covered patio is a great get-a-way after a hard day at work.

Vinny Pizzonia (505) 273-9903 vpizzonia@twilighthomesnm.com twilighthomesnm.com

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William Cervantes Enterprises, Inc. 5000 Camino Valle Trail NW

El Bosque

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3 bedrooms 2.5 baths 2,500 sq. ft. $650,000 William Cervantes (505) 400-3752 william@wcedesignbuild.com wcedesignbuild.com

Nestled in a private gated community, this modern home features open space living with 12’ ceilings. A grand kitchen and dining area create a luxurious entertaining area. Soaring windows capture both the mountain and city views.This

home also includes artwork wall niches, 8’ doors and custom cabinetry throughout.The private covered cantilevered outdoor patios also show off fantastic views. Loaded with custom details, it’s a home you won’t want to miss.

From the Big I, take I-40 west to Coors Blvd and exit right (north). Continue 2 ¼ miles to Sevilla Ave.Turn right (east) and continue to Tres Gracias Dr.Turn left (north) and go over a bridge to the gate and stay right.The house is on your right.

design

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Founder William Cervantes and his team have been designing, building and renovating proper ties for 30 years. A critical eye for detail and craftsmanship, combined with a hard work ethic results in innovative, high-quality, custom products—delivered on time and on budget.

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Fellowship Homes

WESTSIDE

6443 Picardia Drive NW

4 bedrooms 3 baths 2,444 sq. ft. $477,000 (base price) $525,000 (base price + all upgrades) Richard Medina (505) 433-2220 fellowshiphomesnm@gmail.com fellowshiphomesnm.com

This modern Northern New Mexico Style home features a bold red entry door and large open living areas. The gourmet kitchen includes quartz counter tops and a beautiful waterfall island that anchors the

space. The owner’s suite is built for relaxing in style with high vaulted ceilings and a bath retreat featuring a large free standing soaker tub, separate walk in shower and access to the large walk in closet.

From the Big I, take I-40 west to Unser Blvd and exit to the right (north). Take Unser Blvd to the Rainbow Blvd/Compass Dr light. Turn right (east) on Rainbow Blvd/Compass Dr and then left on Petirrojo Rd. Turn left (north) on Urraca St and right on Picardia Dr to the home.

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Lee Michael Homes

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4 bedrooms 4.5 baths 3,800 sq. ft. $1,390,000 Alexa Knight (505) 299-1500 knight.alexa@gmail.com leemichaelhomes.com

The epitome of Telluride mountain elegance and craftsman chic blend together here.  Enjoy warm livability as: soaring beamed ceilings showcase dramatic window walls, handmade iron doors

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& copper hood contrast a wood barrel ceiling, Jacaranda live edge granite compliments weathered finish cabinetry, and creative lighting displays walls of imaginative glass tile.

From the Big I, take I-25 nor th to Paseo del Nor te, turning left (west) on Paseo del Nor te. Take the 2nd Street exit turning left (south) on 2nd Street to El Pueblo.  Turn right (west) on El Pueblo to Rio Grande Blvd.  Turn left (south) onto Rio Grande Blvd, then take an immediate right into the subdivision.  The home will be on your left.


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William Cervantes Enterprises, Inc. 9435 Rio Grande Blvd NW

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3 bedrooms 3.5 baths 3,347 sq. ft. $1,100,000 William Cervantes (505) 400-3752 william@wcedesignbuild.com wcedesignbuild.com

This regional modern style home rests in Albuquerque’s beautiful North Valley. A multigenerational design with a dramatic beam entry leads you to the glass filled entry gallery.The courtyard nestled between the

house wings creates great indoor/outdoor living. Enjoy the large gourmet kitchen with a working island and a lineal fireplace.The rich color palette of American Clay on the ceilings and walls adds a natural touch.

From the Big I, take I-25 nor th to Alameda Blvd. Turn left (west) on Alameda Blvd and travel west to Rio Grande Blvd. Turn left (south) and go ¼ mile to the address.

design

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M-Art Building Company, LLC 500 Camino Español NW

Spanish Walk

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4 bedrooms 3 baths 2,400 sq. ft. $550,000 Tony Rivera (505) 507-0390 m-artbuilding@outlook.com martbldgco.com

This architecturally modern, Build Green NM Certified home is designed with an open, flexible floor plan wellsuited to a variety of lifestyles and family dynamics.The spacious design abounds with natural light and features

a good view of the Sandia Mountains.The home incorporates extra wide and tall doorways and is beautifully appointed with quartz countertops, Viking appliances, elegant tilework and wood timber porches.

From the Big I, take I-25 nor th to the Montgomery Blvd/Montano Blvd exit. Go West (left) on Montano Blvd to 4th Street then drive nor th on 4th to Camino Español. Turn west (left) on Camino Español and drive 0.2 miles to the home.

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Las Ventanas NM, Inc.

VALLEY

3204 Maxum Lane

Bosque Antigua

3 bedrooms 4 baths 2,320 sq. ft. $698,500 Scott Ashcraft (505) 362-6824 tscott@lasventanasnm.com lasventanasnm.com

This modern open floorplan on a 1/4 acre lot is located in the near Nor th Valley. This beautiful new gated neighborhood has direct

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access to the Bosque and is only two minutes from Old Town. Come see our new model home in Bosque Antigua.

From the Big I, take I-40 west. Exit Rio Grande Blvd heading south to Mountain Road. Turn right (west) on Mountain Road to Gabaldon Drive. Turn right (nor th) onto Gabaldon Drive and go to the Bosque Antigua subdivision on your left. Follow directional signs to the home.


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Westway Homes

2501 DeKooning Ave SE

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Mesa Del Sol

4 bedrooms 3 baths 2,586 sq. ft. $399,900 (base price) $426,386 (base price + all upgrades) JP Rael (505) 463-4305 jp@thewestway.com thewestway.com

Mesa del Sol is an innovative community that promotes environmentally friendly living with walkable neighborhoods and a wide variety of housing. This design features a modern,

open, multi-generational floor plan with a beautiful kitchen and a huge master suite with a luxurious master bath. This home is Built a Better Way, The Westway.

From the Big I, take I-25 south to Rio Bravo, turning east on Rio Bravo. Turn right (south) on University to Strand Loop. Turn right on Strand Loop to DeKooning Ave. Home is on the corner of Strand Loop and DeKooning Ave.

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RayLee Homes: A New Generation 1805 Popejoy Street SE

Volterra

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3 bedrooms 3 baths 2,379 sq. ft. $399,990 (base price) $478,783 (base price + all upgrades) Tammy Grady Thornton (505) 917-1677 tthornton@rayleehomes.com rayleehomes.com

Sleek finishes and function are abundant in this gorgeous, contemporary home. An open kitchen and great room make it perfect for any gathering. Windows throughout allow for gen-

erous natural light. The versatile casita option provides extra privacy and livability. Quar tz counter tops, stacked stone and wood beams complete this stunning home.

From the Big I, take I-40 east to the Juan Tabo exit (Exit 166). Turn right (south) on Juan Tabo. The street will turn into Southern Blvd SE. Turn left (south) at Juan Tabo Blvd SE then turn right (west) on Rocky Top SE then left (south) onto Popejoy St SE.

