Take a look at the enticing environment of the Sangre de Cristo mountains of northern New Mexico and all they have to offer from their rich cultural and natural history. Here is a sampling:
If any of this attracts your interest, then zero in on this marvelous property of 5.27 acres of aspen, spruce, and fir with a variety of good building sites to choose from and great views. This property is located on a maintained road in The Aspens area of the Angel Fire Resort Development with city water, electric, and phone available from the street at the front of the property.
The Angel Fire Resort and Country Club has many amenities connected with land ownership within the resort, which includes this property, including free or reduced rates depending on your choice of Club membership for the ski area (free season pass if you’re over 70), excellent golf course; tennis courts; stables; health club with indoor pool, exercise room, and exercise classes; and a world-class restaurant. It’s about 35 minutes from Taos, two hours from Santa Fe, and three hours from Albuquerque. The climate is great with four distinct seasons, each with their special beauty and activities. It is dry and warm, but not too hot, in summer; dry with snow in winter, and in fall the aspens are famous for their golden color.
Angel Fire itself is a lovely small town with several restaurants, many denominations of churches; a good library; boutique shops; and many activities from a zipline to discussion groups. There is a general aviation airport.
I will consider some owner financing. All taxes and fees are current. The price is $89,900, which is very competitive. It is listed with Bill Bishop at Re/Max of Angel Fire, and they will handle any paperwork, but if you’re interested, please contact Doann Houghton-Alico via Facebook.
Many people think only of mountain views when buying property in Angel Fire. Certainly Lot 55 has those, but I would like to draw your attention to another perspective also, one that will continue to amaze and inspire over time.
This is a spruce-aspen forest that hosts a great diversity of wildlife, not just the most obvious mule deer, elk, black bear, coyotes, foxes, chipmunks, and the chattering chickaree (also called a pine squirrel). You will find many game trails crisscrossing the property, most created by elk. There are also lovely wildflowers including my favorite: fairy orchids. Also violets, mahonia, yarrow, and many others.
There is much to see looking down, but also straight up, for example this Raven’s nest, which is located just to the west of the path leading up into the property.
Ravens frequently return every year to the same nest to incubate and raise their young. They are revered by many indigenous people, and also considered good luck. According to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology: “Ravens are among the smartest of all birds, gaining a reputation for solving ever more complicated problems invented by ever more creative scientists.” They are the national bird of Bhutan and the official bird of the Yukon. They are often mentioned in mythology and literature including the well-known Edgar Allan Poe poem, The Raven, with the line, “Quoth the Raven ‘Nevermore.’”
One of the reasons this forest can support such interesting diversity is because of the soil, which literally and figuratively is at the bottom of it all. It is the leaf and old log humus that creates this soil, which is why so many of the old logs have been left lying on the ground. They are absolutely necessary for the health of this complex and beautiful environment.
This tree hosts a wide variety of life. I call it a woodpecker tree for one of the many species that live and eat here. There are a few left standing on the property because of the life they sustain. In addition to ravens and woodpeckers (hairy, downy, and flickers), you can see ruby-crowned kinglets, pine siskens, juncos, mountain chickadees, hermit thrush, and wild turkeys to name a few right here.
The property’s gentle slope upward makes a driveway practical, yet enables a home to be built above the road so that you can enjoy privacy and this fascinating natural world, but with easy access.
Enjoy your time in Angel Fire, and be sure to take in all the views!