by Michael dEstries
Categories: Home
Tags: .

Val Kilmer’s 5,328-acre eco-escape is back on the market — a year after the 50-year-old put the Pecos River Ranch up for nearly $33 million. It’s now back for $23 million, so if you had deep pockets before and were tempted, this new listing should push you over the edge.

Kilmer’s original business plan was to develop high-priced homes, constructed with indigenous materials (adobe, wood, and stone for natural insulation and heat), and featuring solar panels and a wind turbine system. Each house would be required by its “members” to have its own government-certified organic garden; its fruits would go to a co-op.

“It says something that almost 100 percent of the people who come here just feel good,” he said in a 2006 interview.”There’s a right-ness to developing a community that interacts with the local one. I have to develop it because otherwise it’s really wasting the land.”

While I disagree that not developing pristine nature is somehow a “waste of land”, Kilmer nonetheless really enjoyed his time there — and especially took pleasure in escaping to the awesome treehouse he had built above the Pecos river.

Real estate agents say the market for high-end ranches, like other housing, remains soft — so we may yet see the price dive on this piece of Santa Fe wild beauty. Any nature conservation groups interested in taking a look at this one? Check out the full listing here.

About Michael dEstries

Michael has been blogging since 2005 on issues such as sustainability, renewable energy, philanthropy, and healthy living. He regularly contributes to a slew of publications, as well as consulting with companies looking to make an impact using the web and social media. He lives in Ithaca, NY with his family on an apple farm.

View all posts by Michael dEstries →