Madrid, New Mexico

Reduce your global footprint at this stunning off-grid home on 9.33 fenced acres nestled within the high desert landscape of the American Southwest. Beautiful Northern New Mexico style adobe house, half-way btw. Santa Fe & Albuquerque. 2000 sq. ft.

Accessible Home Energy Efficient Home Green Home GreenBuilt Home Healthy Home Natural Home Sustainable Home Adobe Off the Grid Solar - Photovoltaic
$479,000 Asking Price (USD)
$1,600 Annual Property Tax
$3,000 Annual Utility Cost
2,000 Square Feet
2 / 1½ Beds / Baths
10 acres Lot Size
1997 Year Built
Single Family Property Type

What makes your home a Green or Healthy Home?

This home has numerous organic/natural and energy/water efficient features. It is located in a vast pristine high desert wilderness area (Juniper-Pinyon Pine zone) with very low-density human population. The house is off-grid and fully powered by a professionally installed photovoltaic solar system with three sets of arrays (one tracking), industrial battery bank, automatic propane back-up Kohler generator, and fully equipped power room. Private well with storage tank holding approx. 1,500 gallons of water and monitored by an automatic fill system. Fully equipped boiler room with on-demand hot water and whole-house water filtration. Energy/water efficient washer, dryer and refrigerator.

The house is constructed of adobe bricks handmade on site from the earth excavated to form the house foundation. The roof is corrugated metal. The interior of the perimeter walls as well as two free-standing interior walls are traditional hand plastered mud and straw. Painted walls, cabinets, trim, etc. are all NO VOC or LOW VOC. Floors are colored, polished concrete with hot water radiant heat beneath (2 thermostat controlled zones). The large great room fireplace as well as the outdoor patio fireplace are masoned with locally- sourced stone. The home has been cleaned and maintained with fragrance-free, non/lowest toxic, alternative products for 17 years.

Four sets of double-paned glass French doors open onto a 660 sq. ft. screened porch running along the entire north side of the house. These doors can remain open all summer. South facing as well as east and west windows can be “worked” with porch doors to create constant cross ventilation with clean, fresh airflow, keeping the warm season house temperatures comfortable and the esthetic beautiful. The relative coolness of the summer nights is absorbed by the adobe bricks which contributes to this effect. All windows and glass doors are double-paned. Ceiling fans throughout.

The house is set inside a natural berm and mature shade trees along the south and east sides. This situation, along with the north-side porch, regulates both hot and cold temperatures year round. The adobe bricks store outside heat from the countless sun-drenched winter days as well as the interior ambient heat from the radiant floor heating system, thereby maintaining a lovely, even warmth all winter long. The absence of heating and air conditioning ducts is a major boon to health.

Drought tolerant organic landscaping and raised bed vegetable garden are on a drip irrigation system fed by a rainwater and snowmelt catchment system from the roof into two underground cisterns. There is no agriculture or industry in the immediate area.

Ours has been (and continues to be) a safe home for 17 years for an owner with moderate to severe Multiple Chemical Sensitivity.

Property Description

Reduce your global footprint at this stunning off-the-grid home on 9.33 fenced acres nestled within the high desert landscape of the American Southwest. Beautiful Northern New Mexico style adobe house, half-way between Santa Fe and Albuquerque. 2,000 sq. ft. +/- ; two bedrooms; 1 1/2 baths; 1,200 sq. ft. great room with elegant Taos fieldstone fireplace; plus 660 sq. ft. screened porch accessed through four sets of double-paned glass French doors and featuring panoramic vistas. High-speed Internet access.

Built-in bookcase, 2 walk-in closets and Talavera tiled double shower in Master Suite. Hand plastered mud and straw interior walls; polished concrete floors; radiant heat throughout. Custom chef’s kitchen with a 6-burner, 2-oven, griddle, broiler commercial Wolf range, soapstone pastry counter, 10 foot breakfast bar and food prep maplewood and tile island, walk-in pantry.

Situated on a mesa at the foot of the Ortiz Mountains with sweeping 360 degree views of 5 mountain ranges and the night lights of Santa Fe. Worry-free solar photovoltaic system with automatic propane back-up Kohler generator. Fully equipped power room. Private well. Fully equipped boiler room. Energy/water efficient washer, dryer and refrigerator. Wolf range and hot water radiant heating system are propane-powered. This energy/water efficient home on a private road has been cleaned and maintained by owners in a chemical-free and non/lowest toxic manner for 17 years.

