Living in Taos - Taos Real Estate

Northern New Mexico is a special place, but what’s it really like being here? If you’ve ever considered buying real estate in Taos or buying a home in Taos, we can help you learn more about what it's like to live here.

Taos Art Galleries and Museums

Taos Historic Museums

Taos Historic Museums maintains a research library and collects, preserves, restores, and interprets artifacts and structures for the enjoyment and education of scholars and the general public.

Taos Art Museum

The Museum is dedicated to the art of early twentieth century Taos and the patrons who have nurtured and preserved it for the future. The museum’s Board and Trustees are focused on bringing Taos art back to Taos to be exhibited in the place where it was created. The heart of the museum is a collection of paintings by the masters of the Taos Society of Artists. This group was prolific from the arrival in Taos of Blumenschein and Phillips in 1898 through the 1930s. As a result of the acclaim these twelve artists and their associates achieved, many more artists migrated to Taos, continuing a tradition of creativity into the twenty-first century.

The Harwood Museum

The Harwood Museum of Art of the University of New Mexico preserves, collects and exhibits historic and contemporary art and culture of the Taos region. The Museum stimulates learning, creativity and research for the Taos community and all who share an interest in the arts, while reinforcing the University’s academic mission. The Harwood Museum of Art presents Taos art to the world and world art to Taos. In 1997, the Harwood Museum underwent a major 1.5 million dollar renovation project, expanding from two to seven galleries. The Museum continues to serve as a valuable resource for the region with its exhibition program and its growing permanent collection, and by providing a research facility for many scholars, educators, authors and students. Since its creation in 1923, the Harwood has enriched the lives of many visitors from around the world and has played a vital role in the cultural life of Taos and northern New Mexico.

E.L. Blumenschein Home and Museum

The Blumenschein Home and Museum is maintained much as it was when the artist and his family were alive. The home is filled with a superb collection of the Blumenschein family’s art, a representative sampling of works by other famous Taos artists, fine European and Spanish Colonial style antiques, and the family’s lifetime of personal possessions. The home beautifully illustrates the lifestyle of Taos artists in the first half of the twentieth century.

Millicent Rogers Museum

The Museum’s collections have grown to include traditional and contemporary Hispanic religious and domestic arts, pottery, paintings, photography and graphics, and a wide range of arts and crafts from the many cultures of northern New Mexico. On permanent display is a unique collection of pottery by the famed Maria Martinez. The Hispanic collections feature religious sculpture and painting, Spanish Colonial furniture, and textiles. Other permanent exhibitions include Zuni and Hopi Kachina figures, prehistoric and contemporary ceramics from the region, and modern jewelry designs. Changing exhibitions focus on materials, techniques, themes, and issues that reveal the multicultural contexts and histories of northern New Mexico.

La Hacienda De Los Martinez

The Hacienda de los Martinez is one of the few northern New Mexico style, late Spanish Colonial period, “Great Houses” remaining in the American Southwest. Built in 1804 by Severino Martin (later changed to Martinez), this fortress-like building with massive adobe walls became an important trade center for the northern boundary of the Spanish Empire. The Hacienda was the final terminus for the Camino Real which connected northern New Mexico to Mexico City. The Hacienda also was the headquarters for an extensive ranching and farming operation.

The Southwest Research Center

The Southwest Research Center of Northern New Mexico operates as the library for Taos Historic Museums, which includes the Ernest Blumenschein Home and Museum and the Hacienda de los Martinez. This research and resource center is the repository for thousands of books, documents, photographs, and other materials relating to the history and culture of Taos, northern New Mexico, and the American Southwest. Scholars interested in the wide spectrum of northern New Mexico’s art, history and culture now have a unique resource at their disposal.

Taos Culture & Art

Taos New Mexico – A unique place on this planet! This is a thought held by Taos residents and anyone who has ever been fortunate enough to have visited the “soul of the southwest”. Looking at this small town high in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, who would guess that 6000 years ago nomadic tribes traveled this area leaving arrowheads, pottery shards, tools and more artifacts that show us who they were? A mere 800 years ago, native Americans settled in this place and began cultivating the land and raising livestock. Along with these activities, they were beginning to establish a culture which continues on even today. In the 1920’s a group of artists unsurpassed in the world for talent, creativity and vision came to Taos and began the process of opening it up to the rest of their world through their work. Today, we are still enjoying the fruits of their cultural offerings which include an impressive collection of museums, festivals and celebrations on Taos Plaza and our beautiful Kit Carson Park, live performance, historical recreations and demonstrations in abundance for those with desire to learn more about history and culture of this enchanted place… Taos.

A Brief History of Taos

Taos County has a multicultural history which is diverse and reaches back at least 8,000 years with evidence of prehistoric settlement sites through Spanish exploration and colonization. Taos is unique and distinct in the history of New Mexico and the United States. It is one of the longest continuously inhabited regions in the country.

The "Old Spanish Trail" was used by Mexican and US traders from about 1829 to 1848 to bring goods from New Mexico to California and back. The multiple routes of the trail followed paths established by the Utes and other tribes for many years.  Taos history is filled with colorful characters who helped make Taos what it is today. From trappers and traders to wealthy heiresses, remittance men, legendary artists, and far-sighted entrepreneurs.

Now a  thriving tourist destination, Taos is one of the most popular locations in New Mexico. It is the beauty, the culture, the people that make Taos and Northern New Mexico the Land of Enchantment. Seated on the high-desert mesa at the foot of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, Taos is rich with art and steeped in history. Home to Taos Pueblo, the Village of Taos Ski Valley and a colorful array of surrounding communities