What really defines a city? Is it the people? The food? The culture? In the case of Albuquerque, it’s all these things, but even more so, the history of this unique city.  Albuquerque is one of the oldest cities in America. Officially founded 312 years ago in 1706, Native Americans called this place home for thousands of years. Today, Albuquerque embraces that past while looking forward to the future. It’s easy to see into the fascinating past of Albuquerque, through monuments such as the ancient rock carvings at Petroglyph National Monument, the vintage neon signs along Route 66, or the historic Old Town Plaza.

The area that would become Albuquerque has been populated and cultivated as far back as 2000 B.C. European influence on the area goes back to around 1540, when Spanish explorers under General Francisco de Coronado arrived. Colonists were granted permission in 1706 by King Philip of Spain to establish a new city, named in honor of Francisco Fernández de la Cueva, 10th Duke of Alburquerque, Viceroy of New Spain.  You’ll notice that the first “r” in the name has disappeared over the centuries, probably due to the difficulty in pronouncing the name, bringing us the modern spelling of Albuquerque.

The rich history of Albuquerque is evident in the daily life of residents, particularly in the Historic Old Town.  It’s a place where you can get away from the hustle and bustle and step back in time as you go about your modern affairs. Residents and visitors alike enjoy shopping in more than 100 stores and galleries that feature the stunning artwork of the Southwest. You’ll also find world-class exhibits in the Albuquerque Museum, New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science, and Explora Science Center and Children's Museum.

The architecture of Old Town hasn’t changed much since it was built over 200 years ago. The beautiful plaza still hosts events much as it did so long ago.

The beautiful and amazing past of Albuquerque is just waiting for you to explore and call home. If you’re looking for the ideal home in this historic city, contact us today, or search for a home online. And make sure to check back on our blog twice a week for more great reasons to call Albuquerque home.  And don’t forget to follow us on Facebook for the latest Albuquerque real estate news.


10465 Chandler Drive NW, Albuquerque, NM  $260,000

3 Bedrooms/ 4 Bathrooms (2 full, 2 partial) / 2200 Square Feet

Original owner`Pride of Ownership shows thru-out in this meticulously cared for beautifully kept home. 3 bedroom home features 2 master bedrooms each with a full bath. Large 3 car garage room for all of your toys. 

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