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Sierra del Norte – The Neighborhoods of Santa Fe, New Mexico – Michael’s Blog

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The visionary developers, Nancy and William Zeckendorf, saw the city lights of Santa Fe and the unsurpassed views of the sun setting over the Jemez Mountains. Knowing that soon the sky would fill with stars that seemed close enough to touch they began to fulfill their dream of a new subdivision close to the city. Sierra Del Norte is one of the city’s premiere developments of luxury homes.    At 7,600 feet of elevation, the beautiful mountain neighborhood location is 600 vertical feet higher than the Santa Fe Plaza but still close in – inside the city limits just 3.3 miles and 5 minutes to downtown, and only 12 miles to the Santa Fe Ski Basin.  The first “delicious” attribute is the setting. City lights, Black Mesa, and even Colorado can be seen from here. The surroundings bring to mind images of the western outdoors that you have seen in nature magazines. The Dale Ball Hiking Trails are a collection of connecting systems and an intricate network that covers the lower foothills east of Santa Fe. They’re nice little trails, well signed. Nearby,Ten Thousand Waves is atypical of upscale Santa Fe accommodations-it’s Asian rather than Southwestern style, nestled on a hillside four miles east of downtown, and known foremost as a spa rather than a hotel. Some locals don’t even know that this Zen-inspired retreat has thirteen minimalist, yet stunning, cottages offering stylish overnight accommodations.

Michael’s Bit of Real Estate

Since I am so active in the industry, I come across some great referrals from time to time.  Michael Henry, a good friend and architect, is a person I can put my name to.  His goal is to explore and understand his client’s needs, and then to satisfy those needs with a creative design that reflects the client’s wishes while also contributing positively to the community.  He can be reached at 505.989.7462.  Let him know I referred you and he will take extra special care of you.  If you need something, please give me a call at 505.470.4180 or Email me at santafeumphrey@gmail.com

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