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'It carries a lot of history': See inside this 135-year-old adobe home

by Melissa Allison / / Source: Zillow

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This 2.7-acre estate in a sleepy village outside Santa Fe beautifully captures the architectural flavor of its time. Built in 1881, the year after the railroad arrived and gave Lamy, New Mexico, a reason to exist, it still boasts adobe walls and rough-hewn ceiling beams known in these parts as "vigas."

Old Santa Fe Abode
Jonathan Tercero / Courtesy of Zillow
Old Santa Fe Abode
Jonathan Tercero / Courtesy of Zillow

The three-bedroom, three-bath main home was for a few decades the Lamy General Store and Post Office, before an oil tycoon bought it in the 1970s, according to current owner Jean Zunkel. The tycoon's son-in-law turned it from a store back into a home.

Old Santa Fe Abode
Jonathan Tercero / Courtesy of Zillow
Old Santa Fe Abode
Jonathan Tercero / Courtesy of Zillow
Old Santa Fe Abode
Jonathan Tercero / Courtesy of Zillow

Zunkel loves the energy of the home, which shares the estate with a 1-bedroom guesthouse, a pitched-roof structure housing a studio and three-car garage, and an orchard with cherry, peach, apricot and apple trees. Together, they're on the market for $1.5 million.

Old Santa Fe Abode
Jonathan Tercero / Courtesy of Zillow
Old Santa Fe Abode
Jonathan Tercero / Courtesy of Zillow

"You can tell it carries a lot of history, although it doesn't have any ghosts," Zunkel said. "People walk into my house and instantly feel comfortable and relaxed."

Old Santa Fe Abode
Jonathan Tercero / Courtesy of Zillow
Old Santa Fe Abode
Courtesy of Zillow
Old Santa Fe Abode
Jonathan Tercero / Courtesy of Zillow

An open floor plan in the main home's living area boasts ceilings higher than most traditional adobe homes, along with brick and tile floors, a fireplace and French doors. There's a bay window in the dining room and a bump-out window in one of the master bedrooms, both with cushions for reading or nature gazing.

Old Santa Fe Abode
Jonathan Tercero / Courtesy of Zillow
Old Santa Fe Abode
Jonathan Tercero / Courtesy of Zillow
Old Santa Fe Abode
Jonathan Tercero / Courtesy of Zillow

All three bedrooms have attached bathrooms, and one includes a fireplace, French doors and enough square footage to be a bedroom and an office.

Old Santa Fe Abode
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Old Santa Fe Abode
Jonathan Tercero / Courtesy of Zillow

The listing agent is Stephanie Duran of Barker Realty/Christie's International Real Estate.

Old Santa Fe Abode
Jonathan Tercero / Courtesy of Zillow
Old Santa Fe Abode
Jonathan Tercero / Courtesy of Zillow
Old Santa Fe Abode
Jonathan Tercero / Courtesy of Zillow

Photos by Jonathan Tercero.

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