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Santa Fe Neighborhoods – Focus on Sunlit Hills

Sunlit Hills

Located in the Old Las Vegas Highway Corridor (along Old Las Vegas Highway to Highway 285 south) and approximately 9 miles southeast of the Santa Fe Plaza, Sunlit Hills is a community of approximately 300 homes set in a rural location on primarily dirt roads.  Most lots in Sunlit Hills average 5 acres or more. Sunlit Hills has a rolling terrain of hills and ridges, many with excellent pinon and juniper tree cover.  Not surprisingly, most homes in Sunlit Hills either sit on a sun soaked hill top with wonderful vistas or in a shallow valley with beautiful light and color. 

Sunlit Hills enjoys the services of the Sunlit Hills Water District (which also services Hondo Hills), eliminating the need for private wells in most cases.  It also benefits from having few street lights to interfere with our brilliant northern New Mexico night skies. 

Bobcat Bite

Bobcat Bite is a popular restaurant located at 418 Old Las Vegas Highway in a historic building.  Originally a trading post, it later was a gun shop before Rene Clayton turned it into a restaurant in 1953.  The name of the restaurant refers to stories of bobcats coming down from the nearby foothills to visit “bobcat friendly” diners who would serve the animals fresh scraps.  Pictures of bobcats adorn the walls of the restaurant.

Current owners John and Bonnie Eckre, are justifiably proud of their famous green chile cheeseburger, which appeared in GQ magazine as #12 on its list of  “The 20 Hamburgers You Must Eat Before you Die”.  Bobcat Bite also appeared in the 2004 documentary Hamburger America, and was mentioned in the Food Network’s “Top American Restaurants: Bon Appétit picks the Best”, hosted by Alton Brown in 2007.  If you go in the summer, be warned – the restaurant’s famously tiny capacity only sits 24.  Click here for the recipe for the Bobcat Bite green chile cheeseburger.  It is delicious!

Tennis Court at El Gancho

Sunlit Hills also benefits from its proximity to the El Gancho Fitness Swim & Racquet Club located at 104 Old Las Vegas Highway, which has the following features:

5,000 Square Foot Cardio and Strength Training Center
20 yd. Heated Indoor & Outdoor Pool (seasonal)
Hot Tubs
Gender specific Saunas and Steam Rooms
2 Racquetball/ Squash Courts
Cushioned Aerobafloor Group Exercise Studio
15 bike Cycling Studio
7 Outdoor Tennis Courts
2 Indoor Climate-controlled Tennis Courts
Poolside Deli at the Outdoor Pool (seasonal)

 Steaksmith at El Gancho is located next door to the fitness, swim and racket club and features aged beef, seafood and ribs.  Steaksmith is known for its outstanding prime roast beef and margaritas. 

Other local amenities include:

Harry’s Road House, another popular restaurant located at 96 B Old Las Vegas Highway, and

Sunrise Grocery, which also has a gas station located at 52 Old Las Vegas Highway. 

Commercial Opportunity for Sale – Tropic of Capricorn, a garden decor and gift store located at 86 Old Las Vegas Highway, featuring plants and botanicals appropriate for landscaping in our Southwestern climate.  Currently closed. 

Browse Homes for Sale in Sunlit Hills here. 

I recently participated in a 10 home broker open tour of Sunlit Hills homes.  All were interesting and had attractive “Santa Fe style” features.  If you would like to know more about any of the homes for sale in the Sunlit Hills neighborhood or about Tropic of Capricorn, contact me, Karen Meredith, Prudential Santa Fe Real Estate, by e-mail or at (505) 603-3036.  For a free market analysis of how much your Sunlit Hills neighborhood home is worth, click here.

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