Please click on the photos below to view full size :

Vistas:

Western view overlooking BLM land

More Vistas:

vista north

And...more vistas:

view south

Cave front elevation:

front elevation of cave

Cave Entrance:

cave entrance 1

Cave Entrance 2:

cave entrance 2

Cave Entrance (Steps)

cave entrance steps

Inside of Cave Looking Out:

inside cave looking out

 

North End of Valley:

north end of the valley

Rock Outcrops:

rock outcrop eastside

South End of Valley:

southern end of valley

Well Solar Panels

well solar panels

Redwood Deck

redwood deck

Redwood Deck (Hotub)   

redwood deck hotub

Inside Bus   

inside of bus

Wood Stove

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NEW MEXICO

Remote, Private,Tranquil Living, in the

 "Land of Enchantment"

 

Description

15+ acres, of beautiful wooded, scenic land, with lots of views, abundant wildlife (including elk & deer), with good fishing available within 20 mi at Ramah Lake, clean air, beautiful skies, varied topography, and wide-open spaces. This in many ways epitomizes what “The Land of Enchantment” is all about.

This is a very unique parcel of land, situated in a small private valley, abutted to BLM land, and located at “the end of the road”…affording a very private, quiet, and secluded environment. While it is that this parcel is 15 acres, it gives the impression of being much larger due to the topography, which affords absolute privacy, and the fact that the western boundary is BLM land, and the vastness of area that encompasses. The feeling here is one of living in the “wilderness”, with all of the amenities one would want to live comfortably.

Located in the "transitional zone"; pinon pine, juniper, ponderosa pine, and gambel oak, comprise the majorityof the vegetation. The elevation is approximately 7,350’, and has an elevation gain on the property itself of approximately 125’, (Google Earth calculations). The majority of the property has a S to SE exposure, affording many ideal sites for passive solar applications.

Even though it is that it is remote, secluded, and private; it is also very accessible in terms of ability to come and go in almost any weather situation. There are two roads entering the property. One is graveled to within ¼ mile of the entrance, and the other is a bedrock road, which is essentially all weather. These secondary roads are accessed by all weather, gravel county roads.

The entire western boundary is abutted to BLM land, thus both roads entering and terminating on the property end at this boundary, creating (again) a very private situation, as well as seclusion from encroaching interference or undesirable elements, also allowing for gating the roads to prevent unwanted traffic.

Along with privacy, seclusion, and accessibility, there are many other attractions here as well: There are numerous vistas, (N, S, and W). There is grid power available, a private water well, underground phone service, and the entire property is fenced with a single strand electric fence. There are several rock outcrops on the property, (which were one the primary considerations when originally purchasing this property), which facilitate an ideal location for the excavation of the cave.

Location

Central western New Mexico, (Zuni Mountain region), approximately 135 mi west of Albuquerque; 55 mi SW of Grants, NM; 20 mi SW from El Morro National Monument; 65 mi SE of Gallup, NM. (see maps).

In addition to the inherent enticements that come with the area and this property specifically, there are many natural and cultural attractions within a reasonable distance from the property.

Improvements

For many people considering remote living for the first time, there are many considerations that should be taken into account, but are more often than not, overlooked and ultimatlely these things are discovered after it is too late...you have already invested all of your resources, time, and aspirations, and are now left with a problematic situation which is way less than you dreamed of. Anything that has been done to enhance a piece of land, making it more habitable, or additions which facilitate actually ‘living’ on a piece of land, would be considered “improvements”, and there are many such additions here. First, the entire property is fenced; there is telephone service; there is a well; a metal storage building; a living/storage space (bus); a redwood deck with built-in hot tub, also there is the availability of 'grid power', and the foremost improvement, the cave.

Well

The well, which produces good drinkable water is 220’ deep, cased with 4” PVC well casing and utilizes a 24V pump powered by a photovoltaic system, (solar). The pump utilized is approx. 15 years old, so it comes from a period in time when the technology was relatively new for deep well water pumping. The technology today is much more advanced and the pumping capacities have been greatly improved. Having said that, this pump operates continuously at 1.5 gpm and was rebuilt recently and used very little since that time, as no one has been on the property to pump water. An upgrade to the solar system or the pump would be a relatively minor expense. and would surely increase the output, but is for all practical purposes very adequate as it is. (back)

Fencing

The entire perimeter of the property is fenced with the majority of that being T posts and single strand wire, and the remainder being barbed wire and wooden posts.    (back)

Cave

This is an excavation of approximately 35’ deep which is a “work in progress”. All of the preliminary planning/work has been done, as well as a retaining wall which contains the tailings from the excavation to this point, to provide an area outside of the cave entrance, which is approximately 12’ deep x 20’ wide, creating a level landing area which could be utilized in many different ways. The interior is now configured as essentially a passageway, which is winding and elevated to approx. 4’, utilizing steps to ultimately provide for a warm air updraft situation, drawing fresh air in the chamber itself and venting it out through the roof. The dimensions of the entrance are presently 7’ high x 4’ wide, with the ceiling height maintaining that dimension throughout. The width from the entry to rear varies from 4’ to approx 7’ in the middle, providing a landing area. The stone formation itself is of a dense sandstone which carves well and is also very stable, lending itself to the possibility of a multitude of design capabilities.

