IT’S LIKE TIME STOPPED A THOUSAND YEARS AGO ON APACHE MESA RANCH. Set across a sprawling 1,060 acres of red rock outcroppings, fragrant sage, and native pinyon trees outside of Abiquiu, New Mexico (near Santa Fe), the land maintains an untamed beauty that has come to epitomize the American Southwest and has long beckoned such artists as Georgia O’Keefe. Abutting the Chama River Canyon Wilderness, designated by Congress in 1978, the ranch is essentially its own private wilderness retreat, complete with equestrian facilities, hiking trails, and just the right amount of rustic luxury. However, modern essentials are hidden beneath the surface, such as the reclaimed Italian floor tiles with radiant heat. Four fireplaces, including a wood-burning pizza oven in the kitchen, further the warm, countryside aura that characterizes the interior living spaces. Walking through the 5,000 square foot home, intimately portioned with two bedrooms and two offices, there’s a coherence between the old world materials and the surrounding terrain. It’s evidenced in the extensive stonework in the passageways leading to the outdoors, known as zaguans, built using stones gathered from around the property. An expansive stone terrace is accessed via massive Mexican gates, also built in the zaguan style, and is a decisive spot for taking in the scale of the rolling desert scenery. From a shaded lounge area, with plantings clinging to a wooden pergola, one can observe the untouched natural beauty and watch as the ever-changing light paints the sky with brilliant hues. Thoughtfully designed as an outdoor living space where long hours can be spent, the summer kitchen and fireplace make for easy al fresco dining, while the swimming pool is the perfect antidote for hot summer days. Yet to fully appreciate Apache Mesa Ranch, one must be ready to roam with a sense of adventure. Hiking and horse trails meander through the immediate hills and into the Chama River Canyon Wilderness, offering breathtaking viewpoints to those with a passion for the outdoors. The extensive equestrian facilities, which include a five-stall stable and full-size dressage area, allow for easy sunset horseback rides into the mesmerizing backdrop. When needed, numerous outbuildings provide private accommodations, from an adobe guesthouse powered entirely by solar energy to a two-bedroom caretaker’s house. A studio with a large workspace and four-stall car port and a single room bunkhouse with cowboy bunks and a wood-burning stove ensure nothing is left to be desired. Capturing the sweeping landscapes, calming energy, and free spirit that have New Mexico heralded as the Land of Enchantment, Apache Mesa Ranch stands as one of the Southwest’s most picturesque lifestyle properties. TAKEAWAYS PRICE | $8,800,000 TOTAL SQ FT including main house, studio, and guesthouse | 9,637 HIGHLIGHTS • 1,060 acres • Equestrian facilities TO LEARN MORE ABOUT APACHE MESA RANCH, visit luxuryportfolio.com and search Web ID: IECQ88. 1 Sensational views to unending desert planes. 2 Main entrance showcases Jerusalem marble floors and wood beams. 3 The entryway invites a cool desert breeze into the space. 4 Poolside barbeque and sweeping landscapes are steps away. 5 The wood-burning stove and rustic kitchen add comfortable touches. 6 Tranquil bedrooms open to a remarkable desert view. The main house, an authentic adobe hacienda built in 2001 and positioned to capture the wide-ranging views in each direction, appears much as it would have in the 1700s, with authentic Mexican doors, antique ceiling beams, and mud plaster walls.
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