Pecos, nr. Santa Fe, New Mexico — Green Home For Sale

Passive solar 2 bedroom home, quiet off-grid location, at 7500', convenient to Santa Fe and Pecos. 4 miles to Pecos and 24 miles to Santa Fe. Situated in Ponderosa Forest, surrounded by Santa Fe National Forest and NM Game & Fish Conservation Area.

Listing ID: 19862

  • Accessible Home
  • Energy Efficient Home
  • Green Home
  • GreenBuilt Home
  • Healthy Home
  • Natural Home
  • Sustainable Home
  • Rammed Earth
  • Off the Grid
  • Photovoltaic (PV)
  • Solar - Photovoltaic

Asking Price (USD) $265,000
Annual Property Tax $600
Annual Utility Cost $500
Home Area 1,500 sq ft
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms 1
Total Property Area 5 acres
Year Built 2007

Property Description

Quietly sited on a forested 5 acres with views over the Pecos River Valley, this house is self-sufficient having a 3Kw solar electric system, storage batteries and an automatic 14Kw. propane generator, a solar hot water system with an instant propane water heater for back-up, filtered catch water system and self contained grey water system.
The main bedroom gets the morning sun and has a large patio door facing east. The guest bedroom is at the west end of the house adjacent to the bathroom.
Vigas are locally grown spruce with a tongue and groove ceiling. Heat is passive solar with a back-up wood stove (and electric heat can be used but that runs the propane generator), a modern Danish Morso radiant/convection unit.
Floor is locally made brick on sand bed on bedrock. The front footing is a massive 30 inches deep to support the weight of vigas and double glazed windows.

What makes your home a Green or Healthy Home?

The house is built using mass to hold temperatures steady and insulation to avoid heat transfer. Eight inches of foam insulation is used below the propanel metal roof and similar insulation is used on the end walls. Double glazing is framed in wood. The house is cool in summer due to a high ceiling and three vents in the roof allowing a flow of air moving out the hot air. The winter sun flows into the house and warms up the brick floor which holds the warmth for later slow release. A wood-burning stove provides back-up heating if needed.
Water supply is roof capture, into cisterns holding 7500 gallons, filtered with particle filters and ultraviolet.
A roof mounted 80 gallon solar hot water heater has a propane flash heater providing back-up if needed.
Waste water (grey not black) flows into the planter which cleans the water and grows bananas, figs and flowers. A composting toilet is used in the bathroom.
Three kilowatt of solar electric energy comes from panels on two trackers which keep the panels perpendicular to the sun. An Outback inverter supplies 3.5 Kw of power to the latest technology, AGM (amalgamated glass matt), batteries and a fully automatic 14Kw propane generator.
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Neighborhood Description

The area is called El Cajete and is four miles north of Pecos, NM. There are four other houses in the area and two yurts. The yurts are used as weekend cabins, whereas the houses, all off-grid are lived in year round.
The nearest utilities are three miles away. We have wireless Wi-Fi from a service in the village. Cell phone service from a tower on the Rowe Mesa.
There is an award winning medical and dental clinic just 4 miles away with ambulance service.
Horses ok, with access to forest.

Market Area

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The Village of Pecos has four restaurants, two gas stations, a general store, a State Police office, several churches and an award winning medical/dental center. A popular tourist destination for fishermen, hikers and hunters.
Santa Fe is an easy 24 mile drive via Hwy 50 and I-25.
Santa Fe is a town of artists and authors and is a popular year round tourist destination, known for the variety of restaurants and art galleries. Santa Fe is also a skiing tourist destination.

School District

Pecos Independent School District.
There are several private schools in nearby El Dorado and Santa Fe.
Explore the award winning Santa Fe Community College.
Other institutions are:
Southwestern College/University, Santa Fe Uni of Art & Design, NM School of the Arts, Uni of NM, St.Johns College, Santa Fe Institute, NM State Uni, Institute of American Indian Arts, Uni of Natural Medicine and many more.


The Village of Pecos in the Pecos River Valley is the gateway to the Santa Fe National Forest. Ideal for horses, you can ride right into the National Forest.
The attached photos of the views are from our patio.
Wildlife abounds, expect to have deer looking through the windows in the morning!

Home Type or Land

Single Family - Single Level

Location of Home or Land


Elevation of Home


Building Details

Air Quality

Agriculture in Area No
Industry in Area No
Air Pollution in Area No
Pesticide Free Yes
Fragrance Free Yes
Cleaned with Green Products Yes

Interior Environment

Heating System Fireplace
Solar - Passive
Cooling System Passive Cooling
Ventilation System Other
Whole House Filtration None
Whole House Vacuum No

Energy & Water

Energy System Off the Grid
Photovoltaic (PV)
Solar - Photovoltaic
Water System Rain Water Collection
Wastewater System Composting Toilet

Construction Information

Construction Type Hybrid
Rammed Earth
Steel Framing
Wood Framing: 2x4, 2x6, etc.
Exterior Finish Other
Interior Finish Cement Plaster
Interior Paint Low VOC
Floor Material Other
Roof Material Metal
Window Material Wood Dual Glazed
Insulation Material Urethane Foam

Garage / Car Port

Garage / Carport No

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Contact Information

Graham Bowkett

HC74, Box361,
Pecos,, NM 87552 US
Telephone: (505) 514-0140

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