Welcome to the City Different, in the Land of Enchantment.
Santa Fe, New Mexico is a major attraction for luxury home buyers due to the incredible weather, abundant arts and culture, excellent golf courses, world-class dining, and easy access to nature and the outdoors.
There's little doubt that Santa Fe remains a remarkable city to call home. Unique, upscale shopping opportunities are abundant. Exquisite dining is sure to satisfy the most discriminating palette. It's also home to a rich cultural tapestry; the arts are a central draw for many that choose to live here.
Santa Fe also offers a bevy of outdoor pursuits – hiking, biking, rafting, golfing, equestrian activities and winter skiing. It's a literal playground for those seeking an active lifestyle amidst the city's stunning Southwestern surroundings.
Hike or bike on some of the nation's most sought-after trails, including those in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. Raft the nearby Rio Grande or ski the adjacent slopes or those further north in Taos. And for those wanting something a bit more traditional, golf and equestrian activities are always on the menu.
Santa Fe is not merely an outstanding place to visit, but an unparalleled city to live, work, play, and retire in.
Arguably one of Santa Fe's most charming allures is the area's deep devotion to its culture. It's a commitment that strives to honor the area's historical heritage, its roots dating back over 400 years. It celebrates both New Mexico's and Santa Fe's rich Mexican, Native American, and Spanish influences and its status as an enclave for creativity.
The city is home to over 25 museums and 250 galleries. Each offers a window into Santa Fe's remarkable footprint in the world. A few of the best include the New Mexico Museum of Art, the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, Palace of the Governors, and Museum Hill.
The culinary scene is equally impressive and stands as one of North America's top overall food destinations. Unsurprisingly, the upscale Southwestern fare is the standout here, but creative, international flavors also abound.
Santa Fe also features a one-of-a-kind shopping experience. Though there's plenty of big-name brands to satisfy your major label needs, the roster of boutiques is the real find. With many set in historically significant buildings, the local shops specialize in artisanal, handmade goods—clothing, accessories, housewares, and jewelry.
In 2017, Outside Magazine, a widely respected publication in the travel industry, wrote a feature on "America's Best Towns." In the piece, they highlighted Santa Fe and wrote:
"For a town designed to blend in—a city ordinance requires that buildings look like earthen adobe structures—Santa Fe sure stands out. It's hard to be inconspicuous when you're a 7,000-foot-high state capital with 300 days of sunshine, an adjacent 350-square-mile wilderness area, and five French bakeries. The air is clean, the sky is large, and the outdoor recreation is endless."
Below are some of the top reasons to love Santa Fe, whether you are considering moving here, visiting, or already call the City Different your home.
More than 310 sunny days a year make Santa Fe an ideal environment to live in. Santa Fe is blessed with comfortable summer days and cool summer nights, accompanied by stunning sunsets. It is rare to see a summer day higher than 90 degrees – and with low humidity, even those days are manageable. During the winter there are 6 to 8 snowfalls that make for excellent ski conditions at Ski Santa Fe. Santa Fe’s air quality is some of the best in the entire country, and the blue skies make for sunny dispositions year round.
Santa Fe has one of the richest cultures and history of any city in the United States. As one of the nation’s oldest capital cities, it has a fascinating and enriching blend of Anglo, Native, and Spanish cultures.
Often referred to as “The City Different,” Santa Fe has earned that moniker a thousand times over. Not just a descriptive and distinguishing phrase, it's is a testament to the strong diversity of native tribes, art, food and unique experiences to be explored and enjoyed here. Brimming with creative people – artists, chefs, writers, photographers, film makers, musicians, and singers – Santa Fe's hundreds of art galleries, restaurants, museums and musical venues provide an ongoing, hands-on education in the evolution and preservation of culture.
All of which make this Southwestern mecca such a fascinating and captivating place to visit...and an even better place to live.
Santa Fe is considered one of the greatest art cities in the world due to the hundreds of art galleries, museums, interactive experiences, and festivals. The variety of art is also a major draw for tourists around the world – you'll find traditional Southwest art, native arts and crafts and modern, contemporary styles as well. Santa Fe's popular annual events include Indian Market, International Folk Art Market, Traditional Spanish Market, Artist Studio Tours, Outdoor Fine Art Shows and more.
