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The Neighborhoods of Santa Fe

1062 Sierra del Norte – Santa Fe, New Mexico

Price: $2,695,000

Take a slow, deep breath and imagine you are actually living in Santa Fe. Close your eyes and, from your Grand Portal, see the Santa Fe sun setting over the Jemez mountains. Know that soon the sky will fill with stars that seem close enough to touch. Feel the pleasant breeze floating gently through your flower-filled courtyard. Hear the sound of moving water in the background, and your favorite music wafting from the outdoor speakers.


At last, here is a home that hits the jackpot on all key ingredients. At 7,600 feet of elevation, the beautiful mountain location is 600 vertical feet higher than the Santa Fe Plaza but still close in – inside the city limits just 3.3 miles in 5 minutes to downtown, and only 12 miles to the Ski Basin. The first “delicious” attribute is the setting. Broadcasting no clue from curbside 150 feet downhill what lies within, the surroundings bring to mind images of the western outdoors that you have seen in nature magazines. The home sits on a very private 2.5 acres, almost completely encircled by adjoining non-buildable public and private hills. From the Great Room, Grand Portal, Master Bedroom, and most other rooms, there are panoramic, unobstructed mountain and sunset views.

Because of its grand spaces and splendor, this home was chosen for a recent CBS “60 Minutes” interview hosted by Katie Couric. The home is the vision of one of the city’s finest builders. He and his wife’s creative and artistic inclinations elevate this residence to “one-of-a-kind” status. They have built a traditional, classic New Mexico estate, with beautiful orchestration of every detail and feature. The architecture is dazzling.

There are “Diamond” finish plaster walls and random flagstone floors throughout the 6300 square foot, 5-Bedroom, 5-Bath home. The Chef’s Kitchen is luxe, with Viking appliances, wine cooler, sandstone and granite counters. With the Lutron “Homeworks” smart home system, the lighting indoors and out, as well as the multi-zone irrigation system, can be easily programmed from your desktop to achieve multiple scenes, automatically-recurring configurations, and more, all to occur by time clock and/or astronomically, by season or event.

The twelve-zone indoor and outdoor music system includes separate controls in each zone for selections from six different music sources per zone. There are separate landscaped areas sprinkled across the property, a cascading stream running beneath the Entry arch, a water wall in the Entry courtyard, and a traditional Spanish wall fountain in the private rear courtyard.


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