The Top Spots for a Second Home in New Mexico

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1101 Juniper Road, Taos, New Mexico

Ah, New Mexico. Texas’ charming next-door neighbor.

Dallasites have long found second homes in the Land of Enchantment. New Mexico’s multi-faceted personality draws in a wide range of interested buyers. Whether you are a skier or an art connoisseur, there’s a New Mexican destination to suit your style.

These are three great spots to consider buying property in New Mexico:

1. Santa Fe

For the art lovers

Santa Fe, New Mexico is a great place to buy a second home. Photo courtesy of Unsplash.

Santa Fe has long been a favorite second home spot for its dynamic culture. The oldest capital city in the United States, Santa Fe has had more than 400 years to develop its unique blend of Mexican, Spanish, and Native American culture. 

Known for its vibrant art scene, there’s a lane lined with over 100 galleries (called Canyon Road) and celebrated art museums (Georgia O’Keeffe and Meow Wolf, for starters).

Properties in the area often embody the unique, artistic Santa Fe flavor. 

21 Puerto Road, Santa Fe, New Mexico

2. White Sands National Park

For the photographers and adventurers

The dunes of White Sands National Park stretch on for 275 square miles. Photo courtesy of Unsplash.

White Sands is the United States’ newest National Park. It upgraded from its previous “National Monument” title in late 2019. 

When you find yourself standing in the middle of the park, with the white, rolling sand dunes stretching as far as the eye can see in every direction, you’ll understand why New Mexico is given the grandiose title “Land of Enchantment.” It simply feels otherworldly. 

The nearest town is Alamogordo, but there are some stunning properties outside of town. 

293 Pena Blanca Loop, Las Cruces, New Mexico

From a location like this one, you can explore White Sands as well as other surrounding natural wonders, like Carlsbad Caverns National Park three hours away.

Plus, if you are interested in renting out your second home, the influx of travelers to the newly minted park may turn your house into a money-maker when you’re not enjoying it yourself.

3. Taos

For the skiers and boarders

The gnarly slopes of Taos Ski Valley. Photo courtesy of Unsplash.

Taos is highly renowned for its epic slopes. There’s an abundance of snow and minimal people on the mountain. 

This year, Taos Ski Valley will open as usual on Thanksgiving Day, November 26. However, COVID hasn’t left the operation alone completely. In order to limit crowds and maintain room for social distancing, tickets and rentals must be purchased in advance. Those go on sale October 27.

133 Twining Road, Taos Ski Valley, New Mexico

If you’re not a fan of winter sports, don’t rule Taos out. The city is home to several festivals throughout the year, a thriving art scene, and historic museums.