If New Mexico, as its nickname proclaims, is “The Land of Enchantment,” then surely Santa Fe is the state’s enchantress. Few places can match the siren call of this city’s unique blend of arts, history and gastronomy set in a spectacular high-desert landscape. Spend a day here wandering the galleries and restaurants along Canyon Road, hiking in Santa Fe National Forest’s 1.6 million acres, exploring any one of 13 museums or just soaking up the vibe of the landmark plaza, and it doesn’t take long before you realize this is a place you will want to come back to, time and time again.
During a recent visit, the International Arts Festival was just kicking off — this is one of many events that keep the calendar here jammed. At the Santa Fe Opera’s stunning hilltop home, “The Marriage of Figaro” unfolded against the scarlet backdrop of a western sunset. And, green chili mac and cheese and coconut flan were on tap at the Santa Fe Cooking School’s demonstration class.
There was no more ideal home base to sample all the city offers than The Fairmont Heritage Place, El Corazon de Santa Fe, which seemed to be a block or two from almost everything. Especially enchanting was strolling to any one of the excellent restaurants that make Santa Fe a top food destination and then, later, slipping back through the gate to an indulgent haven. Admittedly, it was hard to resist the temptation just to relax and enjoy the iconic architecture of El Corazon. Private courtyards open to residences finished with hand-troweled clay plaster walls, ironwork, viga beams and kiva fireplaces.
El Corazon includes a mix of whole and fractional ownership. Thoughtful touches include morning coffee and pastries as well as an excellent concierge, who makes every detail of the stay effortless. Still, the community is intimate enough to engender feeling you are in your own private retreat. Solitude is prized but owners also seem to happily strike up a conversation at just the right moment.
Residences are owned in one-eighth shares with a deeded interest. Prices range from $130,000 to $185,000 for 1,150 to 1,800 square feet.
Owners enjoy almost unlimited visits on a space-available basis and also exchanges and upgrades at Fairmont properties worldwide.
El Corazon partners with outstanding restaurants such as La Boca. Owners also have privileges at the spa at La Posada.
Going Global “Wild” Homes in BelizeBy Alexa Rozzi
Call the natural wonders of Belize “home” while enjoying resort-style living at Wild Orchid Residences, the new luxury development amidst the white-sand beaches, crystal-blue waters and lush, tropical landscape of the Placencia Peninsula.
Wild Orchid Residences represents one of few luxury travel options to explore the Southern coastline of Belize. At Wild Orchid Marina, choose from Marina Villas or Marina Homes; or, select a custom-built, oceanfront home on Wild Orchid Beach; or, about 12 miles off the mainland is Wild Orchid Caye, an exclusive, 10-villa private island. Properties range from $650,000 to over $4.3 million.
“Placencia has some of the most amazing vistas available in Central America and Wild Orchid has been developed to bring a level of luxury unlike anything Belize has seen before,” says Wolf Wörster, president of Wolf Wörster Associates Inc.
Residents at Wild Orchid Residences enjoy services such as on-site management, 24-hour security and secured visitor parking.
Top Rated Colorado Golf Club Offering HomesBy Alexa Rozzi
Against a backdrop of red rock mountains, adjacent to ravines and forests, and accessible only through an attended gate, Ravenna in Littleton, Colo., provides an escape not only for the golf enthusiast, but also for anyone looking to live in luxury within the peaceful beauty of Colorado.
Named after the ancient Italian city of Ravenna, homes found within this golf club community blend Old World craftsmanship with Southern Mediterranean style.
Custom homes start at $1.2 million and include features that reflect the art and history of the ancient city. Colorful mosaics, concrete tile roofs, private wine cellars and open patios with outdoor fireplaces help create this Tuscan enclave within the Midwest. In addition to these custom homes, Ravenna also offers over 160 virgin, custom lots starting at $200,000.
“With so few custom-home lots available in Colorado, Ravenna gives owners the ability to create their own dream home within a thriving community,” says Dale Schossow of Fuller Sotheby’s International Realty, named the exclusive listing agent. “We are excited to showcase the natural beauty of the landscape and unveil the possibilities this community provides.”
The Jay Morrish-designed championship golf course is the centerpiece of the 684-acre Ravenna community. It earned “Best New Course” from Golf Digest and Golfweek, and a top-50 “Best Residential Courses” ranking by Golfweek.