Santa Fe … historic, romantic, an art lover’s paradise. Ground zero for Santa Fean art aficionados is Canyon Road, a magical half mile in the Historic District filled with top-tier art galleries, boutique, restaurants and picturesque homes.  Situated in its midst is a Canyon Road compound with quite a history— 922 Canyon Road, known as the Gerald Cassidy Compound. The property dates back to the 18th century, but it’s best known as the former home of an early 20th century artist who helped put Santa Fe on the map as a mecca for art lovers. It’s designed in iconic adobe architecture, centrally situated, and now for sale. Here’s a look …

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Our Vacation Home Week celebration on CandysDirt.com was such an amazing success. We got to feature incredible second homes and developments in some of our favorite locations. Luxury amenities and gorgeous design, each one of these homes has just what you want for a getaway and then some! And boy, let me tell you about location! Let’s run through our fabulous featured second home spots from Vacation Home Week!

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Faithful readers may recall when I wrote about a beautiful fractional ownership property in the heart, and I do mean the heart, of Santa Fe called El Corazon de Santa Fe. It was fabulous then, and it is even more fabulous now!

The property has been renamed “Fairmont Heritage Place, El Corazon de Santa Fe”. El Corazon is now in the same “family” of projects as Fairmont’s Ghirardelli Square, which you may see mentioned on this blog soon as I am kicking the tires there in August!  Last year, Fairmont took over the management of El Corazon de Santa Fe and it became a member of Fairmont’s huge family of exchangeable residences across the globe. So buying a fractional ownership — remember fractional is NOT time share, as we have told you — in this Santa Fe property now opens up the world — Acapulco, San Francisco, Telluride, Whistler, British Columbia even Zimbali, South Africa!

I stayed at El Corazon de Santa Fe two or three years ago and LOVED it: there are 16 two-story, two bedroom and I believe 2.5 bath units were beautifully furnished, as I recall, it was extremely comfortable and secure. The master closet was larger than what I’ve seen in some Dallas condos.

Now Rob Harper with Unity Hunt tells me they have actually upgraded El Corazon — didn’t think it needed it. But since I was there they upgraded all of the furnishings and fixtures  in all the residence club units to meet Fairmont specifications.

They expanded the clubhouse to add a fitness room, a second floor outdoor deck and an expanded reception / owners’ lounge area, and then they added an owner’s park on what used to be owners’ parking. I’m assured there still is plenty of that.

“The feedback we have received to date to has been really outstanding,” says Rob, “and with the affiliation with Fairmont we can offer our owners tremendous benefits for travel to Fairmont hotels and resorts worldwide that were not available before.”

It’s really one of the smartest moves ever, because Fairmont offers fabulous options, a growing network, from Ghirardelli to 1oo-plus beautiful hotels world-wide. I’ll have more for you on this come August and the total scoop on Ghirardelli, a chocolate factory turned into beautiful residences.

Then, too, there are those four daily America Eagle non-stops from D/FW International Airport to Santa Fe Municipal Airport. I mean, no more fly to Albuquerque and keep a car — you can fly right to Santa Fe, the Concierge at El Corazon will pick you up, and with the center of town location you may never need a car. When I visited, El Corazon had a luxury courtesy car that chauffeured us around to wherever our hearts desired.

How much? Prices start in the $100,000’s for a six weeks fractional ownership. Yes, I know, it sounds too good to be true so I am totally interested. This is a great time to buy a second home, and I think fractionals make so much sense. Six weeks is about all the vacation I can handle in a year. I’ll be investigating Fairmont’s product with a fine tooth comb as if I were buying myself because who knows, I just might!

This is the beautiful Robyn Menter with some friends at her fun birthday bash last week at Jerry Szor Contemporary Jewelry. Come to find out, half the folks in the crowd were talking second homes, maybe because it is so darn hot here in Texas. The couple here bought a lot in Santa Fe about ten years ago, and recently built a home on that lot. Now Robyn is helping them finish out out in her inimitable style.