• Enchanted Homes Mountain Living 2017

Stories from this issue

Collaborating to create home

Walking into the home of Angie and Steve Spady, you are welcomed into their lives. The home holds a collection of their life experiences, including furniture, fabric and art collected from around the …

The Bontke home

Most of the high-end homes in Angel Fire are still owned by the people who built them, so they haven’t come on the market yet. According to Montee Sue Miller, a resort and second home property specialist with REMAX Mountain Realty, the “sweet spot” in sales in the area ranges between $300,000 and $400,000. But from time to time, a gem of a luxury house comes along. That is the case of the Bontke home, a mountain chateau perched on 17 groomed acres of Angel Fire’s Aspens subdivision, adjoining the Carson National Forest.

Navigating through appraisals and mortgage lending

Residential mortgage lending is a collateral-based business. When a borrower applies for a mortgage, whether to purchase or refinance a house, the lender – or investor – evaluates the borrower’s ability to pay back the loan by reviewing income and credit.

Brigid Meier on permaculture: revolution disguised as gardening

Brigid Meier on permaculture: revolution disguised as gardening

Mountain living is sweet living

Our society tends to label folks and put them in boxes. It also tries to place our tastes and preferences into handy compartments. So we hear about city folks and country folks, beach people and mountain men and women. Most of us have clear preferences, whether they are built into us genetically or come about from the environment in which we live and grow as humans.

9 Questions for Franchesca Zoppe of CFT Décor & Gifts

Franchesca Zoppe took over ownership of Country Furnishingsof Taos on July 1, 2016. She has changed the name to CFT Décor& Gifts and, since then, has put her personal imprint onto a store …

Realtor profile: Martin Molz of Engel & Völkers

Martin Molz first came to Taos when he was invited to ski with his wife’s family 24 years ago. He says, “Growing up in the mid-Atlantic area of the East Coast, I found Taos to be unlike any place I had been before. The open spaces felt odd to me at first, but over time, I came to really appreciate being in such spaces – alone, but out in the open.” Molz has lived and worked all over the world, but was drawn to Taos.

Enchanted Homes: The Mountain Living Issue 2017

In this Mountain Living issue, we feature an alpine chateau in Angel Fire, talk 'permaculture' with Brigid Meier, and ask 9 questions to Franchesca Zoppe of CFT Décor & Gifts. Look for the …

Designing through the ages

The simple truth about design is it takes a certain amount of prosperity for it to be an issue in one’s life. Absent enough money to have choice, a home is more about function. Our …

One-time close construction and renovation loans

Designing a home for oneself allows a person to fully express their creativity in the most important place in their lives: their home. In this design issue of Enchanted Homes, Dimond …

Nine Questions: Aaron Magee

You were born and raised in Taos, and your father was a builder. My dad (Vishu Magee) was building houses while I grew up. About the age of 10, he put me and my brother, Jeb, to work on the job …

Realtor profile: Catherine Moon

At RE/MAX Mountain Realty in Angel Fire, everything qualifying broker Cathe Moon brings to the table is geared toward matching a property with the people who will live in …

David Mapes

David Mapes: Capturing the spirit of wood   David Mapes has made a name for himself through his craftsmanship and commitment to art.   Most people are familiar with his gallery, …

Angelika Heikaus

Landscaper and horticulturist Angelika Heikaus’ gardening roots run deep. The German native studied horticulture in her country. Early in life, she became interested in growing her own garden …

Enchanted Homes: The Design Issue 2017

In our annual Design issue, you'll find profiles of landscaper Angelika Heikaus and woodworker David Mapes, as well as our feature of the rustic, modern mountain home of Ron and Sylvia Wood in Angel Fire. You can read the full issue at: http://www.taosnews.com/enchantedhomes.   

Enchanted Homes: The Design Issue 2017

In our annual Design issue, you'll find profiles of landscaper Angelika Heikaus and woodworker David Mapes, as well as our feature of the rustic, modern mountain home of Ron and Sylvia Wood …

Rustic modernism in the mountains

The allure of this Angel Fire home comes from its innovative combination of modern and mountain styles. While the overall design recalls the sleek homes of the mid-20th century, there are rustic …

Enchanted Homes: The Design Issue

The beauty of spring is upon Taos. In our annual Design issue, we feature growing gardens and relationships, rustic modernism in the mountains, and capturing the spirit of wood, among other design …

How to Finance Going Green

How to Finance Going Green Green homes and alternative lifestyles take center stage for many people who live in Northern New Mexico. The sunlight offers outstanding opportunity to invest in solar …

Striving to go green in Taos

One would think that living in what 101.9 KTAO-FM calls “the solar capital of the world,” Taos would be quick to adapt to new technologies in the green construction arena, but …

Taos Ski Valley reaches new heights in sustainability

Taos Ski Valley is the first ski resort in the world to become a “Certified B Corporation.” The sustainability recognition attests to the company’s commitment to its community, …

Angelina Romero: Caring and respect in real estate

Angelina Romero helps people find the home they need to make agood life possible. She does so with care and respect, regardless ofthe size of the purchase or sale.Romero says, “One of the best …

Justin Simpson: The Quest for Autonomous Homes

Some people find their true calling later in life and after much soul searching. But Justin Simpson, owner of Natural Building and Design, became interested in sustainable practices at a very young …

There’s a Crack in Everything

Vigas, nichos, canales, parapets, plaster walls. These elements make Taos’ houses unique in the United States. Yet the soft and mottled appearance of plaster that provides so much atmosphere is …

Earthship architect Mike Reynolds

Tell us about your upbringing.I grew up in Kentucky. I was the middle kid of four. My father was a milkman, and my mother stayed at home to take care of us. I first went to college in southern …

Enchanted Homes: Sustainability Issue 2017

As the snow melts from our mountains to refresh our acequias, our spirits are renewed to the possibilities of the coming months. We welcome the new season with our 2017 Taos Home & Garden Expo on …

Picuris Earthship

For the first time, we're presenting a special preview article to read online –– about the inimitable Michael Reynolds. Look for the full story and more photos in the Enchanted Homes: Sustainability Issue in the March 23 issue of the Taos News.