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Vistas, indoors and out, grace this artist’s retreat in Taos, NM. Our comfortable home has ample room for peaceful meditation or socializing. The Skies is a sprawling adobe on nearly five acres of sage-covered mesa. 18-inch thick mica- and straw-flecked adobe walls, supporting vigas and a kiva fireplace, hand-made doors, copper and hand-painted Mexican tiles all give this home its roots in traditional Southwestern design. Four sets of 8-foot high, glass, screened French doors , vast windows and high ceilings, make the most of The Skies’ spectacular mountain views.
Set in Las Colonias, The Skies is an easy and beautiful drive from the museums, restaurants, shops and galleries around Taos Plaza (6.2 miles), Taos Ski Valley (16.6 miles), Taos Pueblo (7.2 miles), the Rio Grande Gorge Bridge (8.1 miles) and numerous other local treasures. Intriguing sights, shops and restaurants abound along these routes.
Enter through adobe archways into the covered portal from which a heavy wooden door opens into the front hall, with a small seating area and original artwork. From there you may enter the great room, the heart of the house. At one end is a kiva fireplace, comfortable seating and tall, glass French doors. In the center is an elegant dining area with a table which can easily accommodate ten guests. The other end is a large, well equipped, kitchen with copper counters and sink, butcher block food prep station a pantry and sunset views.
The guest wing, newly created from an oversized solarium, contains two bedrooms and a cheery sunroom. The sunroom has comfortable seating, an additional dining table (for sunlit breakfasts) and a 43-inch 3-D HD TV with WIFI. The southeast bedroom has a queen bed, walk-in closet and a loft with a double bed, shelves for clothing or toys and plenty of extra floor space. The loft, accessible by Pueblo-style ladder, has a sloping ceiling, thus is best suited to younger guests who will enjoy the adventure. The west bedroom has 2 XL twin beds which can be made up as a king upon request. These three rooms each have 8-foot high glass French doors opening onto a long patio with a barbecue grill. This is the ideal place for summer evening cocktails and star-gazing. The two bedrooms’ floor-to-ceiling windows have custom wooden blinds to lower for filtering light or providing privacy. Bathing facilities in this wing are configured for flexibility, privacy and comfort, with two separate rooms containing sinks and commodes plus a room with a sunlit steam shower and an additional sink, countertop and cabinets. Hand-painted tiles, hand-crafted sinks and cabinets make these rooms a pleasure to use.
The enormous master bedroom is at the other end of the house, with a king bed, 2 chaise-longues for DVD or video viewing, and seven picture windows with views of a walled courtyard and Taos Mountain. Adjacent is a studio/workroom with a twin bed, views to the west and a door to the outside. Above these rooms is a private apartment with a long-term tenant who watches the house in our absence and can answer any questions which may arise. The master bath is off the front hall. It has a deep, soaking tub, a separate shower, a walk-in closet/ dressing room and hand-painted details throughout.
Keywords: Quiet 4+ acres on mesa with fragrant sage and 360 degree views of mountains. Pets ok, steam shower, vigas, latillas,kiva f/p. Patio & covered portale. 1/2 hour from Ski Valley, 10 min. from Plaza, 10 min. from Rio Grande Gorge Bridge.
THE SKIES is a great place for intergenerational gatherings - family and friends. The SW bedroom can have either two XL twin beds or one king-sized. The sleeping loft above the SE bedroom can be a fun place for kids to have as their own space. The studio/ workroom could be nice for a teen who wants some privacy from smaller kids. The Sun Room has a large-screen TV streaming NETFLIX and a sturdy table with 4 chairs, suitable for casual meals or playing card or board games. There is room to run around outside. Taos is a child-friendly place where most activities include children....moreless
No smoking in the house please! Smokers may smoke outside on either the front patio/portal or the back patio, where each bedroom and the sunroom all have French doors leading out. Please dispose of matches and cigarette butts with care, since accidental fire must be a concern in the arid Southwest....moreless
Well-behaved and -trained dogs are welcome at THE SKIES. We do not expect pets to be allowed in beds or on furniture. However, there are plenty of rugs and the concrete floors are both hard to damage with muddy footprints and easy to clean. Dogs will enjoy being able to look out the windows, many of which extend down to "dogs-eye" level. Dogs should be supervised while outside, since coyotes and other dogs could be encountered. There are plenty of good walks for dogs and people, on the dirt roads through the mesa and on hiking trails around Taos....moreless
Some DVDs, some videos, playable on TV in master bedroom; videos can easily be rented in town FROM RED BOX at Smith's or Walgreens or from VIDEO CASA 814 Paseo Del Pueblo Norte Taos, NM 87571...moreless
8 seats come with the dining table but more can be added from table in sunroom or sunroom can accommodate 4 additional diners. Table with 4 chairs under portal and table with 4 chairs on back patio....moreless
Radiant heat (propane fueled), thermostat regulated, in the Great Room floor; other rooms have electric heat, thermostat in Master bedroom, otherwise knob-operated; heaters on timers in bathrooms....moreless
The Great Room incorporates Living Room, Dining Room and Kitchen. Cushy leather couch, love-seat and armchair augmented by additional seating. Kiva fireplace. 8-foot, glass, French doors w/ screen....moreless
