A Sanctuary in Rio En Medio | Ricky Allen + Cathy Griffith

A Sanctuary in Rio En Medio

Tucked away in a Rio en Medio valley is an oasis you’ll be surprised to find. The astoundingly lush grounds are beautifully landscaped with fruit trees, peonies, wildflowers, an organic vegetable garden, and irrigated by its own acequia (with water rights). There is even a trickling stream to listen to with a pond.

As special as the setting are the main house and studio oozing with charm. The original adobe Northern New Mexico style home was designed by the talented Andrew Geer in 1990. The main house’s first floor is an open floor plan with bright spaces, thanks to large windows overlooking the grounds. The kitchen has been beautifully updated with new appliances, granite, and new cabinets. And there’s a sweet country porch off the kitchen to listen to the stream. The second floor has the bedrooms and bath.

The second pitched roof workshop/guestroom was added in 1995. It’s location across the gorgeous yard provides privacy. This workshop/guestroom has a library, that could be used as an office, and one upstairs bedroom/bath. Every day you would be living in your own tranquil, private nature preserve, while being only 20 minutes to the Plaza, or 10 to the Opera. Much care has been given to upgrading systems and structures: new Andersen windows, in-floor radiant heat with high-efficiency boilers, and newer stucco on main house. That detailed attention and maintenance will make it even easier to enjoy your glorious nature preserve.

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