It’s sum­mer­time - let’s get out­side!

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In Santa Fe, we so of­ten de­scribe where we live by out­side land­marks— parks, trail­heads, moun­tain ranges. Con­sider your re­la­tion­ship with the out­side. How do you use the in­cred­i­ble re­sources en­dowed to us in Santa Fe and ac­ces­si­ble from your home to hike, bike, ski, white­wa­ter raft, or sim­ply walk the dog? Upon ar­rival in Santa Fe at 7,000 feet, you are in the high­est cap­i­tal city in the United States, and it’s ev­i­dent you’re some­where unique. Due to its ge­o­graphic, high-al­ti­tude lo­ca­tion at the tail-end of the Rocky Moun­tains, the City Dif­fer­ent basks in 320 days of sun­shine, mem­o­rable blue skies, vivid sun­sets, and some of the purest air in the coun­try. Sur­rounded by 1.5 mil­lion acres of na­tional for­est and other pub­lic lands, lo­cals and vis­i­tors alike have a life­time of ex­plo­ration at their doorsteps.

Out­side Mag­a­zine (con­sciously head­quar­tered in Santa Fe) pub­lished an on­line ar­ti­cle by Daniel Per­son on May 17 about the Ke­se­bir sis­ters, who an­a­lyzed our dis­con­nec­tion from na­ture in pop cul­ture. Pelin and Selin (who are iden­ti­cal twins) re­searched thou­sands of songs and books pub­lished since the early 1900s to demon­strate a dra­matic de­cline of ref­er­ences to na­ture. How do we main­tain and nour­ish our con­nec­tion with na­ture and our neigh­bors through our parks and out­side share-spa­ces? Th­ese are such im­por­tant tenets in our lives. Ra­gle Park, one of the best-kept and best-used parks in Santa Fe, is a meet­ing-cum-sports park for all gen­er­a­tions. The much-loved dog park is an­other city trea­sure. To find and get in­volved in your lo­cal park, go to www. santafe.org and click on the OUT­DOORS tab, and see www.santafenm.gov/parks.

One thing we love in real es­tate is a re­spect­ful mar­riage be­tween de­vel­op­ment and preser­va­tion of open spa­ces. One of the best ex­am­ples of “in­te­gra­tive” con­ser­va­tion and com­mu­nity build­ing is the Gal­is­teo Basin Pre­serve (GBP). For the past 14 years, the Santa Fe-based non­profit or­ga­ni­za­tion Com­mon­weal Con­ser­vancy has ad­vanced an ex­tra­or­di­nary vi­sion of con­ser­va­tion de­vel­op­ment over­look­ing one of Santa Fe’s most iconic west­ern land­scapes. The 13,000-acre pre­serve is a model of com­mu­nity stew­ard­ship— an in­tri­cate weave of open space, pub­lic trails, and con­ser­va­tion home­sites. Fully re­al­ized, ap­prox­i­mately 12,000 acres are pro­posed to be per­ma­nently pro­tected open space. The GBP in­cludes five care­fully sited de­vel­op­ment ar­eas in­ter­twined with pub­lic hik­ing, bik­ing, and equestrian trails. Avail­able home sites in the pre­serve range from 2.5 to 140 acres.

Lawrence Burke, owner of Out­side Mag­a­zine, chose Santa Fe to head­quar­ter his op­er­a­tion be­cause, to quote from his wife, Gabe, “Twenty-seven years ago we made a life chang­ing de­ci­sion… to­move our en­tire lives plus my hus­band’s busi­ness (Out­side Mag­a­zine) to Santa Fe. Where else can you be within twenty min­utes of sen­sa­tional ski slopes, moun­tain bike trails, road bik­ing, hik­ing, river raft­ing, horse­back rid­ing, brew pubs, quaint restau­rants at all price points, it’s depth of his­tory, cul­tural life and art? Not to men­tion Santa Fe’s nat­u­ral beauty. We moved and never looked back.”

One of the great joys of liv­ing here in New Mex­ico is the ac­ces­si­bil­ity of the out- side to all. Whether you have a $200,000, $2,000,000 or $12M home, THE OUT­SIDE IS YOURS!

We bring a new look to real es­tate to help in­te­grate you within our com­mu­nity. A pro­found love and knowl­edge of Santa Fe com­bine with a fresh out­look, vi­tal­ity, ex­pe­ri­ence, lo­cal in­sight and fun make Penelope and Drew your trusted real-es­tate ad­vi­sors. Con­tact Penelope at 505-6903751 (penelope.vasquez@sothe­byshomes. com) and Drew at 505-470-9194 (drew. lamprich@sothe­byshomes.com).

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