Boulders on the Green at Sonoma Ranch
3635 Arroyo Verde St., Las Cruces, New Mexico 88011
In Southern New Mexico, Boulders on the Green is a Gated 55+ Enclave within Sonoma Ranch and has Distinctive Adobe and Territorial Style Single Family Homes
Las Cruces is located on the southern edge of New Mexico, close to the Rio Grande River at the base of the Organ Mountains, and it is the setting for award-winning Sonoma Ranch, a beautiful master-planned community with several neighborhoods, one of which is the 55+ The Boulders on the Green (also known as The Boulders).
A stylish, gated 55+ enclave with single family homes, The Boulders began in 2004 and has won several senior housing design awards from the National Association of Home Builders. The contemporary adobe and territorial architecture gives the development a uniquely Southwestern flavor. Design elements, such as warm paint colors, dark wood doors and rounded corners, help create soothing interior spaces.
All properties have a built-in security system, refrigerated air conditioning, a central vacuum system, forced gas heating, plenty of windows and an attached two car garage.
Floor plans range from approximately 1,610 square feet with two bedrooms and two baths to nearly 2,000 square feet with two bedrooms and two baths. Exteriors boast a Xeriscaped front yard, a rock wall fence with wrought iron accents, a gated front entry and a stucco finish.
Prices begin in the mid- to high-$200,000s, but please verify this with a Realtor as prices may change.
Amenities include a nicely appointed cluhouse with subdued lighting, a swimming pool, a spa, lighted walking trails and an 18 hole golf course. Many homes are located along a fairway and have either golf course views or mountain views.
Resident activities include RV trips, golf games, weekly happy hours, pool parties and more. Award-winning Sunset Grill is a particular point of pride and overlooks the 18th green.
Las Cruces is the home of New Mexico State University (27,000 students) and Dona Ana Community College. Dona Ana's Academy of Learning in Retirement (ALR) offers educational opportunities primarily for learners age 50 or better.
Mountain View Regional Medical Center is accredited by the Joint Commission and is a primary stroke center.
Las Cruces sits at 4,000 feet above sea level, but summer temperatures still reach into the high-90s. Winters are cool with temperatures in the 20s, 30s and 40s. On average, the area receives eight inches of rain and a dusting of snow each year. Sunshine is abundant.
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The first Europeans in this area were the Spanish in 1542. The first settlement grew up on the Rio Grande River in 1598, and Saanta Fe was founded as the capital in 1610. The United States won most of New Mexico in the 1848 Mexican War and received the remainder in the 1853 Gadsden Purchase.
During the Civil War, Union troops won New Mexico from the Confederacy. Geronimo surrendered in 1886, and soon after the Apache Wars and most other Native American conflicts ended.
New Mexico has been a leader in energy development and research since 1945. Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory, as well as Sandia laboratories, were, and are, instrumental in the solar, nuclear, and geothermal areas of energy development.
The state also has rich mineral deposits and has a large supply of potassium salts and uranium. Copper, natural gas, petroleum, zinc, silver, gold, lead, as well as molybdenum bring in substantial revenue. Farm and ranching poducts include sheep, sorghum, pecans, cotton, peanuts and more.
Fun sites to visit include the Carlsbad Caverns, the ruins located at Fort Union, Inscription Rock at El Morro National Monument, White Sands and Chaco Culture National Historical Park.
Population - 2,081,775
Persons 65 years old and over - 16%
High school graduates - 84%
Bachelor's degree or higher - 26%
Persons of Hispanic or Latino origin - 45%
White persons, not Hispanic - 40%
Median household income - $44,960
Social Security taxed? No
Source: U.S. Census Bureau
How do 55+ Communities Get Away with Age Discrimination?
The Fair Housing Act (FHAct) protects all citizens from discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, handicap or familial status. When it comes to senior housing, Congress created an exemption from the familial status requirements as long as the housing is specifically for at least one person who is 55 or older in at least 80 percent of the occupied units and adheres to a policy that demonstrates intent to house persons who are 55 or older.
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