In the heyday of the Santa Fe Arts Colony, painters, sculptors, and artisans who flocked to the area also felt the allure of nearby Tesuque, a pastoral village in a peaceful valley just north of the city.
Here, at a fork in the road, where a wood bridge crosses the Rio Tesuque, a quiet lane winds into the greenery and toward this haven of contemporary serenity, a gated 2.95-acre estate lush with lawns, native flora, an orchard, and towering shade trees, all overlooked by a modern manor where old and new meet in a unique interplay.
Celebrated New York architect Richard Gluckman, local architect Lorn Tryk, and one of New Mexico’s preeminent builders fashioned the 6,787-square-foot residence to showcase an exceptional art collection.
A paradigm of contemporary style, the home has a fluid, light-filled layout where each line and surface is distinctly clean and modern and every detail has been impressively, ardently attended to. Entry doors are crafted from Japanese shou sugi ban wood.
Floors are clad in white oak and Chinese Cambrian grey granite tile.
Plaster walls glow with an impeccable diamond finish. Oversized windows are shaded by mechanized blinds. Sliding glass doors open and move with the gentlest touch.
At the heart is an open living room, dining room, and kitchen with glorious light, crisp lines, and an undeniable sense of tranquility. Flush fireplaces create warmth and welcoming, and glass doors open effortlessly to patios and a courtyard embraced by the hillside.
With Baglione cabinets and mitered Caesarstone countertops, the kitchen remains a bastion of style, largely uncluttered by the trappings of culinary pursuits.
Appliances from Sub-Zero and ASKO are tastefully secreted in a second kitchen just steps away.
Down a gallery hall with museum-quality lighting, pocket doors enclose the private quarters. One peaceful bedroom with a bath and a well-equipped closet easily serves as office space.
At the end of the hall, the master suite is a restful, wide-windowed repose with a sitting bay that overlooks the pool and grounds, two room-sized closets, and an opulently outfitted bath with a Victoria & Albert soaking tub and Caesarstone shower.
On the opposite end of the home, a second guest room benefits from private access to the rear courtyard and a convenient three-quarter bath.
The heated, three-car garage is spacious enough to accommodate storage and workshop areas, if desired. The fully finished climate-controlled lower level — measuring more than 1,400 square feet — was designed for house systems and the storage of art and wine, but with its sleek finishes and multiple independent spaces, it is easily adaptable for a variety of uses, including a secluded, sound-sensitive media room.On the grounds, in the shade of mature elms, steps and paths lead to a dramatic 51-foot swimming pool embraced by tasteful landscaping.
Beyond, the acreage rolls gently downhill toward a thriving orchard. Running through the land is an acequia, a historic irrigation channel dug years ago, which serves as a gentle reminder of the unique and important history of these highly sought-after environs.
$4,449,500 / 21 Big Tesuque Canyon Road, Santa Fe, NM 87506