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December 16, 2018

Won’t You Be My Neighbor – La Alamos, New Mexico

By RetroRuth

This week we have a really lovely Southwestern home with a pink kitchen!!!


This home is located at 208 Andanada Street in Los Alamos, New Mexico. It has four bedrooms and three bathrooms and is approximately 2700 square feet. It was built in 1958 and the listing price is $595,000. It is for sale by owner, and you can see the listing on Zillow here. From the listing:

Beautiful custom craftsmanship throughout this exceptionally comfortable home. Enter the home through the carved wood door framed by unique stained glass windows. The large living room, designed for entertaining, features traditional viga ceiling with herringbone latillas. The massive fireplace includes an extraordinary wood mantel and a custom ironwork fireplace screen. Custom woodwork includes a very functional buffet/room divider between the living room and the dining room with plenty of built in storage for card tables, chairs, linens, silverware, etc. and includes an outlet for warming trays & coffee urns. The family room includes two hideaway computer desks with 30 feet of bookshelves and integrated storage cabinet. A built in desk for command central in the home has a cabinet with several pullouts including a filing cabinet drawer. A custom toy box below the window serves as a banco (bench) as well. Door and drawer pulls on all custom woodwork include turquoise stone inlay in the handles. The carved wooden door in the family room opens to the partially fenced large back yard to keep young children and pets safe. The large yard includes fruit (2 apricot and 1 cherry) and 2 black walnut trees in addition to a bomb shaped climbing structure for the children, trellises for grapes and plenty of room for a garden. The beautiful ceramic tile floor in the family room features a mosaic that simulates a Two Gray Hills Navajo rug. A kiva fireplace with custom iron screen provides a cozy atmosphere for family gatherings. Radiant heat via copper pipes within the concrete floor coupled with the massive adobe exterior and interior walls keeps the home comfortable in all seasons with no need for air conditioning in the summer. The spacious mid-century modern kitchen includes gas appliances, a pantry accessible from either the kitchen or the hallway and low maintenance St Charles steel cabinets. Another low maintenance feature is gold anodized window frames (never need paint) which provide a striking contrast against the white stucco exterior. The steel doors used in the hallway wing and closets were similarly intended for low maintenance and long life and make the rooms very quiet. Beautiful star shaped ceiling lights illuminate the hallway to the garage, shop, bathrooms, laundry room and 4 large bedrooms. The children’s ¾ bathroom near the end of the hallway has lower cabinet height for easy access including by wheelchair. Instant on hot water minimizes wasted water. The ½ bath and ¾ bath both include handrails for handicap access. The master bedroom has a walk in closet. Removable storm windows are included in windows for the bedroom wing except for the master bedroom, which has dual pane windows. The oversize garage with built in storage includes 8′ high garage doors to welcome even oversize vehicles, and an automatic garage door opener is included on the right side bay. Adjacent to the garage, accessible via double doors is a shop work room. It could be set up as a machine shop, a wood shop, a bicycle repair shop or many other functions. The room is equipped with overhead LED lights along the 3 interior walls, and it is wired for 208V power. In the first 59 years, this room served as a storage room, and an office for running businesses.

Living Room



Family Room




Kitchen (St. Charles Cabinets!)












What do you think? I love this place! So unique! The kitchen is amazing and I love the built-ins. The inlaid “rugs” in the tile are just fantastic. What’s your favorite detail?


This post is sponsored by Real Estate Broker Adrian Kinney, Denver’s Mid-Century Modern Expert! If you want to learn more about the mid-mod scene in Denver, you can visit Adrian’s site here. Thank you, Adrian!

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2 Responses to Won’t You Be My Neighbor – La Alamos, New Mexico

  1. dkzody Reply

    December 16, 2018 at 11:19 am

    I too love it. I love New Mexico and this kind of architecture. That pink kitchen is just the cherry on top.

  2. Linda Reply

    December 16, 2018 at 1:27 pm

    Aww it’s so cute !! Reminds me of how Georgia oKeefe decorated her NM ranch house in the 50’s !

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