Santa Fe Spotlight: Virginia Henry
Virginia T. Henry is a native New Mexican who is an associate broker with Keller Williams Realty in Santa Fe. A realtor for more than four decades, Henry specializes in new construction, land and resales, especially in Santa Fe, Eldorado and Tesuque.
How would you describe what you do for a living, and what is your favorite part of your job?
My favorite part: the finished project, the close of the sale. Both require vision, creativity and dedication.
What do you consider the greatest challenges and rewards of your job?
The rewards: finding the right home design [for a client], bringing the process to completion and seeing somebody fall in love with the home they’ve bought — meeting the clients’ expectations and making their dreams come true. I’ve been doing this for 40 years. It never gets old because every experience is a new one.
Explain how you ended up living in Santa Fe.
My grandfather came here from Mississippi in 1920 to recover from tuberculosis. After he recovered, he started a furniture store here. He traded furniture for art from the Cinco Pintores (five well-known early 20th-century Santa Fe artists). My mom was born in Santa Fe, and I was born in Albuquerque. But after 30 years on the East Coast and going back and forth on building projects, my husband and I decided — after one brutal, cold, wet winter — to stay in New Mexico, where at least the sun shines all the time!
What is your best insider recommendation for Santa Fe visitors?
The restaurants, especially La Casa Sena and La Fonda’s La Plazuela. The galleries, golfing, tennis and the sunset views from La Fonda’s Bell Tower!
What is your favorite near or far getaway, and why?
Our adobe home in Southern New Mexico. The adobe bricks were handmade on the property. We built a beautiful home 20 years ago with the help of a Mexican family that we ended up sponsoring for their green cards. They went on to do beautiful work all over the area.
Describe an unrealized dream of yours.
All my dreams have been realized at one time or another in my life. My husband and I played a lot of golf and tennis, and I’m a champion golfer and tennis player. We did real estate and construction on the Chesapeake Bay, and we boated on the Chesapeake for years. We have three beautiful children, a daughter-in-law and a beautiful grandbaby. We are blessed.
If you could live anywhere other than Santa Fe, where would it be and what kind of home would you have?
Probably the Caribbean because I love the water. I love all [styles of] homes. In the Chesapeake, we had a coastal home that we built, and we had traditional Williamsburg homes when we were in the D.C. area. And then the adobe one in Southern New Mexico. I love the charming Caribbean bungalows, and one of those would be on my wish list.
As told to Leah Pinkus