This adobe ,with it's award-winning architecture, was designed by an internationally acclaimed architect to blend seamlessly with the landscape of the Land of Enchantment. The foot thick adobe walls embrace a home that is both luxurious and comfortable, featuring brick floors, beautiful oriental carpets, sparkling chandeliers, fine art including paintings, pottery and sculpture, and walls gilded and hand painted in both Tibetan and Moroccan themes. The open floor plan and four courtyards makes entertaining or just relaxing a delight!
The entry pathway winds through beautiful desert landscaping to the main entrance (past a beautiful statue of The Three Graces) or to the private patio and entrance of the Samsara Suite.
The Samsara Suite: (Samsara means 'rebirth' in Sanskrit and you'll surely feel refreshed and renewed from your stay!) Here you'll find soothing sage walls artistically gilded. You'll sleep peacefully in a wonderfully comfortable queen bed. You'll find plenty of storage, cable television, a secretary desk, and a tiny kitchenette with microwave, refrigerator and coffee-maker. Two plush velvet armchairs are perfect for catching your favorite show, snacking, reading, or playing games and cards. The walls are hung with fine art from Taos and Santa Fe artists. The sumptuous bathroom features a luxurious shower, tons of storage, plush hotel bath linens, a mirrored wall and granite counter tops.
Down the hall/gallery you'll enter the great room with its ebony grand piano. Ample blue leather chesterfield and armchairs gather round the cozy fireplace. The beauty of the art hung on walls is rivaled only by the incredible views of the Sandia and Sangre de Cristo Mountains.
The adjoining breakfast courtyard is the perfect place to enjoy your coffee while watching the many balloons that fly each morning along the Rio Grande, often within shouting distance! This courtyard is perfect for enjoying a glass of wine while the sunset bathes the Sandia Mountains in the watermelon hue that gives them their name.
The Talavera dining room easily seats eight and opens onto the kitchen. Here you'll find everything you need to whip up a snack or a formal meal: microwave, toaster, citrus and regular juicers, Vita-mix, small blenders, mixer, food processor, steam cooker, Foreman grill, more than we can possibly list. Granite counter tops, double stainless sinks and a huge window with a view of the wisteria and Asian garden make cooking a pleasure!
From the dining room, you'll enter the serenity of the Asian garden. A small pond burbles happily, festooned with water lilies and iris. The tiered brick patio and pathways offer views of the Sandia and Manzano Mountains, and of course, more balloons! Solar lighting glows along the path at night. Just outside the kitchen window is a table perfect for al fresco dining. You may choose to prepare your meal on the gas grill. Of course nothing beats a hot tub with its powerful massaging jets after a long day of balloon watching or exploring the Land of Enchantment!
A Chinese-red gallery leads to the Kwan Yin Suite. This suite includes an office, painted in a periwinkle perfect for creativity, a lovely bath with laundry, and an opulent bedroom. From the bed of the Kwan Yin Suite, embellished with peacock blue and Tuscan gold, you can watch the sunrise from your pillow. The Kwan Yin Suite is reached through double doors that, when closed, offer all guests complete privacy.
This southwestern Shangri-La is located on the bosque near the Rio Grande and just 15-20 minutes from Albuquerque International Airport. Miles and miles of hiking and riding trails are easily accessible. A short drive will bring you to the base of the Sandia Mountain Tramway (the longest in the world) with alpine hiking trails, fine dining, and skiing in the winter. Historic Old Town is located about 10 minutes away and was founded in 1706. There you'll enjoy galleries, museums, shopping, and restaurants. Two of New Mexico's finest wineries are within a few miles of this beautiful Albuquerque home.Get the full listing »