463 Calle La Paz: This magical estate hidden away in Santa Fe’s premier Historic Eastside at the end of a cul-de-sac straddles two lanes off Acequia Madre. Built in the ‘City Different’s’ iconic Territorial style, the completely walled compound on nearly an acre, includes three separate houses, mature gardens of native vegetation and huge shade trees, two Koi ponds and waterfalls, a reflecting pool with 20ft high ‘barley cane’ modern sculpture by XXX as well as four outdoor living/entertainment areas and exceptional front entry parking for up to twelve cars.
The approximately 4,900 square foot main house, built some 30 years ago in double adobe and influenced by Betty Stewart, combines quiet beauty with understated modern luxury. Features include a splendidly appointed chef’s kitchen complete with marble counters, informal dining in front of the kiva fireplace, French doors to the portal and gardens, plus a butler’s pantry with adjoining powder room. The main house built of double adobe, influenced by Betty Stewart is a masterpiece of classically proportioned rooms sheathed in hard trowel plaster features adzed-hewn vintage beams and vigas, heated brick floors, deeply recessed sash windows, tiled arches, many skylights (glazed for UV protection) and individually zoned HVAC ‘mini-splits’. All the rooms have been retrofitted with modern, energy efficient art track lighting. The proportions of each room have been clever conceived to be appropriate to their function including the entry hallway serving as a central axis to reach, through wide archways, all the bedrooms, the living room and the den. The large master bedroom suite includes his-and-her bathrooms, spacious tiled multi-flow showers, claw footed bathtub, luxurious closets, expansive built-in cabinetry and a charming fireplace.
The elegant living room offers plenty of wall space for art while still having room for a pretty fireplace with an antique wood mantel and flanked by tall sash windows looking into the gardens. Between the living room and kitchen is the dining room with a two way fireplace through to the adjoining library with built in cabinets and a wet bar. Adjacent is a generously sized den for cozy relaxation and down the hall find two guest suites. Tall windows and strategic skylights provide gentle natural light to all interior rooms. The main house entry is through double French doors and provide access to the 70’ east-facing portal that overlooks the lawn, multi-tiered garden beds (faced with river rock) and the koi ponds. The soft sound of burbling water fills the air and roses delight the senses. Behind the house accessed off the adjoining lane is an attached two-car garage with two storage/mechanical rooms.
The garage is accessed through a mud room/laundry off the kitchen. A second structure, also facing the ponds and gardens, is the original home, now used as a guest house, and contains a master suite, a living room with kiva fireplace, track lighting, radiator heating and a modernized full kitchen plus a tiled laundry/storage room. Through French doors to the rear is an expansive landscaped courtyard, with outdoor fireplace and multiple gardens of mature fruit trees and native plants. This light filled house, built in the late 1920s, has been remodeled over the years to maintain its historic charm with original vigas, oak tongue and groove floors, brick coping and hand-made doors. A separate, equally private studio (or caretaker’s apartment) occupies the rear of the estate and is accessed by a secondary driveway and gated entrance.
There is a bedroom/living room, kitchen and bathroom. Outside are terraced gardens and a gravel courtyard for additional compound parking. The main house has been upgraded for state of the art modern connectivity and video surveillance. A new silicone roof with a 50 year warranty was added in XXX and the stucco was redone in xxx. There is both a private well and city water. Zoning is RC-8. This historic compound has been on the market only once before. It exists as a rare, secluded oasis in Santa Fe’s prime East Side, located a stone’s throw from Canyon Road and close to Downtown and Museum Hill. This is an exceptional opportunity to acquire such an authentic and distinctive property.