311 Granite Drive, Ruidoso, NM
About This Home
Special features: Views of forests and the mountain range, including Sierra Blanca. Covered and open outdoor living spaces with fenced yard. High-end chandelier and indoor fountain remain with the property. Exceptional storage, multiple fireplaces, and a sophisticated layout with an open floorplan. Covered and open decks, granite countertops, six-person outdoor hot tub. Furnishings negotiable.
Destiny Real Estate
2002 Sudderth Drive, Ruidoso
You could say that real estate is in Doug Siddens’ genes. Both of Doug’s grandfathers, his mother — and now both of his children — have had real estate licenses. After 44 years in the business, it’s fair to say that Doug knows a special property when he sees one.
And he sees one in 311 Granite Drive in Ruidoso.
What makes this home unique, says Doug, is that it is “sophisticated without being ostentatious.” Although it is a high-end property, there’s nothing fussy about it. “It’s a comfortable home, and the one-of-a-kind artwork and architectural design create that comfort — the details give the house its considerable character, but in a way that’s neither stuffy nor pretentious.”
Located in the White Mountain Estates subdivision, this house is convenient to town but cunningly tucked among the tall pines and positioned in a way that takes advantage of every spectacular view, both indoors and out! The changing colors of the fall forest are at your feet as you relax on the covered deck alongside the outdoor fireplace or when you leave the curtains open and wake up with the sun, thanks to two full walls of corner windows in the main bedroom suite. If you’re feeling sociable, invite your friends to join you in the six-person outdoor hot tub and bask in the breathtaking view of the light reflecting off the majestic Sierra Blanca.
Ready to discover the artistic and architectural details of this extraordinary property? Let’s park on the circular drive and walk through those eight-foot double front doors with a stained glass transom window and get started!
Built in 1991, this house has been updated and remodeled to allow maximum engagement with nature and artwork. The light of the sun and the moon shines through massive windows, altering the ambience and mood of the house hour by hour. Staying with the house is a 20-foot copper fountain shaped like a helix designed by Colorado artist David Perlman.
This magnificent piece is set in a two-story space, surrounded by windows, and viewable from both levels of the house. The sound of gently cascading water is natural music, making it a multi-sensory showpiece. Equally impressive is the two-story chandelier, which also remains with the house, featuring hand-worked glass feathers created by Native American (of Taos and Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo heritage) artist Ira Lujan of Santa Fe.
Although the floor plan is open, the windows, nichos, and shelves give structure to the living areas. The striking lines and slopes of the 20-foot wood ceiling emphasize the beauty of the grain, and often lead your eye to the next window — in fact, the living and dining areas are surrounded by floor-to-ceiling windows. The sculptural fan in the living area is not only beautiful, but functional: oversized (okay, it’s huge!) and adjustable to maximize airflow.
Speaking of flow, the sound system will allow your favorite music to flow through the house while you choose the evening’s libations from the wine refrigerator.
Of course, the kitchen is the heart of any house, and this one is no exception. The granite countertop is immense, easily seating four for casual dining (or for keeping the chef of the day company!). The darkness of the counter and the carved-out wood ceiling help separate the kitchen space and pantry without cutting them off from the living area. The intuitive layout includes an electric convection oven and the stovetop is natural gas.
All those delicious meals have to be worked off, and this house has a gym space with shaded windows that includes free weights and a cardio machine that stay with the house. After a tough exercise session, head to one of the four full baths or the one half bath to clean yourself up. Each bathroom is shaped differently, and each features different types and colors of wood furniture and different colors and types of tile that reflect natural elements such as clouds, textured rock, and wood. Of course, you have to wash your clothes in addition to yourself, and the laundry room includes plenty of unique wood cabinetry, loads of countertop space, and a sink.
But what about the kiddos, I can hear you thinking . . . isn’t there anything special for them? You better believe there is! Two under-stairway “Harry Potter” hideaway spaces that can be used as small bedrooms or playrooms will delight your youngsters.
In addition to being a well-appointed property, it has been well maintained. The stucco was entirely redone in 2020, and the Girard metal roof is only 10 years old, with an expected lifespan of 50 years. Surrounded by a chain link fence, the house is set up on a crawlspace. Underneath the tile and carpeting you’ll find wood floors. There are three gas log fireplaces (one in the main bedroom suite, one on a covered balcony, and one in the living area) and central duct cooling. Endless closets, built-in shelves, and other storage spaces keep your living areas tidy!
This property allows the homeowners to have it all — elegant living close to town, yet surrounded by the majesty of the mountains and the closer pleasures of cool breezes, leaves rustling in the trees, and birdsong filling the air. The current homeowner is willing to negotiate the furnishings, which have all been selected to complement the graceful lines of the house and not detract from the views or the artwork.
Listing agent Doug Siddens remarks that there simply aren’t enough superlatives for this property. He chuckles as he says, “Eclectic! Unique! Artistic! One-of-a-kind with spectacular views!” He adds (more seriously), “This is the perfect home for someone whose lifestyle is sophisticated but who prefers a beautiful mountain setting.” Doug is right — this property is proof that you can have it all!
Written by Elaine Stachera Simon
Originally published in Neighbors magazine
Posted by LasCruces.com