Fo­cus­ing on Las Estrel­las


Some of our read­ers are fa­mil­iar with Las Estrel­las. Reach out to the stars (las estrel­las) with us and learn more about this superlative place to live. Ris­ing north­west above down­town, Las Estrel­las of­fers a range of op­tions for res­i­dents to live, with ma­jes­tic views of the San­gre de Cristo Moun­tains and still just min­utes from the Plaza. The sub­di­vi­sion com­prises sev­eral res­i­den­tial ar­eas— Ridge Pointe, The Vil­las, The Hills (cus­tom Chap­man homes), and Piñon Ridge (Home­wise en­vi­ron­men­tally re­spon­si­ble, energy-ef­fi­cient homes).

There are walk­ing trails, a park, and more than 150 acres of open space hugely en­joyed by a wide diver­sity of res­i­dents. In­cluded in the orig­i­nal mas­ter plan are a vil­lage cen­ter (small shops and so­cial ameni­ties) and a se­nior vil­lage, to of­fer in­de­pen­dent and as­sisted-liv­ing res­i­dences. The hous­ing re­ces­sion re­sulted in the de­lay of the de­vel­op­ment of the vil­lage and se­nior cen­ters. Check out the mas­ter plan map on www.las-estrel­ for a great vis­ual of cur­rent and fu­ture goals of the com­pre­hen­sive com­mu­nity.

Thorn­burg In­vest­ment Man­age­ment, a well-re­spected, suc­cess­ful, lo­cally based com­pany, moved its cor­po­rate head­quar­ters to Las Estrel­las and con­structed a hand­some, con­tem­po­rary of­fice cam­pus de­signed by award-win­ning ar­chi­tect Ricardo Le­gor­reta. (For ar­chi­tec­ture buffs, here’s an in­ter­est­ing link— http:// legor­re­tale­gor­­tos/ ofic­i­nas-thorn­burg%e2%80%a8/) As a base an­chor of Las Estrel­las’ mixed-used des­ig­nated ar­eas, the of­fice build­ing is a tes­ta­ment to the value peo­ple find in liv­ing and work­ing in an area that is both in­te­grated with na­ture and close to the city cen­ter.

Las Estrel­las res­i­dent Mary Ellen Richard­son shared her love of the neigh­bor­hood: “Whenwe first de­cided on our home in Las Estrel­las, we were look­ing to be close to town, par­tic­u­larly so that we could take ad­van­tage of all the great din­ing and en­ter­tain­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties that ex­ist. The drive into town is lit­er­ally five min­utes, which we love, and about 40 min­utes to the ski area, which we also love in­win­ter. We also wanted a neigh­bor­hood where there were places to walk and even ride bikes and Las Estrel­las has a nice paved walk­way as well as sev­eral dirt trails that sur­round the de­vel­op­ment. What we didn’t re­al­ize un­til af­ter we moved here was that the La Tierra trails are right next door with miles of hik­ing and bik­ing trails that are easy to ac­cess. We’ve also found that it’s easy to walk or bi­cy­cle into town, about a two to two-and-a-half-mile walk, and when the weather is nice I ride my bike to the rec cen­ter at Fort Marcy.

“Our great neigh­bors have also proved to be a big plus. Las Estrel­las is a mix of full-time, part-time, and long-term Santa Feans and more re­cent trans­plants. One of our neigh­bors down the street started a reg­u­lar monthly lunch group as a way for res­i­dents on the neigh­bor­ing streets to get to know each other and it has re­ally helped to cre­ate a sense of friend­ship among the group and the neigh­bor­hood feels friend­lier as a re­sult.”

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