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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 2010 Census, Tesuque had a population of 925 with 718 housing units in a land area of 6.96 sq. miles giving it a population density of 162.63 people per square mile. The median household income as of the 2010 census was $104,487 and the average age was 56.3. Tesuque has its own post office and an elementary school.  

 
Local Amenities and Attractions
Tesuque Village Market

Tesuque Village Market

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.    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

Fresh pasteries at Tesuque Village Market

Tesuque’s other restaurant El Nido is currently closed. 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

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.

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

HOMES FOR SALE IN TESUQUE

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

Prices for homes in Tesuque currently range from the mid $400,000s to several million dollars.

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Biscochitos – New Mexico State Cookie is Seasonal Favorite

SANTA FE, N.M.  –  In a town known for upscale New Mexican cuisine, the best holiday dishes might be the simplest.

Biscochitos served at the La Fonda Hotel in Santa Fe, NM by Ashley Parrish, Tulsa World

Biscochitos served at the La Fonda Hotel in Santa Fe, NM by Ashley Parrish, Tulsa World

By:  Ashley Parrish, World Scene Editor, Tulsa World, published 12/18/11.  This article was syndicated from the Tulsa World, click here for the original article.

Tamales are traditional. Cover them in red and green chile and they’re even called “Christmas-style,” although the term is used year-round.

And then there are Biscochitos.

Home cooks and bakers alike make batches of the thin shortbread cookies at Christmas. Diamonds, rounds, they come in all shapes. But they’re always mildly flavored with anise seeds and liquor and are finished in cinnamon sugar.

The state cookie of New Mexico is traditionally made with lard, and many natives won’t stand for substitutes. But this recipe from the Santa Fe Cooking School allows for vegetable shortening. It won’t be quite as traditional but is still delicious.

Holiday Biscochitos

Makes 4 to 5 dozen cookies

1 pound (2 cups) lard or vegetable shortening
1  1/2 cups sugar
2 eggs
2 teaspoons toasted anise seeds
6 cups flour
3 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup brandy

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

2. Cream the lard, or shortening. Add sugar, eggs and anise seeds and cream again. Mix dry ingredients separately and combine with the shortening mixture. Add the brandy and mix thoroughly.

3. Roll the dough out on a floured surface and cut into desired shapes. Sprinkle the cookie shapes with the sugar-cinnamon mixture and bake for 12 to 15 minutes until lightly browned.

–  Courtesy Santa Fe School of Cooking

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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