$75 million is a lot to drop on any property, let alone a ranch in New Mexico, but we're not talking about just any ranch in the Land of Enchantment. We're talking about a compound that includes a stable that can accommodate eight horses, two riding rings, an actual movie studio in the form of a faux-Western town that has been the setting of films like 3:10 to Yuma and Thor: The Dark World, and, to top it all off, it includes a main structure designed by Japanes Pritzker Prize-winning architect Tadao Ando.
Plus the spread, located just outside of Sante Fe in the Galisteo Basin, includes 20,652 acre. So when you think about it that way, it's only about $3630 per acre. An absolute steal really.
Naturally, the dreamy property, which is known officially as the Cerro Pelon Ranch, belongs to none other than designer Tom Ford. Have a look for yourself.
Ford was born in Texas, but his family moved to the Santa Fe area when he was young, and the designer has kept close ties to the town ever since. One of his first projects after giving up the reigns at Gucci and Yves Saint Laurent in 2004 was overseeing the construction of the compound. At the time, he was living at a nearby Santa Fe home his grandmother once owned.
Ford told W back in 2004 that he had to woo the reluctant Tadao Ando to accept the project, but once the architect actually visited the site he agreed to tackle the project.
"Ando is so much about light and mass, which is so perfect for New Mexico,” said Ford. “Historically, Spanish architecture in New Mexico had been about mud wallswith a fortresslike quality to themand about light. The light is so strong that I wanted someone who would understand the importance of it.”
Ford seems to be looking to unload the property after purchasing a $53 million estate in Beverly Hills, California that once belonged to the actor William Powell. This listing is being handled by the Kevin Bolsky Group.
Of course, there's the question of who may actually be interested in purchasing the home. New Mexico isn't exactly known as an enclave for the mega-wealthy, and there's practically no other property in the state that can even compare to Ford's holdings.
“Seventy-five million dollars is a big ticket in New Mexico. We haven’t seen sales like that for a while,” said local broker Dale Heinemann told The Santa Fe New Mexican last month.
Perhaps some West Coast tech billionaire looking for a crown jewel of a retreat property would be interested. Travel should be a breeze. Naturally, the compound includes its own landing strip and a plane hanger for a private jet.
Plus, the film studio, known as Silverado Town (after the 1985 film that was shot there), could provide something of a source of income to any potential buyers. Other flicks shot on site includes Lonesome Dove, All The Pretty Horses, Cowboys & Aliens, The Missing and Wild, Wild West. The property is one of the largest land holdings in New Mexico, and the home is set far away from the movie set, so an owner wouldn't even be bothered. Imagine it. You could be peacefully riding your horses while Kevin Hart and Jonah Hill film a surely inevitable reboot of Wild, Wild West somewhere else on your land.
Tom Ford himself apparently isn't interested in filming a Western anytime it seems. Though, the designer-turned-director is almost ready to premier Nocturnal Animals, his follow up to 2009's A Single Man. It will premier in October, just weeks after Ford debuts his latest collection on the runway.
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