Live From El Cerritto, New Mexico

Real Estate Broker/Owner with eXp Realty LLC NM Broker License 16161


This is a camera report from the Village of El Cerrito, in San Miguel Country, outside of Santa Fe. People made a living from livestock. Instead of owning a computer, iphone or car, every family owned a horse, a cow or two, maybe a pig and a plot of land. Thousands of acres of ranch land surrounded this icon of a typical thriving Hispanic community in New Mexico prior to the coming of the railroads and the court voiding of Spanish and Mexican land grants. Altough settled in the in the early 19th century and still a working village in the 1940's, today it is nearly abandoned. More about that story in another post. Today, land remains as ranch country where you have to see it for what it is and the stories it holds in the landscape. This beauty welcomed me just outside the silent village where livestock and horses still rule. Stay tuned for more snapshots and stories of New Mexico.

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Comments (10)

Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES
Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch! - Spring Hill, FL
Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living

Emily, thank you for sharing the history of your area.  I look forward to learning more! 

Jan 17, 2011 01:41 AM
Roseanne Campagna
John L. Scott RE Maple Valley, WA - Maple Valley, WA
Kent/DesMoines/Blk Diamond/Renton/Maple Valley, WA


I know this is about El Cerritto, NM, and it is a great story.

I love the picture too! horses are another of my most favorite things in the world. I sometimes find it difficult to think of them as livestock when they work so hard for us humans in so many ways.


Jan 17, 2011 04:00 AM
Joshua Zargari
MJ Decorators Workshop LI staging and home decorating - Lynbrook, NY
MJ Decorators Workshop

Hi Emily, ahh the good old days...Life was simple...People were strong...

Jan 17, 2011 04:40 AM
Ruthmarie Hicks
Keller Williams NY Realty - 120 Bloomingdale Road #101, White Plains NY 10605 - White Plains, NY

Hi Emily - What a handsome face!  Seriously...he could sell me a house any day...

Jan 17, 2011 07:03 AM
Emily Medvec
eXp Realty LLC - Santa Fe, NM
Realtor | Serving Santa Fe & Northern NM

Silva - If I had had my yet to arrive Kodak Playtouch, this post would have been more lively. I will keep you updated.

Roseanne - Like you it is hard today to see horses as livestock. Back then, in these village they were family too.

Joshua - What is sad is the village remind but only a few people are their to maintain the church and watch over this tiny community.

Ruthmarie - What amazed me was the way she walked right up to me and the camera. I was walking backwards when this image happened.

Jan 17, 2011 07:27 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Looks like peace, quiet and tranquility Emily!   Life looks a lot less complicated!

Jan 17, 2011 09:26 AM
Frances C. Rokicki
Fran Rokicki Realty, LLC - Bolton, CT

Amazing photo!  Feel like the horse is right there, with you.  I love how you are able to sign your photos. Can you share?

Jan 17, 2011 12:18 PM
Susan Haughton
Long and Foster REALTORS (703) 470-4545 - Alexandria, VA
Susan & Mindy Team...Honesty. Integrity. Results.

There is a lot to be said about the way folks used to live...and I wouldn't mind trying that for a while.  Have never visited Santa Fe, but have heard wonderful things about it. 

The photo is wonderful...that face!

Jan 17, 2011 01:46 PM
Emily Medvec
eXp Realty LLC - Santa Fe, NM
Realtor | Serving Santa Fe & Northern NM

Fran, of course, here is what I do which may not be what others do. I use photoshop elements today for all my digital work. Ages ago I used photoshop. I like Photoshop Elements because it gives me all I need now for an affordable price. I create my signature by using the text tool and sign my name with a signature font named mistral. The c symbol comes by holding down alt and typing 0169. I then size it and/or change the color of the font. Hopefully, this will help you.

Susan - You know you are welcome to come visit. We have a lot of those beautiful horse faces! There are still parts of New Mexico where the more simpler lifestyle rules. What amazes me about El Cerritto is how relatively quickly after New Mexico became a state in 1912, the political economy changed with the legal end to land grants. People had no money to pay taxes and back then they lost their land. Of course, this same story could be told again today with the economy and seniors. The more things change, they stay the same.

Jan 17, 2011 02:12 PM
Wanda Thomas
Montana Homestead Brokers, Broker, CRS, GRI, SFR, RN - Billings, MT
Billings Montana Real Estate

I have only driven through your part of the country, wish I would have had more time to stop and pet the horses!

Jan 17, 2011 04:07 PM