We decided the best way to give you a flavor of Santa Fe was to interview people who live here – decided to start with ourselves. Here’s Avril’s story of how she ended up in Santa Fe.
I grew up in Northern Ireland, I came to the US to be a Nanny and met Jim and stayed. We have been married 30 years, he makes concrete products, he is also a super genius marketer. We have no kids, no pets – I always jokingly say I was a Nanny – but I loved the kids/family I worked with so that’s really not the reason we don’t have kids and/or pets – we just didn’t want the commitment. We love to travel. We committed instead to be the best Auntie and Uncle we could be.
We moved to Santa Fe in October 2017 from Carmel Valley on the central coast of California. I did not want to move, I did not want to leave the beach! But after searching all up and down the state of California for a lower cost of living we gave up.
We realized we had been here 6 times on vacation – having brought my sister and her kids here, and my parents who are all from Northern Ireland. What drew us was the diversity of the culture, the beauty of the area and the rich history (I love history).
Yes, this is still true
I live just at the end in of Old Pecos Trail on a dirt road – all the homes have at least an acre. Most of the people have lived here for many years. We get a rural feel but we are 16 minutes from the Plaza. So, we can easily go out to dinner, a movie, etc.
We moved into a rental just off Canyon Road – it was small but we loved it – I loved that we could walk everywhere – to the Plaza, to the Farmer’s Market. I loved hearing the church bells toll. But the area was out of our price range to purchase. We bought this house in November 2017.
When I moved I kept my job as I can do everything remotely. I organize events – classes, weekend workshops and on-going groups for 3 women who teach healing through movement. One of them decided to take a sabbatical in 2020 so I decided to get my real estate license as it was something I loved doing. I did it for 10 years when we lived in Florida
I love many things about Santa Fe – here’s a list in no particular order:
Santa Fe is called the city different and all the “old timers” want to keep it that way and I do too, now. So, my advice move here if you’re ready to embrace “the difference” – lots of history, culture, diversity, art and more.
I have always loved a treasure hunt and that’s how I feel working with buyers… they give me clues, I find what they are looking for in a home. I’m organized and detail-oriented so I know how to help get everyone to closing and moved in. I’m not into “selling” homes, I’m into making clients for life.