A Magnificent Estate

Located on Circle Drive in the northeast quadrant of Santa Fe is an expansive and strikingly tailored custom home. Built in the mid-1980s, it was reimagined 25 years ago. In the remodel, the owners wanted the Pueblo-style exterior to host a blend of old-world European interior features, to reflect their global travels.

There are touches of Italy throughout, as well as hints of Greece and Turkey.



“The grounds are dotted with columns that were flown in from Europe,” says Deborah Bodelson, one of the listing agents for the property. Along with Cary Spier, the two make up the Bodelson Spier realty team with Santa Fe Properties. Both are effusive about the home.

“It has a tremendous amount of really beautiful material used throughout the house,” says Bodelson.

At over 8,000 square feet and a listing price of $5.8 million, the two-story, five-bedroom main house provides plenty of diverse spaces for living, working and entertaining. The dining boom boasts a vaulted brick ceiling, as does the gazebo next to the swimming pool. A few steps down from the kitchen, a wine room accommodates overflow from the pantry. Vigas decorate a scalloped ceiling in the living room, which has stunning views for miles. An expansive back patio makes for excellent entertaining or a quiet evening for two.

“There is an office up from the main level with views to both sides of the house,” Spier says of the clear views of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. “It looks out to the mountains and back over to town. It’s spectacular.”

Perhaps the crown jewel of the home, though, is its conservatory.

“It’s just stunning,” says Spier. “The detail in that room is extraordinary, from the beams to the fireplace to the views.”

After seeing that fireplace design in Tuscany, the owners commissioned a replica for the conservatory. The room’s ornate beams and archway all were hand-painted and the ironwork was hand-forged.

An horno at the top of the brick driveway that features plenty of parking casts a warm welcome for visitors; residents have a four-car garage. There is a detached adobe studio, a professional greenhouse, raised garden beds and a custom-built, wrought-iron pergola. There also is a rustic, adobe guest house with a private, gated entrance and a full kitchen.

Though the home is magnificent in its details, it’s been thoughtfully designed to feel comfortable and inviting, and to frame any style of decor.

“You could furnish this many, many different ways,” says Bodelson. “It could be contemporary, traditional Santa Fe style, Italian – there are lots of options as far as decor.”

The neighborhood, located between Camino Encantado and Bishop’s Lodge, is a few minutes’ drive to downtown and the surrounding properties are also private, estate-style homes.

“It’s very livable,” says Bodelson. “This home offers a real sense of privacy. It’s a bucolic setting and it’s off the radar.”

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