New Mexico Home Styles

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New Mexico Home Styles

Southwest:  The New Mexico home style is very versatile for today's living. Typically offering an open plan with or without formal living or dining rooms.  The trends of today’sNew Mexico Home Styles Southwest Contemporary New Mexico buyer lean toward the openness of a kitchen and great room.  This “Great room” concept will incorporate a large living space, kitchen and dining into the one room.  Normally the great room then opens to the outdoor patio area, this design and layout is ideal for easy entertaining and functional living.  Many of today’s custom builders are including outdoor kitchens and BBQ’s into these outdoor living spaces.  The master bedroom and bath are very generous in size and well appointed. The secondary bedrooms are typically on opposite sides of the home and still roomy with good storage and bathroom access. The New Mexico Southwest style home fits many of today's lifestyles and affordability. Search here for Southwest Pueblo Style Luxury Homes For Sale.

Southwest Contemporary: This New Mexico home style is usually a custom built project with plenty of room.  They may still have Adobe, Vigas, Latillas and stone; however the materials are not used in such a rustic manor. The lines are normally more crisp and angles more pronounced.  They are typically a synthetic stucco with a more consistent grain and may be accentuated with pueblo style features.  In lieu of a Kiva style fireplace a Southwest contemporary may offer a stacked stone or slate look.  Flooring may be more in line with a Travertine or slate in lieu of a ceramic or Saltillo tile. Kitchens are appointed with a more modern and sleek look to the appliances and fixtures and cabinetry.

Southwest Territorial:  This Southwest Territoria New Mexico style home has a flat “Pueblo Style” roof which New Mexico Home Styles Traditional Southwesthas an engineered pitched (they're not really flat) for better drainage. Rough hewn logs called Vigas are seen near the roof line, these Vigas may be structurally engineered but often are only a visual enhancement.  Stucco is normally used on the exterior as with most other New Mexico homes.  Stucco is an excellent exterior finish which may be synthetic or cementes. Stucco adapts quiet well to many parts of New Mexico with warm days and cool nights and limited moisture.

Northern New Mexico:This New Mexico home style has a very steep pitched metal roof. The reasoning is simple, the deep snows that accumulate on this type of roof will quickly melt New Mexico Home Styles Northern New Mexicoand slide off these roofs saving time, energy and money on roof repairs.  This roof design is becoming more popular throughout the great state of New Mexico.  The step roof line also provides for dormer style windows that allow additional sunlight.  Floor plans can be anywhere from a ranch style to a more open great room layout.  The ceilings most often follow the roof-line providing a vaulted or cathedral look. Check here for all Northern New Mexico styled homes for sale.

Hacienda:  This New Mexico mission style home has large front porches often with arches that welcome guest.  Tile roofing is the typical choice for this-home. Hacienda's have nice back patios with courtyards that give ideal privacy from the outside world.

Production: New Mexico homes styles are not immune from the more mundane production built homes.  Local and national home builders all over Albuquerque, Rio Rancho and New Mexico also build a more affordable mainstream home.  Stucco is still the primary exterior product but roofs may be flat, pitched, tiled or shingles.  Interiors may be very basic to heavily featured with stacked stone, Kiva gas fireplaces, Vigas and more.  

There is a New Mexico home style just right for anyone considering Albuquerque New Mexico as home.  If you can’t find exactly what you want we know many custom builders and architects who would love to earn your business.

Custom:This will become your personal New Mexico style dream home. Whatever youNew Mexico Home Styles Custom desire and whatever you’re prepared to spend the sky can be the limit.  Some of the most dramatic Southwest custom built luxury homes in the United States are right here in Albuquerque, Rio Rancho, Placitas, Corrales and Rancho de Albuquerque.  

When your considering building your New Mexico home contact me John McCormack at Albuquerque Homes Realty.  I would love the opportunity to match you with the perfect architect and builder as well as find that one of a kind lot perfect for your New Mexico custom home.   As your Realtor® I will be with you each step of the way making your New Mexico dream home a reality!

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Ron Marshall
Marshall Enterprises - Saint Michael, MN
Birdhouse Builder Extraordinaire

Q - This is really great information.  And, I knew there were "styles" , but not that many.   Your really are the local expert in Albuquerque. 