Tania Melasco (www.talpagardens.com) can be contacted re providing meals at THE SKIES AT TAOS. She has at hand an abundance of produce from her gardens. She is an excellent cook and is willing to accommodate your dietary preferences, having experience with Vegetarian, Vegan, Southwestern, French and other cuisines....moreless
Knives, knife sharpener, spatulas, large metal and wooden spoons, colander and strainers, good variety of pots and pans, peeler, lemon squeezer, garlic crusher, whisks, corer, barbecue implements.....moreless
The kitchen will accommodate several cooks at once, with copper countertops and a butcher-block food-prep station. There is a large pantry and a good assortment of kitchen tools. Sunset views!...moreless
Taos Country Club, near Rancho de Taos is a semi-private club, awarded a four-star rating by Golf Digest. Valle Escondido Golf Course is a 9-hole walking course 12 miles east of Taos; more......moreless
|Dates||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly *||Event|
Golden Autumn/ Early Winter
Sep 21 - Dec 19, 2015
2 night min stay
Christmas and New Years Weeks
Dec 20 - Jan 3, 2016
5 night min stay
Jan 4 - Mar 4, 2016
2 night min stay
Mar 5 - Mar 27, 2016
4 night min stay
Late March/ Spring
Mar 28 - Jun 2, 2016
2 night min stay
Jun 3 - Sep 18, 2016
2 night min stay
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The list above specifies "less than 15 minutes away". NM tends to be more spread out. Art galleries; World Heritage Site/ National Historic Landmarks: Taos Pueblo and the Rio Grande Gorge Bridge are among the sites distinct to Taos and nowhere else in the world. Visitors may also wish to see the 'off-the-grid' Earthship community nearby or sign up for a llama tour of the Gorge. Whitewater rafting is dependent upon rainfall and snowmelt, but a lazy float down the river is nearly always an option in warm weather. There are hot springs a bit north along the Rio Hondo as well as the hot spring spa, Ojo Caliente less than an hour away. Skiing, x-c skiing,rock climbing, hunting and fly-fishing are all nearby, as are tennis, golf, swimming and ice-skating. there are challenging mountain bike trails nearby at the Taos Ski Valley. There are several places where one may ride horseback through spectacular settings with knowledgeable guides. Please ask, if you have a particular interest!
Year Purchased: 2010
About the owner: I am an artist with a home and studio in Peekskill, NY, in the Hudson Highlands. While I appreciate the energy and cultural offerings of NYC, I crave the peaceful quiet and open skies of Taos, for balance. My husband and I met at Middlebury College in Vermont. There we developed an appreciation of mountains, starry nights, wide pastures and the ability to find pleasure in being outdoors any season. In Taos I seek to create a place where we can share these things, cook, write, play music and make art.
Why the Owner Chose Taos:
People are drawn to Taos for its beauty, which has a spiritual quality. There are, of course, many beautiful places in the world and in the U.S. I chose Taos because I enjoy it in every season. I have found the people I have met in Taos to be open, engaging and multi-faceted, often creative, often athletic, frequently adventuresome. I continue to learn more about the Indian, Hispanic and pioneer cultures which converged in New Mexico and which shape the customs, architecture and outlooks of this remarkable part of the United States. For me, and others, there are tastes and smells and sounds as well as sights to be discovered. There are abundant stretches of open lands and wilderness nearby.
The Unique Benefits at this House:
I love being surrounded by beautiful views all day and night. I enjoy taking long walks on the dirt roads from the house and bringing back rocks for the gardens. From the house and property, I have seen coyotes, hawks, small lizards, magpies, ravens, hummingbirds, quail, rabbits, magnificent lightening storms, wildflowers, festival fireworks and hot air balloons. I enjoy the sunshine pouring in the windows and the coolness of adobe in the summer. I enjoy hanging out a wash and having it dry in an hour. I enjoy eating and drinking wine with family and friends, with a fire in the fireplace. I enjoy grilling on the patio or cooking in the kitchen while watching the sun set. I enjoy having quiet corners to go to read, write or draw, both inside and out. I enjoy rehydrating in the pretty, tiled and glass brick steam shower or soaking in the deep tub. I enjoy the smell of sage in the air following a summer downpour. I like being in a house where a dog can trot around and enjoy itself for many of the same reasons I do.
view of house from mesa, facing East
winter view from portal
Entry hall, doorway to Master bedroom, master bath entry on left
couches in Great Room
great room, daytime
mosaic detail, powder room
breakfast in sunroom
Master bathroom (sink and toilet through arch)
Southwest bedroom, guest wing (patio outside); choose king or XL twins
Pueblo ladder to loft, SE bedroom
bathroom with steam shower, guest wing; south-facing windows
rainbow and Taos Mountain viewed from THE SKIES
Entry to The Skies from front drive
summer, view of THE SKIES from front
dining area, great room
kiva fireplace in great room
kitchen at sunset - copper counters and sink
studio/workroom with twin bed; door to laundry on left
South east bedroom (queen bed; double in loft)
steam shower, guest wing
Talavera tiles and copper, wash room/toilet, guest wing
Archway framing winter mountain view, The Skies at Taos
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