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Spacious South Capitol pueblo home for sale on historic Don Gaspar

Great room looking out to the tennis court

Great room looking out to the tennis court

1320 Don Gaspar Avenue,  Santa Fe, NM  87505

4 beds, 4 baths, 4,000 square feet, 2 car garage, separate office/studio, tennis court, landscaped patio and so much more!


MLS 201300525, Offering price $835,000

Listing Agents, Karen Meredith, Keller Williams Realty, and Renee Edwards, Keller Williams Realty

Tennis court and basketball hoop

Tennis court and basketball hoop

Elegant pueblo style South Capitol home on a large corner lot with a walled private backyard, tennis court and basketball hoop.

Spacious great room with 13 foot coved ceiling and vigas, floor to ceiling windows and enormous fireplace, ideal for entertaining.  Landscaped outdoor patio.

Master Bedroom Suite with kiva fireplace, cork floor and large walk in closet

Master Bedroom Suite with kiva fireplace, cork floor and large walk in closet


Master bedroom suite with kiva fireplace, cork floor and generous California style walk in closet.





Chef's kitchen has generous built in cabinets and island with bar stools

Chef’s kitchen has generous built in cabinets and island with bar stools

Chef’s kitchen has a skylight, island w/ bar stools, a Jenn-Air 4 burner gas stove and grill,  wood paneled Subzero refrigerator and double oven.

Separate office/studio. 2 car garage and separate storage building that could be converted into a 3rd car garage space.

Hand trowel diamond plaster walls, antique light fixtures and 5 indoor fireplaces.  Traditional
Santa Fe style and beauty just 1.5 miles from the Plaza!

For more information about this property, please contact one of the listing agents, Karen Meredith, Keller Williams Realty, (505) 603-3036 or Renee Edwards, Keller Williams Realty, (505) 470-7773 to schedule a showing!


2 single family ranch homes on one double sized lot near St. Francis – $299,000

937 and 937 1/2 Mercer, Santa Fe, NM  87501

$299,000  MLS # 201101717

4 bedrooms, 3 baths, 1 fireplace, 2,302 sq. ft. and .026 acres

2 single family ranch homes on one double sized lot make this an appealing choice for owners/users looking for rental income or investors.  Currently zoned R-8 Residential, but is designated as Office on the City of Santa Fe’s Future Land Use map.  Consquently, the City has advised that an owner may submit an application to rezone the property to the C-1 District if an owner so desires.

Larger home has 2 bedrooms, 1 bath, 1,191 square feet.  Smaller/guest home has 2 bedrooms, 2 baths, 1,111 square feet.

Homes are neat and tidy, with hard wood floors in the larger home, and a newer large open concept addition in the smaller home.

More than ample parking.  One car garage, car port for two more cars, additional parking in front and back of lot as well as several nonexclusive street parking spaces.

Live in one house and rent the other house! Conveniently located to shopping, other commercial amenities and downtown.  Cross street is St. Francis.  Lots of flexibility.






For more information about this property, please contact one of the listing agents, Renee Edwards, Keller Williams Realty, (505) 470-7773 or Karen Meredith, Keller Williams Realty, (505) 603-3036 to schedule a showing!

Santa Fe ranked as a Top 10 International Destination for Art and Architecture by Hotwire.com

Santa Fe photo St. Francis BasilicaSanta Fe was ranked as a Top 10 international destination for art and architecture in a list compiled by Hotwire.com.

Santa Fe was included with such cities as Paris, Florence, Vatican City, St. Petersburg and other major travel destinations as being one of the best cities in the world in which to admire famous art.

Santa Fe and Los Angeles were the only two North American cities included.

Of Santa Fe, the article said, “The community of Santa Fe has long been considered both a haven for creativity and an important gathering place for the American art community …”

Santa Fe was ranked seventh. The entire list is:

1. Paris

2. Florence, Italy

3. Vatican City

4. Berlin

5. Amsterdam

6. St. Petersburg, Russia

7. Santa Fe

8. Los Angeles.

9. Sydney

10. Tokyo

1.6 acre Las Lagunitas Residential Lot with Sweeping Mountain Views

39 Calle Capulin 239 Calle Capulin, Santa Fe, NM (Lot 77)

1.6 acre residential lot, $100,000, MLS 201102397

Las Lagunitas is a gated subdivision located approximately 17 miles southwest of the Santa Fe Plaza just off of Highway I-25.  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 Cris, 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.

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.

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 Los Alamos.

Read more about the Las Lagunitas subdivision.

Town House within .8 mile of Santa Fe Country Club

6674 Jaguar Drive

6674 Jaguar Drive, Santa Fe, NM 87507, Offering Price $185,000, MLS #201200351.  3 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, 1,551 square feet, lot size .040 acres.

