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Santa Fe Real Estate Guide

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Behind private gates is this beautiful Elisabeth Wagner designed adobe with soaring ceilings, generously proportioned windows and doorways suggesting a spaciousness belying the main home’s 2,910 square feet. A guest suite sits above the 2-car garage. A well provides plenty of water to keep the mature gardens lush and green. 3 Bedrooms, 3 1/2 baths, 3,335 sq ft on 0.50 acres MLS# 201201357 Offered at $1,950,000


Just 20 minutes from the Santa Fe Plaza off Highway 14, this enchanting 57-acre estate encompasses a three-bedroom, 6,610 square foot main residence and an attached two-bedroom guest house. The estate’s series of garages – an eight bay showcase garage, two-bay RV garage, and a two-car garage perfect for everyday use – are a rare find in the Santa Fe area. 5 Bedrooms, 2 full / 3 three-quarter and 3 half baths, 57.035 acres MLS# 201200561 Offered at $1,850,000

GARDEN OF EDEN Foothills Road

Privately secluded by abundant mature trees, this 3,400 sq ft home on a hill just off Old Santa Fe Trail features a wealth of unique living spaces accented with distinctive finishes, details, and appointments. Designer Deena Perry transformed the three-bedroom residence into a truly unique modern hacienda filled with the warm colors and welcoming ambience of Old Mexico. 3 bedrooms, 2 full / 1 three-quarter and 1 half baths, 1.246 acres MLS# 201103417 Offered at $1,150,000


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djacent to National Forest in the hills above Tesuque, this spectacular compound on 15 acres is a rare and unique offering 10 minutes from downtown. Beautiful views from both the 5,301 sq ft main house and a 1,735 guest house with attached studio. Contemporary/Pueblo style with hand plastered walls, tile floors, custom wood cabinetry, and hand forged iron work.The main home features 2BR, 2.5BA, a large library, 2nd office or exercise room, and a serious cook’s kitchen. The guest house includes 1BR, 1BA. MLS# 201201028

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21 BIG TESUQUE CANYON $1,595,000 Exceptional classic Tesuque estate in Big Tesuque Canyon on lush, irrigated acreage and bordering the National Forest. Large, gracious rooms including a grand living room with views over the lands and orchard. The separate master suite includes an office, bedroom, dressing area and bath and patio. Pool, spa, and a barn/studio. MLS# 804172

48 TIMBERWICK ROAD $457,500 A charming and quaint hideaway, this sweet country gem is ten minutes from town and nestled on 5 acres of pinon and ponderosa pines.The 2 story main house features a great room with south facing windows looking out onto a grand old ponderosa and native grasses.There is also a small den or 2nd bedroom and sleek kitchen on this level. MLS# 201101265

LOT 4, JUAN DE GABALDON TRAIL $690,000 A rare opportunity to purchase over 6 spectacular acres with end of the road location, adjacent to National Forest and just 5-10 minutes from town. Outstanding views of the Pojoaque Valley, Jemez Mountains, and vistas to Colorado. Gated access through Bishop’s Lodge Hills andVillas Community.All utilities in place. MLS# 902242

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102 VICTORIA STREET $869,000 Nestled on a quiet lane in the heart of Santa Fe’s Historic Eastside and a short stroll to Canyon Road, this 2,505 sq ft adobe abode has been lovingly restored to perfection, with all the character and charm one could wish for. With a romantic master that includes walk-in closet and exquisite bath, a huge guest suite, roomy study, and magical walled and flagstoned gardens to take your breath away, it’s a piece of heaven. Lovely hardwood floors, vigas, hand-troweled walls and 3 fireplaces enhance the warm ambiance.

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479 CAMINO DON MIGUEL $560,000 On the Historic Eastside 2 blocks off Canyon Road behind gates to a courtyard with water feature, this adobe house and casita will delight! The 1980 main house by John Wolf, designed by John Midyette, features a huge skylight, antique doors and traditional Santa Fe finishes, including coved ceiling, vigas, beams, split cedar decking, Talavera tile, 4 kiva fireplaces, and planked wood floors. The 3 level main house is a visual treat.The charming 1 bedroom casita includes a kiva fireplace and kitchen. MLS# 201201290



12 AVENIDA HERRERA $785,000 Enjoy informal Southwest elegance and luxury appointments in this divine 3 bedroom villa with lush fairway views, on a private Las Campanas brick-paved lane. Featured are a gorgeous galleria, great room with huge Cantera stone fireplace, 2-foot limestone tile floors, pigmented plaster walls, custom cabinets, separate master suite, and glamorous kitchen. Fabulous banks of tall French doors open to both terrace with deep portal and spacious patio with fireplace and gardens, for fabulous alfresco entertaining. MLS# 201201319


11 ABIERTO WAY $699,000 Through the welcoming courtyard and dramatic glass galleria of this 2008 Tierra Concepts home, are breathtaking mountain vistas.A chic southwest contemporary aesthetic is evident, with soaring beamed ceilings, pigmented plaster walls and a fantastic living/dining portal with fireplace opening to walled gardens.The open concept floor plan has a smashing great room accessing the sleek, upscale kitchen.The serene master features a lavish bath with striking stone-paved wall. Five-zone speaker system and refrigerated A/C. MLS# 201100580

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954 SANTO NINO PLACE $1,395,000 This stunning Santa Fe treasure with glorious Sangre de Cristo Mountain views is in a coveted location near the Plaza.The sensational all one-level home with delightful studio/guest house features thick adobe walls, with stunning southwest elements and luxury finishes throughout. It includes an impressive great room with soaring beamed ceiling, a family room, showcase kitchen, lovely master suite with fireplace, lavish bath and immense closet, plus inviting entertaining terraces and grounds. Four-car garaging! MLS# 201101820

33 SPIRIT COURT $1,050,000 Boasting spectacular Sangre de Cristo, badlands and sunset vistas, this custom 4 bedroom adobe home with guest house is located in a closein gated subdivision. Enjoy the handsome great room with flagstone floors, and a simply amazing top-of-the-line kitchen/family room. A serene master with fireplace and walk-in closet has a private portal with hot tub and waterfall. Featured are hand-troweled plaster walls, vigas, beams, rich hardwood floors, spacious terraces and portales, plus a lighted sports court. An outstanding value. MLS# 201104704

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1433 OLD SUNSET TRAIL Impeccable home in Santa Fe Summit on 2.55 acres capturing truly incredible views. Four BR plus study and exercise room. Beautiful and private outdoor spaces. Classic finishes, heated 2-car garage with work space. 10 minutes from downtown Santa Fe. #201201348 $1,375,000 7 TANO POINT LANE 9 +/- acre property consisting of gorgeous main house, 3 guest houses, studio and chapel. Incredible gardens with walkways, patios, courtyards, portales and a lovely swimming pool. 360 degree views. #201005175 $4,800,000



3 CALLE VENTOSO WEST Fabulous 4BR home plus an office featuring magnificent mountain views. Quality finishes include travertine floors, granite countertops, beautiful plaster and woodwork throughout. Equity Social membership included. #201100852 $1,150,000



964 OLD SANTA FE TRAIL Immaculate residence across from Amelia White Park. Beautifully remodeled in 2008 resulting in a sophisticated and elegant contemporary styled home. 3BR, 3 1/2BA including an efficient office and a family or media room. On over 1/2 an acre with views. #201200473 $1,235,000

7518 OLD SANTA FE TRAIL A 4BR main house includes a family room and a large library/office. Upper level master suite with private balcony to enjoy the incredible views. Large 1BR guest house includes office or studio space.Absolutely beautiful setting in the foothills. 2 horses allowed. #201102919 $775,000




707 EAST PALACE AVENUE, #8 2BR, 2 1/2BA condominium in LaVereda Compound only a short stroll to Canyon Road or the Plaza. 2,376 sq ft, study/office, sunroom, high ceilings and fireplace, separate dining area, large master bedroom, two deck areas and a private courtyard. #201201316 $610,000

7 BLUESKY CIRCLE Lovely home in a cul-de-sac location. 3BR plus an office. Excellent finishes throughout and gorgeous views of the Jemez Mountains and sunsets. Beautifully landscaped with great outdoor spaces. Rastra construction. Owner is NM Real Estate Broker. #201200122 $899,000 10 BLUESKY CIRCLE Built by award-winning builder Tierra Concepts, this gorgeous residence has been thoughtfully sited on 1.65 acres making the most of the expansive western views.The 3,990 square foot, 3 bedroom main house includes a fabulous office/media room. #201103846 $1,037,000

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Charming updated home in beautiful Upper Canyon Road neighborhood with expanded outdoor living spaces and loving personal touches on elevated 1.2 acre site with access to Dorothy Stewart walking trails.Traditional Santa Fe design elegance combined with functional easy living spaces and inviting exterior spaces including gated courtyard entry, outdoor dining, hot tub, raised bed garden, Bocce court and roof deck. MLS# 20121349

