Santa Fe Real Estate: FAQ Why Blue Doors?

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Emily Medvec Santa Fe Real Estate

Why are Santa Fe doors often blue? Santa Fe style pueblo homes appear to blend quietly into the high desert mountain landscape as if unfolding from the earth. Given these natural earth tones and our days of blue sky, it is not surprising blue appears on the doors and windows of homes and often on wooden gates and fences. In Santa Fe’s downtown and older neighborhoods, blue rules. What’s the story?

Being the City Different, we have lots of different explanations as to why a range of blue colors is beyond popular. The most common story is that blue stops the evil spirits from entering your home. These ideas most likely came from the early settlers and their Spanish traditions. The other stories connect the color to Our Lady of Guadalupe who appeared to the faithful Mexican Indian, Juan Diego in the 1500 hundreds wrapped in a blue robe. And then there is the evidence and tradition found in history. The Palace of Governors built in the 1600 hundreds as the seat of Spain’s government still hasa blue door entry. Of course, then there are the more spiritual stories claiming a deep spiritual connection to the blue sky. In fact,
nearly everyone has a different reason.

For most Santa Feans, the blue door today is simply a sign of welcome to our home and the land of enchantment. For me, our blue doors are inspiring, peaceful and make me smile, especially when I look up and see our endless blue sky.

Now if our blue doors are what you see yourself opening to your next home,contact us for experienced professional help and information about our Santa Fe Real Estate market. If you want to search for current homes, condos, land and ranches on the market, go for a easy map or list search of current properties on the market. Or if you know Santa Fe is on your radar and you are ready to talk Santa Fe everyday, call Emily Medvec at 505-660-4541 to arrange for a brief phone consultation on current market trends and to schedule showings in advance of your visit.

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Mona Gersky
MoonDancer Realty, Dillsboro,NC - Sylva, NC
GRI,IMSD-Taking the mystery out of real estate.

Emily, that's a really nice story about a very cool tradition.  Blue doors with so many explanations, very nice.

Jun 09, 2012 12:47 PM #5
Emily Medvec
eXp Realty LLC - Santa Fe, NM
Realtor | Serving Santa Fe & Northern NM

Thomas, we are here. Let me know when you are planning to visit. Check out my FAQ about the "markets" as it is important to make plans well in advance.

Cheryl, we did not have blue doors when we lived in DC. It is something very unique here.

Cheryl, I gentlely combined two images to help you experience more of the story of our architecture and those blue doors.

Joan. thank you. I know you saw many of our blue doors on your visit here.

Jun 09, 2012 12:47 PM #6
Emily Medvec
eXp Realty LLC - Santa Fe, NM
Realtor | Serving Santa Fe & Northern NM

Mona, like you I love the story in our communties. Moving somewhere else is all about community. Once that is right, the finding the house to turn into a home is the easy part.

Jun 09, 2012 12:48 PM #7
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Thanks for the blue door explanations. I like the way you have linked your FAQ in your blog. Very clever.


Jun 09, 2012 03:11 PM #8
Ginny Gorman
RI Real Estate Services ~ 401-529-7849~ RI Waterfront Real Estate - North Kingstown, RI
Homes for Sale in Southern RI and beyond

Great share EM, i love the explanation and now I know the reason...

Jun 10, 2012 01:27 AM #9
Sussie Sutton
David Tracy Real Estate - Houston, TX
David Tracy Real Estate for Buyers & Sellers

We don’t have many colored doors here where we live.  My door is a rusty red. I really hate it. I am planning on buying a new wood and glass door.

However,  I do like color doors.  My favorite door is green then blue!  I think that looking at neighborhood that has different colored doors would be beautiful.  Like bobbles on a bracelet.


Jun 10, 2012 07:45 AM #10
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Emily that must be unique to Santa Fe, because I don't think that I have ever heard of another city or town that has a common color for doors.  Very interesting.

Jun 10, 2012 09:50 AM #11
Emily Medvec
eXp Realty LLC - Santa Fe, NM
Realtor | Serving Santa Fe & Northern NM

Margaret, I think you gave the idea!

Ginny, in Santa Fe a door is a door is a blue door!

