Do you ever drive a certain route, just to see your favorite house? That is how La Isla de Taos came to be.
Developer La Isla de Taos LLC Manager Ben Mares first noticed the bucolic setting in the mid 90s. Impressed with the serenity and stunning views, he imagined a neighborhood where those views could be preserved and shared by a few fortunate homeowners.
And the imagining has become La Isla de Taos. Now it is your opportunity to be a part of this picturesque and exclusive neighborhood of traditionally styled Taos homes. Enjoy the serenity and privacy of life by the Bosque, with convenient access to town.
During the first year and half La Isla has been available, the four Phase homes were sold at full price.
Designed specifically for their picturesque setting, the enchanting one and two-story homes of La Isla de Taos were crafted to showcase everything you love about Taos. We have several floor plans our builder can construct, all easily modified to your particular needs. Or one may purchase a lot and have their home built to own plans or builder.
Just beyond the covered front porch and generous foyer, the welcoming great room is awash in natural light. Beamed high ceilings and breathtaking views add drama, while a Kiva fireplace keeps things cozy.
In both the two and three bedroom plans, the master suite has been designed for privacy. Set apart from the other bedrooms, the owner’s space features an elegant bath, generous walk-in closet and its own Kiva fireplace.
When the outdoors beckons, enjoy private access to the picturesque Rio Lucero Bosque natural area and the stream's meanderings throughout.
Be welcomed by a covered front porch and generous foyer.
Traditional beamed, vaulted ceilings add drama, while a Kiva fireplace keeps things cozy.
A bright well-designed kitchen shares the ambience and the views, thanks to the open floor plan and large picture windows.
Sophisticated styling and high end appliances for high performance and delicious results.
With spacious five-piece bath, the master suite has been designed for privacy.
Set apart from the other bedrooms, the master suite features generous walk-in closet, and its own Kiva fireplace.
Designed specifically for their picturesque setting, the enchanting one and two-story homes of La Isla de Taos were crafted to showcase everything you love about Taos.
Upon entering the private neighborhood, a visitor is greeted with the panoramic majesty of Taos Mountain, and every home has been purposely situated to enjoy the same exquisite view. However, one may opt to have a one or two story home built to their design in conformance with La Isla's architectural theme
Be welcomed by a covered front porch and generous foyer, and then bask in the welcoming great room, awash in natural light. Traditional beamed, vaulted ceilings and breathtaking Taos mountain views add drama, while a Kiva fireplace keeps things cozy. A bright well-designed kitchen shares the ambience and the views, thanks to the open floor plan and large picture windows.
In both the available two and three bedroom plans, the master suite has been designed for privacy. Set apart from the other bedrooms, the owner’s space features an elegant bath, generous walk-in closet, and its own Kiva fireplace. And, yes—your day begins and ends with the same gorgeous views of the nature area, framed by the mountains.
When the outdoors beckons, enjoy easy walking access to the private tranquility of the Rio Lucero Bosque, or explore the HOA-maintained common ground just outside your door.
Ben Mares grew up in Denver, with deep family roots reaching just a bit south to Taos, where his father was born. Spending summers with his grandmother and cousins, the city became his second home, teaching him a lifelong appreciation and respect for the history and culture of the Taos community.
That respect is evident throughout La Isla — in the thoughtful layout of the neighborhood, the authentic adobe architecture, and the preservation of the setting. Taos mountain views were left unobstructed, and every homeowner will enjoy private access to the Rio Lucero Bosque and surrounding nature area.
While no one is certain who first described New Mexico as The Land of Enchantment, the apropos nickname was used in the tourist bureau’s magazine in 1935, appearing on license plates in 1941. In the 80+ years since, visitors from around the world have come to New Mexico to experience its spectacular landscape, rich history and abundance of recreational and artistic opportunities.
Situated in the northern part of the state on the edge of the Sangre de Cristo mountains, the town of Taos offers a wealth of activities for every taste and interest. An area rich in history and culture, there is much to explore, even without venturing on to the famous ski slopes.
