New Mexico Homes and Lifestyles

New Mexico Homes and Lifestyles:

New Mexico is diverse in many different ways.  The culture is New Mexico is a blend of Hispanic, Native American, Anglo, African American, and Asian influences.  With diversity comes a plethora of lifestyles to fit many. New Mexico homes and lifestyles too are quite diverse. The type of structures, amenities, and features are a wide spectrum of possibilities. Here is a look at some of the different New Mexico Homes and Lifestyles choices you may have. This is not a comprehensive list but a simple outline of the more iconic types of New Mexico homes and possible lifestyles.

  • Southwest:Albuquerque NM This is the iconic look for homes of the Southwest. A very versatile setting and lifestyle for today’s living. Typically offering an open plan with no separate living or formal dining area. Today’s buyer trends prefer a spacious kitchen that flows to a vast open room and dining area. Usually, opening to the patio, this design is great for easy entertaining or relaxing. More and more semi-custom builders and custom builders alike are incorporating outdoor kitchens or BBQ areas into the patio’s setting. This Southwest styled home is a popular choice for New Mexico Homes and lifestyles and a bit more affordable.
  • Hacienda: This mansion-style home offers expansive front porches often with arches or columns thatset the styling. Spanish tile roofing is the natural choice for this New Mexico home style. Haciendas traditionally have beautiful back patios with courtyards leading out to beautifully landscaped grounds. Haciendas are a favorite for large family estates and even horse properties that give ideal privacy from the outside world.
  • Southwest Contemporary: This type of New Mexico home and lifestyle is often quite large and usually custom-built. They may still incorporate Adobe, Vigas, Latillas, and stone; however, the materials aren’t as rustic or crude. They are typically finished with Stucco and often accented with the Pueblo or Santa Fe features and amenities. The architectural design has sharper lines, large windows, and a more modern look and feel.
  • Northern New Mexico:  Another iconic New Mexico home and lifestyle looabout John McCormack, Albuquerquek is the Northern NM home. Standout features are a very steep pitched and typically metal roof. The reasoning is simple the deep snows that accumulate in Northern New Mexico create a considerable snow load. These steep metal roofs heat up quickly and help shed those heavy loads. Dormer windows are standard with this styling as well. These dormer windows allow some excellent natural light to pour through the entire home. The interiors may be a Ranch layout or a great-room configuration. 
  • Custom: This is your dream home! Your ideas, your design elements, and style. When you are ready to build and design your unique New Mexico home with your taste and lifestyle, we at Albuquerque Homes Realty are here to help you. We will listen to your specific wants and needs then match you with the perfect location, architect, and builder. We will be by your side with every step. Let us help you fulfill your dream of the ideal New Mexico home and lifestyle. 

New Mexico Landscaping

Water is one of New Mexico’s most precious resources. Southwestern Xeriscape is beautiful and easy to maintain yet saves an immeasurable amount of water. The gorgeous designs of desert landscaping and indigenous plants offer striking beauty. Once complete, the rewards of Xeriscape are outstanding! The wildlife and native creatures too will enjoy it. 

New Mexico Water Features

Water features are not only eye appealing but give a highly desired calming effect. Water features offer an excellent ambiance for outdoor entertaining and relaxing. The sounds of babbling water, whether from a pond or bubble rock, are soothing for many in the high desert. Birds and small creatures are all attracted to the never-ending flow of life-sustaining water. 

New Mexico Courtyard

Courtyards are a common feature in many New Mexico homes. Just about any home can incorporate them, but they often found in the Southwestern or Spanish style home. Courtyard walls are attached, creating privacy for your outdoor living. Building material will vary, but most often constructed Adobe brick or block and Stucco. Whether large or small courtyards offer privacy and intimacy from the outside world. Often featuring sitting areas, water features, and colorful gardens or Xeriscape havens. The Courtyard patios are very eye-appealing and welcome guests as they enter your stunning Southwest home.

New Mexico Patio Oasis

New Mexico provides perfect weather virtually year-round for enjoying your patio. Kiva’s, Fire Pits, and Chimanias are all characteristic while providing warmth, the sounds of crackling wood, and the aroma of Pinion wood. Relaxing with friends or enjoying the solitude of stargazing, you will truly enjoy your private outdoor oasis.

New Mexico Homes and Lifestyles.

There is plenty to learn and know about New Mexico Homes and Lifestyles. New Mexico was named by the Spanish in 1563 and called Nuevo Mexico. This naming was over 250 years before the country of Mexico was established and named, not after.

