You don't need to be a certifiable cowboy to appreciate this gentleman's ranch about an hour outside of Santa Fe.
Photos courtesy Marshall Elias Photography.
The homeowners rounded up more than 1,000 acres of land in Villanueva, NM, and built a modern, 500-square-foot home of steel and glass to shelter them from the desert sun. The house incorporates contemporary touches, with an outdoor kitchen, skylight and large windows to let in the warm sunlight.
Having a minimalist living space on a grand piece of land is almost poetic for a place deeply rooted in big views and an outdoor lifestyle.
"When you come out to New Mexico and you're in a place where you don't see anything that's man-made as far as the eye can see, it really clears your brain," said Gary Bobolsky, the listing agent. "It's just kind of a way to look at the world - the way you're meant to be."
"You don't see anything that's man-made as far as the eye can see."
The home has a modern feel, and the exterior is made entirely of steel, making it resistant to the elements, Bobolsky said. The interior features a fireplace for when the temperature dips at night. There's also a full outdoor kitchen for al fresco dinners and stargazing at night.
Hardwood floors anchor the bedroom while sliding glass doors provide bedside views of the desert landscape. A stone path meanders from the home to the Pecos River, where a private dock provides waterfront space for afternoon picnics or siestas in the sun.
"The stars and the Milky Way are going to be out of this world at night. It's so vast and the air is so clear."
The property also includes a 4,000-square-foot shop, perfect for storing hay, rounding up horses, or keeping farming equipment safe from the elements.
But it's those nighttime views, Bobolsky said, that truly make this a retreat for modern-day cowboys looking to escape city life.
"It's in an area that's so rural that the stars and the Milky Way are going to be out of this world at night," Bobolsky added. "It's so vast and the air is so clear."
"You've got 100-mile views," he continued. "It's kind of special like that."
Gary Bobolsky of Sotheby’s International Realty carries the listing.
Video courtesy Marshall Elias Photography.