When some of us hear of Albuquerque, we think of a lost Bugs Bunny mentioning where he made his wrong turn. There is a lot more to Albuquerque than pop culture would have you believe. There is a diverse variety of neighborhood for people of all tastes. Let’s take a look at what “The Duke City” has to offer.
Albuquerque’s Uptown neighborhood encompasses EXPO New Mexico State Fairgrounds & Tingley Coliseum, two of the city’s major shopping malls, and a major business center. The Fairgrounds is a main venue for concerts, sporting events, and festivals, including the State Fair, which is one of the largest in the United States. ABQ Uptown and Coronado Center feature national department stores with all of the top brands.
The city’s cultural center is Historic Old Town Albuquerque. It is home to five museums and over one hundred galleries, restaurants, and shops. The neighborhood was established in 1706 when a group of Spanish families settled here. Today, you can take a leisurely stroll through the Botanic Garden, go fishing at Tingley Beach, or visit the sharks at the ABQ BioPark Aquarium.
The real estate Niche periodically comes out with lists of the top suburbs across the country. They recently published rankings of the “2016 Best Places to Retire in New Mexico.” The Albuquerque suburb of North Valley came in second on the list. North Valley is great because there is a large senior population, the crime rates are low, and it is known for being one of the greenest areas in Albuquerque. It features vineyards, farmland, cottonwood trees, and you may even see horses trotting around. Other top Albuquerque suburbs on the list were Sandia Heights, Corrales, Rio Communities, and more.
Movoto came out with its own list of the “Best Albuquerque Neighborhoods for Retirees.” Ventana Ranch, a planned community, was at the top of the list. This neighborhood features parks, nature trails, and a community center and pool. It is ideal for retirees who prefer peace and quiet. Other neighborhoods that made the list were North Valley, South Valley, Nob Hill, and The Foothills.
Maybe you do not want peace and quiet. Maybe, you want to live in the thick of things. Not everyone is looking for the same characteristics in their ideal neighborhood. Fortunately, there are many tools to help you find the best neighborhood for you. One such tool is Neighborhood Scout, which features an interactive map that shows you where the low crime rates, the most expensive homes, and the best schools are.
For instance, Neighborhood Scout shows that the most expensive homes in Albuquerque are in Sandia Heights, the Eubank Boulevard Northeast area, and the Glendale Avenue / Barstow Street Northeast area.
No matter what your lifestyle is, there is sure to be an Albuquerque neighborhood that fits it. Enjoy exploring the city and finding your new home.
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