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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.

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

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36 Vista Lagunitas

36 Vista Lagunitas

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:  Karen Meredith and Renee Edwards, 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.


If you would like to know more about any of the homes for sale in the Santa Fe City Northwest Area, contact me or if you would like a free market analysis of your home contact me, Karen Meredith, Keller Williams, by e-mail or at (505) 603-3036. 

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