Out and About: It’s Palm Season and Appropriate Initials After Your Name | Immovable


The sleigh bells are ringing, are you listening? In the alley, I don’t see any sparkling snow. Snowflakes, I should be in the fast lane, instead of staying to the right except to pass. Better yet, I could keep driving west to Palm Springs and not see any snow shining anywhere.

Winter in Palm Springs.

When I was there last month to visit Terry johnson (he was once a Santa Fe resident, a top notch seller at Gallery 10 during his tenure at SFe and a super talented renovator / interior designer wherever he landed) I was surprised to see how many of my friends have moved to the palm springs area. Oh, Sugar Plums, I see you now, perched on the edge of your seats, waiting for some examples.

Okay, Terry first. Then, we have Joe hoffman and John’s day, who settled there twenty years ago, continuing their long career in the sale of real estate. (Their last office in Santa Fe was the former Homefield Realty with Craig Huitfeldt). Next, Charles Pearson, one of the first landscapers of the SFe, and his partner, Thomas starkey. They moved to Palm Springs 17 years ago to reinvent themselves. What they did. In the process, they opened Boutique Hedge, a “must-see design destination filled with last century furniture and artwork to suit every living space.” (From Palm Springs Life.).

Chestnuts, we can not neglect Forrest Moses (1934-2021), who moved to Santa Fe in 1969. Already a well-known landscape artist, Forrest was captivated by the Southwestern landscape. But, unfortunately, his allergies got the better of him in the different city, so he moved full time to Palm Springs in 2010.

Santa Fe lovers, Brent McGee and Steve oakey, loved Santa Fe, but to their surprise and good luck, they inherited a condo in the Palm Springs area last year. Increasingly restless (a typical 7 year itchy tale), they brought their SFe house to market. Boom, it sold out in 2 days – a typical Santa Fe real estate story, 2021. Now, Poinsettias, they’re celebrating this holiday season by the pool under the palm trees.

Lisa Harris from the Video Library

Lisa and her vast collection at Vid.

Back at the ranch, The Nutcracker, I celebrate the holidays on my sofa in front of the fireplace watching a treasure trove of old movies that I have rented to our faithful Video library store on my new DVD player. Excuse me, is this an oxymoron? After all, Puddings, a new DVD player, is a mode of watching movies of the last century. Nonetheless, I recently purchased it for the express purpose of taking advantage of the vast library of America’s second oldest video store. Candy Canes, I’m grateful to Lisa harris and Casey Saint-Charnez, owners of The Vid, for keeping this gem alive for the past 40 years.

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Rob Thalmann (L) and his partner Chris Lucas (R) after a delicious Sunday brunch at The Grove in Albuquerque.

As I lounge in cinema heaven, my friend and real estate pro seven days a week, Chris Lucas (Owner / Broker Chris Lucas Real Estate in Albuquerque), ends his successful year. Hmmm, My successful year, what a perfect headline for a real estate agent’s autobiography in 2021. According to Chris’s clients, this seven-day-a-week thing is accurate. Ginger Cookies, in addition to listing and showing ownership every day of the week, Chris takes the time (in his sleep?) MetroABQ Immobilier newsletter. It’s packed with history, maps, photographs, and fascinating facts covering the Albuquerque area and parts as far away as Las Vegas (NM). Pumpkins, I suggest you go to their website, chrislucasabq.com, and subscribe to their newsletter. Why? Because I’m sure that soon it will include an interesting story, photos, maps, etc. from Santa Fe. Why? Because in a month or two he’ll have his Santa Fe Specialist title.

The Santa Fe specialist designation (SFeS) is a unique and premier program focused on Santa Fe, accredited by the Santa Fe Association of Realtors. The designation requires taking more than 30 credit hours, including coursework in: Santa Fe history, culture, and the arts; Architecture and Governance; Water and mineral rights; Title to title, land use and commercial real estate; Housing and green construction; and water conservation, energy efficiency and solar energy. Ashley margetson (Sotheby’s), one of more than 38 named since the program began in 2019 and an associate broker since 1988, says the program is worth it. Today she is Ashley Margetson, REALTOR, GRI, CRS, CNE, and now SFeS. That’s right, Silver Bells. Our future representative is Chris Lucas, REAL ESTATE AGENT, GREEN, CNE, SRES, and soon, SFeS. Angels, you will have to search for these initials,

It’s time for me to say goodbye to you. Goodbye, Sweetpeas. As Santa Claus always told me: “Merry Christmas everyone and good night everyone”.


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