History buffs? Outdoor enthusiasts? Art lovers? They’ve all been drawn to Taos and many of them are fortunate enough to stay.
Originally established as Don Fernando de Taos by Spanish colonists in 1615, the tapestry of Taos history can be explored through its multitude of historic places. With more than twenty sites on the National Register of Historic Places, a visitor can easily become immersed in the fascinating story that is Taos.
Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, just west of the Taos Downtown Historic District, is a peaceful sanctuary built in traditional southwestern architectural style. Just south of town is the San Francisco de Asis Mission Church, described by Georgia O’Keefe as “one of the most beautiful buildings left in the United States by the early Spaniards.”
And not to be missed is the fortified Hacienda de los Martinez, also on the National Register. Built by Severino Martin in 1804, it one of the few northern New Mexico style “Great Houses” remaining in the American Southwest. The Hacienda’s twenty-one rooms provide the visitor with a rare glimpse of frontier life in the first years of the 19th century. And while the life may have been hard, the walk is easy— the Hacienda is less than one mile from La Isla de Taos.
Many of the historic sites are the homes and museums of famous Taos residents, including the D.H. Lawrence ranch, once the New Mexico home of the English author and his wife, and now owned by the University of New Mexico and open to the public.
It’s been a haven for artists since the late 19th century, when two young east coast painters, Ernest Blumenschein and Bert Phillips, visited Taos on a tour of the west. Other artists soon followed and in 1915 the Taos Society of Artists was created by what became known as the “Taos Six.” A few years later, heiress Mabel Dodge Luhan, who ran art salons in Italy and New York, would find her way to Taos and stay for the rest of her life. Mabel’s illustrious guest list included artist Georgia O'Keeffe, photographers Ansel Adams and Alfred Stieglitz, and author D. H. Lawrence.
But the artistry of Taos is not limited to canvas. The city’s galleries and museums are rich with history expressed in pottery, handmade furniture, sculpture, tinwork, jewelry and baskets. The Millicent Rogers museum, named for another east coast heiress who fell in love with Taos, is filled with treasures from her extensive collections. (And this not-to-be-missed museum is less than ten minutes from La Isla de Taos!)
Skiers are lured to the Taos Ski Valley by the promise of more 1,200 skiables acres, with abundant snowfall sparkling in 300 days of sunshine every year. But that mythical Taos light also illuminates miles of scenic hiking and biking paths. Or, get a little bit closer to the spectacular Taos sky in a hot air balloon, which might be the perfect way to relax after a spirited whitewater rafting adventure along the Rio Grande.
If you’re looking for adventure or just a quiet walk in the sun, it is right outside your door in Taos.
Memorable and fabulous culinary opportunities await throughout Taos, and while the traditional huevos rancheros can always be found and savored, local chefs offer an always-expanding menu to accommodate almost any palette.
Consider chipotle shrimp tacos, grilled duck breast over lentils, or wild boar and buffalo sprinkled with toasted pinon— just a few of the delicious ways to fuel up for the next day’s adventures.
And if all that spirited Taos exploration finds you winding down by late afternoon, there’s always pinon caramel ice cream or a lavender caramel truffle to get you energized for the Taos yet to be discovered.
While the outdoors may beckon and the history is waiting to be experienced, perhaps it is the impossible-to-define mystical serenity of Taos that lures so many visitors. They may be on a journey of self-discovery, or perhaps simply longing to achieve a serenity of their own.
"Another world is opened up to one in the cessation and the stillness, another music that is hidden deep within the world. “ This is how Mabel Dodge, who would later marry Native American Chief Tony Lujan, described the town when she settled there in 1916. (Mabel would later change the spelling of her new last name— from Lujan to Luhan— to make it easier for her non-Spanish-speaking friends to pronounce it correctly.)
Standard Oil heiress Millicent Rogers, describing the magical effect of Taos, wrote to her son, “Suddenly passing Taos Mountain, I felt I was part of the Earth. … I felt the Stars and the growth of the Moon; under me, rivers run.”
Taos offers many venues to learn and study mindfulness, including retreats and programs focused on holistic practices, meditation, and the healing arts.
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