Taos County, New Mexico

Ranchos De Taos Estates

Acreage Range 0.5-1 Acres
Price Range $1,800-$4,500
Photograph of Hemingway Land Company property

Notes about Purchasing

The page you are currently reading is what we like to call a "master information page" which we create for subdivisions where we have a larger volume of inventory than normal. We provide this as a way to concentrate all of the available information about this region, and the properties within it, into one page where buyers can better learn about the zoning, road conditions, availability of utilities and any of the other salient details we feel a prospective landowner would want to know. We also use this page as a way to present important details about all of the available properties within the region, this way potential buyers won't have to click from listing to listing.

For anyone interested in purchasing land in the subdivision profiled here, we encourage you to read over the information provided to better compare and contrast individual listings and ultimately choose the one that is best for you. While you cannot purchase a specific property on this page, the table of available listings linked below will give you the opportunity to navigate to individual listings pages, where payments options will be presented, and purchases can be made.

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Subdivision Details

Location & Size

 

Ranchos De Taos Estates is located  just off Highway 64 roughly ten minutes west of the vibrant community of Taos. Situated within easy driving distance of the slopes and trails of the world-famous Taos Ski Valley, this master-planned subdivision was platted out and pinned back in the 1960's with the vast majority of the region subdivided into quarter acre parcels.

Taos County, New Mexico

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Taos

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Legal Information

 

When we speak of property we typically use an address -- 123 Main Street for instance. 

As most vacant land does not have a physical address, however, county governments will identify it in other ways, such as a "legal description", a parcel number or a tax code. The information provided in the table to the right are the ways in which the various state and county agencies will identify this specific parcel of land. These signifiers are important to have when speaking with these agencies - whether they be the assessor, the zoning office, or even the local utilities - and may prove invaluable when initiating conversations about whatever research a buyer intends to do.

Whenever one exists or has been assigned to the land, the physical address will be included in this table.

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$5.00 per lot

Access & Utilities

 

Road Conditions: All parcels within the Ranchos De Taos subdivision have legal access, as roads and easements were allowed for in the original Plats of the area. That said, in many circumstances a four-wheel drive or other off-road capable vehicle may be required to navigate some of the roads. As is to be expected, some areas are easier to get to than others, and some roads are easier to drive on than others. 

Power: Power can be found nearby on the 64 and in some of the parcels closer to that highway, but city utilities have not yet been extended into the further parts of the subdivision, making solar energy a necessary but affordable solution.

Wells & Water Table: Due to the depth of the water table in this region, wells are generally considered either infeasible or prohibitively expensive and most residents rely on refillable tanks for their drinking water. It has been reported that there a few community wells in this region - meaning someone owns a well and lets other residents purchase water from them - but we have never been able to confirm this or find the contact information for the well owners.

Yes

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Undefined

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Catchment System or Holding Tank

Septic/Alternative

Zoning & Restrictions

 

While the town of Taos has numerous zoning ordinances and restrictions, Taos County has very relaxed zoning laws, particularly in rural areas like this. Ranchos De Taos Estates is zoned County Rural Area, a fairly permissive designation which, amongst other things, allows a person to park an RV and live out of it for 180 Days even without a building permit. This fact alone makes the area ideal for anyone with an RV looking for land they can vacation to, camp on, or park and live on for a long time without being hassled by local officials. This also makes the area fitting for other "off-grid" dwellings such as earth ship homes, tiny homes, shipping container homes, etc.

If you're purchasing land to build you should check with the county zoning office to learn what permits are required on land smaller than 3/4 of an acre.

Disclosure: Prospective buyers are encouraged to keep in mind that while Taos County has very relaxed zoning, land in this region will still be subject to state-wide laws, building codes and environmental regulations. This is especially true as it pertains to how waste is disposed of, and wells are drilled and installed. The NM EPA oversees septic permits, and the State Engineer is responsible for well permits and are two organizations you or your contractor will deal with eventually. State regulations aside, however, this part of Taos County remains one of the most ideal places in New Mexico for developing land with as few ordinances to conform to as possible.

County Rural Area

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Title Info

 

 

Free & Clear

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Special Warranty Deed

Notary Close

$150.00

Helpful Links

 

 

(575) 737-3874
(571) 317-3122
(505) 827-2855
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1-800-WATERNM
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Misc.

