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Santa Fe Neighborhoods – Focus on Villa de la Paz

Villa de la Paz

Villa de la Paz means “Peaceful Village”  in Spanish. This tranquil little haven tucked into the southwest side of Santa Fe certainly lives up to its name.  Development began in 1999 – 2000, for this well-established condominium subdivision, which was designed to provide the local community with affordable, quality, urban village housing.

The development contains 89 plotted lots on nearly 10 acres.  76 lots have already been built.  There are eight different floor plans to choose from, three single story and five two story, and all are two or three bedroom units.  The units start at 1,000 square feet and go up to approximately 1,800 square feet.  The housing is FHA approved, which gives buyers the opportunity to purchase these units with a low downpayment.

Park with gazebo and two benches

Villa de la Paz contains a beautifully landscaped park that is approximately 1 acre in size with a gazebo and benches, perfect for walking, contemplating nature or visiting with neighbors.

Peaceful walking trails weave through the subdivision, which also has two landscaped park-like retention ponds. The outdoor areas were planted with a beautiful selection of botanical plants that are drought resistinant and low maintenance.

The existing units in the subdivision are designed for maximum light and privacy with vaulted ceilings in the single story units and decks with mountain views in the two story units. Quality construction details include radiant heating, Pella Windows, tile floors, Kohler plumbing fixtures, and solid wood interior doors.  Protective covenants were created  to ensure that residents enjoy uniformity and consistency of style and design in their surrounding environment.

Walking Trail

The subdivision is self contained, with one entrance and one exit and contains ample public parking. Most units have garages.  Villa de la Paz has convenient shopping and enjoys many city services such as water, sewer, electricity and trash pickup.

Villa de la Paz Housing Opportunities

Currently Keller Williams Realty has two condominum units for sale  at Villa de la Paz.

Please contact me, Karen Meredith, Keller Williams, (505) 603-3036 or Renee Edwards, Keller Williams, (505) 470-7773 for more information about either of these homes.

The first condominium unit for sale is 3148 La Paz Lane, Santa Fe, New Mexico. MLS # 702402, asking price $225,000.  A two bedroom, two bath home with 1,230 square feet built in 2003.  This home is open and light with plenty of skylights and windows.

 

3148 La Paz Lane

Single level with a one car garage, deck, private landscaped courtyard, a dog run, evaporative cooling, wood blinds and custom California closets.  Two fireplaces, one in the master bedroom, the other in the living room.

Enjoys an open floor concept with vaulted pitch roof ceilings and is finished in travetine tile.  Other features include Pella Windows, solid wood interior doors, built in microwave, radiant heating, new carpet in the bedrooms. Refrigerator and washer/dryer included.  Call Renee Edwards, Keller Williams, (505) 470-7773 to schedule a showing!

Living room with kiva fireplace at 3252 La Paz Lane

 

The other condominium unit for sale is 3252 La Paz Lane, MLS # 201103987, asking price – $229,000.  A three bedroom, three bath home boasting 1,560 square feet on .07 acres.  This former model home has lovely interior finishes and details including a viga ceiling, a plastered kiva fire place in the living room and traditional saltillo tile floors.

Other features include upper floor decks with western sunset views, and eastern Sangre de Cristo mountain views.

The master bedroom with private bath is on the lower level, two guest rooms each with views and private sundecks are upstairs.

All bathrooms are adorned with traditional decorative Mexican Talavera tile.  The dining area opens to a private patio and yard which is enclosed by coyote fencing.

Kitchen at 3252 La Paz Lane

The kitchen, which includes a full appliance package with gas cooking, has a neat pass-thru to the dining room.

A utility and mud room provides direct access from the carport to the kitchen to make grocery stocking a breeze.

Recently refinished decks and landscaping improvements.

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Air quality earns Santa Fe high marks in world list by The Associated Press, Sept. 26, 2011

Reprinted from:

The Associated Press
Posted: Monday, September 26, 2011 -

New Mexico’s capital, which regularly tops rankings for its quality of life, has something new to brag about. The first-ever World Health Organization survey on air pollution said Santa Fe’s air-quality readings are among the cleanest in the world.

