Creating a Lifestyle at La Tierra Escondida | Las Cruces, New Mexicos Premier Green Community


As a custom homebuilder, I was recently challenged with the task of finding a truly special lot for one of my clients.  They wanted to be on the eastern perimeter of Las Cruces, have unobstructed views of the Organ Mountains, be at least one acre, and be affordable.

In the end it came down to sites up Soledad Canyon road, and sites in La Tierra Escondida, off of Las Altures drive.  I met with owners of La Tierra Escondida, Mitch and Judd, and they took the time to drive me around their subdivision, and show me several lots that met my client's exact needs.  They were more than patient with me and they answered all of my questions fully.  It was a pleasure being able to pick from numerous lots, which I thought were prime locations with every one having something unique to offer.

When I took my clients out they were leaning first towards the Soledad Canyon area because they thought it was an easier driving route to get into town.  The lots they saw out there were being heavily discounted, and they had a great view of the Organ Mountains.

It wasn't until I took them to La Tierra Escondida did they really appreciate the subdivision to it's fullest.  It was a prettier drive to them with great views of the "entire area" and they had several prime building sites to pick from.  They had all of this and most importantly it fell well within their budget.  They settled on a 1.6-acre lot, in the gated part of the subdivision, which has views of the Organ Mountains, but as an added bonus also views that include the lush Mesilla valley.  All of this, just minutes from the University, shopping, restaurants, and all of the roads were 100% paved.  This last item might not seem much but to my client, a retired Geology Professor, who still does projects with the University, it meant a lot to him to be so close to his work at New Mexico State University.

I have to say in the end it didn't come down to price only, but it was more about the quality of the subdivision, the spectacular views and the easy access to town.  Again, I have to Thank Mitch and Judd for their patience and their help in making La Tierra Escondida a place where my clients can call their home and feel truly good about their decision to buy. 

John G Hadley

Desert Sky Builders, LLC

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Safest City in the Country, Medium-Sized City for 2006

LOS ANGELES -- When it comes to choosing a place to live, work or raise a family, safety and security are two characteristics that many people find appealing.

According to the Third Annual Most Secure U.S. Places to Live rankings from Farmers Insurance Group of Companies, the most secure location to live in the United States is St. George, Utah.

The rankings, compiled by database experts at, took into consideration crime statistics, extreme weather, risk of natural disasters, environmental hazards, terrorism threats and job loss numbers in 379 U.S. municipalities. The study divided the communities into three groups: large metropolitan areas, mid-size cities and small towns.

The Provo-Orem, Utah, area was ranked first in the 2004 Farmers Insurance study, while the Richland-Kennewick-Pasco area in southeast Washington was tops in 2005.

"Everyone looks for a safe, secure place to live," said Jeff Beyer, senior vice-president and chief communications officer for Farmers. "Whether you are single or raising a family, a secure environment is important. It offers the well-being so necessary to succeed in today's fast paced world."

Top-ranked St. George, whose population of 110,515 places it among the small towns, offers a climate that features mild winters, low annual precipitation and clean air. St. George had the lowest crime rate of all 379 communities in the Farmers study and the lowest unemployment rate among the 138 small towns.

The Boise City-Nampa, Idaho, area topped all large metropolitan areas with populations of 500,000 or greater. Nestled against the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, the area is shielded from severe weather and has one of the lowest unemployment rates in the Farmers study. The Most Secure Mid-Size city with a population between 150,000 and 500,000 is Las Cruces, New Mexico. Las Cruces scored well in the extreme weather and unemployment categories.
Here are the lists of the top 20, in order, of Farmers Insurance Group's Most Secure Places to Live in the United States:

Most Secure Places to Live - Large Metro Areas (500,000 or more residents)

1. Boise City-Nampa, Idaho
2. Portland-South Portland-Biddeford, Maine
3. Las Vegas-Paradise, Nev.
4. Honolulu, Hawaii
5. Sacramento-Arden-Arcade-Roseville, Calif.
6. Scranton-Wilkes-Barre-Hazelton, Pa.
7. San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, Calif.
8. Bethesda-Gaithersburg-Frederick, Md.
9. Syracuse, N.Y.
10. Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, Calif.
11. El Paso, Texas
12. Albany-Troy-Schenectady, N.Y.
13. Rochester, N.Y.
14. Buffalo-Niagara Falls, N.Y.
15. Oxnard-Thousand Oaks- Ventura, Calif.
16. Poughkeepsie-Newburgh-Middletown, N.Y.
17. Nassau-Suffolk, N.Y.
18. Harrisburg-Carlisle, Pa.
19. Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, Conn.
20. New Haven-Milford, Conn.

Most Secure Places to Live - Mid-Size Cities (150,000 - 500,000 residents)

1. Las Cruces, N.M.
2. Rockingham County-Strafford County, N.H.
3. Huntington, W.Va.-Ashland, Ky.
4. Bellingham, Wash.
5. Burlington-South Burlington, Vt.
6. Lynchburg, Va.
7. Medford, Ore.
8. Prescott, Ariz.
9. San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles, Calif.
10. Binghamton, N.Y.
11. Provo-Orem, Utah
12. St. Cloud, Minn.
13. Fargo, N.D.
14. Hagerstown, Md.-Martinsburg, W.Va.
15. Olympia, Wash.
16. Charlottesville, Va.
17. Chico, Calif.
18. Richland-Kennewick-Pasco, Wash.
19. Manchester-Nashua, N.H.
20. Duluth, Minn.

Most Secure Places to Live - Small Towns (Fewer than 150,000 residents)

1. St. George, Utah
2. Bend, Ore.
3. Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford, Va.
4. Coeur d'Alene, Idaho
5. Ithaca, N.Y.
6. Morgantown, W. Va.
7. Logan, Utah
8. Winchester, Va.
9. Harrisonburg, Va.
10. Idaho Falls, Idaho
11. Madera, Calif.
12. Glens Falls, N.Y.
13. Wenatchee, Wash.
14. Bangor, Maine
15. Lewiston-Auburn, Maine
16. State College, Pa.
17. Billings, Mont.
18. Cumberland, Md.
19. Lewiston, Idaho
20. Pocatello, Idaho

Story Created: Dec 7, 2006 at 2:55 PM PST

Story Updated: Jul 23, 2007 at 8:10 AM PST

From: Farmers Insurance 2006