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Conde Nast Readers name Santa Fe No. 2 in Top 10 U.S. Cities list, November, 2013

St. Francis Cathedral Basilica, Santa Fe, NM

St. Francis Cathedral Basilica, Santa Fe, NM

Conde Nast announced its 2103 Reader’s Choice Awards and wrote the following:

Our readers found Santa Fe to be “pure magic;” a “heaven where souls vacation.” Their love bumped it from last year’s spot at No. 4 on this
list. “Go for the atmosphere, architecture, food, and open spaces,” said one reader, or “take a whole day to explore the galleries.”

What Other People Are Saying About Santa Fe

Santa Fe is a world class destination market.  With a rich culture history, fanstastic art museums and galleries, abundant natural beauty, an internationally renowned opera and some of the best and most unique dining available anywhere, there’s something for everyone to experience and enjoy.  Read more about what makes Santa Fe, the City Different, so special and start planning your next visit today. Maybe like so many other visitors, you’ll also fall in love with this unique city and decide to make it your next home!

What other people are saying about Santa Fe:

 

 

 

Beautiful 3 bedroom/2 bath gem in Eldorado – Just $419,000

14 Recado Road picture14 Recado Road, Santa Fe, NM  87508

3 bed, 2 bath, 2,145 square feet on 1.2 acres

Listing Agent, Karen Meredith, Keller Wiliiams Realty, (505) 603-3036

MLS #201304604, Offered at $419,000

Beautiful open, sun-filled pueblo style home on a green belt. Spacious high ceiling living room, dining room and eat in kitchen are perfect for entertaining large groups of people.

Recado Courtyard EntranceTwo covered portals, one off the kitchen and one off the master bedroom face a gorgeous peaceful, private garden. Recado Back Yard Garden is designed to be low maintenance with underground drip irrigation.  Split bedroom floor plan with private master suite and generously sized guest bedrooms.  3 car garage.  Loads of Santa Fe style with vigas, beams with corbels, plastered walls, beautiful tile, 2 kiva fireplaces and entry courtyard.

For more information about this property, please contact Karen Meredith, Keller Williams Realty, (505) 603-3036 to schedule a showing!

You can read more about the Eldorado neighborhood in my Santa Fe neighborhood profile of Eldorado under the Santa Fe neighborhood tab.

 

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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Santa Fe Neighborhoods – Focus on Bishops Lodge Road

 

Bishops Lodge Road
Bishops Lodge Road

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.

Bishop's Lodge Resort & Spa

Bishop’s Lodge Resort & Spa

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.

Horseback riding at Bishop's Lodge Ranch Resort & Spa

Horseback riding at Bishop’s Lodge Ranch Resort & Spa

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 MeredithKeller Williams Realty, by e-mail or at (505) 603-3036.

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Santa Fe Neighborhoods – Focus on Museum Hill

View from the Wheelwright Museum front terrace

View from the Wheelwright Museum front terrace

Santa Fe New Mexico Living– Focus on Museum Hill 

Santa Fe has four world class museums located on Camino Lejo on the southeast side of town in an area called Museum Hill.  If you limit your museum touring in Santa Fe to the cultural riches around the Plaza, you’ll be depriving yourself of a chance to view some wonderful art as well as magnificent views of the mountains.  Travel between Museum Hill and the Plaza is simple and convenient. Take the “M” line operated by Santa Fe Trails, which runs 7 seven days a week and costs adults $1 each way.  Departures start from the Downtown Transit Center on Sheridan Street (one block off the Plaza) for a short 18-minute ride.  Click here to see a map of the route.  Call 505 955-2001 for the most current information about schedules and fares.  You can spend endless hours exploring the wide variety of art in these collections.

Apache Mountain Spirit Dancer by Craig Dan Goseyun in front of the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture

Apache Mountain Spirit Dancer by Craig Dan Goseyun in front of the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture

The Museum of Indian Arts & Culture (710 Camino Lejo) covers 12,000 years of southwestern Native American culture and history in the long-term exhibit “Here, Now and Always”.  This groundbreaking exhibit, which opened in August, 1997, was developed over an eight year period by a curatorial team composed of Native American consultants and museum professionals.  It incorporates the voices of more than 50 Native Americans speakers and has over 1,000 artifacts and objects on display to help illustrate the rich, complex and diverse Native American stories of creation and survival in the Southwest.  Also on long-term display is the Buchsbaum Southwest Pottery Gallery which features 500 ceramic pieces from ancient times to today from each of the Pueblos of New Mexico and Arizona.  Call 505 476-1269 or click here for more information.

