This Southwestern home offers up convenience, functionality,
and superb craftsmanship
Written by Jessica Salopek Photography by Donicio Madrid
When a homebuilder builds a home for himself, and to show prospective customers just what he can do, it’s bound to be something special. Bob Flamm of Enchanted Desert Homes built this Southwestern-style gem in 2007 as his personal home. When Dale and Kathy Olson purchased it almost seven years ago, they fell in love with the open floorplan and Flamm’s attention to detail. The Olsons are now moving to Albuquerque to be near their grandkids, and the home still looks almost unlived in—a testament to the impeccable finishes and craftsmanship that went into its construction.
“Everybody that comes to our home walks in and says, ‘Wow!’” Kathy says. “We’ve always been so proud to entertain here.”
The ambiance starts right in the courtyard entrance which welcomes guests with a serene water feature, a footbridge, colorful blooms, and climbing vines that add a touch of old world charm. Stepping through the solid wood entry door, that attention to detail the Olsons were drawn to is immediately evident in the grand foyer. Custom woodwork graces the ceiling as well as the oversized lighted nicho, while a hand-cut, mosaic tile design holds court on the floor. A spacious home office sits adjacent, with calming views of the entry courtyard.
The home’s main living area offers the best of open floorplan living, with enough separation to make each space its own. Picture windows line the entire far wall, taking in views of the Dona Ana Mountains. Plush carpeting and a stacked stone fireplace keep the living room cozy, and the coffered and beamed ceiling creates authentic Southwestern atmosphere. “The cord lighting built into the beams is such a neat effect,” Kathy adds. “At night it gives off the most beautiful soft glow that creates a warm and welcoming ambiance.”
An archway from the living room leads into a bonus entertaining space. It offers up a handsome wine rack and a full service bar area that serves the main living space. There’s also plenty of room left for whatever purpose the homeowner desires. Flamm had a foosball table; the Olsons used it as a playroom for the grandkids and even converted it into an extra bedroom when necessary.
The kitchen is laid out efficiently with attractive cabinetry, granite countertops, and stainless steel appliances. A center island offers additional prep and storage space. Meals can be taken in the adjacent dining nook, although the Olsons say they more often than not utilized the bar seating with space for four or ate on the wrap around back porch.
The outdoor living space offers up all the conveniences found inside: full kitchen, sound system speakers, and a fireplace, all overlooking an easy-to-maintain xeriscaped backyard and another peaceful waterfall feature. Even Fido has his own space—the dog run area includes a doghouse complete with its own air conditioning unit.
Kathy says, “We love having a glass of wine in the evening out here by the soothing sounds of the water feature. And there’s an abundance of natural wildlife to spot in the area. We regularly see quail, dove, owls, hawks, roadrunners, squirrels, and rabbits.”
When it’s time to retire for the night, guests have their own wing of the home with two spacious bedrooms and a Jack-and-Jill bath. The unique setup allows each room to have a private sink and vanity, and there’s another full bath with shower nearby for added convenience.
The homeowners, however, retire to their private, amenity-filled suite. Special touches include direct access to the back patio, a self-cleaning jetted tub, and a massive walk-in closet with a door that leads right into the laundry room. “This closet is such a versatile space. It’s big enough that we’ve even put a crib in here before,” Kathy says. “The access to the laundry room is such a time-saver, and I love this handy hide-away ironing board. The rooms are so well-insulated that we often run laundry when we go to bed and never hear a thing.”
While the home itself has plenty to get excited about, Kathy says the neighborhood really adds to its overall appeal. The gated community has a swimming pool for residents to use (no maintenance required), and it is situated conveniently close to shops, restaurants, and area businesses.
“The other nice thing is the diversity of the neighbors,” Kathy notes. “We have retired folks, we have families with young kids. There are teenagers and veterans, physicians and widows. There are activities and get-togethers, like the annual women’s luncheon, which is coming up. We just have great neighbors and they really contribute to making this an extra special place to call home.”
About This Home
4391 Isleta Court
Square Feet: 2,956 sq. ft.
Currently offered at: $445,000
Gated Community with Pool, Entry Courtyard, Two Water Features, Home Office, Custom Wood and Tilework, Indoor and Outdoor Fireplace, Full Third Bathroom, Walk In Master Closet with Access to Laundry Room, Jetted Tub with MAXX Clean Out System, Dynamic Airflow System, Outdoor Kitchen, Wrap Around Covered Patio, Dog Run with Doghouse, Views of the Dona Ana Mountains.
Steinborn & Associates Real Estate