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Collaborative Art Santa Fe, Pt. I

Michael Rohner/Gwen A.P.: Collaboration in Process

Collaborative Art: What springs to mind?  The Dadaists of Cabaret Voltaire? Andy Warhol’s Factory? Jeff Koon’s Studio? (or any number of less famous examples.) I’m used to the idea of collaboration in the workplace, or in improvisational theater, where good work can become great work when spontaneous sharing reigns and egos take a back seat. But co-production of an art piece opens the door to a crowd of questions: Who owns the work? Who’s the author (of particular concern where one talent has the idea which another talent executes)? Where is the work made?  Your place or mine?  Same time or consecutively?

Mark Dunhill and Tamiko O’Brien reflect thoughtfully on issues central to the process of artistic collaboration in their blog Collaborative Arts: Conversations on Collaborative Arts Practise  And truly, there are no static, definitive answers. There is, however, rich potential.  Two outstanding local examples are Meow Wolf’s Due Return, showing through August 21st at the CCA and Interference: an interactive video environment created by Brian Bixby, Charles Buckingham and Mike Root, featured at Currents 2011 in June. Watch for reviews of both productions in upcoming posts.

Bonnaroo Tree, Michael Rohner/Gwen A.P., On Site Collaboration

This weekend, delight yourself with a first hand look at spontaneous co-creation at the 39th Annual Girl’s Inc. Arts and Crafts Show on The Plaza. Look for Booth G-18, near the intersection of Old Santa Fe Trail and San Francisco. Santa Fe Emerging Artist, Mike Rohner will be painting with Gwen AP, of Pittsburg PA. The pair met in Tennessee, at the Bonnaroo music festival. “Our artistic vibes clicked,” says Michael,”and we began immediately collaborating on paintings, taking turns working at the canvas in front of the main stage and thousands of music fans.” After each went home, they started a long-distance venture, where one of them would begin painting a canvas and the other would finish it up. To the right is a sample of what happened in Tennessee, since sold. Below are the fruits of the pair’s long-distance efforts. You’ll have your chance to pick up a Santa Fe spawned collaboration tomorrow and meet the gracious and ever-amiable Rohner in the bargain.

Calvin Tree, Michael Rohner/Gwen A.P., via long distance collaboration

Living Santa Fe: The WSJ’s Take on Santa Fe & Taos

by Alexandra Eldridge

I Long –Alexandra Eldridge

Reading an outsider’s take on a city I know well sets me a tad on the defensive, especially when that outsider hails from a large, sophisticated city. Will she  judge Santa Fe against the standards of a major urban center or burrow for context, measuring Santa Fe against itself and its aspirations? In her Wall Street Journal travel piece,  Take Monday Off: Santa Fe & Taos, author Kate Bolick shows a good understanding of Santa Fe’s perennial appeal: the pheromone cocktail of wide-open vistas, maverick charm, and the promise of personal reinvention.

Her eclectic roster of picks range from the pricey but sense-dazzling Inn of the Five Graces to the down-home NM diner, The Pantry. I favor Andiamo over La Boca and haul more out-of-towner’s to The Museum of International Folk Art than to The Georgia O’Keeffee Museum, but that’s just a matter of taste– or a mark of the Western transplant’s assertion of independence that got me here in the first place.

Given one, tight longish weekend in Santa Fe, where would you go?  What’s your must-do cultural experience?  Must eat food?  Canyon Road, The Plaza or The Railyard? Green, Red or Christmas. I’d love to hear your thoughts.

**Image courtesy of Alexandra Eldridge.  Please visit: AlexandraEldridge.com

The Water is Fine: Prime Soaks in and around Santa Fe

Santa Fe’s the #2 Relaxation & Spa destination in the US, according to TripAdvisor’s annual Travelers’ Choice Awards 2010 poll. Indeed, the City Different abounds with excellent avenues for shedding stress, from recreational to therapeutic. One of our favorite ways to decompress and counterbalance the effects of  dry desert air is through warm water soaks.  Ten Thousand Waves, tuned to fine perfection over its 30 years of operation, is an exquisite escape just ten minutes from The Plaza. We love the super-premium private tubs, Ichiban and New Ofuro. Each offers low key luxury in a distinctive setting plus longer soaking times for an exceptional spa experience.  But The Waves’ carefully crafted and beautifully tended atmosphere ensures a quality experience for all visitors.  The Communal Tub is a comparative bargain at under $19.00 for unlimited soaking. Note that clothing is optional before 8:15 pm; the clothing-optional Women’s Tub is available daily until 8:15 pm.

