Tesuque, NM: Santa Fe’s neighbor

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The landscape of Tesuque, NMTesuque’s location and character make it a good choice for people who want to keep Santa Fe amenities close-at-hand, yet prefer a more rural feel. From the tiny village itself to the lush valley near the river, to the pinyon-juniper studded hills toward Chupadero, Tesuque includes a variety of landscapes and lifestyles. Property options range from bucolic horse farms to expressive little cottages, to pastoral estates, upscale condos and hilltop mansions with breathtaking views.

The potential for privacy is one of Tesuque’s points of appeal. Some homes are sited off meandering little lanes. Some spread over large lots behind tall gates or long fences.

Inside a home in Tesuque, NMIn Vista Redonda, acres of land and big horizon views make homes feel far removed from the rush of city life. Los Caminitos, Pueblo Encantado, and Bishop’s Lodge Hills and Villas offer another route to security and seclusion.

To get to Tesuque from downtown, take the 285 north, or follow Bishop’s Lodge Road. A pleasant bike ride in summer months, the road crests and falls the six-mile stretch from Santa Fe, winding its way past cottonwoods and Shidoni‘s outdoor sculpture garden. In the village, foodies can get their fix at El Nido or the Tesuque Village Market. The oldest restaurant in the area, El Nido shuttered its doors for several years, then reopened with a revamped interior and a fresh menu: an intersection of farm-to-table produce, wood-fired meats, and northern Italian cuisine. The Tesuque Village Market is a restaurant, bar and convenience store with a deep patio perfect for Sunday brunch and afternoon margaritas.

Tesuque’s varied, easy-going nature attracts a broad mix of people from old families to artists, celebrities, and horse lovers. (And if you’re wondering, it’s pronounced Teh-SUE-Kay). It’s a sleepy village with a hip dimension, for those who favor their country with a little bit of rock-and-roll.

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