Eldorado 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 20.7 square miles, a population of 5,799 and 2,438 households at the 2000 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 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.
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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