Tres Piedras Properties For Sale

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Located just off Highway 64, Tres Piedras Estates is a master planned subdivision, platted out and pinned back in the 1960's. Sitting just twenty minutes outside the vibrant community of Taos, and close to the slopes and trails of the world famous Taos Ski Valley, this land is perfect for anyone looking to live an "off grid" lifestyle, as zoning laws within the county are generally very relaxed. This fact alone makes the area ideal for anyone with an RV who's looking for land they can vacation to, camp on, or park and live on for a long period of time without being hassled by local officials. This also makes the area fitting for other types of "off grid" dwellings such as earth ship homes, tiny homes, shipping container homes, etc.

About Tres Piedras Estates:
  • All parcels within the Tres Piedras Estates subdivison have legal access, as roads and easements were allowed for in the original Plats of the area. 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, some roads are easier to drive on than others.

  • 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, hence making solar energy a necessary but affordable solution. When the day comes that power lines are extended throughout this area, however, the value of this land will increase immeasurably making this an even better investment.

  • Wells are generally considered infeasible in this area and most residents either rely on rainwater catchment systems or refillable tanks for their drinking water.

  • 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.

  • Taos County has very relaxed zoning laws, and in an area such as this which is zoned County Rural Area, a person can park an RV and live out of it for 180 Days even without a building permit. Realistically, one can probably live out of it for much longer as it's doubtful that anyone in county government is keeping track of how long what is parked where.

  • Our quarter acre lots are priced at $750, our half acre lots are priced at $1,500 and our one acre lots are priced at $3,000. Based on all available comps both on the MLS and the internet, these are the lowest priced and most affordable lots within this area. Owner financing with affordable down payments and easy monthly payments are also offered.

  • The Hemingway Land Company has recently acquired 50 parcels within this subdivision and plans to acquire more in the interest of recombining adjacent quarter and half acre parcels to make larger one acre parcels, and hence, create more value for our buyers. Linked below is a list of the properties we own in this subdivision as broken down by Legal Description of Unit/Block/Lot. This list will be updated as time goes on to reflect which lots have been sold, and what properties are Under Contract or Coming Soon. Should you already own land in this area and are looking to expand your property boundaries, we encourage you to review this list or call our offices to see if the land you're looking for is one we may be listing in the weeks ahead.
 
 

TRES PIEDRAS

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Do you have any 5 or 10 acre lots? Or anything bigger than 1 acre?

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

Are any of your lots adjacent?

Only where listed. If we have two quarter acre lots that are adjacent and could equal one half acre lot, we will sell them that way. The same goes for two adjacent half acre lots that would total one acre.

If you look at the spreadsheet we have linked 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, simply review the legal descriptions.

Do these lots have “legal access?”

Yes.

How are the roads in this area?

The lots closest to the Highway (the 64) have the best road conditions because they’ve been traveled the most. The further north and south you go throughout this subdivision, the less traversed, and hence, more challenging you should expect the roads to become. Our understanding is that while some of the roads in this region may be overgrown or unmaintained, nothing is too difficult to navigate in a large truck or off road vehicle.  

Are there any gates in this area?

The only gates are along the highway (the 64) and these were built, as we say, to “keep the cows in, not keep the people out.” None of the gates are typically locked, and in the few instances that we’ve heard of one gate being locked, the next one up the road is usually unlocked. As there are numerous points of ingress and egress, one locked gate should never be a deterrent for access. People traveling through this area are simply expected to be good neighbors and shut the gates behind them as they drive into the subdivision.

Which lots are closest to the highway?

Anything in Units 3, 6 and 8.

Which lots are furthest from the highway?

Anything in Units 1 and 5.

Are there any covenants or restrictions for this subdivision?

No.

Are zoning laws strict in this area?

No. Taos County Planning & Zoning is fairly laid back about the use of real property within 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, earth ship homes and shipping container homes.

Can I park/live/camp in my RV on this land?

Yes.

For how long?

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.

Do I need a minimum of ¾ of an acre to build in rural parts of New Mexico?

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.

What kind of septic systems are typically installed on lots under ¾ of an acre?

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.

Can I build X, Y and Z on the property?

Probably, but questions like this are best addressed to the Taos County Planning & Zoning office, whose number is (575) 737-6440.

Is there power in this region?

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.

What is the water table depth in this region?/Can I drill a well?

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.

How else can I get water?

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.

How’s the internet/wi-fi in this area?

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. Additionally, it’s our understanding a cell tower exists very close by and that wi-fi out here is surprisingly reliable.

Can I scout the property I’m interested in prior to purchase?

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

Can you take me on a tour of all the properties you have?

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

How can I scout the property then?

It’s easy. Simply bring the listing page of the property you’re interested in up on your smartphone. Click the GPS coordinates (latitude longitude) displayed on the table and your smart phone should give you turn-by-turn directions out to the land.

Is the land marked – like with a ‘For Sale’ sign?

No.

Has the property been staked or surveyed?

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.

Why don’t you get the lots surveyed?

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 goose the price of the land $2,000. Hence, it’s ultimately cheaper for the buyer to pay for the survey themselves.

Do you have a Plat Map of the region that you can provide for me?

No. Because the county never digitized their plat maps these only exist in paper form. Additionally, each Unit of Tres Piedras has roughly 1,000+ lots in it. This makes the paper plat maps large, unruly, and not particularly helpful (think of a wall-sized poster). We obtained copies by ordering them from the Taos County Clerk’s office for ten dollars per unit but we do not have multiples we can give away for free.

How can I buy one of these properties?

Simply click the ‘Buy Now’ button at the top of the listing page of the property that interests you most. This is the blue/turquoise square with the price and the words ‘Buy Now’ written on it.

Do you offer financing?

Yes.

Quarter Acre Lots - $250 Down + $100/Month x 15 Months

Half Acre Lots - $250 Down + $100/Month x 30 Months

If I finance the property, won’t I be paying twice as much?

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

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.

To see an example of one of our generic land contracts, click here.

When will the property be deeded into my name?

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 linked above will be the document that demonstrates your equitable interest in the property.

How soon can I start using the land?

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

 
 
 

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Disclaimer: While The Hemingway Land Company does extensive research on all our properties prior to listing them, there are always County-specific rules/regulations we will not be aware of. The information provided on this page is, to the best of our knowledge, correct. All prospective buyers, however, are encouraged to contact the county at the links and numbers provided in this table to confirm that whatever plans that buyer has for the property in question are in fact legal, feasible and permitted. Due diligence is the buyer’s responsibility and all sales are final.