Eldorado in Santa Fe, New Mexico, is home to some of the most sought-after real estate properties in the county. My name is Lisa Smith and I am a long-time resident and a realtor in this community. I specialize in listing and selling Eldorado area properties. It is truly a unique community which offers something for everyone: hiking trails, biking, swimming, tennis, basketball, stables, soccer fields, dog park, children’s parks, a 4,000 acre nature preserve and more.
It’s just 20 minutes to the heart of Santa Fe and the art, culture and history our beautiful city offers as well as excellent year-round climate, gorgeous views, clean air and a variety of recreational activities.
There are 2,670 homes on 8,000 acres with about 6,000 residents. Singles, families, artists, couples, sports enthusiasts, writers, historians—you won’t meet a boring person, believe me! Residents have moved here to enjoy the peaceful atmosphere of Santa Fe or just enjoy the beauty and expansive views of Eldorado.
The homes are primarily Pueblo Revival Style with a few Northern New Mexico (pitched metal roof) style mixed in.
The Agora shopping center in Eldorado has restaurants, vet services, hair salon, shops and mail services as well as a beautifully landscaped courtyard. La Tienda across Avenida Vista Grande has tap room, more restaurants, hardware store and boutique shopping.
Dues are an extremely low $525 a year because Santa Fe County maintains the roads. Eldorado also has the top ranked Volunteer Fire Department in New Mexico.
We would not live anywhere else! Please let me know if you have any questions regarding this wonderful community or the real estate properties available in Eldorado.
Do you want to experience December differently this year? Then plan a visit to The City Different. Santa Fe never looked prettier dressed in all her holiday color and lights! Add to that a town nestled in historic traditions, then throw in some snow, mix in a bit of annual celebration and voila! You have the perfect Santa Fe winter holiday getaway! It’s our good fortune to have a myriad of festive events that spotlight a different kind holiday season. Bright blue skies with crisp frosty air and ski ready landscape? Got it. World-renowned regional cuisine? Always. Holiday music and performing arts? Hello! We’ve got it all. Here are a few of the top December events taking place in The City Different.
Christmas at the Palace
Did you know Santa Fe has its own Palace? The Palace of the Governors that is, which distinguishes Santa Fe with the oldest continuously operating government building in the United States. On December 7, 2018, the annual celebration, Christmas at the Palace, takes place in the magical setting of this venerable historic compound on the Santa Fe Plaza from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m.
The Palace welcomes revelers to an old-fashioned holiday party that honors the holiday traditions of the Pueblo people and the Spanish settlers. Settle in with a cup of hot cider for the music and merriment of the evening. The History Museum and Palace will close at 3 p.m. to prepare for this event. Enter through the Palace at 105 W. Palace Ave. The History Museum will remain closed during the event.
Hosted by the New Mexico History Museum, Las Posadas is a re-enactment of the legendary journey of two exhausted travelers on their way to Bethlehem. Visitors are invited to join the candle-lit procession following the young couple around the Plaza as they seek shelter for the night. At the conclusion, everyone comes together at the Palace of the Governors for cookies and cider before heading back to their own beds for the night. Don’t forget to wear warm clothing! This time honored event takes place on December 9, 2018 at 5:30 pm.
Santa Fe Artists in Residence
All winter long, artists create their masterpieces in our hotels and galleries. Get a first-hand look at their creative process and be sure to take a piece home with you!
Light up your holiday season with GLOW – Cosmic Nights! This annual event features thousands of twinkle lights and beautiful large scale light installations all aglow throughout the Santa Fe Botanical Garden. Enjoy live music, festive beverages, and meet Santa with the kiddos (12 and under get in free!). GLOW opens on December 14 and runs through December 31, 2018.
Santa Fe Winter Indian Market
Do your holiday shopping with native artists, in a festive environment at a downtown Santa Fe landmark. The SWAIA Winter Indian Market is an annual holiday art show that will be held on December 15, 2018 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and December 16, 2018 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at La Fonda on the Plaza hotel. This year the Winter Indian Market includes 150 Native artists selling jewelry, pottery, paintings, weavings and much more; a fabulous silent auction; live music and dance round out the festivities.
Desert Chorale Winter Festival
The renowned choir presents a series of concerts, including carols and lullabies from South and Central America. Concerts take place December 15 – 23, 2018 at the United Church of Los Alamos, Immanuel Presbyterian Church of Albuquerque, Cristo Rey church, and the Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi.
A Baroque Christmas
For over 30 years Santa Fe Pro Musica has performed “A Baroque Christmas” which is a Santa Fe favorite during the holidays. The Santa Fe tradition returns to the beautiful Loretto Chapel and will have performances from December 19 through December 24, 2018. Clara Rottsolk, soprano and Deborah Domanski, mezzo-soprano will be the featured vocalists.
