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5 cool and unusual homes on the market

Las Milpas
Las Milpas | Photo courtesy of Paul Duran, Keller Williams Realty

Las Milpas

  • Santa Fe, New Mexico
  • $12.5 million

This adobe homestead could be the setting of a classic Western.

"Everything about it is in perfect, pristine condition, but nothing about it is modern," says Paul Duran, broker with Keller Williams Realty. "It's a step back in time."

The Pueblo Revival compound -- a main house along with a guesthouse, casita, caretaker's house, studio, library and chapel -- sits on 1 1/2 acres enclosed by an adobe wall, on Santa Fe's historic East Side, he says.

The compound has nine bedrooms, including six in the main house, Duran says. The adobe walls of the home and outbuildings are over a foot thick, which keeps the interiors cool in the summer and retains heat during the winter, he says.

Many rooms have kiva fireplaces -- traditional Southwestern clay hearths. The main house has a vintage coal cook stove retrofitted for natural gas, he says.

Most of the compound's structures were commissioned -- using traditional methods, materials, and craftsmen -- by the Fields family in the late 1920s and early '30s, Duran says. But parts of the property are believed to date to the 1880s, according to records from the Historic Santa Fe Foundation.

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