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Home by Spears Horn Architects, NM AIA 2011 Design Firm of Year

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Butterfly House and view of the mountains to the NE


Last updated: 10/09/2015
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  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

Property description

Architecturally significant, The Butterfly House is a re-creation of a classic case-modern home with wings, ample glass, and sloped ceilings. Completed in summer of 2011, this new one-story home sits on one acre of secluded property with unobstructed views of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. The Butterfly House, designed by AIA's 2011 Design Firm of the Year Spears Horn (, was featured in the 2012 Design Santa Fe tour. The initial design concept of this residence was to provide a vibrant entry and open living space in the heart of a minimal arrangement of supporting spaces / forms rooted in the earth. The implied butterfly roof is the intersection of these spaces creating a spirited appearance from a distance and up close. The house was designed to reflect an environment of health and repose within the surrounding high desert of north Santa Fe.
The house neighbors the famed Santa Fe Opera, and is just minutes to the Plaza. It is 1700 square feet, split design, with two bedrooms and two full bathrooms. Each bedroom has a queen-sized bed. The media room and master bedroom both have flat-screen televisions. The kitchen shines with black granite countertops, an island, and top-of-the-line appliances. A patio, which features a table and chairs and a gas grill, is accessible from both the living area and the master suite, and looks northeast, directly at the gorgeous Sangre de Cristo Mountains and the peaks of the Colorado Rockies. Other features include a wood-burning fireplace and an over-sized shower in the master bath. Expansive windows throughout the house allow you to enjoy the breathtaking view from multiple rooms. The home is furnished with a mid-century and modern style. It is oriented and was built to assure optimal natural heating and cooling, and has state of the art high powered ceiling fans to provide comfort year round. The home was built by Chip Evans of Housemakers, Inc.
For your Southwest ski experience, the Santa Fe Ski Basin is 30 minutes away and the city of Taos is less than 45 minutes away. The nearby Hyde Park National Forest and Santa Fe National Forest offer dozens hiking trails of varying distances and challenge levels. For two-wheeling enthusiasts, a bike trail greets you down the road from the house and leads you into town.

Keywords: Modern, house, two-bedroom, ranch, private, secluded, close to downtown, close to opera, quiet, mountain views, new


Property Type

  • House
  • 1700 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Long-Term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters
  • Alternative Lifestyle
  • Children Welcome:

    Like living in a National Park...moreless

  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Not Allowed

Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4, Beds for 4

  • Library


  • Bedroom 1: 1 queen

    Master bedroom with private master bath and mountain views...moreless

  • Bedroom 2: 1 queen

    Views of mountains from the bed...moreless

  • Queen size Beds (2) One queen in master and queen in guest. Large walk-in closets in both bedrooms....moreless

Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms

  • Bathroom 2: toilet, combination tub/shower

    Mountain views...moreless

  • Bathroom 1: toilet, shower

    Glass shower, bench, double sinks, views of mountain range...moreless

  • Master bedroom has over-sized shower with teak floor and bench. Both bedrooms have large windows looking out at the property enveloped by nature. ...moreless

Other Amenities

  • The house was designed by James Horn of Spears Horn Architects. Mr. Horn specializes in modern, minimalist design. His work has won several awards and has been featured in Western Interiors magazine. James took our vision of a modern, clean structure and created a spacious, comfortable, light-filled home that is both contemporary and loyal to the Santa Fe landscape. Brand new construction by builder Housemakers Inc on one-acre private lot with spectacular views of the surrounding mountains from every room of the house. Master bedroom has queen bed, luxurious oversized shower with bench, access to patio. Guest bedroom has queen bed with private shower/bathtub. Great room comprised of living room, dining room and kitchen. Wood-burning fireplace. Bathrooms have German honed limestone counters. Kitchen has black granite counters and island with 2 stools. Double oven, dishwasher, microwave, gas stove. Dining room has seating for 6. Concrete zoned radiant heated floors....moreless


  • Games
  • Music Library:

    Collection of CD's for a variety of musical tastes. ...moreless

  • Satellite / Cable:

    Cable and premium cable channels...moreless

  • Stereo:

    NAD system with integrated stereo amplifier and CD plain media room with high performance speakers in media room and in living room. Can control which speakers are in use. ipod hook-up....moreless

  • Television:

    Flat screens in media room and master bedroom....moreless

  • Video Library:

    Music DVD's...moreless


  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Botanical Garden
  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Festivals
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Library
  • Live Theater
  • Museums
  • Playground
  • Restaurants
  • Ruins
  • Synagogues
  • Winery Tours

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Fitness Center
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Bird Watching
  • Eco Tourism
  • Gambling Casinos
  • Horseback Riding
  • Outlet Shopping
  • Photography
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Downtown:

    World famous Santa Fe Plaza and Canyon Road is one of the top 3 gallery locations in NA....moreless

  • Golf Course View:

    Several public and private courses within 10 minutes...moreless

  • Mountain View:

    Panoramic views of the Sangre de Cristo and Jimenez mountains and valley. Colorado Rockies visible to the North. The Butterfly House is located on one acre and secluded at 7000 feet....moreless

  • Ski-Out:

    Santa Fe Ski Basin is 15 miles and Taos is an hour drive....moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Fly Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Hot Air Ballooning
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Mountain Climbing
  • Mountaineering
  • Rafting
  • Rock Climbing
  • Skiing
  • Snowboarding
  • Snowmobiling
  • Tennis
  • Water Tubing
  • Whitewater Rafting


