In our quest to find the most interesting historical shelters, we fully admit to being suckers for a good school house conversion, and this example in the historic mining village of Hillsboro, New Mexico, does not disappoint.
The school was built in the 1800s, listing agent Crystal Lay with Steinborn & Associates Real Estate said, and it taught generations of elementary school students in the mining town.
More recently, it’s been beautifully renovated, and the sellers took pains to incorporate wonderful details into that renovation.
“The amazing original details including the interior tin roof tiles, the chalkboards, and the windows have been preserved and keep the authenticity of the school that is incorporated into the ample living space,” Lay said.
As you enter the main doors, the foyer features a decorative tile fountain and saltillo tile. In the library, custom metal shelving waits for you to create your own repository.
“Every room in this home feels spacious and light with high windows and tall ceilings,” Lay said. It has three bedrooms, two full baths, and one powder room, and has an incredible 5,142 square feet of living space.
Outside, a private walled garden is landscaped with fruit trees and water-wise plants. Additional carports provide more parking space, and a separate building can be used for storage, a workshop, or even flex space.
The home is also energy-efficient, with a solar voltaic grid-based system mounted on the carport providing low-cost electricity.
“Perched on a hill, it is both private and convenient to downtown and affords gorgeous views of rolling hills, the Black Range and Percha Creek,” Lay said. And if you need more in the way of excitement, Truth or Consequences is 30 minutes away, and Las Cruces is an easy day trip of less than two hours.
And with that proximity to both towns, Lay said that income-minded second home buyers might even consider turning the former school into a bed and breakfast.
“This expansive home has an amazing floor plan that can easily be transformed to customize it to your needs,” she said.