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Santa Fe Neighborhoods – Focus on Arroyo Hondo

My backyard in Arroyo Hondo

My backyard in Arroyo Hondo

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.

Another sunny blue sky day in Arroyo Hondo

Another sunny blue sky day in Arroyo Hondo

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.

Arroyo Hondo Canyon carved by the Arroyo Hondo

The canyon carved by the Arroyo Hondo

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).

Tennis court at El Gancho

Tennis court at El Gancho

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)
Hot Tubs
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, and

Sunrise Grocery, which also has a gas station at 52 Old Las Vegas Highway, and

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.

Homes for sale in the Arroyo Hondo neighborhood

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

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Santa Fe Real Estate News – The Bellamah Neighborhood

Santa Fe Market Report
Featuring The Bellamah Area

Active SFAR Listings
All Santa Fe Listings (3/10/11)
Residential: 2154
Residential Land: 1436
Farm & Ranch: 120
Commercial Land: 68
Multi Family: 31
Commercia Buildings: 164
Live/Work: 19

The Bellamah Area Snapshot

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

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


If you would like to know more about any of the homes for sale in the Bellamah neighborhood, 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 Bellamah neighborhood home is worth, click here.


Santa Fe Neighborhoods – Focus on Eldorado

Santa Fe New Mexico Living– Focus on Eldorado

Eldorado 005Eldorado at Santa Fe  (Eldorado) is a well established community of approximately 2,700 lots located 14 miles southeast of the Santa Fe Plaza.  Eldorado’s attractive physical setting, large areas of protected open space, recreational amenities, reasonable prices and convenience to Santa Fe have made it a popular place to live in the Santa Fe area.

According to the United States Census Bureau, Eldorado, as a census-designated place, had a total area of 20.8 square miles, a population of 6,130 and 2,895 households according to the 2010 census.

The minimum acreage for lots in Eldorado is 1 acre with the majority of homes being built on 1 to 2 acre lots in the pueblo style which blends nicely into the landscape.  Prices generally range from the mid $200,000s to the mid to high $600,000s.

Eldorado Community Center

Eldorado Community Center

Eldorado has a much used Community Center which averages 40 to 50 events per week according to the Eldorado Community Improvement Association (ECIA).  Groups using the Community Center include the boy scouts, the girl scouts, bridge groups, seniors and a children’s theater group.

The Vista Grande Public Library has a variety of programs for adults and children and enjoys active community support.  In August 2009, the Tenth Annual Ice Cream Social raised $17,000 for the library.

One of Eldorado's community biking trails

One of Eldorado’s community biking trails

There are greenways and parks scattered throughout Eldorado which contribute to the open space feel of the area.  Residents can also enjoy the volleyball, basketball, handball and tennis courts, a baseball field, a soccer field, a pool, 14 miles of community hiking and biking trails running beside the roads through Eldorado and a community preserve of 4,094 undeveloped acres.   In addition to the community trails, the Santa Fe Rail Trail,  an 11.5 mile trail from the Santa Fe Southern Railroad Depot to near Lamy, New Mexico, passes directly through Eldorado.  Hikers, bikers and horseback riders can use the Santa Fe Rail Trail.

Finally, stables are available which currently house 80 horses.  The ECIA advises that the stables are popular with gardeners too because manure is free for residents who can help themselves to it.  Otherwise, twice a year the Stable Committee will load up residents’ vehicles with manure or deliver manure to residents’ houses for a small donation.

Commercial amenities in Eldorado include a shopping center with a large, well stocked supermarket, post office, bank, restaurants, flower shop, dog grooming, pharmacy, gym, doctor’s office and other health services.  A gas station and convenience store are located directly across from the main entrance to Eldorado and a hardware store is about a half mile north of the main entrance.

Eldorado History.  Eldorado lies within the Canada de los Alamos Grant, a Spanish land grant which dates back to 1785. As recorded in 1894, and patented by the US government, the size of the grant was about 12,068 acres.

The grant was operated as a cattle ranch by the Onderdonk Land & Cattle Company from 1901 to 1956 and by the Simpson family from 1956 until 1969.  In 1969 the American Realty and Petroleum Corporation (AMREP) bought the Simpson family out. AMREP proceeded to plat about 2,700 lots and develop about 6,000 acres of their purchase as Eldorado at Santa Fe, selling the first lots in 1972.  From 1972 until 1983 only about 200 homes were built, but after 1983 the pace of construction quickened and at present the Eldorado subdivisions are nearly built out with only a few vacant lots available.

Artist Tour. Many artists reside in Eldorado.  The Eldorado Arts and Crafts Association holds an annual two day studio tour each year, in mid-May, in which artists open their homes and studios to the public to showcase their art.  In its 19th year, the 2010 tour featured 117 artists in 83 studios, making it the largest studio tour in New Mexico. Sale items included traditional paintings, digital art, ceramics, textiles, wearable art, photography, sculpture and jewelry.

Artists contribute 5% of their sale proceeds from the tour to support the Eldorado Fire Department, the El Dorado Elementary School and the Vista Grande Public Library.   In the past 5 years the Eldorado Arts & Crafts Association has contributed approximately $15,000 to these organizations.

Beautiful homes at prices ranging from the mid $200,000s to the mid to high $600,000s are currently available in Eldorado.

If you are interested in seeing homes in the Eldorado neighborhood or you would like a free comparative market analysis to see how much it is worth contact me, Karen Meredith, Keller Williams, or call me at 505.603.3036.

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