It’s summertime - let’s get outside!
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!
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