Mid Century Modern Albuquerque


I am often known to drive up and down the streets of Albuquerque studying the houses and memorizing the streets with the coolest “Mid Mod” exteriors. As it turns out, Albuquerque has a WONDERFUL tradition of Mid Century Modern Homes. With almost the entire Uptown area and much of the Northeast Heights being built from the late 1950’s through the late 1970’s, there is no shortage of cool brick ranches. Mossman was a great builder of the classic ranch in the 60’s and there are many to be found. The Foothills also offers some amazing houses, many built in the 1970’s but offering no less style and “retro” nostalgia. Of course, the Mid Century style has gone unappreciated and many have had their cool original features replaced, but there’s many a gem out there waiting to be found. Altura Park, and other areas near the University of New Mexico also offer great Mid Century options often in a larger, more custom style. Call me today if you want to work with someone who truly understands and loves the Mid Century houses in Albuquerque and can help you find that home of your dreams.

Mid Century Modern Areas in Albuquerque


If you’re exploring the Nob Hill or UNM (University of New Mexico) area of Albuquerque as the place you want to buy a home or condo you will find a suprising array or options including new condos, renovated pueblo style homes and lots of homes waiting for you to bring one of them up to date and make it your own. Real estate in the Nob Hill area has traditionally been heavily sought after and has come with a premium. Many find the slightly higher price range of Nob Hill to be well worth the investment and would live no where else.

Nob Hill (also called the Nob Hill-Highland District) is the area roughly between San Mateo and the University area, on and just north and south of Central Ave, in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Nob Hill features many restaurants, gift shops, parks, bars, dance clubs, bookstores, specialty stores, art galleries, our only art-house movie theater and an organic food co-op. Since it’s so close to UNM, there’s a lot of activity, including theater, film, and dining, and people can be seen walking around all hours of the day and night.

Just south of Nob Hill is Ridgecrest, also highly sought after area. The Ridgecrest area features many small parks, tree lined streets and beautiful homes. Lot sizes tend to be slightly larger than the Nob Hill homes closer to Central and are often very lush and green. There are homes in this area ranging from the low $200’s (for small fixer-uppers) to the millions for large estate-like homes. In both the Nob Hill and Ridgecrest areas the homes tend to be pueblo style and some are even actual Adobe homes. These homes come with a premium for the charm, energy efficiency and historic value Adobe brings with it.

Below is a list of restaurants and other information about Nob Hill you might find interesting.

Check out some Nob Hill homes and condos.

Nob Hill Albuquerque Restaurants

  • Kelly’s Pub and Brewery
  • Flying Star Restaurant (The original. Magazines and great people watching.)
  • Satellite Coffee Shop (Owned by the same people as Flying Star. A great alternative to the national chain down the road.)
  • Vivace, A Trattoria
  • Yanni’s Mediteranian Bar and Grill (OPA! right next door has live Jazz on the weekends.)
  • Il Viccino (Great big salads and brick oven pizza.)
  • Scalo
  • Crazy Fish
  • Zinc Wine Bar and Bistro
  • Brasserie la Provence
  • Ragin’ Shrimp
  • Cold Stone Creamery
  • Orchid Thai Cuisine
  • Chocolate Cafe & Bakery (The name alone is delicious. Check out the comic book store next door.)
  • Gruet Steak House
  • Korean BBQ Restaurant (Interesting “box” lunch special and a nice introduction to the cuisine.)
  • Loyola’s Family Restaurant (New Mexican food, diner style. Some say they have the best green chile in the city.)

  • Mannie’s Family Restaurant
  • Model Pharmacy & Fountain (Old fashioned soda shop/pharmacy, you can eat lunch and do
  • some pharmacy or perfume shopping.)
  • Starbucks (Nice raised patio and fireplace.)

Nob Hill Albuquerque Stores

Below are some of my favorite stores in the area. Check them out for gifts, or treats for yourself:

Hey Johnny
Wonderful gifts and treasures to be found here. Their collection of chopsticks alone is impressive. Not to mention the high quality found in every item. Plus they make every bag a gift bag, so it’s perfect for that last minute item on your way to a house warming or birthday party.

Stroll over there after dinner at Scalo, it’s tons of fun, it’s impossible to go in there without buying something. Novelties, journals, funny and touching greeting cards, this store has been a fixture of Nob Hill for years.

