Fiber Loop Comes to Mesa del Sol

Photo courtesy of New Mexico Business First

Photo courtesy of New Mexico Business First

A $2 Million fiber loop is running from Downtown Albuquerque to Mesa del Sol and then back through the near South Valley. The loop is going to connect Century Link’s main hub in downtown with Nova Corp., one of Mesa del Sol’s newest commercial residents.

This new fiber line will span a total of 20 miles and offer a 10 gigabyte backbone.

This is exciting news and just one more step in the progression of the Mesa del Sol master plan, which continues to thrive and evolve into one of Albuquerque’s most important residential and commercial communities.

Read the rest of the story at New Mexico Business First.

Move-In Ready Homes Available Now

Mesa del Sol is a master planned community located in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Mesa del Sol is a master planned community located in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Designing and building a new home at Mesa del Sol is very exciting, but some folks might need a new home that’s already built and ready for immediate move-in. Right now there are 10 beautiful move-in-ready homes at Mesa del Sol. Click here to see the complete list including size, configuration, builder and of course, price.

Mesa del Sol Continues Partnership with Albuquerque Isotopes

orbitFor the third consecutive year, Mesa del Sol will be a proud sponsor of the Albuquerque Isotopes. “The Isotopes run a first class organization and offer residents of the Albuquerque area a family-friendly entertainment option in a wonderful sports setting” says Karl Smith, Residential Development Director for Mesa del Sol. Smith goes on to say “we find that the Isotopes audience and core values align with those of Mesa del Sol, making this a natural and co-beneficial partnership”.

Throughout the baseball season you can expect to see advertising and promotion of Mesa del Sol at the Isotopes games, including a dedicated Mesa del Sol night with a premium giveaway item. It is also planned to have Orbit, the Isotopes fun mascot, appear at some of the Mesa del Sol community events this summer.

Opening night for the Isotopes is Thursday, April 9th. Click here to see the complete Isotopes game schedule.

 

New Homes “Springing” Up

Springtime isphoto 4-2 beginning to show at Mesa del Sol and it’s certainly an exciting time! The grass in Aperture Park is beginning to turn green, many of the trees along the landscaped streets and yards are beginning to bud and blossom and we are seeing lots of residents running, walking their dogs, riding their bikes and playing in the outdoor spaces.

Of course one thing we love to watch spring up is all of the new homes. Many new homes are currently
under construction and we can’t wait to meet the new residents!

 

 

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Introducing #PureMesa

#puremesa

Introducing #PureMesa

 

#PureMesa

 

At Mesa del Sol, we’ve tried to take everything that Albuquerque offers and turn it up a notch. From an ideal location, just ten minutes from downtown, to our uniquely fun amenities, our approach to creating a neighborhood that brings people together has been a strategic part of our development plan.

Mesa del Sol is known for a high quality of life and our community encompasses the true beauty of New Mexico’s outdoors. In an effort to amass this beauty, we are utilizing the hashtag, #PureMesa to feature the fun, exciting, relaxing, and uniqueness of our community. To bolster this endeavor we’ve also expanded our social media to Instagram. Follow us, @mesadelsolnm.

We encourage everyone in our network to add the hashtag, #PureMesa to an image or content piece that captures this vision of beauty, culture, relaxation, closeness and neighborly. Users that use #PureMesa on their social media networks will have the opportunity to be featured on Mesa del Sol’s social media channels. It’s our way of saying, “thanks” for connecting with our community.

 

Get started, now.

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Who is behind the snakes of Mesa del Sol?

Snakes at Mesa del Sol slithering through the native grass on University Boulevard. Photo credit: Michael Brooks

Snakes at Mesa del Sol slithering through the native grass on University Boulevard. Photo credit: Michael Brooks

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you’ve gone to a concert at Isleta Amphitheatre or simply live or work in Mesa del Sol, then you may have noticed two 275’ long rattlesnakes along University Boulevard. The snakes bask along the median of the four-lane road with their cobblestone bodies slithering through the native grass.

We caught up with the man behind the snakes, George Radnovich, ASLA, Senior Principal/Landscape Architect of Sites Southwest and asked him to tell the story about the snakes.

 

Q: Tell me about the conception of the idea and who was involved?

A: The County originally hired us and then the City became involved in helping fund the project. At the time, there was no water available out there, but they wanted to conduct a reseeding and vegetation of the medians. Mesa del Sol is an environmentally-conscious community, and wildlife became a large part of the concept. We agreed that having serpents welcome visitors was a winning idea.

 

Q: Why did you choose the snakes?

A: We wanted to blend the aesthetic concepts from the environment with the sun and wind of the Tijeras arroyo with the wildlife.