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On 4.9 lush Sunlit Hills acres, this eclectic and charming 1,788 sq ft, 2BR, 2BA adobe home with den/office exudes the essence of Santa Fe. Gently curved walls wrapped in plaster, wood floors and beamed ceilings, gardens and view deck, enclosed area for pets, user-friendly covenants and a view west to the Jemez shaped by the nearby hills offer a remarkable country living. MLS 201105313

The gentle climb up from Gov. Miles reveals the Sangre de Cristo and Ortiz Mountains and this delightful 3BR, 2.5BA, 2,021 sq ft single-level home on .31 acre with office, entertainment view deck and split-bedroom floorplan that fuses a Pueblo-revival exterior with a soft contemporary interior. The heart of the home is light-filled open-concept living/dining/ kitchen with gas fireplace. MLS 201200979


With a open floorplan centered around a great room graced with kiva fireplace, plaster walls, tile flooring, tall ceilings with vigas and wet bar with temperature controlled wine storage, this free-standing single-level 3BR, 2.5BA, 2,579 sq ft Aldea home opens out to a portal with kiva and views to the Jemez. Terrific eat-in kitchen features a stainless SubZero and Wolf appliances. MLS 201105184

In a landscape that has inspired generations of painters and writers, with views of cascading hills in a series that reach to the peaks of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, this outstanding .5 acre homesite in the prestigious, gated High Summit community off Hyde Park Road, offers a stunning opportunity to live with beauty. Architect-designed 3,340 sq ft house plans are available. MLS 201105471

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Hacienda de Lovato is in-town living at its best. Mature trees surround this beautifulTerritorialstyle home which combines rambling layout typical of older, classic Santa Fe homes with a contemporary remodel. #201200948



Views,Views,Views! The entire Western Jemez Mountain range with an unbeatable expanse of sunsets are yours forever. This custom built home with an attached guest house on 2.6 acres is absolutely stunning. #201105491

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The center of Santa Fe, with wood floors and granite counters. Separate formal dining and a great room. Kitchen with island and side bar! Master suite has portal access. Spacious library/office. Landscaped gardens. #201104844


Los Senderos elegant custom home entirely on one level. Beautiful finishes, landscaped gardens, a custom kitchen, a luxurious master suite, and an attached guest house with private parking and a private entrance. #201103981

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One of a kind, built by master architect/engineer/builder Jay Jay Shapiro, it is impeccable, with unparalleled finishes: polished beeswax Venetian plaster walls; Italian tile floors; high beamed ceilings; antique doors and columns; custom handmade light fixtures; fabulous open plan kitchen with top appliances; great fixtures. $1,295,000

A romantic old adobe garden cottage, nestled on a wooded hillside, in the heart of the historic district. Built about 1900 with 1 large and 1 small BR/study looking out on gardens, with 2BA.An easy stroll to the Plaza, and Canyon Road. Features rustic adobe bancos, 3 fireplaces, beamed and clerestory ceilings, brick and wood floors. $650,000






Two condos – five years old, absolutely gorgeous finishes. Hardtroweled plaster, brick floors with radiant heat; travertine baths and walk-in closets; kiva fireplaces, bancos and skylights. Two bedrooms and two baths. $725,000 One bedroom $500,000

Built by master builder Robert Lockwood as a personal residence, this house has everything, and is of the highest quality workmanship, materials, and fixtures. Slightly Asian ambiance, with a Pueblo feel! 2 beds, 2 bath, plus study/office. 12' ceilings, genuine bamboo floors, hard-troweled plaster, hand rubbed with beeswax. $410,000


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A sprawling lodge on 5 scenic acres with multiple wings for a variety of uses! Great plaster main living room with fabulous timber vigas and Italian chef’s kitchen; privacy, landscaping and views from all windows; a wing with 3BR, 2BA and guest powder room; a wing with master suite; and separate guest suite. $769,000

Minutes to the Plaza, in prestigious 1200 East, opportunity knocks! Clean lines and bright, open spaces make this custom built condo a rare find! Large rooms with high ceilings and beautifully landscaped outdoor spaces! Three BR, great master suite, cheerful eat-in kitchen, garage, and storage. $725,000


Magnificent 360˚ views from this unique villa.The 6,130 sq ft home is poised on 1.3 private, wooded acres on a hill minutes to the Plaza.Antique doors, diamond finished plaster, high ceilings with coves, vigas, corbels, and beams. Hand-carved stone windows. Five fireplaces, skylights and a comfortable floorplan. Owner is a NM Real Estate Broker. $1,995,000



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Contemporary Santa Fe-style home with gorgeous finishes, light open spaces, and mountain views. Built in 2010, this striking residence features plaster walls, custom viga-beam and herringbone wood ceilings, tile, travertine, and wood flooring, eye-catching doors, 2 kiva fireplaces, and 3 walled outdoor living areas. MLS# 201104741











This comfortable three bedroom residence on one acre in the Sol y Lomas / Arroyo Chamiso neighborhood is in very nice condition and has wonderful living spaces indoors and out. Walled and beautifully landscaped yard with portal, newer roof and boiler, new stucco. On 1 acre near the hospital. MLS# 201104915

Lovely rural property on 1.6 acres in Jacona in the beautiful Pojoaque Valley.This wonderful residence features a great country kitchen, large screened portal, studio, separate guest quarters, pre-moratorium private well, and beautiful gardens and patios with ponds and waterfalls. MLS# 201104196




An absolutely stunning adobe home in Apache Canyon, this fabulous residence is really a treat! Experience elegant living in a wonderful setting on 8 acres with picturesque views of Apache Canyon over the Galisteo Creek. Over $240,000 in thoughtful and gorgeous improvements have been added. 20 minutes to the Plaza. MLS# 201201017










Gorgeous Custom Home with an excellent floor plan is built in that wonderful Santa Fe Style! Features include high ceilings, diamond finish plaster walls, big vigas, fireplace, tile floors, a great kitchen, family room, formal dining room, powder room, beautiful mountain views, big wraparound portal, and walled landscaped yard. MLS# 201201410


Adobe residence on one acre in the Historic Eastside not far from the Plaza and Museum Hill was originally built in the 1930's and has grown over the years to a 4BR, 5BA, 5,600 sq ft home with 5 fireplaces plus an indoor swimming pool in a 1,570 sq ft heated room. Enjoy wonderful outdoor living with a fabulous portal and walled garden.

Wonderful parcel of land in scenic Las Dos is less than 20 minutes to the Plaza. This appealing 11acre tract has great mountain views from a private and picturesque setting in one of Santa Fe’s most beautiful rural residential neighborhoods. Recently surveyed and lot lines are flagged. Seller will trade for small home in town. MLS# 201100880

5.67-acre estate lot in Las Campanas has fabulous Sangre and Jemez views. For the discriminating buyer seeking exclusivity, privacy, and security this premium parcel at the end of a cul-de-sac presents a unique and wonderful opportunity. Approved architectural plans for a lovely residence available. Minutes from the Plaza. MLS# 201103952

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Elegant Estate with stunning views on 12.5 gated acres near the Plaza comprised of an impeccable residence built in 2005 with superb finishes, 11 fireplaces, 7 baths including dual master baths, fabulous kitchen, 3,000 sq ft of portales, 1BR guest casita, and gorgeous swimming pool with cabana and bath. MLS# 201005922

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Territorial-style Jewel with Quality Finishes in Nava Ade 4154 Midnight Owl $400,000

Seven Rental Units on 6.7 Acres in Convenient Location 9 Wagon Wheel Lane $900,000

Lovely Santa Fe-style Home with Land, Views and Close In 426 Mission Road $475,000

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86B Arroyo Hondo Road $1,100,000

Abiquiu Vistas in Gated Community and Sophisticated Home 10 Petroglyph Place $619,000

Glorious Views from Private, Elegant Home Minutes to the Plaza 17 Camino Monte Feliz $1,100,000

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Rare four bedroom Pueblo-style home with a one bedroom casita. Features commanding views, great finishes and is only 3 years old.



