|Whatever your taste or lifestyle,
there’s a place for you in our high desert city. From sprawling adobes
to stately bricks, your choices for housing seem almost endless. Begin
your search by getting your bearings. The majestic Sandia Mountains stand
to the east, while flat mesas edge the western horizon.
The city is divided into four quadrants: Northeast (NE), Southeast (SE),
Northwest (NW), and Southwest (SW). The North/South dividing line is Central
Avenue or “Old Route 66.” The East/West dividing line is Broadway. Each
quadrant offers a diverse range of housing opportunities through a network
of unique subdivisions and neighborhoods.
You’ll find Albuquerque’s friendly lifestyle helps newcomers feel right
at home soon after they relocate. Many residents are active in their neighborhood
association, of which there are more than 225 throughout the metropolitan
area. The office of Neighborhood Coordination (505) 924-3914, a division
of city government, provides workshops, a directory, a monthly newsletter
and other assistance to neighborhoods dealing with such issues as zoning,
parks and traffic.
||The city’s Northeast
Heights stretches from the University of New Mexico to the foothills
of the Sandias. The mountain boundary to the east and Sandia Pueblo to
the north limit massive development. Some of the City’s most affluent subdivisions
lie within this area, including Sandia Heights, Tanoan, High Desert and
Glenwood Hills. One of the newest subdivisions, North Albuquerque Acres,
features upscale residences on large lots. Dozens of other neighborhoods
offer homes in almost every style and price range.
The Southeast section incorporates
Kirtland Air Force Base, Sandia National Laboratories and the Albuquerque
International Airport. Housing developments range from the well-established
Ridgecrest and Four Hills areas to the refreshingly contemporary Willow
Wood. You’ll find this area offers suitable housing for most family needs.
Perhaps the most diverse area of the city lies within the Northwest
quadrant. Secluded, rural properties surrounded by massive cottonwoods
typify Albuquerque’s serene North Valley. Across the Rio Grande atop the
West Mesa are the city’s newest residential and commercial developments;
though some, such as Paradise Hills and Taylor Ranch, date back several
decades. Dozens of homebuilders offer an extensive array of affordable
housing possibilities, with prices starting at around $110,000.
Primarily an agricultural area, Albuquerque’s South
Valley offer residents rural living at an affordable price.
Many homes are southwestern in style and often include barns for livestock.
Come closer to the Downtown area and you’ll find Albuquerque’s prestigious
Old Country Club neighborhood. Lushly landscaped and quiet, this neighborhood
is widely considered one of the most desirable residential locations in
the city. During the Christmas holidays, many of the homeowners set out
thousands of luminarias or little lights, creating awesome nightly displays
for all to enjoy.
A planned community northwest of Albuquerque, Rio
Rancho is known for its phenomenal growth and economic development.
Attractive housing prices make it popular with first time buyers and retirees.
Financial incentives have also been successful in luring several major
corporations to set up shop in the area, including Intel, Gateway 2000,
Sprint and Victoria’s Secret.
Adjacent to the North Valley, the village of Corrales
is unlike any other. An abundance of small arts and crafts shops and superb
restaurants line the winding road that meanders through the township. Residences
often sit on large plots of land, sometimes as much as several acres. There
are still small, productive farms and orchards. The pastoral setting provides
a relaxed lifestyle that residents share with pets, horses and farm animals.
Slightly farther north, Placitas
offers sites with more land, bigger homes and continuity of architectural
style (Pueblo and Territorial designs are the most relevant). Founded in
1745, the area was initially a large tract of land divided among 21 families,
many of whose descendants still live in the area. Today, Placitas is a
quiet, low density residential community offering spectacular views day
Minutes away from Albuquerque off South I-25 are the townships of Bosque
Farms and Los Lunas. For
those who want to leave the hustle-bustle of the city behind and savor
a more simple way of life, these two communities are hard to match. Small
“Mom and Pop” businesses in the area provide basic necessities. One of
the area’s historic landmarks, The Luna Mansion, has been restored into
an elegant restaurant.
Through Tijeras (Spanish for “scissors”) Canyon on the east side of
the Sandias are several small communities, including Cedar
Sandia Park and Sandia
Knolls. All are quiet places inhabited by those seeking a more
rural environment and who prefer living along the rugged mountains high
in the pinons and pines.