Jane Fonda Puts Eco-Friendly Ranch on Market
Located 30 minutes from Santa Fe’s Historic Plaza, the 2,300-acre ranch features a solar-powered 9,600-square-foot main house, a guesthouse, a 12-stall equestrian center, and a 3.5-mile stretch along the Pecos River.
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“When I was married to Ted, I did a lot of fly-fishing, and I knew I would miss it,” she said. “And here I was looking at land along a trout river.”
She purchased the property in 2000 and called it home for many years. It is now offered at $19.5 million. The ranch also includes the hacienda – a 2,125-square-foot guest home as well as a 3,400-square-foot log house, a 12-stall equestrian facility and a gym.
ranch was made up of 13,000 acres and its former owner actress Greer Garson ( Pride & Prejudice, Mrs. Miniver) dubbed the property Forked Lightning. Also a Best Actress Oscar-winner, Garson and her husband oil tycoon Buddy Fogelson were successful horse breeders and spent decades on the ranch. Around 1991 it was divided up and portions of land were donated to the National Park Service and other lots sold. Val Kilmer once owned over 5,000 acres of the land, which he sold in 2011.
Fonda spent three years living in a small log cabin on the property while the 9,600-square-foot main house was constructed. She wanted the home to pay homage to past artisans who made their mark on the area’s landscape. Consequently, many of the home’s materials are resourced and salvaged materials such as the ceiling’s exposed beams and the antique doors, which were purchased from dealers in and around Santa Fe. Many of the home’s new elements, such as the fireplaces and the chandeliers, were painstakingly recreated in the likeness of homes of Northern New Mexico.
The walls, the patina and the mismatched terra-cotta tiles give off an air of yesteryear. Fonda said that when her friend Robert Redford visited he assumed that the house was at least 100 years old.
The actress completed her memoir, My Life So Far, in her tenure on the property, but now it is time to write the next chapter in her life.
“Forked Lightning Ranch has been a sanctuary and place of significant healing for me,” said Fonda. “I think of myself as a steward of this land, and, while my vision for the place has been realized in the design of my home and careful care of the property’s ecosystem, the land itself remains the ranch’s true value and essence. It is time for me to pass Forked Lightning Ranch to the next custodian of this enchanted place.”
You can see more details at Swan Land Company.