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LISTING: Valencia County NM T5N R1E Sec 31 Parcel 58-C-1 is 20 acres in NM by Rio Puerco!
<B>The Rio Puerco flows about 1/2 of a mile to the west of this 20 acres of land for sale about 40 Miles SW of Albuquerque, New Mexico! Its a rural off the beaten path area in Belen and west of Interstate 80 in the middle of no where! I took this photo while out exploring the river in May 2009 - Nice! : )<br />
The Rio Puerco flows about 1/2 of a mile to the west of this 20 acres of land for sale about 40 Miles SW of Albuquerque, New Mexico! Its a rural off the beaten path area in Belen and west of Interstate 80 in the middle of no where! I took this photo while out exploring the river in May 2009 - Nice! : )
Description: 20 Acres of Rural Off Grid Land For Sale About 1 Hour SW of Albuquerque in Belen, New Mexico!

Property Sits About 1/2 Mile Away From the Rio Puerco on the Down Slope of Southwest Mesa With an Intermittent Stream Thru It and Scattered Trees!

Zoned Residential and Ranching with Cows Allowed and No Landowners Association!

Between the Rio Puerco and the Rio Grande on the West Side of Interstate 25 By Los Lunas in Valencia County.

About 18 Miles From the New $250 Million Facebook Data Center! Read Char's Update About the Data Center and the Morris Road Projects!

Call Char Mon - Sun 360-550-8943

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T5N R1E Sec 31 Parcel 58-C-1
Status: Sale Pending
Sale: $4,000.00 Cash.

See Listing For Owner Financing Price and Terms.

State: NM
County: Valencia
APN: R214001 Legal Description: Township 5 North, Range 1 East, Section 31, Parcel 58-C-1
City: Belen Belen is 8 miles NE
Los Lunas is 19 miles NE
Sevilleta Natl Wildlife Refuge is 28 Miles S
Albuquerque is 40 miles NE
El Paso is 240 miles S

Parcel Size: 20.0 Acres 3080.08' x 282.85'
See Parcel Map
Roads: Dirt See maps and my notes below. I wrote a big paragraph about it!
Power: Solar, Generator Needs installation.

Overhead transmission lines run through the property. See aerial photo.
Water: Well, Holding Tank Needs installation.

Click Here for the State of New Mexico well log.
Sewer: Septic, Holding Tank Needs installation.

Click Here for the New Mexico Environment Dept Liquid Waste Website.
Liens: No
Deed Type: Statutory Warranty Deed Title insurance available at buyer's expense.
CCRs: No
Title Marketable: Yes
Property Tax: 19.50 Annually. Paid current. Future tax notices are buyer's responsibility.
POA Dues: 0.00
Doc Prep Fee: 150.00 To be added to the purchase price for document preparation.
Zoning: Outland District Allows for residential and ranching use. No more than one home per parcel. RV use is allowed for 45 days per year.

One cow is permitted for every 10,000 sq ft. so 86 cows for 20 acres. Sounds like a lot of cows to feed!
Time Restrictions: No
Other Information: NM Game and Fish, Manzano Mountain Wilderness, Sevilleta Natl Wildlife Refuge Click Here for New Mexico Game and Fish Website For Hunting, Fishing, and Birding.

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the Manzano Mountain Wilderness website.

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the Sevilleta National Wildlife Refuge.

Property Photos

The photos were taken in February of 2013 at T5N R1E Section 4 and Section 7. I also included photos taken while exploring the Rio Salida in May 2009 where we found the river flowing and antelope!

To view larger maps/photos just simply click the thumbnail to expand. You can scroll by using the arrow keys on your keyboard as well.

To view the maps/photos in a larger window hover your mouse over the small image, right click and then choose "Open Link".

Make sure to check the map section to see where photos were taken in relation to the property being sold in case the above named property is not the property being sold in this listing.

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I sure love Buddy's toothless smile! He lost his first few teeth playing "The Bones Are All Mine" with his sister Angel, a big yellow lab when he was about 3. He would take all her rawhide bones, line them up under my desk in a perfect row and guard them with his life. At times there were 6 or 7 bones. Bones are a great way to give an energetic dog hours of jaw exercise and we dealt with Buddy's control issue by buying them in bulk at Costco and handed Angel new ones frequently.

