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Santa Fe Neighborhoods – Focus on Las Campanas

Las Campanas

Las Campanas

Located 10 miles northwest of the Plaza on a high plateau overlooking the Santa Fe Valley, Las Campanas  is a master-planned residential community containing 1,717 home sites spread over approximately 4,730 acres.  Las Campanas was developed by Lyle Anderson in the 1980s as a luxury, amenity laden development and was a part of his golf course resort empire, which included Desert Highlands and Desert Mountain in Scottsdale, AZ, Superstition Mountain near Phoenix, AZ,  Hokuli’a in Hawaii and Loch Lomond Golf Club in Scotland.

Golf course at Las Campanas

Golf course at Las Campanas

Las Campanas has two Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Courses, the Sunrise Course built in 1993 and the Sunset Course built in 2000, an Equestrian Center, a full service Spa and Tennis Center and the Hacienda Clubhouse.  Enjoying magnificent views of the Sangre de Cristo, Jemez, Ortiz and Sandia mountains, this gated community is a favorite destination for golfers, tennis players, horseback riders and owners that want to enjoy a peaceful and serene southwestern lifestyle.  Bright sunshine, dry, cool mountain air and spectacular sunrises and sunsets are features of daily life here.

There are 17 distinctive neighborhoods in Las Campanas, which are generally divided up into various areas termed “Estates”.  The lower number Estates generally tend to be closer to downtown, while the higher numbered Estates tend to be further away.  Depending on where you are in Las Campanas, it is about a 15 to 25 minute drive to downtown Santa Fe.

Las Campanas homes are built in a variety of architectural styles, including Spanish pueblo, territorial, contemporary, ranch, log cabin and northern New Mexico pitched roof.   Homes range from approximately 1,600 square feet to over 12,000 square feet in size and are generally one level.  The majority of homes are between 3,000 square feet and 5,000 square fett in size.  Lot sizes range from approximately ¼ acre sites to over 5 acres and prices range from the low $400,000s to over $10 million.

The Design Review Board at Las Campanas helps to maintain consistency in the aesthetic character of the neighborhoods. Courtyards, gates, beamed ceilings, hand troweled plaster, portal covered outdoor spaces and beautifully landscaped gardens are traditional features of Las Campanas homes


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

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American Lung Association Reports Santa Fe Air Ranks Among the Country’s Cleanest

By Staci Matlock | The New Mexican
Posted: Sunday, April 22, 2012  To read the original article in its entirety.

Breathe deeply, Santa Feans.

The City Different and Santa Fe County has some of the cleanest air in America, according to the American Lung Association.

That’s excellent news for children, elderly and people with asthma, cardiovascular disease and emphysema who are most at risk of health problems when they breath polluted air. An estimated third of Santa Fe County’s population falls into one of those categories.

The association analyzed data from 2007 to 2010 related to ozone and particles emitted from vehicle tailpipes, power generating stations, mining, manufacturing and more. The association has analyzed air quality in U.S. cities for the last dozen years and published the results in annual State of the Air reports.

The reports rank cities based on levels of ozone, short-term particle pollution and long-term particle pollution. Santa Fe joined Honolulu as the only cities who were on the association’s “cleanest air” list in all three categories from 2007-2010, the period for which data was analyzed.

Santa Fe earned an A for low ozone and 24-hour particle pollution, and it passed the annual particle pollution category.

Particles are mixtures of chemicals and materials floating around in air. Some are so tiny they can’t be seen without an electron microscope. Some are thinner than a strand of hair.

Smoke, dust, pollen and gas fumes are just a few of the particles launched into the air by wind, plants, power generation and wildfires. People inhale the particles with air. People cough out the larger particles, but smaller particles can get trapped in lung tissue, causing illness.

Ozone, another dangerous lung irritant analyzed by the American Lung Association, also comes from a mixture of gases produced by cars, smokestacks and burning coal. The gases — nitrogen oxides and volatile organic compounds — when combined with sunlight and warmth, produce harmful ozone in the lower atmosphere.

Children, people older than 65, those who like to exercise outdoors and people who have existing lung problems such as asthma are more susceptible to the ill effects of elevated ozone levels. People exposed to high levels of ozone can suffer wheezing, chest pain, asthma attacks and respiratory infections.

The American Lung Association report notes that while air quality has improved overall around the country, 1 in 17 Americans (18.5 million total) live around unhealthy levels of ozone and particles.