About an hour north of Santa Fe, the Mineral Springs Resort and Spa of Ojo Caliente provides a disarming cocktail of physical removal, rustic charm and relaxing, hot mineral baths. We spent a voluptuous 4 hours there a few Sundays ago, breaking up our drive with a lunch of green chile lamb enchiladas at Angelina’s in Española. This local institution is relaxed, reasonably-priced, tasty and well worth a detour. Tel: 505. 753.8543 For a loving, yet accurate review of Angelina’s restaurant, check out Gil’s Thrilling (And Filling) Blogpost.

Read What to Know Before You Go on Ojo’s website for the full low-down on pricing and what to bring. During late Fall and Winter, we recommend taking along two extra towels (one is included with admission) and either a warm robe or sweater for cold weather transit between the pools. Although lockers are available (bring your own lock), they are small. You may want a pack or bag to carry personal items around the grounds.

There are seven public pools: the iron, arsenic, two iron-arsenic combos and soda are open year ’round; the mud pool and large pool are seasonal. At this writing, the entry fee is $24/person. A few private tubs are available for $40/hour–each with a kiva fireplace that can be lit for an additional $10. With a one hour private tub rental, the admission fee is required. Rent a tub for two hours (actual tub time = one hour & 50 minutes), and admission is included: the bargain we chose.

Ojo lacks the polish of Ten Thousand Waves.  The floor of the coed steam room was gritty and cold air blasted away the sauna’s heat every time the door–unfortunately situated directly opposite the building’s exterior door–was opened. Circulating “Shushers” with paddles admonishing clients to whisper were well-meaning, but made us all feel a bit like misbehaving kids. But as the friendly and helpful front desk staff asserted, “the owners are always looking for ways to make the place better” and it shows.  After an hour in the tub, watching the erratic tracings of geese cross the brilliant New Mexico sky, I got where I wanted to go: empty in mind, full in spirit.

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UPDATE:

Vote for your favorites at Spa Magazine’s Fifth Annual Silver Sage Reader’s Choice Awards. Voting ends on June 29th, 2011, so act soon.

This Week on Santa Fe’s Creative Scene–8/13/10

I’m the luckiest kid, I get to do what I love to do everyday. – Phillip

Phillip’s been counting: Ten days, four days and now one. On Saturday, August 14th, Phillip Vigil will have the Opening at Shiprock Santa Fe that he, and we, have been looking forward to since he was invited to join the gallery last October. We met once emerging artist Phillip in the Spring of ’09, when he reached out to us (and a thousand others) via Facebook.  We gave him space in several of the Changing Gallery group shows, (described in the posts Sights and Sounds and See and Be Scene) because we were impressed by his knowledge of art history, his huge curiosity and his hunger to grow. We also got to know his generosity of heart–a generosity in evidence when he suggested I use a piece by Matthew Chase-Daniel as the visual for the blogpost. “Matthew Chase-Daniel is Amazing!” he wrote. And a few minutes later, “Use the profile photo!”

Matthew Chase-Daniel’s photo-assemblage portraits “[draw] on the traditions of photography, painting and cinematography to capture the dynamic activity [of seeing.]”

“I do not photograph only one moment in time, but rather a group of moments, selecting the most essential details of a place.”

In the photo to the left, he effectively captures a fleeting bit of Phillip: the focus, the intensity, the polygamy of culture, color, medium and technique. We know who and what we know in the aggregate of our acquaintance, as a moving point of moments, experiences, pictures. As artists do, Chase-Daniel helps us to see what we fail to notice.

Shiprock Gallery is located on the Plaza, at 53 Old Santa Fe Trail, 2nd floor,  in downtown Santa Fe, New Mexico. Tel: 982.8478 The opening for Phillip’s Exhibition will run from 6:00-8:30, Saturday, August 14th.

