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Canyon Road – A Gem of Santa Fe’s Real Estate Market

 Canyon Road in the heart of Santa Fe’ s Historic East side

The early Spaniards felt drawn to the Canyon Road area by the Santa Fe River bottom, which offered irrigable
land for their crops and pasturage for their flocks; by a centuries-old Pueblo Indian trail, which provided
a convenient passageway for mule trains and ox-drawn carretas; and by the communityís nearby main plaza and
governmental offices, which offered protection from Indian attacks.

They established Canyon Road, only about three quarters of a mile in length, from the most humble of beginningsó
a prehistoric path of dirt and tiny houses of mud; but they imbued it with an enduring quality of style,
character and charm.

Today, on Canyon Road, zoned strictly for “residential arts and crafts,” you will find Spanish colonial,
Spanish/Pueblo and American territorial architecture which has been burnished and mellowed by the passage
of the years. You will discover more than five dozen galleries with paintings, sculpture, Native American
crafts, traditional Spanish crafts, Santa Fe fashion, mixed media, photography and antiques literally spilling
out of the doors and windows. You will find world class food and service laced with the rhythms of Spanish
classical guitar, flamenco, blues and jazz. You can find a quiet bar enfolded by adobe walls with a warm
fireplace on a cold winter night and have a good heavy red Spanish wine and a long conversation.

Should you choose to walk the length of Canyon Road, with its one-story common-walled structures and narrow
sidewalks, you can see that it has historic roots in ancient village streets of Mexico, Spain and Moorish
Africa. Through an open gate, you get a glimpse of a courtyard or a garden which once served as a center for
family and social life and as a sanctuary against outside invaders. You get a glimpse of exquisite Spanish or
territorial architectural features which helped satisfy a yearning for beauty. You discover little passageways
and alleys which convey a sense of mystery and sometimes surprise with a garden of sculpture and blooming roses.
-Jay W. Sharp

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