Classic old Santa Fe with all the modern touches in desirable Estates I of Las Campanas. Compound features 3BR main house plus a 2BR expansive guest house. MLS# 201201535


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Located in the historic Eastside on a rare 1.4 acre lot. This 4,000 sq ft home has been extensively remodeled and features tremendous privacy and views. MLS# 201201242





One of the truly great contemporary homes in Las Campanas. Architecturally designed, featuring staggering Jemez views through the living room wall of glass. MLS# 201201534


Crisp 2,200 square foot adobe built home nestled into the hillside with truly great views of the Badlands and the Jemez Mountains. MLS# 201201436



A premier homesite in Las Campanas hosts this delightful Pueblo-style “meets East” design with super clean lines and peaceful spaces. MLS# 201201376

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2 BASKETMAKER $204,900 Former model home with great views and wonderful outdoor living spaces.This pristine home has stylish upgrades and amenities such as a deluxe lighting package, brushed nickel hardware, tile floors, 9' ceilings, a heated garage and refrigerated air. MLS# 201201185


34 CALLE CAPULIN $550,000 Custom built adobe hacienda with separate guest casita.This beautiful home has high beamed ceilings, brick floors, plaster walls, radiant heat, gourmet kitchen with custom cabinetry and granite countertops, separate study/media room with built-in bookshelves and kiva fireplace. MLS# 201105280


7 CAMINO ESPERANZA $325,000 Warm and inviting 2 story townhome with a total of 3BR, 1BR/1BA downstairs and master, guest room and bath upstairs. Spacious master suite has walk-in closet and lovely deck with views. New stainless refrigerator, dishwasher and garbage disposal. Plaster walls, kiva fireplace, landscaped backyard with drip irrigation. MLS# 201201361



7 CAMINO OSITO $1,195,000 Pueblo-style home on 2.51 acres with outstanding views. Diamond plaster walls and spacious living room. Large gourmet kitchen with granite countertops, high-end stainless appliances, slate and wood floors, 2 master suites, plus an office or extra bedroom! Beautifully landscaped with outdoor sitting areas. MLS# 201104660




24 CRAFTSMAN ROAD $270,000 Spacious and warm home in Oshara Village. Includes attached greenhouse, passive solar, rich red brown cherry cabinets, pantry, vigas, radiant heat, low utility bills, wood stove, operable skylights, stained glass, and wood panel doors. Oshara Village is a greenminded community. MLS# 201105129




– represents bleed area 26 CAMINO SANADOR $1,075,000 Located off Old Santa Fe Trail, on almost 7 acres. Beautifully sculpted contemporary Santa Fe lines, open kitchen, cherry butcher-block island countertop. Spacious, 4BR plus media room/ fifth BR. Light, sunny open floor plan with fireplaces, high ceilings, privacy, grand views and guest house. MLS# 201104665

1233 NORTH SUMMIT DRIVE $1,730,000 This multi-level, 5BR, 7,200 sq ft home is a hillside luxury. Mountain and valley views and finely crafted indoor and outdoor living.This home offers a grand salon with formal and informal living spaces, curved formal dining room, stylish kitchen with informal dining, den and family/media room. MLS# 201201293

260-B TANO ROAD $795,000 Unique 2BR Moroccan-style oasis with guest house. Embellished with hand painted beams and wood work, American clay plaster – represents trim area walls and custom tile floors. Surrounded by lush gardens, shaded patios and fruit trees creating a private and splendid country life. Beautiful mountain views. MLS# 201200785

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Over 2,300 sq ft featuring master with fireplace, single level, split floorplan, and extra hobby room. Clerestory hallway that shines natural light on the adobe accent wall. Extensive landscaping. #201201346

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Lovely, gracious, three bedroom, two bath home with garage and views. Easy care, nice portal, cul-desac location. #201201554

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Extraordinary Views! Over 4,000 square feet of remodeled house and guest house. Incredibly quiet and private with a cozy pool, 3-car garage, and lots of exterior entertainment space. #201104212


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Great location to access 599 and downtown. Superb views, wonderful 1.427 acre lot, roomy, big open floor plan and 700 square foot self contained guest house for mother-inlaw unit, guests or rental. #201101811

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Legendary Hollywood Composer’s Home in Tesuque A brilliant collaboration between a legendary Hollywood composer and, architect to the stars, Edward “Ted” Grenzbach.The result is expansive, romantic and nothing short of stunning. Sited atop a serenely private, 20 acre knoll with sweeping 360˚ views.The main residence and guest house/studio complex encompass nearly 10,000 sq ft of remarkably livable spaces, public and very private. A sublime floor plan that provides the very finest in estate living. With professional kitchen, tennis court, stables and riding arenas, the list of amenities is too extensive to list. Four legal lots with four separate pre-moratorium wells. MLS# 201104823 Offered at $3,600,000.

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Tour historic homes on Mother’s Day


By Paul Weideman t’s Historic Preservation Month and time for the annual Mother’s Day Historic House Tour presented by the Historic Santa Fe Foundation. Each year, the foundation (which had its 50th birthday last year) ) hosts a tour of significant historic properties in town. On Sunday, May 13, tour participants will visit four homes that have been here at least since 1912 — this angle in this year’s event honors the centennial of New Mexico’s statehood. The homes, to be open from 1 to 4 p.m. on Mother’s Day, are: * Acequia Madre casita, 441 Acequia Madre * El Zaguán, 545 Canyon Road * The Olive Rush House, 630 Canyon Road * Von Horvath House, 728 Canyon Road These and the 60 to 70 other homes and businesses that appeared on the 1912 King’s Map will be designated with a New Mexico The entrance to the house at 441 Acequia Madre flag on the tour day. You will imagine — in The Acequia Madre casita was a very the gaps between flags — the pastures, small house that was acquired by Forrest orchards and cornfields that occupied Fenn and ultimately incorporated into much of the Eastside a century ago. Nedra Matteucci Galleries. Not too much is


known about it, except that Olga Svoboda was its last tenant — and Jackie Kennedy stayed there once. El Zaguán, built in the 1800s as the home of Santa Fe Trail trader

James L. Johnson, has been a home to artists since the 1920s. Today, it houses five artists and serves as the headquarters for the Historic Santa Fe Foundation. Olive Rush (1873-1966) settled on Canyon Road in 1920. Her house had been in the Sena and Rodriguez families for several generations and has been kept close to its original state. The interior boasts Rush-decorated vigas, fireplace and other elements. Since her death in 1966, the building has served as a Quaker meeting house. The Irene von Horvath house was built between 1839 and 1856 on property once was owned by the family of Rafael Borrego. Von Horvath (1918-2007), one of the architects of the Paseo de Peralta loop and author (with Oliver LaFarge) of the city’s Historic Styles Ordinance, bought it in 1954. A tour ticket (with tour map and program) is $5, available at any of the tour locations on Mother’s Day. You are encouraged to park at the PERA lot on Paseo de Peralta; a crossing-guard will be on duty. For more information, call (505) 983-2567 or visit


Bipartisan priority: homeownership As this year’s presidential race heats up, we are sure to hear from candidates on a number of important issues that will have a great impact on our country and its economy. However, there is one topic in particular this year that is crucial to Americans: homeownership. Restoring the health of the housing market and supporting homeownership in America will contribute to the economic recovery we so greatly need right now. Housing is a crucial issue for voters, and Realtors would like to see it become a national public policy priority. Despite seeing early signs of stabilization in the market, creditworthy buyers are being denied their dreams of owning homes because they cannot qualify for a loan. In addition, many homeowners in our area are still struggling with foreclosures and

underwater mortgages. Issues such as foreclosures and access to affordable financing don’t just affect people who own a home; homeownership shapes communities and strengthens the nation’s economy. More must be done to reduce the rising inventory of foreclosed homes and address the lack of available and affordable mortgage financing. Santa Fe Realtors are calling upon the administration, Congress, and lenders to help keep more people in their homes by taking aggressive steps to modify mortgage loans and help homeowners significantly reduce their monthly payments. Realtors would also like to see more financing opportunities for buyers. Increased fees and higher down payments are making it difficult for many creditworthy buyers to obtain financing. Realtors aren’t the only ones who

think the housing market is an important issue in this year’s presidential election. A recent Yahoo survey found that a majority of Americans, including both renters and homeowners, believe the government should do more to help atrisk homeowners. Another survey by the National Association of Home Builders demonstrated that homeownership is a bipartisan issue in the eyes of potential voters. A majority of those surveyed said the government should do more to support homeownership and were opposed to getting rid of tax benefits for homeowners. The decision to become a homeowner is a very personal one, but anyone who is willing and able to assume the responsibilities of owning a home should have the opportunity to pursue that dream. As the leading advocates for


homeownership, Realtors will continue to urge lawmakers to make sure housing and homeownership issues are a top priority on the nation’s public policy agenda. The American dream of homeownership needs to be alive for generations to come. Rubel ”Paco” Arguello is a Santa Fe native and chief executive of the Santa Fe Association of Realtors. Contact him at 982-8385. HOME MAY 2012



