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1795 Forest Service Rd. 493, San Cristobal, New Mexico

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Added On:08/09/2012
Last Updated:07/14/2024
Unique,off-grid, active/passive, 2 bedroom, 1.5 bath, 1817 sq. ft., solar home nestled in the mountains north of the art colony of Taos, NM on 5.83 acres. Rastra Block, trombe walls, wind generator, rain catchment, photo voltaics, and so much more!
Green HomeHealthy HomeOff the Grid
$742Annual Property Tax
1,817Square Feet
2 / Beds / Baths
5.8 acresLot Size
1997Year Built

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What makes your home a Green or Healthy Home?

1. Construction is Rastra Block and well insulated. R-50 in the roof. 2.Active/passive solar & energy efficient.rn3. Solar composter & food drying racks.rn4. Water catchment into three 1200 gallon buried potable water tanks.

Property Description

Girasol (sunflower or turn of the sun) nestled in the mountains between San Cristobal and Lama. This unique, 2 bedroom, 1 ½ bath, 1817 sq. ft., active/passive solar home sits up high on 5.83 spectacular acres that will take your breath away. You will be looking out across the Rio Grande valley for miles giving you forever views of land, gorge and sky that will clear your mind instantly! The mountains in the distance include the Sangre de Cristo and the Jemez mountains of New Mexico and the San Juan mountains of Colorado. As you can imagine, the famous New Mexiso sunsets are very awesome from this vantage point!rnThis solar home was designed by the owner and is reminiscent of Pueblo Bonito at Chaco Canyon which is one of the earliest examples of passive solar design built some 1100 years ago. You will understand when you view some of the pictures how unusual and lovely this structure is. rnSome of the many features of this home include rastra block constuction,a rain water catchment system, photo voltaics, wind generator, back-up generator, solar hot water, solar food drying racks, Jotul woodstove, in-floor radiant heating if so desired (but never used), natural lighting, greenhouse entry, gray-water system, composting and regular flush toilets, private septic system, kitchen composter, solar refrigerator & washing machine, cell phone service, internet service available via satellite or wireless service and so much more.rnMost important of all are the great neighbors and a wealth of wildlife which include elk, bear, turkey and a plethora of wild birds and small mammals for your viewing delight!rnKnow the freedom of natural off-the-grid living in this unsure economic climate. This is a perfect dwelling for the serious solar enthusiast who wants to cut utility bills, help save the planet, and take charge of the future!

Neighborhood Description

Located approximately 17 miles north of Taos, NM with incredible views to the west of the Rio Grande Valley and the famous Taos sunsets! Mountain views are also to the north and east....almost everywhere! Wild Rivers Recreation Area and Red River are also nearby for camping, biking, fishing, hiking, etc.

Market Area

San Cristobal is located approx. 15 mi. north of Taos, New Mexico on the left side of Hwy 522.

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San Cristobal/Lama

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Agriculture in Areayes
Industry in Areano
Air Pollution in Areano
Pesticide Freeyes
Fragrance Freeyes
Cleaned with Green Productsyes

Interior Environment

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Solar - Passive
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Passive Cooling
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Part of Cooling System
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Whole House Vacuumno

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Off the Grid
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Construction Information

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Earthen Plaster
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Metal Dual Glazed
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Number of Cars1

Listing ID : 19414