Housing Posts a Good First Qtr in New Mexico

There was good news for New Mexico in the 2016 first-quarter housing report.  According to the report released by the Realtors Association of New Mexico, Housing sales went up 7 percent statewide year-over-year, with 3,949 properties sold in the first three months of 2016, compared to 3,686 in 2015.  You can see the full story here.12 Lomita Linda-312 Lomita Linda is available in San Pedro Creek Estates.

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Santa Fe Named Best Small City in America

Only a short drive from the East Mountains, both Albuquerque and Santa Fe continue to pile up the accolades as desirable travel destinations.  The most recent award?  Conde Nast Traveler just named Santa Fe as the Best Small City in America in the magazine’s Readers’ Choice Awards.  This can only be good news for real estate values in our area.  You can read the full article here.Shot across the New Mexico Desert

Paa-Ko Art Show & Sale, December 5 & 6, 2015

With the holidays upon us, you might want to attend the Paa-Ko Art Show & Sale scheduled for Saturday & Sunday, December 5th and 6th, 2015, from 11am to 5pm at the Paa-Ko Event Center.  Nine exceptional fine artists working in a variety of media in the Paa-Ko Communities will be featured.  There will also be several authors present signing books, giving readings, and chatting about their work.  See the postcards below or visit paakoartists.com for more details about this event.

Here’s an interesting piece for you East Mountain folks who love your gardens that suggests you might want to let your garden unbothered in the fall and leave cleaning it up until spring. Kind of makes some sense…

Wait until Spring for Garden Cleanup?

Hollyhock

Hollyhock

Fees Waived for Day-Use Recreation Sites in Cibola National Forest in Honor of Veterans Day

The Mountain View Telegraph newspaper is reporting that the Cibola National Forest will be waiving fees at day-use recreation sites on November 11th in honor of Veterans Day.  What a great opportunity to get out and enjoy the forest at no cost! More information is available at this link…  Cibola National Forest Fees Waived on Nov. 11th

Photo of Albuquerque

Albuquerque photographed from Sandia Crest

1st Annual Turqoise Trail Arts Festival, Aug. 29 & 30, 2015

If you are looking for what is sure to be a fun outing this next weekend…

The first annual Turquoise Trail Arts Festival will be held on August 29 & 30, 2015, at several stops along the Turquoise Trail from 10am to 4pm each day.  A collaboration of local artists will be displaying their work at the various stops.  What a great way to spend what is sure to be a gorgeous day in the East Mountains!

In San Pedro Creek Estates,  where I live, there will be three open studios with seven artists showing their art.  Look for the turquoise flags at:

turquoise flag 18 Camino Real – The Camino Realists, Sharon Marks and Lesley Long

turquoise flag 1 Prado Vista – The Prado Vista Collective – Nancy Twinem, Betty Lehnus, Gene Case, & Lois Bradley

turquoise flag 3 Prado Vista – Sally Badal

Come visit your artist neighbors and enjoy the event!

Additional information can be found on the Turquoise Trail website at this link: http://www.turquoisetrail.org/events/#turquoise-trail-arts-festival

Local Art Festival Poster

2015 Turquoise Trail Arts Festival Poster

An East Mountain Blog

Happy New Year!  I am Liz McGuire, a long-established realtor with Coldwell Banker Legacy in Albuquerque’s East Mountain area.   My plans for this blog are primarily to promote life in the East Mountains, showcasing the area, local events, and businesses to anyone who may encounter this blog in their electronic travels. It will also provide me a vehicle to present information on the local real estate market, information which I think may be of interest to homeowners, and allow me to inform East Mountain residents of cultural and other events that may be of interest in Albuquerque, Santa Fe, and other parts of New Mexico.  I hope you will enjoy this blog and come back often.