Green Homes for Sale - Datil, New Mexico Green Home

Datil, New Mexico — Green Home For Sale

Unique New Mexico mountain estate is both luxurious AND energy efficient, an off the grid safe haven that sits on 3 fenced acres and can be a hunting camp, summer camp, weekend getaway or year-round homestead. 

Listing ID: 20623

  • Energy Efficient Home
  • Green Home
  • Healthy Home
  • Sustainable Home
  • Off the Grid
  • Solar - Photovoltaic
Asking Price (USD) $325,000
Annual Property Tax $150
Annual Utility Cost $700
Home Area 2,000 sq ft
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms 2
Total Property Area 3 acres
Year Built 2012

Property Description

This beautiful 2-cabin mountain estate sits on 3 fully fenced acres and boasts amazing views and features: from solar power to your own well to an underground bomb shelter/safe room that doubles as storage.

Main cabin has a custom-made wooden front door; inside there's 900 sq. ft. with a popular open floor plan, wood laminate and tile floors and a gourmet kitchen with tiled countertops and steel appliances. There's a full bath, laundry and 1 large bedroom. Living room boasts a stone fireplace with a Vermont Castings enameled woodstove. In addition, a fully vented propane heater AND electric plug-in heater on a split system that can heat or cool ensure you will be comfortable all year long.  A separate storage room for solar batteries and extra supplies completes this floor plan. A huge wrap-around deck invites you to enjoy the New Mexico outdoors, the gorgeous views and life outdoors; entertain your family and friends with an outdoor dining area including a TV and huge gourmet kitchen; enjoy the breathtaking New Mexico sunsets or gaze at the stars while enjoying your heated jacuzzi. 

The guest cabin is 480 sq ft with a 300 sq ft cozy, low-ceiling loft upstairs that sleeps two. Downstairs you will find living/dining area with a galley-style kitchen, a small bathroom and utility closet. Couch pulls out into queen size bed. Guest cabin has fully vented propane heater and electric plug-in heater that doubles as A/C. A garage is right next to the guest cabin, 300 sq. ft. and large enough for a small car or your ATV and can also be used for storage.

There's a separate underground safe room/bomb shelter with a double entry area, an escape hatch and steel-hardened doors. Designed to withstand bullets, smaller explosions and radiation, it's 250 sq ft in size, currently used for storage. Yes, you could survive a remote EMP or nuclear attack in this room. Because it's underground, temperatures remain very steady, never going below 50F even in the depth of winter or above 72F in hot summer months. You could live here without the need for heating or cooling.

Property has unique, custom-made main gate with keyed access that operates on solar, plus a second operational access gate. Main driveway is 6-inch deep poured concrete; all other roads and parking areas have been covered with pebbles to keep the dust down and prevent torrential summer rains from gouging the land. The property has its own well, but there is also a rainwater collection system with 3 outside collection tanks each 550 gallons. In addition, you have access to the HOA-managed community water system for a small monthly basic fee plus usage. Also, there is a non-freezable 500-gallon underground tank that collects grey water, used to water gardens or to put out fires. The gardens have been lovingly created and xeriscaped and all 3 acres have been fire-wised. The huge, wrap around decks have been built professionally and designed to take the additional weight from the outdoor gourmet kitchen and the jacuzzi.

If you would like to see more pictures or videos, or have questions to ask, feel free to contact us by phone or email.

What makes your home a Green or Healthy Home?

It starts with the professionally installed off-grid solar system that also has a "grid-on" option and runs all but the A/Cs. 1800 watts of solar panels are located on the main cabin roof; an extra storage room in the main cabin houses all the batteries. All solar systems on the property are "redundant", e.g. the gate operates separately from the well-pump which operates separately from the main house solar and so on.

Four fully functional water systems ensure you will not run out of water. There's a rainwater collection system with three 550-gallon water tanks. There's also the property's own well AND access to the LOA's water system (which comes at a small monthly cost). The grey-water system, which has its own underground tank, is separate from the other water systems and used to feed the garden's drip irrigation system and also as an emergency reserve in case of fire.

The cabins are very well insulated with cutting-edge energy-efficient materials and are fully prepared to deal with the harsh climate swings of New Mexico's high country. There is a super efficient and super cute enameled Vermont Castings woodstove to heat the main cabin, including a huge stack of precut wood that is included in the sale. Each cabin has a fully vented propane heater, ensuring you will not have the negative side effects connected with propane gas heating. There are electrical backup heaters just in case all else fails.

Main and guest cabins each have low-energy "instant" hot water heaters and low-flow toilets.

The property sits on 2 lots that total 3 acres, and the New Mexico mixed forest of pine trees and cedars has been fully fire-wised.

All areas of the property have been built and renovated lovingly and painstakingly to very high standards, using only the best of high-quality materials, by the current owners. 

Neighborhood Description

This property sits in the quirky subdivision of The Homestead, which is located in the small township of Datil, NM. The Homestead consists of over 170 individual lots, ranging from 1.5 to 10 acres in size. Many of these lots have not been built on and much of the land remains wild. There is a Land Owners Association which takes care of road maintenance and operates the community water system. Fees are currently $148 annually. There are about 20-25 families who live in the Homestead full-time and while they value their privacy, you'll also find them to be kind neighbors and willing to lend a hand. 

The Homestead subdivision borders the Cibola National Forest and from your location, you can easily access the forest on established paths and roads to go hunting, horseback riding, ATV'ing or hiking.

Market Area

The town of Datil, NM is a small township (about 500 people) that sits on Route 60. It's a community of ranchers and people who come there to enjoy the remoteness and beauty of the land, including retirees, artists and craftspeople. Datil boasts one restaurant/small motel/convenience store and gas station (all in one) as well as a post office, several Churches, a Community Hall, an elementary school and a few other small businesses. The nearest larger towns for shopping and entertainment are Socorro NM (about an hour east) or Springerville/Eagar AZ (about an hour and a half west). 

School District

Catron County is a large county in Southwest NM and relatively sparsely inhabited. It borders Arizona to the west and Grant County to the south. Datil NM has a small elementary school. The nearest Middle and High Schools are located in Quemado, NM.


Home Type or Land

Single Family - Single Level

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Elevation of Home


Building Details

Air Quality

Agriculture in Area No
Industry in Area No
Air Pollution in Area No
Pesticide Free Yes
Fragrance Free Yes
Cleaned with Green Products Yes

Interior Environment

Heating System Fireplace
Forced Air - Heat Pump
Wood Stove
Cooling System High Efficiency Heat Pump
Ventilation System
Whole House Filtration None
Whole House Vacuum No

Energy & Water

Energy System Hybrid
Off the Grid
Solar - Photovoltaic
Water System Municipal
Rain Water Collection
Wastewater System Septic System

Construction Information

Construction Type Other
Wood Framing: 2x4, 2x6, etc.
Exterior Finish Wood
Interior Finish Gypsum Board - Sheet Rock
Interior Paint Low VOC
Floor Material Carpet
Wood - Laminated
Roof Material Asphalt Composition Shingle
Window Material Metal Dual Glazed
Insulation Material Fiberglass
Urethane Foam

Garage / Car Port

Garage / Carport Yes
Garage Type Attached
Number of Cars 1
Garage Area 300 sqft

Contact Information

Emilia Grubb

22955 McAuliffe Drive, Ste. A
Robertsdale, US AL 36567 US