  • The State of New Mexico is quite diverse, with many cultures woven into the tapestry of its civilization.  
  • New Mexico is the 47th State of the United States of America.
  • New Mexico is ranked 37 by population with an estimated 2.1 Million inhabitants in 2020. 
  • New Mexico is appropriately called “The Land of Enchantment.”
  • Santa Fe is the State Capitol and is known to some as “The City Different.”
  • Albuquerque is New Mexicos’ largest city and the hub for state commerce.  
  • Albuquerque is known as “The Duke City,” “The Q,” or “The Burque.”
  • Rio Rancho, NM, or “The City of Vision” is Albuquerque’s sister city and connected at the NW sector of Albuquerque and borders Corrales, NM to her East.  
  • The NM State Flag was first brought to NM in 1540 by Spanish explorers.
  • The NM State Bird is the Roadrunner. Remember Wile E Coyote and the Roadrunner?
  • NM State Question RED OR GREEN? (what type of chile you prefer on your favorite Mexican dish)
  • New Mexico State Flower is the Yucca.
  • The Pinon Pine is the New Mexico State Tree

Terms of the Southwest:

The Spanish and American Indian influences have brought several specialized words and terms into area homeowners’ vocabularies. Here are a few often peculiar terms describing New Mexico home features:

  • Adobe: Adobe is a brick formation created from mud, straw, and gravel. Used heavily by the SpanishNew Mexico Homes and Lifestyles-Adobe Wall and Native Americans it provides an excellent insulation barrier from the hot summer and winters cold.  Still used today it is a coveted feature of many Southwest styled homes.
  • Viga: Traditional peeled log beam. These beams carried the load for the iconic flat Pueblo type roofs. Still used for this purpose in modern Southwest architecture and design, many non-custom-built homes may appear to have outside Vigas but have no structural purpose. 
  • Latilla: Small (1-2 inch diameter) peeled poles used to accent the ceiling. In old the old world, the Latilla was part of the supporting structure of the roof system. Straight, uniform Latillas are usually made of aspen, although some homeowners prefer the more rustic look of Saguaro cactus or other woods.
  • Cedro: Split cedar poles, which give the ceiling a hewn hand look.
  • Canale: A trough which protrudes through a parapet wall on a flat roof so rainwater and snowmelt can effectively drain.
  • Saltillo Tile: A floor tile made from red clay. Commonly 12 inches square but sometimes octagonal, they carry imperfections to texture, giving them a rustic look. Often this type of flooring had heavy grout lines. Named after Saltillo, Coahuila, Mexico. 
  • Lintel: Crossbeam above a window. In Southwestern homes, the lintel often is a large wood beam in its natural look or paint a bright blue, turquoise, or brown. 
  • Corbel: A wooden block component, often ornamental that supports a timber or beam as in a Viga. The end of the corbel may be cut square for a stepped appearance or carved for a decorative look.
  • Nicho: Recesses carved or typically built-into a wall. Originally, these Nichos may have served as shrines for “Santos” (carved religious saints). Today these Nichos are often used to display artwork, collectibles, or other items of interest.
  • Banco: Built-in seating, usually around a Kiva fireplace, traditionally finished with plaster or similar with an added upholstered cushion.New Mexico Homes and Lifestyles-Chile Ristra
  • Ristra: These are red or green chiles that are carefully strung while the chile is still fresh. These Chile’s then air dry, and the family chef utilizes the hot chile for cooking. Many people use these beautiful Chile ristras for decorative purposes only.
  • Coyote Fencing: This is fencing around the properties parameter made from tall 2 to 3-inch diameter posts. These posts are placed close together providing privacy and security while providing a unique and old-world look. The height may be a deterrent to Coyotes which can easily jump normal fences.

Feng Shui

Based on some Chinese rules in a philosophy that governs the arrangement and orientation of specific patterns of yin, yang, and the flow of energy, the favorable or unfavorable effects then apply to the designing and placement of buildings and furniture.

Front Door:

Sometimes called the “Chi Gate,” the main door is the gateway between the world and one’s privacy. Air currents enter and exit at this point; this area should be kept clean and uncluttered.

Living Room and Family Rooms:

These are the areas where friends and family gather; they should be light, bright, and open.

Dining Room:

Most people seldom use a formal dining room. However, traditionally, it is an essential room in the home and should exude wealth.


The kitchen is considered the “hearth” of the home. The energy in this room is essential; it should be light, bright, and airy. The kitchen is one of the vital rooms in the house and should be kept clean and clutter-free.


These should be sacred spaces where adults or children can retreat and regenerate. We as humans spend roughly one-third of our lives in our bedroom, so maintaining balance and serenity in this room is essential.

Home Office:

There are two basic types of home offices. One is where we store and file papers, pay bills, and spend some recreational time on the computer. An actual home office is where we sit for at least several hours a day conducting business and generating income. Both types of offices should be kept clean and orderly.


It’s best to avoid homes with a bathroom in the center of the house or the first room you see upon entering a house.


These transition rooms are the arteries of the home. They should be relatively bright, not too narrow or cluttered. A chronically dark hallway should have a skylight or artificial lighting.


Stairs should not be aligned directly with a heavily used entrance door or the heart of the home. Stairs of any kind, indoor or our, need to be kept clean and safe.


Windows are the eyes of Chi; they should be clean and open properly; ideally, they should allow sufficient light and pleasant views into a room.


Floors should be level so as not to cause equilibrium or health problems for the occupants.


Here at Albuquerque Homes Realty, we are always by your side and ready to help guide you and provide you the information you need. Whether you need a better understanding of the many different New Mexico homes and lifestyle choices or just need help finding that perfect home with an open floor plan, Kiva Fireplace, and those beautiful Adobe walls.  We know Albuquerque and the surrounding areas well.  Put us to work and let our experience be the keys to your new home.

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