Celebrated as one of the world’s most famous thoroughfares dedicated to art, Santa Fe’s Canyon Road has a reputation that precedes it and has long been a destination for aficionados, collectors, and artists alike. This estate—tucked amid mature trees and other resplendent greenery near the banks of the Santa Fe River—deserves its position on the storied street’s upper reaches, as it winds toward the foothills of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains.
Betsy Lynette Blair Wooliver, daughter of legendary Primitivist artist Streeter Blair, designed and built the residence, with parts of it serving as her studio space. Now graciously updated, it epitomizes authentic Santa Fe style with its plaster-clad adobe walls, graceful archways, ceiling vigas and latillas, wood and tile floors, skylights, antique wood doors, and fireplaces. Throughout, it exudes warmth, tradition, and quintessential Southwestern character, yet modern amenities such as air conditioning, radiant in-floor heating, on-demand hot water and a security system have not been neglected.
At the heart of the sophisticated 3,600-square-foot home is a dramatic central living and entertaining area that displays the original owner’s artistic priorities. It boasts such distinctive appointments as a striking shepherd-style fireplace; sturdy posts with corbels; ceilings with latillas and grand vigas in a sunburst pattern; and an artist-created stained-glass window.
From the central living area, the interiors radiate into two wings. In one are the inviting, relaxing bedrooms. The welcoming, well-lit primary suite includes a rugged stone fireplace, a walk-in closet, a bath with a luxurious claw-footed soaking tub and a kiva fireplace, and an office with views of the gardens. Accompanying each of the two serene guest suites is a bath with a vintage-inspired shower over tub.
In the public wing of the home are a cook’s kitchen with stainless-steel appliances, a lengthy island, a breakfast area with a corner fireplace, and touches of French country charm as well as a handsome dining room boasting a corner fireplace and striking walls of painted adobe brick. Both the kitchen and the dining room open through French doors to an arbored patio enjoying a splendid view of the glorious grounds and warmed by a kiva-style fireplace on cooler days and nights.
Enveloping the residence are grandfather trees, lush lawns, and impressively colorful perennial landscaping designed by a master gardener. The singular secluded property is fully walled and gated, creating consummate privacy, yet this hidden treasure is only minutes from the galleries, shops, restaurants, museums, and historic landmarks for which Santa Fe remains famous.