Listing Agents, Karen Meredith, Keller Williams Realty, (505) 603-3036 and Renee Edwards, Keller Williams Realty, (505) 470-7773

Very nice townhome with carport in the Evergreen Subdivison.  Just .8 mile to the first golf course tee at the Santa Fe Country Club.  Easy access to Veteran’s Memorial Highway 599.

One of two outdoor living areas

Built in 2007, this home is in hardly lived condition.  There are two outdoor living areas.

The floor plan is open and inviting with a lower level bedroom and bathroom. The upstairs bedrooms are spacious and comfortable.

Offered at a great price for the size and condition of the home.  Enjoy care free living near the golf course.




Call Karen Meredith, Keller Williams Realty at (505) 603-3036 or Renee Edwards, Keller Williams Realty at (505) 470-7773 for more information.

Biscochitos – New Mexico State Cookie is Seasonal Favorite

Biscochitos served at the La Fonda Hotel in Santa Fe, NM by Ashley Parrish, Tulsa World

SANTA FE, N.M.  -  In a town known for upscale New Mexican cuisine, the best holiday dishes might be the simplest.

By:  Ashley Parrish, World Scene Editor, Tulsa World, published 12/18/11.  This article was syndicated from the Tulsa World, click here for the original article.

Tamales are traditional. Cover them in red and green chile and they’re even called “Christmas-style,” although the term is used year-round.

And then there are Biscochitos.

Home cooks and bakers alike make batches of the thin shortbread cookies at Christmas. Diamonds, rounds, they come in all shapes. But they’re always mildly flavored with anise seeds and liquor and are finished in cinnamon sugar.

The state cookie of New Mexico is traditionally made with lard, and many natives won’t stand for substitutes. But this recipe from the Santa Fe Cooking School allows for vegetable shortening. It won’t be quite as traditional but is still delicious.

Holiday Biscochitos

Makes 4 to 5 dozen cookies

1 pound (2 cups) lard or vegetable shortening
1  1/2 cups sugar
2 eggs
2 teaspoons toasted anise seeds
6 cups flour
3 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup brandy

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

2. Cream the lard, or shortening. Add sugar, eggs and anise seeds and cream again. Mix dry ingredients separately and combine with the shortening mixture. Add the brandy and mix thoroughly.

3. Roll the dough out on a floured surface and cut into desired shapes. Sprinkle the cookie shapes with the sugar-cinnamon mixture and bake for 12 to 15 minutes until lightly browned.

-  Courtesy Santa Fe School of Cooking

Business Insider reports Santa Fe ranks 11th on list of the Top 15 Housing Markets for the next 5 years, December 8, 2011

Santa Fe after Winter Storm, photo by Renee Edwards

Business Insider recently reported that the latest data from Fiserv Case Shiller shows that national home prices are expected to grow at an annualized rate of 3.2% between 2011 and Q2 2016.

Business Insider combed through Fiserv’s data and picked the 15 best housing markets for the next five years.  Santa Fe ranked number 11 of out of the top 15 on Business Insider’s List of the best housing markets for the next five years.  Business Insider predicted Santa Fe would have “Annualized growth from 2011 – 2016: +9.1%“.

Business Insider further reported “Santa Fe has a low unemployment rate of 5.4% and a median household income of $70,000. Its home prices are only down 17.7% since they peaked in Q4 2007.
Data provided by Fiserv Case Shiller Indexes”
To read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/best-real-estate-markets-2016-2011-12# Original article by Mamta Badkar, December 8, 2011.

In Santa Fe, you fall in love with chilies, The Boston Globe, November 16, 2011

Deena Chafetz teaches a chili workshop at Santa Fe School of Cooking. Photo by Selina Kok for The Boston Globe

By Diane Daniel, Globe Correspondent 

This article was syndicated from The Boston Globe.  For a copy of the original article, click here.

SANTA FE — “Red or green?’’ In New Mexico, those three words make up the official state question. If you want both red and green  chili pepper sauce, you ask for “Christmas.’’

“We put them in everything and on everything; it’s what makes our cuisine special,’’ explains Deena Chafetz, a chef and teacher of the “Chile Amor’’ class at the venerable Santa Fe School of Cooking.

After this 90-minute workshop, which costs $50 per person, you are in a better position to decipher menus, know what’s in chili-infused guacamole, carne adovada (pork marinated in red chili), pizza with green chili sauce, and green chili beer. Early on, you can get what we call “chili chap’’: chapped lips from low humidity further irritated by hot food, certainly a rite of passage for any visitor from a more humid climate.

 We are 16 students from around the country, unified on our most burning question: Which is hotter, red or green? Her answer: It depends.

