Featured Video: Meet Dale and Karen Woods

I’d like to introduce you to Dale and Karen Woods. Take a few minutes to watch this video and find out why Dale and Karen are so happy with their luxury home at Picacho Mountain.

Contact us today at 575-523-2500 to find out more about building your dream home at Picacho Mountain.

Life’s A Trip: 7 great Las Cruces road trips that you don’t want to miss!

Life is a trip in Las Cruces NMWhen my good friends Bob and Cheryl moved relocated from New York to Las Cruces, the main draw was the incredible weather, friendly people and low cost of living.

One added benefit that Bob and Cheryl never expected is that Las Cruces is a perfect place to enjoy their passion for traveling and visiting new places.

In our recent reader survey we discovered that over 75 percent of our readers consider travel to be one of the hobbies they enjoy.

Unfortunately, the tough economy, the hassles of air-travel, and the cost of gas have forced many travel lovers to cut back on their excursions.

Well, there’s good news for all you travel lovers! Whether you’re looking to relocate to Las Cruces or just come for a visit, there are literally hundreds of travel destinations and places to visit within just a few hours of Las Cruces!

I don’t have the time to tell you about every unique destination New Mexico has to offer. But here of the top 7 road trips you don’t want to miss. [Read more…]

5 Reasons why Las Cruces is a great place to feed my fiction addiction

By Tiffany Etterling

While the rest of the country was preparing for the first wave of winter storms, I spent most of this past weekend relaxing in the back yard, reading, and watching my kids play in the warm sun.

In the Garden of the BeastsI have to admit, I suffer from a severe, self-diagnosed fiction addiction. I know that fiction is the junk-food of the literary world, but I just can’t help myself. That being said, I’m completely captivated right now by Erik Larson’s latest non-fiction: In the Garden of the Beasts: Love, Terror and an American Family in Hitler’s Berlin.

There aren’t many things that I enjoy more than sitting outside with a great book. According to the results of our September Reader’s Survey, I’m not the only one!

Based on our survey results, 89 percent of our readers currently enjoy reading as a regular hobby. Reading is more popular than any other hobby on our survey.

Since you love reading as much as I do, I want to share five reasons why Las Cruces is a great place to feed my fiction (and occasionally non-fiction) addiction! [Read more…]

Isn’t it time to finally pursue your lifelong passions?

Jim Pofahl Sr. Gas Company Retirement

Retirement isn't what it used to be... In a good way! Here's my family at my father's gas company retirement party back in 1983. That's me on the far left.

by Bob Pofahl

I’ve been thinking a lot about retirement lately.

Like many Baby Boomers, I’m a workaholic because I love what I do. My kids like to joke that I will retire when I die.

My father is about to turn 91 years old. When he retired at the age of 64, after working for 40 years for the gas company, retirement meant a future of puttering in the garage and playing dominoes at church.

I can’t see myself embracing retirement any time soon if that’s what’s in store for me (sorry Dad).

C.S. Lewis once said that, “You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.” That’s the vision I have for my retirement.

When I finally grow-up and retire… someday… I want to be like Picacho Mountain community member Steve Jarvis.

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Preservation with a Purpose: Start Enjoying Outdoor Activity!

Did you know that Americans spend an average of 90 percent of their time indoors?

community walking trailAccording to international fitness coach, Tim Powers, over 95 percent of work was performed manually with human hands at the turn of twentieth century. Today, less than 3% of all labor is performed manually. Technology has increased productivity but caused us to live an indoor lifestyle that’s sedentary and inactive. These two factors have significantly increased disease and obesity in the US.

With over 350 days of sunshine each year and a moderate climate, Las Cruces is one of the best places in the country for you to enjoy an outdoor lifestyle.

That is one of the reasons I’m passionate about green building. The purpose of preservation is to create healthier indoor and outdoor environments for our Picacho Mountain community members to enjoy for generations to come. [Read more…]

The Bicycle Makes a Comeback

There was a time not too long ago when bicycling was associated mostly with nerdy high school students and hyper-conscious environmentalists trying to save the planet. Thanks in part to Lance Armstrong, cycling has recently seen a huge surge in popularity.

More importantly, many have come to learn the health benefits of cycling. Because of the moderate climate year-round, Las Cruces, New Mexico is a hugely popular relocation and vacation destination for bicyclers. Let’s hear directly from a few of our Picacho Mountain community members why they love cycling at Picacho Mountain.

Call us today at 575.523.2500 for more information about how you can enjoy an outdoor lifestyle here at Picacho Mountain.

Turning Lemons Into The Perfect Glass of Lemonade

Cold Glass of LemonadeIt’s summer here in Las Cruces, New Mexico. If there is one thing that I enjoy during the warm summer months, it’s an ice-cold glass of lemonade.

Have you heard that some city governments have been shutting down front-yard lemonade stands? Well, I’ve been busy perfecting the art of making homemade lemonade in my own kitchen.

I learned a few things about turning lemons into lemonade from my 90-year-old grandmother who recently passed away. You have to pick your lemons at exactly the right time to make the perfect glass of lemonade. If you pick your lemons too soon, they will be juicy but lack that yummy tartness that makes lemonade so great. If you wait too long to pick your lemons they will dry up and get bitter. [Read more…]

The Art of Preservation

Art of preservation of natureI’ve been thinking a lot about art lately since we’re getting ready to host the ‘Art of Garden Tour’ here at Picacho Mountain on September 18th, 2011. I’ll give you the details about the event in a bit.

First, have you ever wanted to restore an old piece of furniture or artwork?

When my wife and I were younger, one our favorite hobbies was traveling to junk shops and art sales around New Mexico in search of hidden treasures. Some of our favorite pieces of art and furniture are discarded pieces we discovered in the most unlikely places. There is such a great feeling that comes from discovering a forgotten treasure that can be rescued, restored and preserved, to be enjoyed for years to come.

One of the only things that’s more rewarding than restoring the beauty of something old, is having the opportunity to preserve something beautiful before it’s destroyed.

That is why I made Preservation of Nature one of our core principals at Picacho Mountain. It’s a privilege to build homes in an area as beautiful as Picacho Mountain. No matter how much I enjoy restoring beauty, being able to preserve it is even better. [Read more…]

2011 Picacho Hills Art in the Garden Tour

You are invited to the 2011 Picacho Hills Art in the Garden Tour cosponsored by The Artists of Picacho Hills and the Picacho Hills Gardeners! For more information visit the Art in the Garden facebook page or Click here to download your invitation.

Picacho Hills Art in the Garden Tour

Forbes names Las Cruces one of the top 20 small towns!

Forbse top small towns las cruces new mexicoForbes Magazine has once again ranked Las Cruces, NM as on of the top 20 small cities to live. Las Cruces ranks 14 on the Forbes 2011 “Best Small Places for Business and Careers” list.

This is the forth time that Las Cruces has made the top twenty on this list.

Forbes looked at small cities from across the U.S. and based their ranking on 12 areas relating to past and future projected job growth, business and living costs, income growth, education, projected economic growth, and quality of life areas such as crime rate, cultural and recreational opportunities and net migration patterns. [Read more…]