$939,000 - Let us show you the beauty of Taos! Artists Ann Huston and Ed Sandoval’s personal residence exemplifies the essence of Northern New Mexico.
Let us show you the beauty of Taos! Artists Ann Huston and Ed Sandoval’s personal residence exemplifies the essence of Northern New Mexico. The artists have taken traditional elements of rock, wood & adobe and transformed them into works of art. The property is not merely a wooded enclave of custom designed adobe homes and accessory buildings; it is a livable sanctuary crafted of the art and souls of its creators.
Only two homes have been hand-built and designed by renowned Taos painters Ann Huston and Ed Sandoval. The buyer of this property will get them both. There will be no reprints. There won’t even be more originals.
This “limited edition opportunity” includes not only a main house of slightly less than 3,000 square feet and a guest house of about 2,000 square feet but also a chicken coop, barn, chapel, two-car garage and outdoor entertainment area. The property measures roughly six private acres at the base of Taos Mountain, with 360-degree views of mountains and sagebrush mesa. Wildlife are attracted to a nearby stream.
Though secluded, other homes are visible, and the compound is just a 15-minute drive from the Taos Ski Valley, 30 minutes from the town of Taos and about five minutes from Arroyo Seco. The quaint village consists mainly of a handful of eclectic shops, a café and natural grocer. For the equestrian, Lobo Peak can be reached on horseback from the property inside of an afternoon.
While the names behind the estate and their personal touches render this a one-of-a-kind investment in current art, the type of construction used in the structures bestows upon the buyer an architectural design from ancient times.
Every building - down to the chicken and horse residences – is made of rock, wood and handmade adobe bricks (sunbaked mud and straw). Mud plaster has been the primary building material for Pueblo Indians of the Southwest for thousands of years, and the Spanish began building with adobe bricks in the 8th Century B.C.
Sandoval, a native of northern New Mexico, fashioned the exposed adobe walls of the buildings in the traditional New Mexican way, himself mixing the mortar and laying two adobe bricks side-by-side, giving the walls a fortress-like thickness of 26 inches.
Aesthetically more pleasing, this construction creates extra deep window sills and doorways. Practically, it reinforces the energy efficiency of the home. The high thermal mass of adobe averages out the high and low temperatures of the day, moderating the living space temperature. Between the construction and Taos’ temperate climate, no air conditioning is required, though a few ceiling fans help circulate air in the main house.
Masterfully designed diamond plaster kiva fireplaces and radiant heat flooring help keep both homes warm in winter months.
Local artisans and friends helped Sandoval and Huston with the labor-intensive, brick-by-brick work of the main house, which is two stories tall. However, due to the slope of the land, the north wall is closer to three stories, or 40 feet high. Thousands of hand-laid cobblestones gathered from around the property anchor the buildings and top the adobe walls to help prevent erosion; larger stones have been used to build support and divider walls as needed around the multi-tiered property.
Like the land on which it sits, the main house has multiple mini elevations. Steps and stairways throughout add interest to the inside. In addition to sunrise and sunset views from a rooftop deck, one can see a series of three tiered roof lines, each with its own canales, creating a waterfall effect.
While the owners’ artistic talents are evident in the more conspicuous elements of the property, their souls are in the details. For example, the pine wood floor of the guest house kitchen is hand-pegged, meaning pegs in the boards were drilled by hand from cedar wood. The brilliant turquoise wash on the planks is the work of Huston, who layered and sanded the paint to achieve a patina that has depth and accentuates the natural grain of the wood. The steps of a cantilevered wood staircase in the guest house not only resemble piano keys, but each also emits its own musical tone when stepped upon. The cross on the bell tower of the chapel was hand made by Huston. And so on.
The main house, built in 1996, has two bedrooms and two baths on the lower level, in addition to a studio space that could be used as an additional bedroom, office, artist’s studio or exercise room. Kiva fireplaces add ambience to the master bedroom and living area, which is upstairs and open to the kitchen. A portale just outside the living room serves as the home’s main entrance and overlooks a terraced paradise for entertaining family and friends. Lighted landscaped walkways, a raised platform hot tub, a sizeable outdoor cooking/living area and dramatic waterfall koi pond are surrounded by pinon, juniper and ponderosa pine.
Neither the guest home nor the main house is expansive. Each was designed to be simple and comfortable and to “look really old,” Huston says, as opposed to refined and extravagant. In fact, she says that the guest home, which was built a few years after the main house, was created “on intuition” by her and Sandoval on a napkin at the Taos Inn bar. The result is a peaceful and unique two-bedroom, one-and-a-half bath retreat.
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The main living area is dominated by a corner diamond plaster kiva fireplace with bancos, one with its own radiant heat built in and wide enough to hold a twin sized mattress for a toasty rest. Both upstairs and downstairs bedrooms also have their own kiva fireplaces, and each floor has its own portale with mountain views. The generally rustic ambience of the house takes a bit of a departure in the bathrooms and kitchen, which have modern tilework and fixtures. Tile in each of these areas was laid by Chris Taylor, Elizabeth Taylor’s nephew. A marble floor divider in a small hallway between the living area and downstairs bathroom is from the actress’ California home.
A brief stroll down the hillside to the property’s geographic center takes visitors to a chapel that resembles a miniature Santuario inside and out. Two pews from the old Arroyo Seco Church face the altar, which is adorned with retablos and candles. A wood-burning stove sits in a back corner. Two windows let in natural light. The devotional space is topped with a bell tower.
Actress Julia Roberts was so taken with the chapel while visiting the artists that she asked Sandoval to build her one just like it at her home in Taos.
The property has had other, more public brushes with fame: New Mexico Magazine featured the main house on its cover in May 1998, and HGTV filmed it in 2008, for a segment called “A Place to Call Home.”
“Nineteen years in the making,” Huston says, the property has been an artistic process, a shared canvas for her and Sandoval.
Now it can be yours.
My name is Pavel Lukes and I am Broker/Owner of Dreamcatcher Real Estate Co. Inc. This exclusive compound is nestled among the trees with inspiring Taos Mountain views. 3000 sq ft double adobe home, guest house, adobe chapel and even adobe chicken coop surrounded by creative landscape, Koi pong, trees & perennials. The artist’s greatest creation to date, 19 years in the making.
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