Jane Fonda is selling her ranch in New Mexico, just north of Santa Fe, for a whopping $19.5 million. The 9.600-square-foot residence has been Fonda’s home since 2000, according to the Swan Land Company of Bozeman, Montana.
According to the The Business Journal, the Forked Lightning Ranch is located in Pecos. “Forked Lightning Ranch has been a sanctuary and a place of great joy and recreation for me and my family,” Fonda said in a statement. “Many changes have occurred in my Iife since 2000 and I am no longer able to spend as much time on the Ranch as I once was. I feel the time has come to pass the Ranch on to a new custodian of this enchanted place.”
The price of the home comes with a “collection of antiques, artwork, rugs, furniture and her literary collection,” the site said. The residence is also known as River House. The property also includes the Hacienda, a 2,125 square-foot guest home, a 3,400 square-foot log house, a 12-stall equestrian facility and a gym.
Jane Fonda and her ranch featured in the March 2014 issue of Architectural Digest. The small article spoke about the 2,300-acre estate and the three-and-a-half-mile stretch of the Pecos River running through it. It’s a remarkable piece of real estate.
The ranch was created in 1925 after the iconic rodeo promoter and “King of the Rodeo,” John “Tex” Austin purchased a series of parcels from the Pecos Pueblo Grant. The ranch once belonged to Dallas oilman E.E. “Buddy” Fogelson, who married actress Greer Garson in 1949. Not much has changed since then, although the property has expanded.
This home is where the actress comes to escape. Adjacent to Pecos National Historical Park, the property is the middle section of what was once the 13,000-acre cattle ranch owned by Garson and her husband. When she first purchased the estate, the only accommodation was a two-bedroom log cabin, which became her base for three years while she constructed River House, an expansive residence with space for her children and their families.
The look was re-created by Jane Fonda and the property became her New Mexico ranch. River House was given many of the region’s classic architectural features, among them double adobe walls, a pitched tin roof, and a hand-troweled plaster exterior in a sunbaked terra-cotta color. Reclaimed-wood beams were painstakingly collected for the ceilings, while antique doors were procured from dealers in and around Santa Fe.