Santa Fe Neighborhoods
Santa Fe has a variety of distinct neighborhoods. The north hills, with houses on large view lots in the foothills of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. The historic eastside with quintessential, charming Santa Fe adobe homes. The up and coming South Capital area with tree lined streets, beautiful homes with character and very close to town. Go about 15 minutes west, and you come to the exclusive enclave of Las Campanas. Spectacular views and luxury homes, some right on the golf course. Further out, Eldorado - a subdivision about 20 minutes southeast of Santa Fe with majestic views. All the homes are on at least one acre of land. A newer subdivision is Rancho Viejo, south of Santa Fe with many beautiful, affordable homes. Tesuque - a lush valley north of Santa Fe. Below is a summary of the different areas with some general price ranges. In addition, you can search for properties different Santa Fe neighborhoods by clicking here.
This area covers the area within a mile of the Santa Fe Plaza.
In Santa Fe, all roads lead to the plaza. Real Estate is often advertised as “5 minutes from the plaza” or “walking distance to the plaza”. As a result, the closer you get to the plaza, the more expensive the real estate becomes. Older homes, historic properties, and condominiums are most commonly available near the plaza. Prices here tend to be high – it’s all about “location, location, location”. Move a little further out from the Plaza area, and there are some very nice areas within walking distance with both homes and condos.
Price Range: 250K (condo) – 1 million
The Santa Fe River and Old Pecos Trail surround the Eastside.
The homes and gardens of Santa Fe’s historic Eastside, some dating back hundreds of years, recall the city’s early architectural heritage. Canyon Road stretches across the entire community and dirt roads branch off from the main road. It is considered the heart of the eastside. Known for its galleries and adobe homes, the Eastside stretches into meandering dirt roads that end up in the hills of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. The homes—whether small and historic or new and expansive—often lie behind high adobe walls at the end of narrow dirt lanes. It is a combination of small, adobe homes, but as you climb into the foothills, you will find magnificent estates with amazing views.
Price Range: 400K – 2 million
This neighborhood has grown from the State Capitol building complex to the end of St. Francis Drive to West of the Old Santa Fe Trail. It now goes almost all the way to St. Vincent’s hospital.
It is a cluster of frame-constructed bungalows on tree lined streets, some of which have been updated to reflect adobe styles constructed in the 1940’s and 1950’s. Small rental complexes and condominiums can be found here as well. Lots range up to an acre or so in size, but the area, characterized by large old trees and broad sidewalks, possesses an inviting “neighborhood” feel. The neighborhood here is reminiscent of many charming neighborhoods in towns around the country and has often been used in movies that are filming in Santa Fe. It is quiet and convenient to the Plaza.
Price Range: 350K - 900K
Located from Guadalupe St. west to St Francis between Cerrillos and the Santa Fe River.
This neighborhood has its original roots from Guadalupe Street, the ancient road that was supposed to lead from Mexico to Spain. Santuario de Guadalupe was a sacred site where travelers sought a safe voyage from the patron Saint of Santa Fe. This neighborhood consists of older homes and updated renovations. Now that the new Railyard has opened, homes in this area are becoming very desirable.
Price Range: 300K - 750K
Eldorado is about 15 minutes SE of Santa Fe on I-25.
It is a covenant-controlled community that began in the 1970s. It encompasses more than 2,000 homes in a variety of styles, each on a minimum of one acre. Many homes in Eldorado have spectacular views of the mountains and stars, and the landscape is dotted with juniper and piñon trees. All the homes are on at least one acre of land, and many have up to 2 acres. The growing amenities here include a shopping center with a grocery store, an office complex, a community recreation center with a swimming pool and tennis courts, an accredited public elementary school, a library, retail stores and stables. Eldorado has its own community water system.
Price Range: 300K - 650K
North of Santa Fe
The area to the east and west of 285 just north of Santa Fe.
Known for its lush vegetation, picturesque Tesuque began as an artists’ village, and its ambience is still somewhat rural. Today the village still attracts artists but also draws professionals, retirees, vacationers, and celebrities. Los Caminitos and Vista Redondo are newer communities in the area. Nambé is a traditional farming village with plenty of charm, where small adobe farmhouses adjoin large estates and new family homes. Casas de San Juan is a gated community adjacent to the Santa Fe Opera.
Price Range: 500K – 2 million
Northeast and North Hills
Directly north of the Santa Fe Plaza bordered by 285 on the west and Upper Canyon in the East
As this area winds upward toward the ski basin, its rolling terrain, dotted with piñon and juniper trees, turns to National Forest with massive ponderosa pines, and the views become increasingly breathtaking, extending all the way to Colorado on a clear day. Many beautiful homes are located in this area. The Summit North and South and Sierra del Norte are two premier developments, featuring some of the city’s most spectacular newer homes. Views from this area encompass the city, the Sandia and Ortiz and the Jemez Mountains. There are some other developments here close to town, but with country ambience. There are also some affordable condos closer to town as well.
