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Santa Fe Properties would like to recognize Sue Garfitt, winner of The National Association of Realtors Good Neighbor Award. This award recognizes Realtors who have made a tremendous impact through volunteering and community outreach. Sue has been working with the Eldorado 285 Recycling Group to promote recycling to address the important issue of global warming. She has been working for over two years clocking in over 600 hours of community service. Santa Fe Properties would like to congratulate Sue for her amazing work and for bettering our community. 

 

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The Women's Council of Realtors is hosting a luncheon gala to benefit the Solace Center on Tuesday 12/11 at the Eldorado Hotel, the event begins at 11:30am. 

I am very excited to be modelling for Nathalie Santa Fe in the fashion show!  There will also be a silent auction.

 

All are welcome, please come support the Solace Center (and me)  

Tickets are available here: http://www.wcrsantafe.org/2018gala/

 

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Santa Fe rings in the holidays with fun-filled activities and food. Celebrate the only way we know how; from the Annual Christmas Eve Farolito Walk on Canyon Road to New Year's Eve on The Plaza, there is something for everyone to enjoy. As we embark on the holiday season here are some things to get you into the festive mood!

Chanukah on the Plaza
December 2nd
Historic Downtown Plaza
Celebrate the lighting of the Menorah with Santa Fe’s Jewish Center. Delicious hot latkes will be served.

Christmas at the Palace
December 7th
Palace of the Governors
A beloved Santa Fe tradition. Enjoy live music, hot cider, and cookies alongside Mr. and Mrs. Clause who will be there to partake in the festivities.
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Las Posadas
December 9th
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Turquoise has adorned the rulers of Ancient Egypt, the Aztecs (and possibly other Pre-Columbian Mesoamericans), Persia, Ancient Greece, Mesopotamia, the Indus Valley, and in ancient China.  It was cherished by the Pueblo, Navajo and Apache tribes. The Anasazi are believed to have prospered greatly from their production and trading of turquoise.  In Persia, turquoise was the de facto national stone for millennia. It was later brought to India following the establishment of the Mughal Empire (even being built into the Taj Mahal). Turquoise was (and still is) used extensively in Tibet and Mongolia.  The Egyptian use of turquoise stretches back as far as the First Dynasty and possibly earlier; though most well-known pieces were recovered from

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I recently participated in a course on the risks of radon and thought I’d share some of the wisdom gleaned.  Radon is a naturally occurring gas, and we live amongst it in the normal course of life.  It comes from rocks deep in the soil and is undetectable to our senses but can be tested for with special equipment.  Radon is a carcinogen and is known to cause lung cancer.  Unsurprisingly, smokers are at higher risk of lung cancer with radon exposure.  Radon tests are not required, but if you’ve had one done, you’ll need to disclose that in a real estate transaction. 

 

Radon is not regulated, but the EPA offers guidance suggesting “safe” levels at or below 4 picocuries per litre or pCi/L.  This target was developed based on the “as low as reasonably

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I’d like to invite everyone to the Women’s Council of Realtors holiday gala on December 11th at the Eldorado Hotel, doors open at 11:30am.  It is a luncheon gala, complete with a silent auction and fashion show.  We will be showing designs from local boutiques which will be modelled by our own Santa Fe realtors, me amongst them!  As my friends, I’d love to have you there for support.  I’m not much of a runway model, but I’m excited to give it a whirl (pun intended).  Tickets are $60 and for a good cause, the funds go to support the Solace Crisis Treatment Center which assists individuals who are in crisis or suffering from trauma.  You can purchase tickets here: http://www.wcrsantafe.org/2018gala/.  I hope to see you there!

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The newest issue of Santa Fe Living is here! Below is a letter from Santa Fe Properties President, Liz Cale, on what you'll find in this issue:

 "I know you will enjoy this issue that provides you with some impressive properties along with information on what Santa Fe Living is all about. Inside you will find an event calendar and a map of historic downtown Santa Fe along with Santa Fe gallery and dining information.

As the oldest capital city in North America, Santa Fe continues to receive awards and accolades for its distinctive architecture, lifestyle, art and great food. Whether you live here or are visiting, we want to make sure you enjoy the Santa Fe lifestyle and would like to share a few of these honors.

• Conde Nast Traveler's Readers'

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One of my favourite places near Santa Fe is the historic Rancho Encantado, or Enchanted Ranch.  I grew up spending every New Year’s Eve at the Ranch with its gracious and inspiring owner Betty Egan.  It was also a preferred dinner post for my family and eventually became the site of my first employment and my sister’s wedding. I worked for the ranch as a wrangler, taking “dudes” out for horseback rides. I have many hilarious stories I could share, but one of the best was the day about 20 horses stampeded down the trail back to the stable.  As we reached the front gates, the horses sailed over them and charged up the main drive to the great surprise of the guests.  It was quite a harrowing sight!


Rancho Encantado‘s history is truly special, dating

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You may have wondered what the colourful string of red peppers gracing the entrances of homes and offices around Santa Fe is all about.  Today, I am glad to share with you the story of the ristra.  Not only is it a beautiful and festive decoration, but it is also of practical use, as a way to dry chiles and preserve them for future consumption.  

 

A ristra is a string of drying chile pepper pods composed typically of large New Mexican chiles or Anaheim peppers, although any kind of chile may be used to construct it.  Chiles are in the genus Capsicum, which is in the nightshade family, and includes (interestingly) the tomato, potato, eggplant, tobacco and the petunia.  Colloquially, chiles are often referred to as "peppers," however, they are

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