January 11, 2019
Western Art & Architecture
February | March 2019
Santa Fe, New Mexico, was love at first sight for Arlena Markinson back in 1986. Not so for her Brooklyn-born husband, Martin (Marty), a Broadway producer in Midtown Manhattan.
“I said, ‘Oh my God, what did she do?'” Marty recalls. “This is brown, it’s boring, and I don’t see any buildings.”
He learned to love it, and more than three decades later, both knew their third Santa Fe home was exactly where they wanted to split their time: six months in Santa Fe, six months in their winter home on Maui.
“It was like, whoa, it’s like Hawaii living,” Arlena says.
“Without the water,” Marty adds, “of course.”
The house, designed and built by Tierra Concepts in 2017, is in the private Las Campanas community northwest of Santa Fe. The firm’s partners, Kurt and Eric Faust, along with Keith Gorges, describe the home as “contextual modern,” blending contemporary and traditional styles throughout its 6,777 square feet (4,777 of heated space, 918 in the garage, and 1,082 under exterior portals), with three bedrooms and three-and-a-half baths.