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The. Perfect. Cottage.

Location: Ocate, NM See map.
Access: Private easement
Number of Acres: 53 +/-
Approximate Elevation: 7600’
Outbuildings: storage shed
Title Insurable: Yes
Fencing: Fully fenced
Zoning: Mora Development Guidance System
Taxes: 1,969.35 for 2013 per estimate from Mora Assessor
Protective Covenants: Yes, see covenants.
Surveyed: Yes, see plat.


  • Construction: Adobe – compressed clay and straw for a high R-value
  • Approximate square feet: 1,000
  • Bedrooms studio space – bedroom open to living space
  • Bathrooms one
  • Additional rooms Deck


  • Electric: Solar panels
  • Telephone: La Jicarita
  • Heating: Passive solar, wood stove
  • Water: well
  • Gas: propane
  • Sewer: septic

What does it take to make a perfect cottage? Lots and lots of attention to little details. This cottage is scaled to make you feel like there is plenty of space, unconfined, with beautiful light and natural materials that make you feel right.at.home. Exquisite attention to detail make this house a home from the moment you set eyes on it. You’re drawn in – you want to sit down and absorb the different elements that comprise this simple but lovely space.


When you’ve finished marveling inside, wander out the back door to the 30' diameter deck (a piece of art in and of itself), centered by a hot tub. Some of the critical details: this cottage was built with the idea that it would serve as a guest house/studio space, with a larger home to be built just up the hill.

Infrastructure was developed accordingly – there are two wells, and two septic systems, and the solar array is sufficient to support two homes. Hmmm – I think I left out that you’ll never get an electric bill here – the property is completely off the grid. Build another home, or add onto this one – you’re already ready for all the possibilities. The owner built this cottage as his first project, harvesting all the wood materials from the property. A finer craftsman you’ll not need to meet…. Tucked into the forest (with a large swathe of meadow) on 53 acres of ground in Los LeFebres Canyon, you’ll see no neighbors, share the night sky with no one. Also included is 20'X40' storage shed with more of those craftsman details… (more photos later – check here in a few days for land and shed pics)

Financing: cash, new finance



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