One day Angel decided she was done playing the game. It went down in front of me, she told him that was her bone and warned him not to take it. He stepped forward and took it anyway. She opened her jaw and wrapped it around his neck and pushed him down. He screamed bloody murder and wiggled fiercly trying to get away. Before I knew it she let him go, no puncture wounds, no scrapes. But a few months later his breath smelled like he was eating rotten meat and out came a few rotten teeth! I think Angel gets credit for 5 of the missing 8 teeth in his mouth.

Then there's the time with the coyote. I usually only let Buddy go outside in the morning if all my other big dogs are out with him. But one morning I had 2 females inside as I was taking them to get spayed. I heard my big dog let out a roar and saw a coyote taking off across the field. I let my two females out and watched them chase the coyote the rest of the way off the property and started calling for Buddy. I searched for about 45 minutes realizing I was on a recovery mission, my heart broken.

As I came back to the house I saw Buddy being brought up the hill by my 5 other dogs! He was limping bad, covered in blood and mud, oh you should have seen him - the most beautiful sight to my eyes! My little tough man was alive! He had been wearing a spiked Harley collar and the 12 or so puncture wounds on his neck only went so deep! And that coyote who gets credit for the other 3 missing teeth, well you should have seen it running away after meeting Bud the Stud!


So my boyfriend is now usually seen sleeping with his tongue hanging out his mouth, but I happen to think he's still good looking! How coud I not love that smile! I've cared for hundreds of animals in my life but never before have I met an animal like him. Whether I'm laughing, crying, cleaning, cooking, meditating, sleeping or exploring, there he is!


20 acres of land for sale about 40 miles SW of Albuquerque and only 1/2 of a mile from the Rio Puerco in Belen, New Mexico! It sits on the down slope on Southwest Mesa as it falls to the Rio Puerco with an intermittent stream thru the property and scattered trees. It's just west of the Rio Grande, Belen and Interstate 40 in a very rural area in Valencia County. It's definitely not an area I come across very often!

Most of the photos were taken in February of 2013 about 4.5 miles north of this property on top of the mesa and the rest were taken in May 2009 when we explored the Rio Puerco and the hills surrounding it! We have not had a chance to view this property and that is the closest I've been.

It sits on the western down slope of Southwest Mesa as it falls down to the Rio Puerco which sits about 1/2 of a mile further to the west. You can see a few intermittent streams thru the property and one of those appears to be a good size stream. I imagine it only flows during heavy rain or snow melt. You can also see there are trees sprinkled about the property.

I think images #62, 65 & 70 (image #'s are at the top of the photos) best shows the rolling hills down off the mesa to the river with the trees sprinkled about. Most of the photos were actually taken on the top of the mesa to the east.

There is no landowners association or dues, just the annual taxes so cheap to keep. Minimal zoning restrictions allow for a home, mobile home and 45 days RV use. One cow is permitted for every 10,000 sq ft. so 86 cows for 20 acres. Sounds like a lot of cows to feed!

I studied Google Earth and there are overhead transmission lines that run thru the middle of this property. It looks like a road runs along the east side of these transmission lines. Bunker Road runs along the west edge of Southwest Mesa and there is a road about 1 mile SE that cuts west down the mesa thru the hills to that power line road. It then bends north for about 8/10 of a mile and enters the property. I do not know the condition of any of these roads - perhaps they are all just 4wd jeep trails. There are also a few roads further to the south that connect to that power line road. Give yourself lots of time to locate the property and be prepared; study google earth, print the maps, and definitely bring your GPS! We marked an approximate gps coordinate on one of the maps where that road enters thru the north of the property.

About 8 miles to the east as the crow flies is the Rio Grande. She is 1,896 miles long and is the fourth longest river system in North America! The Rio Puerco is a tributary to the Rio Grande and flows for about 230 miles, meeting up at the Sevellita Natl Wildlife Refuge. It is ephemeral meaning that there is no streamflow for part of the year.

To the SW are the Sierra Ladrones with Ladron Peak at 9,210 feet. She towers almost 4,500 feet above the Rio Grande Valley! Part of the range is included in the Sevellita National Wildlife Refuge. Animal species include mountain lion, pronghorn, bear, and desert bighorn sheep. I spent a couple hours exploring the part down by the Rio Grande one day and saw some beautiful wildlife as seen in the area photos.