Feb 14, 2012 12:18 PM #1
Debbie Laity
Cedaredge Land Company - Cedaredge, CO
Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO

Way to break it down and show your expertise. There really are a lot of styles to choose from.

Feb 14, 2012 12:26 PM #2
Emily Medvec Qualifying Broker
Hello Realty Partners - Santa Fe, NM
Realtor | Serving Santa Fe & Northern NM

Q - Great summary of what is possible in our New Mexico home styles. It is amazing to see all the options in our local architecture rooted in so much history. And then of course there is our blue sky and clean air!


Feb 15, 2012 12:38 AM #3
Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573
Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker

Hmmmm Did not see any Queen Anne victorian housing stock... interesting. (smile)  Your weather a little different too right?

maine winter photo

Feb 15, 2012 12:39 AM #4
Michael S. Bolton
Michael S. Bolton,Inc. - Zimmerman, MN
MN Appraiser

John~That is really quite the list and explanation explanation of the different designs. That should definitely get the attention of perspective buyers wanting to know and understand all of the different styles homes in your area. Those are totally different designs compared to my neck of the woods.

Have an awesome day!

Feb 15, 2012 12:51 AM #5
Toni Weidman
Sailwinds Realty - Trinity, FL
26 Years Selling Homes in New Port Richey, FL

Good explainations of the differing housing styles in the Q. I hope Dixie had a wonderful birthday yesterday.

Feb 15, 2012 12:57 AM #6
Roger D. Mucci
Shaken...with a Twist 216.633.2092 - Euclid, OH
Lets shake things up at your home today!

You certainly are the expert in the wonder you're known as the Q Man.  Great info!

Feb 15, 2012 12:57 AM #7
Jerry Newman
Brown Realty, 210-789-4216, - San Antonio, TX
Texas REALTOR, San Antonio Military Relocation

Hi John, This is really some great information for everyone in the "Q", or those planning to re-locate there. I never knew that New Mexico had so many different home styles to choose from.

Feb 15, 2012 01:07 AM #8
Joanna Cohlan
Fresh Eyes For Your Home - Chappaqua, NY
Designing, Decorating & Staging Westchester Homes

John, what a great summary of all the possible styles in New Mexico, particularly for people interested in relocating.  I for one, love the hacienda with it's large front porch and, always an open floor plan is best.  All of these can be decorated easily, creatively and economically because the bones of these style homes are so strong!

Feb 15, 2012 01:13 AM #9
Joan Cox
Metro Brokers - House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

John, what a great way to describe the differences in styles!   Styles differ so much from North to South and East to West, it is good especially for those relocating into New Mexico.  

Feb 15, 2012 01:14 AM #10
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning John. What a terrific and straightforward explanation of the homes in your area. Pictures are great and really help too. Nicely done.

Feb 15, 2012 01:23 AM #11
Linda Holloway
Keller Williams Realty Tampa Central - Tampa, FL
REALTOR®, Your Next Home in Tampa Bay Starts Here!

Hi John, I am fascinated by the beautiful styles of homes in Albuquerque!  I hadn't really thought about it before.  Great post and information!

Feb 15, 2012 01:30 AM #12
Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400
The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803 - Plainview, NY
Long Island Condo & Home Sale Specialists

Hi John, Really enjoyed reading your decriptionsf your area style homes. We know this must not have been an easy project to compile, but you did a first-class job and glad you included those fantastic photos!

Feb 15, 2012 01:51 AM #13
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD
Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs

Most of us would have to learn new ways to describe the home styles in New Mexico.

This would be a great series for you.  Develop a separate blog post for each style.  And, these posts would be handy to share with prospective home buyers.

Have a most productive week.

Feb 15, 2012 02:14 AM #14
Kim Gaston
FRONT PORCH TEAM REAL ESTATE & PROPERTY STYLING - Brokerage, Colorado Real Estate Advisers LLC - Colorado Springs, CO
Colorado Springs REALTOR®, CNE (719)661-6987

Wow, who knew there were so many varieties of Southwest architectural style? Very cool post. Had not heard of Northern New Mexico, like it as well as the Hacienda style...of course, I'm partial to large front porches.

