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Sierra Crest neighborhood of West El Paso is a retreat-like home aimed to reflect the ambiance of a different era.

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youngest daughter, who used a wheelchair, the space to move with ease. The halls and home are designed to be adaptable and easy for any person to live in, at any age, with any disability. There are no steps in the house and no barriers; built with safety, practicality and comfort in mind. This four-bedroom, three-bath home flows with ease, mixing indoor and outdoor effortlessly. Large windows welcome the breeze to keep the house fresh, just as they do in Central America. White walls offer the simplicity of a spiritual retreat in the hills, which is the best way to describe this tranquil, cozy home.

Upon starting the build in 1998, homeowners Oscar and Julie Gereda

“We call it our humble abode.” Says Oscar Gereda, who comments

desired to conjure a space that mirrored the best parts of a building

that it was built to be as unpretentious as possible. “That’s the first

aged four hundred years. Oscar Gereda, a native of Guatemala and

thing we hear when people come to visit, that there’s an old-world

inspired by an upbringing of working on his grandfather’s ranch in

feeling of tranquility and solitude.” He says.

Chihuahua, Mexico, desired to merge the look of traditional Spanish colonial style buildings with the simplicity of a Mexican-style ranch. After honeymooning in Guatemala, the pair gathered the ideas for their unique home, and Julie Gereda, an architect, got started on the design.

“It’s a huge compliment when people are comfortable here. They don’t really want to leave, they like to hang out.” Says Julie Gereda with a laugh. Every bedroom in the house welcomes a different view of the surrounding green, mountainous area, but the master bedroom holds

To achieve this old world look, the Geredas chose stained concrete

the ultimate prize of them all, a view of the moon rising over the

floors as the base for the home, weathered wood and Talavera tiles to

mountain each night. Julie Gereda kept the outdoors in mind when

accent the walls. High ceilings as you enter and move through hang

designing the rooms and home in an L shape layout. She says between

above wide-open hallways, which Julie Gereda designed to allow their

the needs, lot and orientation of the home, it quickly carved itself out.

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As for the kitchen, the grand four-foot by eight-foot island made of

if you pass (and perhaps grab a book from) the 12-foot tall bookshelf

walnut hardwood from Dripping Springs Texas is considered by the

that Julie deems the heart of the home. Back out in the sunroom, large

couple to be one of the smartest things they decided on. It offers the

French windows allow for a spectacular view of the glowing sunset,

chef of the evening the space to work while giving the whole family

ending with the sparkling lights of El Paso and Juárez after dark.

enough space to gather around. Above the center island are two oversized half circle light fixtures that Julie Gereda calls her “brass drums” because banging on them is a family recognized call to dinner. A matching antique brass chandelier in the dining room is one of the few flashy pieces in the home, bringing a regal touch to the otherwise casual space. Although the home is on the smaller side at 3,100 square feet, the couple says that they have hosted two weddings here, successfully accomodating fifty to sixty guests at a time. The many windows and doors in the home create a feeling of vast openness, making it comfortable for guests and family alike. Indoor-outdoor living areas were essential to the couple when building their home, which is made evident by the impressive 25yard infinity pool that lies just past the outdoor sitting areas. One of my favorite spots in the home is the sunroom. It’s filled with cozy couches and magnificent scenic sights. You can only reach this room

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When many locals think of large, glamorous homes in the El Paso area, neighborhoods in the city’s west side and Upper Valley may immediately come to mind. However, one lavish East El Paso residence is proving that beautiful, classic estates know no one zip code.

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Between Rojas and Pellicano lies the Rancho del Sol Subdivision, a quiet neighborhood teeming with

seven bathrooms, and 8,845 square feet of timeless beauty. “It is large, gated for privacy, and a beautiful one-acre lot,” Woo said. “(It) looks more like a Las Vegas house.”

resemble

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neighborhood, that hasn’t always been the case. The home that

a handful of large houses comprise

previously stood on the property was built in 1979, and was later

the area, including one residence

demolished. According to Woo, the owner hired a subcontractor to

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rebuild the current residence in 2011. And the rest is history.

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moment you arrive at its driveway. “Our upper end homes have sold very well this past year,” Realtor Sue

Woo tells The City Spaces. “This eastside house was very unique and required that special buyer.”

The estate is warm and welcoming from the moment you step foot on its tiled entryway. Large, arched doors adorned with rustic detailing greet you as you make your way into a world of pure luxury. The bottom floor of the two-story home features an open-yet-cozy floor plan with several bright windows, high ceilings featuring gorgeous crown

When you arrive at the intersection of Swaps and Double Jay drives,

molding and recessed lighting and elegant columns at the entrance

prepare to be overcome by a sudden wave of elegance. The luxurious

of each room. Chandeliers, fireplaces, warm walls and floors are the

corner home is the largest in the neighborhood with six bedrooms,

perfect complement, making any guest immediately feel right at home.

