Art and SoulIyna Bort Caruso
It’s easy to love living in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
While the city’s luxury residential properties captivate the imagination, Santa Fe’s beauty, culture and recreational activities work wonders in soothing the soul and stimulating the mind. And the Santa Fe luxury real estate market equally sooths the mind of the international property investor.
Santa Fe enjoys a diverse economic base, with many residents employed not only in government institutions but in such industries as tourism, light manufacturing, health care and mining. In addition, “The City Different,” as it is nicknamed, has highly-rated public and private schools.
Santa Fe is blue-sky country, with more than 300 days of sunshine a year. Hikers, bikers and photography buffs indulge their passions on the trails that lie just beyond the downtown area. Summer time, whitewater rafting and kayaking are popular pastimes on the Rio Grande. The winter months mean skiing and snowboarding on the peaks of Sangre de Cristo Mountain.
Travel + Leisure Magazine named Santa Fe America’s number one “cultural getaway.” Its many cultural institutions such as the Santa Fe Opera House, International Folk Art Museum the Museum of Indian Arts & Culture are, of course, part of the reason. But it’s more. The city is the crossroads of Native American, Hispanic and Anglo culture and this confluence has sparked a creative explosion. Santa Fe a quintessential artist colony and one of the top art markets in the country. The hub of Santa Fe’s art world is Canyon Road, where galleries showcase the works of established and promising painters, sculptors and jewelry designers.
Much like the artistic creativity that imbues the city with its distinctive character, luxury homes in Santa Fe take many magnificent forms. Real estate here is among the most luxurious in the state.
Premier properties — whether adobe-styled residences, farmhouses or luxury ranches — typically start at $1 million but can exceed $12 million for sprawling estates with exquisite appointments. Breathtaking views generally complete the experience, enveloping each home with the raw beauty and tranquility that makes Santa Fe a fit for those with an appreciation of nature’s wonders.