 

Parcel Sizes: It should be noted that because this region was first subdivided entirely into quarter acre parcels, it is very difficult to find larger acreage here. For those looking for anything bigger than a quarter acre of land you'll need to purchase adjacent lots which total the amount of land you're looking to develop. Prospective buyers should be aware, however, that combination lots are very difficult to come by here and the larger the property you require, the less likely it is to exist. While Hemingway Land has sold a number of adjacent lots in this region, that is the exception and not the rule in a subdivision platted like this one. In circumstances where we have two neighboring lots, they will always be sold together as they are inherently more valuable. 

Photography Disclosure: Unlike our other listings, the properties being sold in Ranchos De Taos Estates subdivision as well as the surrounding Carson Estates subdivision are being represented with photos from different regions of the subdivision and are not property-specific. As Hemingway Land has purchased and had photographed so many parcels throughout this area - and because there is little observable difference in the roads, topography and scenery - we have elected to reuse past photos. It should be noted, however, that this is not something we would do if we didn't feel confident this was an adequate representation of the region. Any prospective buyer looking for a more precise sense of the exact parcel is welcome to scout any property we have in inventory. 

Subdivision FAQ

Only where indicated on the master list. If we have two or more properties that are next to one another, we will always sell them that way as they are inherently and exponentially more valuable than if sold separately. 

No. If they were adjacent, we’d combine them into one listing.

No. If you look at the master list we have displayed on this page you’ll see the Legal Descriptions of the properties. These are written logically. Unit 1, Block 1, Lot A would be adjacent to Unit 1, Block 1, Lot B. So on and so forth. If you’re looking at two properties wondering if they’re adjacent - or even close by - simply review the legal descriptions.

No. This entire area was subdivided over fifty years ago into quarter acre lots. There is nothing larger, and the only way to get something larger is to purchase adjacent lots. 

Highly unlikely. That much adjacent acreage in this region is the rural land equivalent of a unicorn. But if it’s that important to you we’d encourage you to subscribe to our weekly newsletter or YouTube channel. New properties debut on our site every Friday and are announced in those platforms first. By subscribing to either you’ll be among the first to know should we ever have a listing like that.

No. That’s what the website, the email blast and the YouTube channel are for. 

Quite a few reasons:

1) When the subdivision was first created in the 1960s, these lots were sold as investment properties outside of a rapidly developing Taos community which would “one day soon” be worth a lot of money. Hence, they were sold for expensive prices that precluded most casual investors from purchasing more than one.

2) Environmental laws adopted throughout the state in the 1970’s devalued the viability of a quarter acre lot. Because of this, most of the people who purchased these ten years prior suddenly lost interest in their land. Because they lost interest in the land, they never bothered to ensure that the property would transfer to a next of kin upon death. Hence, a lot of dead people own land in this region that their families can’t sell and that we/you/no one can buy.

3) Because most family members/next of kin continue to pay the rather negligible yearly tax bills on the land they don’t own, the land has never been foreclosed on by the state and resold at auction.

4) Because the tax bill is so small, most family members continue to pay it rather than attempt to navigate the probate process required in New Mexico to formally and officially put the land in their names.

5) Because the tax bill is so small, it has to be in default for longer than the customary Three Year period allowed for in New Mexico law before the state will foreclose on it. Put another way, it costs more to resell it at auction than it does to leave it in default accruing interest and penalties.

Yes.

There are a few main, named roads throughout this subdivision such as Sheep Herder Road which are the easiest to navigate. Despite the fact this region receives a decent amount of traffic from the people who call it home, however, most of the other roads are rough and will require a larger truck or off-road capable vehicle to traverse. 

No.

No. Taos County Planning & Zoning is fairly laid back about the use of real property within the rural areas of its county, particularly in this subdivision. This is why so many people tend to create ‘alternative’ or ‘unconventional’ housing situations out here like tiny homes, shipping container homes and yurts and why this area has become such a haven for the Earth ship community.

Yes.

According to Taos County zoning law, people are allowed to park/live/camp in their RV for up to 180 Days. And with that said, it’s questionable anyone is enforcing this timeline.

That’s the conventional wisdom, yes, but the reality is there are numerous “work-arounds” when it comes to getting permits to build. Most of the “¾ acre restrictions”, particularly in regards to septic installation, have to do with New Mexico Environmental Law. Numerous “green” alternatives, however, have been created in recent years which may make it easier or more affordable to circumvent the traditional septic system regulations. For further questions about this, we recommend you explore the NM EPA’s website here or contact their offices at (505) 827-2855.

