Millicent Rogers es­tate goes to undis­closed buyer

Ask­ing price for 72-acre prop­erty and adobe style home was $2.9M


SANTA FE — A sale closed Fri­day on the Taos Val­ley es­tate of the late so­cialite and oil heiress Millicent Rogers.

The nearly 72-acre es­tate built in 1947, known as Tur­tle Walk, had an ask­ing price of $2.9 mil­lion. Sotheby’s In­ter­na­tional Realty’s Santa Fe of­fice did not dis­close the fi­nal sale price or the names of the buy­ers.

The adobe style home has nine bed­rooms and eight bath­rooms, as well as a li­brary. Out­side the main home is a court­yard, pool, guest and care­taker houses and other small build­ings, a horse fa­cil­ity, and a pri­vate ace­quia. The list­ing also men­tions vi­gas painted by fa­mous Taos artist Dorothy Brett.

Rogers was the grand­daugh­ter of Stan­dard Oil Trust co­founder H.H. Rogers — along­side John D. Rock­e­feller — and was also a well-known fashion icon in the early 20th cen­tury. She re­port­edly moved to Taos af­ter a breakup with film legend Clark Gable, and later become a col­lec­tor of Na­tive Amer­i­can and His­panic art. Taos’ Millicent Rogers Mu­seum was es­tab­lished af­ter her 1953 death to show­case her col­lec­tion.

Lo­cal Sotheby’s bro­ker Aleka Moore, who rep­re­sented the sellers, said that if the prop­erty were in a city such as Santa Fe, it would have a much higher ask­ing price. The $2.9 mil­lion is in­dica­tive of the “de­presssed” high-end real es­tate mar­ket in Taos, which she added is still re­cov­er­ing slowly from the 2008 crash. This is the county’s “high­est­priced res­i­den­tial trans­ac­tion” in more than five years, ac­cord­ing to a Sotheby’s news re­lease.

The prop­erty was pur­chased by an “in­ter­na­tional cou­ple whose in­ter­ests in­clude his­toric preser­va­tion.” David Cor­dova, a Sotheby’s Santa Fe agent who rep­re­sented the buy­ers, said they did not want their names dis­closed for pri­vacy rea­sons. The cou­ple, who he said also own prop­er­ties in New York and over­seas, will live in the home but also plans to main­tain the cul­tural and his­tor­i­cal “in­tegrity” of the es­tate.

“The fam­ily is re­ally ex­cited to be here, and it’s a very, very unique house ... you can’t com­pare this prop­erty to just Taos,” Cor­dova said. “This is one of those jew­els in the desert.”

Mem­bers of Rogers’ fam­ily have owned and lived in the prop­erty af­ter her death. Most re­cently, her son Ar­turo Per­alta-Ramos Jr. and his wife lived there un­til their deaths in 2015 and 2016. It has since been watched by lo­cal care­tak­ers, and the fam­ily was rep­re­sented by an out-of­s­tate es­tate trustee when sell­ing the prop­erty, Moore said, adding that it has never been out­side the fam­ily un­til now.

The cur­rent mu­seum prop­erty was not owned by Rogers. The home north of the city was do­nated af­ter the death of its for­mer owner, Taos res­i­dent Claude An­der­son, ac­cord­ing to the mu­seum web­site.


The Millicent Rogers es­tate, Tur­tle Walk, was built in 1947. The home does not come fur­nished, but photos dis­play fur­nish­ings from ei­ther Rogers her­self or her late son and daugh­ter-in-law.

The Tur­tle Walk es­tate in Taos Val­ley in­cludes a pool, small guest/care­taker houses, a court­yard, gar­dens and a moun­tain view. The ask­ing price was $2.9 mil­lion.

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