The origins of any house involve a backstory. This tale starts in 1946, long before the home itself, when a young architect and Notre Dame graduate was on a cross-country road trip.
His Ford broke down when he was passing through Santa Fe, and he didn’t have the funds to pay for repairs. So he found work at a local architecture firm and ended up staying. John McHugh would go on to design the first Santa Fe Opera Pavilion, among numerous other buildings and residences.
Known for his art as well as his architecture, McHugh had a keen eye for detail as reflected in his design of this earth-toned adobe masterpiece built in 1984. Renovated nine years ago, the estate blends Pueblo Revival style and 21st century architecture.
Set on 5 acres with panoramic mountain views, the 5,600-square-foot residence features an inviting living room with 16-foot beamed ceilings, oak flooring, built-ins and a large fireplace.
At the social center of the home, however, is the kitchen, which has a contemporary vibe with white Silestone countertops, stainless-steel appliances, a center island, a fireplace and multiple seating areas.
A glass-enclosed wine cellar with retractable blinds sits off the formal dining room.
A bedroom wing contains the primary suite, which continues the classic contemporary meets pueblo aesthetic and features a soaking tub and mountain views. There are two more en-suite bedrooms and a total of five bathrooms.
A light-filled office, a sunroom and a media room are among other living spaces. Brick-paved terraces extend the living opportunities outdoors. Aspen trees and cottonwoods fill the grounds.
The property is within the gated Tesuque Ridge community, but is not a member of the homeowners association.