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More Brothers Construction 14 Desert Sky Rd SE

REMODEL

(Kitchen and additional upgrades) $150,000 (remodel portion only) Kyle Tidmore (505) 837-2955 morebrothers.com

Our client came to us with great taste and ideas. We helped him along the remodel process to create a new enter taining kitchen and a living space that opens to a built in

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hot tub. The remodel includes new flooring throughout the house and a new master bath that brings the outdoors to the showering experience.

From the Big I, take I-40 east to exit 170. Take the frontage road east (Route 66). Turn right (south) on Silverhill Lane SE and then left on Deser t Mountain Rd SE. Turn left (south) on Deser t Sky Rd SE and park along the street.

Scott Patrick Homes 13615 Piedra Canto Way NE

Wilderness Canon @ High Desert

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3 bedrooms 2.5 baths 2,706 sq. ft. $845,000 Jolynne Becker (505) 239-3037 sales1@scottpatrickhomes.com scottpatrickhomes.com

Located in High Deser t this contemporar y custom home has spectacular views of the Sandia Mountains and panoramic views of the

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city from the kitchen, dining and great room. The master suite has custom ceiling treatments, stand-alone tub and oversized closet.

From the Big I, take 1-40 east to Tramway Blvd and exit nor th. Continue nor th on Tramway Blvd to Spain Rd. Make a right onto Spain Rd to High Desert Place. Turn right on High Desert Place and continue into the Wilderness Subdivision. Stay on High Desert Place until you reach the gated community of Canon on the left. Make your first left on Piedra Canto Way.


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Scott Patrick Homes

814 Mountain Hawk Drive NE

Hawks Landing

4 bedrooms 2.5 baths 2,869 sq. ft. $824,900 Jolynne Becker (505) 239-3037 sales1@scottpatrickhomes.com scottpatrickhomes.com

Nestled close to the foothills is our newest subdivision Hawks Landing. This home has a gated front entry with a large front enclosed porch and a wood paneled great room ceil-

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ing. Spectacular views of the Sandia Mountains can be seen from the living, dining and kitchen areas, which open up to a rear covered living space.

From the Big I, take 1-25 north to the Paseo del Nor te Blvd exit, heading east to Tramway Boulevard. Turn left (nor th) on Tramway Boulevard then turn right (east) on Live Oak. Proceed to Tramway Lane and turn right. Turn right on Hawks Perch Ave and then left on Mountain Hawk Dr. The home is located on the east side of the street.

Panorama Homes 814 Harrier Hawk

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Hawks Landing

4 bedrooms 3 baths 3,856 sq. ft. John Lowe (505) 688-6834 john@panoramahomes.com panoramahomes.com

Located in the new Hawks Landing subdivision in the foothills of the Sandia Mountains, this contemporar y home is comfor table and livable filled with unique details and of course,

Build Green NM cer tified. Ever ything you have come to expect in a custom home by Panorama Homes.

From the Big I, take I-25 nor th to the Paseo del Norte exit (Exit 232). Right (east) on Paseo del Nor te approximately 5 miles to Tramway Blvd. Turn left (nor th) on Tramway Blvd and right (east) on Live Oak Road. Travel approximately 1/10th mile and turn right (south) on Tramway Lane. Drive another 1/10th mile and turn right (west) on Hawks Perch into the Hawks Landing subdivision. The house is on the corner of Hawks Perch and Harrier Hawk.

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Panorama Homes

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11250 Coronado NE

5 bedrooms 5 baths 4,584 sq. ft. $1,215,000 John Lowe (505) 688-6834 john@panoramahomes.com panoramahomes.com

Beams with tongue-and-groove ceilings add a rustic, western twist to this contemporary

home designed for family-friendly living and Build Green NM performance and efficiency.

From the Big I, take I-25 north to the Paseo del Norte exit (Exit 232). Right (east) on Paseo del Norte approximately 4 miles to Browning Street NE. Turn right (south) on Browning Street NE and drive approximately ½ mile and turn left (east) on Coronado Avenue. The house is the second one on the right.

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Stillbrooke Homes 7300 Dana Point Drive NE

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Santa Monica

4 bedrooms 3 baths 2,752 sq. ft. $469,000 (base price) $499,775 (base price + all upgrades) Mike Davis (505) 514-8143

Teresa Sterling (505) 550-7551 stillbrooke.com

This brand new home design has everything your family wants in a home and more! The massive island kitchen features quartz with gorgeous and abundant custom hand finished cabinetry including a butler’s pantry. A modern surround on the gas fireplace adds pizazz to the spacious family

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center. The upstairs master suite includes a spa like bath, separate smoked glass shower, corner tub and his and her sinks plus a covered deck to enjoy the Sandia view.With a spacious loft the kids can enjoy casual living space upstairs.Only a few choice home sites remain in this new home community.

From the Big I, take I-25 north and exit San Antonio. Proceed east to Louisiana. Then north to San Vicente NE to Dana Point.

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John Mark Custom Homes 7000 Elena Drive NE

North Albuquerque Acres

5 bedrooms 7 baths 10,000 sq. ft. $2,850,000 John Mark Jones (505) 480-4537 rtmf91@gmail.com johnmarkcustomhomes.com

This uniquely created mansion exemplifies a luxurious, enter taining lifestyle. From the breathtaking views from the sky bar, to the

stunning architecture and design, it is an exceptional masterpiece that is a must see.

From the Big I, take I-25 nor th to Paseo del Norte. Turn right (east) on Paseo del Nor te and continue to Louisiana Blvd. Turn left (north) on Louisiana Blvd to Elena Drive. The home is on the corner.

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Enchanted Spaces LLC 35 Anasazi Meadows Court

Anasazi Meadows

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3 bedrooms 3 baths 2,540 sq. ft. $699,000 Mike Danzer (602) 882-0446 enchantedspacesllc@gmail.com enchantedspacesllc.com

Must see this “Castle on the Cliff ”. This home sits on just under five acres. Unparalleled views of mountains or city lights from every window. Design features include unique wagon wheel

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ceiling, spa bath, along with his and her closets in the master, floor to ceiling stone fireplace and large 2X4 floor tile.

From the Big I, take I-25 nor th to Exit 242 (Placitas). Go to the Frontage Road, turn left (nor th) and continue 2 miles to Petroglyph Trails subdivision. Turn right (east) onto Petroglyph Trail and continue to Anasazi Meadows Cour t. Turn right (south) on Anasazi Meadows Cour t, go to end of cul de sac, look for Enchanted Spaces sign. Golf car t will escor t you to the house.


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Petroglyph Trails

4 bedrooms 2.5 baths 2,607 sq. ft. $560,000 Deborah Short (505) 235-5225 deb@vineyardhomesnm.com vineyardhomesnm.com

This beautiful, contemporar y home is on a crest with sweeping views of the mountains to the north! The living area and front patio is perfect for entertaining, along with a beautiful

fireplace in an open floor plan and a butler’s pantry. Visit Deb, the builder, and have Vineyard Homes build your next home!

