An Earthship-Inspired Desert Home Asks $3.5M in Santa Fe

Situated on an 11-acre lot, the eccentric residence comprises two sculptural structures made from adobe, stucco, and stone.
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Location: 41 Estrada Calabasa, Santa Fe, New Mexico

Price: $3,475,000

Footprint: 7,913 square feet (five bedrooms, seven baths)

Lot size: 11 acres

From the agent: "Known as The Desert Flower (Ahkon Povi in Tewa language) by its designer and builder John McGowan in the late ’70s, this enchanting home is like no other. Hugely inspired by the vision of the early Anasazi ruins of Pueblo Bonito in Chaco Canyon, Ahkon Povi is laid out in a winding, meandering serpentine manner. One is drawn through its passageways into numerous rooms carefully handcrafted and detailed with natural and anthropological elements, blurring the transition between inner and outer worlds."

Designer and builder John McGowan built this eccentric Santa Fe home in the late 1970s.

An aerial view shows the home’s curvaceous, organic form.

"Dug into the hillside, this sanctuary’s beginnings can be found in its large, Earthship-inspired, passive solar south-facing front room," says the listing agent.

"Encased in triple-paned glass, stone and adobe, one is led down into the circular seating area, flanked by built-in planters and a soothing whispering fountain in stone," says the listing agent.

"Throughout the structure, pottery shards accent the walls and other architectural features, constantly taking us back into the deep cultural history of the larger region," says the listing agent.

"The Daliesque vent forms in the kitchen seem to drip from the roof down into the space, like inverted fungi," says the listing agent.

Adobe walls and stone floors run throughout the residence. 

Traditional vigas (rough-hewn beams) and latillas (pieces of wood laid between vigas) form the ceilings.

The property also includes a two-bedroom casita—a later addition that continues in the style of the main house—with two kitchenettes, three bathrooms, an office, and a sizable artist’s studio. 

A traditional kiva fireplace sits near a stained-glass door in one of the bedrooms.

"The sink and cabinets are finished in beautifully patterned cork," says the listing agent.

Traditional textiles and artwork adorns the walls.

A spa area attached to one of the bedrooms includes an open shower, stone hammam, and cedar-lined sauna.

"The bath has inlaid ammonite brought back from Madagascar," says the listing agent.

Tall, undulating adobe-and-stucco walls surround the outdoor pool area.

"From the pool, moving out into the back courtyard lawn, an outdoor kitchen with a built-in barbecue grill, stained cement countertop, and copper sink provides a wonderful outdoor dining and gathering space," says the listing agent.

"A flagstone path ushers one further up along the hill, skirting the waterfall fountain to a cedar soaking tub overlooking the area," says the listing agent.

Situated on 11 desert acres in Santa Fe, New Mexico, the expansive property includes two separate houses with a total of five bedrooms and seven baths.

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