Malissa Kullberg and Joshua Maes, AKA Changing Gallery, use their real estate listings, where appropriate, to showcase the work of emerging and independent artists. Check out our website at SantaFeRealEstateDowntown.com

Party on the Plaza: Southwest Roots Music at the Santa Fe Bandstand

Here’s something I love about my business.

In the course of checking out a house for a client, our paths intersected with Mike Koster, a Director of Southwest Roots Music (SWRM) and the founder and sustaining force behind the Thirsty Ear Festival. Most of us know them as the folks who’ve brought New Mexico the likes of Dr. John, Bo Diddley, Taj Mahal, The Wailers, and Odetta. But Southwest Roots Music is more than just a concert promoter. It’s a nonprofit 501c3 organization “dedicated to increasing awareness of New Mexico as a center for music, to promoting traditional music through educational programs and live performances by local and internationally renowned artists, and to helping strengthen New Mexico’s arts economy.” Click the links to read more on these worthy folks who add dimension to our musical scene.

Tomorrow night, August 3rd, I’m heading downtown for Southwest Roots Music night, featuring Boris and The Saltlicks followed by Po’ Girl.  Mike thought I might like Po’ Girl since I am a fan of Canadian Folk Duo The Be Good Tanyas. We’ll grab a loaf of Clafouti bread, some cheese and salad and make it an evening picnic.

Two years ago, I viewed the Santa Fe Bandstand as a hokey reminder that Santa Fe is, indeed, a small town.  But the city responded to complaints about quality and upped the caliber of featured acts. Right about then was the first year Southwest Roots Music got involved, along with the admirable not-for-profit Outside In Productions (Take a moment; click the link, and READ about their powerful mission.) The changes were so successful, 2010 readers of the Santa Fe Reporter awarded the Plaza Best Outdoor Public Space and the Bandstand concerts Best Community Event or Festival. No polls are perfect, but  Best of Santa Fe 2010 offers a pretty good insight into the tastes of Santa Fe denizens. Scan the calendar for upcoming events and take advantage of just one more offering that makes the City Different a remarkable place to call home.

As for Southwest Roots Music, they’re taking a couple of months off–for the first time in eleven years, but count on Mike to be back in the saddle by winter, bringing us fresh encounters with traditional music.

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For honest, fly-on-the-wall insight on the Santa Fe Art Scene, read Patricia Sauthoff’s piece, Seen in Santa Fe’s Scene: A Critical Look posted on the End of Being’s website.

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Mike Rohner wrote in to let us know he’d have a booth (#121) at the Girls Inc. Arts and Crafts Show on the plaza this weekend with new work.  Mike will be sharing space “with the talented brothers Gino and Viento Natchez” whose work can be seen at Four Winds Gallery. Swing by and support independent and emerging talents.


Green Links for Santa Fe Homeowners

Unsure what makes a home Green?  Befuddled by Green terminology? Concerned about the EPA’s Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule? Or just want to know more about what makes Santa Fe a leader on the Green living front?

Following is a “nothing but the facts” post on matters Green: an aggregation of links to sites that clearly and helpfully explain much of what you’d want to know about buying, building and maintaining an environmentally sensitive home. This list is just a start. I plan to add more links as I uncover new info. If I missed an issue of interest or relevant resource, please let me know.

GREENSPEAK

Find the basics in green terms and jargon at Green Living Tips: a website providing earth-friendly advice for going green. Check out some more arcane words and ideas in Wired Magazine’s Jargon Watch

LEED certification, ENERGY STAR rating and the HERS index. … Each of these terms refers to a type of recognition for homes that are energy efficient. LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is a third party certification program of the US Green Building Council (USGBC). LEED applies to both new construction and major renovations and is the most coveted of the three.

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GREEN BUILDERS

Build Green New Mexico, Products & Suppliers Build Green is a site put together by the Home Builders Association of Central New Mexico to promote and facilitate sustainable construction.

