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.

Jane Fonda's Santa Fe Ranch

Jane Fonda photo by: Harry Langdon/Getty Images
House photo by: Swan Land Company
Reclaimed wood beams adorn the ceiling of Fonda's library, which houses her collection of Navajo rugs and artifacts acquired over her many years of travel and adventure. Most items can be negotiated into the purchase price.

We all know that houses can be bought based on emotion, a feeling of nostalgia, an impulse to recreate what we once had. Jane Fonda, one of the most celebrated actresses of our time, would probably concur. When the two-time Academy Award winner bought her 2,300-acre ranch, her marriage to philanthropist and media magnate Ted Turner was reaching its end. She was living in Atlanta and contemplating a memoir and other projects.

A call came in: Would she like to see a riverfront ranch in Santa Fe? She knew the rarity of such a property and hopped on a flight with her daughter Vanessa Vadim. Upon setting foot on the property, Fonda said the sheer beauty of it made her hair stand on end. 

“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. 

Swan Land Company Fonda said she built the property as her sanctuary, as her escape. It was here that the Academy Award-winner wrote her memoir My Life So Far. She says it is a place of healing and beauty and now it is time to pass that along to someone else. 

When first settled, the 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. 

Photo by: Mike Marsland/Wire Image Fonda's complete collection of workout tapes and CDs can be included in the purchase. 

Fonda picked up many of the home’s artifacts over years of travel. Both the main house and the guest hacienda are filled with Navajo rugs, paintings, pottery, architectural treasures and a series of pressed flowers all collected, identified and framed by the actress herself. The guesthouse even boasts a gym that includes the complete collection of Fonda’s workout videos. Many of these items can be negotiated in the purchase price. 

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.

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