Taos

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400 Camino De La Placita, Taos, New Mexico 87571 -

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  • Home Type:
    Condo, Single Family Home
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  • Age Restriction:None
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History

Traveling gatherers-hunters passed through the region 6,000 years ago and left behind pictographs, arrowheads and potshards. The people of Picuris Pueblo and Taos Pueblo settled their communities 900 years ago. In 1540, Conquistador Hernando de Alvarado reached Taos Valley by following the Rio Grande north. When he saw the sun glistening in the adobes’ straw at Taos Pueblo, he thought he had discovered the legendary El Dorado. In 1680, The Pueblo people joined together to drive the Spanish away. Spanish Don Diego de Vargas relocated to the region surrounding Ranchos de Taos, Taos Pueblo and Taos Plaza. During the early 19th century, Taos became the base of mountain men, like Kit Carson, who wed Taosena Josefa Jaramillo. Padre Antonio Jose Martinez started to serve the Taos parish in 1826. He began the first publication west of Mississippi, a subsidiary which still exists this very day. During the 1847 Mexico war, a number of the Taos people fought back and killed Charles Bent, the U.S. Territorial Governor, in his home in Taos as he tried to flee through an opening he burrowed in his adobe wall. In 1898, artists Ernest Blumenschein and Bert Phillips stopped to have a busted wagon wheel fixed and became captivated with Taos and elected to stay. This occurrence started a migration of artists that up to today carries on.

Area and Climate

Taos is situated close to the Rio Pueblo de Taos, a Rio Grande river. The Rio Grande Gorge is west of Taos, which cuts through the Taos Plateau volcanic field’s basalt flows and intersected by the Rio Grande Gorge Bridge, now a section of U.S. Route 64.

The elevation of Taos is 6,967 ft. The highest point in New Mexico, at 13,161 ft., is Wheeler Peak, which is just north of Taos. The town has a semi-dry weather with low rainfall and severe diurnal changes of temperature. Even when it gets very hot during mornings in the summer season, nights can be enjoyably chilly.

Real Estate and Cost of Living

In 2000, the estimated average value of homes or condominiums in Taos is $149,700; as of 2011, it is $235,748. In 2011, median prices for occupied vans, RVs, boats, etc: $9,005; mobile houses: $91,898; 2-unit buildings: $115,356; 3- and 4-unit buildings: $202,617; 5 and up unit buildings: $239,866; townhomes and other attached homes: $283,383; all home units: $333,486; and detached homes: $379,499.

In Taos, the cost of living index as of March 2012 is 98.6, which is almost average, as U.S. median is 100.

Lifestyle and Things to Do

Each season at Taos, there is an adventure awaiting tourists. Visitors can swoosh down from Kachina Peak or cast out on the Rio Grande. There are only a handful of locations in the world that provide the various outdoor activities, balanced by many opportunities for chilling out, as this town. This is probably why a lot of outdoor lovers select Taos as their destination. The town has trails, vistas, slopes, rivers, spectacular views, and more.

The Governor Bent Museum and Gallery was formerly the residence of Charles Bent, the first territorial governor of New Mexico, who was slain during the 1847 Taos rebellion. Inside, visitors will find relics and memorabilia of the rebellion, including an opening in the wall where a number of family members fled. East of this tourist attraction is the Kit Carson Park and Cemetery. This place, which is spread across 25 acres of land, has a lot of famous citizens of Taos buried there, including Padre Martinez, Mabel Dodge Luhan, an art patroness, and Kit Carson.

Other must-see attractions include the Rio Grande Gorge Bridge, 8 miles due northwest of the town of Taos, and the historic San Francisco de Asis Church located in Rachos de Taos.

 

 

Amenities

  • Walking & Biking
  • Fitness Facility
  • Golf Course
  • Medical Clinics
  • Shopping / Grocery
  • Library
  • Picnic Area
  • Parks & Natural Space
 

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Property/Community Type : Condo
Golf Facility(Within 10 Mile Radius) : Yes
Coastal Area(Within 10 Mile Radius) : No
Mountain/foot hills area(Within 10 Mile Radius) : No
Lake Property(Within 10 Mile Radius) : No
College Town(College or University Within 15 Mile Radius) : No
Size of Community/Town(25 Mile Radius Estimated) :
Fitness Facility(Within 2 Mile Radius) : Yes

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