Van Ness

Associate Broker

Peter fell in love with the enchanting world of New Mexico and settled in Santa in 1973. Since 1987, he has lived with his wife, dogs, and horses in the rural community of Tesuque, only 10 minutes from the Santa Fe historic Plaza. After several years both in banking and as a Director of Sales of two of Santa Fe’s most famous hotels, The Inn at Loretto and the Bishop”s Lodge Resort, Peter started his real estate practice in 1999. His devotion to his clients and to the search for the right home and living situation make him an outstanding realtor. In fact, he was voted 2nd Best Realtor of the year in 2015 in a local paper. The Santa Fe Reporter, and its annual “Best of” contest. Let Peter put his knowledge of Santa Fe real estate, his devotion to service and his good communication skills to work for you!

“Santa Fe and I have evolved and matured together”

Peter’s eyes shine when he says, “I love that every day I wake up, life is an adventure. It’s exciting to me!” From growing up in Lake Forest, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago, to adventuring through Europe, Mexico and Guatemala, Peter’s zest for life is apparent.

After a brief stint living in San Francisco, Peter decided he was definitely not a ‘city boy’ and moved to Santa Fe 45 years ago. “I simply love everything about living in Santa Fe! I have evolved as the town has evolved over these many years. Santa Fe has become more sophisticated, and I have matured along with it — you might say the town and I have grown up together!” Peter and his wife Mary have lived in Tesuque for the past 31 years with their beloved dogs and horses.

Various careers prior to real estate prepped Peter for a successful practice. His work in the restaurant, education, banking, and construction industries all provided him with invaluable and unique insight into real estate sales and customer service. “One of my favorite jobs was as the Director of Sales at Bishop’s Lodge, a position I accepted after working in the same capacity at the Inn at Loretto. I simply fell in love with the work, the resort and the staff, and couldn’t wait to get there each day. But, when the resort sold to a conglomerate, the feel of the place changed and was no longer a good fit for me.”

Feeling so drawn to being of service, and a deep desire to work closely with people in a significant way, Peter decided a career in real estate was perfect for him. “Real estate keeps me interested because nothing is ever the same — the circumstances and the players in every transaction, and the knowledge I continually acquire, keep it very exciting,” he says enthusiastically. “I’ve been doing this for 19 years now and I still come across situations new to me. Education is a lifelong endeavor, and I enjoy constantly learning.”

His positive experience of working in several family-owned Santa Fe businesses led him to want the same in real estate, and Barker Realty was the ideal choice. “What David and Lisa have created in Barker Realty is incredible! Watching the evolution of this company, and being a part of it for many years, has been an amazing experience. My work environment is of utmost importance, and because of this I have no desire to be anywhere else. David’s accessibility, wisdom and advice is invaluable, and the entire group of people supporting the sales team is beyond compare.”

More than anything, Peter loves the outdoors taking daily hikes, riding horses and meditative time in the garden.

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10 Camino Del Centro, Santa Fe, New Mexico 87507

Valerie Brier
Keller Williams Realty
Bright, airy, contemporary patio home located in the heart of Aldea de Santa Fe. This light filled home features an open concept floor plan, first floor master suite, attached garage, radiant in floor heat, evaporative cooling, beautiful landscaping, drip irrigation and a large, covered patio with Jemez mountain views.


941 Calle Mejia 715, Santa Fe, New Mexico 87501

Emily Medvec
EXP Realty Santa Fe
LOCATION! Location! Privacy! All Year Pool! in-town Northside Santa Fe condo with a Year-Round Heated Pool minutes away from the Historic Plaza, De Vargas Mall (Two-Starbucks) with one-traffic light access to the Santa Fe Opera, Thornburg, Los Alamos National Lab (LANL), the Sangre de Cristo Mountains and Santa Fe Ski Basin.


2917 Pueblo Halona, Santa Fe, New Mexico 87507

Monica McLin
Keller Williams
Enter into this Chapman-built custom home through a charming front courtyard filled with perennials and a small pond. This light-filled open floor plan has high ceilings, mountain views, new mini splits, and a remodeled kitchen. Storage space is ample and thoughtfully designed with 3 walk-in closets, tall kitchen cabinets, a pantry, 5 other closets, a custom shed, and an oversized 2-car garage.


3013 Governor Lindsey, Santa Fe, New Mexico 87505

Peter Van Ness
Barker Realty, LLC
What a marvelous gem this home is inside and out!!! Beautiful finishes in the living areas including vigas, latillas and wooden ceiling, tiled floors and earth clay plaster with an open concept in living room, dining area and kitchen. Hard maple cabinetry and silestone quartz counters grace the kitchen. The refrigerator, dishwasher, washer and dryer are all 2-3 years old.


51 Shining Sun, Santa Fe, New Mexico 87506

Peter Van Ness
Barker Realty, LLC
Location! Location! Location! Views! Views! Views! *Best views of the Sangre de Christos mountains in the area *Strategically located between Santa Fe and Los Alamos *Private, Peaceful, Wooded Retreat Wide open spaces surround this 3 acre property under huge cottonwoods with spectacular views of the Sangres and Jemez Mountain ranges.


1113 Siringo, Santa Fe, New Mexico 87507

Peter Van Ness
Barker Realty, LLC
A little gem with big extras including solar panel providing for no electric bills, 2 year old refrigerated air conditioning unit, tankless hot water system, totally clad replacement windows throughout, Saltillo tiled flooring throughout the house (even in closets) an oversized yard with storage shed for plenty of space for additional usage- all located on a peaceful cul de sac.


18 Condesa, Santa Fe, New Mexico 87508

Sue Garfitt
Santa Fe Properties
Simply lovely custom adobe passive solar. Spacious open plan split bedroom design built by Santa Fe premium adobe builder Shaylube Construction bordering a long greenbelt. Gleaming Saltillo tile floors, soft plaster walls, a bank of south facing deep inset windows, viga beams and kiva fireplace with bancos.
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