Birds of a Feather

Birds of a Feather
A beautiful, gated gay and lesbian community of homes in New Mexico

 

November 24th, 2022

Happy Thanksgiving! "This is a wonderful day. I've never seen this one before." Maya Angelou

Great news! Birds of a Feather has been featured in an article about Retirement Communities catering to LGBT population published today in the Wall Street Journal. Cassandra Cantave, a senior research adviser at AARP, says that as the population of LGBT adults grows and ages, "society must step up to provide more safe, inclusive housing options so all older LGBT adults can thrive."

I'm happy to learn from the article that there are many housing options for LGBT folk cropping up around the country including more communities offering affordable housing, as well as several upscale communities.

Birds of a Feather was one of the earliest communities in the U.S. to welcome gay seniors with ground-breaking and lot sales beginning in 2004. As the founder and developer of the community, my focus has been on creating a safe place for LGBT folks to "age in place". Now, almost twenty years later, I'm hoping to create a small personal care center on our property, so residents needing skilled nursing care and assistance with daily living don't have to leave the community to find long-term care in a facility that may not support their lifestyle. It's just a dream at this time, but so was creating Birds of a Feather almost twenty five years ago. Dreams do come true!

Click here to read the November, 2022, Wall Street Journal article about LGBT Communities (including Birds of a Feather); WSJ article about LGBT communities PDF

It seems that more and more people are seeking a safe haven... a peaceful and beautiful place to live amongst people of like minds during these challenging times. Birds of a Feather is one of a very few gated LGBTQ friendly communities in the country offering peaceful rural living. We are located just outside the Village of Pecos, New Mexico, tucked into the foothills of the Sangre de Cristo mountains, and surrounded by the Santa Fe National Forest but, only a short 30 minute drive to Santa Fe... one of the most popular cities in the country due to its legendary history and culture, art scene, beauty and award-winning cuisine.

Lot sales have been extremely strong for the past two + years, and all of the original 44 lots in the community have now been sold. I won't be adding any more new lots to the community, but I recently listed some SPECTACULAR re-sale lots. The lots range in size from .71 acres to over 3 acres. All of the lots have large pine trees and many have magnificent views of mountains and meadows! My lot layout page is current with pricing, size and location of these recently listed lots.

Here is a link to my lot layout/pricing page; LOT LAYOUT & PRICING

You can also visit the website for my new real estate firm called Hawk's Landing Realty (see below for story) to view photos of each of the lots. A few of these lots have magnificent views of the surrounding Sangre de Cristo mountains and Glorieta/Rowe Mesa, but since every lot has large Pinon and/or Ponderosa pine trees it isn't possible to capture the stunning views with a photo. 

Here is the link; HawksLandingRealtyServices.com

There are NO smaller (1/4 acre) lots available for our smaller home plans at this time. We do have one re-sale home currently available on one of our smaller lots. The home is 1495 sq. ft. with two bedrooms, office, 2 1/2 bath and oversized two car garage. Gorgeous views of a stand of Ponderosa pine trees and meadow. Contact me for more information.

Also... some BIG news for me... I recently not only renewed, but "upgraded" my real estate license from Associate Broker to Qualifying Broker in New Mexico. I didn't need to be licensed to sell the lots I created and offered for sale in Birds of a Feather for the past twenty years, but got my license eight years ago to assist with re-sale lots and homes as they became available in the community... mostly due to health or financial issues.

Upgrading your license requires years of experience and sales as an Associate Broker working under the supervision of a Qualifying Broker, as well as additional training/classes in operating your own real estate firm. After working with another firm in Santa Fe for the past eight years, I decided that now was the time to create my own real estate firm called Hawk's Landing Realty. I will be operating as owner of this company to not only assist with any re-sale lots and homes that become available in Birds of a Feather, but also to assist anyone seeking a future home in the Santa Fe area.

I'm happy to continue to make your dreams a realty!

Please stay safe. I wish you a wonderful year of new opportunities, adventures, hope, happiness and good health in 2022.