Price Range: 250K (condo) – 3 million
From Ridgetop Rd and Tano Rd to Aldea, this area is to the north of 599
Among rolling hills and incredible vistas, the properties to the northwest of town are some of the most luxurious and highly priced in the area. The two primary communities here are exclusive Las Campanas and La Tierra; Las Campanas offers private golfing, tennis, and equestrian facilities as well as a members-only clubhouse and is a favorite destination of second homers and retirees. Aldea, a newer residential community northwest of the city, is based on traditional Spanish Colonial towns, in which homes are centered around a plaza. Also in this area are large tracts of a gentle, rolling land and a few horse properties with stunning Sangre de Cristo and Jemez mountain views.
Price Range: 500K – 3 million
Old Las Vegas Highway Corridor
along Old Las Vegas Highway to Highway 285 south
The lotsots in this area which is nestled in the foothills of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, average around five acres. Although the area is only a few minutes from town, its feel is slightly rural, and its views are more expansive. Communities here include Arroyo Hondo, Double Arrow, Overlook, Sunlit Hills, La Barberia, and Seton Village. Many horse properties in this area. You can find a beautiful home here with privacy and views.
Price Range: $400K – 1.5 million
Southeast Santa Fe
East of St. Francis and south of Garcia Street
This area spans Museum Hill, Old Santa Fe Trail, and the St. John’s College area. In addition, other subdivisions in this area include De Vargas Heights, an established subdivision of moderately priced homes; Sol y Lomas, a community of older homes on lots up to 1 acre and Quail Run, a gated golf community with exercise, meeting, and restaurant facilities. Condos here generally run from about 300K – 600K. Lots in the Southeast quadrant generally run from .5 acres to 5 acres. Wilderness Gate homes, up in the foothills, are generally large and elegant and enjoy spectacular views of the city, mountains and sunsets. There are many hiking trails nearby. There are many beautiful large homes with views in the hills around St. John’s college as well.
Price Range: $450K – 3 million
From St Francis Drive and Cerrillos Road out to Airport Road and the area by the Santa Fe Community College.
This is the most rapidly growing area of Santa Fe. New homes, condominiums, apartments, and townhouses continue to be built. Prices are somewhat lower than the rest of Santa Fe, but the style is classic Santa Fe style, and the area tends to be more family oriented. This area has affordable family homes from the $200’s. Convenient to schools, parks, shopping, the Southside library and the Genoveva Chavez Community Center which offers a full array of sports and activities. Tierra Contenta is a very popular, affordabler community. Further out are Rancho Viejo and Nava Ade, which provide extraordinary open views as well as recreational facilities.
Price Range: $200K – 600K.
West Alameda starts in town. E Alameda turns into W Alameda when it crosses St. Francis
Developed in the 1950s and 1960s, this area is known for its older, well-built homes, many of them constructed by renowned builder Allen Stamm. This area is known for its good value the homes tend to have lots of vigas, wood finishes and built ins. It is very close to downtown. This neighborhood has recently seen a resurgence in popularity thanks to its neighborhood feel and affordability as well as the convenient Casa Solana shopping center, mature trees, and sidewalks. Further up the hills, Puesta del Sol offers homes with a little more land and wonderful views. If you continue south down West Alameda, horse farms dot the landscape, and many homes enjoy panoramic views. The area extends from St Francis west on both sides of Alameda and is bordered by the Santa Fe River on the south and by Paseo de Peralta on the north.
Price Range: $275,000 - $650,000
Cerillos Rd becomes Highway 14 after it crosses under I-25
Also known as the “Turquoise Trail”, Highway 14 has a variety of homes. There are many horse properties in this area, and views can be 360 if you are in the right spot. Homes tend to have a lot of acreage. The road was recently repaved, and is a very easy drive from Santa Fe. This area tends to be more rural, and all the homes are on wells with septic tanks. Further along Hwy 14 is Cerrillos, a traditional New Mexico village of older adobe homes, and the old mining town of Madrid, now a small village popular with artists where homes are early-20th-century wooden structures painted a variety of colors. Madrid hosts a variety of festivals throughout the year.
Price Range: $300K - millions
Located south of town on either side of I25.
This area is high terrain and somewhat rural. Views can be beautiful and homes vary from mobile homes, prefab homes to traditional Santa Fe style homes. There are some natural springs in this area.
Price Range: $200K – 750K.
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