  • Dining:

    Frosted-glass top dining room table seats six. Kitchen island with stools for more casual dining. Patio table and four chairs. ...moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 6 people


  • Air Conditioning:

    New split ductless air conditioning system installed in October...moreless

  • Clothes Dryer:

    Energy efficient...moreless

  • Fireplace
  • Garage:

    One car plus storage...moreless

  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating:

    Energy efficient radiant floor...moreless

  • Internet:

    High speed wifi...moreless

  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided:


  • Living Room:

    Mid Century modern, fireplace, ceiling fans, air with unparalleled views of mountains to the North and East...moreless

  • Parking:

    one car garage and parking for 2 - 3 additional vehicles...moreless

  • Parking Off Street:

    Drive accomodates 2 -3 additional vehicles...moreless


  • Catering Available:

    Recommendations to be provided....moreless

  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils:

    Fully-stocked kitchen with cooking spoons, knives, cutting boards, pots and pans, measuring cups and spoons, blender, cuisinart, coffee-maker, toaster, serving platters/bowls. ...moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils:

    Fully stocked...moreless

  • Dishwasher:


  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen:

    Baltic birch plywood for all of the cabinetry, polished black granite tops, red glass backsplash, all new top-of-the-line appliances, island with two stools, desk area, filtered drinking water....moreless

  • Microwave


  • Bicycles:

    No renter bike at house but bring your own or rent in town. Excellent mountain and road biking in immediate area. ...moreless

  • Deck / Patio:

    Spectacular views of the Sangre de Cristo mountain ranges. Table and chairs, gas grill, covered sun protection. 500 square feet of combined Patio and Entry Court have adobe-colored concrete block walls and pavers, accented by miscanthus grasses, Russian sage, aspens, and Santa Fe brown crusher fines....moreless

  • Golf:

    Great Public and private courses within 10 miles...moreless

  • Kayak / Canoe:

    Access to Rio Grande whitewater trips ...moreless

  • Lawn / Garden:

    private one acre...moreless

  • Outdoor Grill:

    Weber Grill...moreless

  • Ski & Snowboard:

    Butterfly House is located within 20 miles to the Santa Fe Ski Basin and within an hour of Taos Ski. Xcountry ski out the door...moreless



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Rentals managed by Adobe Destinations, Santa Fe, New Mexico
Contact 505-471-9186
Low season Jan 9 to May 24; 195.00 per night 4 night min; monthly 2500.00
Mid season Oct 1 to May 25; 250.00 per night 4 night min;  monthly 3500.00
Peak season May 25 to Sept 30; 325.00 per night 4 night min; monthly 5500.00
Holiday season Dec 16 to Jan 8 same as peak rates

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Last updated: 10/09/2015
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45 Miles
Nearest Airport
Sante Fe airport and Albuquerque 45 minute
2 Miles
Nearest Barpub
Bar and Restaurant Tesuque Market
10 Miles
Nearest Golf
Local public
18 Miles
Nearest Train
Amtrak Southwest Chief, Albuquerque and Lamy NM
1 Miles
Nearest Motorway
US 25 and 84/285
10 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
Some of the nations best 100's within miles
20 Miles
Nearest Ski
Santa Fe Ski and Taos

Car: Necessary

Exceptional dining, cooking classes, art classes, photography classes, yoga, spiritual retreats, walking tours, gallery tours.


Manager info

Year Purchased: 2011

About: Great admirers of the Santa Fe area and classic modern architecture that melds the home and enviroment. The land is our treasure. Every outdoor adventure possible in the mountains and in Santa Fe. Avid outdoorsman, art, culture, music, dining and love the community.

Why Tesuque Hills:
We have been vacationing in Santa Fe for over 10 years and purchased a lot to build our dream house in a unique and special location.

The Unique Benefits at this House:
The Butterfly House affords unrivaled mountain views and private living all within 10 minutes access to Santa Fe and the surrounding area. Santa Fe is a center of the universe for many activities and lifestyles.

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Speaks: english, spanish



  • Butterfly House and view of the mountains to the NE

    Butterfly House and view of the mountains to the NE

  • Architect Design

    Architect Design

  • Butterfly House from Road

    Butterfly House from Road

  • Front Entry view to mountains and Santa Fe

    Front Entry view to mountains and Santa Fe

  • Living and dining from kitchen area

    Living and dining from kitchen area

  • Living room to patio and mountains

    Living room to patio and mountains

  • Kitchen and dining area

    Kitchen and dining area

  • Master bedroom to patio

    Master bedroom to patio

  • Guest bedroom

    Guest bedroom

  • Den


  • Living space and back from patio

    Living space and back from patio

  • Patio to Mountains

    Patio to Mountains

  • Butterfly House from driveway

    Butterfly House from driveway

  • Front Entry

    Front Entry

  • Front entry and hall to guest, den and garage

    Front entry and hall to guest, den and garage

  • Living room out to patio and mountains

    Living room out to patio and mountains

  • Kitchen and view of mountains

    Kitchen and view of mountains

  • Master bedroom and bath

    Master bedroom and bath

  • Master bathroom with views of the mountains

    Master bathroom with views of the mountains

  • Guest bathroom

    Guest bathroom

  • Living room to patio

    Living room to patio

  • Patio with access from living and master bedroom

    Patio with access from living and master bedroom

  • Floor Plan

    Floor Plan

VRBO #368432

This listing was first published here in 2011.

Date last modified - Friday, October 09, 2015

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