The northeast of Santa Fe, within city limits, combines the pleasures of quiet living with the conveniences of location, location, location. On every tree-lined street are examples of newer, award-winning architecture and well-established, older adobes. In addition to the famous Plaza, this area includes all the land reaching to the Jemez and the Sangre de Cristos. Newer developments appear on your left and right as you climb in altitude into the tree-studded Sangre de Cristos.
Historically the Santa Fe Plaza was the center of life in Santa Fe. Historically, a plaza was the center of each Hispanic village, where people could come to relax under shady trees, hear music, socialize and hear the latest news. Santa Fe’s plaza has a large variety of shops, art galleries and restaurants.
On one side of the Plaza stretches the Palace of the Governors. Constructed in 1610 as Spain’s seat of government, the Palace of the Governors in Santa Fe chronicles the history of the city, as well as New Mexico and the region. This wonderful museum has a comprehensive history of the arrival of the conquistadores, the Spanish conquerors of the area.
Another tradition that Santa Fe has become known for is the Native American artists that sit under the Palace of the Governors’ long, shady portal and sell their handmade jewelry, pottery and other works of art. All items sold by the Indians under the portal are required to be made by either the vendor, or a member of his or her family.
Cross of the Martyrs is a monument just a few blocks from the Plaza honoring 21 Franciscan Friars killed in the 1680 Pueblo Revolt. The site also provides a majestic overview of downtown Santa Fe. It is located in the 600 block of Paseo de Peralta.
To the north of the plaza Ski Basin Road boasts expansive views to the east and north, as well as some of the most distinguished newer homes in Santa Fe. The Summit and Sierra del Norte are two of the city’s newer premier developments. Also on the Ski Basin Road are Cerros Colorados and the older community of Hyde Park Estates, both with wonderful homes and incredible views.