This peaceful retreat moonlights as the ultimate entertaining space
Written by Steph Cuellar Butler
Photography by donicio Madrid
Everyone needs that private getaway, a space to reflect and relax from time to time. Other times, a lively celebration is in order, whether that be an intimate family birthday party or an extravagant ball with 250 guests. Since they purchased it almost 17 years ago, Steve and Sheryl Parsley’s Mediterranean-style home in the South Ridge Village neighborhood has served as both a secluded oasis and the ultimate entertaining space.
A well-planned layout, coupled with a multitude of amenities, makes this home completely versatile. It’s exactly what renowned builder Herman Cardenas, a pioneer in the “smart house” movement, had in mind when he built it back in 1992. When the Parsleys took up residence, they added in their own stylistic touches—granite countertops, elegant brass fixtures, and graceful oversized tiles—but Cardenas’ original clever touches remain.Designed with entertaining in mind, the home’s living space boasts a wet bar and superior acoustics. An unobtrusive, in-wall speaker system allows music to flow throughout the interior and exterior of the home. “There’s always something fun and unexpected,” says Sheryl. “That’s one of the things we love about the house.”
Whether you’re serving drinks at the wet bar (below), gathering on the outdoor patio for a summer meal (above), or hosting a pool party with unparalleled views (bottom), this home is ideal for making memories with families.
In true smart house fashion, the home is full of automated conveniences that add both charm and utility, like the kitchen skylights that open via remote control. “It really lets in a nice breeze, which is so nice when you’re entertaining,” Sheryl notes, before pointing out that a sensible timer and weather sensors ensure that nothing rains on the party.
In the living room, the drapery also opens up with just the push of a button, revealing an expansive window adorned with a wrought iron vine sculpture. The stunning ironwork has two sister pieces in the home: One frames the master bathroom with twirling vines and roses. The other, growing wild with trumpeting flowers, graces the gate between the covered patio and the pool area.
The winding iron vines are Cardenas’ tributes to his vision of an ideal home that can embrace the best in technological comforts while still maintaining a rooted appreciation of natural outdoor beauty. Steve and Sheryl point out that the builder put as much of his soul and ingenuity into the inside of the home as he put into the outdoor entertaining and personal retreat areas. “One of the best features here is the design of the outdoor living spaces,” says Steve. “It’s a fabulous house to entertain in. You can have as many as 250 people here and flow in and out very easily. Even in the winter, with the outdoor fireplace going, it’s beautiful. It’s more than just comfortable.”
Indeed, living desert foliage explodes with color all over the .7-acre lot. Purple vitex plumes delight on the covered patio. A towering green Mexican palm keeps watch over the heated sapphire pool. There are no drab views on this property. “This is where we sit to take advantage of the first part of the sunset, when the mountains turn pink,” says Sheryl, pointing to a quiet seating area just east of the pool.
After soaking up the final hues of the setting sun, the Parsleys often move to another charming patio on the front side of the home. “When we’re done with the sunset on the mountains, we come here and watch the valley change colors,” says Sheryl.
Other relaxation spots in the home include a cozy library/office area and the owner’s suite, which comes complete with a spacious sitting area and a fireplace.
Whether relaxing with a glass of wine after a long week, curling up with a favorite book in front of one of the four fireplaces, or hosting a dinner party, this home truly has it all. With thoughtful technological touches, tasteful finishes throughout, and a design that pays homage to the natural beauty of Las Cruces, this home is smart in both build and style.
ABOUT THIS HOME
746 Oro Viejo Road
- Year Built: 1992
- Square Feet: 3,928
- Currently offered at: $630,000
Cul-De-Sac, Panoramic Mountain Views, 4 Fireplaces, Heated Pool with Waterfall, In-Wall Speaker System, Security System, Gourmet Kitchen, Vaulted Tongue-and-Groove Ceiling, Split Heating & Cooling Systems, New Roof in 2014, New Exterior Paint
Steinborn & Associates Real Estate