In­side Adobe Walls prop­erty

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Lo­cated in Ar­royo Seco a few miles north of Taos, this prop­erty holds a 3,037-square-foot adobe main res­i­dence, four ca­sitas to­tal­ing 3,878 square feet, and a stu­dio apart­ment above the two-car garage. The main build­ing was de­vel­oped over a 50-year pe­riod by Nan Lipsett, a Taos res­i­dent, artist, adobe builder, and wood­worker who cre­ated many of the hand-carved doors, beams, and lin­tels. The prop­erty was pur­chased 14 years ago from the Na­ture Con­ser­vancy and then re­stored, adding ra­di­ant heat­ing, granite coun­ter­tops in the kitchen, and other up­dates and im­prove­ments.

With its rounded door­ways, viga and beam ceil­ings, gallery light­ing, un­even walls with won­der­ful straw-plas­ter fin­ish, and clay tile floors, the house is beau­ti­ful, earthy and el­e­gant. The up­stairs bed­room has a fire­place— one of five in the house, all re­built by Car­men Ve­larde — and a walkin cedar closet. In the bath­room is a tiled tub sur­round and translu­cent blue coun­ter­tops. The sec­ond bed­room down­stairs fea­tures a steam room and a bath and tiled shower.

The kitchen is equipped with stain­less-steel ap­pli­ances and sinks, and there are tile-mosaic back­splashes, and wooden cab­i­nets.

The sprawl­ing prop­erty is re­plete with gar­dens, ponds, wa­ter­falls, walk­ways through clean gravel ex­panses, and a year-round stream, all shaded by ma­ture trees for a park­like set­ting. Land­scap­ing in­cludes plums, lilacs, and sage­brush. The main pa­tio has a fire­place, a stain­less-steel grill, door and win­dow lin­tels dec­o­ra­tively carved by Lipsett, rope-carved posts, and an old wis­te­ria.

Real­tor Kate Pru­sack said a buyer could use this as a fam­ily com­pound or va­ca­tion rentals, a gallery, an in­vest­ment prop­erty, or it would be per­fect as a re­treat, with all the water fea­tures and the charm­ing tea house, which has a hot tub in­side. The largest of the four ca­sitas is an adobe of 1,311 square feet; it has brick floors, two fire­places, and three pa­tios.

There are two wells on this prop­erty of al­most 3 acres, which af­fords great views of the San­gre de Cristo Moun­tains. Lo­cated at 11 State Road 230, just off the road up to Taos Ski Val­ley, it is listed by Kate Pru­sack, Santa Fe Prop­er­ties, for $1,799,000.

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