Santa Fe Mayor David Coss said he’s pleased but not surprised, as the city consistently gets high rankings from the American Lung Association.

“It’s one of the things we love about living in Santa Fe,” he said.

The high-mountain desert city is used to ranking high on lists of best places for living, visiting and playing. In fact, Coss said he is traveling to New York next month to find out whether it will win Condé Nast Traveler magazine’s No. 1 ranking of places to visit.

“We were voted in the top three best cities to visit,” he said. “I am going to see if maybe we are No. 1.”

Santa Fe and the Canadian Yukon Territory’s capital Whitehorse were among the cities with the top rankings in the global survey from WHO, which measures the levels of airborne particles smaller than 10 micrometers — so-called PM10s — in almost 1,100 cities.

Whitehorse had a yearly average of just 3 micrograms of PM10s per cubic meter, while Santa Fe measured 6 micrograms.

“It’s absolutely wonderful,” said Whitehorse Mayor Bev Buckway. “A lot of people come up north and they smell the air and the say, ‘Oh wow. Amazing. The air smells so good,’ ” she said. “And we tend to take it for granted because we just have that all the time.”

Washington, D.C., had a level of 18 micrograms, Tokyo measured 23 micrograms, and Paris had 38 micrograms of PM10s per cubic meter.

Cities in Iran, India, Pakistan and the capital of Mongolia rank among the worst on the planet for air pollution.

The southwest Iranian city of Ahvaz walked away with the unfortunate distinction of having the highest measured level of airborne particles smaller than 10 micrometers. Ahvaz’s annual average of PM10s was 372 micrograms per cubic meter. Heavy industry and low-quality vehicle fuel are the main causes of air pollution in that desert city of 1.3 million people.

Santa Fe Neighborhoods – Focus on Bishops Lodge Road

Bishops Lodge Road

Make a left on Paseo de Peralta onto Washington Avenue near the massive, pink, iconic Scottish Rite Temple and you find yourself heading north from the Santa Fe Plaza along the old stagecoach road to the Village of Tesuque.  Soon Washington Avenue turns into Bishops Lodge Road.  This 5 mile drive to Tesuque is one of the prettiest and most relaxing drives in Santa Fe. You’ll pass scenic hillsides and enter a cottonwood shaded lush valley filled with orchards and horse farms.  Along the way you will see some of the most expensive luxury homes in the Santa Fe style peppering the hillsides.

The Bishops Lodge Road neighborhood is one of Santa Fe’s older neighborhoods.  Well established, many of these homes enjoy beautiful views of the Sangre de Cristo, Jemez, Ortiz and Sandia mountain ranges as well as city light views.  Tucked away on dirt roads and nestled in the hillsides, these homes have privacy, yet are only minutes away from the Plaza.

Residents of Bishops Lodge Road have easy access to hiking in the Santa Fe National Forest, which has 1,500 contiguous square miles of territory nearby.

Horseback riding at Bishop's Lodge Ranch Resort & Spa

Along the way to Tesuque you’ll pass the Bishop’s Lodge Ranch Resort & Spa, which was originally the home of Bishop Jean Baptiste Lamy.  Bishop Lamy was the first bishop appointed by the Vatican in 1850 for its newly created American southwest diocese, Vicariate of New Mexico.  He oversaw the creation of St. Francis Cathedral, at the end of East San Francisco Street, just off the Plaza, which he commissioned in 1869, and was very influencial in the development of Santa Fe and its surrounding areas in the mid 1800s.  The town of Lamy is named after Bishop Lamy for his work in bringing the railroad to that town and donating Church property for the railroad junction there.  Eventually becoming an Archbishop in 1875, Archbishop Lamy was the inspiration for the lead character in Willa Cather’s masterpiece, Death Comes for the Archbishop.

