An off-grid house at the top of the gorge, overlooking the entire city of Taos, and at the entrance of two trail-heads for those hikers and bikers out there.
It's an experience. The sunsets, the quiet (except the elk and the coyotes), the sky and the stars at night, the ability to breath and take a breath.
So enjoy. We do. It's a piece of paradise -- a lost way of living. Off the map.
All are welcome -- ethnicities, orientations, kids, dogs, etc. Please know, however, that you shouldn't let your dogs (or kids) run around unattended (especially if they're small) because of the coyotes, rattlesnakes, scorpions and birds of prey. Part of living in the wild, and living with nature, and living in the National Forest. I wouldn't want it any other way. They won't bother you if you don't bother them.
Our home, even though it's off-grid, is a comfortable place to rest, relax and regroup. It has a point-of-use hot-water-heater for the shower, the oven works off propane, the gorgeous stone fireplace and wood-burning stove will heat the entire house, you don't need air conditioning because it will stay cool all day, and a composting toilet (ok, that part's a little rustic, but it's just a toilet). We have 4 bars with Verizon. You can use your phone as a hot-spot to get WiFi. So all the conveniences of home, with a lot of extra ambience.
When we aren't enjoying it, you can. Best time to go is Spring and Fall. In the Spring and Fall, the nights are cold and the days are warm; and the desert comes alive with flowers. Aspen trees line the streets in town. The sunsets are gorgeous, the hammock awaits. (Summer gets a little warm, so not our favorite time of year, but the nights are still cool.)
Although we welcome older kids, the house is not kid-friendly, i.e., no railings to get upstairs, stone floor, stone floor, corners on wood tables. If they're older kids, they should be fine.
It's always best to have a 4-wheel drive vehicle in case it rains, and to go down the Switchback if you want to go to the Rio Grande. We have rafts, a couple bikes, fishing poles, and a bow and arrow set -- all of which you are welcome to use. But you would want to bring your own bikes for serious riding. It's an outdoor-lovers paradise. Go rock hunting, explore the ruins on the property, take in the view of the mountains on three sides.
The house would be yours to use as we would. There's a cistern which, when full, also makes a wonderful soaking tub. There's also a "Petticoat Junction" shower outside (In addition to the real shower inside), which would use a camping shower bag. Just like camping.
When you're there, we won't be. However, we have a caretaker that lives at the bottom of our 60 acres in his own house. He'll make sure you have plenty of water, propane, firewood and any other essentials before you come. If you have any questions or problems, he would also be available to help. He could check on your daily or weekly or never. Up to you.
The road is dirt and would require a vehicle that sits higher or an SUV, a 4-wheel drive if it rainy or snowy. We have two gates to the property, and our driveway is 2 miles long. The first is barbed wire, the second a farm fence. You'll want to close and lock the gates each time you leave.
- Indoor fireplace and outdoor fire pit -- just don't burn fires when it's windy -- we don't want to cause a forest fire!
- Do not move or disturb the artwork. I like it. I love it. I want it left where it is and in good condition. :)
- All food will need to be kept in airtight containers and cooking messes cleaned up. No food waste in drains (no garbage disposal). Leftover food should be thrown in sagebrush away from house.
- Not liable for pet safety. Pets MUST be housebroken. Don't be icky -- if your pet makes a mess, clean up. If your pet is hyper or destructive, keep them caged or under control. Otherwise, we like dogs and cats.
- If anything is damaged or broken, please notify caretaker immediately so that it can be repaired. If, however, you destroyed something precious, please be cool and let me know.
Bill and I have raised our kids, both own our businesses (construction and an art gallery) in Columbus, Ohio, travel (Europe, China, across the U.S., Canada, Mexico), and have built a home in New Mexico by hand (no heavy equipment, all repurposed material, hauled rock from the mountains, etc.) We love our life together, our friends (artists, creative types, actors, business owners and liberal, open-minded people of all persuasions).
We're both good cooks, love to read, listen to music, see theatre productions, and eat at great restaurants.
Because we travel, and know what it's like to be away from home, we hope to make this experience comfortable and easy. We aren't fancy or pretentious, but we do have some things that are precious to us, i.e., our artwork (from friends and travels), our pets, our kids and grandkids, and our time. Life is short.