Stewarding in the big park By Paul Weideman


ailyard Stewards, a grassroots organization in Santa Fe, is busy this spring carrying on the work initiated by the Trust for Public Land in the Railyard Park. “TPL is backing away from the very important role they’ve played over the years,” Stewards board member Kyle Harwood said. “The Railyard Stewards, just a year old now as a nonprofit, is growing into that role and needing to stand on its own legs as an organization with financing and programs.” The trust oversaw the design and construction of the $14 million Railyard Park, which was completed in 2008. The Railyard Stewards’ new executive director is Kathryn Harris Tijerina. Her previous positions included director of cultural and recreational services for the City of Albuquerque, where she created the city botanic garden and aquarium; and president of the Institute of American Indian Arts. A graduate of Harvard University who earned her Juris Doctorate from Stanford Law School, she is an enrolled citizen of the Comanche Nation and serves as the First Leader of the Comanche Nation College Council. She is the Stewards’ full-time staffer and is joined by part-timers Carol Schrader, outreach and education director, and Alanna Offield, program coordinator; and Rachel Boothby, volunteer with AmeriCorps OSM/VISTA. Environmental sustainability is a priority in the park, Tijerina said. “We have gardening for the community, where you can rent a plot to grow food. We are going to be doing a heritage garden, based on the Native American waffle gardens, and we want to have examples of plants from the three cultures. We have a focus on food security. For example, if you can grow plants and use the seeds year after year, you have a source of food that makes you more secure if you’re at the poverty level.” “We just kicked off a new volunteer campaign,” Boothby said, referring to the Railyard Yardmasters. “The city does all the general maintenance and heavy lifting, but now we get out three times a week with volunteers and take care of things more specifically, like pruning the blue mist spirea.” There are more than 2,000 examples of plants, including over 700 species, in the 16


Rachel Boothby, Kathryn Harris Tijerina, and Carol Schrader interact with Raymond Petersen’s Art Cubed, a new installation of the Railyard Art Project. Below, Boothby learns about fruit-tree pruning from Tracy Neal, a guest presenter in the Railyard Stewards workshop series


park. A complex irrigation system runs on stored rainwater or, when rainfall has been scant, on city water, to nurture them. “This park has so many care-intensive plantings; it’s almost like a botanical garden, and we provide the specialized care,” Schrader said. Yardmaster volunteers work to enhance the beauty of the park and take care of all the different species. The Stewards also train children from ¡Youthworks!, a Santa



Fe nonprofit serving disadvantaged and at-risk youth in Northern New Mexico, and the Civic Justice Corps, a Youth Shelters program, as well as groups of school children who have fun learning about plants. Schrader said the Stewards’ volunteerbased expertise brings another level of care to an urban park. “It puts us in that class with the Central Park Conservancy and Golden Gate Park. There’s a huge amount

of cultural heritage and community history built into the park. We have a good section of the Acequia Madre and we have our own spur, Acequia Niña. And there’s tons of references to the railroads. The park we’re often compared to is the Highline Park in New York City, because it also has a railway history and a more informal planting scheme.” Part of the group’s goal, Tijerina added, is to serve as an example of communitydriven achievement that can be replicated by other cities around the country. Architect Gayla Bechtol, a Stewards board member, agrees. “The Railyard Stewards was really created in order to continue the public involvement and the community ownership in the park. “I personally like that the park has different kinds of areas,” Bechtol said. “You could be in a children’s play area and there could be a band playing or people hanging out. You can be involved or just relax. In the 10-acre area of the park proper, there are a lot of different activities that can happen simultaneously. I also like that it kept the history, with the acequia and the railroads, and it’s still a trail hub.” Art is part of the equation, too. The popular Yard Dog, a 1,200 pound, 12-foothigh corrugated-metal sculpture by Don Kennell, is the first major installation in the pilot Railyard Art Project. It’s an initiative of the Railyard Stewards, the Santa Fe Railyard Community Corporation, the City of Santa Fe, and volunteers. Another initiative of the Stewards is a workshop series cosponsored by Santa Fe Master Gardeners. Coming up this spring: “Integrated Pest Management,” presented by Jeff Clark from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, May 19; and “Why Cactus?” with John Obie Oberhausen focusing on the more than 85 varieties of cactus that will thrive in Santa Fe, from 9 to 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, June 12. Railyard Yardmasters is open to volunteers who want to help keep the Railyard Park beautiful while learning more about the plants that make it that way. Volunteers work from 9 to 11 a.m. every Tuesday and Thursday; 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesdays; and 8 to 10 a.m. on the first Saturday of the month. For more information, see or call 316-3596.

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THE LOCAL WISDOM ABOUT SPRING PLANTING IN SANTA FE is to wait for May 15, but that’s only true for some plants, such as those with fleshy fruits. “It’s all the things that can’t stand frost or freezes, so tomatoes and peppers and eggplants and beans, for example,” said Agua Fria Nursery’s Bob Pennington in late April. “The leafy crops and root crops can pretty much all be planted now. “The lilacs were about three weeks early this year and we’ve had pansies outside since early March. Dianthus is just as hardy, and Clematis are very coldhardy.” Lilacs were in full bloom all over Santa Fe and they were selling well at the nursery. In the space of five minutes during our conversation, two customers left with lilac plants. “Cactus has been moving good this year,” Pennington said, “and fruit trees will probably sell well: apricots, cherries, peaches, plums, and nectarines.” He took a phone call from someone concerned about moths damaging apple trees. Pennington said the moths were probably millers, not the damaging codling moths, but they would be around soon. He advised that the caller could try spraying when the tree blooms’ petals drop. The person must have asked about the insecticide Sevin, because Pennington warned against using that; for one thing, it’s very toxic to bees. He recommended Spinosad instead. Pennington is a nationally prominent expert on the many species of Penstemons, a genus of native flowers in the snapdragon family. “We grow in a given year anywhere from 60 to 100 types, and someday hopefully we will grow as many Eriogonums. They’re also extremely drought-tolerant and poor-soil-tolerant. They’re phenomenal plants but they’re very poorly known outside of plant-geek circles.” Vegetable gardening has bloomed in the last few years. “It’s people wanting to grow their own food, because of all the recalls and real or imagined fears about supply and contamination. It’s an interesting phenomenon.” A technique that is more popular than ever is raisedbed container gardening. It’s had a huge impact in places like Eldorado, because you can grow all the vegies you want and you’re not sharing with gophers. 24



Those tough little critters, Pennington said, “really, really appreciate all your efforts. “Containers are also good because some of us can’t bend over as well as we used to,” he laughed. “There are tons of people who’ve never grown a plant in their life that in the last two years have put in vegetable gardens. A raised-bed garden is a great first step.” On a mid-April afternoon at Newman’s Nursery, grower Jeremy Lopez said it had been “a crazy day” as his crew brought plants out in the sun, then the clouds would come in and they’d have to get them back inside thinking it might freeze at night. Then it would get sunny and warm again. Meanwhile, strong sales were going on. “What’s really moving are the pansies and geraniums,” Lopez said, “especially the red geraniums because we always sell out. And lilacs.” “People are getting pretty crazy right now,” Rocque Ranaldi said inside the main building at Newman’s. “We’ve had a mild winter but two years ago it was 15 below and people lost a lot of stuff and were very tentative about planting a year ago. Now people are coming in shouting, ‘Where are your roses?’” Ranaldi went through the proper planting method for shrubs and trees. The hole should be two and a half to three times as wide as the bucket your plant is in, and just as deep. “Depending on how long they’ve been in the pots for retail purposes, there might be a mat of roots on the bottom and you should break them apart with your hand or score an asterisk on the bottom with a knife, or even cut off the very bottom disc with a saw.” Backfill the hole using two thirds of the native soil that came out — no matter how lousy it is — and one third a good amendment like Newman’s Soil Build Compost. Don’t expect to see much growth until the plant is well-established. “It’s usually by the third year that you see results,” Ranaldi said. “Like they say, Sleep, Weep, Leap.” The Santa Fe Master Gardener Association is a great resource. Here are a few points from Sue Austin’s article May Tasks at the SFMGA website: This is the month to plant both summer- and fall-blooming bulbs, and cool-season annuals such as bachelor’s button, foxglove, allysum, violas and pansies, nierembergia,

yo u r g a r d e n lobelia, larkspur, diascia and calendula. Flowers that should not be planted until the danger of last frost has passed [again, May 15 is the usual safe date in Santa Fe] are the more tender ones like ageratum, begonias, celosia, geraniums, impatiens, morning glories, nasturtium, nicotiana, verbena and vinca. Trim ornamental grasses to about six inches high and pick out any dead centers. Forsythia and other spring-flowering shrubs should be pruned after they flower. Plant all kinds of trees, vines, and shrubs, including roses. An interesting piece by Betty Sperlich in a recent SFMGA newsletter suggests that it is better to plant flowers in “drifts” of three or four feet wide for honeybees. “Not only does this look better in your yard (rather than scattering individual plants here and there), but is also better for the bees.” How about a “Best Perennials for Santa Fe” short list? This one was given by David Salman of Santa Fe Greenhouses at last year’s Santa Fe Master Gardener Garden Fair. Most plants were selected for bloom characteristics or longevity, xeric strength, and/or attractiveness to butterflies, hummingbirds, and bees: Licorice mint hyssop (Agastache rupestris), “Moonshine” yarrow (Achillea filipendulina), “Swallowtail” columbine (Aquilegia aff. longissima, an excellent choice for shade and partial-shade areas), “Coral Canyon” twinspur (Diascia integerrima), “Shimmer” evening primrose (Oenothera fremontii), “Tall Orange Mix” pineleaf beardtongue (Penstemon pinifolius), “May Night” European sage (Salvia nemerosa), giant purple sage (Salvia pachyphylla), “Raspberry Delight” hybrid sage (Salvia lemmonii x greggii hybrid), “Orange Carpet” hummingbird trumpet (Zauschneria garrettii), and “Blonde Ambition” blue grama grass (Bouteloua gracilis). It might be a good idea to ask where your plants come from, especially if you’re buying at a big-box store. A recent study by the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis at the University of California-Santa Barbara says imported nursery stock may be responsible for as much as 70 percent of the most damaging non-native insects and diseases afflicting American forests today. This is a $500 million international plant-exporting business that has producers from Colombia to China sending more than

