6316 Crabtree Court NW in Albuquerque NM

Written by Mark T Fiedler - The Mark and Sheila Team
June 7th, 2012

3 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms, 1596 Square Ft

This one of a kind townhome is tucked away in a cul de sac near the Petroglyph Monument. With stainless steel appliances, granite tile counters, custom maple cabinetry, unusual architechtural features and hand carved vigas inside and out, you won’t find anything like it elsewhere! The spacious 3 car garage can be a great workshop, complete with radiant heat and its own half bath. The home is energy efficient, with heating and cooling costs well below average. Come take a look!

3909 Saint Andrews Dr. SE – Rio Rancho NM

Written by Mark T Fiedler - The Mark and Sheila Team
May 24th, 2012

4 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms, 3465 Square Ft

Do you have a big household? Then this may be the house for you! This custom home sits on a half acre lot that backs up to Chamisa Hills Golf Course. The owners have invested in this home, so you will not need to. You will love the long granite counters in the huge kitchen, the stainless steel appliances, the pellet stove in the spacious family room and the tiled wet bar. New windows and sliding doors were recently installed, significantly upgrading the homes energy efficiency and beauty.

Taste of Rio Rancho New Mexico Restaurants

Written by Mark T Fiedler - The Mark and Sheila Team
May 15th, 2012

Over 20 local restaurants and cafes dished out thousands of samples of their product at the Santa Ana Star Center in Rio Rancho, New Mexico.

Enchantment Helicopters

Written by Mark T Fiedler - The Mark and Sheila Team
May 15th, 2012


Enchantment Helicopters in Albuquerque is the only helicopter flight academy in New Mexico. Located at Double Eagle II Airport on the West Side of Albuquerque, because of the high local altitude, they are able to offer training in flight conditions that few pilots experience. Their program can take a student all the way to a career as a Certified Flight Instructor. The school’s training craft of choice are Robinson R-22 (2 passenger) and R-44 (4 passenger) helicopters.

One afternoon we took a discovery ride over Rio Rancho, New Mexico. We circled the Civic Center, the new Presbyterian Rust Medical Center and a number of subdivisions bordering Unser Blvd. The flight was smooth and fun!

In addition to flight training, Enchantment can provide a great aerial photography platform. If you’ve ever considered a career flying helicopters, but don’t want to go the military training route, give them a call.

500 Albor Circle Rio Rancho, NM

Written by Mark T Fiedler - The Mark and Sheila Team
December 8th, 2011

This listing went into escrow about the time we finished the video, but we really liked it and wanted to share… Enjoy!

Video: Sandia Peak Tramway

Written by Mark T Fiedler - The Mark and Sheila Team
December 1st, 2011

The Sandia Peak Tramway, or “Tram” is the third longest aerial tramway in the world. Each cable car can carry up to 50 passengers, or 10,000 lbs of cargo up the 2.7 miles to the top. From the 10,378 high summit there is a spectacular view of the Rio Grande Valley.

The Tram has carried nearly 9 million passengers in its 43 years of existence. On the way up, visitors can enjoy the ridged rock faces, deep canyons and high cliffs, old rugged oaks, pine trees, and aspen. Commonly seen wildlife in the area includes mule deer, black bears, raccoons, bobcats, squirrels, downhill skiers and snowboarders.

The idea for such a marvelous attraction was proposed by Robert Nordhaus after a trip to Europe. There he saw structures similar to the Tram he would eventually build, and the idea was born. After much difficulty in construction, including bringing up the two towers via helicopter, the Tram took it’s first carload of 50 passengers on May 7, 1966. On average, the Sandia Peak Tramway takes 10,500 trips up and down Sandia Peak every year.

Breathtaking sights are not the only thing the Tram trip provides. The peak and canyons are within the Cibola National Forest, containing 26 miles of trails for mountain bikers or hikers. Skiing is also available on the back side of the peak from December to mid March. If a visitor is hungry, the High Finance Resturant doors are always open for anyone who desires to “dine two miles high.” The Tram guides highly recommend having a meal in the evening and coming down the mountain after dark, to enjoy the city lights from a whole different perspective.


Written by Mark T Fiedler - The Mark and Sheila Team
October 28th, 2011

River’s Edge III is the newest and last subdivision of the River’s Edge neighborhood in Rio Rancho, NM. Located between Pat D’Arco Highway (Hwy 528) and the Rio Grande bosque, there are just under 600 homes, many of which have unparalleled views of the Sandia mountains and the river. Amrep Southwest developed the neighborhoods, building about 500 homes in the third subdivision, and selling most of the lots facing the bosque to custom and semi-custom builders for more expensive homes. One of the big attractions of living in River’s Edge is the easy access to the bosque walking trails, although you will find dozens of locals walking the streets of the neighborhood at dawn and at dusk, when it cools off.

Video: Presbyterian Rust Medical Center in Rio Rancho Opens!

Written by Mark T Fiedler - The Mark and Sheila Team
October 20th, 2011

Rio Rancho New Mexico’s first full service hospital is open! Presbyterian Rust Medical Center is holding a huge grand opening party for the community Saturday October 22nd, but they have already performed over 20 surgeries, have one patient recovering in their new 68 bed patient tower, and the city’s first hospital born baby was delivered there on Wednesday. We were fortunate  enough to attend a special pre-opening event co-hosted by the Rio Rancho Regional Chamber of Commerce and received the grand tour. The building is stupendous, with lots of natural light throughout, large comfortable patient rooms with a convertible couch/bed for family stay overs, and enough high tech to make NASA  jealous.

