by Norma Poindexter

Pure, breathtaking New Mexico stretches out before us: miles and miles of sweeping grasslands, craggy rock outcroppings, and flourishing juniper and pinyon woodlands bordering the Chama River Canyon Wilderness area. These stark, spectacular views of magnificent rock formations, awe-inspiring mountains, and landmark, majestic mesa known as Cerro Pedernal dazzle us, as we linger outdoors at Apache Mesa Ranch’s roaring, sculptural fireplace. These stunning vistas and sensational acreage on this premier, equestrian ranch with sterling adobe structures can be yours, including an impressive main hacienda, a charming guest house, pool, full studio, top-of-the-line dressage arenas, barn, carriage house, and a bunkhouse. For the asking price of $8.2 million, Rob Thomas, the owner of the Apache Mesa Ranch and the time-honored Hollywood producer-director-writer, offers this delicious, 1,060-acre slice of glorious nature and 6,100 square feet of living space in this truly incredible abode, seventy miles northwest of Santa Fe. Meticulously designed by local artisans, the remarkable main house boasts soaring, high ceilings with striking, exposed wood beams, ornate wood doors, and extensive, distressed details. Six, sun-lit bedrooms welcome the most glorious, colorful New Mexican sunrises. Settling comfortably on the expansive, dining patio complete with a convenient bar, you can devour a tasty meal cooked in the kitchen’s river-rock woodburning oven and later launch into gaming competition in the well-stocked game room. Finally, venture to the multi-purpose media room, entertainment-ready to unwind.

This incredibly private estate perches among the inspiring peaks and valleys of the mystic lands that inspired Georgia O’Keefe, the legendary artist. Likewise, this captivating area probably invigorated Rob Thomas for his acclaimed work on L.A. Law, Hearts of the West, Doogie Howser, M.D. and Northern Exposure. Now you can live your greatest dream on this extraordinary estate nestled right next to Santa Fe National Forest, forever preserved with its natural spirit and distinctive beauty.

Apache Mesa Ranch | Coyote, New Mexico, 87012 United States | $8,200,000
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