If you want a quiet retreat, then historic Hillsboro is the place to go. This home is available for long-term rental.
This two-bedroom 1894 Victorian cottage is on the National Register of Historic Places, and is among the most unique homes in New Mexico. It's featured in the book, ''Houses in Time,'' and appeared in New Mexico Magazine.
Gold built Hillsboro, and this house is built out of molten gold slag, poured into blocks that reflect iridescent purple and pink. Its wood came from the razed photography studio of J.C. Burge in nearby Kingston in 1893. The Historic Hillsboro House was made of recycled materials--120 years ago.
The property was formerly owned by Judge Frank W. Parker, a President McKinley nominee to the Territorial Supreme Court, and eventual Chief Justice after statehood. The home was built by Peter and Nicholas Galles, that latter leaving a significant paper trail. Nicholas wended through the Indian Wars as a citizen soldier, serving as a captain in the Geronimo campaign.
From the veranda you'll enjoy the mountain views and the air embalmed by birdsong. You can chat, read, and if you must, work on your laptop.
You'll quickly see why Hillsboro today has a high concentration of writers and artists and photographers. You should visit the Black Range Museum, antique shops, and Black Range Vineyard and Bistro.
You might take a meal or two at the Barber Shop Cafe or the Hillsboro General Store Cafe. Work off your meals with a walk through the Hillsboro Historic District and take in the unique architecture about town, including a home owned by New Mexico's former Lt. Governor, Diane Denish.
Hillsboro is a great place to take a long pause on the Geronimo Trail National Scenic Byway. It's a launch pad - crash pad for activities in the Gila National Forest, the Gila Cliff Dwellings, the Aldo Leopold Wilderness, Lake Valley historic ghost town, or Caballo and Elephant Butte state parks, and a down-to-earth landing for Spaceport America visitors.
Make forays into the arts scene, hot spring baths, and antique shops and museums in Truth or Consequences, 30 miles away.
This home is fully equipped for stays of any length. The main bedroom has a queen-size pillow-top bed, a double sleeper sofa in the living room, and another queen in detached casita with a modern full bathroom and laundry.
We're located between the old courthouse ruins, and the historic Union Church.
Cool stuff to do. Lake Valley, HHS, General Store cafe, barbershop cafe, BR Vineyard, BR road video, True West, 88042 vid, BR Rag, - documentary about emery hale who lives in the nearby town of hillsboro another great day trip beautiful drive over the pass (house builder was there)