For many who come to Santa Fe from parts elsewhere, the town’s architecture and enchanting natural environs have an energizing magic that leads them to see life from a fresh perspective.
The elegant and sophisticated Hacienda Bella Vista is a fitting fixture for such an outlook-altering landscape, blending as it does Southwestern architecture and European inspiration—the stalwart ruggedness of the American West with the classical refinement of the Old World.
A European influence is evident from a distance, the home’s barrel-tile roofline creating an unmistakable silhouette and its cobblestone drive offering an appropriately regal introduction.
The hacienda has been carefully sited for appreciation of some of the most breathtaking vistas in the region, from robust badlands to the majestic Sangre de Cristo Mountains, which rise and stretch north to Colorado.
The estate, spanning some 50 acres, is a portion of a homestead that for many years was owned and stewarded by Adelina “Nina” Otero Warren—renowned suffragist, educator, politician, entrepreneur, and writer—and her friend Mamie Meadors.
Every element within has been carefully selected and crafted, from travertine tile and antique French hardwood flooring to impeccably Soffit-lighted hallway library shelves and tilt-and-turn Albertini windows and doors.
While the home’s style is timeless, every space has been designed to ensure the utmost in modern luxury and comfort. The generous granite-clad chef’s kitchen includes a Wolf range, discreet freezer drawers, and a superior built-in espresso machine. The kitchen is attended by amenities invaluable to the entertainer—an extensive butler’s pantry and a 350-bottle temperature-controlled wine cellar.
The master closet “complex” has been outfitted with the most desirable components, while the bath features his and her showers, a jetted soaking tub, and heated towel racks. Integrated sound is wired throughout the home.
A pet-washing station and storage rooms augment the oversized two-car garage. Other noteworthy spaces include a comfortable media room, an expertly appointed office, and a private fitness room in the master suite.
Open, gracefully flowing, and catching the eye with their distinctive European-inflected style, the living areas encourage elegant entertaining with the greatest of ease.
Two expansive portales invite enjoyment of the unique surroundings—one is screened for enhanced comfort and includes a stacked-Anasazi-stone fireplace and an alfresco kitchen with ornamental tile accents.
Freestanding, the charming one-bedroom guesthouse accommodates visitors in consummate comfort and privacy.
The estate is only minutes from both private and commercial air facilities.