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.
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.
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 along Bishops Lodge Road neighborhood, or you would like a free market analysis of how much your home is worth, contact me, Karen Meredith, Keller Williams Realty, by e-mail or at (505) 603-3036.
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