Millicent Rogers' Taos home, 'Turtle Walk,' sold


 "Turtle Walk," the 71-acre former home of socialite, fashion icon and philanthropist Millicent Rogers was sold Sept. 15 to an unnamed international couple interested in historic preservation bought the property, which had an asking price of $2.9 million, according to the Taos Multiple Listing Service and a press release..

According to the Taos MLS, the sale of this significant historic estate represented the highest-priced residential transaction in Taos County in more than five years. Sotheby's International Realty represented both sides of the sale.

"Turtle Walk" features a main adobe house of nine bedrooms and eight bathrooms built around a courtyard. Each room has a distinct character - from a grand library with deep-set arched windows to a master bedroom with a courtyard fashioned after the famed Alhambra fountains. The house also features fireplaces, vigas hand-painted by Dorothy Brett and a Carrara marble tub fed by a waterfall. The estate also includes a pool, guest cottage, caretaker's house, an equestrian facility, various other outbuildings, an acequia with surface water rights for approximately 22 acres and two wells.

Rogers, the Standard Oil heiress, built "Turtle Walk" in 1947. In addition to her reputation as a socialite and a high-society rebel, Rogers was an art collector, an activist and a philanthropist. Rogers' sons later founded a Taos museum in her name and it continues to draw patrons to this day. Her family has continuously occupied the property since her death in 1953.

Sotheby's International Realty - Santa Fe handled the sale of the property.