SANTA FE, N.M. — If you go by coverage in publications around the country (and Great Britain), the biggest news out of Santa Fe over the past several weeks is the potential sale of designer and film director Tom Ford’s 20,000-acre “ranch” south of Santa Fe.
The “Manhattan-sized” estate and its reported $75 million price tag have provided fodder for publications ranging from Maxim to the U.K.’s Daily Mail to World Architecture. The big attraction, in addition to Ford’s celebrity and the high asking price, are the sensational (if you consider architecture sensational) pictures released to promote the sale. Variety’s site posted a gallery of 22 pics.
Ford’s Cerro Pelon Ranch is a high-desert, ultra-modern Xanadu, designed by Japanese architect Tadao Ando in nothing approaching Santa Fe Style. It also features an Old West movie set. Headlines around the world proclaim the place “insane,” “mind-blowing,” “stunning,” “humongous” and “bonkers.”
Here’s a sample of some of the coverage:
“Designer and film director Tom Ford has made a (very lucrative) career out of reinterpreting the world around him into something far more aesthetically pleasing. Whether it’s men’s suits, women’s ready-to-wear, or his mid-century modernist-infused film “A Single Man,” Ford has an extremely keen eye when it comes to beauty. So it shouldn’t come as a surprise that his tastes in real estate are pretty damn lust-worthy as well.
“… Gaze upon it, and do your best not to let your brain explode in a fit of envy.”
“Internationally acclaimed and almost preposterously handsome fashion designer and occasional film director Tom Ford and veteran fashion magazine editor Richard Buckley officially put their Manhattan-sized ranch just south of Galisteo, NM, up for grabs with a super-sized reported asking price of $75 million. Our research indicates the couple acquired the so-called Cerro Pelon Ranch in 2001 for an unknown amount and online marketing materials show the scenic spread, about half an hour drive outside of Santa Fe, encompasses 16,208 deeded acres and another 4,454 leased acres for a total of 20,662 acres. By comparison the land area of Manhattan covers 21,612.8 acres.
“It’s several miles along a winding and dusty drive on a well-maintained dirt road from the ranch’s main gate to the main residence, an extraordinarily long, land-hugging ultra-minimalist concrete and glass pavilion that appears to float on a shallow, lake-sized reflecting pool. The rigorously austere yet undeniably operatic residence, designed by Pritzker Prize-winning self-taught Japanese architect Tadao Ando with construction overseen by the vaunted American firm of Marmol Radziner, adjoins what listing details describe as a ‘state of the art horse barn with 8 stalls.’ There are two circular riding rings, one of them covered and the other accessed by a low-lying bridge that makes a dramatic traverse across the reflecting pool.
“… (Ford) won’t be giving up a real estate foothold in New Mexico entirely as he and Buckley also own a low-slung hilltop mansion in Santa Fe that tax records show measures in at about 9,400-square-feet with 10 fireplaces.”
“Some rich guys have mansions. Other rich guys have architecturally important compounds in the middle of the picturesque New Mexico desert. Tom Ford falls pretty squarely into that second category.
“… There’s an air strip and a hangar for you to land and store your private plane. If that’s not extravagant enough, there’s also a film set included. Silverado Movie Town, where scenes for Silverado, Wild Wild West, and All the Pretty Horses – among other Westerns – were filmed sits on the 20,000-acre estate, too.
“Which means that while the whole kit and caboodle will cost a potential buyer lots of money, it’s got its own revenue stream literally built right in.”
From W magazine:
“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 walls – with a fortresslike quality to them – and 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.”
“Famed fashion designer Tom Ford might be the most stylish ranch hand of all time.
“The man who revived Gucci and even has a Jay Z song in his honor has put his stunning Santa Fe ranch up for sale. And all he’s asking for it is $75 million.”