A gem in the crown of international art, Canyon Road is one of the most visited and densely concentrated art districts in the world with more than a hundred art galleries and studios offering an abundance of diverse art. Shops and restaurants interspersed among the many galleries make for a pleasant stroll, and evening art openings are a staple of Santa Fe's social scene. Canyon Road also plays host to the annual Farolito Walk on Christmas Eve which is a major draw for both locals and visitors, due to its magical atmosphere, uniqueness, and artistic beauty.
Along with Canyon Road, galleries and museums can also be found downtown, in the Railyard district, and on Museum Hill – which features 4 major museums (and the Santa Fe Botanical Garden) all in one gorgeous location.
The broad spectrum of art galleries in Santa Fe don’t just entice tourists and residents. Major art collectors throughout the world have relationships with gallery owners and artists in Santa Fe.
Meow Wolf, one of Santa Fe's newer and more recently popular destinations in town, is an interactive attraction that pushes the boundaries of art, design, entertainment and immersive experiences. It has been such a major hit that it is expanding its creative reach into other cities in the United States, including Las Vegas, Washington, D.C. and Denver.
With a plethora of musical offerings, Santa Fe is a music lover's dream. From the world famous Santa Fe Opera, to professional symphonies with outstanding seasonal line-ups, to the top-billed performances at the Lensic, there is much to attend. Add to that live music all around town at hotels, clubs, restaurants and venues like Meow Wolf, there is something for everyone.
People come from all over the globe to attend stellar performances at the world-renowned Santa Fe Opera. Since the 1950s there have been more than 2,000 performances, 16 world premieres, and 170 operas. According to TIME Magazine, the Santa Fe Opera is “one of the handsomest operatic settings in the Western Hemisphere.” Viewing a spectacular sunset or dramatic lightning show as a backdrop to what's happening on stage is an unforgettable experience at this uniquely designed, semi-open opera house.
With local and international film festivals, art house movie theaters with eclectic and independent offerings, and a thriving film industry, Santa Fe is also a nexus for those whose artistic leanings include the silver screen and creative film making.
In the book, “The Rise of the Creative Class,” author Richard Florida observes, “Santa Fe has more cultural assets per capita than any other city in the United States.” It's not hard to see why this reputation continues to hold true.
The culinary scene in Santa Fe is perfect for passionate foodies and discerning aficionados who enjoy fine dining. Santa Fe is home to many award-winning restaurants, cooking schools and classes, and distinctive food experiences – ranging from the immensely popular Santa Fe Wine & Chile Fiesta to several annual Green Chile Cheeseburger competitions.
Perhaps the Santa Fe New Mexican put it best in a Culinary Musings column where writer Tantri Wija stated:
“Paris may be for lovers, but Santa Fe is for eaters. The ratio of notable restaurants to avid diners in this town is high, even if you count the tourists, and Santa Fe is a destination city as much for its food as for its art and excellent weather.”
Whether a novice or expert, you’ll find a welcoming array of professionally maintained golf courses in and near Santa Fe. Each of the mountain and high-desert golf courses offer breathtaking views and other amenities to enhance your experience.
At the Marty Sanchez Links de Santa Fe you'll enjoy 360-degree panoramic views of the Sangre de Cristos, Jemez, Ortiz, and Sandia mountains. The Club at Las Campanas offers two championship Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Courses and stunning views as well, and you'll find a a PGA-rated nine-hole golf course Quail Run, among other golfing options.
Golf Digest had this to say about golfing in Santa Fe:
“Arnold Palmer famously said, ‘What other people may get from art or museums, I get from the flight of a good drive.’ In Santa Fe, N.M., you can have both. The art market ranks behind only New York and maybe San Francisco for the largest in the nation. And with an elevation of 7,000 feet and perpetual sunbaked weather, the air’s so thin you might well hit the longest tee ball of your life… The golf happens to be terrific, inexpensive, and the fact it’s a small part of the city’s tourism adds to the appeal.”
Relatively speaking, Santa Fe is a small, under-the-radar kind of place. Maybe not that under the radar anymore, but matched up against more prominent West Coast destinations, or the flashy hotspots of Las Vegas or Colorado's many resorts, some might lose Santa Fe in the shuffle. After one day in and around town, they'll never make that mistake again.
