Elite 2020: Stars of Santa Fe

Success can be defined in many ways. In real estate, the numbers speak for themselves.

Darlene is the #1 sales broker in Santa Fe and the State of New Mexico since 2012, based on sales volume according to the Santa Fe Association of Realtors MLS. She is also #2 of all U.S. Sotheby’s International Realty Brokers in 2018, of all company-owned agencies nationwide. And of all Real Estate Agents in the U.S., Darlene ranks 67th in sales volume.

For Darlene, it has been persistence, hard work, and a gift for intuiting her clients’ needs – along with sourcing solutions for her clients at every step along the way.

Extraordinary personal service and a passion for helping her buyers and sellers sets Darlene apart and contributes to her exceptional success.


Santa Fe Real Estate, Sotheby’s International Realty

417 East Palace Avenue Santa Fe, NM 87501

T. 505.920.8001



Click here to view Darlene’s ELITE agent ad in Unique Homes ELITE 2020.

Click here to view Darlene’s info on the Unique Homes Elite page.

Featured Property: 5 Chippewa Circle, Santa Fe NM

This property offers an expansive 5-bedroom, 6-bath home on one level in the gated community of Las Campanas, on 3.5 acres. The home is a total remodel by Woods Contruction, just completed, and elegantly appointed with diamond plaster walls and radiant heat stone floors.

Natural light flows through skylights and clerestory windows. The living room, with high ceilings accented with crossed vigas and large fireplace flows into the dining area, surrounded by mountain and garden views. The meticulously designed chefs’ kitchen features built-in Sub-Zero refrigerators, Wolf double ovens, a large center island with an 8-burner gas Wolf range, Taj white quartz counters, integrated sinks, food prep areas, walk-in pantry and kiva fireplace.

The large private master bedroom boasts a fireplace, mountain views, solid walnut herringbone pattern wood floors, and custom  walnut built-in cabinets flanked by matching walk-in closets. Two luxurious master en suite bathrooms are excellent accompaniments, one furnished with a modern soaking tub, walk-in shower, steam room, oversized custom dual sink vanity, towel warmers, all complemented by elegant tile and stone floors. 

Outdoor living offers an easy-access grand portal, fireplace and grilling area, contemporary heated swimming pool and spa surrounded by stone patio, and a roof top deck with 360-degree views of the mountains and golf course. A short 10-mile commute to the heart and history that is the Santa Fe Plaza.

To learn more about the area, visit Darlene’s profile at Uniquehomes.com or her website.

Unique Homes Ultimate ’17 Cover Showcase Home

By Camilla McLaughlin

It’s difficult to assign a dollar figure to peace of mind, but that is what the 27,000-square-foot Boca Raton property featured on our cover offers, along with an extraordinarily appointed residence on par with premier properties worldwide and over one-and-a-half acres of lush gardens and water features. Located in the gated enclave of Princeton Estates within Woodfield Country Club, the property offers a huge measure of security without being cloistered.

Every facet is exceptional, but the recreational amenities, which include a dynamic home theater, exercise and massage rooms, a surreal game room with space devoted to electronic gaming, waterfalls, lagoons, spas and a basketball court, are over the top. The estate has been the setting for a number of galas and South Florida philanthropic events. “The entertainment spaces are as close as one can get to having a country club setting in a residence,” says John Poletto, co-owner with Mark Nestler of Nestler Poletto Sotheby’s International Realty in Boca Raton, Florida.   

There are few, if any, communities in South Florida as active or as family oriented as this one, shares Mark Nestler. “To be within proximity of the ocean and have this young of a profile is exceptional, and the culture of the community is amazing,” he says. Not only does Boca have excellent schools, but it also has some of the best private schools in Florida.

A private airport, soon to handle international flights, is only 15 minutes away, but what really facilitates travel from this refuge is knowing that your family is safe and secure. Some might say that’s priceless, but in this instance the cost is a list price of $29.95 million.

This story originally appeared in Unique Homes Ultimate ’17. Click here to see the digital version.

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