About Eldorado and Highway 285 South Area
The Eldorado/Hwy. 285 area consists of approximately 4,000 home sites beginning at I-25, 20 minutes southeast of the Santa Fe Plaza, and ending in Galisteo, 20 minutes further south. The area is primarily zoned rural, single-family residential, with 1 to 25 acre lots in subdivisions (most with covenants to preserve views and the rural character) and excellent mountain views. Area residents include singles, couples and families with school age children and retirees.
All the services you need, right in Eldorado
Commercially-zoned areas along Hwy. 285 offer convenient services, including a grocery store, pharmacy, postal and shipping services, bank, restaurants, bike shop, craft beer pub, church, hardware store, gas station, doctors, dentist, veterinary clinic, fitness studio, gym, consignment shop, secure storage spaces, accountant, physical therapists and psychotherapists, and other office space. Eldorado residents can keep horses at the community stables. No need to drive 20 minutes into the center of Santa Fe!
Meet, work and play with your neighbors
The area is home to the Eldorado Community School and the Vista Grande Public Library, which hosts a popular Ice Cream Social as a fund-raiser each summer at the old ranch house that serves as ECIA headquarters. Eldorado also has a Santa Fe County Satellite Office in the Adam Senior Center, which offers classes, social activities and serves lunch to area seniors in the cafeteria, and for home delivery by area volunteers through the Meals on Wheels program. (Speaking of seniors, this might be helpful: https://www.seniorhousingnet.com/seniors/senior-living-us/new-mexico/independent-living).
The area has a strong sense of community, with regular gatherings at the Eldorado Community Center (with outdoor pool, dog park and tennis courts), the school, the library and the shopping centers. Cub Scout Pack 414 and Boy Scout Troop 414 are based in the area. The Eldorado Arts and Crafts Association sponsors an annual studio tour each year in May, with about 100 area artists participating.