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As you continue making your way through the house, you’ll notice a kitchen that would inspire even the most infrequent of cooks to whip up a four-course meal. The area includes dark mahogany cabinets, stainless steel appliances, granite countertops and a special dining nook that also serves up some scenery. The home’s second story is just as extravagant as the first, beginning with its copper-colored staircase that gracefully winds its way up to

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“No one would believe that big of a home would be in that area.”

the top floor. Along the spacious hallways are bedrooms with classic hardwood flooring, private balconies overlooking an enormous yard,

Although the home has accommodations aplenty, Woo says the

and walk-in closets that any fashionista would dream of.

house is most unique for an entirely different reason—its location.

The beauty of this home doesn’t stop at its interior—both the

Factories and other industrial buildings can be found just over a mile

front and back yards look like something out of a resort pamphlet.

away, making the home—and all of Rancho del Sol—a true hidden

The backyard area features an indoor and outdoor pool, allowing its

gem.

owners to live in a constant state of vacation. You can also enjoy soft grass, walkways along palm trees and desert plants, and a large

“No one would believe that big of a home would be in that area,” Woo said. “(It’s a) fabulous custom executive home.”

cabana that’s perfect for entertaining. The home’s realtor says the house’s exterior is so opulent that it even serves as a great backdrop for photography. “It’s great for photoshoots,” Woo said. “They did a photoshoot recently with people

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from California and also a photoshoot for a beautiful young lady who

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DIVIDED SOUL DAVID ALAN HARVEY David Alan Harvey’s “Divided Soul” is a must have for any homeowner on the border. Comprising photos taken over the famed photographer’s long, illustrious career, “Divided Soul” captures the magic and diversity of our planet’s Latin diaspora. While picking it up, you might as well buy all of Harvey’s other collections—he’s that good. VOGUE: THE COVERS DODIE KAZANJIAN Originally released in 2011, this photo collection has since been updated every year. The latest edition, published last year, is no different than its predecessors. That’s to say that it’s beautiful. Nothing is more deserving of a spot on your coffee table, I promise. UNDERWATER DOGS SETH CASTEEL Lucky for us, this is just what it sounds like: a colorful photo collection of canines chasing toys under water. You’ll enjoy it, as will everyone else under your roof no matter their age—assuming you’re not cat people, of course. NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC: THE PHOTOGRAPHS LEAH BENDAVID-VAL There are probably good stories in the National Geographic, but I’ve never read one. That’s because, like most people, I pick up the esteemed magazine for the pictures, and nothing else. It turns out that all of the best shots have been synthesized into one big book. It’s like the travel channel, but way more sophisticated.

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On El Paso’s westside sits a custom home by Oeste Homes that will transport you to Santa Fe. The home is unique amongst its neighbors—the darker tan color, wood beams, and landscaping are rarely found in El Paso. The interior is inspired by Southwestern Pueblo architecture, consisting of: kiva fireplaces, vigas, metal work and wood features. Current owners, Gary and Shannon Thomson, fell in love with this 3,466 square foot home’s wood features, gorgeous courtyard, open concept and views of the Franklin Mountains. Built and styled with classic Adobe, the exterior encapsulates the New Mexican culture. Accents of wood beams and doors add definition to the home. Leading up to the house, you will be entranced by a desert scene with blooming cacti and shrubs. To add on to that, the beautifully crafted front door opens into a gorgeous and spacious courtyard. The courtyard features tall walls, a kiva fireplace, and lastilla vigas for the ceiling. This space is perfect for a warm welcoming entrance and entertaining. The double glass doors in the courtyard open to a spacious living area with a view. A kiva fireplace, niches and tile in the living area add to the New Mexican warmth this home displays. Looking up you will see lastilla vigas throughout the living, kitchen and dining areas. Lastilla vigas were used to support the weight of the roof to the load-bearing exterior walls. The Pueblo Revival style brought back lastilla vigas for ornamental use, as opposed to the structural purpose they had originally served.

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shaded spot for a summer lunch. The backyard also offers an outdoor kitchen that consists of all features with an additional pizza oven making an optimal space for barbeques and dinner parties. Adding on to this entertainment space is a large pool and hot tub. This backyard is an oasis in the middle of a desert. The Santa Fe style home also comes with a hidden gem. With all these beautiful features, what else could it have? A gorgeous casita and/or mother-in-law suite is accessible from the backyard. A one bedroom, 3/4 bath with large windows, wood features and views, the casita will give your guest an amazing stay. This is truly a unique home in heart of West Texas.

