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New Mexico Land Of Enchantment, Travel or Relocation

Updated on July 14, 2014

New Mexico Primer

So many beautiful things to do and see in New Mexico. Take a look!

Welcome to New Mexico

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Coronado State Park

View of the Rio Grande and Sandia Mountains from the Pueblo where one of the first Conquistadors wintered.
View of the Rio Grande and Sandia Mountains from the Pueblo where one of the first Conquistadors wintered. | Source

Spanish Heritage

Spanish Heritage is still influencing New Mexico.
Spanish Heritage is still influencing New Mexico. | Source

Cowboy's Last Roundup

Last century cattle round-up pens, central New Mexico
Last century cattle round-up pens, central New Mexico | Source

Hispanic Store Northern New Mexico

Mission store, still in operation.
Mission store, still in operation. | Source

Mexican Tissue Flower Art

These hand made tissue flowers were photographed at an outdoor market.
These hand made tissue flowers were photographed at an outdoor market. | Source

Mesa to Mesa view

Sunlight bathing a typical Mesa.
Sunlight bathing a typical Mesa. | Source

Native Pinon Trees

Thousands of acres of Pinon trees.  Pinon nuts are a delicacy.
Thousands of acres of Pinon trees. Pinon nuts are a delicacy. | Source

New Mexico Typical Yard

Grama Grass and Buffalo Grass, Hyssop (Hummingbird draw plant), Plumbago, and Ice Plants.  Annie May dog optional.
Grama Grass and Buffalo Grass, Hyssop (Hummingbird draw plant), Plumbago, and Ice Plants. Annie May dog optional. | Source

Green Chile Plant

The Hatch Chile is world famous for the spectacular taste.
The Hatch Chile is world famous for the spectacular taste. | Source

Autumn is Chile Roasting Time!

Once roasted at the store, taken home and frozen for all year enjoyment!
Once roasted at the store, taken home and frozen for all year enjoyment! | Source

New Mexico Land of Enchantment

Move to New Mexico for the beauty of the state, the weather, the people, and the laid back lifestyle.

Pictures of a Rio Communities home SOLD!

Historical New Mexico

New Mexico for Beginners

New Mexico brings together the histories of nomadic hunters, Native Americans, the Spanish Conquistadores, and the Anglos in ways that can be experienced to this day. The climate and weather does not easily nor quickly wear away significant symbols or indications of those who came before. These are easily observed and appreciated in New Mexico.

New Mexico is home to many Indigenous peoples including the Navajo, Hopi, Apache, and Pueblo peoples. The cowboy as well as the railroad all lived up to the challenge of New Mexico and helped to shape the history of New Mexico.

Many who relocate to New Mexico do so because of the ‘perfect weather.’ The state averages 310 days of sunshine each year. New Mexico has four distinctly gorgeous seasons. The humidity is relatively low. The winters vary from extremely mild in southern New Mexico to a snow skier's and snowboarder's heaven in the mountains.

The January weather average is a high of 47° to a low of 23° with an average of 88% sunshine days! The other extreme would be July where the average high is 92° and to a low of 64°. When it does snow in most of New Mexico it is most likely to appear as a powdered sugar dusting that melts when the sun comes up. Due to the low humidity most homes do not require any air conditioning as a system called 'a cooler' which provides humidity to the home while the windows are open provides more than adequate cooling!

Now, New Mexico can have some bad weather days when a front swoops down on the state from the neighboring Rocky Mountain State of Colorado. But that is not a normal daily winter event.

It is common for gardens to produce vegetables like tomatoes well into November in some areas of the state. This means a very long fresh vegetable season!

The very specific Hatch Green Chilé is a prized garden vegetable in New Mexico. This pungent pepper is harvested green in early fall. It is sold in huge burlap bags at grocery stores, vegetable stands, and on the roadside where it is immediately roasted for the purchasing customer. The savory smell is as addictive as eating the wonderful Hatch Chilés. Hatch New Mexico, a small quaint farming village, is the “Green Chile Capital of the World.”

Most of the world is now learning of the particularly tasty food culture of New Mexican foods. Do view the recipes linked to this article for some delicious tastes of New Mexico.

