"The TOP of EL SALTO" is a 1500 SF Contemporary Pueblo Style Alpine Chalet, designed and built by Award Winning Architect/Owner Michael T. Levy. Numerous hand crafted details and furnishings set off this unique home.
Gently tucked into the western slope of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, the home commands a panoramic view of Taos County, and more than 80 miles across the Rio Grande Valley to Abiquu, the former residence of artist Georgia O'Keefe. The famous novelist D.H Lawrence, who lived nearby at the same elevation, wrote that "Taos Valley in New Mexico is backed by the most beautiful skyline in the world!" - that will be your view.
The design is a Two Story Split-Level with four distinct floors. On Level 1 you will find a Queen bed suite (with memory foam mattress), a bathroom with shower, a lighted outdoor deck sitting area with fire-pit, hot tub, and nearby a 'hammock grove' situated beneath a canopy of fir trees. Level 2 contains a one car enclosed GARAGE LARGE ENOUGH FOR A MID-SIZE SUV OR 4WD (17'-6" MAX. LENGTH) with remote control overhead door, and recycling bins.
The Third Floor is the heart of this superb home. The Great Room comprises the main living area of the house and opens, via the 9' high window wall, onto a lighted deck with seating, panoramic views 1500' above the valley , and a year-round gas barbecue. From the well-appointed gourmet kitchen, you have a sumptuous view of the living area, with its wood burning stove, sky-lit lounge, and a dining area with a handcrafted live edge cedar table - and, of course, the skyline beyond.
The leather sofa in the Living Room stove converts to a Queen Size Bed in front of the Danish Modern wood stove. The walls throughout are decorated with original art, musical instruments, and artifacts from Africa, Australia, Southern China, Thailand and other exotic locales visited by the Owner. Central Stereo broadcasts to every room in the house along with WiFi. Vaulted golden ceilings of tongue and groove Idaho Pine, counter-pointed by Italian tile floors, are complimented by hand loomed rugs from Mexico, Turkey, Nepal and Afghanistan.
Level 4 is the Main Suite. The combination Bath and Dressing Room features twin hand painted Mexican sinks with wall-to-wall mirrors, a shower with glass block exterior wall, and an over-sized Jacuzzi tub facing picture windows with views thru the pine and juniper forest - enhanced by outdoor lighting. The Bedroom looks onto an L shaped balcony fronting the entire room, with an umbrella shaded outdoor dining set, and offers the most spectacular view of the valley - above the tree tops. The Bedroom has, as its central focus, The King Size cantilevered 'Sky Bed' (with memory foam) and a handmade aspen latilla headboard, which all floats on a 'River of Dreams' - an indirect lighting system reflecting off white marble river rock - custom designed and built by the owner. There is an Entertainment Center here with 70” TV and Soundbar, DVD & Roku.
Just when you think it can’t get any better..... it does. The whole house features radiant floor heating, large skylights, handmade doors, central stereo wired into every room (iPad or iPhone compatible), custom indirect lighting on dimmer switches, and energy efficient automatic Hunter Douglas Window coverings with remote controls.
Prominently situated at 8400 feet elevation, the home is bordered by the Taos Pueblo Indian Reservation, the Carson National Forest, and the Spanish Land Grant. The wilderness is just 5' from the house. From out your front door, this tranquil setting offers many opportunities for outdoor recreation, nature walks, mountain hiking and biking, snowshoe, and cross-country ski trails. It is a very cozy, private, quiet and tasteful retreat, surrounded by mature hemlock, fir, oak and cedar trees, only 10 minutes walk to the Zen Buddhist Meditation Center or 15 minutes to a spectacular 100' waterfall and cave.
The internationally recognized art community of Taos is a beautiful 15 minute drive, as is the World-Class Taos Ski Valley, which offers both skiing and snowboarding. The spa resort of Ojo Caliente is one hour away, making it a relaxing day trip. But who needs that? You'll have a 6' diameter by 4' deep hot tub.
NOTE: RESERVATIONS MUST BE MADE ONE WEEK OR MORE IN ADVANCE. We do not accept last minute bookings.
4X4 (4WD) FOUR WHEEL DRIVE IS ABSOLUTELY REQUIRED to use the steep driveway and park a mid-size SUV (17'-6" max. length) in the garage ANYTIME OF YEAR, and to access the property for several days after 8"+ snow storms. There is a lower parking area for conventional and large vehicles with a short (40') moderately steep path up to the house. So, from there you must carry groceries and luggage to the first floor of the house.
THIS HOUSE IS FOR FIT PEOPLE (I'm 72). It Is at 8,400 ft. on a steep mountain slope with 4 vertical levels and has an equally steep bed raised up two steps. Cool, but it may not be for you. We have an open closet in the huge bathroom with our clothes hanging and personal belongings everywhere; because this is our primary residence.
There is an oversized Jacuzzi Spa Bath in the main bathroom. THE OUTDOOR HOT TUB is NOT AVAILABLE from January 10 - March 22.