Habitat for Humanity of Taos
Habitat for Humanity of Taos is a locally run affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International, an ecumenical, nonprofit Christian housing ministry building decent, affordable housing in partnership with people in need. Habitat for Humanity of Taos has an open-door policy: All who believe that everyone needs a decent, affordable place to live are welcome to help with the work, regardless of race, religion, age, gender, political views or any of the other distinctions that too often divide people. In short, Habitat welcomes volunteers and supporters from all backgrounds and also serves people in need of decent housing regardless of race or religion.
Why Taos….The town of Taos is in northern New Mexico, 110 miles northeast of Albuquerque. Taos is at an elevation of about 7,000 feet and has a population of 5,000. Surrounded by the Sangre de Cristo Mountains which includes Wheeler Peak, the highest peak in New Mexico at 13,100 feet this high desert area shows the Southwest in all its beauty. The air is thin, the humidity is low and the sun is bright.
Taos is also home to the Taos Pueblo, a multi-storied adobe building that has been used for more than 1,000 years. There are also world class museums and galleries, the historic Taos Plaza, the historic San Francisco de Asis Church in Ranchos de Taos and the Rio Grande Gorge Bridge, 8 miles northwest of Taos. The latter spans 650 feet above the river.
Tourism is the dominant sector of Taos economy. As a result, the majority of the population works in the service industry. More than 20% of the population lives below the poverty line and the median personal income is $26,000. In contrast, the average home price is $340,000 and, according to the State Housing Authority, 90% of the people who live and work in Taos cannot afford a home of their own.
Remember that 100% of the proceeds from the Taos Parade of Homes go directly to Habitat for Humanity of Taos. Feel free to make an additional donation with the Habitat for Humanity of Taos volunteer at any of the homes you visit. Plan on stopping by Home #6 on the event at 1250 Sunset Street, which is the 31st home built by Habitat for Humanity of Taos in the Taos County area. Check out the unique construction techniques used in Taos – i.e., adobe construction, which is used by only a couple of Habitat for Humanity organizations nation wide.
Parade Route Map for the 2017 Taos Parade of Homes
Use the map below to find your way to all of the homes on the 2017 Taos Parade of Homes. Click on any numbered home marker or use the map information slider control on the left-hand side of the top header of the map to bring up information about the home, including a description and virtual tour of the home. Use your computer or mobile device controls to zoom in or zoom out to find your way around between each home. Use the map controls to switch between the map view and the satellite view to more clearly identify the property and surrounding area. Use the map expansion tool on the right-hand side of the top header of the map to expand the map to full screen on your computer or mobile device.
Feel free to visit any or all homes on the Taos Parade of Homes event. Feel free to visit homes in any order you wish. The event runs from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm on Saturday, July 8, 2017. so you should have time to see all homes if you wish. There will be snack food and refreshments at each home, so move from home to home to discover what culinary delights await. Visit at least 6 homes on the Taos Parade of Homes event and have your ticket validated by the Habitat for Humanity of Taos volunteer at each home and you will be eligible for a drawing for prizes to be given away by Habitat for Humanity of Taos. Just be sure to put your contact information on the back of your ticket, and leave your validated ticket with the Habitat for Humanity volunteer at the last home you intend to visit for the day. The drawing will be within a few days after the event, and you will be notified by Habitat for Humanity of Taos if you win.