New Mexico has many wonderful plants that are adapted to the climate and low rainfall. Blue Grama Grass and Buffalo Grass are two grasses well adapted to drought, heat, and cold. What is more, they only require mowing if you want to mow them! Blue Grama grass is New Mexico’s official state grass.

The state tree is the native Pinõn Tree. The Pinõn is the home of many mammals and birds and provides a nut that is considered a Southwestern Delicacy.

The New Mexico Department of Tourism may be found at: http://www.newmexico.org/

Here are a few facts about New Mexico The Land of Enchantment:

· Statehood, January 6, 1912, 47th state,

· State Capital, Santa Fe. It is the oldest state capital having been originally founded in 1610! It is also, at 7,000 feet above sea level, making it the highest state capital city in the United States.

· Land area 1,935,000 (EST.)

· 34% of all land in New Mexico is federally owned

· The Navajo Nation Reservation covers 14 million acres, much of that in New Mexico (although, the Navajo Nation is itself a Nation!)

· Highest point Wheeler Peak, 13,161 feet

· Lowest point, Red Bluff Lake, 2,842 feet

· New Mexico is the fifth largest state, yet the county of Hardin only has 819 residents!

· The average rainfall of 15” mostly falls during the monsoon season that begins in June and ends in September

· New Mexico shares a border with Mexico

· The official state question is “Red or Green?” Hint: It refers to how you like your peppers!

Visit New Mexico and plan on falling in love. The land, weather, people, cultures, and lifestyle are right here for you!


SOLD!! Golf Course Home

Sunny almost everyday!  RV Parking to the side of the home.  New commercial grade roof.
Sunny almost everyday! RV Parking to the side of the home. New commercial grade roof. | Source

Herb Garden Bird Feeding, and Tomatoes!

Herb garden year around.  Bird feeders make for some lovely breakfast scenes!
Herb garden year around. Bird feeders make for some lovely breakfast scenes! | Source
Tomatoes grow wonderfully.  House equipped with water barrels too!
Tomatoes grow wonderfully. House equipped with water barrels too! | Source
Southwestern Plumbago, Hummingbird Garden,
Southwestern Plumbago, Hummingbird Garden, | Source

SOLD!Foyer

Foyer with skylight and Southwestern light.
Foyer with skylight and Southwestern light. | Source

Take a Look!

Kiva fireplace in Living Room Very special environmentally sound Marmoleum flooring
Kiva fireplace in Living Room Very special environmentally sound Marmoleum flooring | Source
Three clerestory windows provide a cheerful interior.
Three clerestory windows provide a cheerful interior. | Source
Clerestory windows
Clerestory windows | Source
Laundry room just off the hallway.
Laundry room just off the hallway. | Source

SOLD! Very Special Flooring

There are three types of flooring in this home. Each one was selected for beauty, comfort, and longevity. They are all easy care.

MARMOLEUM

Marmoleum is an environmentally friendly, virtually indestructible, bacteria fighting, and allergy minimalizing one sheet flooring. It also walks easier and is a breeze to clean up.

This flooring is the same as used by the architect of the Grand Canyon, Mary Jane Colter. The flooring is still in the La Posada Resort in Winslow Arizona. It has lasted over 100 years and still looks like new.

Marmoleum is the future of comfort home flooring. Marmoleum is in the living room, dining room and master bedroom.

Have kids? Marmoleum is naturally anti-bacterial (it is used in hospitals for this very reason!) and scratch resistant (it is nicknamed battleship for the way it resists scratching!)

Have pets? Their claws will not ruin Marmoleum! (Remember it is nicknamed battleship for how scratch resistant it is!) Plus, the pattern goes all the way through Marmoleum, so even if there is a scratch it is virtually impossible to see!

Want to know more: http://www.forbo-flooring.us/Residential-Flooring/Products/Marmoleum-sheet-tile/


Ceramic Tile & Faux Wood

The entry, kitchen,and bathrooms are all in a lovely white ceramic tile. This tile adds a crisp modern look for the entry and hallway as well

The second and third bedrooms and walk in closets are a wonderful cushioned wood tone flooring.