“The first thing you need to know is that red and green chilies are not different varieties. They’re the same peppers,’’  Chafetz says, smiling as she sees us novices absorb this new information. “All green peppers eventually turn red. So a hot green pepper will be a hot red pepper. Beyond that, it depends on the plant, the region, the soil, the weather. They can go from mild to very hot. So at a restaurant you need to ask, ‘Which is hotter today?’ It changes from day to day.’’

We learn that green chili sauce is always made from fresh roasted and peeled peppers (they can be frozen after roasting), while red sauce is made from either dried chili pods or chili powder.

“When I say powder, I’m not talking about what you all call chili powder,’’ she says. “Our chili powders are pure. What you use is for chili con carne, which is what the rest of the country calls chili. We New Mexicans do acknowledge its existence, but that’s about it.’’

We divide into groups and work at cooking stations to grill, peel, and dice green peppers, adding them to an onion and garlic mixture, and we make two red chili sauces, one from powder, and the other from pods. We sample them all on homemade tortillas.

“These are your staples,’’ Chafetz says. “Chilies are like wine. Not only do they taste different from different regions, as you get to know the flavors, you pair them with different foods.’’

For now, though, it is enough to know the difference between green and red. Which means that when we stop by the vibrant Santa Fe Farmers’
Market the next day, I have some inkling of what farmer Matt Romero isdoing as he turns a large drum over a flame to roast just-harvested green chilies. From August and into October, chili roasters set up shop across the state, at markets and in parking lots, selling charred, peeled and diced chilies by the bushel and infusing the air with an intoxicating aroma. (Bushels of green peppers are also set aside to redden and dry for later use.)

Romero explains the roasting process to photo-snapping tourists as he turns the crank. “We do this roasting in northern New Mexico and southern Colorado,’’ he says. “I don’t think you’ll find it anywhere else. It’s part of our culture.’’

One woman who has stopped at Romero’s stand is hauling off a clear plastic bag filled with about 35 pounds of chopped green chilies. “I’ll take this and divide it into quart size Ziplocs, and they’ll last all winter,’’ explains Shar Jimenez, a Santa Fe resident for 16 years. “I’ll use it over things, as a side, and as a garnish.’’ The heat level, she says, is “good and hot. I’d say a 7 or 8 out of 10. I have a 6-year-old daughter, so we won’t be using it as much as we used to.’’

As she hoists the bag into her back seat, she adds, “It’s also my car freshener. Smell how perfumey and fruity it is?’

Chafetz had told the class that California Anaheim chilies were the best (but not a perfect) East Coast substitute for fresh New Mexican peppers, but Romero has a better solution. “You want to time your vacation to the harvest, then just double bag a bushel and throw it in your checked luggage.’’
Santa Fe School of Cooking  116 West San Francisco St.,  Santa Fe, 800-982-4688, Classes start at $50 per person; market on site. 

Santa Fe Farmers’ Market   1607 Paseo De Peralta (Santa Fe Railyard), Santa Fe, 505-983-4098, Open Sat and Tue,  8 a.m.-1 p.m.

Recent Transactions

Below is a summary of my most recent transactions where I represented the Buyer or Seller:

1405 Vegas Verdes #105, Santa Fe, New Mexico, Offering Price $120,000, MLS # 201104936, 1 bedroom, 2 baths, 874 square feet.  Represented the Seller. Sold 11/30/11.

47 Bouquet Lane, Santa Fe, New Mexico, Offering Price – $355,000, MLS # 201104078, 4 bedrooms, 2 baths, 2,487 square feet, Lot Size .8 acres.  Represented the Buyer and the Seller.  Sold 11/03/11.

2924 Pueblo Pintado, Santa Fe, New Mexico, Offering Price – $220,000, MLS # 201105107, 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, Lot Size .13 acres.  Represented the Seller.  Sold – 10/31/11.

621 Old Santa Fe Trail, Santa Fe, New Mexico, Offering Price – $1,380,000, MLS # 201103504, 8,700 square feet. Commercial. Represented the Buyer. Sold 09/09/11.

36 Vista Lagunitas, Santa Fe, New Mexico, Offering Price – $599,000, MLS # 201102611, 4 bedrooms, 4 baths, 2,900 square feet, Lot size 1.499 acres.  Represented the Seller.  Sold – 7/27/11.