Love, Bonnie

And, for those seeking out other LGBTQ communities, please check out this article in LGBTQNation about LGBTQ senior communities in the US

 


"The ache for home lives in all of us. The safe place where we can go as we are and not be questioned."

Maya Angelou

Birds of a Feather is a special, magical place–your dream come true! Our LGBTQ friendly community is a gay and lesbian haven like no other in the world. Founded in 2004, we're located in the “Land of Enchantment” in sunny Northern New Mexico, just outside of the charming Village of Pecos and 30 minutes east of Santa Fe. In this secluded haven tucked into the foothills of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains as a backdrop, you'll find an extraordinary place to call home.

EcoNest construction; Los Nidos artist's rendering; BOAF LGBT Community

Who Lives Here?

Our LGBT community began when its founder, Bonnie McGowan, envisioned a thoughtful community development as a safe haven for people of like minds. Our community is made up of lesbians, gays, singles, couples and friends who care about environmentally responsible living; an active and healthy lifestyle; and forming strong social connections when we need them most–as we are aging.

Most of our community residents and lot owners are planning on "aging in place," ie: staying in their homes as they age. Currently, some of our residents are retired, some work from home using our DSL high-speed internet, and yet others still work outside the community.

Our homes are designed with aging in mind and our community supports staying physically fit and active. Our residents enjoy hiking on our 140-acre property, as well as gathering to share meals, celebrate birthdays and holidays, playing games or golfing and traveling together. Visit our "meet your neighbor" page to see photos of some of our current and future residents and their homes, as well as read what they have to say about living at Birds of a Feather!

From left to right: BOAF Community; BOAF home and landscape; BOAF bird house; Mike & Dave's casita

Our Lots and Homes

We have several lots for sale to build your future home. All of our 1/2 to 2.5 acre home sites are pine-forested and most have magnificent mountain or meadow views! Lot pricing starts at $59,900 and includes all underground utilities (water, telephone, electric to the lot line). High speed internet is available by DSL or satellite.

After choosing your favorite home site, select one of our pre-designed floor plans: the 990 sq. ft. (Little House); 1275 sq. ft. (Chickadee); 1425 sq. ft. (bluebird; or 1625 sq. ft. (Casita). These floorplans are perfect for LGBT retirement or a second home get-a-way!

You also have the option to build a custom-designed home of up to 3000 sq. ft. on most lots. We have a list of 6 approved builders to choose from to build your "nest" at Birds.

You may take up to five years after you purchase a lot to start building your home. Homes must be completed within eighteen months from breaking ground. Average time to build a home varies depending on size of home, building method used and time of year, but seven to ten months is standard.

Our Commitment to Green Living

"Good to be Green!" Our aging populations and the "green movement" are two mega-trends for the 21st century, driving demand for "aging in place" and eco-friendly home design. Combining these approaches makes good sense for a second or retirement home that is easy to live in, healthy, and super energy efficient! Any of our floorplans can incorporate as many energy-saving features as you desire. Homes may also be energy efficient LEED certified.

Nature at Your Doorstep

Living in our community includes fabulous LGBT neighbors, as well as access to many acres of adjoining private property conserved as green space. You'll enjoy trails for walking/hiking, and access to the Santa Fe National Forest surrounding our community. Plus, the Pecos Wilderness is only minutes away and has hundreds of miles of trails for hiking and horseback riding. The Pecos River is also just minutes away. Fly fishing is fabulous on the river! Enjoy the best four-season weather in the country with an average of 320 days of sunshine a year.

Why Invest Now

Interest rates are at historic lows and our local banks have great lot and construction financing available for qualified buyers.

We have magnificent lots available in Phase I and II. These lots range in size from 1/2 to 2+ acres. Click here to view the lot layout and pricing of all of our available lots.

Please call us at 505 757-2901 for more information or to reserve your homesite in our community today!

Contact Birds of a Feather LGBT Community

Birds of a Feather Birds of a Feather 11 WhiteHawk Trail
Pecos, New Mexico 87552
505.757.2901