Below are general descriptions of the greater Albuquerque areas. It is helpful to narrow your focus on one or two areas when house hunting. On the other hand, if you are unfamiliar with Albuquerque and want to check out several neighborhoods, Kelly will be happy to show you around!
Sandia Heights (Area 10) – Situated at the foot of the Sandia Mountains. Elegant, contemporary and adobe-styled houses on one-half to one acre lots. Natural landscaping is dominant in this area as well as great city views. Many “Santa Fe” style homes amid southwest contemporaries.
North Albuquerque Acres (Areas 20, 21) – Similar to Sandia Heights. Some of the streets are unpaved roads. There are good mountain and city views. Horses are allowed in some sections.
Far Northeast Heights (Areas 30, 31, 32) – A lovely area which includes the Tanoan Country Club and High Desert with many of the newer homes in Albuquerque.
Near Northeast Heights (Area 41) – Many charming homes are in this area. They range from older homes near the University (40-50 years old) to 20-40 year old homes near Wyoming Blvd. Lots of shopping nearby including Winrock Mall, Coronado Mall and the brand new Albuquerque Uptown outdoor shopping area.
Northeast Heights (Area 50) – Variety abounds in this section of the city. Homes with tremendous views are found at the foothills of the mountains. Jogging/running paths are on Tramway Blvd. Easy access to I-40 and Kirtland Air Force Base.
Four Hills (Area 60) – In this attractive neighborhood are many of the city’s larger homes. Many of these home have city and mountain views and some back up to the golf course in the middle of the community. The Four Hills Country Club is located in the center of this area. Easy access to I-40, Kirtland Air Force Base and Sandia National Labs.
Southeast Heights (Areas 70, 71) – This section is bordered on the south by Kirtland Air Force Base, Sandia National Labs and the Albuquerque International Sunport. There is easy access to hospitals and downtown.
UNM Area (Areas 40, 42) – Right near the University of New Mexico. The majority of these homes are older with hardwood floors and well-established landscape. The Ridgecrest area contains charming older homes with tree-lined streets.
Downtown (Area 80) – Many older homes are in this area. Historic “Old Town,” the museums, Tingley Beach, the Rio Grande Zoo and many other tourist attractions are located here, as well as the Convention center and office buildings. Convenient to I-40 and I-25 interchange.
South Valley (Areas 90, 91) – Tall trees and green pastures describe the Southwest Valley, located near the Rio Grande River. Gardens, horses, animals, fruit trees, and distinctive rural feel.
Southwest Heights (Areas 92, 93) – A rapidly growing area, the Southwest Heights features newer, more affordable homes.
North Valley (Areas 100, 101, 110) – More tall trees and green pastures, with the Rio Grande River running through it. Mature landscaping and a rural atmosphere characterize this area. Horses are allowed in many places. Home prices range from bungalows to top-end custom homes.
Northwest Heights (Area 11) – This area includes Taylor Ranch, which is a nice community of newer homes. Views of the city can be spectacular from some neighborhoods. There are many family areas. The Ladera Golf Course and the city’s newest Cottonwood mall are located in the northwest.
Paradise Hills (Area 12) – Located on the west mesa, this section f the city boasts of good city and mountain views. Paradise Hills Country Club and Golf Course are here. Easy access to the Northeast Heights and I-25 via Paseo del Norte bridge. Also near the Cottonwood mall.
Corrales (Area 13) – Fruit trees, cottonwood trees, horses and a slower pace best describe this unique village. Older adobe homes can be found here as well as the most contemporary. One-half to one acre lots are predominant, however, some mini-farms are available. Some areas have excellent mountain views and long historic roots.
Rio Rancho (Areas 14, 15, 16) – The most remarkable, rapidly growing suburb on the west side of the Rio Grande is Rio Rancho. This city is characterized by affordable housing and wonderful views of the mountains and Albuquerque. It has its own shopping, country club, golf course, and school system. The Cottonwood Mall is within 10 minutes of the heart of Rio Rancho.
Bernalillo/Algodones (Area 17) – Smaller communities located north of Albuquerque. Rural, country atmosphere with unpaved side roads, orchards, pasture lands, and gardens. Easy access to Albuquerque via I-25 and approximately 45 minutes to Santa Fe.
Placitas (Area 18) – A blend of old and new. Older adobe homes can be found here as well as brand new contemporary style homes. Larger lots, gorgeous views, rolling terrain, natural high desert vegetation and lovely executive homes are in this beautiful area. Approximately 25 minutes north from downtown Albuquerque and 45 minutes to Santa Fe via I-25.
East Mountain (Areas 21-29) – Tall pines, pinons, beautiful panoramic views and green hills describe most of the mountain region. The temperature is usually five to fifteen degrees cooler than in Albuquerque. Snow and rainfall are more abundant. Commute time to Albuquerque is typically 20-30 minutes.