Organic raised bed vegetable garden. Mature landscaping with drought resistant flowering trees and shrubs; outdoor fireplace built with locally sourced stone and shade ramada inside an adobe-walled patio. The courtyard along the south-facing front of the house is naturally formed by a berm topped by a long row of native juniper trees. Water catchment system with drip irrigation fed by two underground cisterns. Rustic 144 sq. ft. studio with electricity. Custom hand-wrought iron arch that reads: “DANZA DE LA LUNA” (“Moon Dance”) above the front entrance gate.

The home is surrounded by a healthy high desert wilderness ecosystem with abundant indigenous wildlife and native flora including various cactus, yucca, shrub, grass and wildflower species.


The adobe house embodies a balance of esthetic beauty with function in our high desert climate. The luxury of the screened-in porch running the entire length of the house is one of comfort both inside and out. The porch, along with the exterior walls constructed of adobe brick handmade on site, helps to regulate the house temperature during every season.
The many traditional architectural features inside the house rendered by master craftsmen are beautiful artwork in their own right. We enjoy them daily as they lend a sense of ancient warmth to our home. Such features include the adobe mud plaster embedded with straw in the time-honored way; the two arched entryways; the elegant great room fireplace masoned with Taos fieldstone along with its custom hand-wrought iron screen; the colorful Mexican Talavera tile in the kitchen and bathrooms; and the radiant heating system beneath the polished concrete floors—both of which have become “new classics” in Southwest architecture.
The healthy ecosystem within and surrounding our ten acres of chemical-free land with its abundance of diverse wildlife and native plants inspires deep respect and an ethic of protection.
…the dreamy professional Wolf range in the ample kitchen; the four seasons; mystical light; pristine air; stunning 360 degree mountain-studded vistas; Nature’s peace; the vast array of native grasses and wildflowers; the nighttime serenade of hundreds of frogs who emerge after the first monsoon rains; the magical double rainbows arcing the turquoise skies from here to the Land of Oz; the moon and star-filled indigo skies; the calls and songs of over 50 sighted species of resident and migratory birds.
…the sense of self-sustenance offered by the worry-free active solar system and reliable well.
…the organic, earthy way that this home rests within the desert landscape.
…the opportunity it provides to reduce one’s global footprint.

"DANZA DE LA LUNA" has been a Multiple Chemical Sensitivity-safe home for over 16 years. Owners are looking for a comparable-quality home of non-toxic, chemical-free, and organic status; home construction and land; and esthetic value to buy in Lane or Benton County, Oregon areas.

Neighborhood Description

Off-grid community; parcels of 10 acres or more; private dirt road 2 mi. from Hwy. 14. Set in high desert wilderness at approx. 6500 ft.; Juniper-Pinyon Pine zone. Annual raptor migratory path; dozens of residential bird species; peaceful hiking on dirt roads; arroyos & canyons. Majestic 360 degree vistas incl. 5 mt. ranges & night lights of Santa Fe. Some residents pt-time; some parcels not occupied. Parcels like this are rare while interest in them grows for people seeking a sustainable life.

Market Area

Equidistant btw world-class fine arts center of Santa Fe w/endless galleries, fine restaurants, world famous annual Indian Market, opera, skiing; & large city of Albuquerque w/world famous Balloon Fiesta, Gathering of Nations Powwow; endless special events in both cities. Iconic art center & world-class ski town of Taos & 1000 yr old adobe Taos Pueblo are an easy 2-hr scenic drive north. NM's 18 First Nations Pueblos & Hopi & Navajo Nation are short day trips to overnight visits. Public welcome

School District

Turquoise Trail Elementary; Capshaw Junior High; Capital High, each approximately 30 minutes. School information:


Nearest town, Madrid (15 min. No.) is a rustic, thriving art center w/ galleries, music & craft fetes, a few restaurants & gen. store. Famous Xmas Lights Celebration all Dec. Historic turquoise mining village of Cerrillos 5 min. beyond has U.S. Post Off. Small full service town of Cedar Crest (30 min. So.) has super market, gas stations, restaurants, hardware, USPS. Plethora of artists' open studios near & far every Fall. Cultural & natural richness: ancient Nat. Am. sites, nat. hot springs, etc

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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 Hydronic Floor Heat (radiant)
Solar - Passive
Cooling System Passive Cooling
Ventilation System Other
Whole House Filtration None
Whole House Vacuum No

Energy & Water

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

Construction Information

Construction Type Adobe
Wood Framing: 2x4, 2x6, etc.
Exterior Finish Stucco
Interior Finish Earthen Plaster
Gypsum Board - Sheet Rock
Wood - Solid
Interior Paint Low VOC
Floor Material Concrete
Roof Material Metal
Window Material Wood Dual Glazed
Insulation Material Fiberglass

Garage / Car Port

Garage / Carport No

Contact Information

Joseph Brennan

P.O.BOX 838
Cerrillos , NM 87010 US

Listing ID: 20068