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Old 07-15-2014, 12:38 PM
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I have recently moved to Santa Fe. I would like to buy a Stamm built home in either Casa Alegre or Casa Solana. Would I be correct in the following: Casa Solana is more expensive than Casa Alegre because it is closer to the Plaza? Casa Alegre has a long way to go compared to Casa Solana in terms of people who have fixed up their homes? I do not mean to be disrespectful in the last observation but there are some pretty dicey looking streets in Casa Alegre. Or is that true in Casa Solana as well? Does Casa Solana have more of a mix of professionals, entrepreneurs, age ranges, ethnicity than Casa Alegre? Thanks so much for any observations.
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Old 07-15-2014, 07:36 PM
Location: Santa Fe, NM
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Casa Solana currently has 10 homes for sale between the mid 300's to mid 500's, Casa Alegre has 8 for sale between the mid 200s - mid-400s. So, yes, the range is higher in Casa Solana. In addition to being closer to the plaza it's also close to the bypass highway, ski area and hiking. Casa Alegre is closer to the Cerrillos Road strip shopping area, which for some can be a negative, but it is closer to the medical complex on St. Michaels, as well as to the university and community college. I have been in some shabby homes in both neighborhoods, and I have seen very nice homes in each. The immediate past-Mayor lives in Casa Alegre and it does have a good socio-economic mix - probably similar to Casa Solana, but I don't know if anyone keeps track of that sort of thing.

Best thing to do is drive and walk these neighborhoods and see what feels best to you. Both have their advantages and disadvantages - like most neighborhoods.
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Old 07-16-2014, 07:43 AM
Location: Albuquerque, NM
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We explored both neighborhoods before purchasing a few months ago. I agree that Casa Solana seems "nicer", overall. Also, the houses there are a bit larger overall. But I found that fewer of them (at least when we were looking) maintained the original Stamm character compared to those in Casa Alegre. I don't know whether that is a function of the north side folks having more money to remodel in the 1970s-80s, or perhaps Stamm didn't include as many features in Casa Solana (thinking primarily of vigas and wood ceilings -- we saw a lot of drywall ceilings in Casa Solana).

There are some scruffy areas in Casa Alegre -- scruffier on the western edge of the neighborhood. But when we considered the style of home we wanted and the budget we were comfortable with (purchase price + renovations), Casa Alegre was the winner for us. We've been moved in just over a month and are very happy.

As for mix of residents, I can't speak on Casa Solana. I know in Casa Alegre there are a good number of retired folks, and also some folks who are second-generation, having inherited the homes. In my immediate area there are professionals (us and some neighbors), an artist, a chef . . . lots of variety.
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