Casa Colibrí 

 A beautiful 3 bedroom 2 ½ bath ridgetop home with adobe living room, kitchen, and dining room, Casa Colibrí lies minutes from the Santa Fe Opera, and features spectacular 360 degree views of the Sangre de Cristo, Jemez, Ortiz, and Sandia mountains. Away from city traffic, yet minutes from the plaza it is a a great jumping off point to explore northern New Mexico, as well as a wonderful place to relax in a tranquil, peaceful, private environment. It is a little over 30 minutes to the ski lifts at Santa Fe ski basin, and there are nearby bicycling trails, The Sangre de Cristo mountains offer abundant hiking possibilities. Afterward, relax under the stars in the hot tub, with sunset views of the Jemez and the distant lights of Los Alamos. Then enjoy a fire in one of the three Kiva fireplaces.



A passive solar house created by New York architect Ralph Gillis AIA, who in his early years in Santa Fe apprenticed with Alexander Girard, Casa Colibrí has interior design by Laban Wingert and additional décor by Jane Adkins ASID (assoc.). Planned with an orientation to the environment, so that the rooms each have their unique views of the surrounding landmarks and topography, it is landscaped with native xeriscape and rests on 2 1/2 acres of natural piñones and juniper. Amenities include wireless DSL network connection, satellite HD TV, Bose sound system, wine storage unit, and a two car garage, with extra parking for additional guests.



Contact Todd Davis or Lynn Zeck at Casas de Santa Fe 1-800 363-9810

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FAX: (505) 982 8479

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Telephone : 415-239-0545 or 415-309-4369

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Places to Visit (Day trips in the Environs de Santa Fe)

Things to do --- opera, galleries, museums, food etc.

Directions (in preparation)

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Ralph Gillis has an intuitive grasp of site and appropriate style. He has blended traditional and modern elements brilliantly. The openness of the interior space to the surrounding environment and orientation of the floor plan to topographical features results in a fascinating geometry. This underlying structure supports the interplay and interweaving of textures of indigenous and  contemporary materials -- adobe and glass, copper and wood -- transforming traditional forms, both pueblo and hispanic. The effect is superb, and the house works!





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 Living Room

 Dining Room and Kitchen


 Hallway and Upstairs study



Environs de Santa Fe

The High road to Taos

Santuario de Chimayo


Las Trampas


Bison at Picuris

Ranchos de Taos

Ranchos de Taos

Ranchos de Taos

Ranchos de Taos

Taos Pueblo

Horno at Taos Pueblo

San Geronimo de Taos

Hoary Marmot near Wheeler peak

The Jemez and Bandelier

San Giusewa ruin at Jemez

San Giusewa

Denizen of Bandelier

Bandelier cliff/cave dwellings

Bandelier cliff/cave dwellings

Cicuye (Pecos)

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