The online crew arrived in Albuquerque on Sunday, and it’s been sunny and in the mid 60s ever since. Snow from last week’s squall is still visible on the mountain tops and, when we first arrived, was scattered about the desert landscape like cotton balls.
I don’t want to give away too much information about HGTV Dream Home 2010. But I must say … “Wow.” Sonoma was cozy and definitely designed with a family in mind. This sprawling 3,900-square-foot compound screams rock star to me. The kind of secluded getaway that might make the likes of Jay-Z and Beyoncé supremely happy.
And when I say getaway, I mean out there, in the middle of the desert and surrounded by nothing but mountain ranges. Sure, you may see a few luxury casitas as you stare westward from the courtyard, but they seem nothing more than mere twinkles at night. And the only sounds? Song birds chirping, crows cawing and the wind, whistling through the low pinon pine. And if you are lucky and listen very closely, you may catch the howls of coyotes, as they communicate back and forth from some distant den. We were fortunate enough to hear just that on Sunday night. Unforgettable.
I am sitting here, on the floor in the kitchen at this moment, eavesdropping on our still photographer Eric Perry, as he chats with our interactive planning director Jeannine Pace, and our panoramic photographer Bruce Cole, announcing the next room he plans to shoot for the 360-degree tour. Our photographers have discovered that sunrise and just after sunset are the best times to capture the detail and set the mood in snapshots.
My companions’ voices bounce down the corridors and seem to echo around the house – these 16-foot-tall ceilings give the home an interesting acoustic effect. But it feels comforting to hear the chatter as I jot down this quick note to you. And it helps me to envision just what this home might be like when its new owner fills the space with the laughter and conversation of loved ones.