From the Big I, take I-25 nor th to Exit 242 (Placitas). Go to the Frontage Road, turn left (nor th) and continue 2 miles to Petroglyph Trails subdivision. Turn right (east) onto Petroglyph Trail and then another right (south) onto Nor te Trail. Go up the hill and then turn left (east) onto Pueblo Bonito Loop.

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Lowe-Bo Homes 14 Brazos Trail Court

Anasazi Meadows

3 bedrooms 2.5 baths 2,626 sq. ft. $541,998 Ted Lowe (505) 991-2555 tedlowe@outlook.com lowe-bohomes.com

This artistic gem captures views that showcase the beauty of Placitas. This home comes with a southwestern-contemporary exterior housing an eclectic and diverse interior, featuring a

unique entry mosaic, a myriad of beautiful flooring and countertops as well as a stunning copper tub in the master bath. Designed by the artisan homeowners, this home is a must see.

From the Big I, take I-25 north to Exit 242 (Placitas). Go to the Frontage Road, turn left (north) and continue 2 miles to Petroglyph Trails subdivision. Turn right (east) onto Petroglyph Trail and continue to Brazos Trail Court. Turn left (north) on Brazos Trail Court and follow the parade signs.

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Stillbrooke Homes 1242 La Fonda Street

Aldea @ Santiago

3 bedrooms 2 baths 1,816 sq. ft. $299,950 Teresa Sterling (505) 550-7551 stillbrooke.com

*Alternate directions due to road construction.

With a vast empty space behind the house, this home has excellent privacy. The beautiful wooden mantel in the living room makes this space perfect for entertaining and spending time with family and

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friends. Upgrades in the kitchen are endless with stainless steel appliances, granite countertops, tile flooring and more! Complete landscaping and community park maintained by the HOA.

From the Big I, take I-25 nor th to Alameda 528. Take Alameda west and stay on Hwy 528 through Rio Rancho and turn right on Santiago way and left at Bosque Vista then right (north) on Palo Duro Drive to the end of the road. Turn right (east) on La Fonda and follow the Parade signs.

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Abrazo Homes

3997 Kodiak Road NE

Lomas Encantadas

4 bedrooms 2.5 baths 2,343 sq. ft. $327,950 (base price) $525,615 (base price + all upgrades) Warren Harris (505) 450-5520 warren@abrazohomes.com abrazohomes.com

The ‘Audrey II’ by Abrazo Homes is a sophisticated, elegant beauty and easily adaptable to meet almost any family’s needs. It features an optional four th bedroom suite, perfect for a

guest area or a growing family. With amazing views of the Sandia Mountains, BBQ’s on the back patio will be breathtaking.

From the Big I, take I-25 nor th to Hwy 550 (Exit 242), turning left on Hwy 550. Continue on US 550 West for 4.4 miles. Turn Left (south) onto Safelite Boulevard NE, continue onto Montreal Loop NE. Turn right (south) onto Aldan Drive NE. Turn right (west) on Kodiak Road Nor th East. Continue on Kodiak Road NE and the home will be on right (west).

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4 bedrooms 4 bedrooms 2.5 baths 2.5 baths 2,1192,119 sq. ft.sq. ft. $283,990 (base(base price)price) $283,990 $308,650 (base(base priceprice + all + all $308,650 upgrades) upgrades) Eric Korpus and and Eric Korpus Chrisitian Venegas Chrisitian Venegas

(505) 750-8241 (505) 750-8241 info@hakesbrothers.com info@hakesbrothers.com hakesbrothers.com/albuquerque hakesbrothers.com/albuquerque * Home*not open Sunday, April 26April or May Home not open Sunday, 26 3or May 3

From the Bigthe I, take north Hwyto Hwy From Big I-25 I, take I-25 to north 550 (Exit left on Hwy 550242), (Exitturning 242), turning left on550. Hwy 550. Proceed to Pat D’Arco (Hwy 528) Proceed to Pat D’Arco (Hwyand 528) and make make a left. aThen turn right left. Then turn on right on Enchanted Hills, leftHills, on left Lincoln Avenue,Avenue, Enchanted on Lincoln Luxur yLuxur finishes at an unbeatable value! value! This This ing area, luxura yluxur fireplace, decorative ceil- ceily finishes at an unbeatable ing aarea, y fireplace, decorative right onto Venada,Venada, then right onright on rightCamino onto Camino then modern contemporar y home is located in ing beams,beams, gourmet kitchenkitchen and many modern contemporar y home is located in wood ing wood gourmet and many CaminoCamino Encantadas. Make aMake right aon Encantadas. right on the popular LomasLomas Encantadas community. other other elegantelegant finishes. the popular Encantadas community. finishes. Windy,Windy, a left on Mountain Trail Loop a left on Mountain Trail Loop This home features a massive and open This home features a massive and livopen livand a right Dusty and on a right on Drive. Dusty Drive.

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From the Big I, take I-25 nor th to Hwy 550 (Exit 242), turning left on Hwy 550. Continue on US 550 West for 5.7 miles. Turn Left (south) onto Chayote Road NE. Turn left (east) onto Springer Drive NE then right (south) onto Linq Cour t NE. Home will be on the right (west).

3 bedrooms 3 bedrooms 2.5 baths 2.5 baths 2,1022,102 sq. ft.sq. ft. $274,990 (base(base price)price) $274,990 $360,830 (base(base priceprice + all + all $360,830 upgrades) upgrades) (505) 453-6050 larry@abrazohomes.com abrazohomes.com

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3 bedrooms 2.5 baths 2,102 sq. ft. $274,990 (base price) $360,830 (base price + all upgrades)

From From the BigtheI, take th nor to th to Big I, I-25 takenor I-25 Hwy 550 left onleft on Hwy(Exit 550 242), (Exit turning 242), turning Hwy 550. on US on 550US West HwyContinue 550. Continue 550 West for 5.7for miles. onto onto 5.7 Turn miles.Left Turn(south) Left (south) Chayote Road Road NE. Turn Chayote NE. left Turn(east) left (east) The Abrazo ‘Loreto’ brings brings a breath of fresh, to dazzle too. With open first floor The Abrazo ‘Loreto’ a breath of fresh, to dazzle too.an With an concept open concept first floor onto Springer Drive Drive NE then onto Springer NE right then right contemporar y air to thetosouthwest. With its living, this home an enter contemporar y air the southwest. Withand its upstairs and upstairs living, this is home is antainer’s enter tainer’s (south)(south) onto Linq NE. Home ontoCour Linqt Cour t NE. Home sleek modern exterior look, the inside is sureis sure dream.dream. sleek modern exterior look, the inside will bewill on be theon right the(west). right (west).

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Twilight Homes

4037 Mountain Trail Loop NW

Lomas Encantadas

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3 bedrooms 2 baths 2,068 sq. ft. $286,990 Vinny Pizzonia (505) 273-9903 vpizzonia@twilighthomesnm.com twilighthomesnm.com

What a fantastic floorplan! With an inviting and open concept, the San Guliano plan stands out. The large living area, open kitchen with bar seating and formal dining/flex room give this

home a spacious layout. This home boasts tray ceilings in the entry hall, great room and master. Granite in the kitchen and baths is one of our standard features.