three billion plants to the United States each year. Cruise the websites in the resources list at the end of this story to find out about local gardening and learning opportunities. One example is the Eldorado Gardening Lecture Series. On Saturday, May 12, Ken Bower discourses on “Fruit Trees and Bees.” The talk is 10 to 11:30 a.m. in the Zia Financial meeting room at La Tienda Community Center. You might want to hook into the 3rd Annual Eldorado Gardening Tour next month. It’s scheduled for 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, June 2; call 510-1231 or email for information. The Native Plant Society of New Mexico has an event on May 19-20, cosponsored by the City of Albuquerque and the Rio Grande Botanic Garden and presented by Dave Ferguson and Steve Brack. Cactus is the topic, and the presentation is followed by a tour of the cacti in the Rio Grande Botanic Garden and a field trip to the foothills of the Sandia Mountains. On the second day, participants take a trip to Mesa Garden in Belen for a private tour of a world-class collection of cacti and a demonstration on how to grow your own cacti from seed. The cost is $105 and enrollment limited to 25. The society has its 2012 Annual Conference Aug. 912 in Alamogordo, with a variety of presentations and field trips. For more information about both Native Plant Society events, see or call Cindy Roper at 466-3536.

FREE ONLINE RESOURCES (Plants of the Southwest nursery) (Payne’s Nurseries and Greenhouses) (Newman’s Nursery of Santa Fe) (Agua Fria Nursery) (Santa Fe Greenhouses) (Santa Fe Master Gardener Association) (Santa Fe County Extension Office) (Santa Fe Garden Club) (Eldorado Gardening Tour) (Native Plant Society of New Mexico) (Office of the State Engineer publications, including “The Enchanted Xeriscape”)





Cocky Cactus meets the H-Board As a pre-schooler living in the village of Agua Fria many, many years ago, I was taught to read from two books, Pussy Willow and Cocky Cactus. I still have my original, tattered copies of both with my margin notes in blue crayon and the occasional stain from, as Shakespeare put it, mewling and puking. I never really connected with Pussy Willow, though I have an abiding love of cats. But Cocky Cactus was a real-life character to me. The house in Agua Fria Village, you see, was made of mud and looked rather remarkably like author and illustrator Carolyn Ten Eyck Appleton’s rendition of a humble and venerable place to live, right down to the cactus in the yard. Cocky Cactus was brought to life in a lovely house on a large South Capital lot that Carolyn and Norman Appleton built out of penitentiary tile and adobe in 1938. I didn’t know that until recently. Alas, I got to know it too late. The Appleton home was kept in the family until 2005, when it was bought by a local investor. By then the house was turning derelict and the purchaser likely saw an opportunity to restore or upgrade the house into something marketable on a large, downtown tract. From that moment, Cocky Cactus’s birthplace became a vortex of questionable judgment reflecting badly on everyone who was involved including the purchaser, the City of Santa Fe, and the Historic Design Review Board. A significant and

charming property, with some arguably valid associative value, was sent to purgatory. I believe I have these facts correctly: that once the property was sold, city planning staff initiated a Historic Cultural Property inventory with an eye toward conferring landmark status on the house because it is not in a designated historic district; that the reason the process began was to protect the property and to prevent additional development on the lot; that staff made no recommendations pro or con, but deferred to the Historic Design Review Board as to findings of fact regarding eligibility; and that throughout the process neither the city nor the HBoard seem to have known (or grasped the significance imbued by the fact) that the Appleton property was comprised of two, separately platted tracts. And that was what made this so sticky, as evidenced by the result. The Appleton house sat abandoned and neglected for nearly five years while two brand new, two-storey condos were built that isolate the historic property from its neighborhood and completely block both its aspect and its prospect. The house was abandoned because no one wanted to buy it in its then-current state and with the restrictions imposed by the new status. By way of full disclosure, I looked seriously at buying the house and there is no way in the world that I could make the numbers work. What happened on the Appleton

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property was the result of using landmarking as a zoning weapon and I cannot sufficiently emphasize how badly that erodes the significance of the status. The H-Board’s finding of facts led to the city council approving the nomination. But they don’t seem to have found, or contemplated, all of the facts. Was it really only after that action that anyone noticed that two tracts existed, and that the purchaser would be completely within his rights to develop the vacant lot (without H-board review) and thus detract immeasurably from a newly landmarked structure? Did landmarking protect the building when the city issued permits for two condos that are stylistically at odds with the Appleton house, to say nothing of being severely out of scale for both the lot and the neighborhood? And wasn’t it a bit of a blindside to landmark the property immediately after the new owner bought it, thus severely restricting if not reversing the intent upon which he made the purchase? Smacks of an illegal taking. In Carolyn Ten Eyck Appleton’s story, Cocky Cactus is dressed up by two children using their father’s best clothes and Cocky, falsely blamed, gets hauled to the dump. A resurrection of sorts occurs as the unlikely cactus and his friend, a roadrunner that comes alive from a painting on a pot, strike out for something new. There’s an allegory here that the author could not have predicted. Cocky’s birthplace suffered a similar indignity; as the nomination for landmark

$163,389. — 3000 Floras del Sol St. $141,409. — 3042 Floras del Sol St. $173,315. Homewise Inc, 1616 Avenida de Luna. $228,000. — 1633 Avenida de Luna. $229,000. — 1620 Placita de Luna. $177,000.


status notes, the building is little changed from the time it was built and its integrity is essentially untarnished. Nevertheless, the actions of others have led to its diminishment. In my view, five years ago, the only way forward was to remove the landmarking, acknowledge that the process violated the purpose of the statute, and let the house begin a life anew - in whatever form that may have taken. Today I am happy to report that the owner did a fine job of restoring Cocky Cactus’s home, and splitting it into two very comfortable units in which the new owners are quite content. Edward Crocker (982-2448 or eec@ is a principal of Crocker Ltd. Architectural Conservation, which specializes in historic-preservation contracting and consulting. He is a trustee of the International Council on Monuments and Sites.

SANTA FE COUNTY building permits issued from midMarch to mid-April included the following:

Merga Weinreich, 22 Summerstorm. $250,000. Univest-Rancho Viejo, 32 Devoys Peak. $188,177. Mark Smith, 14 McGregor Ln. $50,000.

La Nueva Querencia, 9 La Pradera. $67,819. Jim Tokmenko, 47 E. Saddleback Mesa. $62,328. Dale McDonnell, 233 Old Windmill Ridge. $160,000.

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Tuscan-flavored treasure By Paul Weideman


The house at 16 Hacienda Rincon is a rather compelling mix of design elements from Tuscany and Santa Fe. There are arched doorways everywhere, inside and outside — where tile roofs and a stone-veneered tower contrast with earth-tone stucco. The Henry and Anne Hodde domicile, two and a half years old, was built by Doug McDowell and designed by Pedro Marquez. “Pedro had just come back from Italy, including Tuscany, and we met at the [Las Campanas] clubhouse and in 15 minutes he sketched it out,” Anne said. “It was five years from idea to finish.” The home overlooks the 5th hole of the Sunset Golf Course. A wide entry circle incorporates a wraparound portal and three carports offering close home entries for guests. Big gates artistically incorporate the “B” and “C” of Bella Colina, the name of the house. At more than 9,500 square feet and only three bedrooms, chances are the rooms are going to be sizeable. The great room is most certainly great. “We like big rooms and we can do concerts in here with the two [grand] pianos, and the acoustics are incredible,” said pianist Anne. Rob Gunter did all the iron work in the house. Among the pieces are black steel doors with steelfeather handles in the massive, rough-stone fireplaces, and the standout living-room chandelier set in an open-coffer beamed ceiling. There are six bathrooms, including two powder rooms, one with a mother-of-pearl washbasin. Walls are diamond plaster and floors black walnut and travertine. Systems include both forced-air and radiant heating, a central vacuum system, and sophisticated electronics, with music, eventtailored lighting, climate, and security all adjustable at wall panels. The kitchen countertops are Red Dragon granite, and Blue Bay granite from Brazil on the island. The room is equipped with an apron sink, Wolf range and oven, and Sub Zero double refrigerator; around the corner in the bar/pantry, there is another Sub Zero, another Wolf oven, and dishwasher. There is a wine cellar, a library with built-in alder bookcases, and a tower that leads to a spacious roof deck. In the master bedroom is a coved-plaster ceiling, fireplace, and built-in bookcase. A deep tub and a walk-in travertine shower grace the master bathroom. Outside, a brick-floored portal with massive beam structure offers a shaded haven for witnessing the incredible mountain views. The house and property of nearly 3.5 acres is in The Estancias. It is listed by Chris Webster and Paul McDonald, Sotheby’s International Realty, for $6.75 million.