Bishop’s Lodge Resort’s website states:  “Lamy enjoyed having visitors out to his lodge and his many guests were invited to partake in the pleasure of his gardens, orchard, fish-pond and the natural serenity of his country estate. In time, the path out to the ranch became a road and led the city’s newspaper to remark, “Good work has been done on the Bishop’s ranch road. It forms one of the best rides out of the city. This is the work, we presume, of Bishop Lamy.”

The New Mexico Governor’s Mansion also resides just off Bishop’s Lodge Road on 1 Mansion Way.  It was built in 1954 and is 7,949 square feet.  Click here for more information about the New Mexico Governor’s Mansion.

The Hills at Bishop’s Lodge is a new 45 acre residential luxury home and condominium development with amenities that include swimming, tennis and riding trails.

If you would like to know more about any of the homes for sale in the Bishops Lodge Road neighborhood, contact me, Karen MeredithKeller Williams Realty, by e-mail or at (505) 603-3036. For a free market analysis of how much your Bishops Lodge Road neighborhood home is worth, click here.

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Santa Fe Market Report – The Bishops Lodge Road Area


Santa Fe Market Report
Featuring The Bishops Lodge Road Area


Active SFAR Listings
All Santa Fe Listings (7/13/11)
Residential: 2470
Residential Land: 1507
Farm & Ranch: 125
Commercial Land: 60
Multi Family: 30
Commercial Buildings: 169
Live/Work: 18


The Bishops Lodge Road Area Snapshot


Days on Market (DOM)
The Bishops Lodge Road Area – Residential Sold*


Selling Price: % of List Price
The Bishops Lodge Road Area – Residential Sold*

 

If you would like to know more about any of the homes for sale in the Bishops Lodge Road neighborhood, contact me, Karen Meredith, Keller Williams Realty, by e-mail or at (505) 603-3036. For a free market analysis of how much your Bishops Lodge Road neighborhood home is worth, click here.

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Santa Fe Market Report – The Airport Road Area

The Airport Road neighborhood is located in the Southwest section of Santa Fe.  Airport Road was once a semi-rural road leading out to the Santa Fe Municipal Airport.  It is now an area of condos, town homes and single-family dwellings that looks more like other U.S. cities than any other part of Santa Fe.  Airport Road is also a commercial corridor through the Southwestern end of the city.  Roads along Airport Road are paved, most streets have sidewalks and most houses have garages. Prices for homes in the Southwest section of Santa Fe, including in the Airport Road neighborhood, tend to be somewhat lower than the rest of Santa Fe.

Santa Fe Market Report
Featuring The Airport Road Area


Active SFAR Listings
All Santa Fe Listings (7/06/11)
Residential: 2448
Residential Land: 1497
Farm & Ranch: 127
Commercial Land: 59
Multi Family: 32
Commercial Buildings: 168
Live/Work: 18


The Airport Road Area Snapshot


Days on Market (DOM)
The Airport Road Area – Residential Sold*


Selling Price: % of List Price
The Airport Road Area – Residential Sold*

 

If you would like to know more about any of the homes for sale in the Airport Road neighborhood, contact me, Karen Meredith, Keller Williams Realty, by e-mail or at (505) 603-3036.  For a free market analysis of how much your Airport Road neighborhood home is worth, click here.

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Santa Fe Real Estate News – The Santa Fe City South East Area

Santa Fe Market Report
Featuring The Santa Fe City South East Area


Active SFAR Listings
All Santa Fe Listings (6/22/11)
Residential: 2434
Residential Land: 1519
Farm & Ranch: 127
Commercial Land: 57
Multi Family: 37
Commercial Buildings: 174
Live/Work: 18


The Santa Fe City South East Area Snapshot


Days on Market (DOM)
The Santa Fe City South East Area – Residential Sold*


Selling Price: % of List Price
The Santa Fe City South East Area – Residential Sold*

Santa Fe Neighborhoods – Focus on Las Lagunitas

Gated Entrance to Las Lagunitas

Gated Entrance to Las Lagunitas

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.

A pond in Las Lagunitas

A pond in Las Lagunitas

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.

