Downtown Santa Fe for 205K!

Downtown Santa Fe for 205K!

Lovely El Matador Condo

Lovely El Matador Condo

Delightful and charming downtown Santa Fe, NM condo in El Matador. Great investment property with easy rental potential. Ground level steps from covered parking with two enclosed extra storage closets just for this unit. Plaster walls, nichos, new range, microwave and refrigerator. New countertops in kitchen and bath. New bath vanity. Large covered front portal with multiple seating areas and a new sun shade. BRAND NEW stack washer and dryer. Gorgeous courtyards and common areas. HOA covers roof, stucco, furnace and snow removal. Gated community. Minutes to the Santa Fe Plaza, shops and dining.

 

 

 

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Santa Fe Wins a National Geographic Award

Santa Fe Wins a National Geographic Award

Santa Fe is getting recognized by a company that knows a pretty city when it sees one. National Geographic crowned Santa Fe a World Legacy Awards winner.

Santa Fe won the Sense of Place category. That category measured authenticity, support to protect historical monuments, archaeological sites and maintaining other culture and tradition. Santa Fe beat out Awamaki, Peru and Adventure Canada, Canada for this category.

“National Geographic stands for exploration, conservation and stellar storytelling. World Legacy Awards celebrate the people, places and experiences that exemplify our mission in the global travel industry,” said National Geographic Travel editor-in-chief George Stone in a statement.

Stone said the recipients represented the future of travel and are leaders in sustainability.

Tourism of Santa Fe Executive Director Randy Randall said, “ This is an incredible international honor for Santa Fe to be singled out as number one in ‘Sense of Place.’ It is a testament to what makes Santa Fe so special and truly The City Different.”

The awards aim to highlight sustainable and global tourism around the world. The awards are presented by National Geographic and ITB Berlin. There were more than 100 entries from 45 countries across six continents. The 15 finalists were evaluated by 26 judges and underwent an onsite inspection. The awards come as the United Nations declared 2017 “The International Year of Sustainable Tourism Development.”

“Our cultural diversity, our careful preservation of history and our authentic offerings have allowed us to be recognized on a world stage as the only recipient from the United States in this years National Geographic Legacy Awards,” said Randall.

This isn’t the first time Santa Fe has been recognized by National Geographic. It has been named on the Best Adventure Towns and of The Best High Altitude Cities.

In the most recent report done by the New Mexico Tourism Department, direct visitor spending in 2014 saw an all-time high at $6.08 billion.

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11 Best Day Trips in New Mexico

11 Best Day Trips in New Mexico

The 11 Very Best Day Trips You Can Possibly Take In New Mexico

Due to New Mexico’s size, it’s challenging to leave the state for a day trip, unless you live next to the border. But that’s okay. There are plenty of amazing destinations just waiting to be discovered in the Land of Enchantment. To get you started, we’ve compiled a list of some of the best day trips you can take in New Mexico.

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Construction Industry Booms in New Mexico

Construction industry booms in N.M.

With work underway on a Facebook data center in Los Lunas, a major rapid transit project in Albuquerque and hospitals and roads in Santa Fe, New Mexico’s construction industry is off to one of its best starts in years.

The number of construction jobs statewide in March hit 46,000 — the highest since the middle of 2009. The jump from February employment represents an increase of 3.4 percent, the best gain in the United States, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

That’s nowhere near the peak for the state, which saw 60,000 industry jobs just before the recession in 2007-08, but March numbers are higher than the past few summers and the best in 90 months.

With the state budget facing spending cuts, it’s too early to tell whether the trend will be enough to offset shortfalls in areas such as retail or manufacturing, but preliminary data show construction is helping the city of Santa Fe’s bottom line. Construction-related payments from the gross receipts tax are up 11 percent in fiscal year 2017 compared with the same period in 2016 — that’s a boost of $780,000.

In the village of Los Lunas, construction is well underway on the new data storage center for Facebook. The work so far is dirt moving, trenching and utility extensions, but this summer the first building of a million square feet will start to take shape, said Ralph Mims, director of economic development for the village.

Over the next several years, the site will see anywhere from 200 to 1,000 construction workers a day. “If they go ahead and do all six buildings, we’re looking at nine years of construction,” Mims said.

In Santa Fe, the city is seeing ongoing work at the new Presbyterian Healthcare medical center in Las Soleras near Interstate 25 and Cerrillos Road, as well as an expansion of Christus St.Vincent Regional Medical Center on St. Michael’s Drive.

Both sites have large cranes, something not seen in Santa Fe since completion of the New Mexico Rail Runner tunnel at St. Francis Drive.

Another high-profile project is a retirement center north of N.M. 599 at the intersection of Avenida Aldea and Camino Botanica. Houston-based PinPoint Commercial is building The Legacy at Santa Fe with a total of 84 units offering a mix of limited assistance, traditional assisted living and memory care

The facility also will house a restaurant, a movie theater, a general store, a gym and a library. The company has other facilities in Texas, Florida and Georgia.

Another retirement complex along Caja del Rio Road in the unincorporated area was set to break ground this spring. The Place at Caja del Rio has been given full development approval by county commissioners with plans to complete it in phases over five years.

The initial phase will open in 2021 and, when completed, will have 180 units for independent living, 200 for assisted living, 120 skilled nursing beds and 80 units for memory care, according to information on file with Santa Fe County. The project is being developed by Cauwels & Stuve Construction of Albuquerque.

