If the sun were to pay the Earth a visit, this is where she’d lay her head at night: a 6,645-square-foot Pueblo Revival–style retreat in Santa Fe built (quite literally) to appease her every whim — even during the summer solstice, when her working hours are long and her temper flares extra hot.
Among the amenities at the diva’s disposal? A refreshing outdoor pool (complete with water slide) and an unobstructed view of the home’s only neighbor to the east: the 1.6 million-acre Santa Fe National Forest, whose very existence is tribute to her prowess.
Mortals might be more apt to appreciate the four-bedroom home’s adobe aesthetic, its gourmet kitchen and multiple outdoor living spaces, and the fact that the residence is positioned just steps from a park trailhead. This sun worshipper’s altar is priced at $2.485 million.
A nod to the ancient architecture of the Pueblo Indians of the Southwest, the hillside home’s Pueblo Revival style is evidenced in its adobe construction, recessed windows, and exposed beams, better known as vigas. All of the above — and a roaring fireplace — welcome visitors at the home’s entrance.
Two more identifying features of the Pueblo Revival style — recessed windows and a latilla ceiling — make their way into the home’s spacious living room. Thanks in part to an abundance of woodwork, earth tones, and natural light, the space remains warm and cozy despite its size — and the cool feel of clay tile underfoot. Overhead, low-hanging chandeliers echo the warm glow emitted by a mantel-crowned fireplace.
Running parallel to the living room and pivoting to meet the front door, the fireside porch promises an inspiring panorama of the surrounding desert landscape and downtown Santa Fe. It’s a view defined by mountain peaks, ponderosa pines, and, if planned just right, a sunset sky set awash in purples, pinks, and oranges.
A water slide adds a touch of whimsy to the outdoor pool, which is separated from the porch by a short flight of steps. With just a glance over the shoulder, sunbathers perched upon the hot tub’s curved banquette can also soak in the home’s stunning views.
Within the formal dining room, the gentle slope of the skylight-punctured ceiling directs focus to one of the home’s best selling features: its sweeping views, which beg for attention from the triple window. The dining room shares a wall with the fully loaded kitchen and is bordered by the living room on the other side.
Behold: the ancient pueblo kitchen, reinvented for the 21st century. The heart of this home features a sunlight-bathed island, double ovens, a built-in wine cooler, and a French-door refrigerator masquerading as a wooden built-in. Painted tiles frame the kitchen’s vista-facing window.
Three steps up from the living room, a low-clearance passageway piles on the charm with a spate of upholstered window benches. Underfoot, warm-hued clay tile — the same used throughout the majority of the home — contrasts the color and curvature of the corridor’s thick walls.
With its corner fireplace and plush window seat, the master suite is built for lingering. The clock ticks a little slower in the adjoining master bath, as well, with its full-size Jacuzzi tub overlooking a slice of the residence’s 2.9-acre lot.
The viga- and corbel-framed window seat has plenty of room for two, but it’s easy to imagine this as a one-person-only hideaway. Stargazing, reading, reflecting … this is a space tailor-made for solo pursuits.