You’ve probably driven by it scores of times without paying it much attention, one of the virtues of this small gem of a development. It’s right there, close to the hospital, shopping, and restaurants, a short drive to The Plaza and quick scoot to I-25, yet there’s no path through; you drive and drive out. It’s quiet, tidy, beautiful landscaped and upscale.
The entrance to The Plazas at Pecos Trail falls just south of the intersection between St. Michael’s and Old Pecos Trail, north of the junction of Old Pecos Trail and Zia Road. City Data/Santa Fe Neighborhoods places it within the Arroyo Chamiso/Sol y Lomas Neighborhood. The sensitively planned development was sited to minimize visibility from a road whose proximity to the Historic Route 66 makes it a significant Scenic Byway. Curved roads and circular cul-de-sacs slow traffic. The gentle turns and rises of the avenues, punctuated with attractive native and low-water plantings, work together to soften the uniformity of the streetscape.
Dwellings in the nearly 20 acre community are tightly clustered resulting in 10 acres of Open Space. Yet even though homes sit on small lots, smart planning maximizes privacy. Interior trail easements and arroyos preserve wildlife habitat and allow for easy access to a network of walking trails. The Plazas promotes water conservation through a combination of rooftop and sewer catchment systems, drip irrigation and HOA Covenants.
As of this writing, 3 lots of the original 40 remain. There are five homes actively on the market, priced from $519,000 to $735,000, 2-3 bedrooms ranging in size from 1624-2400 square feet — a selection that is fairly reflective of the development’s offerings. For those seeking handsomely appointed, newer homes with high ceilings, ample storage and low-maintenance yards in a walkable community, The Plazas at Pecos Trail offers good value for the investment.
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