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.

Government

Town of Taos

The Town of Taos web site is comprehensive, including phone numbers for different departments, town agendas and plans, and location of town services.

    400 Camino de la Placita
    Taos, N.M. 87571
    Phone: (575) 751-2000
    Fax: (575) 751-2026
    www.taosgov.com
 

Taos County

The web site is helpful. Go to “Contacts” to find phone numbers for various departments.

    105 Albright Street, Suite A,
    Taos, New Mexico 87571
    Ph: (575) 737-6300
    Fax: (575) 737-6314
    www.taoscounty.org
 

Taos County Chamber of Commerce

The Taos Chamber of Commerce is a friendly and most helpful place, located now quite close to the plaza for easy access to information.

    108 F Kit Carson Road (Cabot Plaza)
    Taos, New Mexico 87571
    575-751-8800 (main)
    575-751-8801 (fax)
    e-mail: info@taoschamber.com
    www.taoschamber.com
 

State of New Mexico

The State of New Mexico main governmental offices are located in Santa Fe on Don Gaspar Avenue. The large web site is user friendly. Just follow the questions and Online Services prompts. For local State departments and services, go to the blue pages in Names and Numbers. 1-800-825-6639 for State Agencies and Departments

www.newmexico.gov

Facts About Taos County

Taos County is found in the north-central region of New Mexico in the foothills of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. The town of Taos (elevation 6,950 feet) was incorporated as such in 1934. Taos is located next to Taos Pueblo, the Native American village and tribe from which it takes its name. The word ‘Taos’ means ‘red willow’ in the Tiwa language.

Real Estate Trends (Source: Trulia)

Statistics

    Distance to Albuquerque International Sunport: 130 miles, 2 hours and 15 minutes.
    To Santa Fe: 70 miles, 1 hour and 15 minutes.
    To Denver: 280 miles, 4 hours, 30 minutes.
    Population of Taos: 6,213 (From 2000 census)
    Population of Taos County: 29,979 (From 2000 census)
    Density: 9.8 persons per square mile (compared to 64 per square mile avg in U.S.)
    Ethnic Composition: 65% Hispanic, 27% Anglo, 7% Native American, 1% Other
    Size: 1,444,480 acres in Taos County
    Ownership: 50% Federal, 38.2% Private, 6.7% State, 4.3% Native American  

Employment and Wages

Employment opportunities in Taos are primarily in the service industry and wholesale retail. In 2000, the median income for a household in the county was $26,762, and the median income for a family was $33,995. Males had a median income of $27,310 versus $21,121 for females. The per capita income for the county was $16,103. About 16.10% of families and 20.90% of the population were below the poverty line, including 24.60% of those under age 18 and 20.80% of those age 65 or over.

Climate

Semi-arid high desert with an average annual rainfall of 12” and average annual snowfall of 35” in the Town of Taos. Average annual snowfall in Taos Ski Valley of 321”. 70% of possible hours of sunlight.

Yearly Average Temperatures

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Yearly Average Precipitation

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Higher Education Options

Northern New Mexico Community College
Taos campus (575) 758-9369
Espanola (575) 747-2100 [45 minute commute]
El Rito (575) 587-4100 [45 minute commute]

University of New Mexico
Taos campus (575) 758-7667
www.unm.edu

El Valle Technologies
Offers computer training for adults (575) 758-8228

Southern Methodist University (575) 758-8322
Check the “Tempo” for weekly listings of classes in Aikido, Belly-Dancing, Gardening, Dreams, Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement, Jazzercise, Yoga, Taiji and Qigong, Taekwondo (Adults and Children), Meditation, Wilderness and other areas of interest.

Where do I send my kids to school?

Taos Schools are a source of pride within our community.

Public Schools

Taos Municipal Schools Administration
213 Paseo del Canon
Taos, NM 87571
(575) 758-5200
www.taosschools.org

Arroyos del Norte Elementary
(575) 737-6175 
www.taosschools.org

Enos Garcia Elementary
305 Don Fernando
Taos, NM 87571
(575) 737-6070
www.taosschools.org

Ranchos Elementary School
200 Sanders Lane
Ranchos de Taos, NM 87557
(575) 737-6150
www.taosschools.org

Taos Middle School
235 Paseo del Cañon
Taos, NM 87571
(575) 737-6000
www.taosschools.org

Taos High School
134 Cervantes Street
Taos, NM 87571
(575) 751-8000
www.taosschools.org