41 Camino de Milagro, Santa Fe, New Mexico, Offering Price – $635,000, MLS # 201006026, 3 bedrooms, 3 baths, 3,457 square feet, Lot Size 14.94 acres. Represented the Buyer. Sold – 6/23/11

138 East Santa Fe Avenue, Santa Fe, New Mexico, Offering Price – $443,000, MLS #201006182, a 2,159 square foot triplex and 140 East Santa Fe Avenue, Santa Fe, New Mexico, Offering Price – $352,000 MLS #201006188, a 1,760 sq. ft. duplex. Represented the Seller. Sold both – 3/29/11.

sfnmHome.com – Keller Williams Newest Player in Town

Dee Dee Trosclair and Bruce Milner in front of the Keller Williams Santa Fe Market Center

By: Paul Weideman
Published online: Sunday, November 06, 2011
Appeared in: Home, Santa Fe Real Estate Guide
Edition: November 2011 Vol. 14 No. 8

“Our focus is on the agent first, through training and coaching, technology and marketing, and on our culture, which is an agent-focused model.”  Answering questions inside the building that formerly housed Prudential Santa Fe Real Estate, Dee Dee Trosclair of Keller Williams Realty, Inc., seemed to use the terms “agent-focused” and “agent-centric” in just about every sentence. And that encapsulates the difference between this company and others, she said. “Most real-estate companies see themselves as the brand, where we see our agents as the brand.”

Trosclair is KW’s regional director in New Mexico. The head of the Santa Fe office at 510 N. Guadalupe Street is Bruce Milner, who is spending time away from his home in Memphis to launch the office — or “market center” as Keller Williams calls them. “Smokey Garrett from Arlington, Texas, is our operating principal, our owner, but we do have other investors who are local,” Trosclair said.

Judy Camp, who was the president of Prudential Santa Fe Real Estate, is the new franchise’s qualifying broker, temporarily. “She’s been helping with the transition but she will be in sales, by her choice.”

“Yes, listing and selling property,” Camp said. “It’s really what I love. This is a real high, if you want to know the truth. I did a lot of research about Keller Williams before I ever talked to them about coming here. You needed to have a different business model. It’s not the company and then the broker; it’s the broker and then the company, which is totally different. The owners share their profit. It’s just really fun.  I’m a business person and to me it makes total sense.”

Prudential Santa Fe had about 70 agents when it closed in August. Milner said 12 to 15 of them left at the beginning of the transition. “We will be near 60 agents by the end of November and we’re targeting between 90 and 125 at the end of our first year,” he said.

Keller Williams has another market center in Española and two in Albuquerque. Santa Fe just happens to be market center number 900 for the company that was founded in 1983 and is headquartered in Austin, Texas. KW cofounder Gary Keller is chairman of the board and chief visionary.  He and his writing team are the authors of The Millionaire Real Estate Agent (2004), SHIFT: How Top Real Estate Agents Tackle
Tough Times (2008), and Green Your Home (2011).

“In about 1992-1993, the franchise really exploded,” Milner said. “Today we’re number two, behind only Coldwell Banker.  The nice thing about our franchise is it is individually owned. We’re an international company now, yet we have a very specific purpose in the local market, so Gary is very driven by local market dynamics.”

In a late-October telephone interview, Trosclair went into some detail on the difference between KW and “the traditional real estate office,” as she referred to all others. “We’re a company based on systems and models, so we are also very agent-centered. They have a say in the company through the associate leadership council, which is like a board of directors. Each Keller Williams market center has an associate leadership council comprised of the top 20 percent of the agents based on production. All of the agents are stakeholders in the company and we profit-

She said Keller Williams generally does not hire people from outside industries to run the company, preferring to grow leaders from within.

“Most firms see themselves as the reason why buyers and sellers are doing business with the company, but we see ourselves as the support behind the agents, because the agents are the reasons why people are doing business with Keller Williams.”

How lucrative is this different structure for the company’s agents? “We have a capping system,” she answered. “The agents pay in a certain amount and then they cap for the year. So they have the ability to earn a lot more of their commissions. It’s based on production. Our mission statement is ‘a career worth having, a business worth owning, and a life worth living,’ so the more money they keep, the more opportunity
theyr’e going to have to fulfill that mission.”

Sustainability is a priority for KW, according to its website. Its offices have the technology to be paperless, although Trosclair admitted there are still agents “who are not quite there. Also, we use the marketing program eEdge that has an e-signature program where they can generate
a contract, but the mortgage companies are still requiring hard copies of contracts.”

Keller Williams is not specializing in particular segments of the real-estate market. “We’re doing all price ranges, from entry-level to luxury. In fact, our first luxury referral that came in to KW Santa Fe was a $6 million lead.”

The company supports agents having their own websites. Similar to one of the competing firms in Santa Fe that is known for “Sotheby’s blue,” KW peopleare expected to exhibit some allegiance to another part of the spectrum. “We have a beautiful KW red that you can buy in Sherwin Williams, but we offer a lot of flexibility — as long as you’re using at least 50 percent of the Keller Williams red in your branding,” Trosclair said.