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The Post Where I Sell You My House

$299,000 (Only $289,900 if you use our realtor - details below.)
4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms
2,757 square feet (only $105/sq ft after discount!)


SN and I spent the week scrubbing and sweeping and mopping (and then mopping some more - a certain someone has no respect for my wet floors) to finally put our house on the market. If you know anyone looking for the best home ever (!!!) in Albuquerque, NM, please share this post with them.

When we bought our home, it appraised for $300,000. That was before any updates had been done, when there were just mattresses on the floor and a weird little shrine by the front door. I wanted to list our home for sale at $317,500, but our realtor says being the most upgraded home in our neighborhood is restricting our price (oops), so this really is a fabulous deal for a lucky homebuyer! Before you feel too bad for us though (cue the tiny violin) not seeing a return on our investment, remember that we've enjoyed more than 10 years in this home we've loved so much.

Actually, let's salt the wound a little bit. Here is a link to our exact same model of house, minus the improvements we've made: https://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/101-Colinas-Ave-NE_Albuquerque_NM_87113_M28469-10479#photo2. I think it's fair to say that it's in a much worse part of town, with poor schools and high crime, and that the neighborhood looks run down.

It's listed for a whopping $350,000. We've also seen our model, sans upgrades, for sale near Paseo Del Norte for $400,000! *grumble*

12428 Mangas Trl NE, 87111

From the moment you walk into the impeccable foyer, bathed in natural light and with premium crown molding and chair rail, you will know you are home. Everything has been done for you in this well maintained, beautiful contemporary home. You'll enjoy relaxing in the private, oasis-like yard on the largest lot in the neighborhood. It has a greenhouse, mature rosebushes, separately fenced vegetable garden, grape vines, and a variety of fruit trees. A glass of Pinot Noir from the wine bar to sip by the fire is also a great way to spend your time in this home - there are 4 fireplaces to choose from. Spilled some? No worries, as the LG Steam Washer and Dryer come with the house, along with all of the other appliances. The furnishings can also be included, if desired.

The well thought out, open floor plan has entertaining areas downstairs, including an enormous gourmet kitchen with double islands (one for baking and one for sitting) and privacy upstairs. At almost 2,800 square feet, there is space to spare and the bedrooms are no exception - 3 of 4 can easily fit a King bed. A prime location right against the mountains provides great views from most windows. At night, the master suite also has a breathtaking view of the city. It’s the best place to watch sunsets...and fireworks. We gladly stayed home every 4th of July, enjoying a front row seat from the master sitting area of celebrations all over town.

Brrr! Don't worry - the heater (and everything else in this well-maintained home) works great!

The home has received more than $40,000 of renovations. Just a few of the many improvements include:

  • Remodeled master bathroom featuring an oversized shower, dual sinks, water closet, Jacuzzi jetted tub, modern lighting, and two walk-in closets
  • Expanded and upgraded kitchen with two islands, wine bar, granite countertops, under-cabinet lighting, and Whirlpool Gold stainless steel appliances
  • New flooring throughout
  • Security system with all the bells and whistles, including motion sensors and glass breakage detectors
  • Addition of a downstairs coat closet, new entryway, built-in bookcases, and custom backyard water feature

At only $299,000, you will not find a more luxurious home for the price. It's well maintained and completely turnkey, with a new top-of-the-line water softener system, new water filtration system, and new water heater. Plus, it has storage galore!

The highly desirable neighborhood is in one of the most popular areas of Albuquerque, with the lowest crime rate, some of the best schools in the city, and within walking distance to many shops and restaurants. You'll also be steps from several parks, basketball courts, tennis courts, bike paths, hiking trails, playgrounds, and the Mountainside YMCA, which includes a pool, childcare, extracurricular activities, and provides a discount to residents of Tramway Highpoint. Our neighborhood even has its very own security guard and cameras. Spend just a short time walking the private, landscaped sidewalks of our neighborhood and you'll meet so many friendly families!


Ready to make an offer? If you don't have a realtor, we'll pass their commission on to you - almost $10,000! Our realtor, Joe, is excellent and he told us he will help our buyer with their questions and their paperwork at no extra charge if they don't have their own realtor. Here is a Zillow article with common misconceptions about buying without an agent. (Although, in this case, you actually would have an agent. He just wouldn't be charging any additional commission, so you would save a small fortune.)

The listing site also filled in the following information all by itself:


And, because when I fall for a house, I always want to see more photos (you can never have enough!), here are some of my archived blog posts that feature photos of our home, along with a few neat ideas for alternate decorating options:

Pretty New Living Room Pillow

Kitchen and Dining Room Photos

Because White Doors Are No Fun

Father's Day Party

Guest Bedroom Ideas

The Living/Dining Room Switch Around

Guest Bedroom Tour

Holiday Roses

I'd love for the new homeowners to be enjoying the fabulous kitchen (did I mention it has a Whirlpool Gold gas range?) by Thanksgiving. Let's get this home sold! :)

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I'm a freelance writer who believes in infusing all topics, from Jessner peels to chronic insomnia, with a dose of humor. Thanks to their endless shenanigans, my Sexy Nerd (SN) and our "children", Pica and Biscuit, make frequent appearances on my blog. I have written for major brands including Dove, Anheuser-Busch, and Jimmy Dean and my work has been featured on Huffington Post. Connect with me on Twitter and Instagram @KittyDeschanel.


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