 

Q: When were the snakes built?

A: We began designing the concept of the project in 2005 and the snakes were built in 2007. Originally there was supposed to be three, but because the four-lane road wasn’t completed, the finished product comprised two snakes.

 

Q: How long did they take to be built?

A: It took 3-4 months for both snakes.

 

Q: What are the snakes made of?

A: There is a shell of concrete around a wire frame. Stones were placed alongside the outside of it to create a solid structure.

 

Q: How big are the snakes?

A: The snakes sit at 6’ tall and 275’ long.

 

Q: What has transpired since the conception of the snakes?

A.: The snakes have been part of Albuquerque’s definition of quirky, eclectic, catchy, interesting and a sense of place.

 

Q: How does the snakes connect to Mesa del Sol?

A: It speaks directly to the desert and how it fits into the landscape around it. The snakes fit the theme of Mesa del Sol with the interconnected open spaces combined with the landscape and wildlife that surround us in the central Rio Grande Valley. It made a lot of sense to us to encompass the linearity of the snakes as the entrance to the community.

 

A lot of people enjoy snapping photos of the snakes.

 

Here are some examples:

Photo Credit: Sites Southwest

Photo Credit: Sites Southwest

Photo Credit: www.RoadsideArchitecture.com

Photo Credit: www.RoadsideArchitecture.com

Photo Credit: Sites Southwest

Photo Credit: Sites Southwest

Photo Credit: Michael Brooks

Photo Credit: Michael Brooks

 

The next time you take a drive down University Boulevard, snap a selfie with our cobblestone friend and hashtag, #PureMesa to be featured in our social media channels. Or simply wave to the serpents as you pass by…

Albuquerque Named no. 1 Mid-Sized City to Visit

 

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Albuquerque, New Mexico’s most populous city was recently named the no. 1 mid-sized city to visit by World Property Journal. Photo Credit: Community-Wealth.org

Albuquerque was named the no. 1 Top 10 Mid-Sized American Cities to visit, according to World Property Journal. The high desert climate coupled with views from the Sandia Crest is among some of the reasons why the city topped the list.

Additionally, the Native American culture amalgamated with the lively restaurants and attractions of Nob Hill, Historic Old Town, the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, the Tinkertown Museum, and the Anderson-Abruzzo International Balloon Museum come together as a exciting, spicy mix.

 

The other cities that made the list comprise:

#2- Nashville, Tennessee

#3- Colorado Springs, Colorado

#4- Amarillo, Texas

#5- Boise, Idaho

#6- Roanoke, Virginia

#7- Spokane, Washington

#8- Fort Lauderdale Florida

#9- Portland, Oregon

#10- Savannah, Georgia

 

To read the full article, click here.

 

2015 Calendars, Dogs of Mesa del Sol

Mesa del Sol Community Calendars are now available. First copy is free to residents and was delivered on December 29th. Additional copies available with requested after an online donation has been completed.   See mesadelsolnm.com for details - Proceeds benefit Paws and Stripes.

Mesa del Sol Community Calendars are now available. First copy is free to residents and was delivered on December 29th. Additional copies available upon request, Mesa del Sol asks you make a donation to Paws and Stripes for the additional calendars. See mesadelsolnm.com for details – Proceeds benefit Paws and Stripes.

New year, new calendar! Contact the Mesa del Sol office and pick up the 2015 Dogs of Mesa del Sol Calendar before they’re gone. The first calendar has been delivered to residents.

Office hours: 8:00am-5:00pm
Phone: (505) 452-2600

Additional copies are available at the request of a donation to the local nonprofit, Paws and Stripes.

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About Paws and Stripes

MISSION: To provide integrative service dog training and mental health support to U.S. military Veterans with post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and/or traumatic brain injury using rescue dogs from animal shelters, benefitting both the veteran and the rescue dog.

ABOUT: Helping Dogs, Helping Heroes: that is the essence of Paws and Stripes. Paws and Stripes provides service dogs for wounded military veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injuries. We help veterans so they can live the full and rich lives they deserve. Our dogs only come from local rescues and shelters. Paws and Stripes trainers teach the dogs and the veterans as a team. Our program actively integrates mental health treatment plans into their service dog training program. Mental Health services are offered to both the veteran and their family. These services are offered to each veteran without being required to pay for them.

 

Donate now.

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[Georgia] O’Keeffe Avenue Under Construction at Mesa del Sol

Georgia O’Keeffe, Mother of American Modernism has a road dedicated to her at Mesa del Sol. Image Courtesy: Wikipedia

Georgia O’Keeffe, Mother of American Modernism has a road dedicated to her at Mesa del Sol. Image Courtesy: Wikipedia

The construction to support the next phase of development at Mesa del Sol has begun. This includes the expansion of the Dog Park, and a new neighborhood, which comprises the construction of O’Keeffe Avenue, in honor of Georgia O’Keeffe, Mother of American Modernism.

