Perfect for couples, sequester in a bright airy country home with radiant floor heated floors and fireplace, on 1&1/2 acres, private dead end road

House Sitter Needed for Username: TaosKitty   

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Posted or Updated: Feb 14,2024   Reviews (1)   Applications: 3

Arroyo Seco, North of Taos, Taos
Taos,New Mexico United States

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From: Mar 10,24  
To:      May 10,24
Days:  61, Medium Long Term

We are in need of a quiet couple from March 10 to May 10 to love our beautiful home in Taos, northern New Mexico near the village of Arroyo Seco area. We are in a quiet coveted area on a dead end road against the El Salto mountain. We currently have no pets, but we welcome a well behaved dog. There are beautiful walks right out the door.

We are needing a long term stay when we will be traveling to our sailboat in Mexico. Essentially we are offering to pay expenses for home and dog maintenance, rent, and utilities in a large classic adobe home in one of the most alluring areas in New Mexico with fascinating art, museums, pueblos and outdoors sports in exchange for devoted care of the house and property. The house is airy bright and completely furnished, with a large great room with fireplace and well equipped kitchen. There is a queen bedroom for your accomodations, and a bright den/office. There are porches on every side to take in the mountain views, a hot tub and fenced yard. We would require you to be willing to maintain the property, including recycling, shoveling snow, and repairing or arranging for professional help if needed, and light gardening in the spring. For you gardeners that can't wait to get your hands in the soil we are willing to negotiate a fee for heavier garden work.

We have supplied all the immediate necessities and ask that you just replace what you use, ie. the propane for the grills, firewood used, or other supplies (but we don't sweat the small stuff!). So please get in touch as soon as possible and take advantage of the best of the gorgeous Taos Ski Valley season.

Thank you for considering us,

Joe and Kitty 

House Sitter Feedback / endorsements (1)

“ Delightful Housesit and Pet Sitting near Taos ”

Sit Dates Oct-12-22 - Oct-29-22 Sitter SolidSoul, Member Since Jan-1-22

I spent over two weeks at Kitty and Joe's house in Arroyo Seco, near Taos, New Mexico,  walking/feeding Guido, their 12-14 year old Labrador Retriever twice daily, watering plants and minding the house in October.

Also was housesitting for them 2 additional weeks from November 28-Dec 14th 2022, and a third time for 6+ weeks from Dec 30th through Feb 13th 2023.

Their house is lovely and spacious, in a beautiful location, and has a well-stocked kitchen, good internet (30+ MB/s upload speed on I was able to run two simultaneous computers videoconferencing on Zoom for a group presentation without problems) and good TV reception. The town of Taos is about 15-20 minutes away, as is Taos Ski Valley. They live on a dirt/gravel road about two miles from the center of Arroyo Seco, which has an attractive small town with organic cafe, market, and much more.The road has a few potholes but was easily navigable for my low-clearance Tesla.

Duties included watering the plants, taking out trash, picking up mail, pet care (meds, walks, feeding, play, dog poop)... Kitty and Joe are very kind and friendly, and have clear and detailed typed instructions with names and phone numbers of neighbors, repair and service people, and the maintenance items for the house.  They have a well stocked garage and tool shed, as well.

They communicated well, and we texted or spoke every 2-3 days while they were gone, answering questions of mine or asking me to check something for them.

When it snows significantly (a foot or so), another duty is to shovel snow from the flat part of the roof. I climbed up twice on the roof to do minor repairs (weather station and check stove pipe) - the roof is very flat and has a raised area around the perimeter. It did not snow enough for me to need to do any shoveling this first time, though I expect to do so when I am there during the winter months.

Guido is aging and still playful - likes to fetch toys and sticks, and enjoys his walks. He is well-behaved and walks without needing a leash (though I would always bring one with in case vehicles or other dogs showed up on the road that we would walk along)

They invited me to come a day early and to stay with them the day before they left, which made it much easier to orient to the house, the routine, and very much eased the transition for all of us.

I found the entire experience quite enjoyable.

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