Out of all the wonderful neighborhoods in Santa Fe, Arroyo Hondo is one of the most special to me because it is my neighborhood. Arroyo Hondo is a community of approximately 200 families located 7.5 miles from the Plaza in the southeast quadrant of the County. Arroyo Hondo has a varied terrain of rolling hills, sheltered valleys and flat lots, many with excellent pinon and juniper tree cover. Most homes in Arroyo Hondo enjoy expansive, wide open views of the mountains.
Arroyo Hondo’s boundaries are Old Las Vegas Highway to the east, the Arroyo Hondo itself to the north, the Santa Fe Southern Railway line to the west and Seton Village to the south. The average lot size is over 9 acres and the average house size is approximately 3,400 square feet. Most of the streets are dirt roads with very few overhead wires or street lights to interfere with our brillant northern New Mexico night skies. Housing styles are primarily Pueblo Revival and pitched roof Northern New Mexico Territorial.
This rural neighborhood is known for being premier horse country and miles of riding trails weave in and around the area. The Arroyo Hondo Trail Association is a residents’ organization that maintains the trail system. Over half the neighborhood participates in the Arroyo Hondo Trail Association. Click here for more about the history of Arroyo Hondo and the Arroyo Hondo Trail Association.
There is a strong sense of community in Arroyo Hondo and commitment to the rural, residential character of the neighborhood. In 1992 Arroyo Hondo residents created the Arroyo Hondo Land Trust, a 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to preserve the rural, residential character of the community.
In 2002 Arroyo Hondo residents donated $300,000 to help Santa Fe County purchase 86 acres of wetlands for open space at the entrance to Arroyo Hondo, just off of Arroyo Hondo Road. The Arroyo Hondo Open Space area is open to anyone for hiking and is home to numerous birds, mammals (such as deer, raccoons and bobcats), frogs and other reptiles. The hiking trails provide panoramic views of the Galisteo Basin, Cerrillos Hills, Sandia Mountains and Ortiz Mountains.
Arroyo Hondo is also home to the Arroyo Hondo Pueblo, one of the largest fourteenth century towns in the northern Rio Grande region and now a 20-acre preserve. Archaeologists believe that Arroyo Hondo Pueblo was first established in the early 1300s AD. The stone and adobe pueblo grew to over 1,000 rooms. The pueblo had two occupation periods: 1300-1345 AD and 1370-1425 AD. Arroyo Hondo Pueblo was extensively investigated by The School of American Research in the 1970s. You can read some of the fascinating studies they published describing their findings by ordering them here. The School of American Research transferred Arroyo Hondo Pueblo to the Archaeology Conservancy in 2003. There will be a lecture on the Big Pueblo at Arroyo Hondo on May 19, 2011 presented by The School for Advanced Research (which is what The School of American Research is now called).
Arroyo Hondo residents benefit from their 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)
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,
Sunrise Grocery, which also has a gas station at 52 Old Las Vegas Highway, and
Bobcat Bite, located at 418 Old Las Vegas Highway and justifiably famous for their green chile cheeseburgers.
For a fun sightseeing adventure that gives you an excellent view of the Arroyo Hondo neighborhod consider a train ride on the Santa Fe Southern Railway, a 129 year old spur track from Lamy to Santa Fe that passes along Arroyo Hondo’s southern boundary.
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.
If you would like to know more about any of the homes for sale in the Arroyo Hondo 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 Arroyo Hondo neighborhood home is worth, click here.
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