Few regional architectural styles are as distinctive as Santa Fe’s: enchanting flat-roofed casitas with soft-edged walls fashioned from adobe bricks, deep-set windows, protruding rugged wood ceiling beams, and an eclectic array of tilework.
When the owner of this extraordinary contemporary oasis set out to design her new home, with architect Rad Acton and master builder Kim Dressel at her service, she wanted nothing to do with traditional Santa Fe style.
Accordingly, the lines here are resolutely clean, crisp, and minimally modern, and there’s nary a viga, latilla, kiva fireplace, or wonky adobe wall in sight. Nevertheless, the residence pays heartfelt respect to its inimitable setting and feels perfectly at home in the high desert outside the city.
A Zenlike entry courtyard with an artistic metal gate, stately walkways, mature landscaping, and a reflecting pool makes an appropriately stylish overture to the home, which begins with a unique pivoting glass door.
Throughout the 5,683 square feet, spaces are generous without being vast; and the sleek, often severe lines emblematic of contemporary architecture are softened with soothing earthy natural hues and floods of Santa Fe’s illustrious natural light. Astute use of butt-joint glazing in tall windows blurs the line between indoors and out, creating a feeling of being embraced by the serene surroundings.
A view of one mountain range or another can be glimpsed at nearly every turn.
Living spaces are both regal and relaxed, with refined open living and dining rooms as well as a comfortable family room and causal dining space. Between them in a beneficial configuration is the impeccably appointed kitchen, which boasts appliances from Gaggenau, Miele, and Lacanche; expanses of cabinet space; and an impressively oversized island. The home office doubles as a media room, offering a built-in projector and drop-down screen in addition to a wealth of built-in bookshelves.
For consummate privacy, each of the three bedrooms is secluded in its own area of the home. The elegantly serene master suite features his and her baths and walk-in closets and a tranquil portal for lounging while appreciating the majestic sweep of the Sangre de Cristos.
In a thoughtful touch, one guest bedroom is enclosed within a full private “apartment,” with a sitting room, a gas fireplace — one of five in the home — a patio, a lavish bath with a soaking tub and shower, and a well-outfitted wet bar.
An extensive network of covered and open-air patios envelops the home — spaces adjoining bedrooms are private but link easily with more-public areas designed for alfresco entertaining. The outdoor kitchen includes a built-in grill and an L-shaped bar that easily seats six. Above it all, a roof deck is a perfect perch for stargazing or enjoying 360-degree views of Santa Fe’s uniquely rugged terrain.
The home is well sited on a 10.823-acre estate — an uncommonly large property for the neighborhood. It is widely regarded “the prettiest home in Las Campanas,” an exclusive resort community minutes from the historic city plaza. Residents enjoy amenities ranging from a private clubhouse and spa to tennis and equestrian centers and two Jack Nicklaus Signature golf courses. Santa Fe’s public and private airports are only minutes away.