REAL ESTATE

Designer Tom Ford Selling Stylish New Mexico Ranch for $75M

  • Western set on Tom Ford's modern ranch

    Western set on Tom Ford's modern ranch

  • Many a Western was filmed here

    Many a Western was filmed here

  • Main residence appears to float

    Main residence appears to float

If Tom Ford's New Mexico ranch looks familiar, you've probably seen it before. The sprawling property is a popular location for filming -- it's been featured in "Lonesome Dove," "Wild Wild West," "3:10 to Yuma," and even "Thor."

Originally built to resemble a Western town for the film "Silverado" in 1985, it has since been updated and the buildings in the town are no longer just facades, but real, usable structures.

And as fascinating as the Western set may be, the property has other remarkable aspects, including its staggering size. At 20,662 acres, it's one of the largest private holdings in the county.

The price is sure to raise some eyebrows -- Ford is asking $75,000,000, a price local Realtors haven't seen in a long time, if ever, according to Dale Heinemann, a broker who specializes in New Mexico ranch properties.

Although ancient petroglyphs, pottery shards, and pueblo ruins can be found on the ranch, the newer structures on the property are aggressively modern.

Acclaimed Japanese architect Tadao Ando worked with Ford to design a minimalistic, glass-walled main residence that seems to float on a reflecting pool. A state-of-the-art horse barn with eight stalls is adjacent. There are circular indoor and outdoor riding arenas that complement the design of the main residence.

Architectural firm Marmol Radziner handled the construction, including designing and building a separate ranch manager's headquarters with a sophisticated home, a detached office building, and ample horse facilities. It's one of four separate staff quarters and two private guesthouses, also designed and built by the L.A. -- based firm.

If that's not enough, there are multiple warehouses for ranch equipment, as well as an airstrip and hangar. The property comes with full architectural plans and scale models for another residential compound, also designed by Ando, intended to be built on the highest point of the ranch.

That peak is known as Cerro Pelon Mountain, which is located in the heart of the property and can be seen for miles. It's reported to be the most significant landmark in the Galisteo Basin, about a half-hour from Santa Fe. Cerro Pelon, by the way, means "Bald Hill," but that doesn't sound nearly as glamorous.

And everyone knows Ford is all about sophisticated glamour. He served as creative director of Gucci and Yves Saint Laurent before launching is own label. He also directed the very stylish Oscar-nominated film "A Single Man." Next up is the Dec. 9 release of the Ford-directed film "Nocturnal Animals," starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Amy Adams.

The Kevin Bobolsky Group is representing the property.