Ready to Go…
Here’s a printable handout to take along with you as you travel to each home on the Parade of Homes event:
Home #1 – 2 Cerro Ventoso
Luxury living situated on an outcropping off Blueberry Hill with 360° views of Taos Valley and the Sangre de Cristo Mountains! Jack Nottingham architect designed extensive renovation completed in 2013 included new in-floor radiant heating system with Polaris single unit heater/boiler and custom finish upgrades. Additional heat pump system offers independent cooling and heating in the kitchen and master bedroom. Fiber optic Internet is available. Spacious chef’s kitchen features Viking Professional 6 burner commercial gas range with pot filler, Thermador convection wall oven with microwave and warming oven, Vent-a-hood, French style refrigerator, Fisher & Paykel dishwasher, septic disposal, island sink, and hot water on demand at the sink. Designer finishes include granite countertops and custom cabinetry throughout. Living and Dining areas include a built in bar cabinet with sink and wine chiller. Split Master Suite includes private study with built-in cabinetry, access to hot tub patio and portal with year round sunset views, and luxe ensuite bath with separate closet areas. Two spacious Guest Bedrooms, one of which serves as a second Master with ensuite spa bathroom and access to hot tub deck and portal…flexible for family and friends. Separate mud room entry from attached garage, as well as utility room with mechanicals. Oversized two car attached garage features a lockable storage unit and work bench. Enjoy multiple private outdoor spaces and courtyards with views in every direction, beautifully landscaped with Stone Forest water feature and drip irrigation. Conveniently located minutes from Taos Plaza with easy access via Blueberry Hill to Taos Ski Valley. An exceptional property for discerning tastes, perfect for entertaining, in a desirable location near all town and ski valley amenities!
High Country Real Estate Services
Sharon Bumpas Gilster – 575-770-3410
Home #2 – 143 Tune Drive
One-of-a-kind property – a must see! Meticulously designed and built by a husband and wife architectural team in 2007, this contemporary home combines the best of passive solar and low cost, efficient technology without sacrificing modern conveniences. This is the perfect property for anyone interested in unique architecture, sweeping views to the mountains, low monthly operational costs, and plenty of outdoor living. The 3,000 sq ft xeriscaped walled courtyard area includes a water feature, hot tub, and outdoor grilling and eating area. Constructed of pumice-crete walls and a solid large timber structure, the property offers consistent comfort during all seasons, high ceilings, a pleasing mixture of textures, fantastic natural light, numerous built-ins, custom cabinetry, book shelves and interior planters. The innovative grey water management system provides water for outdoor landscape irrigation. The master bedroom, with private access to the courtyard and hot tub, offers a walk-in closet and full bathroom with walk-in shower and air-spa tub. The other two bedrooms share a full bath and have plenty of closet space, as well as views to the charming courtyard and vistas further to the south. The upstairs office area offers high ceilings, uniform light, custom cabinetry, a work sink and access out onto the pro-panel roof, if ever needed. The property is located 1.5 miles from quiet Taos Regional Airport and offers easy access to Rio Grande del Norte National Monument, Manby Hot Springs, as well as to Taos Plaza, Arroyo Seco, and further on to Taos Ski Valley. Level grade road access makes getting in and out of this property a cinch.
Engel & Voelkers Taos
Martin Molz – 575-779-2572
Home #3 – 13 Buena Vista Road
This custom-designed, two-story home offers uninterrupted mountain views from its desirable Upper Las Colonias location. From the landscaped covered porch area, step into a welcoming entrance area with full closet before entering the 1,300 sq ft great room. The open-plan kitchen, a dining area, and two living areas (one with a kiva fireplace) await you. Perfect for socializing with friends or a cozy night in with the family, this spacious great room offers spectacular views to the mountains. Built for entertaining, the kitchen has a wonderful flow and includes Corian countertops which match other counters throughout the house, a downdraft for gas range, plenty of storage as well as an open feel. On the same ground floor, find three bedrooms, an office area, a wet bar, two full bathrooms, large laundry room and a two mud rooms offering ample storage. Additional features include a hidden art closet and safe as well as incredible viga ceilings, quality flooring, numerous windows framing fantastic views. Thoughtfully designed, this home offers skylights, European hinged built-ins, covered portales, and cedar-lined closets throughout. The easily accessible second-floor 630 sq ft master suite offers full bathroom, characteristic viga ceilings, plenty of closet space, and a private northeast facing deck perfect for enjoying magnificent views and stunning sunrises. The expansive grounds afford plenty of space for outside activities, and for those with a dog(s), don’t forget to check out the 1,100 sq ft enclosed area with original dog house. The property offers a fully enclosed backyard with original adobe wall, patio/deck area, and lush grass yard. The views from the hot tub are breathtaking. Also note that the exterior walls of the house are fortified with buttresses that also provide architectural dimension to the two-story adobe. An attached 676 sq ft two-car garage includes a private storage area and is easily accessible with a level grade for ingress and egress. The house is conveniently located relative to quiet Taos Regional Airport, Taos Ski Valley, The Rio Grande del Norte National Monument (and hot springs), Taos Plaza, hiking, and the golf course.