The main living areas are not the only ones that display Southwestern Pueblo Architecture—the master bedroom, three guest suites and three bath also have wood features, tile and plantation shutters incorporating this style. The spacious master has a view of the Franklin Mountains as well as a door that leads to the backyard. The guest suites are very spacious and have everything your guest could ever need. The backyard features amazing views of the Franklin Mountains and

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AAA Home Inspections AAA Home Inspections is a family owned firm since 2013. It is a sister company to AAA Pest Control Inc., which was founded by Isaac Quezada’s parents in 1997. While Isaac was already a licensed termite inspector working closely with realtors, he became a licensed home and mold inspector to provide clients with a company that can offer an insight that no other service providers can. Isaacs’s main focus was to stand out with an inspection to better educate the home buyer, owner and realtor on a home’s condition before the purchase and or presale. “We understand that no house is perfect, whether it’s a re-sale home or a new home, but if we can help the client understand the properties’ conditions, it allows in a better educated decision of the home’s value pre or during sale. Further, we provide several free warranties included in every inspection to benefit and protect the clients even after the transaction has been completed,” explained Isaac. AAA is also the only company in the area who offer sewer scope and mold consultations. In addition to working directly with realtors, home buyers and sellers, Isaac and his team offer consulting services to real estate groups to better educate them in reviewing home, termite and mold inspection reports. www.thecitymagazineelp.com Photographed by: LUIS MIRANDA

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o most of us, summer means more fun outings with our furry four-legged family members. What it doesn’t mean is blistered puppy paws sizzling on the hot cement.

To keep pet safety at the forefront of our minds while enjoying the sweltering El Paso summer months, we have reached out to award-winning holistic veterinarian Dr. Gary Richter of the Pet Panel at Rover.com for the best ways to protect our pets.

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Hotter Than It Looks As desert dwellers, temperatures into the high 90s are our daily norm. When you’re covered in fur though, things are a bit more serious.

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Immediate medical attention is necessary when exhibiting these signs. Prevent your animal from overheating by never leaving them in a car alone. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,

Heat stroke can be a life-threatening issue, according to Dr. Richter,

a vehicle sitting in temperatures of 80 to 100 degrees will raise inside

who warns about the worst-case scenario when our pet’s body

temperatures to 130 to 172 degrees. Lowered windows don’t add

temperatures rise too high. It can be a real issue because unlike

much relief to animals in vehicles on hot days, and they are still forced

humans who release sweat through the skin, dog’s sweat releases

to recycle hot air in their lungs. When running with dogs outside, Dr. Richter advises to keep trips

through their footpads, which is not a sufficient enough means of cooling in high temperatures.

short, not only to protect your pup from overheating but to prevent

Excessive panting and rapid breaths are two common signs to watch

painful burns to his paw pads. Pets should be kept indoors on hot days,

out for when wondering if your pet is hot or not. If a pet becomes

and when there’s a heat advisory for people, the same precaution

disoriented or passes out, this is an advanced sign of heat stroke.

should apply to pets.

Stinging Summer Every so often, Dr. Richter comes across a dog with a severe bee sting, but thankfully, he says the majority of bee encounters only lead to facial swelling. If your animal buddy's curiosity guides them into a stinging surprise, over the counter antihistamines like Benadryl will work just fine in soothing the pain. Some pups are allergic to bee stings just like humans, and in these cases, immediate medical care is necessary.

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Dangerous Desert Creatures

Okay, snake attack, now what? "This is not a 'wait and see' situation,"

Tick control and transmission is a severe issue year-round. Checking

says Dr. Richter. Expect swelling, pain, and possible fainting. You must

beneath your pet's coat after letting them outside is essential to tick

carry your animal to the car to not increase the heart rate and blood

prevention.

circulations, which spreads the venom faster. Then get to the vet

Your veterinarian can also offer oral pills (which are highly effective),

ASAP.

or other options like topical repellents and tick collars. When using

A rattlesnake vaccine does exist for pet parents who live in more

all-natural tick sprays, Dr. Richter advises to combine it with another

open areas. This vaccine doesn't prevent a pup from being bitten, but

form of tick prevention.

lessens the effect of the venom, buying you more time to get your pet

"They can try a combination of an oral pill and a collar," says Dr. Richter.

to a veterinarian's office.

