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Exploring Santa Fe’s Museum Hill—Contemporary Comforts In America’s Oldest City

Santa Fe, New Mexico, skyline at dusk.


The Cambridge Dictionary defines a museum as “a building in which objects of historical, scientific or artistic interest are kept”. While Santa Fe’s Museum Hill is not a stand-alone building, the streets and structures that make up this cultural hub are certainly a testament to a rich and expressive history.

Located in Eastside, the original Santa Fe Barrio, Museum Hill is one of the oldest streets in Santa Fe, and therefore in the United States.

Thanks to the city’s historical ordinances, much of the barrio’s charm and character has remained – small, winding streets are lined with traditional Pueblo architectural structures that almost feel frozen.

The location of four world-class museums and the Botanical Gardens in Santa Fe, NM. Located on a hill … [+] off the Old Santa Fe Trail.


Appreciating the past doesn’t mean Museum Hill lacks sophistication, however – many of these historic homes are rich in modern and luxurious amenities.

With downtown just a seven-minute drive away, the famous Canyon Road about a mile north, and the foothills of the Sangre de Christo Mountains directly to the east, Museum Hill is one of Santa Fe’s best spots.

“There is so much nearby – you can enjoy all that Santa Fe has to offer,” said David Barker, president of Barker Realty. “But it’s also a residential area, a quiet place to walk your dog and free from traffic and commerce.”

Chili peppers hang on an adobe building in Santa Fe, New Mexico.


Exploring the homes of Museum Hill

The 1920s saw a resurgence of pueblo-Spanish and territorial styles in Santa Fe, or today’s pueblo revival architecture.

Common features of this architectural style, which remains the predominant style of living in Santa Fe, are contoured or irregular clay walls, flat roofs, and tiered buildings.

Many of Museum Hill’s homes were often developed on large lots and have stunning outdoor spaces, including walled courtyards, rooftop terraces, or swimming pools.

Interiors continue the pueblo aesthetic with vigas, latillas, and plastered surfaces, but are often outfitted with modern conveniences like spa baths, smart home features, and open floor plans.

This three-bedroom home in the Museum Hill neighborhood hit the market for just over $ 1 in late May … [+] Millions and was up for sale in about a week.

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Exploring house prices in Museum Hill

The average price for homes in Santa Fe County has skyrocketed in just a few years. According to the Santa Fe Association of Realtors, the median price in the first quarter of 2021 was $ 560,000. That’s 55% more than five years ago when prices were around $ 360,000.

As one of the top locations in Santa Fe, Museum Hill’s average price is almost twice that of the US

“Million dollar real estate is the lower price point for the luxury market,” said Barker, “and then the higher price is about six or seven million.”

For these higher prices, buyers can expect many lots and homes that have swimming pools, guest accommodation, and spectacular views.

Buyers can in museum. Expect properties with lots of acreage, swimming pools and guest houses … [+] Hill. Located four miles south of the borough, this sky-high property is listed for $ 5.7 million.

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Discover the atmosphere at Museum Hill

Aptly named Museum Hill is home to four world-class museums, including the Museum of Spanish Colonial Art and the Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian.

In addition to cultural offerings, Museum Hill is also located on some of the best hiking trails in Santa Fe, ranging from leisurely to advanced, with renowned mountain biking opportunities.

While the area is largely devoid of commercial activity, nearby Canyon Road and downtown offer an abundance of dining, shopping, and nightlife options.

A wooden blueprint sign indicating Canyon Road, a center of Santa Fe’s vibrant art market, … [+] New Mexico.


Exploring the Schools of Museum Hill

There are 24 public schools across Santa Fe, only one of which, the Atalaya Elementary, is located in the Museum Hill area.

Students who live in Museum Hill and attend a public school are assigned to Santa Fe High School, which has approximately 1,500 students.

Private schools include the Santa Fe Prep and the Rio Grande School. Founded in 1961, Santa Fe Prep has approximately 350 students and is known for its beautiful 33-acre campus and award-winning library.

At the foothills of Atalaya Mountain is the 250 acre campus of St. John’s College Santa Fe.

A colorful rock formation on the Nambe Pueblo near Santa Fe.


Exploring the area around Museum Hill

An hour’s drive south is Albuquerque and a little over a hundred miles north is the border with Colorado.

The Santa Fe Regional Airport is a twenty minute drive away and has flights to major surrounding cities such as Denver, Dallas and Phoenix.

Barker Realty is an exclusive member of Forbes Global Properties, a consumer marketplace and member network of elite realtors who sell the world’s most luxurious homes.

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