From the Big I, take I-25 north to Hwy 550 (Exit 242), turning left on Hwy 550. Continue on US 550 west to Hwy 528 (Pat D’Arco Hwy). Turn south (left) on Hwy 528 and then west (right) on Enchanted Hills Blvd. Go to Lincoln Ave and turn south (left) and continue to Camino Encantadas. Turn right on Camino Encantadas to the community.

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Homes by Kim Brooks 3012 Vatapa Road

4 bedrooms 2.5 baths 2,867 sq. ft. $378,950 (base price) $464,950 (base price + all upgrades) Paula Haynesworth (505) 788-3235 phaynesworth@summertreehomesnm.com homesbykimbrooks.com

This spacious four bedroom floor plan is a perfect home. The open concept is inviting and full of features made for daily living. The large gathering room features volume ceilings, a cor-

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ner fireplace, a 16ft sliding glass door as well as an 8ft stand-alone kitchen island. This popular plan is designed to meet all lifestyle needs.

From the Big I, take I-25 north to Hwy 550 (Exit 242), turning left on Hwy 550. Proceed to Pat D’Arco (Hwy 528) and make a left (south) and continue to Idalia Road. Turn right (west) on Idalia Road and continue to Vatapa Road.Turn right (north) on Vatapa Road.

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4537 Skyline Loop NE

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4 bedrooms + office 3 baths 2,050 sq. ft. 306,990 (base price) $328,025 (base price + all upgrades) Online Sales Counselor (505) 750-1209 infoabq@drhorton.com drhorton.com/nm

Our newest show home embraces architectural influences and design elements. This open concept home is a modern floor plan loaded with unique stunning features like America’s Smart

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Home. Imagine entering into your oversized entry, a private bedroom, study, and bathroom before continuing into an open kitchen overlooking your spacious living room. Tour today!

From the Big I, take I-25 north to Hwy 550 (Exit 242), turning left on Hwy. 550. Proceed to Paseo del Volcan. Turn left (south) and continue to Iris Rd NE. Turn right on Iris Rd NE which will turn into Laban Rd NE. Turn left (south) on Grandview St. The model is located on the corner of Grandview St and Skyline Loop.


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6380 Red Falcon Road

4 bedrooms 2 baths 1,907 sq. ft. $253,990 (base price) $269,815 (base price + all upgrades) Channah Israel (505) 772-0072 info@hakesbrothers.com hakesbrothers.com/albuquerque * Home Sunday, * Homenot not open open Sunday, June April7th 26ororJune May14th 3

Luxur y finishes at an unbeatable value! This beautiful Tuscan-style home is located in the popular Mountain Hawk community. The gour-

met kitchen opens to the spacious dining, living and patio area, making this home a natural for enter taining family and friends..

From the Big I, take I-25 nor th to Hwy 550 (Exit 242), turning left on Hwy 550. Turn left onto NW Loop Road. Left on Westphalia Rd, then left onto Golden Eagle and right on Red Falcon.

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4461 Golden Eagle Loop NW

Mountain Hawk II

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4 bedrooms 3.5 baths 2,618 sq. ft. $292,990 Vinny Pizzonia (505) 273-9903 vpizzonia@twilighthomesnm.com twilighthomesnm.com

This wonderful two stor y plan boasts four bedrooms with a possible fifth. Two master bedrooms and baths is what places this home in a class by itself with one upstairs and one

downstairs for the utmost convenience. The spacious downstairs living area is only rivaled by the large open, upstairs loft. What great flexibility in a home!

From the Big I, take I-25 nor th Hwy. 550 (exit 242), turning left on Hwy. 550. Turn left onto NW Loop Road. Left on Westphalia Road, then right onto Golden Eagle.

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6055 Redondo Sierra Vista

Mariposa

3 bedrooms 2 baths 2,251 sq. ft. $375,990 (base price) $469,990 (base price + all upgrades) Vinny Pizzonia (505) 273-9903 vpizzonia@twilighthomesnm.com twilighthomesnm.com

“Sophisticated Comfort” best describes this wellappointed home in Mariposa. Expansive covered decks off the living room and dining room make entertaining a breeze.The Geneva invites the outdoors inside, liter-

ally, as the retractable glass wall opens up the home to the patio.You’ll appreciate spectacular views of the city lights, the bosque and the mountains, as you enjoy a margarita on the rooftop deck of this unique home.

From the Big I, take I-25 north to Hwy 550 (Exit 242), turning left on Hwy. 550. Continue through Bernalillo. Turn left (south) on NW Loop Road. NW Loop Road will turn into Unser Blvd NE. Continue to Mariposa Parkway, turn right (west) on Mariposa Parkway and then turn left (south) onto Redondo Sierra Vista NE. Continue across Blue Grama then slight right to the home.

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3 bedrooms 3 baths 2,500 sq. ft. $680,000 Michael Cecchini (505) 918-8476 mike@ecoterrallc.com ecoterrallc.com *Alternate directions due to road construction.

ECOterra Design/Build designed this contemporar y southwestern home/ar tist studio. Features: rooftop deck, RV-hook up and home automation. This home is built to the Build

Green NM Gold/Emerald (pending) level with renewable energy and will operate at or near net zero energy costs. Come see what ECOterra has been up to lately!

From the Big I take I-25 north to Alameda, exit on Alameda and go west (left). Alameda turns into 528 Pat D’Arco Hwy to Northern Blvd, turn (left) west on Northern Blvd to Unser Blvd turn (left) north on Unser Blvd to Mariposa Pkwy, turn (left) west to Redondo Sierra Vista, turn (left) south on Redondo Sierra Vista to Blue Gramma, road curves so turn (left) south again on Blue Gramma to Ridge Ct. Turn (right) north to 1917 Ridge Ct, home is on the left of the Cul de Sac.

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Pulte Homes

3115 Allyson Way NE

Broadmoor Heights

3 bedrooms 2.5 baths 2,419 sq. ft. $299,990 (base price + all upgrades) Alan Lucio alan.lucio@pulte.com

Jerett Saavedra

jerett.saavedra@pulte.com (505) 349-9910 pulte.com/nm

The spacious ‘Fifth Avenue’ home features an open gathering room showcasing a tiled fireplace, modern stair rail and seamless access to the outdoor covered patio and large backyard. The well-appointed kitchen has quartz

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counter tops, tiled backsplash, accent ceiling and stainlesssteel appliances.The upstairs features a flexible loft, and an owner’s suite with walk-in closets plus designer features throughout.

From the Big I, take I-25 north to the Paseo del Norte exit (Exit 232). Turn left (west) and continue to Coors Blvd. Turn right (north) on Coors Blvd and continue to Hwy 528.Turn left (west) at Northern Blvd and turn right (north) on Broadmoor Blvd. Turn right (east) on Amy Road. Turn left (north) on Gentry Lane and an immediate left (west) on Allyson Way.


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2594 Camino Plata Loop 3 bedrooms 2 baths 1,694 sq. ft. $254,990 Vinny Pizzonia

(505) 273-9903 vpizzonia@twilighthomesnm.com twilighthomesnm.com

You’ll love this award winning floorplan! Thoughtfully laid out, this home is a real winner. At almost 1,700 square feet of living area, this home lives large. With the kitchen open to the

living area, there is plenty of space for entertaining. The generously sized secondary bedrooms are a great addition. The light, bright and open master bedroom really makes this home shine.