All in all, these are long-term well thought out applications floor!

Well Maintained Home

Stucco

The stuccoing was re-done in 2010. This will save you the money of stuccoing for quite sometime.

Single Ply Membrane roof

The roof is a commercial application one ply roof. In normal non-commercial wear a commercial roof such as this single ply modern material roof will outlast the regular home roofing applications. This roof was installed in 2007. This roof application will save you money for quite sometime.

Kitchen and Dining Rooms

Sunny Dining Room looking out at hummingbirds!
Sunny Dining Room looking out at hummingbirds! | Source
Skylight in kitchen.
Skylight in kitchen. | Source
Ceramic tile floor.
Ceramic tile floor. | Source

Hallway, Bedrooms, Bathrooms

Hallway to bedrooms and second bath. Second bath has shower in tub with a skylight.
Hallway to bedrooms and second bath. Second bath has shower in tub with a skylight. | Source
Perigo floors and double closet in second bedroom.
Perigo floors and double closet in second bedroom. | Source
Perigo floors and double closet in third bedroom
Perigo floors and double closet in third bedroom | Source
Double doors to Master Bedroom.  Vaulted ceiling with two clerestory windows. Note linen closet in hallway.
Double doors to Master Bedroom. Vaulted ceiling with two clerestory windows. Note linen closet in hallway. | Source
Master bedroom (California King bed and still lots of room!)  No shown huge walk in closet with skylight.
Master bedroom (California King bed and still lots of room!) No shown huge walk in closet with skylight. | Source
Master bath with generous closets.  Walk in shower.  Skylight.
Master bath with generous closets. Walk in shower. Skylight. | Source

New Mexico~ 1710 Jack Nicklaus Drive, Rio Communities, New Mexico

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Perfect home in wonderful Rio Communities New Mexico!

SOLD!

Tonya L. Bush, REALTOR
Home Team Realty8233 Avenida La Prestina NEAlbuquerque, NM 87109
Office: 505-293-1224 ** Mobile/Text: 505-264-7941

Tonya sold our house and provided EXCELLENT service....

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      NMLady 3 years ago from New Mexico & Arizona

      Aren't you nice!

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      jimmar 3 years ago from Michigan

      great hub. My parents retired to T or C, NM, then to Arrey. They have passed, but my brother and his family still live in Arrey. I love to visit that state.

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      NMLady 5 years ago from New Mexico & Arizona

      yumm tindercd!

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      tindercd 5 years ago

      Great hub! New Mexico is really a beautiful state. Speaking of green chili...just got my first bag last Saturday! After they roast them, I take them home and spend about 2 - 3 hours peeling them and putting them in zip lock bags so I can freeze them for the winter. There's nothing like some green chili on a cold New Mexico evening!

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      sagebrush_mama 6 years ago from The Shadow of Death Valley...Snow Covered Mountain Views Abound!

      Beautiful photos! I haven't been back since seeing my Grandma, just before she died. Lots of good times visiting her there, one of the best when we went on a tour of the state to see places that were special to the family!

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      NMLady 6 years ago from New Mexico & Arizona

      Thanks erinforson~ They are a staple at almost any celebration in this area!

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      erinforson 6 years ago from Eastern Ohio

      Love the Mexican Tissue Flower Art Photo. Lots of vibrant color and texture!

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      NMLady 6 years ago from New Mexico & Arizona

      epigramman~thanks for your kind words!

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      epigramman 6 years ago

      ...well I must say New Mexico has been made 'enchanting' because of someone like you whose labor of love is so evident here in this world class hub and most definitive look at New Mexico - I will post this beautiful hub to my Facebook page with honor and pride with a direct link back here - and good luck with your cooking career - because your recipes truly rock!

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      Jackie 6 years ago

      New Mexico is looking better and better. Thanks for the info and great pictures.

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      NMLady 6 years ago from New Mexico & Arizona

      Thanks Shea! I would loooove to be on the NM Tourism payroll LOL!!

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      shea duane 6 years ago from new jersey

      Another incredible hub! Your photos are wonderful and really well composed. You should be on the State payroll. You go girl!

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