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Location: Santa Fe, N.M.
The Skinny: Outside the historic district of Santa Fe, where the restrictions (legal and societal) on architectural styles are less severe, Contemporary design rivals the city's signature adobe style as the go-to choice for new homes. This home near the Santa Fe Opera House—a redo by local architect Trey Jordan—is firmly in that new camp of design, while still incorporating traditional adobe elements such as a kiva and beamed ceilings. Eight-foot-high windows flood the great room with light, and the unobtrusive color palette and lighting are designed to emphasize the home's role as a live-in gallery for the owners, Silicon Valley art collectors Scott Murray and Mihail Lari. The three-bedroom, three-bathroom layout includes a separate guest house, master bath with steam shower, and a chef's kitchen, while the five-acre landscaped grounds features outdoor dining and entertainment areas, and views of the Opera House. Murray and Lari, who also keep a home in Palo Alto, are asking $1.435M.