Tour a Grand Southwestern Manor with Awe-Inspiring Santa Fe Views

In the high desert and foothills of Santa Fe, a reverence for the area’s distinctive Pueblo-influenced architecture — with its adobe walls, rugged ceiling beams, and organically curved kiva fireplaces — is generally de rigueur.

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But when the Houston-based owners of this rolling 16.61-acre estate site set out to build a vacation compound for the family, they set aside convention and began to design a truly elegant Southwestern manor, regal in its proportions and decidedly Old World in inspiration.

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Over time, fittings and fixtures both new and antique were carefully chosen and collected from across the country and Europe — from sconces and chandeliers to mirrors and doors with hand-painted accents.

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Walnut, hickory, and mesquite woods were reclaimed. A third-generation German stonemason was enlisted to craft mantels for the home’s 13 fireplaces as well as sinks, range hoods, and exterior seating.

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Slabs and tiles of cool Jerusalem stone made a long overseas journey to arrive, eventually, in the Sangre de Cristo foothills.

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The home’s floor plan was designed to span a generous 14,000 square feet. Naturally, then, dimensions throughout are regal and grand, yet every space feels inviting and welcoming, stateliness and well-curated finery notwithstanding.

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Magnificent living and dining rooms form the core of the formal entertaining spaces, but not far off is a convivial kitchen and family room with abundant counter and cabinet space, a fireplace, a breakfast area, a roomy covered patio, and an awe-inspiring uninterrupted view of the mountains.

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Bedroom suites for owners and guests are secluded in private wings and include sitting areas and lavish baths. Storage is abundant, from the finished basement to the oversized garage.

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Enveloping the residence is vibrant landscaping — mature aspens, numerous fruit trees, irises, roses, grasses, and a vegetable garden — that provides inspiring color for much of the year.

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While the three-lot estate is securely gated and includes an array of relaxing outdoor living areas as well as a charming, very private two-bedroom guesthouse, the land offers additional building sites, affording the opportunity for expansions and additions. Horses are also welcome here.

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$13,650,000 | 117 Tesuque Ridge, Santa Fe, NM 87506

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