Splurge vs. Steal Resort Edition: Taos, New Mexico

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Our Splurge: Mariposa Ranch and Equestrian Center, Taos, New Mexico is currently listed by David Fries of Sotheby’s International Realty Santa Fe for $2,900,000.

Town or country? In this week’s Splurge vs. Steal it’s hard to choose. That’s because we are taking you to Taos, New Mexico – one of America’s foremost art colonies, where high desert living meets historic adobe architecture and breathtaking Sangre de Cristo Mountain views. For this reason, we zeroed in on two exceptional Taos retreats, each with impressive locations, architecture, and amenities, but with price points that are miles apart. Which one would you choose, the sprawling Equestrian splurge or the in-town adobe steal? Be sure to let us know in the comments.

Splurge: 23-Acre Equestrian Ranch Between The Town of Taos and Taos Ski Valley For $2.9M

Described by architect Antoine Predock as “a poem on the landscape,” Mariposa Ranch is in a class of its own. Situated on a 23-acre parcel on the vast plain of Des Montes sits this 5,000-plus-square-foot home, originally designed as a surrogate mountain, nestled between the Town of Taos and Taos Ski Valley.

It’s surrounded by over 1,000 acres of largely undeveloped land and offers a fully equipped horse facility, featuring 12 separate acres (for a combined 35 total) with stall barn, tack room, multiple turn-outs, and several arenas.

From the property description we learn: “The facility was designed by horse people and is truly functional to house and maintain your band of horses.” The exquisite main house boasts an adobe wall at the entrance, while inside, “interior and exterior staircases and bridge serve as the north-south axis or crossroads of the house, with the living spaces set off to the sides.”

We cannot help but marvel at the 35-foot ceilings in the living and dining areas with enormous windows meant to frame panoramic mountain views.

Impressive views, warm and inviting interiors, and striking horse facilities are just the beginning of what this one-of-a-kind offering affords.

Mariposa Ranch and Equestrian Center, Taos, New Mexico is currently listed by David Fries of Sotheby’s International Realty Santa Fe for $2.9 million.

Steal: Two-Acre Old Adobe Compound Within Walking Distance To Taos Plaza For $1.4M

Location, location, location! This historic in-town land holding with a three-bedroom, three-full-and-one-half-bathroom old adobe has us hooked! From the property description, we learn that it dates back to 1900, originally built by the Tafoya family, with later additions by the Feights in the 1930s.

The well-positioned Taos beauty sits on two protected acres within walking distance to Taos Plaza, in-town galleries, restaurants, and boutique shops. It affords a high-walled compound built around a shaded courtyard that is said to “take you back to Taos as it was a century ago.”

Tucked within the confines of the 3,606-square-foot property is a generous main house, guest house with garage, and studio to inspire your inner artist. Thoughtful touches can be found throughout, like in the sunroom with original wall art by local Taos artist Jim Wagner.

In the living room, wood-beamed ceilings, Saltillo tile floors, and a gracious fireplace make up the heart of the home, met by a secluded library accessed through picturesque French doors with plenty of built-in shelving and a lovely, south-facing covered patio.

Authentic period details and a prime location make this old adobe a rare find!

Martin Molz of Engel & Volkers Taos has listed 410 Cordoba Lane, Taos, New Mexico, for $1.9 million.