In 1698 Don Juan Onate established the first Spanish encampment about 25 miles north of Santa Fe near San Juan Pueblo. (1998 marked New Mexico's 400th anniversary and 2010 Santa Fe celebrated its 400th anniversary!) In 1609 General Don Pedro de Peralta was commissioned by the Crown of Spain to establish a new capital for the Northern Frontier of New Spain. In 1610 Peralta established Santa Fe. Today, Santa Fe is recognized as one of the most intriguing urban environments in the nation. Preservation of historic buildings is widespread and strict zoning codes mandate the City's distinctive pueblo and territorial styles of architecture. It is the capital of New Mexico and the major commercial/retail center for the northern part of the state. Santa Fe is also one of the leading cultural centers of the Southwest-rich with art galleries, museums and performances in music, dance and theater.
Much has been written about Santa Fe, and it is a good idea to understand Santa Fe through its history. Santa Fe is known as the "City Different‚"- and it's not just a saying!
Dougherty Real Estate Co., LLC knows that this difference exists and that it may cause confusion and issues for people who want to buy real estate here. For this reason we have created this primer to help, you, the buyer of property in Santa Fe.