“Mesa del Sol continues to prepare for the next phase of homes, and we are pleased with the progress being made,” said Karl Smith, Director of Residential Development for Mesa del Sol. “The next phase will continue to offer unique homebuilding and lifestyle opportunities for both Albuquerque residents and our new neighbors soon to make Albuquerque their home. ”

As most residents will tell you, Mesa del Sol is a different type of neighborhood. With the new urbanism approach to sustainability and quality of life, it only makes sense to name the distinguishing characteristics Mesa del Sol embodies after innovators, artists, and pioneers.

Each area of the development encompasses a different theme, such as: Creativity & Expression where the streets are named after artists who championed the areas of cinema, design, and literature.

The Mesa del Sol Neighborhood Naming Program is another way to deepen the physical naming relationship of the landscape, architecture, and core values of the project, the developers of Mesa del Sol chose a particular naming convention for each neighborhood, with the exciting addition of O’Keeffe Avenue well underway.

Georgia O’Keeffe, 1887-1986, Mother of American Modernism is best known for creating large-format paintings of enlarged objects, expressing the wideness of the world in her work. O’Keeffe utilized rocks, bones and the desert floor of New Mexico as distinctive architectural landscape forms of the area subjects of her work. She is well recognized for documenting the New Mexico Winter, Heartland New Mexico, and a vast amount of pictures of Navajo Nation. O’Keeffe’s work is preserved in the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum in Santa Fe.

“Anytime you see Georgia O’Keeffe’s name you know it is related to New Mexico,” said Miguel Gandert, Distinguished Professor in Communication & Journalism Director, IFDM. “This is a great way to generate interest in a community that is really exciting and educational.”

Caterpillar excavator bucket and the Jimson Weed 1932 art print by Georgia O’Keeffe.

Caterpillar excavator bucket and the Jimson Weed/White Flower No. 1 1932 art print by Georgia O’Keeffe.

The first neighborhood at Mesa del Sol was built with Stieglitz Drive, after Alfred Stieglitz, artist and husband of Georgia O’Keeffe.  Alfred Stieglitz, 1864-1946, was most known as a modern art promoter/photographer. Stieglitz helped make photography an accepted art form in the early part of the 20th century.

“Stieglitz was a huge supporter of O’Keeffe’s work,” said Gandert. “It is very appropriate to have the two of them as street names running parallel to each other at Mesa del Sol.”

Stieglitz Drive currently runs along the outskirts of the first neighborhood at Mesa del Sol. Upon completion, it will run parallel to O’Keeffe Avenue.

Stieglitz Drive currently runs along the outskirts of the first neighborhood at Mesa del Sol. Upon completion, O’Keeffe Avenue will run parallel to Stieglitz Drive.

“We are really looking forward to continually highlighting artists such as O’Keeffe and Stieglitz who helped make this region a prominent part of the southwest,” said Smith.

New Mexican Biscochito Recipe

: Biscochitos are a popular New Mexican family recipe. Image courtesy: Gabrielaskitchen.com

Biscochitos are a popular New Mexican family recipe. Image courtesy: Gabrielaskitchen.com

The biscochito was originally introduced to New Mexicans by Spanish explorers in the 16th Century. The biscochito, derived from the Spanish word Bizcocho, meaning pastry or cookie. Biscochitos are most prevalent during weddings, baptisms, and especially Christmas time with young children leaving milk and cookies for Santa.

In 1989, the New Mexico adopted the biscochito as the official state cookie. The biscochito is among one of the most popular New Mexican family recipes.

 

Biscochito Recipe

Ingredients

Makes 4 dozen cookies

  • 6 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups lard
  • 1 1/2 cups white sugar
  • 2 teaspoons anise seed
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup brandy
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon

 

PREP-15 mins

COOK-10 mins

READY IN-25 mins

Directions

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Sift the flour, baking powder and salt into a bowl, and set aside. In a large bowl, cream together the lard and 1 1/2 cups sugar until smooth. Mix in the anise seed, and beat until fluffy. Stir in the eggs one at a time. Add the sifted ingredients and brandy, and stir until well blended. On a floured surface, roll the dough out to 1/2 or 1/4 inch thickness, and cut into desired shapes using cookie cutters. Place cookies onto baking sheets. Mix together the 1/4 cup of sugar and cinnamon; sprinkle over the tops of the cookies. Bake for 10 minutes in the preheated oven, or until the bottoms are lightly browned.