Private Preschool, Kindergarten and Elementary

Anansi Day School Pre-School (575) 776-5711
Country Day School Age 4-6 (575) 751-7750
Leaping Lizards Preschool Age 2-Kindergarten (575) 758-1311
Headstart in the Taos area, Llano Quemado, San Cristobal and Taos Pueblo
San Francisco de Asis Catholic School (575) 758-1236
Noah’s Ark Christian Preschool (575) 758-7444
Taos Christian Academy K-8 (575) 758-4155
Taos Valley Baptist School K-4, K-5, grades 1-8 (575) 758-1886
Los Angelitos Early Childhood Services (for handicapped children from 0-3 years)

Private Middle and High School

Chamisa Mesa High School (575) 751-0943
New Visions School (575) 751-3922
San Francisco de Asis Catholic School
Taos Baptist Christian School
Taos Christian Academy through 12th grade

 

Dining in Taos

There are a wide range of dining options in Taos, from simple to gourmet, fast food to fine dining, something for all palates and pocketbooks. You can enjoy the taste of Japanese, Thai, Chinese, Cajon, American or Southwestern cuisine. Adventure into the subtle variations of various chef’s different recipe for red and green chile (a local staple) and choose your favorite. Many restaurants use local organic produce and wild harvested mushrooms to complement their selections.

Taos dining guides

The Taos News has published a Dining Guide complete with menus for over 50 of Taos’ restaurants to help you make the difficult choice. You can also visit splurgetaos.comfor local deals.

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.  taoshistoricmuseums.com

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.  taosartmuseum.org

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. harwoodmuseum.org

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.  taoshistoricmuseums.org

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.  taosmuseums.org

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.  taosmuseums.org

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.  taosmuseums.org

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.

Taos Event Calendars

Whether it is experiencing the history and culture, exploring the natural beauty of the area or replenishing the soul with art, music and conversation there are a vast variety of things to do in Taos. Throughout the year Taos is host to a wide range of festivals such as Arts & Crafts, Hot Air Balloon, Music, Wool, Storytelling, Film.

Online Calendars

To learn about events in the Taos County area, we recommend checking the Taos Webb Community CalendarTaos Chamber CalendarTaos Ski Valley Calendar and Taos Pueblo Calendar.

Printed Calendars

While in Taos, pick up a copy of of the The Taos News for a complete list of concerts, meetings, festivals and activities in their Tempo section.

For the Curious: More Taos History

This land of towering mountains and broad mesas has been inhabited by man for approximately 8,000 years. During prehistoric times, nomadic hunter-gatherers roamed the valley. The ancestors of present-day Pueblo Indians, the nomads, eventually adopted a sedentary lifestyle, becoming the first farmers of the region.

Taos Pueblo, thought to be the oldest continuously inhabited structure – from 800-1,000 years – evolved into a trading center by the 13th century. The “trade fairs” of that time drew members of the Apache, Navajo, Kiowa and Comanche tribes, and caravans from Chihuahua, Mexico.

Taos Valley changed dramatically with the arrival of the Spanish in the 16th century. When their search for gold yielded only the glint of straw in adobe structures, the New World conquerors began to colonize the valley. Attempts to dominate the Indians and convert them to Christianity, and the inevitable intermarriage, resulted in rebellion. In the Revolt of 1680, Pueblo Indians rose against their Spanish masters and drove them out of the Rio Grande Valley. The Spanish would not reconquer the region for 12 years. Despite the hostility between Spanish and Indian, they had to join forces against marauding tribes from the north and west in an uneasy interdependence.

Yet another newcomer emerged in the 18th century with the arrival of French and American traders. Taos, no more than a tiny mountain village, was transformed into a bustling trade center as wagon trains, frontier scouts and Mountain Men gathered.

Rapid-fire change continued. Following New Mexico’s entry into the United States as an official territory in 1847 came another Indian revolt. Territorial Governor Charles Bent and 20 others were killed in a bloody massacre.

The once geographically-isolated village became more accessible when the Atcheson, Topeka and the Santa Fe Railroad reached Santa Fe. The era of American’s love affair with the West had begun. As tales of the region’s beauty spread, tourists, writers and artists from the east discovered Northern New Mexico’s uniqueness. Some settled permanently.

In 1898, two artists with a broken wagon wheel ushered in the period that would lead to Taos’ reputation as a world-famous art colony. That tradition continues, as does the legacy of the primary three cultures of Taos: the Indian, the Spanish and the Anglo.