Southwest summers mean that rattlesnakes and other snakes are

Rattlesnake avoidance training is also a popular method for dog

coming out of hibernation. Snakes become more active during 80 to

safety. Dog's can be trained to listen for rattles and to go in the other

90-degree weather, and this is especially dangerous for our pets. Close

direction when hearing one. This is a life-saving skill for those who

monitoring of animals outdoors in these areas is the key to safety.

enjoy mountain hiking with their four-legged best friend.

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SWIMMING POOLS WATER ELEMENTS

| By: GRACE NEUHAUS, CERTIFIED FENG SHUI CONSULTANT & PRACTITIONER | Summertime is here and while some are enjoying the heat, plenty of

resembles the figure eight and eight is the most auspicious number in

us are looking for a way to cool down! One summer time favorite is

Feng Shui. Also, try opening the windows or doors to the home as it

the swimming pool. Here are some benefits of having a water feature

helps to invite the wealth into your space.

as well as some Feng Shui tips to have them work in your favor!

Vitally important, the pool should never, at anytime look stagnant.

The most auspicious area to have a swimming pool or water feature

Adding a water fall feature to the pool will continually move the

is located in the back-left area of the home—this is known as the

energy and benefit you financially. If you are unable to add a moving

wealth sector. When you step outside to your backyard, it is located

water feature to your existing pool, you can aid the energy by adding

in the left corner of the property facing out. Water in this area is

a hallow, metal, five-rod windchime nearby.

beneficial to our wealth and finances.

Keeping the pool clean of debris and maintained properly is essential

It is important that the pool is proportionate to your home. While it is

also. If the pool turns green, has debris or is never used, it can cause

tempting to build the pool of your dreams, you should still not have an

the adverse effect of financial loss. The clearer your water feature, the

overly large pool as it will overwhelm the property and its occupants’

better both your finances and clarity of mind will me. Bad, dirty water

Chi. A kidney shaped pool is also considered very beneficial as it

is worse than having no water at all.

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If you are unable to have a pool in your backyard due to limited space, you may also consider purchasing a water feature such as a fountain which can be easily found at most garden centers. A potent fountain is one that features moving water; such as a turning water wheel. Adding a light to the design is another energetic touch. You can also build a waterfall with river rocks with a pooled area at the bottom. Another way to add the water element is to make a small koi fish pond in the wealth sector. Koi fish signify abundance because in Feng Shui lore, the word “fish” stands for “abundance.” It is equally important that you keep the fish happy and healthy, as sickly fish are worse than having no fish at all. Water is a soothing and relaxing element whether you are swimming in a pool, sitting by the ocean, listening to a waterfall or are mesmerized by swimming koi. I hope you enjoy the days of summer and the benefits of Feng Shui in your life.

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Organic Plant Fertilizer We’ve all seen the commercials; organic plant fertilizer is in! Organic materials in organic fertilizer foster growth of soil organisms, creating a healthier bed for roots to develop and grow. It strengthens the plant overall, and is not much more costly than regular fertilizer.

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Shichimi Togarashi A delicious seven-ingredient spice is making its way from restaurants to our kitchen cabinets faster than we can say “ramen noodles.” This is a spice that not only enhances the flavor of seemingly perfect bowls of ramen soup at our local ramen houses, but was actually originally created as an herbal medicine. It’s citrusy, spicy and salty—a flavor trifecta.

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2 Interesting Additions Subtle additions to the home that make you look twice are in. For instance, these “bamboo” hinges made of brass are bringing nature indoors with elegance. Another example of this would be the cute, yet odd weather predicting storm cloud spotted at Uncommon Goods online. The way the liquid in the glass cloud crystalizes is supposed to predict the weather. Cute and definitely interesting!

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Water Bottles With the outrageous amount of waste we create every day, I’m surprised water bottles are still legal. Choosing water filters for faucets, in pitchers and in water bottles is the environmentally responsible way of tomorrow-land.

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Things that Do Not Spark Joy Borrowing a note from Marie Kondo’s “Tidying Up” brilliant—and surely decluttered—mind, throw out under used items that do not spark joy. Whether it’s an old blouse that you were fired in, or a book that you can’t manage to force yourself to finish, make sure happiness strikes you when picking up any item in the home.

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Shedding Fur-Babies Maybe I’m the last one on this train or maybe I’m about to change your life with this info, either way, your welcome. If someone had simply told me that I could avoid grey cat hair on every seat in the house by brushing Whisper with a kitty brush, I would have spent those $5 years ago. Summertime means shedding, so brush your fur-children often to reduce the mess.

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The City Spaces Summer 2019  

In this issue: Home Designs in Every Style, Don't Sweat Your Pets, Pools that Make a Splash and much more!

The City Spaces Summer 2019  

In this issue: Home Designs in Every Style, Don't Sweat Your Pets, Pools that Make a Splash and much more!