The vision for this project was an underground dwelling with all of the light, air and ambiance of a ‘conventional’ dwelling, with the addition of all of the security, low maintenance, and atmosphere that can only be achieved with conscious planning, inside the earth. Inclusive in the vision, was a window adjacent the entrance, (which is a SE exposure) and a 10’ diameter opening (shaft) emerging in the ground above the main chamber, affording the ‘flow through ventilation’ as well as an ample light source for the interior. The tooling used to bring this project to it’s present state is available, and in excellent condition if desired. So all that would be necessary is some creativity, and a measure of ‘sweat-equity’.     (back)

Bus

One of the added bonuses with the property is a converted bus. This has been set up in such a way as to afford a very cozy/comfortable dwelling, including a photovoltaic system with 1,800 watt inverter, running water, and a wood stove. The interior is all wood and has the feeling of the inside of a boat. The living area (front part of the bus) is approx. 8’ x 12’ with a table, a bed, and plenty of cabinet/drawer space. The rear of the bus is approx. 8' x 11' which was used as work/storage area and also contains the battery bank for the solar system. (back)

Redwood deck

Outside of the bus is a 12’ x 12’ redwood deck with a built-in wood fired hot tub. This is one of the premier features of the property. Soaking in the warm water under the crystal clear sky at night, is an experience to be indulged in frequently.  One of the creature comforts not given much thought when envisioning living in a remote environment, but what comes to be one of the most valued. (back)

Telephone

There is an underground telephone line to the center of the property, which was installed at a time when such a thing was economically feasible, (subsidized by the govt.) at this point in time the cost would be prohibitive. Also, there is cell phone signal available on the property. (back)

Available power

There is "grid’ power available on the property, but in as much as I utilized solar power from the photovoltaic system in place there, it has never been actually connected. There is a power pole located on the NE boundary, and also to the E of the property, so it would only be a matter of placing the appropriate number of poles to the desired location, (the distance to closest pole is approx 675' to where power would more than likely be desired), with that being the only cost involved, aside from whatever service configuration would be reqired at the termination point. By my calculations (relative to the configuration of the existing poles) this would take 2 poles. The existing lines were placed some 20 years ago, therefore circumventing the initial cost of having the lines brought in.

This is an aspect of purchasing a remote land parcel which (again) many people don’t account for when considering buying remote land. Possibly it is not a consideration for many, but the option of utilizing grid power as a primary, or even as a backup power source, is a valuable asset, relative the potential initial cost of bringing power from the nearest existing lines. (back)

Storage Building

There is a corregated metal building approximately 8' X 16' which was a construction site storage facility, which was portable and on wheels, (trailer chasis). The wheels have been removed and it now sits on blocks so it is "semi-stationary". This makes a very good storage facility for keeping tools, ect. out of the weather. (back)

 


 

So…whatever your criteria for the ideal remote, self-sufficient living situation may be (?) chances are very good you will find it all here, with the added benefit of having pretty much everything in place to enable you to move onto and live there now. Most people considering this for the first time, are unaware of the costs and impediments…“reality”, involved in actually living remotely, and are generally quite unprepared for the eventualities encountered. Safe to say, most, (if not all) of the difficulties one would encounter, or would have to overcome for this, have been taken care of. This is very different from purchasing raw land, and beginning from the “beginning” with all of the learning processes that that presents…all that’s left is simply “personalizing” it.

 

 


Price & Terms

I had previously listed this property for $85,000 and sold it. The buyer after commiting to buy it encounterd some family issues and was therefore unable to follow through with this comittment. As a result of thinking it was sold, I made several commitments myself, which involve other people as well as myself.

I now find myself in the position of needing to fulfill those commitments, but now not having the resourses to do so; therefore I am now willing to drastically reduce the price to facilitate a quick sale. I have given much thought to this, not only to facilitate as quick a sale as possible, but also to enable me to do what I need to do. I have found it very difficult to come to that place, for obvious reasons, but...$53,000 is the figure I have arrived at.

If the thought of owning this unusual land parcel resonnates with you, and you are sincerely interested in persuing the purchase of this property, please contact me ( Click Here ) and I will provide you with whatever information you may need, as well as arrange to view it.

 

Title

The title to the property is clear, without encumbrances, and ready for transfer. Property taxes are $173.00 annually and are current

                                                           

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Local Natural and Cultural Attractions

There are many natural and cultural places of interest which are within a reasonably short distance from this property, affording one the opportunity for easy access to some of the most significant points of interest in New Mexico and the Southwest. Below are links to just a few of these:

*  CHACO CANYON

*  EL MORRO NATIONAL MONUMENT

*  EL MALPAIS NATIONAL MONUMENT

* GILA CLIFF DWELLINGS NATIONAL MONUMENT/GILA WILDERNESS

*  ICE CAVE/BANDERA CRATER

*  LIGHTNING FIELD

*  VLA (VERY LARGE ARRAY)

*  ZUNI PUEBLO

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