The local chapter of the Green Building Council, “a 501(c)(3) non-profit community of leaders working to make green buildings available to everyone within a generation” is an outstanding resource for environmental responsible education and outreach.  The Council sponsors an annual Green Building Summit –an 3 day event not-to-be-missed.

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ENVIRONMENTAL AND HOME SAFETY

EPA Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule In the works since 2008, the rule went into effect on Earth Day, April 22, 2010. According to the EPA website,

“If you are a homeowner performing renovation, repair, or painting work in your own home, EPA’s RRP rule does not cover your project. However, you have the ultimate responsibility for the safety of your family or children in your care. If you are living in a pre-1978 home and planning to do painting or repairs, please read a copy of EPA’s Renovate Right: Important Lead Hazard Information for Families, Child Care Providers, and Schools (PDF) lead hazard information pamphlet (11 pp, 1.3MB). | en español (PDF) (20 pp, 3.2MB). You may also want to call the National Lead Information Center at 1-800-424-LEAD (5323) and ask for more information on how to work safely in a home with lead-based paint.”

Homeowners who are hiring contractors to perform repairs, renovations and painting work, should refer to the EPA website for complete details on the new rule. NAHB: What Remodelers Need to Know About the EPA’s Lead Paint Rule explains the basics.  National Center for Healthy Housing provides a wealth of information on maintaining a healthy home.

Property owners who renovate, repair, or prepare surfaces for painting in pre-1978 rental housing or space rented by child-care facilities must, before beginning work, provide tenants with a copy of EPA’s lead hazard information pamphlet Renovate Right: Important Lead Hazard Information for Families, Child Care Providers, and Schools (PDF) (11 pp, 1.1MB). en español (PDF) (20 pp, 3.2MB). Owners of these rental properties must document compliance with this requirement; EPA’s sample pre-renovation disclosure form (PDF) (1 pp, 53K) may be used for this purpose.

READ NAR’S COMMENT LETTER ON THE EPA’S PROPOSED CHANGES TO THE LEAD BASED PAINT REGULATORY PROGRAM

***UPDATE: EPA DELAYS LEAD PAINT CERTIFICATION RULE

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SANTA FE: RESOURCES, INITIATIVES AND ACCOLADES

Although the city of Santa Fe isn’t large enough to make SustainLane’s Top 50 sustainable cities in the US, it was a leader in the solar energy movement of the seventies and, thanks to aggressive ordinances and a public awareness campaign, has one of the lowest rates of per Capita water usage in the Southwest (Sangre de Cristo water co.) Santa Fe was also the first city to adopt Ed Mazria’s 2030 challenge. The Santa Fe Community Convention Center (downtown near the Plaza) itself received an admirable LEED Silver Certification.

Sustainable Santa Fe Plan

Santa Fe Living River Initiative

Energy Efficiency and Solar Equipment Initiatives

Sustainable Santa Fe Commission and Youth Advisory Board

Santa Fe Enacts Green Home Building Regulations A clear, lay-friendly presentation of the July 1, 2009 ordinance

Santa Fe’s Green Examples

Top 25 Cleanest U.S. Cities for Year-Round Particle Pollution

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FINANCING & MORTGAGES RESOURCES & INFO FOR GREEN BUILDS

Ask your preferred lender whether they offer an Energy Efficient Mortgage Local lenders reputed to offer special programs for energy efficient projects include:

Charter Bank, Albuquerque

EcoSmart at Los Alamos National Bank

New Mexico Bank & Trust, Santa Fe

For cautionary words on the subject, read RISMedia’s recent piece: Tight Credit Stymies Homeowners with Best Intentions to Build Green

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GREEN ON THE WEB
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For help finding green constructed and renovated properties, and full MLS access, please visit our website at SantaFeRealEstateDowntown.com

Earth Day in Santa Fe

Salvia, garden of Allison Rani Moore

For a sustainability-minded community like Santa Fe, Earth Day is more a power surge of ongoing efforts than a shallow and short-lived kumbaya with Mother Nature.  Santa Fe is a recognized leader in sustainability initiatives, an early adopter of  the 2030 Challenge by architect Ed Mazria. Check out the city’s Residential Green Building Code and the Sustainable Santa Fe Plan at the city’s website.

