A beau­ti­ful home for fal­cons, and peo­ple

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Frank Bond Sr. en­joyed a rather daz­zling hobby: fal­conry. Some of his best friends were pere­grine fal­cons, the fastest an­i­mals on Earth; and gyr­fal­cons, ar­guably the most beau­ti­ful rap­tors. The house he built in 2007 em­braced that pas­sion. “This was laid out so you have views from both sides, the San­gres and the Or­tiz, and it was laid out for the court­yard and the house was ori­ented for the birds,” said his son-in-law, Tom Easter­son Bond, who de­signed the res­i­dence. “There’s a caged area and four mews (fal­con-hous­ing spa­ces) in the barn, so he could tie up his horse, pick up a bird, and go out and fly.” But Bond didn’t use them to hunt. “He was a con­ser­va­tion­ist, a found­ing mem­ber of the Pere­grine Fund, so it didn’t in­volve killing. He trained and raised the birds.”

Bond was born in Al­bu­querque and earned his law de­gree at The Univer­sity of New Mex­ico. He be­came a fal­coner in his early 20s and went on to be pres­i­dent of the In­ter­na­tional As­so­ci­a­tion of Fal­conry and Con­ser­va­tion of Birds of Prey and served as coun­sel for both the Pere­grine Fund (whose early mis­sion was to pre­vent the ex­tinc­tion of this bird of prey) and the North Amer­i­can Fal­coner’s As­so­ci­a­tion. He also served as a state rep­re­sen­ta­tive for three years in the late 1970s. In 2013, he died at the age of 70. (The Bond House Mu­seum in Es­pañola is the fam­ily home of Bond’s great-grand­fa­ther, Frank Bond, who owned important mer­can­tile and wool en­ter­prises in that town in the late 1800s.)

The ranch house on Camino los Abue­los near Gal­is­teo was “his dream project,” ac­cord­ing to ar­chi­tect Easter­son-Bond. It boasts con­tem­po­rary de­sign qual­i­ties, but with touches from the re­gional ar­chi­tec­tural pal­ette— such as the court­yard and long por­tales, and the Peñasco-style cross-shaped cutouts in some in­te­rior doors. The ma­te­ri­als in­clude rammed earth, stone, and wood, but the pri­mary wall ma­te­rial is blocks of au­to­claved aer­ated con­crete. “It’s very quiet here. AAC keeps the am­bi­ence soft, like adobe. But you don’t have to spray foam in­su­la­tion on the out­side; it’s in­te­gral.” The ma­te­rial also boasts a high fire rat­ing and the walls func­tion as ther­mal mass, ab­sorb­ing and slowly re­leas­ing heat to mod­er­ate in­door tem­per­a­tures.

The house, about 4,500 heated square feet, has floors of tinted con­crete, wood, traver­tine, and car­pet. Heat is pro­vided by an in-floor ra­di­ant sys­tem. Coun­ter­tops of gran­ite and wood are em­i­nently func­tional in the kitchen. At the junc­tion of the kitchen and great room is a din­ing room with ceil­ing of her­ring­bone latil­las on vi­gas, framed with steel C-chan­nels. On top is a loft li­brary that is ac­ces­si­ble by a spi­ral stair­case.

There is a beau­ti­fully fin­ished barn with four stalls — the mews. Easter­son-Bond said th­ese mews may soon be con­verted into lit­tle art stu­dios or med­i­ta­tion spa­ces. “This won’t be on the mar­ket for very long. Good houses are meant to be lived in,” he said. “They’re con­stantly evolv­ing and patina’d with the oc­cu­pants and time. I’m a big be­liever in that sense: “the on­go­ing tex­ture of the drift,” as [art critic and writer] Dave Hickey calls it.

The barn also has a tack room, a bunk house apart­ment, and hay stor­age. The 78-acre prop­erty is ready for horses, and the nearby Gal­is­teo Basin Pre­serve of­fers ex­ten­sive trail-rid­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties. There is a large, built-in rain­wa­ter col­lec­tion sys­tem. Don DeVito, Keller-Wil­liams Realty Santa Fe, is list­ing 325 Camino los Abue­los for $1,625,000. An ad­di­tional 540 acres is avail­able for $2,185,000.

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