The charming small town of Mesilla, New Mexico touts itself as being a place, “Where history is not a trend, it’s tradition.” A delightfully quiet community, Mesilla was a bustling hub for travelers just 150 years ago. While much has changed since then, it continues to be a wonderful place to visit, particularly if you are interested in seeing what a border town looked like in the 1800s. The area boasts a rich and intriguing history, originally a part of Mexico. The village became a part of the U.S. with the 1854 signing of the Gadsden Purchase. The Mesilla Plaza was at one time a major stop for the Butterfield Stagecoach, and it was in a Mesilla courtroom that Bill the Kid, a western legend, stood trial for murder. The community is anchored by the Basilica of San Albino which was initially constructed in 1855 of adobe. The church still holds English and Spanish masses even to this day.
Mesilla is situated on Avenida de Mesilla, just south of Las Cruces. This great location affords residents quick and convenient access to Las Cruces many exceptional amenities and attractions. That said, Mesilla has a splendid town plaza with its own exciting opportunities for shopping and dining. There you will find La Posta Restaurant and Cantina, and the Double Eagle restaurant, as well as many others. On Calle del Norte you’ll find the local favorite Andele Restaurante. Other popular dining destinations include Chala’s Wood Fire Grill, Josefina’s Old Gate Cafe, Hacienda de Mesilla, and Pepper’s Cafe, home to the world’s largest green chili burger. The area also has unique boutiques, enchanting art galleries, and many points of historical interest. The Mesilla Valley Bosque State Park provides excellent recreational opportunities including nature hikes, camping, fishing, and boating.
Adding to the area’s allure and epitomizing small town charm, Old Mesilla also provides year-round opportunities for residents and visitors to be engaged and entertained via its many annual events. Weekly on the Plaza you’ll find the Arts & Crafts Market and each February they host the For the Love of Art event. In April there is a British Car Show, in May a Cinco de Mayo Fiesta, and in June a Summer Music Series. In La Llorona Park in July they host the Raft the Rio, and the 16 de Septiembre Fiesta in September includes a parade. In late October the community celebrates the Dia de Los Muertos, in November they have a Veterans Day Ceremony, and on the Plaza in December you must see the Lighting of the Christmas Tree & Shopping Late in Mesilla. With all of these great events and the many others not listed, you will never run out of things to do when you buy a home in Mesilla. Mesilla is home to around 2,200 residents and a sea of well-preserved architecture. Homes for sale in Mesilla are of varying sizes and fall within a broad price range depending on the properties’ ages, styles, unique features, and locations. If you would like to learn more about Mesilla real estate, or are interested in viewing a specific Mesilla property, please do not hesitate to contact us today. We would love the opportunity to assist you.
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