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…)

Our Splurge: Mariposa Ranch and Equestrian Center, Taos, New Mexico is currently listed by David Fries of Sotheby’s International Realty Santa Fe for $2,900,000.

Town or country? In this week’s Splurge vs. Steal it’s hard to choose. That’s because we are taking you to Taos, New Mexico – one of America’s foremost art colonies, where high desert living meets historic adobe architecture and breathtaking Sangre de Cristo Mountain views. For this reason, we zeroed in on two exceptional Taos retreats, each with impressive locations, architecture, and amenities, but with price points that are miles apart. Which one would you choose, the sprawling Equestrian splurge or the in-town adobe steal? Be sure to let us know in the comments.

(more…)