This New Mexico adobe house surrounded by national forest, pine trees and rock outcroppings takes in awe-inspiring mountain views during daylight. Once darkness settles, a field of city lights comes to life in the basin below.
It’s a 24/7 feast for the eyes.
Set in a gated Santa Fe neighborhood of large estates, the mansion’s 3.4-acre site ensures privacy and plenty of elbow room.
The 11,405-square-foot residence pays tribute to the vernacular architecture of the region. The classic Santa Fe style incorporates flagstone floors, stone fireplaces and viga (wood beam) and latilla (slatted wood) ceilings. Materials include polished plaster walls, stone and adobe clay.
“The architecture and custom finishes throughout this home, honor the traditional Santa Fe style,” Clarke says.
The house is entered through a gated forecourt. Sidelights and upper windows at both ends of the two-story entry hall bring in natural light.
This central space opens visually to the dining room and steps down to the living room. Wall niches, another nod to the architectural roots, add visual interest.
A high-beam ceiling tops the living room, which has a stone floor. A wide two-sided fireplace with a floating-style hearth is surrounded by a wall of stone. Wooden ceilings continue in the formal dining room.
The large center island in the kitchen has a sink, prep space and bar seating. Topped by an arched beam ceiling, it features stainless-steel appliances. The adjacent breakfast room offers further space for casual dining.
There are four generous-sized bedrooms, some with fireplaces, and an attached guest casita. The primary suite contains a showroom-style dressing room.
Other amenities include an elevator, two flex rooms and a separate exercise room with a current-driven swimming pool.
Covered lanai and space terrace with a fireplace and outdoor hot tub provide additional room for lounging or al fresco dining.
The asking price for 1432 Old Sunset Trail, Santa Fe, New Mexico, is US $8.5 million. The property is about five miles from downtown Santa Fe.
“Because this home is located in … a ‘destination city,’ the seller is likely to have buyer interest from a global market,” Clarke says. The “home may attract a family who wants to make Santa Fe the ‘hub’ for holiday family gatherings.”
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