From the Big-I, take I-25 nor th to Paseo del Nor te, turning west (left). Take Paseo del Norte to Unser Blvd. Turn nor th (right) on Unser Blvd and continue to Northern Blvd. Turn east (right) on Nor thern Blvd to Broadmoor Blvd. Turn north (left) to Cardiff Ave and turn west (left) to community.

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1522 21st Avenue

3 or 4 bedrooms 2.5 baths 2,412 sq. ft. $360,950 (base price) $444,950 (base price + all upgrades) Lindsey Anderson (505) 385-6701 lindsey@inhouserealtyNM.com homesbykimbrooks.com

Welcome home! This single story home showcases an open floor plan, perfect for entertaining. The 10ft ceilings open the room up and allow in natural light and movement. This

spectacular floor plan features a private wing, separating the homes owner’s suite from the additional bedrooms. Come build your perfect Homes by Kim Brooks San Juan model today!

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From the Big I, take I-25 nor th to Paseo del Nor te and turn west. Stay on Paseo del Nor te to Unser Blvd., turning right on Unser Blvd. Proceed to Wellspring. Turn left or west onto Wellspring, then left again on 21st Avenue.

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The Enclave at Vista Montebella

3 bedrooms 2.5 baths 2,054 sq. ft. $334,900 (base price) $358,122 (base price + all upgrades) JP Rael

(505) 463-4305 jp@thewestway.com thewestway.com

Rio Rancho’s newest and best community is the Enclave at Vista Montebella. This home features a modern, open living space designed for today’s lifestyle.The master suite features a large walk-in closet

and en suite with a garden tub and enclosed shower. The Enclave at Vista Montebella features some of the best views around. Luxurious and efficient, this home is Built a Better Way,The Westway.

From the Big I, take I-40 west to Unser Blvd. Exit right (nor th) on Unser Blvd and continue to Wellspring Ave. Make a U-turn at the light going south on Unser Blvd to Black Arroyo. Turn right (west) on Black Arroyo to 18th Street. Turn right (nor th) on 18th Street to Lynn Rd. Turn left (west) on Lynn Rd to Nugget St. House is on the corner of Lynn Rd and Nugget St.

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#4 Via Faisan

3 bedrooms (+1 casita) 2.5 baths (+¾ casita) 3,067 sq. ft. Maggie Adi (817) 905-8239 maggieadi@joemaez.com desertsagenm.com

At the entrance to Corrales, this two acre lot and home will serve as both a greeting to guests entering the area and a comfor table home for those who reside in it. From the exposed beams in the entr yway and porch,

recessed shower and walk-in-closets in the master bath, cozy centerpiece fireplaces and casita in the back yard; this home has amenities that anyone would love!

From the Big I, take I-25 nor th to the Alameda Blvd exit (exit 233), turning left on Alameda Blvd. Proceed 4.3 miles to Corrales Road. Turn right on Corrales Road and then turn left on Via Faisan (first left after Cabezon Rd). Home will be immediately on your right.

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1575 West Ella Drive

Vista Corrales

3 bedrooms 2 baths 2,775 sq. ft. $699,000 (base price) $919,000 (base price + all upgrades) Terri Yoakum (505) 459-5782 mtyaltair@msn.com altairhomes.com

Whether you are building or Altair’s 40+ years of exper tise edge assure your project is built est quality, energy efficiency, and

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build techniques. Altair’s integrity and awardwinning design ensure that each home or remodel meets your personal needs, lifestyle, and budget.

From the Big I, take I-25 nor th to the Alameda Blvd exit (exit 233), turning left on Alameda Blvd. Proceed 4.3 miles to Corrales Road. Turn right (north) on Corrales Road and then turn left (west) onto West Meadowlar k Road. Turn right (nor th) onto Loma Larga Road and then left (west) onto West Ella Drive. The home is on the left (south side) on the hill.


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145 Cinco Milagros

4 bedrooms 3 baths 2,592 sq. ft. $840,000 (base price) $915,000 (base price + all upgrades) Jeff Parks (505) 450-5247 jeff@jcandersonconstruction.com jcandersonconstruction.com

Located in majestic Corrales, you will find this amazing Pueblo style home with a Southwest hybrid feel. A few of the unique elements include rusty metal roofing, rough sawn beams

and stunning polished concrete floors. This impressive home also showcases a desirable connected casita and extensive por tals for enjoying the beautiful New Mexico weather.

From the Big I, take I-25 north to the Alameda Blvd exit (exit 233), turning left on Alameda Blvd. Proceed west to Corrales Road (NM 448). Turn right (north) on Corrales Road and follow to Target Road. Turn right (east) on Target Road to irrigation ditch and take a left (north) on Price Lane until the first ditch crossing. Go straight ahead onto Cinco Milagros to first property on the left.

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RayLee Homes: A New Generation 25 Paseo Del Luz De Noches

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4 bedrooms 3.5 baths 3,658 sq. ft. $1,499,000 Tammy Grady Thornton (505) 917-1677 tthornton@rayleehomes.com rayleehomes.com

Welcome home! This light and bright custom home has it all. Nestled in the gated community of Rio Compuesto, this stunning home features a beautiful gourmet kitchen, oversized garage, and

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an elegant wood ceiling. The pool and spa offer an oasis so you can relax and enjoy the mountain view. Designed with farmhouse finishes and a chic flair, this home is both inviting and stylish.

From the Big I, take I-25 nor th to the Alameda Blvd exit (exit 233), turning left on Alameda Blvd. Proceed west to Corrales Road. Turn right on Corrales Road and proceed nor th 4.4 miles. Turn right at the Rio Compuesto Community.


the urban farmhouse a nature retreat becomes a friendly and family affair

An oversized island with a quartz countertop anchors the kitchen colors. The light over the dining room table formalizes the space.

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ome things are just meant to be. Erica Jorgensen had been eyeballing a halfacre lot for sale, just around the corner from her home in a gated neighborhood in Los Ranchos de Albuquerque. Tucked into the side of a cul-de-sac, the pie-shaped property abutted an open space where geese and cranes wander, and mature trees dot an otherwise unbroken view of the Sandia Mountains. It was on the market for quite a while. She’d even called to inquire about it a couple of times, daydreaming of its potential. But each time, she passed on it. Then, in late 2018, in a serendipitous conversation with her friend David Waszak, the

tables turned. Waszak, owner of Waszak Design + Build Enterprises, has been building custom homes for 29 years. He, too, had noticed that lot. Hoping to build a home designed to celebrate the gorgeous locale, he’d shown it to one client after another. No takers. “It was a beautiful lot,” he says, “but it was hard for clients to see that.” That pie shape wouldn’t sell itself. As Jorgensen and Waszak verbalized their appreciation for this special lot, an idea hatched. “We said, why don’t we buy it and put a spectacular home here,” says Waszak, “as a joint venture?” It wasn’t a stretch for Jorgensen. Her father is a general contractor, and she and her family own Sound & Signal Systems of New Mexico, Inc., a commercial, low-voltage electrical SUCASAMAGAZINE.COM

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contracting company. Their experience would mesh well together. And while the lot might be a tough sell by itself, they felt confident that topped with the proper spec home, someone would snap it up. On Christmas Eve 2018, Waszak completed the home design in a single sitting. Days later, they closed on the property and, in the truest sense of the term, their speculative venture began. Both ardent fans of the urban farmhouse concept, the duo elected to start with that foundation. Robust steel beams, crisp glass and dark windows set in pale stucco nudge this steadfastly farmhouse exterior into contemporary territory. To best proffer the views, Waszak stair-stepped the anterior, featuring a classic farmhouse façade amid a series of copper, pitched roofs. The fourbedroom, four-bathroom, 3,700-squarefoot abode frames a backyard pool and patio. A heated “bonus room” off the garage opens to the pool, with potential as a home gym or guest quarters. Inside, square beams echo a pitched ceiling trestle. High triple windows flood the room with light. The breakfast nook benches, media cabinet and concrete fireplace banco all “float,” keeping things airy.

