In a town that has become the epitome of cowboy chic and whose most prosaic structures convey Spanish Pueblo Revival style, 18 Vista Hermosa is a standout. Designed and built by architect/builder, Rob Ritter, this home's sleek, rectilinear walls - not readily recognizable but unequivocally adobe - present a minimalist interior that has been likened to an "urban art museum" rather than a Southwestern-style retreat in the Tesuque hills. Huge glass walls frame the priceless views of the Jemez Mountains and dramatically convey the edict for simplicity that is expressed consistently and masterfully throughout the home. The grid motif is recurrent in square-cut Indian sandstone floors, square-cut beam and plank ceilings, custom-designed angular corbels, uniform walls burnished with beeswax, cubist nichos, a stepped indoor fountain, cabinets and doors masterfully constructed from Philippine mahogany and African padauk wood. Such artistry reveals a harmony of place that is both serene and refined and sensationally understated despite its rigorous intentionality. A rooftop mezzanine rises above a one bedroom casita. A sweeping patio, rectilinear courtyard staged with sculptures and a fountain lead to magnificent vistas in all four directions. This home is not just a house, it is an experience with every detail of construction and design - from skylights to superbly wrought ironwork - crafted with exceptional artistry, integrity and perfect frankness.
Type: Single Family
Style: Contemporary, Pueblo
Full Baths: 1
Half Baths: 1
3/4 Baths: 3
Garage Spaces: 3
Days On Market: 31
Age: 11 - 20 Years
Number Fireplaces: Four or more
Fireplace Type: Gas, Wood Burning
Cooling: Refrigerator, Central
Extras:Cooking - Gas, Garage Door Opener, Greenhouse, Insulated Windows, Landscaped, Out Buildings, Satellite TV, Security System, Sprinkler/Drip Sys., Vigas & Beams, Water Purification, Water Softener, Wetbar
The Northeast of Santa Fe, within city limits, combines the pleasures of quiet living with the conveniences of location. On every tree-lined street are examples of newer, award-winning architecture and well-established, older adobes. In addition to the famous Plaza, this area includes all the land reaching up to the Jemez and the Sandias. Newer developments appear on your left and right as you
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