Sotheby's International Realty
326 Grant Avenue
Santa Fe, NM 87501
Assoc. Broker: Chris Webster
Office: (505) 988-2533
Cell: (505) 780-9500
Casa de las Nubes, “the house of the clouds”, truly captures the spirit of Santa Fe with history, architecture, and views of mountains in all directions. This 18-acre estate is a peaceful sanctuary and an inspiring retreat located just a short drive to the cultural activities unique to Santa Fe. Originally built for renowned artist Eric Sloane, a member of the National Academy, the home is a Santa Fe treasure that embraces authentic architecture, beauty, and a grand lifestyle with all the modern conveniences.
The triple adobe 8800-square-foot Grand Hacienda affords both unparalleled entertaining and comfortable living spaces. Three additional separate buildings consist of guest house or caretakers quarters, private executive offices, and an art studio that was once Eric Sloane’s.
Offered at $2,475,000.
Since the late-1970s Casa de las Nubes has stood as a testament to the genius of Eric Sloane and his evocative landscapes and overwhelming skyscapes. Eric Sloane (1905-1985) was a prolific artist, author and illustrator of over 30 books. A museum in Kent, Connecticut features works of art by Eric Sloane and houses a reconstruction of one of his studios.
Perhaps the most notable work, Earth Flight Environment, a large mural, hangs prominently at the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC. But closer to home, Forest Fenn writes in his book Seventeen Dollars a Square Inch-A Personal Tribute to Eric Sloane, that "Eric Sloane was the best thing that ever happened to Fenn Gallery in Santa Fe."
An authentic adobe, Casa de las Nubes (House of the Clouds) evolved into an integral part of the land and mood of New Mexico. The property commands an inspirational view of four mountain ranges and expresses the Santa Fe vernacular while exemplifying the rich heritage and timeless elegance unique to the area. After the house was built, an article in Architectural Digest, quotes Mimi Sloane "we didn't work with an architect-just a contractor." However, a close personal friend of the Sloanes, William Lumpkins, (1909-2000) who studied architecture but never became an architect, offered his consulting services while the Sloanes were building.
After Eric Sloane died, his 5th wife Mimi sold the property to a New York financial guru who enhanced the property with an expansion of the kitchen, a spacious master suite, a full gym replete with sauna, hot tub, steam and ample space for exercise equipment, plus an office building with some of the best views in all of Santa Fe. But, the original design has remained largely intact. The architect for the remodel, Philippe Register, kept key elements of Sloan's vision. Hand-punched tin cabinetry in the kitchen, hand-forged hardware, the original fireplaces and bedrooms that became guest bedrooms, continuation of adobe walls that are over 3 feet thick, and soaring ceilings with clerestory windows are some the features that contribute to Casa de las Nubes' distinctive look and feel.
After a lengthy period of abandonment, the property sold to the current owners who recognized the history of the property but found many systems had failed, and the forces of nature affected the condition of the home and land. The property went through an extensive rehabilitation to bring it back to its livable and vibrant condition. The owners now realize that Casa de las Nubes needs a new steward with a keen appreciation for the history and the importance of preserving this architectural landmark.
Santa Fe, a truly cosmopolitan city of 70,000, celebrates a unique fusion of art, culture, history and natural beauty. As the country's third largest art market with more than 300 galleries and prominent art shows, Santa Fe also ranks with top-rated performing arts like its world-renowned opera, chamber music, symphony, and ballet. Boasting 300 days of sunshine annually at an elevation of 7,000 feet, the moderate four-season
climate allows for numerous outdoor activities. Santa Fe has also earned a stellar reputation for its food. More than 200 restaurants range from local New Mexican flavors to creative Southwestern fare to authentic world cuisines. Readers of Conde Nast Traveler rated Santa Fe #10 of their favorite cities in the world for its art, architecture, history, and cuisine.
The Club at Las Campanas
Just a few minutes away from Casa de las Nubes, the Club at Las Campanas is the only full-amenity private club in Northern New Mexico. The 48,000-square-foot Hacienda Clubhouse is the hub of member activity with both casual and fine dining options. Two 18-hole Jack Nicklaus Golf Courses offer an unparalleled golfing experience enhanced by glorious mountain vistas. There is a state-of-the-art exercise facility, a comprehensive tennis program, indoor and outdoor pools, and a world-class equestrian center for riders of all ages and levels. Memberships are available upon approval.
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