Engel & Voelkers Taos
Martin Molz – 575-779-2572
Home #4 – 17 Calle Crucita
Yes you can have it all, brand new construction and a 10 minute drive to Taos Ski Valley, this 3 bedroom/3 bath Pueblo style home with a contemporary flair has just been completed. Enter thru enclosed landscaped courtyard to the open floor plan, which features “gourmet kitchen” with all Viking appliances and quartz countertops. Magnificent views of Taos Mountain and El Salto from every room in the house. All three baths feature frame-less shower enclosures, granite countertops, glass tile work and master bath has free standing tub and double sinks. Hot water in floor radiant heat with 5 zones, including heated oversized garage. Inside and outside living with large west facing portal, a perfect spot for a hot tub and enjoying the sunsets. Fully landscaped with large trees all on a drip irrigation. Halogen lighting throughout and craft maid ceiling fans in all 3 bedrooms. 3319 square feet under roof. Fir interior doors and Emtec hardware. Full sized laundry with Samsung front loading washer and dryer.
Pinon Investments of Taos
Evan Blish – 575-751-6118
Home #5 – 1002 Camino Del Monte
CASA DE VENTANAS (House of Windows) is a light-filled, elegant Southwestern contemporary home with 360 degree views and a separate guest house ideal as a rental unit. Set in an exclusive foothills neighborhood only five minutes from Taos Plaza, both homes are the work of an architectural designer trained at Parsons School of Design in New York. The main house features a great room with abundant windows offering views of Taos Mountain, the western horizon, and the foothills to the east and south. A wood-burning Fireplace Extraordinaire with circulating fan adds functional ambience on winter evenings. The custom light fixtures are by Hubbarton Forge; flooring is Italian through-color porcelain tile with the look of stone. The hand-crafted front door is a Pakistani antique. Designed for gracious entertaining, the kitchen area has a KitchenAid six burner dual fuel range, Bosch dishwasher, pantry-style refrigerator, and granite countertops. A separate bar, with wine fridge beneath, facilitates beverage service and a built-in buffet in the dining area offers additional counter space. Sliders from the kitchen open onto the north portal for outdoor meals. Two wings flank the great room: two bedrooms, full bath, and media room in the west; the master suite, powder room, and utility/crafts room are in the east. The very private master bedroom has a gas fireplace and sliders accessing the outdoor hot tub. The spacious master bathroom has a soaking tub, generous shower, and marble topped floating vanity with dual Kohler sinks. The detached 970 square foot guest house, featuring the same high end design elements as the main house, has a living room with gas fireplace, full kitchen, dining area, king-sized bedroom, full bath, stacked washer and dryer, flagstone patio, and an attached carport with separate driveway. It is located a discrete distance from the main house, allowing renters (or guests) complete privacy. If you seek seclusion, trees, and access to hiking trails, plus convenient access to town, this serene and sophisticated property is an incomparable find.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Taos Real Estate
Diane Enright – 575-770-0369
Home #6 – 1250 Sunset Street
Come see Habitat for Humanity of Taos’ 31st home built in the Taos area. Check out what this event is all about and see how your participation in this event is helping Habitat for Humanity of Taos continue their humanitarian work of providing housing to individuals in need in our community. 100% of the proceeds from the Taos Parade of Homes goes to Habitat for Humanity of Taos.
