The Petaca Earthship Compound - $249,900 with 12
acres or $445,000 with 42.58 acres
Those seeking privacy and self sufficiency will find both in this compound
being sold with either 12.00 of 42.58 acres of beautiful piņon forest in the
community of Carson - about 40 minutes southwest of Taos. The Travel
Channel featured this compound containing the earthship and a large detached
studio on their Vacation Home Search show. The home's secluded
location at an end of a road sits adjacent to the Rio Grande Wild and Scenic
River lands and just a 10 minute walk through the trees to a spectacular
rim-top view of the Petaca and Rio Grande Gorge.
This plat shows the layout of the property (east is up), details of
the compound area show in the circle inset. The 42.58 acre parcel is
outlined in red. The seller offers the home with 12
acres with the thin red line marking a suggested lot split.
Video of this home
The above video gives a complete view of the compound.
The Main Home
The main house consists of a traditional earthship and a bathroom addition
on the rear. In this view, the bathroom is under the peaked roof at
the rear. The living room is to the left of the front door. The
dining area sits behind the windows to the right of the door with the
bedroom behind it. The kitchen is under the sloped glass. A
flagstone walkway leds to the front door and a sunken garden area. To
the left, the wall surrounds a built in bench surrounding a perfect spot for
a fire pit. Solar panels sit on the racks shown behind the home.
The front door leads into this living room. Adobe plastered walls give
the room a warm earthy feel and also absorb and re-radiate heat from the
wood burning stove to supplement the home's heat.
Looking the other way, this picture shows the dining area with the kitchen
behind. Like most earthships, this home's very open floor plan aids in
keeping the home a uniform temperature throughout.
The bedroom area sits adjacent from the dining area. A window brings
in light from the back of the property. The electric systems panel in the
corner allows convenient monitoring of power capacity with whimsically
colored conduits providing a loft-like ambiance.
Beautiful cabinetry and tiled counter cops make the kitchen very
cook-friendly. Planters with lush greenery sit under the sloped glass.
To the left, is a doorway leading to a mechanical room complete with a
generator for backup power.
A new addition behind the living room provides a new an modern bathroom, a
closet, washer and drier hookups, and a back door.
Light from several windows fills the large bathroom with light. In
addition to the toilet and vanity area shown here, this bathroom also
features a large bath tub.
The separate studio building is almost as large as the house itself.
Here you see the garage and studio area and a separate building that used to
house a generator.
Presently the generator house is just a single room with a bed set up in it.
Windows in the screened in porch area bring in light.
The large room makes a perfect spot for all sorts of creative
activities including a wood working shop or artist's work space.
This garage occupies the west half of the studio building. Its large
size provides space for a vehicle as well as ample storage.
The forested nature of the property conceals its ideal location near the
junction of the Aguaje de la Petaca and the Rio Grande. The property
borders the nature preserve surrounding the Rio Grande and Petaca Gorges.
The above topographical map shows how close it really is.
A ten-minute walk from the house takes you to this spectacular overlook of
the Petaca Gorge with its junction of the Rio Grande below.
Imagine sunrises from this spot, or perhaps pitching a tent and enjoying the
stars and solitude. Since the heavily used portions of this park are faraway, you can pretty much count upon having it to yourself to
enjoy whenever you like with probably never seeing another person.
For an equally impressive view, look up the Petaca Gorge. Though
pictures cannot do this site justice.