Santa Fe Neighborhoods – Focus on Tesuque
Tesuque is a neighborhood located 5 miles north of Santa Fe, east of Highway 285 on Bishops Lodge Road. Tesuque is known for its beauty, verdant landscape and traditional adobe structures. Tesuque owes its grassy fields and leafy orchards to Tesuque Creek which runs the length of the village. Many acequias nourish the yards of the houses that line the creek, creating a green oasis in the middle of a high country desert. Abundant trees such as cottonwoods along the banks of the creek provide residents with soothing cool shade in the summer.
At the 2000 Census, Tesuque had a population of 909 with 541 housing units in a land area of 6.96 sq. miles giving it a population density of 130.61 people per square mile. Tesuque has its own post office and an elementary school.
The popular Tesuque Village Market sits in the center of the village. Built to resemble a trading post and stocked with grocery items, it serves breakfast, lunch and dinner 7 days a week. A fun feature about Tesuque Village Market is that for a $15 corkage fee you can buy wine from the wine section inside the market and drink that wine at the restaurant. Outdoor dinning on the porch (weather permitting) provides diners with entertaining people watching. The breakfast burritos and green chile are particularly noteworthy at Tesuque Village Market and the pasteries are delicious.
Tesuque’s other restaurant El Nido has experienced a change of management. On January 24, 2010 Dennis Dampf and Don Scharhag, who operated El Nido for 27 years under a lease agreement, ceased operations. Owner Carlton Colquitt, a part-time Santa Fe resident who also resides in New York, has stated that he will reopen El Nido after a short hiatus. El Nido, built in the 1920s, has a colorful history. It first started out as a roadhouse and dance hall and was reputed to have been a brothel at one point. In the past El Nido was popular with opera goers due to its proximity to the Santa Fe Opera.
Tesuque is also home to one of the top bronze art foundries in the United States, Shidoni Foundry, which was established in 1971. Shidoni pours 3,500 pounds of bronze per week to make their bronze sculptures. Shidoni holds weekly public demonstrations on sculpture making. Call (505) 988-8001 for the pouring schedule and plan to arrive a little early. The pouring starts when the bronze is heated to 2000 degrees and ready to be poured into ceramic shells, which can be up to half an hour before the scheduled time.
The foundry has an 8 acre outdoor sculpture gallery showcasing sculptures in styles ranging from contemporary to traditional as well as two indoor galleries. Also on site is the Shidoni Arts Gallery which features works in glass and wood and Tesuque Glassworks where visitors can watch daily glassblowing demonstrations.
Tesuque Pueblo lies north and west of Tesuque, just 9 miles north of Santa Fe. Archeologists believe that this pueblo has existed since at least 1,200 A.D. Comprised of just 424 residents, this tiny pueblo is one of the most traditional Tewa speaking pueblos, with a great reverence for its traditional religious ceremonies. Their dances are known for their authenticity and costumes. Public dances include the Kings Dance held in January, the Corn Dance held in June, Harvest Dance held in November and the Deer and Buffalo Dances held in December. The pueblo is closed to the public during certain days of the year, so call the pueblo before planning to visit. (505) 983-2667.
Tesuque Pueblo also operates the Tesuque Pueblo Flea Market, 6.5 miles north of Santa Fe, just off U.S. 84/285 at Exit 171, next to the Santa Fe Opera every weekend (Friday, Saturday and Sunday) from March to December. Call (505) 670-2599 for more information
If you would like to know more about homes for sale in the Tesuque neighborhood, contact me, Karen Meredith, Prudential Santa Fe Real Estate, by e-mail or at (505) 603-3036. For a free market analysis of what your Tesuque neighborhood home is worth, click here.
Prices for homes in Tesuque currently range from the mid $400,000s to several million dollars.
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