For fun and community profit, take part in one of the many of the Earth Day events happening throughout the weekend. Start off at Warehouse 21 from 7-10 PM tonight where Earth Care’s Youth Allies present an Art and Social Change Show.  On Saturday, head over to the Community Farm at San Isidro Crossing for two major events:  The Earth Day Celebration and Day of Service kicks off at 10 am with service projects followed by a community picnic, demonstrations, a seed giveaway from Seeds of Change, live music and more. Then, from 1-3 PM, Sustainable Santa Fe will be honoring local heros of sustainability and best practices at its annual awards ceremony.  Details at the Earth Care International website.

Also happening this weekend, from 10-4, Saturday and Sunday, April 24-25, in downtown Santa Fe at the Hilton near the Plaza, a free Sustainability E

Chokecherry in garden of Allison Rani Moore

xpo with Free Sustainability Workshops and presentations by local businesses and not-for-profits. Topics include:

* Drip Irrigation
* Composting
* Solar Ovens
* Tree Planting
* Solar PV Systems
* What’s in Your Water and How to Remove Contaminants
* Using Grey Water to Make Your Garden Grow

Find more information at the Facebook Fan Page for Sustainable Santa Fe hosted by Taylor Selby Selby himself will be at the Positive Energy Booth at the Expo on Sunday.

Gardeners shouldn’t miss the 6th Annual Garden Fair this Saturday, 10-4 at the Santa Fe County Fairgrounds, as mentioned in my previous post, Controlling Chaos. Savor Allison Moore’s luscious landscape designs at her website Spirit of the Garden.  Read up on Xeriscape Council of New Mexico and other local landcrafters and learn how lush and beautiful a low water landscape can be.

Finally, for a more expanded look at Santa Fe’s environmental scene, read Earth Day A-Z by Laura Paskus at the Santa Fe Reporter.

Buying Smart in Santa Fe Real Estate

Photo courtesy of Jonathan Tercero

“Will the Home Buyer Tax Credit be extended?”  Lately, we’re asked that question even more often than “How’s the Market?” Dr. Ted C. Jones, economist for Stewart Title, answers this with a firm and definitive “No.”  He also thinks interest rates are going up soon.  Jones should know.  Besides his considerable qualifications, he has lunch with Ben Bernanke every week.

Dr. Jones shared those predictions, and many other useful insights and tips, at last week’s economic and real estate forum bracingly entitled, “Adapt, Mutate, Migrate or Die.” His standout fact should serve as a call-to-action for both buyers and sellers: every 1 percent increase in interest rates is approximately equivalent to a 10 percent increase in price. With interest rates currently around 5%, buyers can buy more home and sellers can draw more buyers.  Sellers with no intention of buying another home may want to wait, as prices and sales volume are picking up, but sellers wanting another home should jump in and buy smart.  Even if they don’t reap maximum dollar on their current home, they stand to gain in a purchase. Jones’ blogpost, “Postponing a Home Purchase Waiting for Home Values to Decline Further May Price You Out of the Market” features an easy-to-follow table outlining the relationship between interest rates and buying power.

If you’re a buyer wanting to take advantage of the Home Buyer Tax Credit, it’s not too late.  8 Tips to Take Advantage of the Home Buyer Tax Credit Before Time Runs Out offers some smart guidelines for how to rapid-focus your efforts to put the right home under contract.

Since we tour dozens of homes each month, we’ve put together a short list of best buys in Santa Fe: homes that we think offer excellent value for the price.  This week’s pics include a gem in Las Campanas for less than $500K, a clean contemporary pueblo with views priced just under $295K, and a steal-of-a-deal custom home in the Hills and Villas at Bishop’s Lodge, minutes from The Plaza and downtown Santa Fe.

If you’re looking in a particular price point or neighborhood, challenge us to find you a winner.

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Top Seven Reasons Banks are Denying Home Loan Requests clarifies what to expect in the current lending climate, and introduces a little known alternative for securing loans: Private Lending.

