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The Neighborhoods of Santa Fe

Victoria Street-The Neighborhoods of Santa Fe, New Mexico

Victoria Street, Santa Fe, New Mexico

As if the city were speaking to me, I suddenly grab my camera, speed off in my red MINI Cooper convertible and drive the three blocks along the Santa Fe River to explore the hidden lanes of Santa Fe‘s Eastside neighborhoods.  Today I find myself on Victoria Street, a cul-de-sac dirt road under a canopy of shade trees where one can easily get lost musing about the artists, poets and Bohemians who’ve made this town the artist’s haven that it is.

Inspired by the Cinco Pintores, famed straw appliqué artists Alisa and Elisio Rodriguez spent their entire lives creating their unique works in this neighborhood.  For a taste of local history, Santa Fe’s 400th Anniversary celebration has already begun.

Michael’s Minute of Real Estate

There’s been much uncertainty about tax credits, but they’re actually pretty straightforward.  The federal government will give first-time homebuyers an $8,000 tax credit and this is the best part, it doesn’t have to be paid back unless you sell your home within the first three years.  That’s a lot of free money!  In some states (e.g., California) there’s an additional $10,000 available to 10,000 home buyers of a newly constructed home.  Think about it-you could be eligible for $8,000 from the feds, $10,000 from the state, the lowest interest rates in decades and prices at record lows.  Now might be the best time to buy.


My Business-To-Business Referral

Each week I let you know about an outstanding business in Santa Fe.  Let me introduce to you Robert R. Bailey. There’s no need to travel to New York or Los Angeles for high-end, beautiful, quality men’s clothing.  Stephen Bailey, Mark Bailey and Gene Atkinson are people I can put my name to.


They are located downtown at 150 Washington Avenue, Suite 105, and on the Web at www.RobertRBailey.com and at 505.983.8803.  Let them know I referred you and they will take excellent care of you.  If you need anything please give me a call at 505.470.4180.

I’ll see you in the neighborhood.

Michael Umphrey

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