El Rancho de la Mariposa. Set against the rugged beauty of Taos mountain, on over 14 verdant acres, this unique property reflects the tranquility and grandeur of a bygone era. Fully enclosed by over 1,000 linear feet of walls and wrought iron gates, the estate enjoys a prime situation one half mile from the commercial heart of Taos, while offering privacy and a feeling of secluded removal. On the grounds, magnificent Douglas Fir trees tower more than 60 feet over a grassy understory, landscaped with perennials and flowering shrubs. The plantings are irrigated by an extensive underground system. Two wells and surface water rights are included. The 14,469 sq. ft mansion, built in the mid 1930's, is an exquisite time capsule of the era. Beautifully outfitted with classic accoutrements, such as custom, wrought iron window grills, art deco light fixtures and hand-carved wooden accents and columns, this grand property includes two indoor swimming pools, an elevator, and a carriage house. Adjacent to the original 1929 art studio, the 14,415 sq. ft. museum has climate control, specialty lighting and a 3,783 sq. ft. basement with sliding art storage state-of-the-art at the time of its completion in 1994, the museum was built to house and display a rare collection of art work and is adaptable for a new selection of treasures. An extraordinary expression of its extraordinary owners, this exceptional property is a rare offering, ripe to be reinvented and re-purposed.
Listed by ["Joshua Maes"] of Sotheby's International Realty Taos - 505-231-4046.