Traverse City Record-Eagle

August 20, 2012

House of the Week: New Mexico Home for Viewing the Stars


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141 Skyline Rd, Sandia Park NM

For sale: $500,000

Many homeowners can boast of spectacular star gazing from decks or balconies, but few go as far as to install an enormous computerized telescope and observatory for viewing.

Located in the Sandia Mountains, a little over 30 miles outside Albuquerque, this home is already in a prime spot for stars.

"It's the most phenomenal view I've seen in New Mexico. Your view of the stars is like nothing you can imagine" said listing agent Kara Schug of RE/MAX PROS.

Abutted by national forest, the Sandia Park home is custom-built. When the owners first purchased the land in the 1970s, there was nothing out there.

"They literally had to dynamite in roads and work on the electrical company to bring in wires to them," Schug said.

The result is a modern, secluded retreat still within access of civilization.

Measuring 3,100 square feet, the 3-bedroom, 4-bath home has a custom kitchen with high-end appliances and a master suite with a sauna and jetted tub. Outside, the home has a shop with radiant heated floors and a solar-heated pool.

And then there's that observatory. Accessible via the home office, the observatory's glass ceiling gives way to a view of the stars. An outdoor balcony holds the telescope, but the owners have finished wiring to bring the telescope inside. The telescope is included with the home.

Priced for space lovers and nature lovers alike, Schug says the home is for someone who values privacy and peace.

"Once you get there, you don't ever want to leave."

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