Emergency room services were formerly handled at a Presbyterian office at High Resort Blvd and Hwy 528, but they have now been transferred to the new hospital.  There’s even a helipad on the grounds. Services to be offered at the new facility include:

  • Inpatient Services
    • Mother-Baby Care
    • Critical Care
    • Neonatal Intensive Care
    • Orthopedic
    • Surgery and General Medical
  • Outpatient Services
    • Emergency Care
    • Full Imaging Services
    • Surgical Services
    • CVL/Interventional Radiology lab

Video: Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta Doesn’t Disappoint

Written by Mark T Fiedler - The Mark and Sheila Team
October 18th, 2011

The 40th Annual Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta kicked off with a weekend of perfect weather. The midweek weather suffered from unusual rain and wind setbacks, but by the final weekend the weather cleared up and Albuquerque’s signature event was back on track. It had been several years since we had visited the fiesta, and we had family in town, so it was time to go again. The event did not disappoint.

The mass ascension was incredible. From anywhere on the field, you couldn’t take a bad photo. The color, the shapes and the massive number of balloons in the sky at once was unprecedented. The day we were there, the wind was so calm that the hundreds of balloons that launched hung around for a long time over the field, making for a spectacular traffic jam of balloons.

The Night Magic evening balloon glow provided a surprisingly different spectacle. Dozens of balloons inflated and stayed anchored to the ground, firing their burners at intervals. The result was a flickering show of light and color.  The glow was followed by a dazzling fireworks show.

If you’ve never been to the Balloon Fiesta, we hope our video motivates you to attend next year in person. You won’t be disappointed. Enjoy!


Written by Mark T Fiedler - The Mark and Sheila Team
October 4th, 2011


Harris Jewelers and Gemologists is the largest jewelry store in Rio Rancho, NM.  This is not the typical mall jewelry store, but an exceptional collection of jewelry professionals who do award-winning custom design work, engraving, jewelry repairs, appraisals and watch repairs. If you want to know the difference between FL-IF and VVS-2 diamonds, these are the people to see.  The store has grown several times in the last few years, and you will often see their one-of-a-kind designs up for charity auction at the annual Mayor’s Ball. The store also carries product from dozens of the world’s most famous designers of jewelry and watches, including Breuning, Gitani, Seiko, Palladium, Citizen, Claude Thibaudeau and more.  Watch the video below to meet the owners, Karen Fitzpatrick and Marc Guerin, then pay then a visit for some “Wife Insurance”.


Written by Mark T Fiedler - The Mark and Sheila Team
October 4th, 2011

The 14th Annual Maize Maze is open 7 days a week now through the end of October at the Rio Grande Community Farm on Manzano, East of the river. The maze is cut into 7 acres of tall corn. This year’s design is a dinosaur. The activity supports the annual budget of the community farm. October 14th and 15th visitors are invited to explore the maze by moonlight. When the maze finishes, the fields will be knocked down to provide food for migrating birds. The video below is from the 2010 maze. For more information, visit http://www.riograndefarm.org .

Video: Bark in the Park Special Event in Rio Rancho

Written by Mark T Fiedler - The Mark and Sheila Team
September 18th, 2011

The 13th annual Bark in the Park special event, sponsored by Enchantment Pet Resort will be held at Olympus Park in Rio Rancho, NM on Saturday, September 24th from 10 am until 2 pm. The video is from the 12th annual Bark in the Park. If you and your family are “doggie” people, you will love the demonstrations, contests, educational booths and pet related vendors, – in fact everything about it! You can adopt a new pet, or even read to therapy dogs. For more information, call 505 891-4100.

Loma Colorado Neighborhood View

Written by Mark T Fiedler - The Mark and Sheila Team
September 8th, 2011

Loma Colorado in Rio Rancho, NM is the first residential and commercial development to be planned, designed, built and sold by one company – Pulte Homes. Covering nearly 433 acres in an area surrounded by more mature subdivisions, the neighborhood wil eventually have some 1,000 homes. Today that number stands at about 500 homes, but more are being built every day. Pulte offers more than a dozen different floorplans to be built, ranging from 1500 -4200 square feet.

There are three parks, three miles of trails and over ninety acres of open space. Close by are Rio Rancho High School, Blades Skating facility, the city’s Indoor Aquatic Recreation Center, the Loma Colorado Library, and the city Sports Complex. New retail stores are planned.

If you are interested in obtaining more information about building a new home here, or buying an existing one, contact us through our information form.

2911 Golfers Lane SE – Rio Rancho NM

Written by Mark T Fiedler - The Mark and Sheila Team
August 23rd, 2011

3 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, Approximately 1,586 Sq Ft

Live in a golf course community at a great price! Located near the Chamisa Hills Country Club, this home has a large kitchen, an open floor plan, new paint, cathedral ceilings in the main living area and new carpet. The backyard has a large open patio, refrigerated A/C, easy care landscaping and a beautiful shade tree. Location, location, location!

9 Arco Court NW – Albuquerque NM

Written by Mark T Fiedler - The Mark and Sheila Team
August 23rd, 2011

3 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, Approximately 1,558 Sq Ft

La Luz is a townhome community unlike the others. Designed by famed architect Antoine Predock, the buildings and grounds ebb and flow. This unit has an unobstructed view of the bosque plus city lights from the courtyard. Access the bosque trails at your front door. The brick floor in the living room is easy care. Recently installed laminate flooring covers most of the 2nd level (just a short set of stairs). The pool, tennis courts and other facilities probably have the best views in the city!