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A wrap at warp speed Why is social networking a wrap? The phrase “It’s a wrap,” usually meaning something is over, is common in filmmaking. A recent infographic created by reveals that 66 percent of adults are connected to each other on more than one socialnetworking platform. Facebook has 845 million active users and 57 percent of them are women. Twitter has 157 million active users and 59 percent are women. LinkedIn, with 150 million active users, reports genders split evenly. What’s over is thinking that social networking online is a fad. Social-networking users are moving at warp speed. Within the past two months, Facebook bought Instagram, a photosharing social-media app (application) for $1 billion and the photography giant Kodak went bankrupt after 131 years in business. Instagram was only 551 days old when it was purchased and never

made a penny. You may have missed this economic feat because it happened during the endless Mega Lottery news stories. This astounding event shows tremendous consolidation happening in the social media world and at the same time old technologies are disappearing. Today nearly all homebuyers begin their search on the internet, either in the middle of night in their PJs or from their mobile phone in the office or the grocery check-out line. They are searching for homes, land, and condos on gigantic real-estate portals such as,, They often expand their searches to Google and Bing. Facebook owns a valuable set of data and the opportunity to analyze people’s activity online. Instagram managed to connect pictures with community and communication. When it was sold, there were over 30 million users and estimates of content into the trillions.

People find it easy to share an experience or tell a story with a photo. Often it may be an image of what they had for lunch at the Shed or Harry’s Road House. Other times, it is a photo of our historic Santa Fe Plaza or an adobe home. Memories are now mobile and no longer exclusive to weddings and birthdays. The blending of smartphones, Instagram and other photo apps with social-media sites have changed talking about something into sharing pictures about it, faster than ever. Images travel in nanoseconds as people broadcast what they see instead of keeping pictures for themselves as memories. What is clear is we have shifted. When you add the way we create images and share them, it is obvious real estate online will shift to being a more socialnetworking experience. What will happen next for real estate is all about how fast all the players in our industry adapt to


what the buyers and sellers are already doing online and how fast photo sharing continues to explode on social-media sites. Emily Medvec is an associate broker with Santa Fe Properties on a team with Ulla Allyn. Emily’s passion is how social networking online changes how we communicate and make decisions in real estate and every other marketplace. Follow her at emilymedvec or call her at 505-660-4541.


Energy, water prices climb ever upward The costs of energy and water are both rising, but the cost of water is rising faster, and at some point our monthly bill will exceed our electricity bill. This is not just a local phenomenon; it is happening around the country. In fact, the rapid rise of water rates is one reason I got interested in water conservation and rainwater harvesting. Our electricity service provider, PNM, has raised rates 45 percent since 2008. Starting in 2009, the local water rates have gone up 8.2 percent a year and they will continue to do so through 2014, for a total increase of 48 percent. Although locally it appears that water and power rates are increasing at the same rate, the wider picture shows a different long-term trend. Nationally, electricity rates have gone up a little over 2 percent percent annually since 2008, while water rates have gone up about 8 percent a year. Different forces are driving these increases. Electricity rates are rising due to increasing operating costs (that is,

the increasing costs of the raw materials needed to make energy, such as coal, gas and water are all going up). The price of water is going up to pay for improvements in infrastructure (replacing aging pipes and improving water-treatment facilities), but it is also rising due to the increased costs of acquiring new water. In Santa Fe, the Buckman Direct Diversion project cost nearly $200 million to complete and is by far our most expensive water source. The major difference between electricity and water is that there are available alternatives to traditional electricity generation systems, but no one yet has invented an alternative to water. As reported in the news recently, the price of solar panels has dropped significantly over the past few years due to the ramping up of manufacturing in China. Consequently, the cost of solar panels is now typically less than the labor costs of installing a new system. As more solar panels are manufactured and installed and more installers enter the market,

prices will continue to decrease. This “new power generation system” provides a direct alternative to power supplied by the electrical grid. In fact, home-generated solar power is likely to become a costeffective alternative to the traditional energy grid within this decade. By comparison, water has no alternative and dehydrated water hasn’t been invented as of yet. The only major way for a municipality to increase its water supply is to make improvements in the efficiency (fixing leaks, conservation programs, and wastewater reuse) or successfully bidding against other municipalities for new supplies. There is no more easy water. New sources are going to be much more expensive because they will have to be transported further and processed more. Consequently, water prices here and nationally will continue to rise while at the same time solar power and other “green” alternatives will keep a downward pressure on overall electricity rates.


Conserving water is the cheapest way to help keep water prices down, but “up, up, up” is the trend and is likely to be that way for the foreseeable future. Doug Pushard, the founder of the website, has designed and installed residential rainwater systems for 12 years. A member of Santa Fe Water Conservation Committee and a board member of the American Rainwater Catchment Systems Association, he can be reached at Doug@





Chickens can be pets and much more We’ve kept chickens in the Santa Fe city limits for 15 years. For about half of this time, we kept them on an eighth of an acre surrounded by others’ walls and windows. Right now, our coop is an egg’s throw from two or three neighboring homes. We’ve never received a complaint. Many of our friends also have chickens, and the only time we’ve heard of any “nuisance” it was rooster-oriented. (Biological note: Roosters are NOT required to get dependably delicious eggs. Roosters are only needed if you want your eggs to hatch into birds. This means most chicken owners do not own roosters.) Quite the opposite from being called a nuisance, we all enjoy sharing eggs with our community, and the non-chickenowning always seem to enjoy them. Our feathered friends provide healthy food, free fun, fascinating beauty, great soil, and a sense of purpose in life. Sometimes I wonder, How many

Frosted Flakes have my kids NOT eaten thanks to our hens? Sure, our boys love sweetened cereal, sugary muffins, and waffles with syrup in the morning, but they also love eggs: scrambled, fried, soft-boiled, or omelet-style with cheese -- wrapped up in the form of a quintessential (and totally traditional) breakfast burrito. For lunch, it’s egg salad. For snack, the only thing between my kids and some piece of junk food sometimes is a hard-boiled egg. My heart goes out to folks in Eldorado who are being told by a small group of busybodies that they can’t eat and share this kind of convenient, fresh, and hormone-free food. In this country, one would hope that having the freedom to choose a vastly better life would be not be prohibited by nervous ninnies. I also feel sorry for Eldorado’s gardeners. Unlike the dog doo and cat scat that pollute our state’s waterways, poultry

poo is wonderful for building healthy soil. From my 20 years as a landscaper in this town, I know that Eldorado, of all places, would benefit from better soils. What’s with this anti-chicken contingent? It’s clearly misinformed and behind the times. The more it barks and bites, the sillier the whole situation seems because the anti-chicken minority only help to bring the facts to the fore and more people quickly learn how great it is to have chickens as pets. Like other pets, chickens happen to be extremely beautiful and interesting to watch. They are also a gas to train, feed, and hold. In a worst-case scenario, the uptight tendencies of some residents could end up costing Eldorado dearly in legal bills. This kind of public fight would probably not be good for property values, and it certainly would not be good for the human values associated with maintaining a sense of purpose in life. Chickens help support


these values because they represent a real way for people to take a little bit more responsibility for their lives on this finite planet with its increasingly limited resources. Nate Downey is president of Santa Fe Permaculture (505-424-4444) and the author of Harvest the Rain: How to Enrich Your Life by Seeing Every Storm as a Resource (Sunstone Press).

