We decided the best way to give you a flavor of Santa Fe was to interview people who live here – so decided to start with ourselves. Here’s Whitney’s story of how she ended up in Santa Fe.
I grew up in Oklahoma in a small town – family of three – I’m the middle kid. I was an active kid I loved sports – basketball and softball. Our extended family lived close so holidays were spent with them. I went to college for Business and Finance degree. To help pay for that I became a poker dealer (she laughs). Yes, I loved it and it paid very well. So, when I actually graduated I turned down several other jobs related to my degree because I made more money in this job and I enjoyed it.
I moved to Santa Fe in summer of 2016.
Love brought me to Santa Fe. In 2013, I came on vacation with my sister and we were at the Palace of the Governors and my sister had an interaction with a security guard. That sounds bad – she needed directions. Anyway, he was funny and good-looking so I made her go back and ask him if he was available. He was, so we went on a date that night! Because I had just started Nursing School, we had a long-distance relationship for the next 3 years. The rest is history…
We live in Nava Ade, it’s close to the new Presbyterian Hospital – it’s a deed restricted sub-division – a little older than some others – or as we say in Real Estate, more mature. I love it because it’s close to everything in the east end of town – the mall, groceries, movies, etc. There’s a community feel – more families – there’s trails everywhere – I meet people walking my dogs. We have a community center with a pool, a gym and a steam room.
When I moved to Santa Fe at first – we had a rental while we figured out what area of town and saved for our down payment.
When I came to Santa Fe I had my RN so I was a full time nurse for a few years. Then I went part time and got my Real Estate license. I did this because in buying our home I discovered I loved the search and figuring out the different areas, etc.
Being a nurse, it’s sort of obvious to state but, I love people and love to serve them so to me this seemed like a natural progression in my career. I’m always trying to figure out how best to fit my client’s needs. Listening is a big part of that – just like nursing – you can’t diagnose/help unless you listen.
Being from a small town I love “the city” of Santa Fe. But I think what makes it even better is that Santa Fe is a small city with all the things a big city would offer and more.
First, it still has the hippie vibe – a lot of people are into the outdoors, into health and art & beauty. This means we have a fantastic Saturday market supporting local farmer’s and wonderful grocery stores like Natural Grocers and Sprouts. That may seem weird but coming from rural Oklahoma, I love this! You can be in the hills for a hike in about 15 minutes. And, there are many great healthy restaurants.
Santa Fe is more expensive that some parts of the country but it’s worth it. So, I would say save your money and make the move.
You do have to be prepared to be open minded – it has a lot of diversity – culturally and ethnically – to me these are super positive influences that have been here long before me. Many people are bi-lingual, I feel like learning Spanish should be next on my To Do list.
Part of the history of Santa Fe is shown in the roads and the road names. Roads were along arroyos, so there’s no grid system – some were dirt until recent years. Did you know that living in a neighborhood with a dirt road is actually prestigious here!? I am road challenged especially when the name changes from one side of a street to the other!
I think the story of Martin and I meeting brings 2 qualities I can bring to real estate… I will ask for what my client wants (I asked him out) and I am in it for the long haul with them – we had a 3-year long distance relationship! I listen well and I’m fun; while real estate is a serious business it can also be enjoyable.