Liquid Luxury = Solid Satisfaction at Downtown Santa Fe Chocolatier

Step through the doors of  Kakawa Chocolate House and the smell of chocolate is thick, voluptuous, almost musky.  The downtown shop is tiny–just one room with an alcove–but with a charm both potent and engaging.  A tiny kiva, Tibetan prayer flags and exhibits by local artists add color and warmth to the cosy rooms. The register is flanked by two cases of handmade chocolate creations, mostly hand-rolled truffles–all made in house.  But what has us returning time and again is the elixirs. These liquid creations are complex, intoxicating, more like wine than desert.  Staff will cheerfully dispense small samples to try. Find a favorite, but use these tasting opportunities to expand your knowledge.  Kakawa offers a changing repetoire of historic brews drawn from traditional Pre-Colombian, Mesoamerican Mayan Aztec, Colonial American, 1600’s European and Colonial Mexican sources–all ancient, authentic recipes from 1000 BC to the mid-1900’s AD.

Theobroma cacao, the botanical source of the chocolate bean, is indigenous to Mexico and Central America, where it has been consumed for millennia.  The name Theobroma, ‘food of the gods’ reflects the Aztecs’ view that chocolate was a hallowed substance, although there is no evidence that Linneaus, who named Theobroma, had any knowledge of the Aztecs’ perspective. To Linneaus, chocolate was simply a heavenly treat.  For the Mesoamericans, it was a sacred drink: a portal to health and wisdom, an extraordinary restorative, an aphrodisiac.

Kakawa offers two categories of drinking chocolates. Those from Mesoamerican are water based and sweetened lightly with honey and agave syrup.  Their rich flavors derive from herbs, flowers, nuts, and spices. The European brews are a bit sweeter and often creamier, making light use of ingredients such as evaporated cane sugar, and almond milk.  Recipes may be mildly spiced with cinnamon, vanilla, almonds and orange water, or exotically perfumed with jasmine, lavender, citrus and rose. They have none of the candy-sweetness of  Swiss Miss, but play over your tongue with the nuance-cluster of fine wine.

Elixirs are available to go, in round wafers or packaged with the shop’s signature blue pottery: an affordable, sense-satisfying gift.  Wafers are also sold, sans cup and saucer, in packages of three, each of which makes a 6 oz. demitasse drink. Kakawa also offers a brilliantly imaginative selection of truffles, with flavors like Ginger Limoncello, Mescal, Chile and Wine, and the unforgettably-named “Aphrodite’s Nipples” as well as flour-free and gluten free brownies and chocolate cake.

Kakawa’s atmosphere and savory products have the intimacy and integrity of hand-honed crafts, and owner Peter Woods is committed to keeping it that way. Yet, with its proximity to Canyon Road, the Plaza, and the South Capitol Roundhouse and a new website in the works, Kakawa is poised for prime time. Go now. Kakawa is unique, welcoming, laid-back, rich in tradition, and sensually alluring–just like Santa Fe itself.

Kakawa Chocolate House • 1050 E. Paseo de Peralta • Santa Fe, NM 87501
Tel: 505-982-0388 • Email: purchases@kakawachocolates.com • Hours: Mon-Thu 10-6, Fri-Sat 10-8, Sun 12-6.

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CONGRATULATIONS! Kakawa got a shoutout in the December, 2010 issue of Delta Sky Magazine. In the spread entitled “Extreme Winter,” the editors and celebrity snowboarder Shaun White choose 32 Things to Do when the temps hit 32˚.  Pick #28 –Best Hot Chocolate– lands Kakawa on the short list with respected chocolatiers Jacques Torres, L.A. Burdick and the Angelina Tea Room in Paris. While I wouldn’t describe Kakawa’s dense, nuanced elixirs as “pudding in a cup,” I’ll let it pass if it lures newcomers to try our favorite local purveyor of liquid delight.

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Real estate agents Malissa Kullberg and Joshua Maes, AKA Changing Gallery, use their listings, where appropriate, to showcase the art, photography, sculpture and other creations of emerging and independent talents. Artists receive 100% of the proceeds from any sale. For up-to-date market info and full access to the MLS, visit: Santa Fe Real Estate Downtown.