Check out this video to experience the true spirit of what Habitat for Humanity of Taos is all about:
Habitat for Humanity of Taos
Cynthia Arvidson, Executive Director
HFHT Home #31
Home #7 – 1100 Hennings Street
Pueblo style home features 3 bedrooms and 3.5 baths, 4,198 square feet of living space in Weimer. Large windows in living room frame views to the west and north with access to a west-facing expansive covered patio where sunset views may be enjoyed. Walled courtyard with easy access offers additional space for outdoor entertaining. Spiral corbels frame archways between entry, living/dining areas and other rooms throughout. High ceilings with vigas, and saltillo tile floors. Kiva fireplace in family room provides warmth and ambience. Upstairs Master suite features walk-in closet, jetted tub and decorative Mexican tile in bathroom. Extra living space between the kitchen and garage has many uses; flexible floor plan can be extra room for family or friends, den or exercise room. 828 square foot 1 bedroom guest quarters addition in 2002 was used as an office with separate entrance. Can easily be converted to a guest apartment or studio. Plus attached 3 car garage. Separate fenced area for your 4-legged friends. Property is connected to natural gas and sits on 3 acres.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Taos Real Estate
Joel Schantz – 575-770-7753
Home #8 – 795 Espinoza Road
The High Ground! This rather exquisite two story/4 bedroom/3.5 bath pueblo style home nestles nicely into the vast pinon/sagebrush covered and elevated foothill landscape, located at the gentle base of the Sangre de Cristo mountains and within a short walking distance of the Carson National Forest. The 5.5 acre elevated homesite provides nourishing sunset and otherwise expansive views of the surrounding Rio Grande Valley, the local Rocky Mountains, and the nearby culturally historic town of Taos, as well as providing an arm chair view of the local 4th of July fireworks and Balloon Fiesta launches. Several protected outside seating and lounging areas provide the opportunity to relax and enjoy the local environment. The four car heated, insulated, and dry-walled, detached garage provides space for vehicles and room for personal projects or additional storage space with protection from the elements. The two bay, very high ceiling, RV garage structure with an additional adjacent 600 square feet of shop/studio space is a bonus space that can serve many purposes. Enter the home through the custom carved wood entry door, inside this comfortable and light Southwestern style home, and find that it is well equipped with spacious thermopane windows oriented to take advantage of the views, especially of the Taos Mountain, and others for gathering the warmth of the Southwestern New Mexico sun on cool winter days. Within the home, one finds custom woodwork and custom cabinetry, custom tile work, and custom touches and finishes throughout the home that makes one feel like one has arrived in a uniquely Northern New Mexico Southwestern style, well thought out home. The kitchen is absolutely delightful and comfortable with custom kitchen cabinetry and tile work, an in-kitchen informal custom kitchen dining area as well as an adjacent more formal dining area that can be used for multiple purposes while focusing on the Taos Mountain views or for simply lounging and staring at a cracking fire in the airtight woodstove. Perhaps you would rather lay a fire in the kiva fireplace and read a book on a winter day. The master bedroom, located upstairs, has a private, second story, viewing deck located on the West side of the master bedroom. The Western and Northern views from this location are the absolute best. Within the master bedroom, with windows oriented towards the Taos Mountain, one finds more custom cabinetry and storage, a spacious master bedroom and separate master, bath with tub, and spacious walk in closet. Come spoil yourself. Besides the 4 existing bedrooms, there is an additional office/den space. This is one of my favorite rooms in the house. One of the 3.5 sparkling bathrooms comes equipped with a urinal! Outside, there are several different exterior lounging spaces including the covered portal viewing area and also the upstairs deck, several relaxation nooks on the North, East, South and West sides of the home. There is a well designed natural bird feeding area to observe and enjoy nature. The rolling pinon/sagebrush natural landscape does not block the views, yet provides a majestic landscape. There is electricity and water provided to 3 outside RV parking spaces in the pinons. There is a space to gather around an outdoor fireplace. The elk come and drink from the watering trough on the North side of the home This special place feels expansive in so many ways. Come and see if you would like to make this special property ‘your place in Taos’. Square footage of house(3035) is per Taos County Assessor records. 4 bay heated garage(1150 sq ft);2 bay RV garage(800 sq ft) with attached workshop(400+ sq ft).
Dreamcatcher Real Estate
Bob Jacobs – 575-770-1726