Six Great Santa Fe Neighborhoods | Where to live in Santa Fe |

Once upon a time, or maybe just a few decades ago, there were only about a dozen Santa Fe neighborhoods. Many of the roads were still gravel. Today, with growth in all directions, and developments, subdivisions, and enclaves popping up with their own colorful names and identities, a comprehensive list is elusive. Here are some of the more popular Santa Fe neighborhoods you may want to explore.

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You can find this area of affluent homes north of Downtown Santa Fe and it includes homes in the Bishop’s Lodge area with classic Santa Fe style, those along the Old Taos Highway with a more suburban feel, and Artist–Hyde Park Road itself, with luxury developments with estates tucked into natural landscapes.


Homes in Santa Fe neighborhoods have a distinctive style, including adobe, wooden doors, and even a chile ristra.

At Santa Fe’s Eastside is a precious piece of real estate historically, geographically, and financially. This approximately one square mile area, whose heart is intersected by Canyon Road and Camino del Monte del Sol, was the city’s original barrio with a mix of small homes on narrow dirt lanes. Before World War Two, when Santa Fe was about 15,000 people and a half dozen stop signs, the average house costs less than $3,000. Except for the famous Canyon Road, most of the Eastside is residential — a mix of gated estates, condominiums, pied-a-terres, and a few apartments.


These private, gated communities are west of Downtown Santa Fe towards the Santa Fe National Forest. Las Campanas offers luxury living and two eighteen-hole Jack Nicklaus golf courses. La Tierra Nueva’s sprawling lots up to 28 acres in size provide true rural living with the bonus of quality golf courses available within the community. Find privacy, outdoor recreation, and wellness as a resident of one of these exclusive areas.


These Santa Fe neighborhoods near Las Companas provide rural living with amazing views, access to the great outdoors, and an affluent lifestyle. You can find a wide range of architectural styles here, from modern to traditional Spanish revival, often placed on large lots with views of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. Despite the rural feel, residents are still close to the fine dining and entertainment found in town.


Tesuque, named for a Native American pueblo that survives today, is a distinctive rural (and almost as pricey as the Eastside) neighborhood on Santa Fe’s north side. Some commercial benchmarks like Bishop’s Lodge, the Tesuque Market, Shidoni Foundry, and El Nido restaurant are well known, but the neighborhood’s real charm consists of tin-roofed homes in the crevices and on the tops of rolling foothills of baked earth, piñons, and junipers. Other parts of Tesuque are shaded and woodsy. There are choice horse properties, adobe homes, and ranch style properties, but an equal number of older, unassuming houses rich in individuality.


South Capitol, aptly named because it lies south of the capitol rotunda, offers charming streets of early twentieth century architecture that often seem more Midwestern or early California than Southwest. Distinguished by porches and small lawns rather than high walls and gates, the streets are crisscrossed with deciduous trees and convivial long-time residents. There’s a small amount of commercial (mostly on Don Gaspar Street) in a largely residential mix of condos, homes, apartments, and Wood Gormley elementary school. “South Capitol is the kind of neighborhood you wish you had grown up in,” boasts one happy resident.



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This article was posted by Cheryl Fallstead

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