This book began as a Craigslist post, a bummed out exposé on an off the grid rental house near Santa Fe, NM. People from all over replied to my post. Having growing up mostly in New Mexico, I realized it was time to tell the whole story on mesa serenity living. At minimum, regale in love of adobe homes, off grid information and a few laughs.
Right now someone is dreaming about moving to a mesa in northern New Mexico. Around here off the grid properties are astoundingly ominpresent. For several years my post, Caution: Off-Grid Solar Power Renters has appeared under Craigslist's Santa Fe/Taos rentals. This book, Utilities Nearby is a non-fiction account of my anecdotal experiences living off the grid near Santa Fe. It also compliles letters from Craigslist readers who shared their passionate thoughts with me on living (or not living) in northern New Mexico.
Utilities Nearby fits perfectly in a nicho for it is a niche in Southwest reading that was under represented until now. This book is a conversation on the meaning of dwellings, living simply and the American West. May it provide you with useful insights in New Mexico's real estate, a "survival guide" if you will. Join me as we scratch beneath the adobe veneer that both enchants and exasperates. There are no guarantees, but upon completion of this book you might be able to convert watts into kilowatt-hours. The only free part is high voltage humor amped with personal experience. Utilities Nearby is for everyone near and far who holds a place in their hearts for New Mexico.
Jes Márquez is a life long resident of the Land of Enchantment. She currently lives on the grid and is a graduate of the University of New Mexico. Definitely a dog person. In her spare time, Jes makes cowboy boots from scratch.
Christopher Márquez has over 25 years of professional experience in historic photography of the 19th and 20th centuries. He has an extensive background as a photography dealer including photography from around the world and the Southwest. Márquez also teaches a university class on the history of photography. Most recently he taught at the Santa Fe University of Art & Design. He holds a B.A. from the University from New Mexico.