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Homes by Marie - Betty Blea

Mission Statement

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Mission Statement

Meet Marie

After 20 years in banking, Marie Elizabeth Blea, Betty for short, began a second career at Homes by Marie. As a custom home builder, Betty Blea has exhibited a keen sense of design and function, as well as business! In a relatively short time, Homes by Marie has emerged as one of Albuquerque and Santa Fe's premiere builders of southwestern style homes!

Homes by Marie - Betty BleaHomes by Marie specializes in new home construction, which not only gives Betty the opportunity to involve her clients, but the time to learn her client's lifestyles, aiding in the design of their dream home.

Homes by Marie's phenomenal success in New Mexico can be directly attributed to the quality of the product. Of course, Homes by Marie would not be the same without the expertise of Charles "Breck" Breckenridge! With a business philosophy of treating suppliers and subcontractors as equals, Betty and Breck have formed the unique union of Excellence, Quality and Design!

Imagine entering your new home built by Homes by Marie... a contemporary southwestern blend of grand open space and personal comforts unique to your lifestyle. Betty and her team of dedicated professionals are waiting to turn your dream home into a reality.


Home Features


At Homes by Marie, southwestern style homes, sometimes referred to as Santa Fe style homes, are defined by their special details.

These special details are reflected in every part of Homes by Marie homes: Santa Fe portals, exposed vigas, latilla panels, tongue and groove or rough sawn ceilings, kiva fireplaces-indoor and outdoors, bancos, nichos, and ceramic-often hand painted-tile. Other features include:

  • Exposed Vigas
  • Latilla Panel
  • Pella Windows
  • Kiva Fireplaces
  • Gas Log Fireplaces
  • Bancos, Santa Fe Walls
  • Carved Beams and Posts
  • Ash, Oak or Maple Cabinets
  • Glass Block Designs
  • Santa Fe Portals
  • Ceramic Tile
  • Skylights
  • Tongue and Groove Ceilings
  • Canales
  • RV Garage and Sports Storage
  • Berber Carpet
  • Nichos
  • Plant Ledges
  • Exposed Adobe
  • Radiant, Hot Water, and Gas Forced Heat
  • Solid Wood Doors
  • Corbels
  • Lintels


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Southwestern Home with a Country View
built for Gayle and Doug Adams

    "We got exactly what we wanted! We did have pretty set ideas and Betty offered the pros and cons of those ideas and guided us in finding the perfect solutions. Betty knew the area we wanted to live in and helped us pick a place we are very happy with. To take advantage of the views in this mountainous landscape, we positioned the living space upstairs and the children's bedrooms, bath and playroom downstairs - with the laundry room nearby. Betty's understanding of the needs of a growing family made her suggestions even more useful. We really enjoyed working with Betty and her associate Breck. We always felt our questions and needs were quickly attended to and easily handled. We have a beautiful, high-quality home built by professionals!"

A New House with a History!
built for Pepsi & Frank Cordova

    My husband and I are both native New Mexicans and we wanted to keep that culture alive for our family. We have a lot of "home-style-personality" from our parents, grandparents and great-grandparents included in the design and building of our home. Betty's top priority is customer satisfaction. She takes a personal interest in each house she does-even going with us to choose colors and designs where needed. Betty, her architect and all of the people that work with her took time to care about our home, and it really shows! The best feature of this house is that it is warm and inviting. This house is wonderful!

Paa-ko Getaway
built for Dan and Jo Hovious

    "We feel fortunate to have discovered Homes by Marie in the early stages of planning to build our retirement home in the Paa-ko area. One of our primary reasons for selecting Homes by Marie was Betty Blea's obvious dedication to complete customer satisfaction. This was the perfect match for our goal of achieving maximum livability in an open, light, high quality Santa Fe style home- while associating with a builder who was responsive to our need to remain within our allotted budget. We sensed that Betty would have the patience to work with our perfectionist tendencies, and she did. We have never had reason to regret our choice and we feel that our home building goals have been realized. We highly recommend Homes by Marie for those who are interested in building a home in which they can always take pride."

Warm Home, Warm Friendships
Carla Aragon and Allen Lewis

    I got a big closet and Allen got a steamer shower. what more could we want?! Actually, our new home built by "Homes by Marie" was truly beyond our expectations.

    Like many couples getting ready to build, we had heard horror stories about missed deadlines, going over budget, and shoddy work. That did NOT happen to us. The construction process flew along with ease in the most professional manner. Betty and Breck were always accessible and eager to help us turn our vision of a dream house into reality-and to do it within budget. They really listened to us.

    When you walk through our home, it becomes obvious that it is a "Home by Marie." You see the superior craftsmanship and attention to detail. It is an exquisite home, yet it still exudes "warmth" (something that was extremely important to us) and reflects our lifestyle.

    From beginning to end and beyond, we have been completely satisfied with
    the work done by "Homes by Marie." Betty and Breck do not leave you abandoned once you move in. They have always been available to tie up loose ends and finish the punch list. Allen and I enjoy our home-complete with big closet and steamer shower; but we will also continue to enjoy the wonderful friendships we've made with Betty and Breck along the way.


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