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

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,700 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay nights


About the property

House, 2 Bedrooms + Library, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 4)

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

More Details

Property Manager
Jeffrey Forgash
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 8, 2017

About Jeffrey Forgash

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.

Jeffrey Forgash purchased this house in 2011

Why Jeffrey Forgash chose Santa Fe

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.

What makes this house unique

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.


Tesuque Hills House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1700 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Golf Course View ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Ski-Out ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Mountain views
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , Glass shower, bench, double sinks, views of mountain range
  • Master bedroom has over-sized shower with teak floor and bench. Both bedrooms have large windows looking out at the property enveloped by nature.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , Master bedroom with private master bath and mountain views
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , Views of mountains from the bed
  • Queen size Beds (2) One queen in master and queen in guest. Large walk-in closets in both bedrooms.
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • alternative lifestyle
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • synagogues
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
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
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.


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Home by Spears Horn Architects, ~NM AIA~ 2011 Design Firm of Year
average rating of 5.0 based on 5 reviews
Chicago, IL

Loved This House!

  • 5 of 5

My two girlfriends and I spent a wonderful long weekend at Butterfly House. It is perfectly sited about 10-15 minutes north of Santa Fe in a quiet private development just south of the flea market and the Opera. It is beautifully designed and furnished in a minimalist style that feels very comfortable and puts the focus on the views. The landscaping complements the house - there is something interesting outside every window. It feels pristine, light, and airy, and having the two bedrooms at opposite ends of the house gives guests privacy and space.

The kitchen is nicely furnished for those who like to cook and grocery stores are only about 15 minutes away. This house would be nice at any season. We loved our visit and I definitely plan to return.

  • Submitted: Jun 28, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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wonderful modern home with fabulous views

  • 5 of 5

This house is exactly as it looks in the pictures. While it is small, it is perfect for 2-4 people. The layout worked well for living away from home. Loved the decor, the bathrooms and in particular the views. Breathtaking. We would come back in a heartbeat.

  • Submitted: Nov 9, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Chicago, IL

Private retreat in Santa Fe

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I stayed at the Butterfly House with another couple and we would highly recommend it. This home is bright, airy and comfortable. We loved the contemporary aesthetics and the well equipped kitchen. The air conditioning was a nice option to have, but the ceiling fans and cool nights were perfect for us.

The layout of the home created enough privacy for all of us. Having 2 bedrooms and 2 baths (on opposite ends of the house) were ideal. We loved all the windows (even in the showers), which provided wonderful views of the surroundings. The patio was a nice added bonus for some outdoor grilling, margaritas and gorgeous sunsets.

The Butterfly House location provided easy access to downtown Santa Fe, local restaurants and day excursions.

We can’t wait to rent this house again.

  • Submitted: Jul 22, 2013
  • Stayed: Jun 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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"House Beautiful"

  • 5 of 5

Walking into "The Butterfly House" is like taking a deep breath and knowing everything will be perfect. Situated in the hills of Santa Fe, there are lovely views from all sides of the house, comfortable furniture, a well-appointed kitchen, and peace and quiet. The location is ideal because you are a short ride to the activities in downtown Santa Fe and close access to highways for adventures. A casino is ten minutes away and don't miss a scenic drive to Madrid for its shops and galleries.

Butterfly House is perfect for an extended stay or a weeks getaway. I highly recommend it and would come back in a minute.

  • Submitted: May 26, 2013
  • Stayed: Apr 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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Contemporary architecture and design draws attention to the natural elements of the southwest

  • 5 of 5

Aesthetically speaking, The Butterfly House is unlike any other in the Sangre de Cristo foothills. It's contemporary architecture and design draws attention to the natural elements of the southwest.

There are windows and glass doors throughout so visitors are able to admire the surroundings, even from the living room or the bathroom. How relaxing! There's a patio that looks out on the mountains of Durango, Colorado, which is a short drive from the Tesuque Hills.

The house's minimalism not only puts the view at the forefront but it also makes the home feel open and spacious, even amongst the mountains. It's eco-friendly as well, which is always a plus. What I enjoyed most was exploring the foothills in the early morning for rocks (there's an abundance of quartz).

Would definitely recommend this place, especially to artsy folks and nature lovers. There opera house is right there, too, so it's an ideal spot for music afficionados as well.

  • Submitted: Feb 23, 2012
  • Stayed: Dec 2011
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
45 Miles
Sante Fe airport and Albuquerque 45 minute
Nearest Barpub
2 Miles
Bar and Restaurant Tesuque Market
Nearest Golf
10 Miles
Local public
Nearest Train
18 Miles
Amtrak Southwest Chief, Albuquerque and Lamy NM
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
US 25 and 84/285
Nearest Restaurant
10 Miles
Some of the nations best 100's within miles
Nearest Ski
20 Miles
Santa Fe Ski and Taos
Car: necessary

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


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