Tom Ford Sells Tadao Ando-Designed Santa Fe Ranch
After more than four years on the market, Tom Ford’s sprawling New Mexico estate has finally found a buyer. The property, better known as the Cerro Pelon Ranch, sits just outside Santa Fe in the Galisteo Basin area, and measures a whopping 20,662 acres. Perhaps one of its most unusual features is the Silverado Movie Town, built on site in the 1980s for the Western film Silverado, starring Kevin Kline, Danny Glover, and Kevin Costner. The set has since been used in such films as 2000’s All the Pretty Horses and 2011’s Thor.
The property also includes extensive equestrian facilities, with a covered riding arena and an eight-stall horse barn, as well as its own landing strip. Numerous guest houses, staff quarters, and a tennis court are also a part of the estate’s offerings. Ford initially listed the ranch for $75 million in 2016 but later slashed the price to $48 million. It is unclear what the final sale price was, as property sales aren’t part of the public record in New Mexico.
Built by award-winning architect Tadao Ando, the main house sits low to the earth over an expansive reflecting pool, with a wide walkway cutting across the water. Ando’s work is known for its creative use of natural light, and the Cerro Pelon Ranch is no exception; the house’s concrete structure stands in bold contrast to the light that reflects off the water; images from the listing show large floor-to-ceiling windows in the common living areas facing the reflecting pool, as well as clean-lined covered walkways utilizing stone and wood materials. Ando was so pleased with the final design of the house that he featured it on the cover of his book Ando, Completed Works 1975–2012. In 2009, Ford told The Wall Street Journal that he enjoyed escaping to the ranch as a place to decompress. “We live in an artificial world,” he said at the time. “In the fashion business, you live in the future for the next collection. But when I spend time on my ranch in New Mexico—with the sun above me and the rattlesnakes growing under the bush—I appreciate the present.”