The Museum of International Folk Art (708 Camino Lejo) houses the largest collection of traditional folk art in the world.   With over 135,000 objects, the collection is displayed in four distinct wings and covers such diverse topics as folk art from Latin American mountain villages, metalwork from West Africa, intricate textiles from Southwest China and shadow-puppet traditions of Java.  Call 505 476-1200 or click here for more information.

Retablos

Retablos

The Museum of Spanish Colonial Art (750 Camino Lejo), whose purpose is to preserve and perpetuate the Hispano art forms that have been produced in New Mexico and Southern Colorado since the region was colonized by Spain in 1598, has 3,000 objects, making their collection the most comprehensive compilation of Spanish Colonial art of its kind.  Call 505 982-2226 or click here for more information.

 

 

Finally, there is the Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian (704 Camino Lejo) which opened in 1937 and came into being as a result of the special friendship between Mary Cabot Wheelwright, an East Coast heiress, and Hastiin Klah, a Navajo medicine man. To read more about the fascinating story of the Wheelwright Museum and what happened to its original collection, click here.

Toadalena Navajo rug from the Two Grey Hills area

Toadalena Navajo rug from the Two Grey Hills area

If you go to the Wheelwright Museum, do not forget to stop by The Case Trading Post, Santa Fe’s oldest Indian art gallery, which was built to resemble a turn-of-the-century Navajo Reservation trading post.  It is a wonderful shop where you can buy genuine works of art from contemporary Indian artists in the form of pottery, jewelry, textiles, storytellers, katsina dolls, and more. You’ll find pieces by recognized masters as well as new and emerging talent.

Homes for Sale in the Museum Hill Neighborhood

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

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Winter Salad

Winter Salad

Santa Fe New Mexico Living – Winter Recipes 

It is apple season at the Farmers Market!  Here is an easy and delicious winter salad recipe using apples, dried cranberries and pumpkin seeds:

Apple, Cranberry, and Goat Cheese Salad (adapted from the New York Times)

½ cup pumpkin seeds
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon olive oil
1/3 cup dried cranberries
¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
Finely grated zest of half an orange
1 large apple or 2 small apples
Mesclun salad mix
1 6 ounce log of goat cheese (preferably on the drier side to facilitate crumbling – the house brand at Whole Foods works well)

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Toss pumpkin seeds with the ½ teaspoon olive oil and salt in a bowl.  Spread on baking sheet and toast in oven until golden brown and popped, 8 to 10 minutes (set a timer so you don’t forget about them!).  Set aside to cool.  Once cool, place the pumpkin seeds and cranberries together in a large salad bowl.
  1. In a second bowl, combine the ¼ cup extra virgin oil olive, vinegar and zest.  Season to taste with salt and pepper. Whisk until emulsified.
  1. Just before serving, cut apples in half, scoop out core using a melon baller if you have one, slice apples thinly and add to large salad bowl.  Add the lettuce and dressing and toss to mix.  Plate the salad and then crumble the goat cheese onto the plates.

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Sugar’s BBQ & Burgers is for Sale for $750,000

Sugar's 1MLS # 201303321, Asking Price is $750,000 1799 State Road 68, Embudo, New Mexico.

Sugar’s BBQ & Burgers in Embudo, New Mexico is for sale for $750,000.  Founded by Nancy and Neil Nobles 13 years ago, Sugar’s is a nationally recognized food lover’s mecca.  Gourmet Magazine named Sugar’s as one of America’s Top Ten best drive-ins in May, 2005.  Jane and Michael Stern have showcased Sugar’s on Roadfood.com.  A staple on the exclusive New Mexico Green Chile Cheeseburger Trail, Sugar’s has won rave reviews for its barbeque and burgers from the public on Chowhound, TripAdvisor and Yelp.

Sugar’s is located at 1799 State Road 68 on the way to Taos from Santa Fe along a winding canyon road that borders the Rio Grande.  Embudo is a charming river community nestled among magnificent cottonwoods approximately 5 miles west of Dixon, NM, a thriving artist and agricultural village that is home to the largest number of organic farmers in the state.  Several wineries are close by Embudo, including Vivac, La Chiripada and Black Mesa as well as Blue Heron, a brewery.

