MLS #202200389 $2,200,000
RANCH AND FARM POSSIBILITIES IN TESUQUE
There are 11.168 acres of land. Many decades ago Myrtle Stedman and her husband planted and harvested alfalfa hay. They had small orchards of apple, cherry and apricot trees throughout the property. On occasion neighbors horses were allowed to graze on the property. In the late 1960s a huge flood down the Tesuque creek destroyed the upstream "take out" for the ancient acequia (ditch) that serviced the property. The property went for many years without irrigation but in time, the State Engineer agreed that an irrigation well could be drilled to replace the water that had been supplied by the acequia. The well was drilled and can now supply the land with 24.79 acre feet of water. The well provides for many opportunities for serious agriculture. Orchards and gardens could once again come to life on the property. With the application of current technology including drip irrigation and sprinkler systems the farming operation would be relatively easy to run and almost labor free. The land also offers a wonderful environment for a small horse farm along with other animals like chickens, ducks, geese and goats.
Anyone who loves art and history will cherish this remarkable piece of antiquity nestled amongst acres of mature trees and fields of grasses. Artists Myrtle and Wilfred Stedman built their home bordering the Tesuque Pueblo during the early 1940s. Quite well-known in this state, they sold their artwork in Santa Fe, and restored and built adobe homes. "Sted" wrote a well-received book on Santa Fe homes and became art director for New Mexico Magazine. Myrtle channeled her affection for the land and its people into a prolific career as a painter, poet, author, and one of the foremost authorities on adobe design and construction. In 1948 Myrtle became the first licensed, woman contractor in New Mexico, building and designing a number of homes.
The honesty of materials is evident from the moment you step onto the traditional long portal with its spectacular front door glass insets. The entry hall has wood walls, a beam and plank ceiling, and a flagstone floor. Myrtle hand-crafted the tin ceiling lamp, and her drawings illuminate four storage closet doors here.
To one side of the entry is the great room, with huge, hand-hewn vigas, an over-sized kiva fireplace, and stunning Ski Santa Fe views. Wooden lintels and thick wood planks frame the doorways and windows. They are often different in their stylings throughout the home, enhancing the aesthetic vision. A long bank of windows in the dining area is perfect for communal dining. Built-in shelves frame one side of the fireplace that is angled into the room for enjoying dinner or for resting on armchairs in the living area. Natural mud plaster emanates warmth and coziness. Humble and sweet, the kitchen has wooden floors, handmade cabinets, and drawer pulls fashioned from pieces of leather and wood by Myrtle and Sted when hardware was scarce during the war. A copper countertop with a double farm sink sits in front of a huge window and two full sized pantry doors have been hand-painted by Myrtle depicting their family life in Tesuque.
For an exclusive showing:
Clara L. Dougherty