Tim Van Camp, Knowing Santa Fe
The singular countryside north of Santa Fe, whose breathtaking terrain inspired Georgia O’Keeffe nearly a century ago, is the backdrop for 1,060-acre Apache Mesa Ranch, an irreplaceable estate encompassing idyllic rolling grassland, rugged rock outcroppings and bluffs, mesas, and mature piñons and juniper. The current owners spent years dreaming, planning, consulting, and enlisting the help of local workers and artisans to create a one-of-a-kind estate. It consists of a two-bedroom hacienda with a courtyard and a refreshing pool and spa, a one-bedroom guesthouse, a studio or office with a workshop and garage, a bunkhouse, a carriage house, and a two-bedroom caretaker’s residence. Western, Mexican, Southwestern, and European details—all painstakingly chosen—can be found throughout: carved and adzed doors, beadboard, corrugated tin, decorative ironwork, hand-hewn lumber, hand-chiseled stone, adobe walls, custom plaster, kiva fireplaces, and artistic ceilings incorporating vigas, latillas, and corbels. This land is the perfect milieu for horses, and accordingly, the ranch also boasts a dressage arena, a barn, stables, a corral, and a riding arena. Extraordinarily private, the property enjoys an outlook that is magnificent at every turn, including dramatic mesas, striking badlands, yellow cliffs, and majestic Cerro Pedernal. The ranch borders national wilderness, and O’Keeffe’s famed Ghost Ranch, Abiquiú Lake, and the town of Abiquiú are nearby.