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Old 11-25-2008, 12:42 PM
 
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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lived in Flagstaff, have been thru Santa Fe multiple times. Santa Fe hands down.
The "vibe" as you put it in Flagstaff isn't always pleasant. It's like they cannot decide whether they are college, old hippy, new agers or rednecks hiding from the government.
that is an interesting way to discribe Flagstaff..

Nita
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Old 11-25-2008, 02:32 PM
 
Location: Santa Fe, New Mexico
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Towanda,

How did you know / realize Santa Fe was the place for you?
We lived in ABQ when my husband was in the Air Force about 300 years ago.

We had two sets of cousins in Santa Fe, so that is where we spent our weekends -- part of the time helping one cousin make adobe bricks to build his home there.

After the Air Force days, we came to Santa Fe every one to two years for nearly 40 years. We stayed with the cousins, and then when they moved away, we stayed at various hotels around town, but never down in the Plaza area -- too expensive and for me anyway, it wasn't a real picture of how life living here would be.

We absolutely fell in love with the city and the whole surrounding area in northern New Mexico -- the weather, the scenery, the diversity of the culture here, the food, the light, the peacefulness, the quiet, the general feeling that this was a special, almost magical (to us anyway) place -- and the desire to stay here and not have to leave to go home after a few days.

In recent years, we did a whole lot of research into what part of the city we wanted to live - and could afford. We came here in May well prepared, I think, for what it was going to be like living here. At least we have had no major surprises as residents.
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Old 11-25-2008, 03:32 PM
 
Location: IA
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Thanks,

Now that you have had an opportunity to settle in, has your opinion changed at all?
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Old 11-25-2008, 03:52 PM
 
Location: Santa Fe, New Mexico
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Thanks,

Now that you have had an opportunity to settle in, has your opinion changed at all?
Maybe a little.

I love it here even more than I thought I could, if that is possible.

In my opinion, this is an awesome place to live. But realistically I know Santa Fe/Taos/northern New Mexico is not for everyone.
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Old 11-25-2008, 04:48 PM
 
Location: IA
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I hope to find out in 2009!

Sooner or later my luck is gonna change!!!!
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Old 11-25-2008, 05:04 PM
 
Location: Santa Fe, New Mexico
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GOOD LUCK with your plans to move out here!!!

I am living proof that dreams do come true.
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Old 11-25-2008, 07:08 PM
 
Location: IA
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I WILL move to Santa Fe this year!!

Just seems to take me a bit longer than most?!!? Slow learner I guess.
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Old 11-25-2008, 09:34 PM
 
Location: Flagstaff, AZ
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lived in Flagstaff, have been thru Santa Fe multiple times. Santa Fe hands down.
The "vibe" as you put it in Flagstaff isn't always pleasant. It's like they cannot decide whether they are college, old hippy, new agers or rednecks hiding from the government.
I completely agree. I live in Flagstaff, and would not recommend it to many people at all. Santa Fe wins easily!
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Old 11-25-2008, 10:18 PM
 
Location: I do not live in Miami anymore thank god.
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Thank you all for stating your views here about NM and Santa Fe.

Here is where I am at:
I lived in Phoenix for 14 years and have visited Flagstaff > than 20 times; however, as nice as Flag appeared I vowed I would never move to Flag as it seemed to remote and isolated (and cold). When I went back for my "21st" visit earlier this year Flag took on a new light. The town seemed a bit more grown up, the music scene was impressive, I now have friends there, etc.

Then Santa Fe - I hung around your area including Los Alamos/Taos/Angel Fire for 3 weeks (hiking, biking, being a tourist). Very impressive area, but I felt that there was almost too much tourism in Santa Fe. There seemed to be a lot of hype on the local art scene - stuff that really didn't impress my untrained eye. All the over priced "Scottsdale-like" furinture stores and eateries.....

I guess Flag is a bit ore beaten up compared to SF.

SO - IS ANYONE FAMILIAR WITH BOTH TOWNS in greater breath than I?

I will say, the SF experience was fantastic and I am leaning toward NM more as a fresh experience.

Thanks again.
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Old 11-25-2008, 10:25 PM
 
Location: I do not live in Miami anymore thank god.
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drb85650 - Good point. I have visited Flag > 20 times and completely agree - just didn't know how to express that! I posted this same thread on the Santa Fe site.......most everyone so far has said SF is a better place to be (of course in their perspective - for various reasons).

I will say I had a blast in Flag this summer (4 days) hopping around the local bars listening to a great variety of music. Something I did not find in SF after 3 weeks!

Thanks so much everyone; this is confirming what I was thinking.
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