The former Santa Fe, New Mexico, home of artist Georgia O’Keeffe and, later, tech titan Paul Allen is now being offered at $15 million after getting a $2.5 million price cut last week.
Known as Sol y Sombra and located on the upscale east side of the city, the adobe house was the final residence of O’Keeffe, who famously painted landscapes of the region, as well as its bones, flowers and clouds. She lived there until her death in 1986 at the age of 98.
Allen, the Microsoft co-founder who died in 2018 at age 65, bought the residence in 2000 when it was listed for $12.2 million, according to The Wall Street Journal. The final sales price was not disclosed at the time. Allen’s estate still owns the property, according to records.
“It has a greenhouse/atrium that is full of Allen’s cacti collection from around the world,” said Paul Duran of Keller Williams Luxury in Santa Fe.
The greenhouse also features a Bodhi Tree that is believed to be related to the one the Buddha sat beneath when he attained enlightenment, Mr. Duran said. The Dalai Lama gifted seeds from the tree to the previous owners, and it’s now a beautiful, mature specimen.
Featuring double- and sometimes triple-thick adobe walls, the 9,000-square-foot main home dates to the 1930s and was built in the traditional Pueblo style so common to the area, Mr. Duran noted. There are also beamed ceilings, kiva fireplaces, brick and hardwood flooring and doors leading outside.
“The grounds have been manicured to perfection and so well kept over the last 20 years,” Mr. Duran said.
There are six bedrooms in the main house, as well as two guest houses and a lodge for a total of 21 bedrooms, according to the listing. The property has most recently been used as a conference center, and the lodge is also suitable for meetings or could be converted into an art gallery, the agent added. There’s also a separate conference center and an event center with a catering kitchen and roof deck from which to take in Santa Fe’s spectacular sunsets.
Other amenities include a library, a game room and a theater, as well as numerous patios and outdoor seating areas, the listing said. A rose garden, an Aspen grove and Wisteria are some of the additional plantings on the property.
The home was first listed in 2021 for $22.6 million, meaning it had its price discounted by roughly one-third, according to records.
The Allen estate has been selling off many of his properties over the last few years, and Christie’s held an auction of his art collection—including O’Keeffe paintings—in the fall that fetched a total of $1.5 billion.
Allen’s estate also included a 414-foot yacht, a research and recreation vessel dubbed Octopus, which sold last August and was most recently listed for US$278 million; the $101 million sale of two apartments on Manhattan’s Upper East Side in July; a collection of eight properties on Mercer Island in Washington state that sold for $67.1 million, also in July; and a Los Angeles compound that sold for $55.5 million in July 2021.
Representatives for the estate did not immediately return a request for comment.