This month, Where Next visits Neil Lyon of the Neil Lyon Group, for an inside look at Santa Fe, New Mexico!
Santa Fe (the “City Different”) at 7,000’ on the southern edge of the Rocky Mountains, is viewed by the world as one of the most special places to be. With a population of roughly 84,000, our small city with pristine air quality and, on average, 320 sunny days each year, punches well above our weight. Our high desert location keeps the climate temperate and humidity low. Our skies are incredibly blue and clear, the air is crisp and pure, and the landscapes are breathtaking.
The USA’s oldest capital city enjoys not only little traffic and access to a host of wonderful outdoor activities, but also an enriching mix of Anglo, Native American, and Hispanic cultures, a world-class opera, and nearly 300 art galleries. Ranked as the country’s third-largest art market, there are also more than a dozen major museums showcasing an array of art, culture, history, and tradition. Santa Fe has also earned a reputation with food-lovers. Our official state question is “Red or Green?” which refers to the kind of chile you’d like served over enchiladas, chile rellenos, or other staples of New Mexican fare. You will also find creative contemporary cuisine, Asian, French, Italian, Middle Eastern cuisine, and many others. These unique offerings make Santa Fe a world-class tourist destination, drawing more than one million visitors each year. One can explore the meandering streets of the Eastside and discover hundreds of historic adobe homes, built primarily in the Spanish Pueblo and Territorial styles. In addition to adobe-style homes, there are also examples of Victorian, Italianate, California Mission Revival styles and, in more recent years, architects have begun to blend historic styles with contemporary design, creating a more modern but still very unique look for 21st century Santa Fe.
Neil Lyon has been one of the top producing brokers in Santa Fe every year since 2002. A licensed real estate agent since 1975 and a licensed broker since 1979, Neil moved to Santa Fe in 1993 and was the managing broker of Sotheby’s International Realty until 2002, when he stepped down to devote 100% of his time and energy to working with sellers and buyers. Neil has been with Sotheby’s International Realty since 1984, with the exception of a 12-month period, when he was president and CEO of a 15-office real estate brokerage in Fairfield County, Connecticut. The sale of that company reunited Neil and Sotheby’s International Realty in 1991. His ability to get difficult transactions completed is his hallmark, evidenced by his high level of productivity. Since 1995 that production totals over $710,000,000 in closed sales volume. In a market where the median residential sales price is approximately $531,000, in 2020 Neil’s average sales price was $1.9M last year. His business is equally split in most years between working with sellers and buyers. Of the buyers that he works with, well over 75% are either moving to Santa Fe or purchasing a vacation home.
Explore their listings:
1204 N. Summit
113 Circle Drive
120 Circle Drive