$1,900,000 - Crossing over the Rio Don Fernando River that runs the length of this property, you are invited to one of the most preeminent homes in the country.
MAIN COMPOUND - Crossing over the Rio Don Fernando River that runs the length of this property, you are invited to one of the most preeminent homes in the country. This former potato farm has been transformed into a riverside canyon fantasy thru the idyllic vision of a master stonecraftsman, a local architect and an artist and animal devotee. The current great room and study are the only remaining space that occupied the origional house. The garage and 2 small buildings were then connected to the home by portals and walkways. The origional house was gutted and the ceilings were raised to form the existing great room & kitchen. The spacious great room exemplifies luxury fused with comfort while the kitchen at the west end of the room, is equally rich and functional with Garland commercial stove and extremely rare African red granite counter tops.
A second story was added during the original remodel to provide a master suite but that now serves as a guest bedroom after a new master suite was added in 1995. Although the timeless design of this home thru thoughtful planning, exquisite materials and skilled craftsmen would not give any indications as to when remodels were carried out. The home has a wonderful flow of space and is intergrated as one. The Master Suite features a whirlpool room and weight room with floors of quarter sawn white oak that is hand sanded and pegged. Also enhancing the suite is one of 14 fireplaces, 5 of which were custom plastered by Juan & Patti Neveretti, local adobe artists.
Wine Room - The extremely palatable old world wine room was built from stone recovered from a derelict 100 year old building near Mora, NM. The west wall of the room was built around a extraordinary antique display case that now anchors the room. The windows in this room are built of teak to match the arched doors, and pass thru window from India. The ceiling is constructed of teak beams recovered from a 200 year old residence in Connecticut. The distinctive antler light fixture was crafted in Germany.
Outdoor - Outside living spaces feature multiple entertaining patios plus other quiet and relaxing areas in which to enjoy the sounds of the Rio Fernando and the sights of the various creatures that come to visit its banks.
Indoor Pool - When the owners, Bob & Shelley Loveless traveled to China to buy the stone for the 5 star El Monte Sagrado hotel in Taos, for which Bob was the stone and tile contractor, they also ordered the stone for their pool and garden room. The floor is hammered granite with counter tops, base boards, outdoor patio tiles and threshold to match. The pool, which has a uniform depth of 4'8" and can be heated to hot tub temperature, is tiled in pearlized glass mosaic and artisan ceramic tiles. Overhead, the pressed-tin ceiling is a work of art unto itself. The overflow drain was inspired from Harrison's Ford's home in Jackson Hole, WY, and provides 10,000 gallons of water in case of fire emergency. The Japanese Garden just outside the 3 sets of French doors features a hand carved fountain, that weighs an impressive 6000 lbs.
GROUNDS - The doors and windows throughout the home are custom designed and hand crafted. The windows are copied from the Governor's Palace in Santa Fe, with the exception that they open inward, in the European style, rather than outward in the hacienda style. Two entertaining patios overlook luscious green landscaped lawns planted with local specimen which have been naturalized to the unique Alpine climate zone of Taos Canyon. While perfectly suited for hosting events and parties for over one hundred with its extensive outdoor space and open floor plan, this warm, graceful and artistic property can be called "home".
Firepit - Built of Colorado sandstone, this gathering area was originally built for BoyScout day camps. Now it serves as a place where family can come together, roast some marshmallows and enjoy the sights and sounds of the encompassing forest.
Treehouse - Parents were aware that the young boys dream of a exotic treehouse would eventually fizzle out, they designed this treehouse to be a future adult adventure. Now stairs lead up to this lofty space in the treetops.
Stonework - The fountain at the foot of the stairs is constructed of petrified wood with a hand carved granite ball from China as the centerpiece. All of the rock that comprises the hand-crafted stairway was gathered from the property.
STABLE COMPLEX - The Stable complex is accesssed via an extensive stone stairway just off the south patio of the home. Once at the top, large outdoor entertaining patio with flagstone floor welcomes you. Amazing dry-stacked moss rock walls house an outdoor kitchen and wood burning fireplace, just outside the living quarters on the lower level.
Inside a charming kitchen incorporates the Loveless trademark tin ceiling and origional tile designs. It is a very comfortable space with kitchen, bath, office or entaining room and wood burning fireplace.
The 2nd and 3rd floor animal quarters can be reached through an indoor stariway or an outdoor walkway which leads up the side of the mountain. These stables could easily be featured on "Lifestyles of the Furry & Famous"
My name is Pavel Lukes and I am Broker/Owner of Dreamcatcher Real Estate Co. Inc. For years I have been aware of the mastery and skills of Taos’ Master Stone Mason, Mr. Bob Loveless. His works have no geographic borders and you will find it in the most expensive residencies and commercial buildings from Mexico to Canada. All you have to is to go to the luxurious El Monte Sagrado Resort in Taos and you will find yourself in the midst of Bob Loveless’ art. You will stand on it and you will be surrounded by it. So, needless to say when I was first invited to his residence which he shares with his delightful partner and wife of many years, Shelly Loveless, I was bursting with anticipation.
Starting with the magical riverside setting visiting this property was not unlike a treasure hunt. Approaching over the river on a heated driveway you are immediately captivated by the examples of Bob’s mastery every step of the way, the pavement and floors, the sculptures, the dry stacked stone, the stone steps rising from the floor of the canyon toward the National Forest boundary to another meticulously constructed guest house which transitions into a barn and numerous corrals housing as the current chickens, rabbits, various kinds of ponies, goats, llamas and…..? Now, the time has come for Bob and Shelly to slow down a bit and to scale down. Thus, this gem is looking for a new custodian who can continue the legacy and who will appreciate and benefit from the love, care and beauty vested into the property by the Loveless family.
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