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Photo by Jason Pofahl

For the second year in a row, Las Cruces, New Mexico has ranked among the Milken Institute’s top 10 Best-Performing Small Cities.

Las Cruces moved up one notch this year, ranking No. 8 on the Smallest Metros list. Last year the city was No. 9. The Las Cruces Sun-News reports that the Milken Institute researchers found that metros whose economies are heavy on service industries such as health care and on large government employers like military bases have been shielded from the job losses suffered by cities more closely tied to the housing and financial sectors.

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Organ Mountain Photo by Ben Vilmer

The job market is not the only thing that makes Las Cruces, New Mexico a great place to retire or relocate.  Las Cruces is one of the best-kept secrets in the Southwest. In Las Cruces you’ll enjoy the warmth of the Southwest sun as well as the warmth of the friendly residents you’ll find here.  Las Cruces enjoys 350 days of sunshine a year and mild temperatures with average summer highs in the 90’s and winter highs in the 50’s.

Photo by Jason Pofahl

Las Cruces attracts people of all ages and stages in life. The amazing climate attracts those tired of shoveling snow. The prime location draws outdoors enthusiasts and those looking for a more active lifestyle year-round. Families love that Picacho Mountain is located in the region’s top school district.

Contact us today at 575-523-2500 for more information about the why Las Cruces, NM and Picacho Mountain rank so high top destinations to relocate or retire. Picacho Mountain features spectacular Custom Homes, Patio Homes, Town Homes, Neighborhood Retail, and more!



New Courtyard Home Virtual Tour

Enjoy this virtual tour our newest model courtyard home here in The Willows at Picacho Mountain. Based on the popular Encanto floor plan, this charming home blends indoor and outdoor living, making it the perfect place to enjoy the beautiful New Mexico climate. The spacious great room, flex room and kitchen all open to an intimate enclosed outdoor living space featuring an outdoor kitchen, bar and fire pit. The home also features an all new mud room/laundry room/utility office concept that connects the master closet and great room.

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New Home Construction

Custom Home Construction – Phase One

This clip kicks off our new “Custom Home Construction” video series showcasing a behind the scenes look into West Mesa Builders’ construction and design process. In the coming months we will cover everything from framing and insulation, to kitchen design and color selection. Bob and Karen Pofahl also share the stringent quality control steps they take to ensure each home is built to the highest standards and much more.

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Custom Home Tour With Karen

Custom home designer and builder Karen Pofahl, of West Mesa Builders, walks us through one or her new home during its final stages of construction. This 3600 square foot home is located in Picacho Mountain Master Planned Community and sits on a 2 acre lot that has breathtaking views of the Organ Mountains and Mesilla Valley. The home has a contemporary feel to it, yet seamlessly blends into the beautiful desert surroundings.

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