Self Serve
If you are feeling indulgent, and a little sassy, this is the perfect store to go to alone or with your mate. The owners and staff make you feel very comfortable and they have lots of great workshops and events happening all the time.

For all of your body art needs. Tattoos, and every piercing you can imagine. You’ll recognize the store by the huge, pierced leather bears in the window.

Gertrude Zachary
Really affordable nice jewelry, and interesting and beautiful gift and home decorating options. Also, a very helpful, knowledgeable staff.

Celebro Clothing
All natural fibers. They have some mens’ clothing too. Check out the high quality men’s t-shirts in the back room.

Larry’s Hats and Accessories
One of the first stores I went into when I came to Albuquerque. Check out the other great stores on the same block.

Red Wing Shoes
Perfect for the rugged boot wearer. I am personally tempted by the pink, fake hiking boots in the window. I might just have to indulge.

Great dresses and flowery clothing. They feature some interesting and really nice purses too.

Off Broadway
On Central. Cool vintage clothing and costumes. Great place to find high end vintage men’s and women’s clothing dating as far back as the 1800’s. Reminds me a cool NYC stores.

Check out the following link to more Nob Hill info: RT66Central.com


Considering Uptown Albuquerque for your new home or condo? This area offers a great many home options, but less in the way of condos than Downtown or Nob Hill. That said, the myriad choices in homes in the Uptown Albuquerque area are really wonderful. From authentic Mossman homes and tons of other brick homes from the 1950’s and 60’s, to the occassional Pueblo style home, Uptown Albuquerque is a great place to start if you want a yard, some room to roam, and yet want to be close to all of the action. And if you have your heart set on an Uptown area condo, you might not have to wait too long. There are a number of condo projects under way which will provide some great options in the years to come.

The Uptown area of Albuquerque has traditionally been a business and shopping district featuring two of Albuquerque’s malls and lots of offices. It has grown in the past years to include expanded shopping, luxury apartment living, newer offices and the upscale, open air ABQ shopping center. With the expansion of Albuquerque to the north and west, the Uptown area has become a hub for a great deal of activity. There are also a number of the underused city parks in the area which are great for feeling like you’re in the heart of a city. You can visit the City of Albuquerque website at www.cabq.gov for a list of city parks.

Check out some Uptown Albuquerque homes and condos.

Uptown Albuquerque Malls

ABQ Uptown

Coronado Mall

Winrock Mall
(very quiet with only a handful of stores remaining…The good news is there are no lines.) There is a great Dillards there though with both a men’s building and a women’s building. Go shopping and then go to Gardunos right across the parking lot for lunch.

Below is a list of restaurants and stores you might find interesting if visiting the area:

Uptown Albuquerque Restaurants

  • Gardunos
  • Macaroni Grill
  • Elephant Bar
  • Japanese Kitchen
  • Le Peep

Uptown Albuquerque Stores

  • Dillards
  • Pier One
  • Barnes and Noble
  • Apple Store
  • Chico’s
  • Anthropologie
  • White House/Black Market
  • Diva d’Luxe – (Great women’s clothing shop. The owner has impecible taste and the clothes are great for women of all shapes and sizes.)

Uptown Albuquerque Hotels

If you’re staying in Albuquerque and want to be in the Uptown area, I would recommend the newly remodeled Sheraton Uptown. They are dog friendly too, making visiting easier if you need to bring your pooch.

Sharaton Uptown – They are dog friendly!


Help From the Very Start

We have now worked with Talia three times as a realtor and we could not be more impressed! We never want to use another realtor as Talia is knowledgeable, ethical, patient, flexible and helpful!She’s kind and straightfoward, she tells you exactly what you need to know when navigating the market and the sometimes maddening process of buying a house. She is completely on top of things, so I never had to worry that something wasn’t getting done or was late. She makes buying a house so easy, she will at times actually hold your hand, if you need it! She’s also fun to be around which is so important for those many hours of looking and looking at houses and properties.
Heather Cowan

Talia Freedman, Albuquerque Real Estate

Talia Freedman

  • Winner of the Weekly Alibi 2010 Best of Burque: Best Real Estate Agent Award
  • 2010 Albuqurque Pride OUTStanding Acheivement Award for Best Real Estate Agent!
  • 2009 Albuqurque Pride OUTStanding Acheivement Award for Best Real Estate Agent!

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Talia Freedman / Talia Freedman and Co.
4116 Lomas Blvd NE, Albuquerque, NM 87110
Phone: 505.263.7892 . Fax: 877.522.1035