Located 25 minutes from Santa Fe’s Historic Plaza, Jane Fonda’s Forked Lightning Ranch is now on sale for $19.5 million.
The 9,585-square-foot home—recently featured in Architectural Digest—reflects Fonda’s desire to create an energy efficient, personal sanctuary that showcases the classic adobe architecture the region is known for. Soon after purchasing it in 2000, the actress took two years to painstakingly transform it into an eco-friendly environment through responsible land stewardship, and the tedious restoration of the property’s private 3.5-mile stretch of the Pecos River.
The fantastic estate comes with a “Hacienda” (a three-bedroom, 2,125-square-foot guest home complete with a 250-square-foot patio that overlooks Rowe Mesa); a log house (a 3,409-square-foot structure); a 12-stall equestrian facility; a gorgeous pool; an organic herb garden; as well as a state-of-the-art gym.
“Forked Lightning Ranch has been a sanctuary and a place of great joy and recreation for me and my family,” says Fonda. “Many changes have occurred in my Iife since 2000, and I am no longer able to spend as much time on the Ranch as I once was. I feel the time has come to pass the Ranch onto a new custodian.”
The property—also known as the River House—was commissioned by acclaimed architect John Gaw Meem back in 1925 by by John “Tex” Austin, better known as the “King of the Rodeo.” After Austin lost the property to the bank, it was bought and expanded by E.E. “Buddy” Fogelson, who wed Oscar winner Greerg Garson in 1949.
“We are honored to be the brokerage representing this significant piece of New Mexico’s history,” said Mike Swan, owner and managing broker at Swan Land Company. “This Ranch is unparalleled in its offering of elegant living combined with carefully guarded wilderness, a fine trout fishery and proximity to Santa Fe, one of the country’s most sophisticated, culturally-rich and oldest capital cities.”
Alongside the Ranch, the former fashion model’s incredible personal collection of antiques, rugs, artwork, furniture, literature—and the property’s equipment and machinery—are all available for purchase.