Las Lagunitas is a relatively recent gated subdivision located approximately 17 miles southwest of the Santa Fe Plaza. Las Lagunitas means “little ponds” in Spanish and is named for the numerous small ponds found on the property. Surrounded by agricultural land, natural arroyos and diverse desert wetlands, Las Lagunitas contains lush bosque habitat which is fed by Guicu Creek. A functioning acequia (a traditional Spanish irrigation ditch) runs through part of the property.
Las Lagunitas is characterized by rolling hills and breathtaking views of the Galisteo Basin and the Sangre de Cristo, Jemez and Ortiz mountain ranges. It contains a preserved wildlife habitat, which includes a spring, numerous ponds, plum, pear and apple trees, and is a nature lover’s and birdwatcher’s delight.
Early Native Americans must have appreciated the natural bounty, as there are protected excavation sites in Las Lagunitas where signs of Native Americans have been found. Early settlers also must have appreciated the wetlands, as I am told that the old ranch house and barn in Las Lagunitas were Pony Express and stage stops.
Construction of the subdivision began in 1996, and occurred in 5 phases. Las Lagunitas contains 106 lots on 262.4 acres. Lots range from 1 to 3 acres in size. Approximately 90 acres are reserved as common areas for open space to be used and enjoyed by all residents of the community.
Residents of Las Lagunitas enjoy close proximity to the Lenora Curtain Wetlands Preserve, a 35-acre nature preserve maintained by the Santa Fe Botanical Gardens, which is located approximately 2.5 miles north of Las Lagunitas on the I-25 frontage road. The Preserve has several hiking trails leading through three distinct plant communities: riparian/wetland, transitional, and dry uplands. It is open to the public from the beginning of May through the end of October and admission is free.
Also within 3 miles of Las Lagunitas, is El Rancho de las Golondrinas. Once a historic ranch, now a living history museum, it dates from the early 1700s and was one of the most important stopping place along the famous Camino Real, the Royal Road from Mexico City to Santa Fe.
Public water is provided by the Sangre de Cristo Water Co. Electric service and natural gas are provided by the Public Service Company of New Mexico. All utilities are buried which means there is nothing to interfere with the beautiful views of the natural surrounding areas and the brilliant New Mexico night skies.
Las Lagunitas is located between Albuquerque and Santa Fe off of I-25, which makes it a convenient location for commuting to both cities.
Shopping at Trader Joe’s in Santa Fe is just 20 minutes away, while Albuquerque is a 45 minute drive.
It is also near the 599 Bypass, which gives residents easy access to Las Alamos.
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Currently Keller Williams Realty has one residential lot for sale in Las Lagunitas which is described below. In addition, Renee Edwards and I sold a home in Las Lagunitas in July, 2o11 which is described below.
FOR SALE 39 Calle Capulin, Santa Fe, NM, Offered at $100,000 (Lot 77)
MLS #201102397 - 1.60 acre – Residential Lot for Sale
Listing Agent, Karen Meredith, Keller Williams Realty, 505-603-3036
39 Calle Capulin is Lot 77 on the above map. Tucked away in a private cul-de-sac, this homesite has sweeping views of the Ortiz and Sandia moutains. The wooded and varied terrain creates a beautiful pastoral setting. Biking distance to the Rail Runner which runs between Santa Fe and Albuquerque along I-25. A 1.60 acre residential lot in Las Lagunitas. City water and public electricity available, telephone and cable on site. Septic required. Owner financing is availabe.
36 Vista Lagunitas, Santa Fe, NM Offered at $599,000
MLS # 201102611 SOLD! July, 2011
4 bed, 4 bath, 2,900 sq. ft., lot size 1.499 acres
Listing Agents: Renee Edwards and Karen Meredith, Keller Williams Realty
Northern New Mexico, single level custom home, built in 2006. This home enjoys a private, tranquil location on a cul de sac, surrounded by large cottonwood trees and bordering a bosque area that is unique to Santa Fe.
Beautiful southwest facing portal with outdoor lights and three pull down blinds for shade overlooks approximately 50 acres of common areas containing a pond, numerous springs and hundreds of mature plum trees as well as Asian pears and apple trees.
The birds and wildlife attracted to the water make this home feel like a naturalist’s retreat.