Main residential home

Main residential home

The 3.7 acre property has six structures on it, including the diner.  It comes with a 2,700 square foot 3 bedroom, 2 bath home that has a large Saltillo tiled sunroom across the front, a 1,200 square foot gallery/studio that is currently leased to Southwest Country Gifts & Art, a 1,624 square foot 3 bedroom, 2 bath guesthouse, a round adobe hogan which has electricity and a concrete floor and a workshop with a storage room.

Sugar’s has outdoor seating and an old style wood porch.  The front porch is covered with large billboard menus, hand-painted signs and a photo of the pet bulldog, Sugar, for which the restaurant was named.  An antique soda vending machine and carved wooden bench reside on the porch, while picnic tables and gardens are scattered around the diner.

Back patio of main residential home

Back patio of main residential home

Across the road there is an acre of land with river frontage on the Rio Grande and spots to put in a fishing pole or canoe. The possibilities are endless with the property, limited only by a buyer’s imagination.  This compound could be a B&B or an artist’s retreat.

The owners will transfer the name, Sugar’s BBQ & Burgers, and their recipes and even give a new buyer a few weeks of consulting advice if requested to do so. Nancy Nobles explains that after 13 years of carefully building a reputation for outstanding food and service, she and Neil want to retire.  “We’re ready for someone else to take over the kitchen,” Nancy states.

Retail gift shop

Retail gift shop

Karen Meredith, a commercial broker with Keller Williams, points out, “This is great opportunity for an ambitious restaurateur to build on the wonderful food legacy that the Nobles have established.  This is a turnkey sale that includes all of the equipment they have been using to run the restaurant business, except for one smoker that was built by a friend who passed away and has sentimental value.”

Sandra Wright Page, a residential broker with Keller Williams, notes “Sugar’s is famous for their brisket but I love their burgers so much I can’t pass up the opportunity to have one when I am there.  They are only open Thursday-Sunday but they often sell out before they close on Sunday.  If you want to be sure to get some of their mouthwatering brisket, come on a Saturday or come early on Sunday.”

Contact Karen Meredith, Keller Williams Realty, karenbmeredith@gmail.com, 505-603-3036 or Sandra Wright Page, Keller Williams Realty, 505-690-8373, sandrawrightpage@gmail.com for more information.

City Home Prices Down 17%, Sales Up in Santa Fe

10-A ABs Road Front Entrance, a beautiful home for sale in Chupadero.  See my listings for more information.

10-A ABs Road Front Entrance, a beautiful home for sale in Chupadero. See my listings for more information.

Posted: Wednesday, April 10, 2013 12:16 pm | Updated: 1:04 pm, Wed Apr 10, 2013.

By Chris Quintana The New Mexican | This article was syndicated from The New Mexican, for the original article.

The median sales price of homes sold in the city of Santa Fe during the first quarter of 2013 fell nearly 17 percent from the same period last year, according to figures released by the Santa Fe Association of Realtors on Wednesday morning.

But the number of homes sold increased more than 10 percent from 133 to 147.

The average price of single-family homes sold in the city during the first three months of the year was $245,000 compared to $295,000 in 2012.

In the county, average single-family home prices declined about 1.6 percent from $385,000 to $379,000, and the number of sales fell 5 percent.

The quarterly report also shows that inventory is drying up.

The total number of homes available in city and county declined from 2,204 in the first quarter of 2012 to 1,287 in the first quarter of this year — a 41.6 percent drop.

Victoria Murphy, the president of Santa Fe Association of Realtors, said homes on the south side of town starting to sell. “We’re starting to see less inventory there, and that’s good,” she said.

Condo and town home sales declined from 65 units in 2012 to 62 units in 2013, but median prices were up to $212,500 in 2013 compared to $191,600 in 2012.

Housing permits are down as well, according to figures provided by Reed Liming, the director of the city’s Long-range Planning Division. In 2012’s first quarter, the city issued 105 residential building permits, compared to 2013 when it issued 41 permits.

But the 2012 figure included 61 permits for multifamily housing projects. When that number is discounted, the number of permits is more similar — 44 in 2012 and 41 this year.

The county’s building permits have stayed the same with 23 in the first quarter of both 2012 and 2013.

Liming said he expects the city to issue between 180 and 200 building permits and the county around 100 permits by the end of the year — about the same as last year.

But Liming said once the housing market in Santa Fe becomes even tighter, new construction should increase.