Las Lagunitas map3Public 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.

 

Beautiful View Lot

Beautiful View Lot

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 Lagunitas36 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.

Santa Fe Market Report – The Santa Fe City North West Area

The North West city area of Santa Fe includes the popular and affordable neighborhood of Casa Solana.  Built in the 1950s and 1960s by the well known and locally beloved developer Allen Stamm, Casa Solana has beautiful mature trees, sidewalks and paved streets.  Residents enjoy a neighborhood pool and convenient shopping at the Solana Center.  Homes here have the Stamm traditional features of vigas, hardwood floors, fireplaces and solid construction.

As you travel down West Alameda, newly constructed homes appear on larger, more open tracts.  Homes begin to spread out a bit and horse farms emerge to dot the landscape.  Some lots in the hills offer 360 degree views, while others have a beautiful view of the Santa Fe city lights.

Along US Hwy 84/285 at the exit for the world renowned Santa Fe Opera is Monte Sereno, one of Santa Fe’s newer neighborhoods.  Homes here enjoy breathtaking views of the majestic Sangre de Cristo and Jemez Mountain ranges on lots averaging 1.7 acres.

The North West city area also includes Zocolo, a residential condominium community of casita-style homes centered around small plazas.

SANTA FE MARKET REPORT 
Featuring The Santa Fe City North West Area


Active SFAR Listings
All Santa Fe Listings (6/15/11)
Residential: 2429
Residential Land: 1503
Farm & Ranch: 125
Commercial Land: 59
Multi Family: 38
Commercial Buildings: 171
Live/Work: 17


The Santa Fe City North West Area Snapshot


Days on Market (DOM)
The Santa Fe City North West Area – Residential Sold*


Selling Price: % of List Price
The Santa Fe City North West Area – Residential Sold*

If you would like to know more about any of the homes for sale in the Santa Fe City Northwest Area, 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 Santa Fe City Northwest Area home is worth, click here.

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Santa Fe Neighborhoods – Focus on Tesuque

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.  

Tesuque Village Market

 
Local Amenities and Attractions

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.

Fresh pasteries at Tesuque Village Market

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.

Glass Flowers

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.

Inside Tesuque Village Market

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

BROWSE HOMES FOR SALE IN TESUQUE HERE

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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Santa Fe Neighborhoods – Focus on the Old Las Vegas Highway Corridor

The Old Las Vegas Highway Corridor is located southeast of the Plaza on Old Las Vegas Highway and extends to Highway 285 South.  It is near the main hospital, St. Vincent Regional Medical Center, and many retail services.

Lots in this area, nestled in the foothills of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, average between two and a half to approximately five acres depending on the community.  Although this area is only minutes from town, its feel is decidedly rural, and its views to the south and west are more expansive. Many horse properties are in this area and horse trails weave in and around many of those properties.  You can find a beautiful home with privacy and views here.  Neighborhoods  include Arroyo Hondo, Double Arrow, Overlook, Hondo Hills, Sunlit Hills, La Barberia, and Seton Village.  Housing is not uniform or cookie-cutter and the styles range from modest homes to elegant territorial and pueblo ranchs.  Arroyo Hondo, in particular, is known for its superior horse properties.

BROWSE HERE FOR HOMES FOR SALE ALONG THE OLD LAS VEGAS HIGHWAY CORRIDOR

If you would like to know more about any of the homes for sale in the Old Las Vegas Highway Corridor neighborhoods, 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 Old Las Vegas Highway Corridor neighborhood home is worth, click here.

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Santa Fe Market Report
Featuring The OLVH Corridor Area


Active SFAR Listings
All Santa Fe Listings (5/25/11)
Residential: 2350
Residential Land: 1506
Farm & Ranch: 124
Commercial Land: 59
Multi Family: 36
Commercial Buildings: 173
Live/Work: 19


The OLVH Corridor Area Snapshot


Days on Market (DOM)
The OLVH Corridor Area – Residential Sold*


Selling Price: % of List Price
The OLVH Corridor Area – Residential Sold*