Perfectly historic and endearing.
Pendaries Village was carved out of the 5,000-acre Pendaries Ranch. Jean Pendaries moved from France and settled in Las Vegas, New Mexico. He built and operated the Plaza Hotel until 1875 and then sold the hotel and began buying property at Rociada. He built a saw mill and followed that with a grist mill and homestead. Jean’s daughter married into the Baca family, and they later became the patrons of the 5,000 acre ranch. Descendants of the ranch founder continued to operate the ranch into the twentieth century, as well as providing leadership roles in state government.
C.D. (Toad) Leon purchased the ranch in the 1950s and began breeding Appaloosa horses. He was later being credited with reviving the breed’s popularity. His energy and conviviality, along with his legendary horse auctions, attracted many visitors to the area. His passion for golf inspired him to design and build a private 12-hole golf course. After his friends began coming out to play golf with him, he platted the subdivision so that they could build vacation homes. From that beginning, the present community of over 230 homes, many with year-round residents, has evolved. Today, the community-owned resort facilities offer outstanding value to property owners. Homes and home sites are available, many with spectacular mountain views and secluded woodland settings.
Pendaries is located only half an hour north from Las Vegas, New Mexico. Both Santa Fe and Taos are only an hour and a half away, offering additional sightseeing, shopping, and skiing destinations in the area.