Welcome to Historic Eastside
Where centuries-old adobes meet luxe modernity, culture, and a thriving arts community
In the Historic Eastside neighborhood of Santa Fe, low-slung adobes in deep earth shades and organic shapes reflect the sun under the ever-blue sky. Bounded by Paseo De Peralta on its western edge, Camino Cabra to the east, Hillside Avenue in the north, and Old Santa Fe Trail to the south, this authentic and hip-feeling residential area harbors charismatic, centuries-old homes.
Ensconced behind privacy walls and adorned with vibrant gardens, what the houses in Historic Eastside might lack in large-scale vistas, they certainly make up for with their up-close and intimate beauty. It’s no wonder there’s an abundance of multi-generational homes, which pass through the many families who recognize the value of location, history, and lifestyle here. Near the heart of Santa Fe, Historic Eastside is within walking distance of several of Santa Fe’s most notable sites, including the Santa Fe Plaza
One of the most coveted neighborhoods in Santa Fe, Historic Eastside is packed with luxury- meets-timelessness homes on respectably sized lots. In the abundance of architectural styles that make Santa Fe the iconic “City Different,” you’ll find classic Pueblo Revival-style houses with upgraded interiors and amenities, the occasional sleek contemporary new-builds, Arts and Crafts-style homes with rustic exposed-wood interiors, and light-filled residences whose strong lines and nature-inspired colors meld into the gorgeous New Mexico landscape.
What to Love
- Rich tapestry of architectural styles
- Right next door to boutiques, restaurants, galleries, and museums
- Plenty of privacy
People & Lifestyle
Known for its sunny days and colorful blend of Native American, Hispanic, and Anglo cultures, Santa Fe’s Historic Eastside attracts residents looking for something wholly different and unique. It’s a place made for exploring, and Historic Eastside lies right near the pulse of it all. Those who live in Historic Eastside won’t lack entertainment or opportunities for excitement, and yet the purveying sense of privacy allows residents to feel as if their homes are oases sheltered from the city’s bustle.
Dining, Entertainment & Shopping
Living in the Historic Eastside neighborhood puts residents adjacent to some of the best commercial areas in all of Santa Fe. Over 100 boutiques, galleries, and restaurants line the famous half-mile stretch of Canyon Road
, where shoppers can fall in love with hand-crafted fine jewelry, art pieces, innovative cuisine, and more. Another central gathering place, Santa Fe Plaza
is a mecca of culture, niche shopping, local art, dining, and community events.
More than just a globally recognized art market, the downtown area of Santa Fe houses enough restaurants to be called a foodie’s paradise. Styles can range from authentic international fare to classic southwestern flavors inspired by the city’s diversity, and venues often have an appeal all of their own. Sit down in the 1756-style adobe house of Geronimo
and find exquisite charm in the blend of centuries-old architecture and contemporary global cuisine. Voted consistently among the top restaurants in the entire country, Chef Sllin Cruz cultivates a seasonally changing menu of eclectic fare that’s certain to inspire.
Recognized as one of Santa Fe’s oldest and most iconic bars, El Farol
boasts live music and flamenco dancers in addition to mouth-watering Spanish tapas and a world-class bar. Looking for something a little more low-key? The Teahouse
is a smaller, locally-beloved café that serves classic fare along with teas from around the world, including China, Sri Lanka, India, Japan, and their own brews crafted right in Santa Fe.
Things to Do
Whether they’re seeking adventure among the hills and mountains, renewing their sense of awe among staggering artworks at the many art galleries on Canyon Road
, or taking the opportunity to delve into various cultures’ music, cuisine, and history, those who live in Historic Eastside have an undeniable advantage of easy access to some of Santa Fe’s most exciting entertainment.
Apart from its commercial, arts, and urban appeal, Historic Eastside is also nearby to several gorgeous natural landscapes and preserves that will bring out the outdoors enthusiast in anyone. Head to the Sangre de Cristo Mountains foothills to begin Dale Ball Trails
, a stunning, 25-mile-long system of trails that’s ideal for bikers and hikers. If you’re into birding or love diving into natural history, the Randall Davey Audubon Center & Sanctuary
is a must-see with over 190 bird species to observe, colorful swaths of gardens, and a centuries-old historic home.
Need something with a playground, a little more kid-friendly? The Patrick Smith Park
has a field for soccer and football, a scenic little picnic area and stations for BBQ, basketball courts, and a well-maintained playground. If you’re someone who enjoys community activities, the Santa Fe summer tradition of Music on the Hill at St. John’s College
offers a way to connect with others in the city. The event provides free live concerts and music entertainment that spans multiple genres, drawing in hundreds of attendees who spread out on the lawn to enjoy the sunshine and good times.
Historic Eastside is home to several excellent schools. Top educational opportunities include:
- Rio Grande School, PK-6, highly-rated private elementary school
- Acequia Madre Elementary School, K-6, one of the top-rated public elementary schools in Santa Fe County
- Santa Fe Preparatory School, 7-12, #1 rated private high school in Santa Fe area
- St. John’s College, 4-year secondary education, highly-rated public university