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The pie-shaped property abuts an open space where geese and cranes wander, and mature trees dot an otherwise unbroken view of the Sandia Mountains.

Square beams echo a pitched ceiling trestle in the living room, and high windows flood the room with light.

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Above: The kitchen is an open space with lots of storage and custom touches, like the cabinets painted in a custom blue that Jorgensen created, and cabinet-paneled refrigerators.

Engineered white oak flooring retains a rustic undertone, a warm accent against clean, modern lines. An outsized island topped with a monolithic slab of quartz anchors the kitchen colors. It’s difficult to name the striking blue hue of the upright cabinets. “The blue is a color I made up,” says Jorgensen. “I’d had that color in my head and, of course, you can’t just get it. So, we went to three different paint stores to have it specially mixed.”

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the marble tile wall behind the kitchen sink, Jorgensen cleverly set gold Schluter trim between the tiles. Barely visible, it contributes a beautifully executed, very restrained hint of gold that’s more of a feeling than an obvious accent. Flanking both sides of the sink are matching, cabinetpaneled refrigerators, one of which, Jorgensen jokes, is dedicated to her teenage son’s appetite. Facing the pool area, a tri-fold kitchen window allows for food passthrough and conversation while entertaining. A hand-forged hood wrap oversees a Thermador range sizable enough to balance against the massive island. While open and spacious, the home is still skillfully defined. Waszak designed thoughtfully useful, stationed spaces. “I think that’s what he’s a master at, defining the spaces,” says Jorgensen. “He really thinks about living in the space.” For instance, as a transition between the living room and the master suite, he created a snug seating area. Centered around a petite fireplace, it’s a semi-private stopover, roomy enough for two chairs and perfect for unwinding with a nightcap. “He has a vision, and then along the way he molds it. During the framing process he walks through, and he feels, and he thinks, and he tweaks. He’s an artist.” Just as they suspected, by building the right home, a buyer


Left: The pitched ceiling from the other rooms is carried over to the master bedroom, which has gorgeous views of the open space next to the home.

did appear, surprising both. Midway through the project, Jorgensen decided it had to be hers. “Through the process I fell in love with it,” she admits. “Plus, my kids got invested.” Her daughter helped stake the lot, and her son helped smooth the foundation, making it a family affair. Neighboring houses sit just steps away, but the floor plan is so artfully executed that from any window or patio the home feels secluded. “When we first moved in, I felt like we were on vacation,” says Jorgensen. Indeed, the landscaping purposefully fades into an open space that feels like a continuation of her own yard — a retreat in nature.

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“He has a vision, and then along the way he molds it. During the framing process he walks through, and he feels, and he thinks, and he tweaks. He’s an artist.”—Erica Jorgensen It’s modern but classic, spacious yet warm and cozy. Both parties are pleased with their venture. “I’m so happy she ended up with the house,” says Waszak. Would they do it again? Maybe. But if so, “I promised him I wouldn’t buy the house again,” laughs Jorgensen.

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Above: Inset fountains add to the tranquility of the pool area. Below: The home’s exterior has lots of depth and interest. When viewed from a distance, the architecture steps back into layers.


Vida Buena

Discover Ruidoso

by Patricia L. Garcia

a mountain resort like no other

Ruidoso promises a little bit of everything

Above: Haven’t been to Ruidoso in a while? It’s time to revisit. Grindstone Lake provides aquatic entertainment for the whole family.

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Catch the horses at Ruidoso Downs Race Track, even if you aren’t making a bet.

ig cities are great, but there’s something to be said for small New Mexico villages that know how to live big. Take Ruidoso, a mountain resort town of around 10,000, just a three hours’ drive from Albuquerque. Once just a small ski and gambling destination, Ruidoso is a growing, hip place with charm enough for small towners and big city folk. Named for the river that runs through it, and located in the Sacramento Mountains, nature is all around. It’s not uncommon to see elk, deer, even turkey, roaming around town. So, just a drive through town is enough to entertain those who just need a breath of fresh air, but there’s plenty more to enjoy. For more nature, with a curated twist, visit the Hondo Iris Farm, where you’ll find irises, yes; but also, a small art gallery too. The farm hosts an iris festival each May. If you want to try something new, disc golf might be an option. Ruidoso is quickly being recognized for its disc golf courses, easily some of the best in New Mexico. There’s a total of 81 holes in Ruidoso, and a new course on Moon Mountain designed by professional disc golfer Eric McCabe will be ready in May. The village has put a lot of investment into Grindstone Lake, making it an ideal spot for families. The lake used to be solely for fishing, but can now be enjoyed by boaters and swimmers, alike. A floating water park is a hit with kids, while adults can paddleboard. If the outdoors aren’t your thing, there’s still plenty for you to do in SUCASAMAGAZINE.COM

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Ruidoso. Catch world-class performances at the Spencer Theater. The $21 million facility is host to Broadway shows, as well as national recording artists. And, when there’s not a performance, you can view the largest collection of Chihuly glass in the Southwest. Even if you’re not into gambling, it’s still worth visiting the Ruidoso Downs Race Track to see the majestic horses here. The racetrack has earned plenty of accolades, hosting the prestigious All American Futurity, and plenty of national winners have raced here. Again, you don’t need to bet any money to watch the races, so it’s a great way to pass the afternoon with family and friends. History buffs will enjoy Fort Stanton and Lincoln, both just a short drive away. Both areas are ripe with history, thanks to

the Native American peoples of the area, such as the Mogollon, the Piros and the Mescalero Apaches, as well as a famed kid named Billy. There’s also the American Museum of the West that encapsulates the spirit of the American West, with an interactive display to keep kids entertained. Along the main road — that’s Sudderth Drive — you’ll find antique shops, art galleries, souvenir shops and other boutique shops to satisfy any shopping needs. The local shops will give you a taste of local artisans’ work. There are also plenty of restaurants when you need a break from shopping. It’s time to discover Ruidoso all over again. With activities for everyone, it’ll be hard to resist visiting again and again.

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Where to Eat + Drink in Ruidoso (And Close By)

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The pork porterhouse at The Texas Club is a popular option.