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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Santa Fe Neighborhoods – Focus on Bellamah

The Bellamah neighborhood is located in the southwest section of the City of Santa Fe.  Its boundaries are, in general,  West Rodeo Road to the south, Richards Avenue to the west, Cerrillos Road to the northwest, Siringo Road to the north and Yucca Street to the east.



In 1959, the City of Santa Fe annexed 600 acres so that  Dale Bellamah, the famous residential real estate developer and builder from Albuquerque, could build this neighborhood.   Bellamah began building homes in Albuquerque in 1947.  A booming post-war housing market and aggressive advertising led to his success.   His company, Dale Bellamah Homes, ultimately developed subdivisions in Albuquerque, Las Cruces, Hobbs,  Alamogordo, Las Vegas, and Santa Fe, New Mexico, as well as El Paso, Texas.

The Bellamah neighborhood features affordable, rectangular, one-story, suburban homes with elements of Santa Fe style on wide, curvilinear streets.   The homes are known for their logical floor plans, flat or pitched roofs, garages or car ports, larger lot sizes and many practical conveniences.

Bellamah’s advertisements touted the modern conveniences built into each home, such as an attached garage or car port and a garbage disposal.   These homes were designed to appeal to median income families.  Brochures promised a  house with conveniences to save the homemaker from the “drudgery of household chores”, which would  free up the homemaker’s time for family, self-development, and community activities.

“Advertising high quality construction at a value price, Bellamah began offering a money back guarantee on all home sales.  .  .  These homes were meant to be domestic retreats for working class and middle class families, and Bellamah had no trouble selling them.”  Source:  Rocky Mountain Online Archive.

Herb Martinez Park

Herb Martinez Park

Residents of Bellamah enjoy the many parks in the area, including General Franklin E. Miles, which is one of the largest parks in the city. General Franklin E. Miles has basketball courts, volleyball sand pits, children’s playgrounds, a skateboard area and grass for picnics.  Francis X. Nava Elementary School sits at the edge of the park at 2655 Siringo Road.  The Herb Martinez Park has tennis courts, a cement outdoor hockey area, a baseball field and grass that is often filled with soccer players.

The city’s popular Arroyo Chamisa hiking/biking trail is located in Bellamah, which runs from Rodeo Road past the Monica Lucero Park on Avenida de las Campanas and then passes across Camino Carlos Rey and ends at Yucca Street.   The Santa Fe University of Art and Design  borders the Bellamah neighborhood to the northeast.


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

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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 Neighborhoods – Focus on the Santa Fe Railyard

Santa Fe New Mexico Living– Focus on the Railyard

Farmers Market at the Railyard

Farmers Market at the Railyard

One of the joys of living in Santa Fe is being able to shop at the twice weekly Farmers Market that takes place at the Railyard (intersection of Paseo de Peralta and S. Guadalupe Street) every Tuesday and Saturday from 8:00 am to noon. The Farmers Market offers hungry Santa Feans a cornucopia of healthy, local food choices from over 100 active vendors.  One Farmers Market rule is that all of the vegetables, fruits and nursery plants sold there must be grown in northern New Mexico.  The same is true for at least 80% of the ingredients and materials used to make all processed and craft items.

The difference in flavor, aroma and texture between locally grown fruits and vegetables and their supermarket counterparts can be dramatic. This time of year you can find fresh roasted red and green chile, pumpkins, greens, apples, eggplants, herbs, root veggies, eggs, cheeses, grassfed meats, baked goods, fresh-cut flowers, dried foods, original crafts, body care and lavender products at the Farmers Market.


Antonio and Molly Manzanares with their daughter-in-law (right) at their booth at the Farmers Market

Antonio and Molly Manzanares with their daughter-in-law (right) at their booth at the Farmers Market

Recently we decided to investigate ordering a whole lamb from Shepherd’s Lamb, one of the Farmers Market free range and grassfed meat vendors.  At $6.99 a pound carcass weight, it seemed like an opportunity to get a higher quality product at an affordable price, including hard to find cuts like the shoulder and ribs.  Joseph Wrede of the restaurant Joseph’s Table in Taos revealed that Shepherd’s Lamb is one of his favorite local products in Food & Wine Magazine.

