Inside and out, this ideally-located home built in 1904 offers ambiance, amenities, and tons of natural light.
Written by Carolyn Schmitz
Photography by Donicio Madrid
Standing in the circular drive of this Mesilla area home, visitors get only a glimpse of the white, traditional Spanish-style house and row upon row of pecan trees. A proper tour of the house and grounds reveals a home cleverly designed with function, purpose, and whimsy for a large family’s comfort and enjoyment.
As the front door closes, all noises from the street are silenced, and the abundant charm of the old home reveals itself in wide-open spaces with light pouring in from oversized, double-paned windows highlighting picture-perfect views. Built in 1904, this early 20th century gem boasts antique oak flooring, ornamental and structural vigas and latillas (hand-hewn beams and sticks traditionally used to support adobe ceilings), and portions of the original adobe exterior seamlessly incorporated into the existing structure.
Inside, one half of the 3,741-square-foot main house is designed to accommodate more subdued pursuits, such as sleeping in the home’s three bedrooms, while on the other side, every room invites gatherings and group activities. An efficient kitchen includes every modern convenience, and the family and living spaces come decked out with amenities. Skylights are strategically placed throughout the house for optimum lighting. Understated bookshelves and nooks are built into the structure for storage and convenience. They are also spaces to display fine art and family heirlooms, and an unexpected touch in the form of a garden bed built right into the floor of the great room. A large fish tank is also permanently built into an interior wall.
Bedrooms in the main house are roomy and bright, with traditional viga and latilla ceilings set in a herringbone pattern, and strategically placed windows that provide the best of both privacy and picturesque views. The master suite includes a large walk-in closet and plenty of natural light, as well as the tranquility of a sunken bathtub that overlooks a peaceful, private garden setting. This side of the house also includes a sewing room with an attractive built-in workbench, as well as a comfortable family room with a kitchenette and fireplace.
On the other side of the home, a sitting room, dining room, and kitchen open to a great room unlike any other: an atrium that looks out on a spacious manicured garden and patio outside. With high, arched ceilings and an enormous dome as its centerpiece, the room’s skylights and clerestory windows add to the sense of being outdoors while remaining inside where the temperature can be regulated to perfection. The great room’s size and symmetry allow for many seating and activity areas. The built-in projection system and surround sound make it a family destination.
Just across the driveway, sits a 672-square-foot white casita with a bedroom, bathroom, kitchenette, dining area, unique storage solutions, and its own HVAC system. French doors with latilla shutters open to a cool, shaded patio.
Sitting on 3.88 acres with a rock wall, this park-like property is lined with paved walkways, 92 healthy, producing pecan trees, as well as pistachio and fruit trees, and neatly-tended gardens that are fed by a drip watering system. The property enjoys an irrigation well, a domestic well and EBID water rights. The wells, as well as all other electric amenities, are powered by a 10-kilowatt solar energy system.
The gazebo offers a pleasant place to sit and take in some afternoon shade, and it’s quite easy to become mesmerized by the fish pond waterfall, which is home to a dozen very large, rambunctious Koi. In the evenings, a walk to the edge of the property ends at a large fire ring with hay-bale seating, perfect for gathering around and roasting marshmallows.
Closer to the home, an outdoor kitchen provides the centerpiece for parties with friends and family. With a refrigerator, a cooktop, a king-sized Viking gas barbecue, a wood-burning fireplace and a genuine pizza oven, there’s no need to venture indoors. Designed for a large crowd, this area of the property has both covered and open-air areas that would comfortably seat 100. Unique lighting illuminates the patios and hot tub, with interesting water features found scattered here and there.
Behind the outdoor kitchen, a fenced, commercial-grade playground, includes a built-in sand pit near a couple of shade trees. The swing set is tall and sturdy, set in the ground to avoid tipping when someone swings too high. The merry-go-round has plenty of room for lots of kids to jump on. Around the corner, a two-story spiral staircase near an old tree winds its way up to a spectacular, lighted, bungalow-style tree house that would be a thrill for any child to play in.
The efficient kitchen (top) includes all the modern conveniences, while the master bathroom (right), is spacious with windows that look out over a park-like outdoor space that includes a koi pond (above) and 92 producing pecan trees (opposite).
The Koi pond offers a pleasant place to sit and take in some afternoon shade.
About This Home
1010 Calle de El Paso
- Year built: 1904
- Square Feet: 4,413 sq. ft.
- Bedrooms: 4
- Bathrooms: 4
- Currently offered at: $850,000
3.88 Acres, Adobe Construction, Multiple Living Areas, 672-Square-Foot Guest Casita, Projection Screen, Built-in TV/Music System, Full Outdoor Kitchen, Wood-Burning Pizza Oven, Water Features, Hot Tub, Playground, Koi Pond, 92 Producing Pecan Trees, Pistachio & Fruit Trees, Drip Irrigation, EBID Water Rights, Domestic & Irrigation Wells, Tree House
Steinborn & Associates Real Estate