Our understanding is that for lots under ¾ of an acre, septic options may include Advanced Treatment Units, Split Flow Systems and ET Beds. All buyers, however, are strongly encouraged to contact the NM EPA with specific questions about septic systems, septic installation, proper permitting, etc. Additionally, if your intention is to build on the land, you may want to address your questions to vendors in the local Taos County region.

Probably, but questions like this are best addressed to the Taos County Planning & Zoning office, whose number is (575) 317-3122.

Not throughout the subdivision, no, but obviously the closer you get to the highway and other homes, the closer you’ll get to power and hence, the more affordable it may be to get power extended to your property. It should be noted, however, that solar panels and other alternative forms of energy are very popular in this region as traditional sources of power may either be too impractical or prohibitively expensive to get extended and connected. Anyone looking to build in Ranchos De Taos Estates should anticipate relying on alternative energy sources as the primary method for powering their new home site.

Our understanding is that the water table is quite deep out here. It may not be impossible to drill a well though it may be prohibitively expensive.

Holding tanks and rainwater catchment systems are popular alternatives and are used quite a bit in this region. We’ve heard of a communal well that exists out here where residents can pay a nominal fee for a gallon of water. That being said, we can’t substantiate this and all buyers are encouraged to investigate this potential source of water on their own.

Having no first-hand experience with it ourselves, we can’t speak to this issue directly. That being said, we’ve had a number of people scout properties in this region and no one has ever reported any problems using their smart phones to locate the lots. 

Yes. Please do. We encourage anyone who’s going to buy from us to view the land they’re interested in prior to purchase.

No. We’re investors, not realtors. Additionally, we have no office in New Mexico nor staff on standby waiting to give people guided tours.

It’s easy. Each listing page will have an interactive map you can study to locate both the property as well as the best route to take to access it. In addition, there are a number of mapping apps which can help with locating vacant land or land which doesn't have a formal address. MapRight is one our photographers use all the time and recommend highly. 

In addition, anyone purchasing from us will be provided with GPS coordinates for the four corner points and center of the parcel. While these are not a substitute for having the land professionally surveyed, they can provide a reasonable sense of the property's location.

No.

Not recently and not by us, no.

This entire region was platted out years ago. Stakes or pins may have been used to mark property boundaries but it’s questionable whether they still exist or can be found. While they may be there, we’re not making that guarantee to our buyers.

The GPS coordinates we give you to locate the lots are fairly accurate and should get you to a location that will give you an excellent sense of precisely what chunk of land it is that you’d be buying. For a specific sense of where the lot begins and ends, it is ultimately best to hire a local surveyor.

Three reasons:

1 - For our purposes of creating listings, we have software that tells us everything we need to know about the property’s size, shape and location.

2 - We never know if our end buyer will want or require a survey.

3 - If the survey costs us $1,000 we’re simply going to increase the price of the land $2,000. Hence, it’s ultimately cheaper for the buyer to pay for the survey themselves.

Yes. That said, it’s unlikely you’ll get much from reviewing it but it is linked here - Ranchos De Taos Estates Unit 1 - and in the gallery at the bottom of this page. For anything more specific than this, such as a particular Block or Lot, you’ll have to contact the County Clerk’s office directly and request a plat of that specific region. If such a plat is available, it’ll likely provide more detail than what can be found on the Unit map. 

Simply click the ‘Buy Now’ button at the top of the listing page of the property that interests you most. 

You can try and we’re certainly willing to entertain the attempt, but most title companies in Taos County won’t insure land in this region. Because of this, it’s best to call them in advance and find out if they’ll cooperate with such an effort before discussing the purchase/potential down payment with us.

We’ve heard a number of excuses from Spanish land grant issues dating back a couple hundred years to the fact the Clerk’s office burned down in the 1930’s. In our estimation, however, it comes down to typical title company apathy and indifference (Translation: there’s not enough money in it for them).

Yes. We are currently offering affordable financing options on all of our Ranchos De Taos properties of $300 Down + $100/Month x 18 Months with 90 Days Same As Cash.

Only if you pay it off as slowly as humanly possible.

When financing is offered, our contracts contain only pre-payment incentives and no pre-payment penalties.

Additionally, every contract will come with a 90-Days-Same-As-Cash clause.

For more details on the specifics of the agreement, please review the sample land contract linked here and on each of the individual listing pages.

If you pay us all the money at once, it will be deeded into your name immediately. If you elect to finance the land, we will not deed it into your name until such a time as all the payments have been made. Until that time, the land contract will be the document that demonstrates your equitable interest in the property.

As soon as you pay us money, it’s yours to do with as you please.