Canyon Road Farolito Walk
One of Santa Fe’s most beloved December events, the Canyon Road Farolito Walk, lights up the hearts and souls of thousands who stroll the iconic road on Christmas Eve. While touring Christmas lights is a tradition everywhere, the experience is totally unique in Santa Fe. After all, how many towns commit hours of preparation to creating an awe-inspiring display for just one night? The annual walk leads you from the Santa Fe Plaza to the surrounding historic neighborhoods. This night is a truly magical and breathtaking experience you do not want to miss. The event takes place on December 24, 2018.
Christmas Eve at Picuris Pueblo
Embrace the region’s rich Native American culture at sundown on Christmas Eve with a torchlight Procession of the Virgin at Picuris. Learn more about the holiday season events at the Northern New Mexico Pueblos here.
New Year’s Eve on the Plaza
Santa Fe is set to ring in the new year on the Santa Fe Plaza! There will be live entertainment, and a digital media display will countdown to 2019. The Kiwanis Club of Santa Fe will provide hot chocolate and biscochitos, along with a memorial banner for all to write down their hopes and dreams for a Prospero Año Nuevo. Check out New Year’s Eve for more information.
Discover a December different when you spend the holidays in Santa Fe—they are truly filled with magic and good cheer here. Bring a friend or family, or just give yourself the unique gift of a Santa Fe holiday that’ll be a heartfelt memory. Make your December getaway even more special by checking out our Deals and Specials.
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Entrepreneur Allan Affeldt, who acquired the La Castañeda hotel in Las Vegas, N.M., last year, has taken on another Northern New Mexico restoration project, this one in Lamy.
Affeldt, through a nonprofit he created in Arizona, acquired the historic Legal Tender restaurant and saloon building from the Lamy Railroad & History Museum, he confirmed Friday. The museum itself, located in the same building, and a Pullman dining car across the street were part of the transaction.
“There is no bar like that in Santa Fe or Lamy,” Affeldt said. “It could be a really nice attraction.” No money changed hands in the deal.
The transaction, which closed July 13, simply involved the Lamy museum board dissolving and transferring its assets to Affeldt’s nonprofit Winslow Arts Trust, he said.
The Legal Tender, built in 1881, was placed on the National Register of Historic Places and donated to the nonprofit railroad museum in 2006, according to the museum’s website. A distinguishing feature is an oaken bar imported from Germany and installed in 1884, according to the site.
The property, renamed the Legal Tender in 1970, was a nightspot popular with servicemen in transit along the Atchison, Topeka and Sante Fe Railway during World War II. It was called the Pink Garter in those days, according to Affeldt and museum officials. Sam Latkin, treasurer of the Lamy museum, said Affeldt’s acquisition of the property signals a new, potentially successful chapter in its history. The restaurant and saloon, and the dining car that housed a cafe, went through a series of contracted operators before closing about two years ago.
The museum board had contacted Affeldt about taking over the property, Latkin said. He called the deal “a miracle.”“We found somebody that is really good at preserving history and buildings and things,” Latkin said. “He knows how to do it, and he’s capable.”
Michael Gintert, who operated a cafe in the Pullman dining car for five years, also said he was pleased with the deal.“We’re all excited,” Gintert said. “Now that Allan is taking over, he’s coming in with a lot more resources and has plans for it.”
A complaint to the New Mexico Attorney General’s Office alleging artworks and antiques have gone missing at the Lamy museum is still pending, an agency spokesman said Friday. Latkin said the claim, filed in January 2017 by Tom Hyland of Lamy, is without merit.
Prior to acquiring the hotel in Las Vegas, Affeldt had restored La Posada in Winslow, Ariz., an 80,000-square-foot historic hotel. Built in the 1930s, La Posada today is a favorite subject for travel writers and has been featured in Sunset magazine and the New York Times.
Both properties were part of the Fred Harvey Co. chain, which operated hotels along the Santa Fe Railway. La Posada, like La Fonda on the Plaza in Santa Fe, also a former Harvey House, was designed by Harvey architect Mary Colter.
The $5 million renovation of La Castañeda is ahead of schedule, Affeldt said. One wing may open in October and the remainder of the hotel in summer 2019.Another Harvey hotel, El Ortiz, once stood in Lamy.
Affeldt hopes to revive interest in the Legal Tender with the owner of the Santa Fe Southern Railway, which operated a tourist excursion line between Santa Fe and Lamy until 2013.
Santa Fe Southern owner Karl Ziebarth of Dallas could not be reached Friday afternoon for comment on whether the railroad would restore the excursion service.
The bar and restaurant used to benefit from the railway tourist traffic, Latkin said. “At different times, they used to bring people out for lunch and sometimes for dinner,” he said. “We’re not associated [with the railroad], but we sometimes worked together.”
In the meantime, Affeldt is soliciting offers from prospective restaurateurs interested in running the bar and restaurant, he said. The kitchen and dining room are in good shape, he added, and there is a card room, too.
“The building is in pretty good condition,” Affeldt said. “The saloon is the most beautiful in all of New Mexico.”