Maybe you don’t think you’re in the market to buy right now, because come on, you’re barely in the market to rent your hobbit basement apartment under the stairs.
And maybe even if you are in the market for a home, that home will almost certainly be here, in Washington, because it turns out you like wearing sensible flats and having really good mascots for your professional sports teams.
But then someone sends you a link to this adobe home, built in New Mexico in the 1870s.
And you notice the hardwood floors.
And the kiva fireplace.
And this, on the listing: “The outlaw Billy the Kid was hidden in a flour barrel in the kitchen and later hid under a bed in one of the front rooms when soldiers from nearby Ft. Stanton came into the house pursuing him.”
Which … okay. Then it would be fair for you to almost immediately think, “Good-bye, Racing Presidents. It’s been real.”
Because a former hideout for Billy the Kid is for sale — and it has mountain views.
“It’s a great, fun house,” said Dee Miller, who is selling the $545,000 house with her husband, Gary. “And we would hope that the next occupants would be someone who appreciates its history, and also the history of the community, and appreciates living there.”
The home sits in the community of Lincoln, which holds a fairly important place in New Mexico history. On top of that hideout situation, part of the property was apparently once owned by Pat Garrett, the sheriff who fatally shot Billy the Kid.
Its story has been passed down via oral history, the Millers say. Legend has it that one of Billy the Kid’s girlfriends lived there, and that the outlaw used to hide guns in the floorboards. (That floor is now covered by a carpet but, you know, carpet can be pulled up! Yeah, I checked.)
Billy the Kid, also known as William Bonney, was an outlaw in the American West and a figure in the Lincoln County War. His story has been the inspiration for several books, and a bunch of Westerns that you’ve might have seen with your dad, or your dad’s dad.
Here’s how listing agent MaryJoy Ford described her ideal buyer in a phone interview with The Washington Post: “Someone who appreciates the historical significance and wants to live in a quiet but interesting place. Someone who enjoys nature, being in nature. There are all sorts of hiking trails. In other words, it’s not a big city. Someone who would appreciate a small-town life, with history. With great history.”
Ford says the property, which has been on the market since last summer, is a “special home for a special buyer.”
If you need more convincing, this Yahoo story also notes:
The home has also hosted a number of notable figures throughout the years, including New Mexico Gov. Gary Caruthers, actress Dana Delany, astronaut Harrison Schmitt, and John Grey, author of the epitomic ’90s relationship book “Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus.”
None of those people are probably as cool as Billy the Kid, but it would be funny to casually bring up the dude who wrote “Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus” when discussing the extremely legit historical legacy of one’s home.
Plus, regardless of its back-story, it is also just seems like an ace house.
I mean just look at this place:
And — because I’m assuming you were wondering, I made sure to ask about this, too: Is there still a barrel in the kitchen, or do potential buyers need to be prepared to find their own?
“That’s a good idea,” Gary Miller said. “We ought to bring one in, I guess.”