Rise and shine. Never has that command come with more luxurious accommodations than at this 50-acre oasis in the capital of New Mexico.
Home since 2017 to a couple from South Texas — where temperatures in August routinely climb above 100 degrees — this hilltop getaway entices them to spend their time al fresco, no matter the season.
“Above all, summers at our Santa Fe home provide an escape for us, friends, and family from the South Texas heat,” the wife says. “With its expansive, unobstructed views and cool breezes, this home and its surrounding acreage offer unparalleled privacy for entertaining and relaxing, rarely found with such close proximity to Santa Fe and Tesuque.”
Architect Steven Robinson crafted this classic adobe-style dwelling in the iconic style of The City Different in 2003, matching the natural beauty of the property’s sprawling surroundings. In 2017, interior designer Lisa Samuel echoed that vision inside.
“The architectural style of this Santa Fe home really channels the nature of the materials that have been used for hundreds of years in our geographical area,” Samuel says. “The colors chosen range from sunflower yellow to black, cream, and other desert colors that work so beautifully with the intense light of the high desert. This leads your eye to the outdoors where we have the amazing views and landscapes saturated in these same colors.”
Robinson drew from those environmental influences in his architectural choices as well. “The vision was to design this spacious hilltop home to hug the contours of the landscape by modulating the floors and roofs in step with the terrain,” he says. “Placing the driveway and garage below the home site maximized the natural experience of the adjacent wilderness and distant mountains in all directions from the interior windows, the deep portals, [and] the gardens and swimming pool area, nestled among boulders and flower beds.”
The Pueblo-style residence, which includes a 7,000-square-foot main house and a nearly 3,000-square-foot guest house, features a tennis court, riding arena and stable, barn, chef’s kitchen, home gym, and 12 fireplaces. That’s in addition to its verdant gardens, fruit trees, and cascading waterfall feature of the free-form swimming pool. Located just five minutes north of the city, it borders the Santa Fe National Forest, affording scenic views of lush wilderness.
Not surprisingly, the wife says, “We spend as much time outside as possible.”
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Enjoy the summer with a radiant array of flower pots and planters.
Lisa Samuel, Principal & Design Director
Samuel Design Group | 505.820.0239
Steven Robinson, Principal
Steven Robinson Architects | 505.989.8335
From the August/September 2018 issue. Photography by Daniel Nadelbach.