A recent Saturday morning was just beautiful. I had the pleasure of showing homes for sale in Corrales. The dirt lanes were still moist with the overnight rain, and the plants still had a bit of extra glisten on them that almost looked like snow. Even the clouds and morning light were spectacularly different than the norm.
Showing properties in Corrales is one of my favorite things. From the valley to the bluff, there are special treasures and sights to see. As I left the Cottonwood Mall area and drove into the heart of Corrales, it was like going from the impending hustle and bustle of holiday shopping to a slower, more peaceful place. The donkeys, chickens, mules and miniature horses we passed looked especially happy and refreshed.
My clients are from out of state with friends beckoning them to Corrales. When asked my opinion about living in Corrales, it’s hard for me not to sound like an over-eager salesperson. I happen to love the Village of Corrales and think it’s a true treasure. So, I always speak of a few of my favorite things, like the parades, sense of community, rural yet five minutes to Best Buy, and the warm friendly people who are here. I often mention of walking into Frontier Mart or The Village Mercantile and being greeted by warm friendly smiles and people willing to help. Or about going to the post office and running into friends and neighbors, and making new friends while standing in line to buy stamps. Yes, I know I can buy stamps at Costco, but I’d miss out on the camaraderie at my local post office.
As I dropped my clients off at Nate & Hannah’s to meet their friends for lunch, I drove away thinking about the homes we’d seen and how unique and special each one was. From the home high on the bluff with spectacular Sandia Mountain and valley views, to the home nestled in the apple orchard in the valley alongside an acequia, to an old rambling adobe with so much character one just knows that if the walls could talk there would be a great stories to be told.
Funny thing is, no matter what part of town I’m showing homes, I get this sense of home and community. Guess it’s not always about the structure but the events and relationships.
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