If you’re thinking of moving or retiring to Albuquerque, Rio Rancho or any other part of the Greater Albuquerque area, it’s important to research the different neighborhoods to find out where you might like to live. Albuquerque is a diverse city filled with unique areas. If you’re already in the Albuquerque area, or are planning a visit, I suggest travelling the city and learning what each area has to offer. This experience will help you decide where in Albuquerque you might like to live. Maybe you prefer the urban feel of Downtown, or the Mid Century houses of the Uptown area. Maybe you prefer a more rural feel like the North Valley or South Valley. Maybe you need even more space and want to explore the “green side” of the mountain in Tijeras or Edgewood. Regardless of where you decide to move, take some time to check out the info below, along with the homes for sale, and learn about the different areas of Albuquerque.
The following links will provide helpful information on Albuquerque Neighborhoods such as Nob Hill, Downtown, the North Valley, South Valley, North East Heights, Foothills, Sandia Heights, Uptown Albuquerque, Rio Rancho and other parts of town that might be of interest to you.
Every neighborhood has it’s own flavor, feel and way of life. Below are brief descriptions of a number of areas to help you figure out where you might like to live. Nothing can replace the experience and knowledge you’ll gain by personally exploring each area but this will give you a sense of Albuquerque and all it has to offer.
Albuquerque’s Downtown area has seen a strong revitalization over the last few years. With more restaurants, bars, homes, condos and parks than before, Albuquerque’s Downtown area offers a wide variety of experiences and activities year round. From gallery tours, to movie night in the park during the summer, the Albuquerque Downtown area is quickly becoming one of the centers of Albuquerque itself. Check out my Downtown page in this section for more information.
From the Green Built townhouses the Elements, to the individual rehab projects all over Downtown Albuquerque, there are many affordable and nice options for urban living in Albuquerque.
Huning Highlands, or EDO as it is sometimes called, is the area between Downtown Albuquerque and I-25. It features a variety of stores, restaurants, renovated buildings which now house some of the city’s most modern lofts and condos and more. Part of the charm of this area is found in the comination of older homes, small area parks, new construction and wide walkable streets. Check out the above neighborhood association website for more information.
One of the first areas to see the Urban Living movement take hold in Albuquerque, Huning Highlands (EDO) has experienced development n the best way. The essence of the area has not changed, but there are wonderful stores, restaurants (such as the Grove or the Standard Diner) which have made it truly an urban neighborhood made for weekend enjoyment.
Nob Hill is the area between Girard Blvd and Washington Ave with it’s center on Central Ave. Nob Hill has long been the local business shopping capital of Albuquerque. Small, walkable streets lined with non-chain stores keep Albuquerque residents coming back year after year, day after day. There is no shortage of wonderful restaurants and stores. Don’t forget to head east of Carlisle as well and check out some of the stores down there. The Nob Hill merchant’s website above has an exhaustive list of stores to visit and great information about the area.
A wonderful area to shop during the holidays or just stroll on a summer evening. There’s always something happening in Nob Hill in Albuquerque. From the Summer Strolls to the holiday shopping days, Nob Hill truly has something for everyone. The housing offers a diverse range of options from townhomes, to condos to houses with lovely backyards.
One of the fastest growing cities in the country, Rio Rancho offers highly affordable real estate with a wide variety of possibilities from condos and townhouses to gated communities to high quality free-standing homes. To get a lot of “bang for your buck” Rio Rancho is a great place to consider. Similar to the west side of Albuquerque, there’s a lot of driving, but there’s also a lot of parks, great shopping, good food and entertainment. Visit the Rio Rancho city website above to find out more.
The South Valley of Albuquerque is like a city unto itself and also contains a tremendous amount of history. One of the older areas in Albuquerque, the South Valley is also one of the greenest. The South Valley is much more affordable than the North Valley but with much of the same landscape and feel. If you want a rural feel but still be in Albuquerque proper this might the place for you.
Home to wonderful parades, farmers markets, local business and more greenery than even the North Valley in Albuquerque, the South Valley offers it’s own experience and way of live. It’s country in the city and offers the space and affordability along with the easy access to work and play.
Close to the University of New Mexico as well as the state Fair Grounds (otherwise known as Expo NM), Kirtland Air Force Base, CNM and much more, the Southeast heights offers a wide diversity of living options form condos and town homes to detached homes with big yards. Home to the “International District” the Southeast Heights of Albuquerque has a wide variety of cuisine to sample, plus the fantastic Talin Market offering an impressive collection of international foods.
Located between the Rio Grande River and Edith Blvd, the North Valley is an eclectic neighborhood with the unique feature of being near the river and the Rio Grande Nature Center. With a high water table, similar to the South Valley, Albuquerque’s North Valley is the possibly the most lush part of Albuquerque. With towering cottonwood trees and grassy pastures the North Valley feels like a small town unto itself. There’s also great restaurants, art galleries, theater, events, farmers markets on the weekends and much more. Take the drive up Rio Grande Blvd from Old Town to Alameda and see some Albuquerque biggest mansions, best roses, and certainly one of our most lovely roads.
The North Valley in Albuquerque has an appeal all it’s own. Tall cottonwood trees provide rare and much needed shade. The high water table makes the area more lush than the rest of the city. And the careful development seems to have protected these features giving homes in this area loyal devotees. A little less bustling than the rest of the city, there is plenty to do and see. You can walk along the river, take a scenic drive up Rio Grande Blvd, visit one of the local wineries or shop in one of the lovely independent stores. Below is a list of some stores, restaurants and attractions that you might want to visit if you are interested in learning more about the north valley of Albuquerque.
Another long-standing feature of Albuquerque’s North Valley are Adobe Homes. Built sometimes as much as 100+ years ago and cool in the heat of the day and warm in the winter, adobe construction offers myriad benefits. To learn more visit the page called Adobe Homes.
Rio Grande Nature Center www.rgnc.org
Go for a guided walk, or bird watching, ride your bike, or just sit and enjoy nature. The Nature Center is a great place to experience the landscape of Albuquerque in the heart of the city.
Indian Pueblo Cultural Center www.indianpueblo.org
Undergoing and amazing expansion and renovation and one of Albuquerque treasures. Visit the Cultural Center to learn about Pueblo culture and experience part of what makes Albuquerque and New Mexico so special. There are on-going events and exhibits.
Betty’s Bath and Day Spa
Take a relaxing soak, or have a great massage. Betty’s has a wide array of services that are an absolutel treat. The calm and beautiful surroundings alone with put you in a state of bliss.
I thought this trip would be the first of several made in the hope of finding the right retirement home. Instead, we found the absolutely perfect one within the first 24 hours – a true adobe, a century old, with kiva fireplaces, vigas, a casita, a walled compound and landscaping, all at a price I could afford! You explained everything, handled everything and made it all run smoothly; we got the contracts and inspections done before I left Albuquerque and once I was back in New York, you stayed with me every step of the way. Because I couldn’t be there, you handled far more than a realtor normally would and somehow stayed calm and cheerful throughout. Thank you so much, and I look forward to seeing you in the future.
Talia Freedman / Signature Southwest Properties
6745 Academy Rd NE Suite C, Albuquerque, NM 87109
Office: 505.332.8838 . Fax: 877.522.1035 . Phone: 505.263.7892