Santa Fe’s neighborhoods are as unique and distinct as the city itself. Branching out from the original city center, which was founded as the capital of New Spain in the early 1500s, the city offers a variety of charming neighborhoods, each with its own personality and style.
Whether you’re interested in walking to restaurants, shops, galleries and museums or looking out your windows or patio to sunrise or sunset mountain views, there’s a neighborhood for you.
Santa Fe’s Eastside, adjacent to downtown and the Plaza, is the heart of Santa Fe’s historic area filled with adobe homes dating back to the early 20th and 19th century. Homes are nestled together and often behind romantic garden walls. The Eastside is a walker’s paradise with the Santa Fe river flowing through it and adjacent trails into the foothills. Legendary Canyon Road is in the heart of the Eastside filled with some of the city’s best art galleries, shops and restaurant.
South Capitol, aptly named because it’s directly south of Santa Fe’s stunning “Roundhouse” capitol, is a true neighborhood filled with early 20th century homes. Architectural styles range from the traditional Santa Fe Pueblo Revival and Territorial styles to Victorian. South Capitol is adjacent to downtown shopping, restaurants, museums and and galleries. It also flows into the fun-and-funky Guadalupe and Railyard shopping and entertainment districts. Like the Eastside, South Capitol is a walker’s paradise.
Directly north of downtown is the North Hills area traveling east up towards the Santa Fe ski basin and National Forest. North Hills features a variety of upscale neighborhoods with breathtaking views of the city and the Sangre De Cristo and Jemez mountain ranges. It’s highly coveted because of its views and proximity to downtown.
Santa Fe’s Northwest neighborhood is home to everything from estates to close-in condominium communities. The Old Taos Highway and Bishops Lodge Road are the spines of the Northwest area which travels out further to the enchanting village of Tesuque. Like its North Hills neighbor, Northwest offers stunning views of the Sangre de Cristo mountains to the east and Jemez to the west. Take your pick of beautiful sunrise or sunset views – or, if you’re really lucky, both. Communities include the Villas of Bishop’s Lodge and Monte Sereno.
Santa Fe’s most exclusive master-planned community, Las Campanas sits on a high mesa northwest of the city but is still an easy commute. Homes typically site on one-plus acre sites. The Club at Las Campanas features world-class golfing, tennis, dining and equestrian facilities.
A master-planned community just a short drive south of Santa Fe, Eldorado offers homeowners acreage, beautiful mountain views, walking and equestrian trails. Homes dot the wild New Mexico landscape but there’s also a convenient shopping center with a grocery stores, shops and restaurants. The community also has a gym, tennis courts and an indoor pool.
Traveling out from the Plaza area along the Old Pecos Trail and the Old Santa Fe trail, Santa Fe’s Southeast area features a variety of lovely neighborhoods abutting the Sangre de Cristo foothills. The close-in Southeast area features Museum Hill home to the Museum of Indian Arts & Culture and the Museum of International Folk art. The prestigious liberal arts college St. Johns, is also nearby. Just a bit further out you’ll find the master-planned community, Quail Run, home to townhomes and freestanding homes with a golf course, tennis courts, gym and restaurant. Santa Fe’s Southeast offers the perfect blend of just a bit of separation from the hustle and bustle of downtown but it’s also just a five-to-ten minute drive to town.
The Southwest area features homes and developments at more affordable price points than much of the rest of Santa Fe with beautiful views of the Ortiz and Jemez mountain ranges. The Southwest area is home to Santa Fe’s two hospitals, Presbyterian and CHRISTUS/St. Vincents and the Santa Fe Community College. Adjacent to the Southwest neighborhoods is the master-planned community of Rancho Viejo. Rancho Viejo offers townhomes and freestanding homes nestled among beautiful open spaces and walking trails with gorgeous views of the Jemez and Ortiz mountains.