While Curbed will always love a good midcentury modern house or picturesque Victorian, there’s also plenty to appreciate about desert architecture. Take this four-bedroom, four-bath house in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Sitting on two-and-a-half acres just ten minutes from downtown, the 3,386-square-foot house is part of a small enclave of eight homes with impressive views of the Sangre de Cristo mountains.
The Santa Fe-style house features a spacious entry courtyard and a thick adobe and frame construction that gives it much more charm than its 1989 origins. Inside, abundant light provides an airiness sometimes not found in adobe design, and the house boasts viga ceilings, or rough-hewn roof timber and rafters.
An updated kitchen provides modern conveniences, and a new large covered patio makes indoor-outdoor entertaining easy. Multiple kiva fireplaces add coziness, and the over-sized master suite allows for plenty of space. Another perk includes the extensive solar polar system that keeps electric bills to under $10.
Love what you see? 8 Tano Vida is on the market now for $948,000.