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People We Love

Gregg Antonsen G

DOUGLAS MERRIAM

regg Antonsen is constantly viewing the City Different with a fresh perspective. As senior vice president and qualifying broker of Sotheby’s International Realty, he manages all three of the company’s downtown offices. The position allows him not only to interact with buyers but to “step into their shoes and see Santa Fe through their eyes.” What they see, he says, is “a lot of good.” There’s the sun, which shines 300-plus days each year, the “sense of being nurtured by a small community,” the lifestyle, which he deems “incredible,” and the night sky. “One of the things people love about coming here is that you can see the stars. It’s a whole new world.” Antonsen is no stranger to locales of extraordinary beauty and culture. For a handful of years in the early 1980s, he lived in Honolulu, maintaining a law practice and teaching at the University of Hawaii. He became involved in the real estate industry while serving as an attorney for title companies. A client encouraged him to enter the business himself, and it was ultimately a real estate position that brought him to Santa Fe in 2003. “For me it’s about helping people find their dream home,” Antonsen says of his work. “That’s because I tend to specialize in the upper end of the market.” But no matter what price range his clients occupy, he says, “You have to be there as a support while people are going through what can be an emotional process.” This support often takes the form of bringing “a sense of adventure and fun into it.” Antonsen also devotes his focus to bringing “positive, sustainable change for the community here.” One outlet for his enthusiasm is improving the Santa Fe Airport: “I’m on the advisory board and I’m all about expanding the airport.” It’s an initiative he posits can result in greater access for travelers and new jobs for locals. Increasing the diversity of available medical services is another of his priorities. “When people consider retiring here, the first question they have is, ‘What is the health care like?’ Support for the two health care centers is going to enable us to grow sustainably as we move into the future.” Whether people are drawn to Santa Fe for its arts culture, its access to nature, or its diverse community, Antonsen aims to find each client the perfect home. “It sounds idyllic to say that I’m helping people achieve their dreams, but that’s really the truth.”—Eve Tolpa

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