3-D Walking Tour: 5812 Royal Oak Drive--Wonderful Far NE Heights Peppertree Home with Sandia Mountain Views

3-D Walking Tour: 5812 Royal Oak Drive--Wonderful Far NE Heights Peppertree Home with Sandia Mountain Views
by Chris Lucas

5812 Royal Oak Drive NE is in the Peppertree neighborhood, between Spain Blvd & Academy Road. Read More


Beyond the MetroABQ...Tia: Wild Spirit Wolf Sanctuary's New Guinea Singing Dog

Beyond the MetroABQ...Tia: Wild Spirit Wolf Sanctuary's New Guinea Singing Dog
by Chris Lucas

Every year I sponsor abandoned animals at the Wild Spirit Wolf Sanctuary in Candy Kitchen, NM. Usually it's an older wolf who someone tried to keep as a pet & it didn't work out so well...This year I am helping support two different types of dogs: a New Guinea Singing Dog & an Australian Dingo.  Read More


Beyond The MetroABQ: The Diamond St Compound in Las Vegas New Mexico

Beyond The MetroABQ: The Diamond St Compound in Las Vegas New Mexico
by Chris Lucas

The private Diamond Street Compound residences enjoy a half acre of land & is discreetly hidden behind gates on a side-street, a few blocks from the Plaza. If you know what you're looking for--beautifully decorated sculptures that act as gates--you'll know when you pass by. Built in the mid 1920's, the three rock houses sit amongst gardens, greenspaces & incredible sculptures across the property. The rock walls are approximately 18" thick & are comprised of random-sized uncut boulders & stones with plaster interiors. You can see the gates & stone houses below. Read More


Beyond The MetroABQ: The Historic Trolley Building Transformed at NM Highlands University (NMHU)

Beyond The MetroABQ: The Historic Trolley Building Transformed at NM Highlands University (NMHU)
by Chris Lucas

A short & very scenic two-hour drive to Las Vegas New Mexico is always an incredible daytrip. Read More


Gated, upscale Silver Hills townhome: 1607A Coal Ave SE 87106

Gated, upscale Silver Hills townhome: 1607A Coal Ave SE 87106
by Chris Lucas

1607A Coal Ave SE--a gated townhome in the historic Silver Hills Neighborhood. Here's the 3-D Walking Tour: take the tourRead More


Los Poblanos Historic Inn & Farm: Art & Architecture Tour

Los Poblanos Historic Inn & Farm: Art & Architecture Tour
by Chris Lucas

I learned two new concepts along the way at Los Poblanos: what a Coping is & all about Zaguan Doors...A coping is a cap or covering of a wall, like the brick that caps the top of Meem Territorial building, seen below & here. They may consist of stone (capstone), brick, tile, slate, metal or wood. A Zaguan Door is a door-within-a-door--a large, often decorated grande entry door to a hacienda courtyard, with a more functional human-sized door carved out of it. The larger door can be opened for horses or carts to be brought inside. A good example from Los Poblanos can be seen in the two images below, one from the outside & another image from inside the hacienda-style courtyard.
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Beautifully-Designed 8yo UNM-Area Gated Townhome: 1607A Coal Ave SE 87106

Beautifully-Designed 8yo UNM-Area Gated Townhome: 1607A Coal Ave SE 87106
by Chris Lucas