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Cloud-Like Home on a Cliff in Santa Fe for Sale for $899,000: Photos

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On the outskirts of Santa Fe, New Mexico, sits an otherworldly home that’s been disguised to blend in with the surrounding limestone cliffs — and it’s on the market for $899,000.

The house is known as Casa de Roca.

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Known as Casa de Roca, the all-white house is easy to miss if you don’t look closely.

“It’s often called the Flintstone house, but other houses with that nomenclature are made of rock – it’s covered in moss and looks like a cloud,” Maya Hiersoux, one of the listing agents, told Insider. Hiersoux holds the list with fellow Sotheby’s International Realty Santa Fe Brokerage, Darlene Streit.

Casa de Roca sits on 5.2 acres atop a hill and was built in 1989 by Nora Pierson, the late owner of a Santa Fe jewelry store called The Golden Eye, according to the listing.

The home’s current owner — who declined to be named for this story — bought the property in November 2017 with her husband, she told Insider via her agent.

“We see originality in homes as a positive aspect. We don’t subscribe to cookie-cutter homes because we find them uninteresting and soulless,” she said.

From a distance, most people only notice the house exists because of the glare from the windows.

The exterior of the house.

The exterior of the house is covered in moss and looks like a cloud from afar.

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“In many ways it’s like a perfect refuge. You’re hidden away and only the wind can find you,” Hiersoux said.

Location was the key factor that sealed the deal for the current owner.

“Seeing this house, we immediately fell in love with what it offered us – privacy, nature, and dark star-filled skies,” the owner said. “All near world class amenities just minutes from the city of Santa Fe.”

Homes in Santa Fe have a median price of $1.2 million, according to data from real estate platform Realtor.com. There are currently 15 single-family homes for sale in the area, with prices ranging from $590,000 to $1.99 million. Casa de Roca, with its price tag of $899,000, is in the middle price range.

Despite the rocky texture of the exteriors, the interior of the 2,414-square-foot home is far from cave-like. The bedrooms are bright, airy and spacious.

One of the living rooms of the house.

The interiors of the house are bright and spacious thanks to the high ceilings, arched doorways and carefully placed windows.

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Entering the house for the first time was “magical”, said Hiersoux: “I expected it to be like a cave and dark, but it was the opposite.”

Arched doorways and high ceilings help create depth, while windows let in plenty of natural light, Hiersoux added.

“The original builder was a very well-known local jeweller. In creating the house, she said it was like ‘carving a ring from the inside’,” the owner said. “I find that to be a perfect explanation for the beautifully finished interior.”

Some maintenance work has been done to improve the interiors, but the new fixtures blend in with the original design.

The kitchen.

The kitchen.

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“There was a fair amount of deferred maintenance on the house when my clients bought it,” Hiersoux said.

To make the house more comfortable, the current owners have rebuilt the three fireplaces, she added: “You wouldn’t know that by looking at them though; they were very conscious not to change the essence of the main house.

There are two bathrooms in the house.

One of the bathrooms in the house.

One of the bathrooms in the house.

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An ideal buyer would be someone who thinks outside the box and appreciates unique things, Hiersoux said.

Ideally, it would also be someone “who will keep the integrity of the original owner’s and designer’s vision intact,” she added.

Most visitors react with a mixture of awe and awe when they see the house, the owner said.

The exterior of the cloud house.

The exterior of the cloud house.

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“Everyone loves Casa de Roca. It’s unique and the creativity is second to none,” she said.

And Hiersoux agrees.

“I’ve never sold anything so unique before,” Hiersoux said. “There is no other like it that I know of.”