High Up On the Edge of the City: Tierra Monte, New Mexico
The Tierra Monte subdivision feels like an extension of the Sandia Heights neighborhoods, just further up the mountain & on rockier ground. The real estate prices there are similar, also, ranging from around a half a million up to well over a million dollars. In the 1960s, when the first custom homes were being built there, Tramway Blvd was a two-lane dirt road, & Forest Route 333 washed out regularly. Slowly, over the ensuing decades, the community filled in with some interesting architectural styles on display. If you've ever been near the Sandia Peak Tram & looked north, you may have seen the massive & dramatic 7733sqft Colonial Revival style home, replete with typical red brickwork in a rectangular shape, prominent front columns, & a grand two-story entry parlor with balconies...it's hard to miss (It recently sold for $600,000).
Over 50 homes now live in Tierra Monte & a drive up the numerous dead end streets in the community is a lot of fun. The unique building shapes, sizes, styles & interior conveniences that are put into play, make for some interesting viewing. Sixteen homes have sold in the past five years there; the least expensive sold for $460,000, & the most expensive home, which was double the size of the least, sold for $1,100,000...
Just above & below are images from the small community. The two far top images in the newsletter were also taken from a home in Tierra Monte. The last image, two below, is a sunset scene facing back up toward the Sandia Peak, from a Tierra Monte back yard.