Feb 15, 2012 02:18 AM #15
Dick Greenberg
New Paradigm Partners LLC - Fort Collins, CO
Northern Colorado Residential Real Estate

Hi John - Great rundown on the different styles. They are, as I'm sure you know, very popular here in Colorado, and sell very quickly when they come on the market.

Feb 15, 2012 02:49 AM #16
Belinda Spillman
Aspen Lane Real Estate Colorful Colorado - Aurora, CO
Colorado Living!

Hi John,  The homes in your area have such charm and character.  I bet it is unusual to see cokkie cutter homes out your way.  I love all the style of New Mexico homes.

Feb 15, 2012 03:05 AM #17
Michele Cadogan-Cell 917-861-9166
Fillmore Real Estate 2926 Ave J Brooklyn NY 11210 - Brooklyn, NY
Licensed Real Estate Associate Broker -


To live in a region where there is so much open space does lend it self to great  home designs.  Like the way that  you presented the different styles of homes with photos. Thanks and  have a most productive day.

Feb 15, 2012 03:29 AM #18
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of Manchester NH's Leading Agents

Good Morning John, I absolutely love the Southwestern style. You have a done a great job in this blog with describing them. Have a great day

Feb 15, 2012 03:37 AM #19
Anita Clark
ColdwellBanker SSK Realtors ~ 478.960.8055 - Warner Robins, GA
Realtor - Homes for Sale in Warner Robins GA

John: What a great idea for a post.  Very creative and it gives folks moving into these areas an idea of what to expect.

Feb 15, 2012 04:34 AM #20
Marge Piwowarski
Phoenix AZ Horse Property - Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix AZ Horse Property, LLC


Wonderful post, describing the New Mexico style homes for the whole state.  Many of your homes are much like ours and some of yours one would never see here on the desert floor. 

Feb 15, 2012 04:56 AM #21
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Beautiful blog post and I love the different styles of Southwest Architecture. I think I like the Northern New Mexico style - lots of light and vaulted ceilings!  Hope you and Debbie are doing well Q-man. :)

Feb 15, 2012 05:16 AM #22
Keith Gilkey
Re/Max Chesapeake - Elkton, MD
410-920-7214, Re/Max Chesapeake

John, I like the different styles of architecture in your area. I also like old westerns. Go figure!

Feb 15, 2012 05:46 AM #23
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

John- I loved learning about the New Mexico Home Styles.  It's interesting to see the different styles in all the regions of the country.  I remember when we moved to Florida over 20 years ago and everywhere I looked was stucco. 

Feb 15, 2012 05:55 AM #24
Bryan Robertson
Intero Real Estate - Los Altos, CA
Broker, Author, Speaker

This is a great educational article on this style of home.  I've bookmarked this so I can refer back to it every so often.  There are folks in my area who want to build homes of this style from time to time and this is a great reference for them.

Feb 15, 2012 07:03 AM #25
Yolanda Cordova-Gilbert
Sitterle Homes - Richmond, TX
Sitterle Homes


            I hit the suggest button. Very interesting again I found you on Roy's blog. I used to live in Albequerque and I do miss it. When I was stopping by I found the picture of the Sandia Mountains you are really making miss New Mexico. We are trying to schedule a trip there hopefully this fall! Take care and have a great week!

Feb 15, 2012 10:06 AM #26
John McCormack
Albuquerque Homes Realty * - Albuquerque, NM, Albuquerque Homes Realty

Ron,  There are some very attractive homes and styles here in the Q, I tried to highlight the Southwest look. 

Debbie,  Plenty options for consumers for the different looks and feel.

Hi Emily,  I know some of these photos pale in comparison to some of Santa Fe works of art but I do enjoy the architecture and ambiance of a classic southwest home.  Especially with your crisp clean NM air.  Have a great day!

Andrew,  I have actually seen a Queen Ann look around here, it sticks out like a sore thumb..Very out of place!

Michael,  I have no doubt the design is quite different from MN, I have a client/friend who moved here from MN, they love the architecture here.

Toni, Dixie was spoiled rotten as you know, however the plan was to have her a new baby sister on her Birthday but we had to opt out.  Now she is depressed..LOL

Roger,  I love being the Q man.  I want to be the go to guy on all things Albuquerque.

