LAS CRUCES – Viewers of the HGTV show “House Hunters” got a glimpse of Las Cruces’ Organ Mountains and area real estate last month when a New Mexican couple chose their new home.
Tammy Hicks and Jake Glossop have been together for over a year and are both Mescalero Apache. In fact, they grew up just down the street from each other on the reservation in Mescalero. Hicks said their families still live on the reservation so they visit often.
He is with the National Guard and she is a licensed esthetician. Since they’re blending their family together, they decided to buy a home in Las Cruces.
The couple started looking at houses in 2021 with Realtor Levi Nolasco, who happened to be a producer for the “House Hunters” show previously.
While looking for homes, Hicks and Glossop quickly disagreed on what they wanted. Hicks was focused on a large, more modern home where their young children could grow up. She said she was excited to choose her own home because houses on the reservation are issued by the tribe. Glossop leaned more toward traditional Pueblo- or Southwest-style houses but was most concerned with the price.
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Nolasco said he thought the lack of agreement between the couple was great for a “House Hunters” episode, so he reached out to his contacts. After an interview with the couple, they were given the go-ahead. The episode aired April 20 and was titled “Heart vs. Head in New Mexico.”
Filming for the episode took place in October and November 2021. The couple was shown about six houses around Las Cruces, though only three were part of the episode to fit with the show’s model.
Nolasco said the homes were in various neighborhoods, including Diamond Springs, Sonoma Ranch West, Sonoma Ranch East and homes off-screen in the Jornada/Las Colinas areas.
The first house was a recent build with Spanish-style detailing — and Hicks’ first choice. The second house was an older Spanish-style home but with fewer bedrooms and a small backyard. The third house was an adobe-style home with multiple projects needed to update it to Hicks’ liking.
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The couple ended up choosing the first house, which is in the Diamond Springs area off Roadrunner Parkway. The home has a large living and dining area with windows letting lots of natural light in. The white walls and cabinetry also brightened up the space. “I love bright and light,” Hicks said.
“Back in Mescalero, we do have a big family and that was our main thing of wanting a home too, so we can invite family and have get togethers and dinners,” she said. “We have had (Jake’s) parents down, we did Christmas and everyone came down. My oldest daughter definitely comes down quite a bit. She loves the house. She teases me, says ‘if you guys move, can I rent it?’
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The kids — Lilliana, Annabelle and Matthew — are excited to take over their own bedrooms and the family is settling in nicely.
The couple’s native culture, which Hicks said they are very proud of, was woven throughout the episode. At the end, Joe Padilla, a medicine man or spiritual leader from Mescalero, blessed the family and their new home. An eagle feather was placed over the entrance of the home inside, which Hicks explained helps with guidance and protection.
She added that she and Glossop both enjoyed the experience on “House Hunters.”
Leah Romero is the trending reporter at the Las Cruces Sun-News and can be reached at 575-418-3442, [email protected] or @rromero_leah on Twitter.