Casa Bakos-Atwood, an adobe home built in the early twenties, is quintessential Santa Fe and a big part of Santa Fe's art history.
Casa Bakos-Atwood is perfect for one or more and great for a reunion or getaway. If you are fond of art, history, and old world charm with a farmhouse feel, this adobe home is for you.
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Casa Bakos-Atwood is a 100% adobe house, hand-built by Jozef Bakos in the 1920s. Bakos was the originator and member of Los Cinco Pintores (the five painters) that started the Santa Fe Modern Art Movement. The five painters, also known as five nuts in five mud huts, built their homes in a row on Camino Del Monte Sol. Bakos says in an interview with Sylvia Loomis for the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. "...by the way, we started building all those houses on the Camino, we all five of us built our houses up there, started the art colony there. In fact, I think we made Camino del Monte Sol."
The Historic Santa Fe Foundation selected it as one of four homes on its Artist Home Tour this year and says:
“All four properties were either actually built by the artists (Baumann and Bakos) or were existing structures that underwent substantial remodeling by the artists (Davey and Rush). The result is that each of them survives as a strong and tangible expression of the artist’s aesthetic, work practices and craftsmanship. The four houses express the lives and personalities of their creators probably more than any other artists’ properties remaining in Santa Fe from the period (1920 through 1935).”
The State of New Mexico recognized Bakos as a master painter in 1976 at the age of 85 and one year before his death.
The home sits on ¼ of an acre, less than 1/2 of a mile from Canyon Road.
The home is 2,700 square feet and consists of three bedrooms and three baths. Three parking spaces behind the house are available.
Visitors are welcomed to the home through a blue gate, hand-carved by Bakos, also a woodworker, and decorated with a red ristra wreath, into a hardscaped courtyard with a fountain, two sitting areas, and a portal.
Bakos also carved the front door to the home. You will feel the magic and home’s spirit as you enter the dining room, originally a living room. An original kiva fireplace sits in the corner. Imagine the smell of a New Mexico piñon pine fire on a crisp morning in the spring or fall or its warmth on a cold winter day.
The master bedroom sits off the dining room. The master bath is spacious with a shower and double sinks. The large closet has two sets of custom cabinets and drawers along with three sections for hanging.
A tiled great room with kiva fireplace sits beyond the now dining room, was once a courtyard; its original portal remains. The courtyard was enclosed in 1957. The door that was used to access the back of the house has been converted to a wood box. Your view through a window opening takes you through the great room to a guest room with bath and original tub, and outside deck and patio with fireplace and al fresco dining for ten.
Bakos’ upstairs studio, now a bedroom with bath, was once accessed by an exterior ladder and is now interior space enclosed with a skylight, windows, and a beautiful, wood staircase. The Sangre de Cristo Mountain range can be seen from a window in his studio. I can imagine him standing in front of the window with his paintbrush and canvas creating his lovely mountain paintings. His painting, “Springtime Rainbow” dated 1923, was presented by Bakos to The New Mexico Museum of Art in 1974 in memory of Teresa Bakos, his wife.
Off the dining room, you will enter a gathering room/breakfast room with an original kiva fireplace located across from a kitchen. This is a favorite spot to watch the birds and chipmunks frolic in the front courtyard through a set of large French doors while enjoying your morning coffee. The custom entertainment center houses a Samsung 28" TV and DVD player, and stereo system connected to four interior speakers, two outdoor speakers located in the front courtyard and one in the back patio area. Connect your phone to the stereo system and enjoy your custom music selections.
The cottage style kitchen has ample cabinet space and is outfitted with LG refrigerator, Bosch dishwasher, a 23" convection oven/broiler and gas cooktop. Small appliances include Vitamix, KitchenAid mixer with attachments, crockpot, wok, tangine, Jura F9 coffee maker, electric tea kettle, and Calphalon cookware. Prep your dishes using custom pottery mixing and prep bowls. Serve your creations on custom pottery dinnerware and serving dishes. Cabinets have some open shelving and countertops are of Mexican tile.
Original wood floors remain in four rooms, as well as, two kiva fireplaces and four doors, frescoes and various carvings throughout the home; all created by Bakos.
The home is decorated with American, Italian and French antiques, custom furniture from Indonesia, vintage over-dyed rugs purchased locally, contemporary original art, high-end reproductions/accessories, and custom pottery.
All bed and bath linens are 100% organic linen and sourced from California or Europe.
Beds are made with linen sheets and coverlet. A duvet and linen waffle blankets will be in each room in the cooler months.
Two sets of linen waffle towels and a linen bath mat are in each bath. Baths are stocked with travel-size natural artisan soaps, shampoo, conditioner, and lotion handcrafted with premium organic herbs, botanicals and essential oils that are vegetarian and certified cruelty free by Leaping Bunny. All are made of oatmeal milk and honey. The guest bath with a tub has an additional foaming tub truffle to add to your bathwater.
The house is suitable for children over 13.
Enjoy a walk to your favorite galleries and be at the best restaurants in Santa Fe in a few minutes by car and under 15 minutes by foot. The Santa Fe Plaza is 1.1 miles, 9 minutes by car and a short, 25 minute walk.
Experience the annual Farolito walk on Canyon Road held each December 24th in just a few minutes. Sing carols, eat s'mores, sip hot chocolate and keep warm by the bon fires throughout the neighborhood. The home is always magical, but spending the month of December here is memory you will not forget.
Drive 20 minutes to the Sangre de Cristo Mountain range for great hiking trails and skiing at Ski Santa Fe. A mile from St. John's College and the Atalya Trail or to the Cerro Gordo / Upper Canyon Loop and Dale Ball Trails. Museum Hill is .80 of a mile; drive in 4 minutes or a walk in 15.
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