Sunshine Wells Ranch is a 335 acre property in the high desert 15 miles southwest of Deming, New Mexico. It consists of a 5,552 square foot “headquarters” building; a 2,514 square foot “guest house”; 1,480 square feet of covered “terazzos”, a 343 square foot “observatory”, and a 100 square foot solar energy building, all integrated into a central enclosed courtyard roughly one half acre in size. The total design was created by an award winning architect.

Built on the availability of abundant solar energy, the property is truly self sufficient.  There are two domestic wells. The principal well is driven by solar energy in tandem with a 5,000 gallon indoor storage tank. The second well is available as a back up. The ranch also holds 10 acres of decreed agricultural water rights, which are currently undeveloped. There is an 8,320 watt photovoltaic electric system that provides ample power, yields monthly income from the utility company, and is a hedge against rate increases. The headquarters hot water and radiant floor heat are fully solar with propane back up. The 12’ by 50’ lap pool and 8’ diameter in ground hot tub are heated by solar panels, with propane backup. 

The surrounding land is high Chihauhuan desert featuring New Mexico’s classic giant yuccas. The 200 acres on the east end of the ranch are deed restricted as a nature reserve to protect the magnificent view of the 25 mile long Florida Mountains. The surrounding countryside is tranquil, full of birds and wildlife, and very dark at night. The views in all directions are breathtaking.

The property is currently being used as a Bed and Breakfast under the name Sky Camp at Sunshine Wells.

Specific details are:

Headquarters Building
Built in 2004. 

Engineered concrete slab. 

2x6 frame; truss roofs and floors, brick and stucco exterior. 

High “r value” insulation.

30 year raised seam enamel coated steel roof.

2,984 square foot owners apartment and office with stunning second story views.  Vaulted ceilings, over sized windows, and two stone clad gas fireplaces.  Energy efficient appliances.

2,568 square foot garage/storage/workshop with four bay garage, including oversize RV bay and door.

1,480 square feet of covered outdoor decks and verandas.

4 zone solar radiant floor heat, with propane backup.

2 zone, two unit, energy efficient air conditioning.

100 gallon solar circulating hot water heater with propane backup.

5,000 gallon water storage tank.

Energy efficient windows and solid wood custom doors.

“Silestone” counter tops and quality custom woodwork.

Ceramic tile on second floor, stained concrete below.

Downstairs rooms plumbed for additional bedroom and bath.

Guest House
Built as original ranch house in 1978; fully renovated in 2004 with all new doors, windows, raised seam steel roof, ceramic tile floors, new propane hot water heater, new propane forced air furnace, and new two zone double unit energy efficient air conditioning.

2,514 square feet.

Five bedrooms, three baths, full kitchen, dining room, living room, exercise studio and sun room.

All new energy efficient appliances in 2004.

Fully furnished and ready for guests.

12’ by 50’ concrete lap pool with advanced cleaning and filtration features.  Retracting electric powered  vinyl pool cover.  Solar and propane heated.

8 foot diameter in-ground hot tub, solar and propane heated.  Custom “Excel” pool decking.

Fully landscaped with roses, xeriscape plantings, and accent lighting.

Surrounded by a 7 foot café block privacy wall.

Pond and running stream water feature.

3 zone automatic drip irrigation system.

Vegetable garden with drip irrigation.

Mature Arizona Cypress trees.

Astronomical design with built-in telescope pier, sundial, and viewing benches.

Fully engineered concrete pier support with a 3 meter “Ash Dome” galvanized aluminum dome, fully mechanized.  Currently housing a 14” Celestron SCT dovetailed with a 104mm Televue APO refractor, on a fully computerized Losmandy Titan equatorial mount.

Storage room under observatory.

Heated and cooled office wired for computer access to the observatory and telescopes.

Additional telescopes, binoculars, mounts, imaging equipment, and accessories.

343 total square feet.

Solar Building and Systems 
52 photovoltaic panels designed to generate 8,320 watts, with four 60 amp Trace automatic grid tie inverters, grid tied to PNM utility lines. 

12 unit, sealed cell battery for back up when grid goes down. Subject to net metering and generation credits which yield no net electric bills and substantial checks monthly. This is the largest residential system of its type in New Mexico.

8 Fafco 5’ by 10’ solar pool heating panels.

Equipment hidden in separately fenced yard.

3 photovoltaic panels and controller for solar DC water pump on principal well.

Two 4’ by 8’ solar hot water collectors with a triple heat exchanger to heat domestic hot water and floor heat  water for the headquarters building.

Solar powered electric keypad entry gate.

Land and Grounds
170 acres surrounding the buildings is fully fenced with appropriate gates. Formal masonry entrance with keypad electric gate.  Natural yucca desert with numerous flowering cacti. Trees with automatic drip irrigation.

200 acres of total 335 acres, an area dubbed “Yuccaland” is subject to conservation easement for bird and wildlife use, with two 10 acre home sites allowed. 

The tax credit for the value of this conservation easement has not yet been taken.

10 acres of decreed agricultural water is available for use on the Ranch.

120 acres on the southwest side of the ranch is legally divided into two 20 acre and two 40 acre parcels.

This land, coupled with the water rights, has significant development potential.

This property, fully equipped and ready to move in, is available at a significant discount below appraised value.

For more information, contact:
Wes Light