I need to sell my condo, which is located in Lincoln, County, New Mexico. Without going into details, because I don’t like to give away where I live, it is in a resort area. The elevation is fairly high. The winters are like Camelot, some snow, major high altitude skiing, and the summers are hot for a couple hours, then the sun goes down, and it is chilly. The photo on the right is the view from the front entry of the unit.
For those who want to know why I am selling, well, I wasn’t planning on it. My plan was to renovate and rent. Now that the parents’ health is failing so quickly, I need to relocate about 20 miles east of here, to be able to be near them. It is the only reason I’m selling. If I could, I would keep the unit, but it’s just not feasible.
The following is the cat’s tour of the condo:
Bat (Brat) Masterson – white, gray spots
Miss Beverly Sills – AKA Bubbles Silverman – large calico
Hoss Cartwright – red tabby
*Mommy Cat – mottled calico
*Madame de Pompadour – smaller calico
*Miss Leontyne Price – AKA Baby – long hair tabby Persian
Toy Poodle – Rumsfeld
*Rescued here at the complex
- 1280 sq feet (originally) I add another 20 or so when I enclosed the entry.
- Tin roof
- Next to pool
- 96 channel cable included in $230/month HOA fee
- Free WiFi being added in to the package
- Excellent Mexican food less than a mile away
- 2 car garage (carport)
- Easy entry, not on a hill, easy to navigate in the snow
- Alarm system
- 4 year old heat pump, excellent air
- 2 fireplaces (need cleaning)
- 2 bedrooms
- 2 full baths
- Good storage area in carport
- Mediocre closet space
- 4 levels
- 24 total steps
- Master bedroom on lower level – downright cold in winter, great in summer
- Guest bath has balcony, no view
- Balcony off living room with pool view
- Balcony off dining room, no view
- A large balcony & porch may be added
- Quiet neighborhood
- Near local museums
- Near excellent ER, very good cardiac ICU
- Great local Episcopal church
- About 75 minutes from Roswell
- Maybe an hour to White Sands National Monument
- Real estate taxes not bad at all – less than $1000/yr
- Fairly active Bigfoot area (no one will talk about it)
- Local wildlife includes black bear, mountain lion, elk, deer, javelina, coyotes, wolves,eagle
- Great property manager
- Everyone loves their animals, numerous small dogs
- Couple hundred feet from clinic of the best vet in this whole area
- Laundry closet with hook/up for washer & dryer
MASTER BEDROOM: Fireplace, can be cold in the winter. Decent size bath, 2 lavatories (they need new fixtures). Don’t think the jazuzzi works. Haven’t tried it in years. Pathetic excuse of a walk-in closet. Laminate flooring okay.
GUEST BEDROOM: Balcony with no view, but cool in the summer with the doors open. Never did get around to renovating the bath. Was planning to do it, but life happens. Laminate flooring okay.
DINING ROOM: I live in it, writing. Needs a couple laminate planks replaced. Same in kitchen. Balcony with lousy view. I like the dining room best of all.
LIVING ROOM: Fireplace, balcony, laminate flooring, 4 yrs old. Okay condition. Balcony overlooks pool.
KITCHEN: I was preparing to repaint, but no time. New garbage disposal sitting on floor, ready to install. Dishwasher very good, 4 yrs old. So is fridge, ice maker needs to be repaired. The range purchased same day as dishwasher and fridge, but I think it needs to be replaced. Counters are white, 10 yrs old. I love the sink! Made of material that does not scorch. Does not yellow.
OTHER: I turned the entry closet into an ‘office’. Enclosed front entry, to add about20 or so feet to the otherwise 1280 foot unit. Hot water heater 2 years old. Heat pump 4 years old. Alarm system about 4 yrs old. Very good storage closet in garage. I’ve added quite a bit of garage storage.
I began renovating the year before we discovered my father had AD. I’ve never finished. The downside can be the power bills, in the winter. The up side is the fireplace in the master bedroom heats, wonderfully. Both need to be cleaned. I’ve not used them since I broke my elbow about 9 yrs ago. I hate the carpet on the steps. It dates back to the 1980s and needs to be replaced. That was to be my next project, but never got around to it.
THE GOOD: I’ve lived here for 16 years. It is a comfortable unit. The kitchen is small, but is easy to use. The air flow is such that, you can put bread or rolls on the far left side of the stove top (ceramic) and you don’t need a bread machine.
I’m crazy about the dining room. Thanks to the skylights, it is light, and can be cheerful. I’ve tiled my fireplace profiles and the indoor entry. It is a great place for cats. It’s also fairly secure. The view from the living room balcony, over to the mountains was stunning – before the last big fire. Things are growing back, and I like the view more than I did before the fire.
THE BAD: The windows need to be replaced with storm windows. I don’t like storm windows, so did not replace them. The complex was built, by former TX Governor John Connally. The units were I am are fairly well constructed. Those below me and along the entry of the complex are notorious. While building them, the developers went under. They began skimping. The units were I am were the ‘show’ units.
Unfortunately, due to mismanagement over the years, the complex has a reputation it no longer deserves. Today’s management is excellent. About a decade ago we staged a coup, and removed the problem officers from the HOA board. Today, everything is out in the open and honest. Where once it was known for graft, we have a good group of officers. They’re not going to scam or cheat anyone.
THE UGLY: The power bills (PNM) can be murder. I am extremely careful. The new system I put in, several years ago, paid for itself in just a year and a half, then PNM began raising rates. That’s our real problem.
I don’t think it’s safe to walk the dog at night. Most of us use piddle pads. There is far too much wild-life.
I keep burning up garbage disposals. The new one has been sitting in a box, in the kitchen, for about a year.
NOTES: When I was renovating, about 4 years ago, the person who was going my laminate floors (I have several packs of extra planks for repairs) never ‘finished’ the project. Then, about the same time, my parents began having serious health problems. My father was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease. I never bothered ‘finishing’ anything. I never managed to get around to repainting the kitchen. The tiles I ordered for the back-splash were discontinued. I never took the time to re-order.
I have invested several thousand dollars in shelving for my books. I plan on taking the shelving with me. The walls will need to be repaired and painted. If the buyer wishes to keep the shelving, I will need to add about $2000 to the final price.
The skylight needs to be repaired – or the area around it. It was broken when the property was being stuccoed. It does not leak – thank goodness. The condo management at the time was terribly corrupt and refused to make the necessary repairs. I never went beyond it, because the scaffolding necessary, makes me very dizzy. I don’t like heights like that.
When I move, I am also taking my living room dining, the lights in the hall, and the ones in my ‘study’ area.
We have had major wild fires on several sides of the complex. Aside from the brush that needs to be cleared by the office, the area is now fairly secure from wildfire. In this area, that’s a big deal.
THE TRULY UGLY: If you are in the kitchen or dining room, you must go down 16 steps – count ’em sixteen – to the bathroom!
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I did my own decorating.
No poodles were harmed during the production of these photos.
One of the facts of life of living in New Mexico, near a national forest is the danger of wildfire. We’re in fairly good shape here. At least, if the fire is on our side of the mountain, the staging area for fire fighters is often right below us.
This is the view from my front door
Taken a block away from my Condo