Shepherd’s Lamb, owned by Antonio and Molly Manzanares, is located in Tierra Amarilla, in northern New Mexico.  The Manzanares’ write on their website that their “flock grazes on lush native mountain grasses (wheat grass, grama and fescues) and their favorite shrubs, such as mountain mahogany and snowberry. Another favorite feed of the lambs is plumajillo (yarrow). While on summer pasture, the flock and the shepherd’s camp are moved to a new location weekly. This allows the ewes and lambs to have access to fresh feed at all times and ensures the long term good health of the range.”


Shepherd's Lamb flock enjoying the free range

Shepherd’s Lamb flock enjoying the free range

Best of all Shepherd’s Lamb is Certified Organic which means their lambs “are 100% free of genetically modified organisms, pesticides, medications, and growth hormones.”  You can read more about how they raise their sheep and why it is so good for you here.

The website said that a full lamb would be approximately 45 to 55 pounds in carcass weight. Inspired by what we had read, we filled out the order chart which allows you to custom order some of the cuts of lamb and faxed it in.

Approximately 2 ½ weeks after we ordered our lamb, it was available for pickup at the Manzanares’ booth at the Farmers Market in two medium sized cardboard boxes and packed fresh in plastic bags suitable for the freezer.

Our lamb had a carcass weight of 49.5 pounds and yielded the following cuts of meat at a total cost of $346:

–        2  pounds ground lamb (in 2 one pound packages)

–        2.68 pounds lamb loin chops (in a 1.28 pound package and a 1.40 pound package)

–        2 pounds stew meat (in 2 one pound packages)

–        .60 pounds lamb sirloin

–        1 pound lamb arm chops

–        6.3 pounds boneless lamb shoulder (in a 3.6 pound package and a 2.7 pound package)

–        4.2 pounds rack of lamb (in two 2.1 pound packages)

–        11.3 pounds leg of lamb (in a 4.7 pound package and a 6.6 pound bone in package)

–        3.3 pounds lamb shanks (in a 1.3 pound package and a 2 pound package)

–        1.3 pounds lamb neck

–        3.16 pounds lamb ribs (in a .72 pound package, a .84 pound package and a 1.6 pound package)

Santa Fe New Mexico Living – Homes for Sale in the Railyard neighborhood 

If you are interested in living in the Railyard neighborhood, contact me, Karen Meredith, Keller Williams Realty, by e-mail or call me at (505) 603-3036 to see a list of homes for sale in the Railyard neighborhood.  I would be happy to show you any of the homes in the Railyard neighborhood.  If you have a home for sale in the Railyard neighborhood and would like a free comparative market analysis to see how much it is worth, click here.

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Maria’s 100-Percent Agave House Margarita

margarita on the rocks with saltMakes 1 margarita

  • 1 lemon wedge
  • A saucer of kosher salt (about 1/4 -inch deep)
  • 1  3/4 ounces Jose Cuervo Traditional 100-percent agave tequila
  • 1 ounce Bols triple sec
  • 1  1/2 ounces freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • Ice

Run lemon wedge around the rim of hurricane-style margarita glass. Dip rim of glass into saucer of salt, rotating rim in salt until desired amount collects on glass.

Measure tequila, triple sec and lemon juice into 16-ounce cocktail shaker glass full of ice. Place stainless steel cocktail lid over shaker glass, tapping top to create seal. Shake vigorously about 5 seconds. Pour, ice and all, into salt-rimmed glass. To serve the margarita “up,” simply strain liquid from ice into flat margarita glass. Serve immediately.


Red Chile Sauce with Meat

Makes about 6 cups

  • 1/2 pound lean ground beef, preferably coarse ground
  • 3/4 cup dried ground red chile, preferably Chimayò, other New Mexican red or ancho
  • 1 tablespoon minced white onion
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 4 cups water
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch, dissolved in 2 tablespoons water

Brown beef over medium heat in high-sided skillet until pink color is gone. Add chile, onion, garlic, Worcestershire sauce, salt and black pepper; stir to combine. Pour water slowly into skillet while continuing to stir. Break up any lumps of chile. Continue stirring sauce and when it is warmed through, add cornstarch.

Bring mixture to boil; reduce heat to simmer. Cook about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Completed sauce should coat a spoon thickly and not taste of raw cornstarch. If it becomes too thick, add more water. Serve sauce warm with enchildas, burritos or other dishes. Red chile sauce freezes well. Add extra water when reheating.