The Juan Gabriel es­tate | Res­i­den­tial mar­ket

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THIS NAMBÉ PROP­ERTY ON THE MAR­KET IS ONE EM­BOD­I­MENT OF THE WORD “UNIQUE.” On its 40 acres is a ram­bling col­lec­tion of build­ings, adding up to 53 be­d­rooms and 46 bath­rooms. One old house, known as the Jail House Ranch, is on the Na­tional Reg­is­ter of His­toric Places. There’s also a beau­ti­ful chapel full of hand-carved benches, and a “Western town” sec­tion com­plete with a sa­loon.

The amal­ga­ma­tion is called Ivjo­haje Ranch by its long­time owner, the fa­mous Mex­i­can singer Juan Gabriel. As Re­al­tors James Del­gado and Ted Rivera de­scribe it, the prop­erty “is the prod­uct of many years of ac­cu­mu­la­tion and trans­for­ma­tion” by the man known as “El Divo de Juarez,” who has recorded at least 50 al­bums and has sold some­where in ex­cess of 30 mil­lion copies. James Espinoza, a per­sonal rep­re­sen­ta­tive for Gabriel, said the singer bought the prop­erty in 1988 and lived there for nearly a decade.

Tract 1 is 12.7 acres and holds the 3,000-square-foot main house (fea­tur­ing a stun­ning out­door kitchen and a so­lar­ium), sev­eral guest houses, the 1,050-square-foot chapel, the Western town, and a record­ing stu­dio. The Jail House, 2,820 square feet on 2.25 acres, has four be­d­rooms and three bath­rooms, six fire­places, a swim­ming pool, and two guest houses. The Ca­ble/Tucker house is 2,540 square feet on 2.4 acres. Ad­di­tional tracts are mostly open land, some with ace­quias.

The en­tire prop­erty is be­ing sold in “as is” con­di­tion. The var­i­ous build­ings range from com­fort­ably liv­able to de­cid­edly de­crepit.

The his­tory of this list­ing is deep and mul­ti­fac­eted. Much of it was part of an 18th-cen­tury coun­try es­tate owned by Ni­colás Or­tiz III and his se­cond wife, Josefa Bus­ta­mante, ac­cord­ing to the book Old Santa Fe Today. Or­tizwas killed by Co­manches in 1769 and over the next half-cen­tury his heirs sub­di­vided the land many times. Some of the parcels were pur­chased by French­man Juan (aka Jean) Bou­quet, who gained renown for his or­chard and his skill at fruit-tree graft­ing. Bou­quet held a for­age con­tract to fur­nish hay and grain for the U.S. mil­i­tary post in Santa Fe. He also op­er­ated a gen­eral store on the ranch.

Bou­quet was a close ac­quain­tance of Arch­bishop Jean-Bap­tiste Lamy and the bishop was a fre­quent vis­i­tor at the ranch. It was also pop­u­lar with the mil­i­tary men from Santa Fe’s Fort Marcy, who prized its well wa­ter.

Bou­quet Ranch was a stop­ping place for His­panic res­i­dents on their way to cel­e­brate the feast day at San Juan de los Ca­balleros, ac­cord­ing to fam­ily re­search by philoso­pher and au­thor Claire Or­tiz Hill of Paris.

Juan Bou­quet died at the ranch in 1898 and was buried there. It was in­her­ited by his wife, Pe­tra Lar­ragoite de Bou­quet, who was born in Santa Fe to Span­ish im­mi­grants Ben­ito Lar­ragoite and Feli­ciana Valdez. Pe­tra was post­mas­ter at Po­joaque for nearly half a cen­tury and was prom­i­nent in this area by virtue of her many as­so­ci­a­tions, in­clud­ing with Loretto Con­vent’s Sis­ter Mag­dalena. Or­tiz Hill re­ports that Mar­garet Del­gado de Or­tiz (mother of Adelina Or­tiz de Hill, a Santa Fe Liv­ing Trea­sure who died last Oc­to­ber in the cap­i­tal city) was a great-niece of Pe­tra Bou­quet and spent child­hood sum­mers at the Nambé ranch.

The Jail House Ranch house is named from the time dur­ing the 1930s when in­mates fromthe state pen­i­ten­tiary were work­ing on the Nambé road. Rather than take them back each evening, the prison guards jailed them in the main room of the house.

Dur­ing the 1940s, the house on Bou­quet Lane was owned by Dr. and Mrs. Thomas Ship­man. Their neigh­bors were the Warings; Thomas War­ing had been a teacher at Los Alamos Ranch School be­fore open­ing his own school in 1939 on Up­per Canyon Road in Santa Fe. The War­ing School for boys moved to its new lo­ca­tion next to the Jail House Ranch prop­erty in 1944. While well-re­garded, it closed in 1950. At about this time, Pauline and Peter Ca­ble owned one of the homes on what is now Ivjo­haje Ranch. It­was the Ca­bles, part­ner­ing with met­al­lur­gist Martin Eden and de­signer Richard K. Thomas, who de­vel­oped the spe­cial-al­loy table­ware known as Nambé Ware in the early 1950s.

This fas­ci­nat­ing prop­erty is listed by James Del­gado and Ted Rivera, Cold­well Banker Trails West Realty, for $2,950,000, but a few of the parcels may be ob­tain­able separately.

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