Santa Fe achieves that most coveted of feats—a resort town with all the qualities of home, a hometown with all the qualities of a resort. It's a world-class lifestyle in every measure.
Whether you're a first-time visitor or a long-time resident, it's easy to understand why.
Santa Fe is often awarded top city honors by publications and visitors. In 2020, Travel + Leisure named Santa Fe the third Top City in the United States. AFAR Magazine named Santa Fe the Third Best Small city in America. Conde Naste, in 2019, called Santa Fe the second top small city in America. Sunset Magazine named Santa Fe the Best Art Town.
Every year Santa Fe gets awards for its art, experiences, dining, and lifestyle. Here is a sampling of just a few of them:
The collection of accolades above would prove an impressive set of distinctions for any city. After all, it's hard to argue the appeal of a place that offers an exceptional environment to live, work, and play.
For Santa Fe, those eight rankings represent just a small fraction of the honors and recognition of this capital city of fewer than 90,000 citizens. Over 100 titles from publications, websites, and media outlets across the country demonstrate why Santa Fe is one of the best cities in the U.S.
It's obvious from all these outstanding qualities that Santa Fe is indeed a special place. It's classically rustic and comfortably remote, but with a refined and surprisingly cosmopolitan personality.
It's teaming with luxury accommodations, upscale neighborhoods, and high-end estates. It is also a bit quirky and idiosyncratic at times. Those with deeper pockets or celebrity status arrive for peace and privacy. Artists flock to the area for inspiration. Everyone else travels here for the sense of community, the festivals and culture, the blue skies and perfect weather.
Ultimately, Santa Fe proves a rarity among American cities. When you're here, you never want to leave. When you're not here, you're yearning to find your way back.
If you're ready to put your longing to rest, now's the time to make Santa Fe your home.
Although Santa Fe claims gorgeous homes, stunning landscapes, and plenty to see and do, the city's iconic neighborhoods are the real star of the show. There are over 20 luxury communities from which to choose. Each one offers its own unique lifestyle and amenities and serves as the anchor for some of the city's most stunning homes and grand southwestern estates.
Whether it's Bishop Lodge Hills in the foothills of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, the faraway-yet-so-close vibe of Santa Fe Summit or the quaint village aura of Tesuque, Santa Fe's outlying communities are an ideal landing spot for those wanting to absorb themselves in the area's enchanting landscapes.
Although serene, natural luxury with open space to spare is a dream for many, others prefer the convenience of being near the heartbeat of Santa Fe. This includes nearby access to the city's top restaurants, boutiques, and art galleries.
Neighborhoods such as South Capitol, Museum Hill, and Sol Y Lomas offer one of the most convenient spots in Santa Fe. Guadalupe Historic and Railyard District feature renovated abodes a short walk to Santa Fe's renowned Plaza. You'll be close to some of the city's most popular dining and entertainment and its renowned museums.
For lovers of art and fine cuisine, Upper Canyon Road is a particular favorite for proximity to some of the best art galleries and restaurants in town.
Of course, with a history that dates back over four centuries, for those wanting a fully immersive experience the Historic Eastside should be the beginning and end of your home search. Featuring adobe homes, high walls, narrow roads, and lush gardens, the neighborhood is a genuine treat and truly old-world authentic. And its proximity to downtown and Canyon Road make this neighborhood an all around attractive home base.
Each of these neighborhoods, and others like them, including Cerros Colorados, Sangre de Cristo Estates, Hyde Park Estates, and Monte Sereno, offer impeccable homes, spacious homesites, stunning views, and direct access to Santa Fe's vaunted outdoor lifestyle.
Whether you claim Santa Fe as a permanent residence, a wonderful base to explore the rest of the world from, or opt for a second or third home here, all of the above make this high desert enclave an outstanding area to return to time and again.
There isn't a wrong choice when selecting your dream home within one of Santa Fe's celebrated neighborhoods. It comes down to the right choice for you.
As a Santa Fe resident since 1990, Darlene Streit understands the options you have and the appeal of each. She and her superb support staff will ensure you identify the right home and the ideal community to suit your lifestyle.
If you are looking to make the move to Santa Fe, New Mexico, then contact Santa Fe’s top Broker, Darlene Streit, at 505.920.8001 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
You won't find a better ambassador or expert guide to assist you in making the City Different your enchantment-filled home.