When people think of Northern New Mexico most often Santa Fe comes to mind. However, if you’re looking for the real norteño culture look no more. Espanola Real Estate was settled in 1598 by Spain’s Juan de Oñate, Española is known as America’s first Capital City. Story tellers say the city received its name after railroad workers from the ‘Chile Line’ (Denver and Rio Grande Railroad) frequently visited a local restaurant in the area ran by Joesefita Lucero, called Española’s, meaning, Spanish woman’s restaurant. The city sits 5,595 feet above sea level nestled between the Jemez and Sangre de Cristo Mountains.
Known as the Valley to the approximate 10,000 locals, Española’s geographic location essentially is a meeting point for many things including, but not limited to three major rivers and three major highways. Each river, have it be the Rio Grande, Rio Chama, or Rio Santa Cruz provides a scenic view while driving north into any Northern New Mexico town. The city of Espanola Real Estate is the nucleus of three major highways (64, 84, and 285) that travel north and the funnel that leads south into Santa Fe. Española also provides you with your most basic needs, it serves as the business hub for nearly 60,000 residents who live north of the city clear to the Colorado border.