schoolIn 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. (more…)

las crucesIt’s a house that has one foot in history, and one foot in the future — and the amazing second shelter or even vacation rental income property potential of this nearly four-acre estate in Las Cruces, New Mexico makes it a must-see.

The home includes a main house and guest house, and when you consider everything it comes with, the $850,000 price tag makes it a bargain. It’s self-contained enough to provide plenty of entertainment on the grounds but is also close to wine festivals, book festivals, fairs and more if you venture into town. (more…)