Susie, blue green works too!

George, after 402 years we could be too young to change!

Jun 11, 2012 01:45 PM #12
Jane Peters
Home Jane Realty - Los Angeles, CA
Los Angeles real estate concierge services

You know, if I ever see a blue door again I am going to think of Santa Fe. I love the picture.

Jun 11, 2012 02:06 PM #13
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Emily- I'm going to go back to some of my pics from Santa Fe to see if I captured any blue doors.  I had no idea of the tradition. 

Jun 12, 2012 04:14 AM #14
Gloria Todor
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services - Newtown Square, PA
& Doug Durren (484) 431-3686 in SE PA

Hi Emily, The blue goes so well with the adobe and the red dried hot peppers that might adorn one of those doors.  Thank you for the answers to that question though, very interesting.

Have a great weekend.


Jun 15, 2012 12:27 PM #15
Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Good morning Emily,

I missed this post but Kathy featured it and I can see why!I learned something too!! I like Jane will always think of Santa Fe and your explanation when I see a blue door!!

Jun 16, 2012 10:45 PM #16
Gayle Barton, Forsyth County Real Estate
BERKSHIRE HATHAWAY Georgia Properties - Cumming, GA
Cumming GA Homes For Sale (404) 710-0204

Thanks for the explanation Emily.  We will be visitng Santa Fe in a few weeks and I will have an intersting  bit of trivia to share with my family!  :-)

Jun 17, 2012 05:33 AM #17
Emily Medvec
eXp Realty LLC - Santa Fe, NM
Realtor | Serving Santa Fe & Northern NM

Jane, thank you! Our range of blue paint colors are a hot item here.

Kathy, gosh, when were you last here! How did we miss each other? By the way, thank you for the feature of this blog on today's Sunday favorites. We were out practically at dawn with buyers this morning.

Doug, Gloria - your are right. The colors work for so many things. Buy unlike other communities, our blue doors both a history and legend around them.

Dorie, many Texans have blue doors on their homes here. Now you know the rest of story.

Gayle, please let's make a plan to meet in person when you come to Santa Fe for a visit!


Jun 17, 2012 06:06 AM #18
Kathy Sheehan
Bay Equity, LLC 770-634-4021 - Atlanta, GA
Senior Loan Officer

Love those blue doors in Santa Fe Emily!  I love the stories. 

Jun 17, 2012 09:29 AM #19
Ellen Caruso
Daniel Gale Sotheby's International Realty - Glen Head, NY

Emily, great story...I never knew blue doors were predominate and the rational fits perfect.

Jun 17, 2012 12:40 PM #20
Joni Bailey
101 Main St. Realty - Huntsville, TX
Your Huntsville / Lake Livingston Area REALTOR®

I've never been to NM but would love to make it there SOON and see those blue doors! :)))

Jun 17, 2012 01:58 PM #21
Gene Mundt, IL/WI Mortgage Originator - FHA/VA/Conv/Jumbo/Portfolio/Refi
NMLS #216987, IL Lic. 031.0006220, WI Licensed. APMC NMLS #175656 - New Lenox, IL
708.921.6331 - 40+ yrs experience

Emily:  Maybe it's just my fertile imagination, but I'm thinking you're really on to something when you say the blue doors are steeped in tradition and somewhat historical.  Just thinking of your area, all sorts of those images rush to mind.  But no matter, right?  They appear welcoming and the color combination is pleasant to the eye.  The blue doors draw nature in ... and hopefully buyers for you too ...

As always, a Santa Fe flavorful post one does it better!


Jun 18, 2012 01:52 AM #22
Sandy Acevedo
951-290-8588 - Chino Hills, CA
RE/MAX Masters, Inland Empire Homes for Sale

Hi Emily, what a great localism story. I had no idea about this. Great explanation!       

Jun 18, 2012 04:52 AM #23
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Thanks for sharing this Emily, I lived in NM for a few years in the mid 80's and enjoyed trips to Sante Fe, but I never heard of this blue door thing,  It sounds nice, I think I may paint a door of mine.

Jun 18, 2012 04:04 PM #24
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