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Process is brutal, but don’t fight it For most, the thought of securing a mortgage in today’s financial climate is second only to death by a sadist who delights in breaking one bone at a time, then pulling hair out one strand at a time. Got that visual? Then read on. There is a solution. First thing to know before you scan, photocopy, fax or deliver one single document to your mortgage company is that your mindset is the game-changer. The process is what it is, period, and success depends on the way you approach it. Your ability to cope, smile and make copies will determine how quickly you succeed in the loan process. When your mortgage representative says, “We need another bank statement,” just breathe, then swallow your frustration and head for the copier. This is the simple solution in a nutshell. Why is the loan-approval process sooooo rigorous these days? Because

avoiding defaults and loan buybacks has become the primary goal of all lenders. And it is working. Higher standards and exhaustingly redundant documentation is reducing loan defaults and, therefore, foreclosures. In 2009, less than 2 percent of the loans sold to Freddie Mac or Fannie Mae went into default after 18 months. This is down from 22 percent in 2007. Recently, a well-meaning client resisted sending me all six pages of his bank statement. I asked for it because the underwriter, which represents the lender, asked for it. After the client sent me the summary page, I again asked for the complete statement and he again sent the summary page. A third phone call finally resulted in all six pages landing on my desk. He was frustrated because he was determined to fight the system. I was frustrated because of the time required to satisfy the underwriter. I was tempted to answer his constant “Why?” with

“Because I said so!” Sometimes that is the only answer that makes sense in this brutal ordeal. As the discovery phase begins, a loan application is taken by the loan officer. This is akin to the discovery period in a trial. You will be asked personal questions and commanded to account for every cent you have in checking, savings, investments and retirement accounts. If a gift from a relative is not documented correctly, the whole process is slowed down. Why fight it? Come clean and give the loan officer exactly what he asks for. Even more is always good. Get the almighty file sewed up and off to the mysterious underwriter for approval. The client is the the key to a pleasant loan process. Be calm. Of course, your partner, the loan officer, must be up to the task. When there is total acceptance of the process and total compliance, a done deal, worth all the effort, is usually the


outcome. The fix is simple: breathe deeply, keep your eye on the goal of achieving a historically low interest rate, and oil up your copy machine. Happy spring! Jim Gay was a real-estate broker for 20 years and has consulted with Fortune 500 companies. He is currently broker/ owner with Home Buyers Mortgage, Inc. (505-9869080) in Santa Fe and can be reached at www.








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Whether remodeling, building, redesigning or freshening up, at home or in your workspace, is it possible on any budget to be superbly happy with your space? The answer is yes, and here is how. First know that ideas and inspiration are all around you and can have a big impact on solutions you may be seeking to end your own design dilemmas. Research is the key to getting a grip on your project planning. Home design or shelter magazines, such as Dwell, Elle Décor, Better Homes and Gardens, and Phoenix Home and Garden can be helpful resources. Dwell focuses on making a lot out of small spaces. A second go-to for research is the internet, of course. Try sites like Houzz, DIY Network and even Lowes and Home Depot, which have inspirational information for improving your home or office space on a budget. Next, ask questions. What is the feeling that I want to imbue in my space? How do I make the most of features I cannot change? How do I effectively use color? In continuing your analysis of your space, you may have a vision in mind, but along the way it can become confusing and overwhelming, so write it down. Write down in simple, descriptive language what the priorities are that you wish to achieve; this will serve as a reminder in the months to come and keep you in touch with your original vision. You will want to carry this with you when you are shopping. Some questions to ask yourself as you write about your vision: • What activities will take place in the space? • What time of day will the activities likely take place? • What rooms are adjacent and how will the flow continue from one room to another? • Do you need storage in this space and what is the best way to accomplish this? • What furniture will I plan on using in the space, any existing furniture? • What existing utilities do I have


available to meet any new demand, especially if you will be adding lighting or heat. Once you have the details ironed out and written down and you have made a careful assessment of the mechanics of the space - for example, lighting, heating/cooling, and hard finishes - then you can begin to consider fabrics, furniture, art, and other details that will add texture to the room. Gather together your materials, hard finishes, fabrics, flooring, art photos and photos of furniture you are planning on using and lay them all out on a table to view together. Take a photo of this layout and carry with you when shopping. This exercise will be very helpful in seeing the overall scheme of what you are putting together, to visualize the space and help you tweak the plan when you see everything together. Remember that planning is at the heart of a successful design. Keep the big picture in mind, and remember your personality must shine through. Love your space! DESIGN GLOSSARY: Finishing refers to any process performed on yarn or fabric after weaving to improve the look, performance, or “hand” (feel) of the finished textile. Lisa Samuel, ASID IIDA (505-820-0239, is an awardwinning interior designer and furniture designer. She is owner of Samuel Design Group Interiors and Home Boutique, located at 428 Sandoval Street.


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It’s your money. Be proactive! On PBS recently I heard Suze Orman urging Americans to go back to class money class. She’s right, as we reevaluate what to do with our homes, mortgages and investment portfolios. What can you do to rebuild your mortgage net worth? Pay off your mortgage as quickly as possible and retire free and clear. Over 22 percent of homeowners are underwater on their mortgages: they owe more than the home is worth. Strategies to lower your rate/ payment and pay off your home faster: REFINANCE! Massive efforts have been made by the U.S. government to make home-loan refinancing easier. The government continues to buy bonds weekly to keep rates low through 2014. The question is, how low is low? 4 percent? 4.5 percent? 5 percent? How soon will the government end this buy-down? Be proactive and get your refinancing done now. Even moving from a rate in the high 4’s on a loan with 27 years remaining to a fixed rate of 15 or 20 years could cut many years off your mortgage and save your net worth tens of thousands of dollars. Contact your local lender to see how you may qualify. Did your property drop significantly in value? There are ways to refinance today and AVOID monthly private mortgage insurance (PMI) payments. Under the recently expanded Home Affordable Refinance Program (HARP 2.0), qualified loans may be refinanced with no added mortgage insurance, no matter how underwater the loan may be. There are some catches; for example, your loan must be eligible for Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac. Your lender can help identify this for you. If you have an FHA loan, there’s good news: you can refi with no appraisal and take advantage of reduced FHA funding fees, down from 1.15 percent to 0.10 percent, effective June 11. VA loan holders can also refinance with no appraisal. What if you find your underwater loan is

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not eligible for Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac, making it ineligible for HARP? Here are two often-over looked programs: The FHA Short Refinance may be offered to certain “underwater,” non-FHA borrowers whose lender agrees to write off at least 10 percent of the unpaid balance of the first mortgage, giving them the opportunity to qualify for a new FHAinsured mortgage. Principal Reduction Alternative (PRA) was created to help homeowners whose houses have decreased in value and who now owe more than their home is worth. Should you be approved for a home-loan modification with your mortgage service provider, you’d make your new modified payments over the next three years on time, and you would then earn a principal reduction. If you’re having difficulties paying your mortgage, consider a loan modification. The PRA was created to help owners avoid foreclosure. Contact your current loan servicer for details on loan modifications, PRA, and FHA Short Refinances. We all have to go back to class. Be proactive, review your mortgage, and make it a goal to retire free and clear. Francis Phillips ( is senior mortgage loan originator with First Choice Loan Services in Santa Fe. He has served as director of business development for national mortgage companies. He and his mortgage partners have funded and built three homes for Santa Fe Habitat for Humanity.

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Conserve to decrease coal power We should be especially thankful, in these times of drought, for the Buckman Direct Diversion supply. We recently ran two independent lab tests of BDD water and the quality is excellent because surface waters provide most of the supply. As we enter the irrigation season, it is projected that the Buckman Well Field and the City Well Field will play an increasing role in our water supply. We can therefore anticipate changes in our water quality, to include possible increases in hardness, total dissolved solids (TDS), and the naturally occurring, potential health-risk contaminants arsenic and uranium, as the relative contribution of groundwater increases. The Sangre de Cristo Water Division blends the groundwater so that our water remains EPA-compliant and it monitors contaminant levels per drinking-water standards. It also has the New Mexico Environment Department looking over its shoulders with compliance testing. I again encourage you to tour the BDD and I predict you will leave with

an enhanced appreciation of the value of the water we use. The 11-acre, 1megawatt solar photovoltaic array at the Buckman Water Treatment Plant is capable of generating about one third of the power used by the facility. But what about the power consumed in moving water 11 miles, with 1,100 feet of vertical lift, from the actual diversion site on the Rio Grande to the plant? That power comes from the San Juan Power Generating Station near Farmington. The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver recently denied a request by the Governor Martinez administration and PNM to delay installation of EPA-mandated pollution control equipment specified to significantly curb greenhouse-gas emissions at the 1,800-megawatt, coalfired power plant. “Clean coal” is an oxymoron. The plant and the nearby coal mine are also implicated with respect to contamination of the San Juan River and its tributaries. In a recent Natural Resources Defense Council report, Ready or Not: An

Evaluation of State Climate and Water Preparedness Planning, New Mexico ranked in the second-least-prepared category and the risks of water supply challenges were duly noted. We all (should) know the water risks of living in an arid climate, particularly during drought conditions of unknown duration. We are dependent on water supplies with highly variable risks, and power consumption is a big factor in the equation. Yet our current state administration is willing to allow PNM and its partners to continue emitting greenhouse gases and particulates, contributing to the warming of our planet and hence the uncertainties of the timing and amounts of precipitation we can expect to receive. It is no surprise that PNM lags well behind in its commitment to invest in renewable energy. Warmer days and longer growing seasons mean that New Mexicans will likely increase water usage to irrigate landscapes and in agriculture. Please do what you can to conserve our precious


water and you will also be helping to lower our demand for the coal-fired power generation required to transport our raw and treated water and the treatment required for compliance. Stephen Wiman has a background in earth science (Ph.D. in geology) and is the owner of Good Water Company and a member of the City of Santa Fe’s Water Conservation Committee. He may be reached at 505-4719036 and

Recent Home & Land Sales Sales data for the period March 19-April 18 from Santa Fe Association of Realtors MLS reports. Not all sales are reported.

