She spends winter and summer there in a sustainable solar house with an area of 4062 square meters, which she designed using local materials. It has floor-to-ceiling windows with views of the mountains, the volcano and the steppe. She doesn’t play golf, but the course is her favorite walk and uses 1,500 acres of private reserves, which remain untouched by the structure and, according to executives, are only accessible on foot, by bike or on horseback.
Mrs. Sujoy spends most of her days in her garden, where she is led by a landscaper Karina Querejeta, had hundreds of non – native ponderosa pines removed and planted about 300 native trees. Ms. Querejeta, who has lived in the region all her life, has clients with houses in El Desafío and Chapelco Golf, and often prefers rugged gardens that support the stress of wind, sun and snow.
“We need strong plants: tough, rustic and durable, but colorful,” she said. “Ideal for Patagonia.”
In a recent telephone conversation from his home in Buenos Aires, Mr. Bauer, who, like other Argentines, was banned from traveling by the government due to coronavirus pandemic, he said, he was “utterly desperate” to return to El Desafío, and more specifically to his fifth hole, which is tucked into the mountain. His house is directly above the greenery, making it an ideal place to work during a pandemic.
“As soon as this travel ban is lifted, I will get in the car and go to Patagonia,” he said.