Category Archives: Historic Homes

Homes with History – El Fidel Hotel, Las Vegas, NM

El Fidel Hotel
Las Vegas, New Mexico

By Adrienne DeGuere, Editor and Office Administrator, Sotheby’s International Realty

El Fidel Hotel

El Fidel Hotel

Built in 1923 on the Plaza of downtown Las Vegas, the first significantly sized settlement on the Santa Fe Trail trade route, stands El Fidel Hotel, located on the site of previous incarnations of hospitality establishments dating back to the 1880s.  Placed on the New Mexico State Register of Cultural Properties in 1976 and on the National Register of Historic Places in 1983, El Fidel remains a grand example of Spanish Colonial Revival style.
Lobby of El FidelReplete with the history one would expect of a hotel dating back to the iconic “Wild West” days of the American Frontier, including a shoot-out in the lobby between a judge and a newspaper editor in 1925, the property has been well maintained in keeping with its architectural legacy.

With eighteen guest rooms, a restaurant, and a stately lobby graced with ceramic tile floors, arched windows, and rich woodwork, El Fidel offers a unique property in a revitalized historic small city just east of the state’s capital.

Exclusively represented by DEANNE OTTAWAY



Homes with History – The Lesnett House

147 Gonzales Road Lincoln, NM

By Adrienne DeGuere, Editor and Office Administrator, Sotheby’s International Realty

lesnit1In Lincoln, a small, historic village nestled in the Rio Bonito river valley of southeastern New Mexico, discover The Lesnett House, a territorial home built in 1878 that stood during the tumultuous Lincoln County War of 1878-1881. Sherriff Pat Garrett, famed for killing Billy the Kid, once owned a portion of the property and Billy the Kid himself is rumored to have hidden in a flour barrel while being pursued by soldiers from Fort Stanton.  Listed in the U.S. National Register of Historic Places and designated as one of three historic Lincoln homes remaining in private ownership, the 4,500 square foot home and studio offers 22” thick adobe walls, 12’ coved ceilings with vigas, white plaster walls, and wood and Saltillo tile flooring.  Zoned for residential and commercial use, the property includes 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, and a kiva fireplace on .84 of an acre.

Exclusively represented by MARY JOY FORD

Homes with History – Rancho Viejo County Road 142, Abiquiu NM

Rancho Viejo County Road 142
Abiquiu, New Mexico

By Adrienne DeGuere, Editor and Office Administrator, Sotheby’s International Realty

In the heart of Georgia O’Keeffe country sits this 115 acre working ranch with a 200+ year old territorial style adobe home and one mile of frontage on the Chama River.  The largest remaining intact portion of a land grant made to Bartolome Trujillo in the early 1730s, the property was once the headquarters of what was originally an 11,000 acre ranch. The 4,000 square foot main house of four bedrooms and three baths comes with vigas and latillas, radiant heated stone floors, and three fireplaces; nearby but still private is the one bedroom, one bath casita that once served as a bunkhouse for ranch hands.  The land includes two ponds, 156 acre feet of adjudicated water rights for irrigation purposes with a 1734 priority date, and multiple additional structures.  Special touches such as adobe handmade and formed by a local family and a pasture area peppered with Anasazi Indian pottery shards add to the appeal of this unique offering.

 Exclusively represented by CINDY VOLPER


Homes with History – Casa de Dos Aguas

Casa de Dos Aguas – 1125 Canyon Road
By Adrienne DeGuere, Editor and Office Administrator, Sotheby’s International Realty

casa-dos-aguasSet in Santa Fe’s historic Eastside, the House of Two Waters boasts the unique feature of both the Santa Fe River and the Acequia Madre (Mother Ditch) running through the property.  With the first recorded deed of sale in 1866 and only seven owners since that time, the property includes a main house, attached guest house with air conditioning, and a 3-car heated garage, for a total of 6,670 square feet on .68 acres.  The east end of the home is believed to date back to the early 1700s with a stone root cellar and all solid timber construction.

casadosExtensive remodeling performed with an eye to maintain the home’s historic charm provides special attributes including antique doors throughout, a 1200 bottle wine cellar, and walled courtyards with private, spacious gardens.

With four bedrooms and five baths, Casa de Dos Aguas offers a unique dual opportunity for professional office gallery space and residential living close to Canyon Road’s famed gallery and restaurants. Owner/broker.

Represented by DARLENE STREIT