Santa Fe, New Mexico, is a city where both art and artists prosper, and it's the oldest capital city in the country. It's a place that has caught the fancy of many writers, including George R.R. Martin, Cormac McCarthy, and D.H.Lawrence, who once exclaimed that the magnificence of Santa Fe made his "soul stand still". Be it the George O'Keefe Museum or SITE Santa Fe, St. Francis Cathedral or the State Capitol Building, the Santa Fe Opera or Fiesta De Santa Fe, each of these attractions has helped Santa Fe earn its its famous nickname: "The City Different".
Average house prices and number of home sale transactions in Santa Fe have been on the decline in the last few years, and the median home sales price fell to approximately $248,000 this year. 60% of houses are occupied by owners, indicating that people are more inclined to settle down in this city. At the same time, apartments are filling up, as the vacancy rate has hit rock bottom at 7%.
Santa Fe has an emerging local sports scene. The city is home to Santa Fe Fuego, a professional baseball team and a member of the Pecos League. Sports is also an integral part of the city's high schools, and the district football playoffs are a major event. Don't forget about the Rodeo de Santa Fe, which is one of the top 100 rodeos in the country.
Santa Fe also boasts an array of acclaimed local restaurants. The chili pepper is the king of New Mexican cuisine. It is found in almost all kinds of dishes, be it a hamburger or a burrito. If you are looking for a quick bite, try the Tomasita, Guadalupe Cafe or Tia Sophia's. All these cafes are known for their authentic New Mexican cuisine, especially dishes like blue-corn enchilladas, huevos rancheros and green-chili. For a more elaborate dining experience, book a table at Geronimo, Luminaria, or the Compound, which is run by the famed chef Mark Kiffen.
As a historic city that's home to over 70,000 people, Santa Fe has a number of different neighborhoods. While the older neighborhoods are quite community oriented, newer neighborhoods have a more modern feel to them.
Southeast and North Side: While they're located on completely different sides of city, Southeast and NorthSanta Fe both boast some of the most expensive real estate in the area with home prices often running into several million dollars.
West Guadalupe, Alameda, and South Capitol:If you fancy living in historic homes built a century or two ago, areas around West Alameda, Guadulpe, and South Capitol will all be ideal for you. Such properties have been well renovated throughout the years and are available at affordable prices. Even if the price remains out of your reach, you can always consider negotiating a rent to own home policy. In doing so, you can keep paying rent for a particular amount of time, after which the option of buying a house will be made available to you.
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