SELLERS: Tom Ford and Richard Buckley
LOCATION: Galisteo, NM
SIZE: 20,662 acres with multiple residences
YOUR MAMA’S NOTES: Internationally acclaimed and almost preposterously handsome fashion designer and occasional film director Tom Ford and veteran fashion magazine editor Richard Buckley officially put their Manhattan-sized ranch just south of Galisteo, NM, up for grabs with a super-sized reported asking price of $75 million. Our research indicates the couple acquired the so-called Cerro Pelon Ranch in 2001 for an unknown amount and online marketing materials show the scenic spread, about half an hour drive outside of Santa Fe, encompasses 16,208 deeded acres and another 4,454 leased acres for a total of 20,662 acres. By comparison the land area of Manhattan covers 21,612.8 acres.
It’s several miles along a winding and dusty drive on a well-maintained dirt road from the ranch’s main gate to the main residence, an extraordinarily long, land-hugging ultra-minimalist concrete and glass pavilion that appears to float on a shallow, lake-sized reflecting pool. The rigorously austere yet undeniably operatic residence, designed by Pritzker Prize-winning self-taught Japanese architect Tadao Ando with construction overseen by the vaunted American firm of Marmol Radziner, adjoins what listing details describe as a “state of the art horse barn with 8 stalls.” There are two circular riding rings, one of them covered and the other accessed by a low-lying bridge that makes a dramatic traverse across the reflecting pool. The compound also provides two guesthouses set privately away from the main residence and designed and built by Marmol Radziner, according to online marketing materials, plus four separate staff buildings, and a fenced tennis court.
A second compound, a Marmol Radziner-designed ranch managers headquarters, incorporates a “sophisticated home, a professional detached office building, and ample horse facilities” as well as several additional residences for ranch hands and other staff, numerous warehouses for ranch equipment, and an air strip and hanger. Near the main entrance to the property there’s a faux western movie town originally built as a set for the film “Silverado” in 1985 and later expanded, upgraded and frequently leased out for television shows and feature films that include “Lonesome Dove,” “All the Pretty Horses,” “3:10 to Yuma,” and “Thor.”
Mister Ford, who directed the 2009 Oscar-nominated film “A Single Man” and the upcoming thriller “Nocturnal Animals” with Amy Adams and Jake Gyllenhaal, won’t be giving up a real estate foothold in the New Mexico entirely as he and Buckley also own a low-slung hilltop mansion in Santa Fe that tax records show measures in at about 9,400-square-feet with 10 fireplaces. In 2014 the Santa Fe Recorder included the couple’s Santa Fe estate as one of the city’s biggest users of water with a 2013 water bill of $9,262.37 for 452,500 consumed gallons. Shortly after their excessive water usage was made public a representative for Mister Buckley and Ford issued a statement that claimed the annual water use for 2013 was unusual for the property and had to do in part with leaks in a newly installed irrigation system that weren’t detected until water bills began to arrive that showed a significant uptick in water consumption.
The couple, who previously and not surprisingly maintained chic homes in the fashion capitals of London and Paris, currently spend a great deal of time in Los Angeles where they reside in the Brown-Sidney House, a stunning Richard Neutra-designed residence and guesthouse in a plummy pocket of Bel Air that they picked up per property records we peeped in November 1997 for an unrecorded amount and that they had restored and upgraded by Marmol Radziner with interiors by Brad Dunning. Earlier this year it was widely rumored and reported by just about every property gossip on the planet that Misters Buckley and Ford allegedly beat out Jay-Z and Beyoncé in a bidding war and “entered an agreement” to pay maximalist decorator Kelly Wearstler and boutique hotelier and developer Brad Korzen a sensational $53 million in an off-market deal for their 3.2-acre Hollywood pedigreed Beverly Hills estate — it was long owned by filmmaker Albert “Cubby” Broccoli and at one point leased for four years to Diane Keaton — but we’ve since heard unconfirmed whispers through the Platinum Triangle real estate gossip grapevine the deal has since been scuttled.
Listing photos: Kevin Bobolsky Group