Santa Fe Neighborhood Quick Sketch: South Capitol

Rail traffic and an expanding middle class fueled the development of South Capitol in the early twentieth century. A rich and appealing collection of single family homes, condos, and small compounds, South Capitol charms with its architectural diversity. Craftsman bungalows intermingle with Pueblo Revivals, Victorians and Territorials. Construction materials run the Santa Fe gamut: adobe, brick, Pen-tile (a term for hollow bricks formerly made at the State Penitentiary) and framed stucco.   Mature trees abound thanks, in part, to the WPA.  Yards range in size from postage stamp patios to 1 acre spreads.

The district takes its name from its dominant landmark: the State Capitol AKA The Roundhouse, on Paseo de Peralta east of Don Gaspar.  Roughly bounded by Paseo de Peralta on the North, Old Santa Fe Trail on the East, and Cordova on the South, South Capitol’s western edge is less clearly defined.  Don Diego is the main artery yet the neighborhood breaks its line to include pockets of streets just west of Don Diego.

The Unitarian Universalist Congregation and  Temple Beth Shalom are both within the neighborhood’s confines. Nearby, on Old Pecos Trail, are the Santa Fe Children’s Museum, The Center for Contemporary Arts,  and The Armory for the Arts.  The elementary school that serves much of the area is Wood Gormley; Capshaw Middle School and Santa Fe High School serve the upper grades.

Great amenities abound in easy walking distance. What’s available depends on where you’re located. The Santa Fe Railyard is an intersection of galleries, shops, housing and public spaces.  Kaune’s Neighborhood Market and O’horis Coffee, on Old Santa Fe Trail, are an easy walk from the neighborhood’s eastern end.  Cordova offers a superabundance of restaurants and shopping including several of our favorite dining spots: The Pyramid Cafe, Saigon Cafe, Backstreet Bistro, and Maria’s. For groceries, head to Trader Joe’s and Wild Oats.  The neighborhood’s Northern end is just blocks from the Plaza with its trove of dining, coffee houses and shopping.  Walkability is high for Santa Fe.  Check out the Walk Score of our listings at 111 East Santa Fe Ave., The Bella Donna. Unit #4 is one of five contemporary restorations.

For a deeper look at issues of interest to homebuyers, check out the following resources. CrimeReports.com is self explanatory.  Usually, I turn to city-data.com for its fascinating compilation of demographic data and statistics. However, city-data.com does not recognize South Capitol as a neighborhood. Instead, it creates a statistical profile for what it terms the Don Gaspar Neighborhood which covers the bulk, but not the entirety, of this historic district.

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SOUTH CAPITOL UPDATE

Below are market stats for the South Capitol Neighborhood reflecting the state of the real estate market on July 16th, 2010.

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South Capitol Area, Looking Up in YTD Residential Sales.

Santa Fe Market Report
Featuring South Capitol Area
Presented by Prudential Santa Fe

Active SFAR Listings
All Santa Fe Listings (7/16/10)
Residential: 2805
Residential Land: 1546
Farm & Ranch: 134
Commercial Buildings: 199
Commercial Land: 77
Live/Work: 21
Multi Family: 36

South Capitol Area Snapshot
Residential Listings (7/16/10)
Active: 86
Pending: 4
Sold: 54*
Average DOM: 218*
Average Listing Price: $591,081*
Average Listing Price Per Sq.ft: $277*
Average Selling Price: $543,175*
Average Selling Price Per Sq.ft.: $255*
% of List Price: 92%*

*Sold (7/17/09-7/16/10)

Days on Market (DOM)
South Capitol Area – Residential Sold*
Days on the Market

Selling Price: % of List Price
South Capitol Area – Residential Sold*
Percentage of asking price

MLS Comparison, Sales Year To Date
South Capitol Area – Residential – 2009 v. 2010
(1/1/09-7/7/09) – (1/1/10-7/7/10)
Year To Date Comparison

Real estate agents Malissa Kullberg and Joshua Maes, AKA Changing Gallery, use their listings, where appropriate, to showcase the art, photography, sculpture and other creations of emerging and independent talents. Artists receive 100% of the proceeds from any sale. For up-to-date market info and full access to the MLS, visit: Santa Fe Real Estate Downtown.

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