Just a little “fixer-upper”…

On one of our daily walks through the neighborhood, we took a detour and wandered through the back streets and irrigation ditch paths in the Town of Mesilla. It’s a fascinating walk because there is so much history, tradition and “local color” on display.

One of the things we found was this piece of property for sale. It is located on the southwest side of the Mesilla Plaza adjacent to the main irrigation ditch that weaves through the old village.

It can be yours for a mere $350,000

The property, which has been zoned commercial, is for sale at $350,000. That’s dollars, not Pesos.

As far as it being commercial property, it’s in an odd location, off the beaten path for those who usually focus just on the plaza and the streets leading into the center of town. But, as the listing optimistically notes, it may offer much more potential.

Ponder this bit of breathless prose on the listing for the crumbling home and the long neglected and overgrown tract of land where it sits:

The property includes an adobe structure that needs your dreams to come alive.”

I think the only thing that would come alive in the structure would be the stray cats, rats, squirrels, raccoons, coyotes, foxes (and maybe even an occasional javelina) which could easily enter the building through 12-inch wide cracks in the adobe walls and busted out windows.

It’s obviously an historic structure, and I’ll bet it has many tales to tell of things that happened within its walls during its 200-plus years. But I hardly think it could be turned into a home of “dreams” with just some paint, adobe mud, bailing wire and duct tape.

Still, I’ve been giving it some thought. I think an upscale fly fishing shop would be a good fit. You could try casting that $1,500 Sage rod that I just sold to you right into the irrigation ditch behind the house — and wait for an errant carp to suck down your cheese ball fly scented with notes of Power Bait.

Well, maybe not. But we can all dream.

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