Hunt & Harvest Billing itself as an earth to fork restaurant, Hunt & Harvest serves consciously sustained and sourced meats and vegetables. You’ll find locally sourced bison on the menu, as well as crispy fried Brussels sprouts and dishes that celebrate New Mexico’s star plant, green chile. The restaurant is a cutely rustic spot in the Midtown shopping district. facebook.com/huntandharvestruidoso Glencoe Distillery Grab a craft cocktail at Glencoe Distillery, which serves single malt whiskey, gin, vodka and Aquila (that’s their version of tequila). The tasting room is located next to co-owners Glenn and Sherry Barrow’s wood furniture and home accessory showroom, Wood Swan, which means you’ll find a lot of their work in the distillery too, from wooden serving trays to the wooden barrel-like entrance. A great ambiance you wouldn’t expect in a small mountain village. (575) 937-0596 The Texas Club In the 1960s, actor Dale Robertson purchased this building as his private residence where his Texas friends could stay during visits. He later dubbed the property “The Texas Club,” and charged $1 to become a member. Fast forward to today, and The Texas Club is a top spot to get a great steak. Pasta and seafood round out the menu for an upscale meal out. texasclubruidoso.com Michael J’s Italian-American Cuisine Chef-owner Brian Flowers’ fine dining restaurant serves traditional Italian fare, from pastas to seafood-inspired plates to a carefully curated offering of wines. The restaurant is in a converted home, and offers outdoor seating so you can enjoy a meal and the gorgeous scenery. The spot is popular, so be sure to call ahead to make a reservation. michaeljsrestaurant.com Noisy River Sushi A new addition to the Ruidoso dining scene, this Asian-fusion sushi spot was opened by a Tucson transplant. The restaurant offers Japanese curry, poke salads, hot and cold appetizers and, of course, sushi. noisywatersushi.com Hall of Flame Burgers Sometimes you just want a tasty, juicy burger, right? Hall of Flame is the place to satisfy that craving. No frills, just good stuff here. This casual walk-up counter restaurant has been voted best burger in the county since 2007. And, if you’re not feeling a burger, you can grab other grub too, like a Philly cheesesteak or tacos. (575) 257-9987 The Khrome Grill The most important meal of the day is breakfast, and The Khrome Grill is one of the best breakfast options in Ruidoso. With a whimsical 1950s motif, the diner makes everything from scratch. You’ll get downhome cooking here, so don’t miss out on this restaurant during your Ruidoso trip. facebook.com/KhromeGrill94 102

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spirit of the Southwest Sited on a 1.29-acre lot just off the banks of the Rio Grande, this four-bedroom, four-bath home has Southwestern sensibilities, from the wooden chevron-pattern double exterior front doors to the chevron-patterned beam ceilings throughout. The open kitchen, which has an additional sink for easy cleanup, opens to a bright breakfast nook with a gas fireplace and three picture windows. A formal dining room is vibrant and open, ensuring plenty of space for guests during meals big and small. Ceramic tile throughout the home means easy maintenance. In the master suite, a spacious sitting room with wet bar is set apart from the sleeping area by a three-sided gas fireplace. A guest suite includes its own sitting area and full bath for ultimate privacy. The home’s backyard has a patio and plenty of space to appreciate the home’s natural surroundings. Listing Price: $865,000 Contact: Judy Lucero, 505-980-1351 Re/Max Select selectnm.com


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mid-century marvel Built by famed architect Lawrence Garcia as his family home, this historic split-level four-bedroom, three-bath home features the best of mid-century modern design, as well as updated features that will increase comfort for the whole family. Throughout the home, you’ll find spacious rooms for which to entertain in style. The open kitchen, for example, has a large center island with cooktop, as well as an L-shaped countertop with seating, and opens into the dining and living areas. Numerous windows throughout keep the home bright and airy, while wood floods bring a natural and soft feel. A separate studio can be used as an office, gym or art studio. A pond with a meandering waterfall, and native plants, create a calming way to enjoy the backyard. Located in the Vista Larga historic neighborhood, the home is close to the best that the city has to offer. Listing Price: $897,000 Contact: Paul Holley, 505-363-1533 Realty One of New Mexico, paulholley.com

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where everyone knows your name

Janet and Robert Carson are owners of the Oak Tree Cafe. He started the original Oak Tree with his parents in 1985.

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f you have been to Oak Tree Cafe a few times, there is a good chance that owner Robert Carson already knows your order. Taking the time to know each guest has been one of the keys to success for Oak Tree Cafe, which opened in 1985. “I remember who they are because over here you can’t just take their order, you’ve just got to remember the people that come in,” Carson says. “We’re not a franchise. We’ve got to say hello, thank you, have a great day, what can I do for you. You need to know their names.” Carson opened the restaurant’s first location on San Mateo with his parents, Michael and Sarah Carson. There have been several moves over the years — from San Mateo to Downtown to Uptown to Menaul, and now to its current location on Alameda, which Robert Carson opened with his wife, Janet. Loyal customers have followed. “I have had customers that have followed me since the ’80s, and what’s ironic is they were young children at that time and now they’re adults and they’re coming in with their children,” Carson says. “And sometimes I can look out on that floor and see at least 10 to 15 customers a day from the ’80s here. They have followed me from Downtown to here, from Uptown Boulevard over here. (We have a) very loyal following.”


“We’re all about freshness, definitely local. Even today most of the recipes and ingredients are the same that we used in ’85.” —Robert Carson

Left: The Monty Hall — turkey breast, New Mexico green chile and melted pepper jack and cheddar on a baguette — is a big seller at the Oak Tree Cafe.

Oak Tree Cafe did not develop its clientele solely on its customer service. Its fresh and organic food offerings had something to do with it. “We’re all about freshness, definitely local,” Carson explains. “Even today most of the recipes and ingredients are the same that we used in ’85. We still continue to use local chiles, local bakeries, high-end meats, which a majority we cook here in the kitchen. Our roast beefs are cooked here. Our corned beefs are cooked here. ... We make our own salad dressings here. Right now we’re at 99.9 percent organic vegetables, lettuce and everything like that.” Patrons pack the house on Friday nights for the restaurant’s fish and chips. Fresh haddock is beer-battered in house and served with a side of house-made coleslaw and a tartar sauce. Oak Tree Cafe is also popular for its sandwiches, salads and burgers. “The Monty Hall (sandwich) has always been a big seller,” Carson says. “It’s a turkey breast sandwich with New Mexico green chile, pepper jack cheese, cheddar cheese on a baguette, with lettuce and tomato. That’s always done well for us, and we also have our Extreme, which is our own roast beef that we cook here with the green chile, provolone, on a baguette with au jus.” When it comes to burgers you cannot

You can’t go wrong with the New Mexico Green Chile Cheeseburger at the Oak Tree Cafe.

go wrong with the New Mexico Green Chile Cheeseburger, another top seller. “We took third in 2017 at the State Fair,” Carson says. “We should have [taken] better than that, but I’ll take third. The crew did a great job. I really put a lot on my staff. They make me look good. The staff makes me look good, and they have the same pride and the same values that I do. ... I am very fortunate to have a staff that feels that way.” Oak Tree Café, 4545 Alameda Blvd. NE, Albuquerque, cafeoaktree.com SUCASAMAGAZINE.COM

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Su Libro

natural style learn to appreciate nature, and how to bring it indoors

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Below: The call of nature can mean including rustic and weathered items in addition to natural pieces. Here, the home of antique dealers Lindsea and Danny Dragomir of HouseofHarvest.com, features a wooden shelf with glass bottles.