“We’re seeing the lag between the existing housing market and new construction,” he said.

On the brighter side, Scott Robinson, the branch manager of Gateway Mortgage Group, said he’s seeing fewer people refinancing existing mortgages and more seeking loans for new home purchases.

He said there has been an increase in the number of Federal Housing Administration loans and in the United States Department of Veterans Affairs’ home loans. He also said he has seen an increase in first-time homeowners.

 

Home prices finally returning to normal by CNN Wire, 03/05/13, Santa Fe expected to be big gainer and rise 8.1% by year end

Santa Fe photo old doorThis article is syndicated from abc15.com. To read the original article, click here.

CNN Wire reports:  “After years of wild swings, the U.S. housing market is slowly returning to normal.

The latest forecast from Fiserv Case-Shiller predicts home prices will increase by an average of 3.3% annually over the five years ending September, 2017.

“2012 was the first year since 1997 that the housing market has resembled something [close to] normal,” said David Stiff, Fiserv’s chief economist. “For the past 15 years, home price changes and sales volumes have either been boosted by a bubble mentality or crushed by crash psychology.”

From 1998 until the housing bubble peaked in 2006, home prices grew by 5% or more a year. But once the bubble burst, home prices plunged, falling 30.5% through the end of September 2012.

It wasn’t until late 2011 that markets started to stabilize, according to Stiff. Between September 2011 and September 2012, average U.S. home prices rose 3.6%. By then, 62% of the 384 metro areas Fiserv tracks reported rising home prices, up from just 12.5% of all markets during the same period a year earlier.

Many of the metro areas hit hardest by the housing bust recorded the biggest price gains during those 12 months. In Phoenix, for example, prices climbed back by nearly 21%; prices in Detroit rose almost 16%; and homes in San Jose, Calif., gained 12.5%.

Values continued to decline on Long Island, N.Y., however, where prices fell 8.1% and where Stiff said the turnaround in median income lagged the rest of the nation by about a year. Brunswick, Ga., also saw declines, down 7.1%, as did Valdosta, Ga, off 6.9%. Both areas saw jumps in foreclosures.

By the end of this year, Fiserv predicts that home prices will be heading higher in almost every metro area it tracks. Medford, Ore., is expected to gain 9.7% in the 12 months through September, the highest of any city. Other big gainers are expected to be Santa Fe, N.M., up 8.1%, Billings, Mont., 5.5% and Syracuse, N.Y., 5%.

Fiserv expects Miami home prices to sustain a 10.7% loss over the same period, the largest drop of any market. Stiff said a steady stream of foreclosures will keep prices soft in the area during that time.

While Stiff said home price gains will be similar to those experienced back in 1997, he noted the similarities stopped there. Currently, millions of homes are either in foreclosure or on the verge of it.

Otherwise, there are many positive trends in today’s market, he said. Prices are extremely affordable and mortgage rates are at or near historic lows. Overall, Fiserv Case-Shiller expects stronger demand for housing, and the sector should, once again, have a positive impact on the economy.”

Santa Fe Cerrillos Road Office/Warehouse Space near new Super WalMart

MORIANNI PLAZA, 6600-6700 Cerrillos Road, Santa Fe, NM, Units D, E and F 

Front of building

Front of building

$769,900 | MLS #201201949 

Approximately 7,227 Sq. ft. | 3 Condominium Units, plus development rights to a 4th unit

Great location and excellent visibility on high traffic Cerrillos Road!  One mile south of the intersection of Airport Road and Cerrillos Road.  Next to the Santa Fe Auto Park.  Near the planned Walmart Supercenter and Las Soleras. Fully leased.

This plaza has 2 commercial buildings and 6 units, with room to build a 7th unit.  The building on the left hand side is for sale.  Currently occupied by an auto repair shop and Santa Fe Boxing.  Plaza has 74+ parking spots.

There is an on-site property manager who is also one of the tenants.

APOD and rent roll available. Zoned C-2, which allows for many uses.

Also for sale as 3 separate units.

Unit D, which is occupied by an auto repair shop, is available for $465,000, MLS # 201201898.

Unit E, which is occupied by Santa Fe Boxing, is available for $165,000, MLS # 201201950.

Unit F is currently vacant and has the development rights to build a 7th unit, is available for $179,500, MLS # 201201959.

Investors and users, don’t miss this opportunity!

Contact Karen Meredith, Keller Williams, at 505 603-3036 to schedule an appointment.