32 E Camino Abajo de la Loma, Ranchos de Taos, NM 87557 (MLS # 102413)
You'll discover a touch of Old Taos in this enchanting circa 1940 adobe home in Ranchos de Taos. The pre-war years in particular were a time of rural economies, and this property is reminiscent of that time, from the pretty pasture in front to the acequia (water rights!) to the lush mature trees that provide shade in summer and an abundance of gold leaves in the fall. Enter the property through a rustic latilla gate. The driveway leads to a studio on your left, the home (straight ahead and slightly left), and an attached garage currently used as a workshop. Beyond the garage is the backyard, which receives plenty of sunlight and almost begs to be developed into a veggie garden (there are already two productive apricot trees on the property) or turned into a terrific lawn, ideal for hosting barbecues and potlucks. The main house is constructed of adobe inside and out; that is, the interior walls of the original structure are adobe, too. A covered porch runs the length of the front of the home. Step through the front door into the living room, which has a woodstove, a propane wall heater, a ceiling fan, and a glass-fronted built-in cabinet-great for storing board games or housing a few books. The viga/plank ceilings and wood floors you'll find in the living room run throughout the house. To the right is the dining room, an inviting place to serve a meal. Just off the dining room is the kitchen, which has a vintage farm sink: a one-piece cast-iron single sink with a cast-iron drainboard. There's a five-burner gas stove and a refrigerator. Cutouts between the kitchen and the sitting room, as well as an archway between the two rooms, adds architectural interest. The sitting room can be used as a den, a study, an exercise room, or anything else you can imagine for this generous space. (Check out the nichos-great for displaying a special piece of art, perhaps a santo or a retablo.) The sitting room opens to the master bedroom, which has a corner kiva fireplace, a built-in trastero, new windows, and a ceiling fan. Through the sitting room is the bathroom, which has a tub/shower, linen storage, a tile floor, and a plaster ceiling. The bathroom opens to the laundry room, which in turn accesses the garage. The garage is of block construction, with a concrete floor and beam/plank ceilings, and it makes a terrific workshop. On the other side of the main house are a second bedroom, which includes built-ins, and a mudroom-and through a door in the floor of the mudroom, you can access the pump room for the well, which doubles as a root cellar; this room also has adobe walls. Outside, you'll find the old well house (also constructed of adobe), which could easily be converted into an adorable chicken coop. And just steps away is the studio, which is of block construction with a Pergo floor, Saltillo entry, and woodstove. Paint your heart out in here, write the next great American novel, or put it to another use. This affordable home offers you an opportunity to live an authentic life in a timeless place that retains a sense of community, appreciates and respects the land, and encourages you to explore your creative side. Taos is renowned for its history; its many artists, galleries, and museums; fine and casual dining; and unique shops, and it's also an outdoor-lover's paradise, with hiking, mountain biking, skiing, boarding, rafting, riding, ballooning, and and and. Medical facilities are just a short drive into town-and you can even walk to the famous San Francisco de Asis church, one of the most photographed churches in the world. If Taos's rich cultural, artistic, and environmental landscape calls to you, you cannot find a place where you'll feel more at home.
||Dryer, Gas Oven, Gas Range, Refrigerator, Washer
||RANCHOS DE TAOS (36A)
||Garage Attached, Yes
||Fireplace, Wall Heater, Wood Stove
||All Window Cov, Ceiling Fan(s), Wash/Dry Hookups
||Gentle Slope, Irregular
Listed with Coldwell Banker Mountain Properties
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