Southwest Santa Fe
Santa Fe city southwest, the largest area of Santa Fe and still growing.
This older, family community boasts an eclectic mix of commercial development and mid-priced adobe structures. St. Anne’s church and Larragoite elementary school help create a neighborhood atmosphere.
Barrio de la Canada
Close to town and just west of the west side, this small area provides a quiet, family-oriented community. The homes are larger in size than the west side and many have special decorative touches. Older landscaping and mature trees line the sidewalks.
Traveling west on Agua Fría Street you will find a delightful park known as Frenchie’s Field. Directly across is Casa Alegre. These smaller homes are similar to the Casa Solana neighborhood as they were also developed by Allen Stamm in the 1950s. Some of the great features of this area are the close proximity to shopping, schools and churches such as St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, 1301 Osage Avenue.
The homes here, accessed from Monterey drive just off Cerrillos road, are also of Stamm-design with hardwood floors and vigas in an area with parks, schools and churches. A broader selection of architectural elements are available here from the flat roof styles of California to Spanish pueblo or Territorial . Planned by famed Santa Fe architect John Gaw Meem, Kaune Elementary School, 1409 Monterey Drive, serves the families here. The school was named for Alfred Kaune, a past president of the Santa Fe school board.
Located just off Airport Road, this neighborhood features parks, open spaces and affordable housing. Begun in 1995 by a nonprofit group, Tierra Contenta’s will ultimately feature 5,500 units, of which 3,700 will be single-family residences. The rest will be multifamily townhouses, duplexes and apartments. Commercial areas and many acres of open space with walkways and bike trails are also planned, along with schools and churches.
The southwest of Santa Fe within city limits also includes the Villa Linda Mall and the Genoveva Chavez Community Center , 3221 Rodeo Rd, a newer public facility featuring a leisure swimming pool with triple loop slide, a 50 meter lap pool and diving boards, ice skating rink, track, aerobics and a weight room.