Hi Jerry,  This is just a drop in the bucket of what is available but then some of it boring.  :>)

Joanna,  Indeed, it's the bones that give a home it's character and feel.  Of course I have seen some gorgeous homes that were horribly each his own.

Hi Joan,  I recognize there are so many styles across our great nation, its fun to share those differences here in Active Rain.

Sheila,  I may find some time to better identify each and blog even more indepth.

Hey Linda,  I know so many styles all over our great country, we get acclimated where we are at and forget about all the differences.

Hi Larry and Sheila,  Fun to pull this one together and trying to hit the high spots of southwest styles.  It keeps me sharp..

Hi Roy, I think you have an excellent idea with the series.  I may pull that off when it greens up a bit around here.

Hi Kim,  I really like the Northern New Mexico look.  Steep metal roofs, stucco, great front and back porches and some really great light. 

Dick,  I think the design is becoming more universal, its just so popular and so livable if done right.  Certainly a favorite here.

Hi Belinda,  Oh believe me we have plenty of cookie cutter hoods as well.  But what fun is that..LOL

Hi Michele,  You know actually even though we have an apparent abundance of land we are land locked here in the Q.  We have Indian reservations all around us so expansion is minimal and lot prices very high.  The majority of lots are less than .25 acre and some less than .0125.  A good acre lot in North Albuquerque Acres could fetch 250K

Hey Scott,  Thank you good Sir!  Glad you enjoyed the post!

Hi Anita,  If someone is looking at this area they will be intrigued for sure with the different styles to consider.  Thanks and enjoy your day!

Marge,  How true it is the many difference we see scattered across the USA and even the differences is a "Southwest" look.  Debbie and I love the Sedona look.  Some day when filthy rich we will live there..yeah Im a dreamer.

Hi Debb,  You know I express the same sentiment to Kim#15.  I do like that Northern NM look, light and feel.

Hey Keith,  You seem like an old western type. I love them too! Nothing like a good classic John Wayne type movie

Kathy,  We are a sea of stucco for sure. When my wife moved her from Alabama she said "Good grief everyone lives in brown houses..Yuk" she as since acclimated and loves the Southwest ambiance.

HI Bryan, Glad you find it helpful and educational.  Roy had suggested I do a series on the styles which I may do, it would certainly add to your references.

Feb 15, 2012 10:50 AM #27
John McCormack
Albuquerque Homes Realty * - Albuquerque, NM, Albuquerque Homes Realty

Hi Yolanda,  I am always so appreciative of Roy and his re blogging. So this hits close to home I see.  I know I would miss NM if I were away for a stretch.  I hope you are able to come join us in the fall just in time for the Balloon and wine festivals. 

Feb 15, 2012 10:54 AM #28
Cindy Edwards
RE/MAX Checkmate - Johnson City, TN
CRS, GRI, PMN - Northeast Tennessee - 423-677-6677


What a great way to learn about your housing.  A lot of styles and types I knew nothing about.  Thank you.

Feb 18, 2012 09:33 PM #29
Dorie Dillard
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.346.1799 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Good morning John,

What a fantastic truly are the Q expert! Thanks for sharing your knowledge..truly powerful!

Feb 18, 2012 10:01 PM #30
Vickie Nagy
Palm Springs, CA

What a wonderful explanation for Albuquerque relocation buyers. Sure sounds like a diverse offering to me! Bottom line: Call John McCormack to get you where you need to be in Albuquerque real estate, buying or selling!

Feb 18, 2012 11:26 PM #31
Erica Ramus
Erica Ramus - Ramus Realty Group - Pottsville, PA - Pottsville, PA
MRE, Schuylkill County PA Real Estate

Great explanatory post John. Happy Sunday to you!

Feb 19, 2012 08:02 AM #32
Evelyn Kennedy
Alain Pinel Realtors - Alameda, CA
Alameda, Real Estate, Alameda, CA


How interesting that there are so many variations on the New Mexico homes.  And they all look and sound so inviting.

Feb 19, 2012 12:20 PM #33
Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®
Perry Wellington Realty, Adam Conrad, Broker - Lewisburg, WV
Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate

John, you certainly know the architectural houses in New Mexico.  Great post and enjoyed reading about the different architecture houses. Suggested.

Feb 20, 2012 03:39 AM #34
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