Tour Santa Fe’s Villa del Alma

Santa Fe is known for its unique blend of cultures — the architecture, food, and traditions of Native American, European, and Anglo people interweave easily here, creating a rich, enchanting tapestry.

That easy blend is readily apparent at this unique estate deep in the hills north of Santa Fe, where classical elements combine in a home of stately and unexpectedly welcoming beauty.

From its location, the home could be mistaken for a villa in the rolling hills of Tuscany, its distinctive barrel-tile roofline creating a recognizably iconic silhouette among the deep green piñons and junipers that blanket the Sangre de Cristo foothills.

The home sits on nearly 13 acres at the base of a long, winding drive of earthy-hued gravel and elegant imported pavers. A garage with wooden carriage-house doors houses up to three vehicles.

An idyllic courtyard walled in cream-colored stone block continues the Old World theme, and the home’s double wooden entry doors open to reveal an angelic statue at the center of a skylit colonnaded atrium with a reflecting pool, a year-round virtual garden lush with plants, color, and light.

The current owner, who spent years designing the home and collecting nearly every element, says she strove to create beauty wherever she looked. It would be hard to argue that she hasn’t succeeded.

Details throughout the home bear out the extent of her dedication to beauty. Corbels and cornices are ornate, fireplace mantels are stately and intricately carved, stair risers are buttressed by colorful tile, and walls and ceilings are enlivened by hand-painted accents.

Vintage doors are both sturdy and eye-catching in detail, and each one is unique. Many of these elements were reclaimed from manors and estates across Europe and gathered on multiple trips to Mexico.

Formal living spaces are fluid but discreet, and every room has a relationship with the outdoors, whether in the form of breathtaking, sweeping views or in access to covered patios known regionally as portales — a deep, expansive space off the living room and the luxurious master suite.

Another, equipped with a built-in grill and hood, is adjoining the inviting kitchen and family room; and yet another accessible only from the two guest suites, which are quietly secluded in their own wing on the southeast corner of the home.

On the second level, one of two offices opens to a rooftop aerie where vistas stretch all the way to Colorado.

Steps below, slightly down the hill and in full view of the majesty of the Sangre de Cristos, a pergola with a trompe l’oeil ceiling shelters a relaxing hot tub.

This above all else encourages a pause, a deep breath, and an appreciation of the beauty — both manmade and natural — all around.

$4,700,000 / 101 Tano Norte, Santa Fe, NM 87506

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