We are pleased to introduce you to the current & future residents of Birds of a Feather Community through photos and testimonials about what they love about Birds of a Feather's "magical" LGBT community. We invite you to meet us in person and tour our homes and community! We are singles and couples... all LGBT'S and our friends & families are welcome!
References to "BOAF" are an abbreviation for Birds of a Feather Community in all of the following testimonials.
Birds of a Feather Community began more than seventeen years ago as my vision to create a special and “magical” community for lesbians and gays to have a safe place to live, play and belong.
Although finding the right location was extremely important, I knew that the property and infrastructure would only be the framework for the community... it would be the people that would make up the heart and soul of the community!
In 1999, I found an amazing 160-acre pine-forested property just a short drive from Santa Fe and surrounded by the Sangre de Cristo Mountains and National Forest Service property. After a very long process of getting subdivision approvals from State and County agencies and installing infrastructure improvements, I began lot sales in 2004 and sold all eighteen lots in Phase I by 2006. Now, in 2013, I'm extremely pleased to continue the growth of our community by offering our Phase II lots for sale, which we are calling Hawk's Landing at Birds of a Feather Community.
It has been a long journey to see my dream become a reality, but worth every minute of my time to see the community “come to life” with the many wonderful people that have become a part of “our flock”. As you read the testimonials from some of our current and future residents, you will discover that they too, were initially drawn to Birds of a Feather because of it's magnificent property and location, but ended up being totally taken in by the warm and caring people... their neighbors with whom they have developed friendships to last a lifetime!
"For many years I've been searching to settle into an environment that had natural beauty, but proximal to culture; had a degree of community planning, but enough flexibility for creative home design; lot sizes for privacy, but near enough to like-minded neighbors... which I found at Hawk's Landing as part of the expansion of Birds of a Feather. It's an exciting life-phase to not only build a personal vision, but one that can mingle into the hamlet, and also become part of the eco-community."
From our first glance at the website for Birds of a Feather, we thought it looked like everything we were wanting in a retirement location. Once we visited and saw it in person, we were convinced.
The setting is spectacular: sunshine, blue sky, fresh air, mountains, pinion pines, and while all of that is what initially drew us here, it’s the people that make it truly special. Every new neighbor we met felt like an old friend. We had several “six degrees of separation” moments telling us it really is a small world. The community is genuine, warm and welcoming, and we feel so lucky to have landed here.
We were also struck by how beautiful everyone’s home was, and how they were built considering both the residents and the natural landscape features of their property. We are very excited about building our EcoNest at BoaF. We wanted to build as green as we could afford, and our architect, Paula Baker-Laporte, has been so creative and great to work with. Our home will take every advantage of the views that our property has to offer. It is truly a dream home in the making, and we can't wait to break ground!
Becky & Renee
Hello from Nina and Ruth in Maryland. We are so excited to be planning our new home at Birds. We have been working with a Taos architect for over a year now to plan the perfect zero-energy home for our retirement years. We love our lot with the lush terrain and mountain view, and we can’t wait to break ground in 2014. Relocating from the East Coast to New Mexico is indeed an enchanting journey for us. But it wasn’t just the location that attracted us to Birds. From our first visit in 2006, we fell in love with Bonnie's vision of building community as well as with each of the high-energy folks who had already come on board. We have felt like an integral part of this nurturing community from the beginning, and look forward to contributing to it in the years to come.
Ruth & Nina
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I’ve been coming to the Birds of a Feather property since 2004 – before lots were for sale. I fell in love with the land then and I’ve grown to love it more and more. The community we are building is fun-loving, caring, and dedicated to creating a place where everyone can live in a safe and loving environment where differences are celebrated and talents are shared. We celebrate together, work together, and share good times and bad. It is a long time dream come true and everyday I wake up and am grateful for the blessing of living here and having the opportunity to share my life with loving and caring people.
“We are finally home” is the phrase that came to both Debbie and me when we moved to Birds of a Feather Community. We were searching for a place where we could be ourselves, make lasting friendships, feel like family and grow old with dignity and we found it here. The nature is beautiful beyond words, the people are the same. The community in and outside of BOAF is welcoming and we feel a part of the whole. Life at BOAF in a word…PERFECT!
Our journey into retirement at BOAF has been an incredible experience. Who would have thought we would surround ourselves by some of the most wonderful people we have ever met? To say that we've become a family doesn't quite capture our close relationship. But there are no other words to describe it. While our natural families live in Santa Fe and Albuquerque, we don't play golf with them as often as our BOAF family. We don't celebrate almost every weekend or holidays with them like we do our BOAF family. We don't take nature hikes or eat home-made ice cream or share wine or have snowball fights like we do our BOAF family. When David and I first visited the BOAF website, we read something about a magical place. If there is a term to describe retirement at BOAF, in every sense imaginable it is a "magical place."
Michael J. Chavez
David E. Duran
Moving to Birds of a Feather Community was one of the best decisions I have ever made.
It is amazing how one person's vision has turned into an incredible reality of a beautiful place to live filled with wonderful people...... I love being here!
When we first saw Birds of a Feather, we thought it was one of the most beautiful places on earth to live. The landscape was breathtaking. Now that we've built our home, we know the true beauty of Birds of a Feather Community is the people who live here. We've not only built our home, but friendships for life.
Candie & Becky
Living at Birds has enriched our lives in so many ways. We have shared good times that have created so many wonderful memories for us. We are grateful for discovering this wonderful place where we can grow old with a group of caring and loving people.
Lauren & Helen