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October 2012

DNA Curb Appeal Appreciation

Home of the Month

This month’s residence is 310 13th Street NW. Cynthia Sontag bought this residence in 1995 after moving to Albuquerque from the Boston area in 1991.

She has been in the process of renovating her home, including upgrading the electric, plumbing, installing central heat and air, and remodeling the kitchen over the past seventeen years. Two months ago she had her front yard landscape redone in a xeriscape model with low water usage plants and drip watering system on a timer. Her next big project is to re-landscape her back yard.

Cynthia said she has seen big changes in the down town area over the years, and loves living here because of the ease of getting around, and being able to walk to most places, including her office which is on the corner of 13th and Lomas. Another plus of living in the neighborhood is she knows all her neighbors, and feels comfortable allowing her children to play outside and at Mary Fox Park, which is about a half block away.

The Down Town Neighborhoods Association and Cynthia’s neighbors thank her for the loving care she’s given her home recently and over the years.

The Curb Appeal Business of the Month

Is…Robin’s Kitchen:

This excellent cafe is sequestered in what used to be the store-room of the kitchen in which she has been preparing delicious and healthful meals for the lucky kids attending Escuela del Sol in the old Harwood School on 7th St NW, just south of Mountain. Robin and her husband Tom cleared and decorated the store-room 2 years ago and turned it into a cozy cafe offering similar kinds of healthy and hand prepared meals, but now for the public.

They are open Tuesday-Friday 8am-3:30. They always have soups, salads, home made deserts, and other fresh specialties that can be enjoyed on site, or taken away to home, office, or for a picnic. Take a look at some of their top notch reviews on their web site which includes all of the specifics at:

The DNA thanks Robin and Tom for creating and operating this fine and special business.