Fashion Titan Tom Ford’s Former New Mexico Ranch Hits the Market
Makeup and fashion gurus may know all about the Tom Ford brand, but did you know the founder grew up in New Mexico? Born in Texas, the global household name spent much of his childhood and adolescence in Santa Fe. Now, as the celebrated designer jet sets all over the world, he seems to have maintained a soft spot for the state nicknamed “the Land of Enchantment.” Before owning, and recently selling a 20,662-acre estate with a residence designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Tadao Ando, Ford held this 1,000-acre ranch. Since his ownership, a stunning stone home has gone up on the property and it’s now all listed for $8.95 million.
Known as “Estancia Del Rio” (River Ranch), this desert sanctuary has striking views. Built by Santa Fe’s renowned builder John Wolf, the steel, stone, and concrete main residence and casitas were sited to look out to the rugged red hills as well as the valley of the Piedra Lumbre land grant. These are the same vistas that inspired praised artist Georgia O’Keeffe, painting the warm scenery over and over.
The home’s architecture and interiors rise to meet views of such beauty and fame. Stone elements and wood beams create undeniable warmth, while expansive walls of glass ensure the landscape is always in view. For a foodie or design lover, the kitchen is a major highlight with clean lines, bold neutrals, and a dramatic range hood.
A pool and hot tub are perched for quiet moments of wellness morning or night. Gated and bordering the Carson National Forest/Chama River Canyon Wilderness area, there’s no fear of prying eyes unless you count the birds and basking reptiles.
Gary Bobolsky of Sotheby’s International Realty has the listing.