Char's Update on the $250 Million Facebook Data Center and the Morris Road Projects!

The Village of Los Lunas announced that Facebook will build a data center there, a $250 million investment for the first phase! I read that it will break ground in October 2016. There could be up to six phases. It will stimulate 200-500 construction jobs on site daily and once completed a minimum of 30 full time jobs. It will be located just SW of the Intersection of Interstate 25 and Highway 6 as noted in the map.

Map showing the locations of the new
Facebook Data Center and the Morris Road Project.

A quote from the cities website "the data center construction will generate millions of dollars in economic impact beyond the amount directly spent by the company, and typically support thousands of jobs over multiple years. And finally, there is often a ”follow the leader” effect – once a large data center project locates in an area, other related businesses will follow shortly afterwards."

I also read about the Interstate 25 interchange and the East-West Corridor project they are working on referred to as Morris Road on the map. This is a 4 mile stretch of road that would add a new bridge over the Rio Grande River, a new intersection at NM 47 and is estimated to cost $49 million.

Click here to reach the cities website where you will find more information about both these projects!

The population in Belen is about 7500 and Los Lunas is about 25,000 and you can definitely see the growth in these two towns as you drive around. There is a large labor force in Los Lunas and Belen that work in Albuquerque and they can now take the Rail Runner into Albuquerque! A few times now I have caught the parking lot full and the train with her cool roadrunner on top! I really enjoy the art on it and read that the name is a play on the state bird the roadrunner.

Temperatures average in the low 50's in the winter with summertime seeing 95 degrees during the hottest months. The sunshine is always present in New Mexico and the area boasts of having nearly 80% sunny days. When I first journeyed through the area I went up into the Manzano Mountains that sit across the other side of the valley to the east. This is home of the Cibola National Forest! There was a bit of snow up there but beautiful desert plants blooming in the early spring.

If you're looking for a cheap chunk of rural land close to the big city of Albuquerque, New Mexico this is worth checking out. I seldom come across acreage this large in NM at the price we sell in and this is really some cool stuff located so close to the Rio Puerco! I think it would be a perfect spot for someone really wanting to go out into the middle of nowhere and watch your cows and the sunset! Just don't expect your friends to stop by for a quick visit once they find you...if they find you! Enjoy! Char the Explorer : )

Financing Price: $8000

Terms with $500 down payment: $7,500 at 8% interest with approximately 55 monthly payments of $175.

90 days same as cash with only $500 down! If $4000 is paid toward the property within 90 days from the contract date Smile4u will waive the remaining balance!

180 days to work like a dog to pay it off early with $500 down! If $5,000 of principal is paid in the first 180 days from the contract date Smile4u will waive the remaining balance!

If purchasing a Contract for Deed Click Here to view the highlights of our owner financing.

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Property Maps

Google Maps and Bing Maps links for those customers who would like to research the street and aerial views further:

Google Maps: We suggest clicking on the "Tilt the view" button located on the bottom right side twice so it rotates the earth until you see the blue sky.

Google Interactive Map at the N edge of the property where the easement runs through it.

Bing Maps: We suggest clicking the "Bird's eye" link on the top and then aerial.

Bing Maps link at the N edge of the property where the easement runs through it.

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Valencia County Area and Rio del Oro Subdivision Photos

All of these photos were taken on our journeys to Rio del Oro in Valencia County and the surrounding areas!

Belen, the Friendly City, is located in Central New Mexico 32 miles S of Albuquerque. The Rio Communities is three miles east of Belen and Los Lunas is 10 miles N of Belen. Its a pretty valley nestled against the Manzano Mountains on the east, and Mesas on the west.

In 2000 the population was 6901 in Belen and 10,034 in Los Lunas and Valencia County was the second fastest growing county in New Mexico. As of 2010 the population in Belen 7,269 and the population of Los Lunas is 24,877 which is a 147% growth!

