Designer Raquel Allegra Created Her Dream New Mexico Ranch—And It’s on Airbnb

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Raquel Allegra never thought she’d buy Many Feathers Ranch, a sprawling 8,000 square foot abode nestled in a canyon at the base of Taos Ski Valley. In fact, the designer had set off to Taos with a very different property in mind—one similar to her cozy cabin in Topanga, California. But New Mexico is called the “Land of Enchantment,” after all, and that’s exactly what Allegra was. She was enchanted by the river that flowed through the property’s north edge, bordered with boulders smooth enough for sunbathing; by the pond, surrounded with swallows; by the stately willow trees. She was enchanted by the view from the porch, with its open fields, forests, and sunsets.

So she bought it. And then the work began.

Much of the home's furniture was sourced from Craiglist.Photo: By Margo DucharmeOne of Many Feathers’ six bedrooms.Photo: By Margo Ducharme

Allegra spent eight months fixing up the property, which had fallen into a state of disrepair over the last two decades. She added proper flooring to the upstairs, half of which was just plywood. She fixed a leaky roof, then updated the heating system and lighting. She hunted for furniture, sourcing most of the pieces from Craigslist and Nextdoor listings—including a pair of Ozian-emerald chairs and a gilded vintage mirror. “It was like a giant treasure hunt-puzzle. Miraculously when the moving truck arrived in Taos everything had an obvious and perfect spot,” she tells Vogue. The aura of each room in Many Feathers, explains Allegra, is constantly changing. “There are so many big windows, the natural light shape-shifts each room throughout the day."

The fashion designer likens Many Feathers to her own personal wellness retreat: “I can spend hours just sitting and watching the light play and shimmer on the leaves of the Aspens in the front yard, or lay on the giant sun-warmed bathing rocks at the river’s edge,” she says of the property’s five acres. (Although it feels a lot larger than that: blissfully, the parcel next to her is protected land where no building can be erected.) Right now, Allegra is exploring starting her own flower farm and raising trout.

The exterior of Many Feathers.Photo: By Margo DucharmeThe property's pond.Photo: By Margo Ducharme

Since she runs her eponymous clothing line out of Los Angeles, she knew she couldn’t live at Many Feathers full time. So Allegra made the decision to list the property on Airbnb. “This home and property is not meant to be kept private. It has so many important natural gifts to offer and deserves to be shared,” she says. “My dream for this property is that it helps to soften the edges of its visitors and be a reminder to those who have been living in cities, feeling worn down by traffic on freeways and subways, that Mother Nature is here to bring on the healing.”

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