In 1598 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.
CITY OF SANTA FE (2021) 85,627
SANTA FE COUNTY (2021) 151,552
MEDIAN AGE (2021) 44.1 YEARS
UNEMPLOYMENT RATE: 4.3%
SANTA FE DEMOGRAPHICS:
Residents are primarily Hispanic, Anglo and Native American people.
Elevation 7,000 feet. Annual rainfall averages 11.4 inches; annual snowfall 34 inches (in town); relative humidity 45%. Prevailing winds average 7 mph, 300 days of sunshine yearly. January high/low 40/19; July high/low 91/57.
December - February
It can be cold and it does snow! It can get into the teens or even below zero at night. Days are in the 30’s or 40’s, although some years it can be mild. Layered clothing is best, but bring boots just in case it snows.
December - February It can be cold and it does snow! It can get into the teens or even below zero at night. Days are in the 30’s or 40’s, although some years it can be mild. Layered clothing is best, but bring boots just in case it snows.
March - May
Layered clothing is a must. This is an unpredictable weather season. Generally warm days in the 50’s to 70’s and 80’s, and cold nights - many times below freezing. May brings blooms on fruit trees and lilacs bloom throughout the City.
June - August
June can be quite hot. July brings our rainy season. Warm days in the 70’s – 80’s (even the 90’s). We often get afternoon rains in July and August that can make for cool nights. Bring an umbrella and a light coat or sweater.
September - November
These months provide some of our best weather, with warm days in the 70’s and cool nights in the 40’s. However, you can hit a cold spell - so be prepared.
Dates may vary by days each year. Go to Santafe.org and or Santafe.com
for current dates on events throughout the year.
Rodeo de Santa Fe-June 24-27
Santa Fe Opera-July 3-August 29
Pancake Breakfast on the Plaza-July 4
International Folk Art Market-July 10 - July 13
Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival-July 19 - August 24
Traditional Spanish Market-July 25 - July 26
Santa Fe Indian Market-Week before and August 15-16
Zozobra, Fiesta-Labor Day weekend and following weekend
Fiesta Fine Arts • Crafts Market-September 5-7 and 11-13
Wine • Chile Festival-September 20-27
Aspen Viewing-Late September - October
Santa Fe Ski Area-November 24 - November 25 (tentative)
Winter Indian Market-TBA
Winter Spanish Market-December, first weekend
Farolito walk-December 24
$1,000,000 - $ 2,000,000+
Santa Fe Summit
Sierra del Norte
$500,000 - $999,000+
$250,000 - $499,000+
Pueblos del Sol
CHRISTUS St. Vincent Regional Medical Center-(505) 983-3361
CHRISTUS St. Vincent Emergency Services-(505) 820-5856
CHRISTUS St. Vincent Physician’s Medical Center of Santa Fe-(505) 428-5400
PRESBYTERIAN Santa Fe Medical Center (505) 772-1234
NM State Government
Santa Fe Public Schools
Thornburg Investment Management
City of Santa Fe
Santa Fe Community College
Los Alamos National Lab
Christus St. Vincent Hospital
Santa Fe Opera
United States Government
Our favorite books about New Mexico History:
"Great River", Paul Horgan, Texas Monthly Press
"Santa Fe Style",Christine Mather, Rizzoli of New York
"Southwest Style", Linda Mason Hunter, Northland Publishing
"New Mexico Style", Nancy Hunter Warren, Museum of New Mexico Press
"John Gaw Meem (Southwestern Architecture)", Bainbridge Bunting, University of New Mexico Press
"Santa Fe: A Pictorial History", John Sherman, Donning Company