Grand Vie Fall/Winter 2017 - West

jewelry, painting and crafts. There are historic Spanish arts thriving in Santa Fe that no longer exist in other parts of the world. Since the 1920s, the city has been a haven for artists. Now known as one of the world’s major art markets, there are more than 150 world-class galleries, distinguished museums, and numerous music, dance and performing-arts companies. Almost everyone you meet works in the arts, and the choices for food and dining are abundant. What a perfect place to have a second home, a mere two-hour (if that) flight from Dallas, or a relaxing eight-hour drive. And the housing market here is doing very well. Texas residents, I often call it a bedroom community of Texas. The compact downtown section, all of which is a historic district, is nearly 100 percent adobe buildings and you can easily walk to more than a dozen world-class shops, before lunchtime. And Canyon Road, with more than 100 galleries, is only a few blocks away. You will also discover a wide variety of flowers, shrubs and trees — well beyond the junipers, piñon, aspens and cottonwoods typical of this altitude (approximately 7,000 feet). Shaped by a rich heritage of Indian, Spanish and Anglo-American cultures, many of the traditional arts are still practiced here, including pottery, textiles, Spanish for “Holy Faith,” Santa Fe was settled in 1610 by the Spanish, a decade before Plymouth Colony was established by the Mayflower Pilgrims. The city has been the capital for the Spanish “Kingdom of New Mexico,” the Mexican province of Nuevo Mejico , the American territory of New Mexico — which contained what is today Arizona and New Mexico — and since 1912, the state of New Mexico. The oldest capital city in North America and the oldest European community west of the Mississippi, Santa Fe today is a timeless and charming city of 65,000 residents with a distinctly Southwestern character. Santa Fe has so many 41 SANTA FE, NM | $1,295,000 | Web ID: FNAQ 3 bedrooms :: 4 bathrooms :: 3,353 sq. ft. :: 1.03 acres A Doug McDowell-built adobe masterpiece in the gated community of Vista Canada Ancha. Amenities include glorious mountain views and superb finishes. story by Candy Evans At Home in Santa Fe