Closer to downtown, Vital Consulting Group is installing concrete beams and approach slabs across St. Francis Drive for the new underpass of the city’s Acequia Trail. The entire project is expected to be complete by the end of September and has its own Facebook page — AcequiaTrailUnderpass.

The city also has started work replacing the narrow DeFouri Street bridge over the Santa Fe River. The $500,000 project will replace the span between West Alameda and Alto streets that was built in the late 1930s and reconstructed in 1959.

That work continues through the summer and will require some traffic detours around the work zone just west of downtown.

Homebuilding is also picking up in Santa Fe, said Kim Shanahan of the Santa Fe Area Home Builders Association. He said a project by the Pulte Group in Las Soleras is advancing quickly and will eventually have 300 homes. Pulte also recently purchased a tract of land for higher-end, single-family homes in Las Campanas, according to Shanahan.

Twilight Homes and Palo Duro are building new homes in Cielo Azul off Aga Fría Street near South Meadows Road. Also on the south side, the Santa Fe Housing Trust and Homewise have more affordable projects moving forward.

“We signed up 15 homes yesterday for the Parade of Homes,” Shanahan said of the annual new-home tour in which builders highlight their inventory. He expects if building continues at the current pace, the home tour will be bigger than last year.

In Albuquerque, the city’s newest hotel opens next week in Old Town. The Hotel Chaco by Heritage Hotels is 118 rooms and five stories with a price tag of $40 million.

Albuquerque is also in the middle of a bus and mass transit redevelopment project along Central Avenue known as ART — Albuquerque Rapid Transit. The $120 million project, a headache for drivers and businesses, will include new buses, but construction spending alone is $86 million, said Joanie Griffin, project spokeswoman.

“At any given time, there are 350 workers” on the project, she said. Many live in Albuquerque and can now work without having to travel, she added.

“Everything is local except for the buses. Obviously, we don’t have bus manufacturers here.”

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Best Sunset Views in Santa Fe

Best Sunset Views in Santa Fe

Best Sunset Views in Santa Fe

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Cross of the Martyrs

Cross of the Martyrs

The 25-foot-tall reinforced concrete cross sits on top of Paseo de la Loma Hill in Fort Marcy Park and commemorates the 21 Franciscan priests and many more Spanish colonists who died during the Pueblo revolt of 1680. Easily accessible via a gently sloping staircase that starts on the eastern corner of Paseo de Peralta, the summit provides both a close-up of the adobe walls and giant cottonwood trees of downtown Santa Fe and giant vistas of the Jemez Mountains in the west beyond.

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Santa Fe Scenic Overlook

Santa Fe Scenic Overlook

Start out a half-hour before sunset to give yourself time to drive the 18 miles up windy New Mexico 475 from Santa Fe through the towering Ponderosa Pines of Hyde State Park. The whole way up you’ll have ever-shifting views of the Sangre de Cristos ahead and the Jemez Mountains. At the Overlook, a parking area with a fence between the cars and a steep abyss a half-mile before you hit Ski Santa Fe, pull off to enjoy the massive western panorama.

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Rooftop Pizzeria

Rooftop Pizzeria

On the top floor of the Santa Fe Arcade, Rooftop Pizzeria has a height advantage over other outdoor restaurants. Ask to be seated along the west-facing bar on the patio and you’ll have unhindered sunset views to the Jemez Mountains. Order the Number Four pizza (smoked duck, green pepper corns, spinach, basil, roast garlic, and four cheeses) on a blue corn artisan crust and a bottle of rosé.

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Picacho Peak

Picacho Peak

Not many cities have an 8,577-foot peak out the back door. Don’t let the hour-long climb to the summit of Picacho deter you. This two-mile (one way) hike on a well-maintained trail is a fast track to joy—at the top, take your pick of two views: One overlooking the city, the desert, and Albuquerque’s Sandia Peak in the far off distance, the other overlooking the Jemez to the west and the forest-green, rolling carpet of the Sangre de Cristos to the northeast.

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Atalaya Trail

Atalaya Trail

More popular than Picacho, Atalaya starts behind St. John’s College and is a straight 3.0-mile shot up to the 8,800-foot summit. It’s a lot of vertical—1,800 feet— in a short spurt, but the payoff is nice. On the top you’ll find a few slabs of west-facing rock—the ultimate place to watch the sun go down over Santa Fe.

Below is the link to the complete Travel + Leisure story about Santa Fe.

http://www.travelandleisure.com/local-experts/santa-fe/best-sunset-views-santa-fe


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Plan would lift restrictions but requires all units to pay taxes

Posted: Tuesday, March 22, 2016 10:30 pm | Updated: 10:57 pm, Tue Mar 22, 2016.
Original posted by Santa Fe New Mexican

The city of Santa Fe is moving forward with a plan to lift many of the restrictions on short-term rental units, but stops short of removing the cap on the total number of rentals allowed citywide.

Members of the Lodgers Tax Advisory Board approved a plan Tuesday to more than double the number of short-term rental permits from about 400 to 1,000. It goes next week to the city Public Works Committee, and will be reviewed by two other panels before consideration, then a public hearing by the Santa Fe City Council on April 27.

The new law would set an initial number of permits at 1,000 and allow all unlicensed units to come under the new law within 90 days.

If an owner is unlicensed after that, the city would impose a fine of $500. If the violation continued for another 14 days, the fine could be continued at $250 a day or the unit could be shut down.

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