Photograph by Hans Blomquist © Ryland Peters & Small 2019

Inspired by Nature: Creating a Personal and Natural Interior, by Hans Blomquist, Ryland Peters & Small, hardback, $26.

ould I be lying if I said I didn’t attempt to make a lovely bouquet of fresh wild mustard flowers for my mom after reading Hans Blomquist’s Inspired by Nature: Creating a Personal and Natural Interior? Absolutely. By the way Blomquist speaks of nature in the book — and the influence it has had on his design style — one could not help but be enthralled with the nature around them, even the “weeds.” Influenced by a childhood appreciating the natural world, Blomquist explains that everything in nature can beautify the home, from wasps’ nests (without the wasps, of course!) to bird feathers to branches with withered leaves and flowers. “Some of the best things in life are free — especially everything that comes from nature,” he writes. “There is such a treasure chest out there in every season, but particularly in spring when the natural world around us simply erupts into leafy greens and delicate blossoms, and it is all there for us to enjoy on a country walk or when driving through the countryside.” If you want to bring the outdoors indoors, it’s easy enough to simply go outside and find the right item to create the mood you want to evoke, Blomquist writes. There’s no need to overthink the process, simply choose one natural element you like and then build around it. Go big or go small — it’s your home and you know what works best. But, if you want more curated examples from which to start, Blomquist includes a variety of homes that embrace a natural style in vastly different ways, from a rustic and

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modern home in Marrakech to an American wooden farmhouse. The book hails nature as the ultimate design element, as well as vintage items, such as old work benches and rusty metal pieces. Natural textures, such as suede lampshades, can elevate an otherwise sterile space into one that is both livable and breathable. This book is a great reminder to readers both in rural areas and in concrete jungles to stop and smell the flowers (even if they are weeds) and appreciate every bit of nature around them. —Patricia L. Garcia

Photograph by Hans Blomquist © Ryland Peters & Small 2019

Natural textures, such as these blue-striped grain sacks, transform a corner space into a comfy nook.

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Just Winging Through

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Above: The Bullock’s oriole; left: Western kingbird.

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othing sets a birder’s heart aflutter like the prospect of spring migration, which starts in midFebruary and runs into early June. In New Mexico, where our birds tend to be of the LBB (“little brown bird”) variety most of the year, spring migration brings some welcome color into our trees—and our binoculars. Most of the birds migrating into, or merely passing through, New Mexico are headed northbound from Central America and Mexico, offering fleeting glimpses of gorgeous tropical hues. So who’s just passing through, and who’s staying? The impossibly beautiful cedar waxwings are among our first early spring temporary guests. Watch for them flocking in berry-bearing trees and enjoying the sunshine. Evening grosbeaks and red crossbills will be passing through, too. In late spring, Western and summer tanagers make thrilling appearances, showing off their bright yellow and red, and all red coloring, respectively. The Bullock’s oriole is an impressive and hard-to-forget bird, its orange and black body accented with a dramatic white wing splash. The secret to attracting tanagers and orioles? Put out orange halves (cut side face up) and grape jelly. We’ll of course begin to see broad-tailed and black-chinned hummingbirds in initially small numbers in late March to early April, with the larger contingent arriving in May. Some will make camp in New Mexico for the entire summer; others will move on. These tiny creatures are in dire need of calories after their long and arduous trip, so have a feeder ready for them containSpecial Advertising Section ing a 1:4 mix of white sugar to water. Moving 10 Atole Way in for the summer will Placitas be black-headed grosbeaks, Western and Mindy Prokos Cassin’s kingbirds, and Associate Broker, ABR American and lesser La Puerta Real Estate Services, LLC Cell: 505-400-6488 goldfinches, among Office: 505-867-3388 many other colorful 01 Ridge Court, Placitas, NM 87043 beauties. Keep your mindy@lapuertallc.com feeders filled and your binoculars at the ready Exceptionally imaginative home inspired by nature. Solar to enjoy them for the panels create outage proof, grid-free option. The round adobe tower rises 33 ft. Live in sunlit rooms that radiate brief time they’re in throughout the entire home & restore your balance town. with nature. Engage creativity in the 800+ sq. ft. Studio/ Amy Gross is a birder and guest quarters with northern exposure that inspires. the organizer of Santa Fe “Stonehenge” replica perfectly aligned with the solstices. Birdbrains, a Northern New Must see to experience! MLS#960362 $721,000 Mexico–based Meetup group.

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¡Salud!

by James Selby

a rosé by any other name

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osé, the pink-hued stepchild of wine, has only recently emerged as hip, enjoyable, even serious. There’s a lingering misconception all pink wine is sweet, like those marketed as white zinfandel or blush. But Americans who love wine understand what commonly appears on shelves and wine lists are dry, crisp and refreshing. What is rosé, exactly, how is it made and what are our options? Rosé is made from red grapes, taking its pinkish tint from brief contact with the skins during maceration, a process of crushing grapes. That juice is drained from the skins before getting dark. Also, to intensify flavor and aroma in the production of red wine, winemakers may draw off liquid to increase the ratio of juice to skin. The byproduct becomes rosé. This method, with a pretty French name, saigneé (“sohnyah”), grimly translated as “to bleed,” produces a finer, complex rosé. Another technique is vin gris (“van-gree”), in which a red grape is crushed and juice is immediately separated, producing a mere trace of color, which the ancients called “gray.” Blanc de noir Champagne is a kind of vin gris. These processes create a broad range of tones from coral, pale salmon, orange-pinkish to nearly ruby. Most are called

rosés, but some may be labeled Vin Gris (Birichino 2018, Asian pear; orange zest), or Gris de Gris (Domaine de Fontsainte 2018, raspberry, chokeberry and citrus). Generally, rosés should be quaffed young, within two years, but those from the Bandol region in the south of France will hold for years (Chateau de Pibarnon 2018; suave, spicy and deeply expressive). Such diverse regions and profiles make rosés an attractive, year-round pleasure. As Kay Thompson sings in Funny Face, the 1957 Hollywood musical, “If you want that quelque chose, think pink!”.

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pink and complex, rosé is a year-round pleasure

Above, left and bottom center: Produced in Corbières, France, Domaine de Fontsainte’s Gris de Gris has notes of raspberry, chokeberry and citrus.

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“The portal has beautiful, sweeping views with great sunsets,” says Salomon Velasquez, architect with Woods Design Builders in Santa Fe. That’s why he designed this space with no obstructions like railing or fencing. “You usually don’t go out to the portal to stand,” he says, “you go out to sit with a cup of coffee in the morning.” The tumbled brick, with soft edges, and wood beams lend to the natural feel of the space. The almost 1,000-square foot porch is primed for entertaining, with an outdoor kitchen and viga fireplace, and a nighttime scene that’s as stunning as the morning views. “Once it goes dark, you can see the city lights, and it’s just an amazing view.” Woods Design Builders, woodsbuilders.com 112

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