Casa la Luna
Before the 1920s, Santa Fe was known mostly as a quaint remote Southwestern village. By the arrival of that decade, thanks to the Camino Real and the railroad, the capitol city of the relatively new state of New Mexico enjoyed a burgeoning tourist economy and Indian arts market, and a nationally recognized art colony was thriving in the adobe homes and studios of its Eastside lanes.
During this heyday, the estate known as Casa la Luna was born, just off the historic Old Santa Fe Trail at the foot of Monte del Sol, from which granite was harvested and hewn for its construction.
Nestled amid arroyos, rock formations, and old-growth piñon and juniper trees on the edge of national forest, it seamlessly blends historic and modern sensibilities.
As part of a careful but extensive renovation and expansion, which doubled the square footage and appended a sleek contemporary addition, renowned Jordanian architect Meisa Batayneh designed a new wing, and her deft skills are evident throughout.
The residence now measures 13,400 square feet and offers seven bedrooms, seven and one-half baths, six fireplaces, a modern chef’s kitchen and butler’s pantry, and numerous spacious living areas.
Views that encompass the Sandia and Jemez Mountains, the valley of the Rio Grande, sunrises over the Sangre de Cristos, and spectacular sunsets that are part of a vista stretching west toward Arizona. The magical light for which Santa Fe is known fills nearly every room.
To unify the old with the new and the home with the land surrounding it, elements of the original home—oak hardwood floors, rosewood ceilings, Rookwood Pottery fireplaces, William Morris wallpaper, and vintage light fixtures and tiles—were retained and renewed, while state-of-the-art systems and technologies were added.
In the formal entryway is an intricate mosaic that mimics one found at the church at Mount Nebo, Jordan; just beyond, in the foyer, the ceiling incorporates ancient motifs representing longevity and welcome.
The home’s Olympic-length indoor swimming pool, where expanses of glass create the sensation of water cascading into the Rio Grande Valley, was positioned and created following the lines of the natural topography.
In the open-air courtyard, a fountain and fire pit represents the four elements—fire, air, water, and earth—with symbols of each aligned with their respective cardinal point. The grounds also include a tennis court and other unique features, such as a giant sundial and an outdoor life-size chess game.
This estate is a true Santa Fe treasure, a unification of the city’s history and its cutting-edge present, all in the shadow of the rolling foothills that envelop this truly one-of-a-kind locale.
Offered at: $4,900,000
Location: 10 Altazano Drive, Santa Fe, NM 87507
Represented by: Darlene Streit