House of the Week: An 1880s Adobe Home Near Santa Fe

This 2.7-acre estate in a sleepy village outside Santa Fe beautifully captures the architectural flavor of its time. Built in 1881, the year after the railroad arrived and gave Lamy, NM a reason to exist, it still boasts adobe walls and rough-hewn ceiling beams known in these parts as “vigas.”

The 3-bedroom, 3-bath main home was for a few decades the Lamy General Store and Post Office, before an oil tycoon bought it in the 1970s, according to current owner Jean Zunkel. The tycoon’s son-in-law turned it from a store back into a home.

Zunkel loves the energy of the home, which shares the estate with a 1-bedroom guesthouse, a pitched-roof structure housing a studio and 3-car garage, and an orchard with cherry, peach, apricot and apple trees. Together, they’re on the market for $1.5 million.

“You can tell it carries a lot of history, although it doesn’t have any ghosts,” Zunkel said. “People walk into my house and instantly feel comfortable and relaxed.”

An open floor plan in the main home’s living area boasts ceilings higher than most traditional adobe homes, along with brick and tile floors, a fireplace and French doors. There’s a bay window in the dining room and a bump-out window in one of the master bedrooms, both with cushions for reading or nature gazing.

All three bedrooms have attached bathrooms, and one includes a fireplace, French doors and enough square footage to be a bedroom and an office.

The listing agent is Stephanie Duran of Barker Realty/Christie’s International Real Estate.

Photos by Jonathan Tercero.

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