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  • Kermit Brown

Inside A Hillside Santa Fe Haven

Sotheby's RESIDE

The clear blue skies, majestic mountains, and theatrical sunsets of Santa Fe, New Mexico, are legendary, as are its distinctive architectural style with earth-toned, softly organic silhouettes, curvaceous kiva fireplaces, eye-catching ceiling beams known as vigas and latillas, and generous use of stone and wood. Located in a coveted enclave high in the hills above the historic city, this sophisticated 6,540-square-foot estate uses the uniqueness of its Southwestern setting and design to their most elegant effect. Windows and glass doors are plentiful, creating an easy, dynamic flow between the interiors and outdoor living spaces designed for enjoyment of the region’s four glorious seasons and picture-perfect natural scenery.

As the result of a very extensive recently completed renovation, the home pays homage to Santa Fe stylistic traditions in the context of a modern aesthetic while adding the contemporary amenities expected in a home of this caliber. Dramatically perched on a hillside, the multilevel home benefits from sweeping, breathtaking vistas.

The floor plan features numerous spaces for living and entertaining, including a great room with a romantic two-sided fireplace shared with a sunset-facing portal; a media room with built-in bookshelves, a cozy fireplace, and a private portal; and a kitchen with custom cabinets, superior-caliber appliances, an adjoining wine room and butler’s pantry, and a center island offering counter seating. An interior courtyard, perfect for lounging or outdoor dining is surrounded by the kitchen and the main-level guest suite.

Of the five bedrooms, the owner’s suite is an elaborate retreat with a lavish bath that offers dual vanities, striking artisanal tilework, a private water closet, abundant built-in storage, a spacious shower, and a soaking tub.

Finally, the central portal with its alfresco fireplace, infinity-edge swimming pool, and terrace with expansive views is truly the showpiece of the property. Encased in artisanal tiles, the pool literally dazzles under the bright New Mexico sun, with the spectacular landscape mirrored in each of its iridescent tiles. This is easily one of the most distinctive homes in the area—favored not only for its remarkable form but also for the priceless advantage of its spectacular backdrop.

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