Top 6 Reasons to Move to Santa Fe

Living room in an Acequia Madre home

For homebuyers who prioritize an active lifestyle in a city where culture and art matter, Santa Fe stands out. The list of accolades for living in Santa Fe stretch to the mountain-fringed horizon. Conde Nast put Santa Fe on its 2016 list of Best Places to Retire in the U.S. Money Magazine did the same for its 2015 Best Places to Retire. We have way more than just six reasons to move to Santa Fe, but these are among the most compelling.


1. The Spectacular Setting

The highest capital city of all the states is surrounded by mountains and forests that offer stunning vistas on all sides.


Did You Know?

Santa Fe lies in between the Santa Fe National Forest on the east and the Jemez Mountains and Valles Caldera National Preserve on the west. When you’re searching for homes in Santa Fe, you can choose from a wide range of properties designed to make the most of the spectacular setting.


2. Santa Fe Architecture

With a history that blends Native American, Spanish, and Anglo cultures, Santa Fe architecture encompasses adobe style all the way to contemporary.


Did You Know?

One of the most historic adobe buildings is the Palace of the Governors. It holds the distinction of being the oldest continuously occupied public building in the United States. Now the site of the state’s history museum, it was the seat of government for Spain’s territory in the Southwest even before Plymouth was founded on the East Coast! In 2009, the National Trust for Historic Preservation named Santa Fe one of its Dozen Distinctive Destinations for the city’s unique architectural style.


3. Art Is Everywhere

Santa Fe’s museums and galleries make it an art capital. Canyon Road is lined with over 250 galleries. The Georgia O’Keefe Museum, the Folk Art Museum, and the New Mexico Museum of Art head the list of places to marvel at masterpieces.


Did You Know?

Georgia O’Keeffe made New Mexico her permanent home in 1949, two decades after her first visit to the state. She moved to Santa Fe in 1984, where she died two years later at the age of 98. The Georgia O’Keeffe Museum houses more than 3,000 of her works.


4. The Food Scene

Santa Fe is known for a culinary scene that creates a foodie paradise for those who love red and green chiles, Southwestern food, and farm-to-table—in other words, world-class, award-winning cuisine.


Did You Know?

Conde Nast readers named Santa Fe one of the best food cities in the country. USA Today ranked Santa Fe among the top ten best farmers’s market cities in the United States. On Tuesdays and Saturdays, stop by our office located less than a block away from the Farmer’s Market Pavilion.


5. Day Hike Heaven

Santa Fe offers a wealth of opportunities for hiking, biking, and other outdoor activities. There are kid-friendly trails, dog-friendly trails, and trails for every ability level. Explore before you go on the Santa Fe County Trails interactive map, where you can search by type of activity from hiking to horseback riding.


Did You Know?

Newcomers to Santa Fe can join the Santa Fe Hiking Meetup Group to take part in organized hikes. It’s a great way for new residents to meet hike-minded Santa Feans.


6. Santa Fe Real Estate

From Pueblo-style homes to modern condos and townhomes, Santa Fe real estate is a homebuyer’s delight. Begin your home-buying journey by browsing our online listings. Then contact one of our Barker Realty associate brokers who can work with you to find the Santa Fe property that makes The City Different your new home.