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Big Sage 200 Acres + Home, New Mexico, New Mexico
Property Types: Ranches for Sale, Homes, Recreational
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Big Sage Ranch is afforded amazing views and was constructed by the owner, a licensed architect. The home was built to be sustainable and energy efficient. Attention to detail and superb craftsmanship are hallmarks of this northern New Mexico solar and off-grid ranch house. Numerous wildlife species frequent the 200-acre property year-round and there are several direct access points to surrounding National Forest and BLM lands in close proximity.
At 7,700 feet elevation, the home is set on 200 acres of piñon, juniper and sagebrush and bordered on the north and south by Carson National Forest. Hand-designed and built, the well-maintained home is 2,258 square feet. Construction consists of 25" thick adobe walls surrounded by 2' x 6' insulated stud walls and double paned wood windows. This type of construction ensures warmth in the winter and the retention of cool air in the summer. The pro panel metal pitched roof provides all-weather durability. Ground floors are brick on slab-grade. The upper floor consists of 3/4 inch solid oak. The kitchen is of an open design and features ample storage via Kraft-Maid maple cabinets, Corian countertops, a Waterford wood burning cookstove, Summit electric refrigerator and a propane cook top. A washer and dryer are located in the oversized, finished and insulated (2.5) car garage. There is also a small redwood greenhouse attached to the garage.
The closest towns containing primary and secondary services are Ojo Caliente, which is about 20 miles south, and Antonito, Colorado, located about 35 miles to the north, Taos, about 40 miles to the east, Espanola, 40 miles south and Santa Fe, about 70 miles to the south.
The 200 acres is comprised of five lots of roughly 40 acres each and the Servilleta Subdivision has no Home Owners Association. Four of the Five lots contain access to electrical service, should an owner choose to develop them separately. The eastern most lot increases in elevation and provides excellent views of the Toas Valley and adjoning mountain range. Covenants provide for five horses per 40 acre lot for private use.
The home is move in ready and all the appliances and the furniture can be included in the sale. The property is already approved to subdivide and one home and a guest house is allowed on each parcel.
Being off-grid, the power outages that seem to be common in rural New Mexico, are a thing of the past here at Big Sage. You have the best of what nature has to offer, plus a well-constructed home in which to retreat at the end of the day. The covered porches which wrap around the north and east sides of the house are a perfect spot for breakfast during the warmer months, and you will love watching the abundant bird and animal life that frequent this area. This is a nature lover's and outdoor enthusiast's paradise.
The Sevilleta Subdivision consists of about Sixty 40 acre lots, five of which make up this 200 acres property. This land was homesteaded in the 1920's and was a cattle ranch before being subdivided. It is a short 20 minute drive to Ojo Caliente Hot Springs and Spa, the Cumbres and Toltec Railroad, and Taos Ski Valley. The remnants of the Chile Line Narrow Gauge bed (the rails were removed in the 1940's) extends through the property.
Big game hunting in Units 50 and 51 are adjacent to the property and would make this a great outpost for your hunting trips. Turkey hunting and fishing in the area is also abundant.
The efficiency of the home is evident when considering the year-round owners only require about 40-gallons of propane annually. Electrical power is provided by two Zomeworks trackers equipped with ten 130 watt Kyocera panels on each tracker. One tracker runs the well with 12 Surrette 4v, 546 AH 4-CS-17PS batteries (about1540 Amp-Hours). The other tracker runs the house with 18 Surrette 4v, 546 AH 4-CS-17PS batteries (about 2310 Amp-Hours). The well produces a notable five gallon per minute flow on a dedicated solar-electric system. Two 3,000 gallon storage tanks insure an ample supply of water for inside and outside use. Hot water is provided by an Aquastar on-demand propane water heater with solar-assist.
Electrical service on two sides of the property allows this off-grid home to be easily transformed into a grid-tie system offering the option of selling electricity back to the electrical coop.
If you have ever dreamed of owning a slice of the American West with easy access to all of northern New Mexico and southern Colorado, Big Sage will be a great fit! Property taxes for 2017 were $2,346.53.