Homes $93,429 $94,000 $97,000 $110,000 $113,000 $124,000 $130,000 $130,000

$138,000 $147,000 $149,000 $155,000 $164,900 $169,000 $169,000 $175,000 $175,000

Homes $240,000 $275,000 $375,000 $375,000

$175,000 $178,000 $178,850 $180,000 $184,450 $184,900 $186,000 $195,000 $199,990

$209,000 $212,000 $217,000 $220,000 $225,000 $225,000 $226,327 $237,500 $247,500

$389,000 $398,500 $415,000 $445,000 $445,000

$250,000 $263,500 $308,000 $316,765 $319,990 $408,000

$715,000 $797,000 $825,000 $1,035,000

Homes $144,000 $157,000 $190,000 $225,000 $227,500 $263,750 $267,500 $315,000

Land $100,000

Homes $233,000 $620,000 $651,000 $704,000

$725,000 $1,200,000 $1,450,000

Land $46,000 $65,000 $70,000 $90,000

$407,500 $450,000 $495,000 $545,000 $577,000 Land $101,000

Homes $190,500 $195,000 $230,000 $250,000 $365,000 $425,000 $500,000

Homes $15,000 $77,500 $86,000 $132,573 $165,000 $176,500 $325,000 $339,000 $386,300

Land (None)

$525,000 $525,000 $635,000 $735,000 $851,000 $940,000 $1,075,000 $1,190,000

$399,000 $422,900 $480,000 $495,000 $500,000 $550,000 $580,000 $625,000 $629,500 $839,000

$1,272,000 $1,295,000 $1,578,000 $2,300,000 Land $155,000

county Homes $141,075 $144,000 $186,000 $195,000


$215,100 $270,583 $295,000 $380,000 $400,000

$435,000 $507,500 $655,000 $725,000



Land $36,000 Homes $163,000 $194,900 $215,500

$225,000 $247,000 $312,500 $370,504

$385,000 $449,000 515,000

Land (None)

Homes $387,500 $430,000 $440,100 $450,000 $520,500

$562,500 $1,070,000 Land $169,000

Land $155,000

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Kitchen remodeling is the way to go By Paul Weideman


e often hear that the years-long slump in newhome construction has been offset, somewhat, by a corresponding rise in remodeling. Is that a fact? “I’m a member of the Santa Fe Area Home Builders Association and a a trustee on the Remodeling Council and I think that’s definitely true,” said William Prull of Prull Custom Builders. “People are staying put rather than buying up. “The economy is getting a little bit better, so even people who had planned to do projects and put them on hold are feeling more comfortable with the economic situation and are moving ahead.” Prull’s award-winning company has always done largerscale remodeling work, many times whole-house remodels in the hundreds of thousands of dollars. “Some of the smaller jobs like kitchen remodels I would refer out to people who had worked for me and then gone out on their own. But in the last four years, we are doing practically everything, including down to $10,000. I’m keeping the people in my organization working.” A kitchen remodel can be a pretty expensive enterprise. They can be done for $20,000 or so, but Prull said it’s not rare for a Santa Fe homeowner to spend that much just on new cabinets. Add a high-end appliance package, granite countertops, and a big island and the job can easily hit $50,000. But the kitchen focus can justify such a price tag. “Along with master suites, kitchens are still perceived as one of the places where you’ll get your money back,” Prull said. There are all kinds of things one can do in a kitchenimprovement project. One of the easiest and most rewarding is simply getting a new appliance or two. It’s enjoyable to have and use a new refrigerator, cooktop, oven, or dishwasher, or a specialty item like a steam oven. And any of these will be a significant “green” improvement over your old appliance, saving you money on utility bills and reducing your carbon footprint. Plus they can be quite snazzy. Check out the Miele refrigerator with ClearView lighting system at Sierra West Sales & Sierra Designs. It’s amazingly bright inside. As the company puts it, the system is designed “to achieve maximum exposure of all contents.” And the lighting is programmable. “The people who can afford it want something that’s going to reflect their lifestyle, and that’s going to last,” said the shop’s Bob Carr. “You want something that’s going to do what you want and that you can be proud of. There was a survey 10 years ago where for the first time the kitchen replaced the family car as the status symbol.” Sierra West is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. The company has five employees, down from what it had in 2005. “Typically we’ve used a full-time installer, but the last two years we have changed to where we’re using subcontractors, because the volume of work is down,” he said. Sierra West has two divisions. Carr and Wendy Vander Ham run the remodeling department. She and her husband, Mike Vander Ham, own the business and he is 38




What a difference! These photos show a kitchen before and after a remodel by Prull Custom Builders

in charge of the appliance sales. “We carry most brands. We have Sub Zero, Wolf, Miele, Thermador, Bosch, Aga,

Gaggenau, GE Profile, Kitchen Aid,” Mike Vander Ham said. “We also have a $299 dishwasher. It’s top to bottom.

When the market went south, manufacturers basically let anyone sell whatever they wanted to. Exclusivity went out the window. “What’s popular in appliances? It’s across the board, although the high end doesn’t move like it once did, when people were building houses. But it does seem like there’s a little more energy lately.” Carr said the newest thing in countertops is quartz, although granite tops continue to be popular and the cost has come down a little because of sales volume. One of the handsome sights in the Sierra West showroom on St. Michael’s Drive is a bank of elegant bamboo cabinets. These, and recycled-material tops and countertops, are high on green value, but are they selling? “People walk in the door thinking they want to do green and they walk out thinking it’s too expensive,” Carr said. “It’s unfortunate. Many of these are so labor-intensive to produce.” Vander Ham agreed. “Somehow it has to be more affordable.” Regarding trends, his wife commented that there has been “a significant increase” of people focusing on remodeling their bathrooms in the past couple of years. They’re most often doing it for themselves, for quality of life, as opposed to a neaten-up to help sell the house. “Kitchen remodels are up, too, but it’s still not at the peak we had between 2005 and 2007,” Wendy Vander Ham said. “It seems like things are stabilizing and volume is up. We’re getting more inquiries. People are letting their imaginations work, where they can see projects in the near future, which is exciting.”

PERMIT NUMBERS SHOW IMPROVEMENT According to one measurement, the level of buildingpermit activity in the city during the most recent fiscal year — July 1, 2011 to June 30, 2012 — was at 85 percent of the best year ever. Matthew O’Reilly, land use director for the City of Santa Fe, got into the numbers. First, the 2009-2010 fiscal year showed the lowest volume of permits in recent history. These are building permits in all categories: commercial, residential, electrical, plumbing, mechanical, and sewer. “In that year, the total permits were only 52 percent of our maximum year ever, 2005-2006,” he said. “The good news is that in 2010-2011, in terms of all permits, primary and secondary, we were up 23 percent from the previous year.” What’s the difference between primary and secondary? When somebody gets a primary permit to build a house, each of the subcontractors has to get a secondary permit for that particular trade. “If you forget those and only look at primary permits, we were up 43 percent. That’s a huge increase and we’re projecting about the same level this year. “Here’s what those numbers mean,” O’Reilly continued. “We were up 43 percent and that put us at a level that was 85 percent of our maximum year ever, so we’re only 15 percent off the best year.” However, the valuation of the typical permit (that is, the contractor’s stated construction cost) was down significantly. “That tells you these are not big permits; they’re a lot of smaller permits, maybe building a garage or remodeling a kitchen. If you just look at valuation, we were up 33 percent from our lowest year, 2009-2010, and we’re projecting that level again this year.”

O’Reilly came up with another set of figures, this time focusing on residential remodels during the last year. From April 17, 2010, to April 17, 2011, the city issued 227 permits for residential additions and 404 permits for residential remodels — the difference is that a remodel does not change the building footprint. For the period April 17, 2011, to April 17, 2012, the number of permits for additions went down 9 percent, to 208, from the previous year; and the number of permits issued for remodels went up 18 percent (478). (All these numbers, by the way, are for permits inside the “presumptive city limits,” which includes thousands of acres targeted for annexation into the city.) O’Reilly emphasized that trying to get an accurate track of remodel activity by looking at permits is not a perfect method. “If someone switches out appliances or cabinets or countertops, we generally don’t require permits because there may not be any structural work and in those cases we have no way of knowing about them,” he said. “If someone put in a new sink, granite countertops, new cabinets, and repaints, we probably wouldn’t ask for a permit but that can be a substantial amount of work. “This is people sprucing up the place because they can’t sell and they’re going to stay, or they’re sprucing it up because they think it will help them sell the house. “So the bottom line is that we are seeing activity. Either banks are loosening up or people are feeling more comfortable about spending some money on their real estate. Does it portend something else about a huge recovery? No one can say that.”





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