In 2006 residents in Belen and Los Lunas approved a mill levy tax to pay for maintenance and operations of the new Valencia County Hospital and in 2015 there was about $22 million in the fund. The closest hospital is in Albuquerque yet this continues to be a slow moving project as there was a disagreement whether the monies should go to Belen or Los Lunas. In 2013 the monies were awarded to Belen by the Valencia County Commissioners. Los Lunas filed a law suit and I read that in April 2015 the New Mexico Court of Appeals is looking into the lawsuit but didn’t know when a decision will be made. This has been a slow moving project and I imagine the residents of both communities hope it gets resolved soon though – that’s a long time!

If you're looking for property in Rio del Oro be sure and check out when the dues are expiring. Majority of the properties here had their dues expire between 2009 and 2011 so never due again however some lots there have dues that will never expire. You can contact the Valley Improvement Association if you wish to know more about their Association. They have quite a bit of information on their website They are very nice people who have been extremely helpful over the years.

In February 2007 the New Mexico Rail Runner pulled into the Belen station. This is a commuter rail covering a stretch from Santa Fe, Albuquerque Los Lunas and down to Belen offering affordable and quick access to jobs for this large labor force! When we stopped by to have a look at it in 2007 the parking lot was filled!

Belen was founded in 1740 when the 2 Spaniards named Captain Don Diego Torres and Antonio Salazar who was Torres brother inlaw. They named the town Belen (Spanish for Bethlehem) in honor of that town. In 1901 the Santa Fe railroad had just finished laying down railroad tracks which has made Belen the transportation hub of New Mexico. And to this day Burlington Northern shares the central switch yards. Some days, nearly 100 trains roll through the Belen Railroad Yard hauling freight north, south, east and west to all points in North America. This is truly a wonderland for anyone who likes to watch trains.

With an average annual rainfall of 10 inches per year and snowfall of 11 inches, many people consider the climate ideal. The daytime high temperatures are in the low 90's in the summer months and daytime high temperatures are in the 50's in the winter months . The temperatures do fall below freezing during the winter months but the snow quickly melts.

With such wonderful weather conditions the area offers an abundance of recreational activities. The majestic Manzano Mountains, encompassing 36,970 acres, and the Cibola National Forest both provide unlimited opportunities for hiking trails, hunting, horseback riding, backpacking, camping etc. Belen also offers recreational swimming, soccer, volleyball, and tennis as well.

Across the valley to the SW of Los Lunas and Belen is the Sierra Ladrones which lies between the Rio Puerco to the east and the Rio Salado to the southwest. The highest peak is Ladron Peak at 9,210 feet and her summit is almost 4500 feet above the Rio Grande Valley! Part of the range is included in the Sevellita National Wildlife Refuge. Animal species include mountain lion, pronghorn, bear and desert bighorn sheep.

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Sales Process and Terms

Please conduct your due diligence research and be sure to ask all questions prior to hitting the "Buy Now" button below.

All of the maps and information provided in this listing are intended to assist you in your due diligence research. We try and include many resources that we use ourselves. Over the years we have found information to be incorrect like a road that shows on an aerial photo or street map that we can't find because it is overgrown or doesn't exist or a difference in GPS settings. So while we try and include as much of this information as possible we greatly encourage you to carefully do your research to be sure the property suits your needs.

If you would like to purchase this property click on the "Buy It Now" button at the bottom of the listing. A form will ask for your contact information and there is a box to indicate if you are purchasing if for cash or financing. It will then change the Status at the top of the listing from "Available" to "Sale Pending" after you click submit so we hold it for you. We will then send you an email that confirms our agreement and our process to complete the transaction. Please contact us within 24 hours of receiving that email from us to so we continue to hold the property for you.

Payment is due within 3 days unless prior arrangements are made and we accept cashier's checks, money orders, and Visa/Master/Discover Card. We often have several interested buyers in the same property and in fairness we keep the property available until someone is 100% prepared to complete the transaction.

If purchasing for cash, once we have received payment we will prepare all documents necessary to transfer ownership and even include a check to cover all recording fees and transfer taxes as well. It's all part of the non-refundable $150 doc prep fee!

If purchasing a Contract for Deed Click Here to view the highlights of our owner financing. PLEASE READ THIS DOCUMENT PRIOR TO CLICKING THE BUY IT NOW BUTTON FOR CONTRACTS!

With our sincere thanks,

Charlotte and Amber : )

Please feel free to call Char at 360-550-8943 with any questions!
We are on Pacific Time.

Thank you for looking!

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