Albuquerque, New Mexico real estate for sale

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Albuquerque, New Mexico is a growing, dynamic city set in a region blessed with spectacular natural surroundings and a vibrant economy. Founded in 1706, Albuquerque is one of the oldest inland cities in the U.S., but its rich history and Southwest tradition blend beautifully with the dynamic city of today.

Desirable Albuquerque, NM real estate for sale is found throughout the city’s more than 162 square miles. With 310 days of sunshine on average annually, year-round average temperatures ranging from 42° to 77°, and the striking Sandia Mountains just outside of town, Albuquerque is an outdoor lover’s paradise. The Rio Grande runs through Albuquerque, New Mexico’s largest city, the Bernalillo County seat and the 38th most populous city in the U.S. Not only is Albuquerque rich in history, it is notable for its elevation: at 5,314 feet, it is the highest metropolitan city in mainland America.

Albuquerque’s vibrant economy boasts several strong pillars. It is home to Kirtland Air Force Base, Sandia National Laboratories, the University of New Mexico (UNM), Lovelace Respiratory Research Institute, and Petroglyph National Monument. Just outside the city, Intel Corporation operates its largest and most sophisticated computer chip manufacturing facility.


The Rio Grande Valley has been populated and cultivated as far back as 2,000 B.C. The Pueblo people living in present-day Albuquerque had a sophisticated culture long before European arrival. They were skilled in stone masonry, pottery and an impressive array of arts and crafts. Many of these traditional skills remain in practice and have been passed down over generations and centuries.

The early Spanish settlers were religious people. Their initial structure was a small adobe chapel located in Albuquerque’s Old Town where San Felipe de Neri Church stands now. The church is the recognized anchor of Old Town, and it is Albuquerque’s historic and emotional heart. Its Plaza hosts many cultural events and local celebrations.

Albuquerque is famous as the Hot Air Balloon capital of the U.S. Each October, the Hot Air Balloon Festival draws over 1.5 million people to the largest international hot air balloon competition. It is often called the world’s most photographed event. Albuquerque’s unique atmospheric conditions and air currents produce an ideal ballooning location and visitors to the Duke city often enjoy a hot air balloon ride.

Albuquerque by the Rankings

The following list shows some of the awards recently bestowed on Albuquerque:

  • Named among the U.S. Cities with the Cleanest Air by the AirGenius Awards
  • The Business Journal ranked Albuquerque one of the Top Cities for Small Businesses
  • Ranked as one of the “Best Places to Retire” for Under 40K by U.S. News
  • Forbes and both named Albuquerque one of the 25 Best Places to Retire
  • Albuquerque was ranked at one of the Top 20 Most Livable U.S. Cities for Wheelchair Users by the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation
  • One of the Top U.S. Destinations in October (Reuters)
  • Ranked as one of the Top West Coast Destinations for Senior Travel (Yahoo!)
  • #3 in Men's Fitness Magazine's 25 Fittest Cities
  • The Trust for Public Land ranked Albuquerque’s park system among the 10 Best in the nation
  • #5 in Wanderlust's Top 5 Places to Pop the Question
  • One of the Top Western Destinations for Senior Travel (Yahoo!)
  • Albuquerque's Paseo Del Bosque Trail was ranked by Sunset Magazine as a Top 10 City Bike Ride
  • Sandia Golf Club ranked in GolfWeek Magazine as one of the Best Courses You Can Play in 2012
  • AmericanStyle Magazine ranked Albuquerque #7 in their Top 25 Big Cities for Art.

From its business climate to its outdoor setting, and for singles, families and seniors, Albuquerque is one-of-a-kind!

Shopping and Dining

If you are considering buying Albuquerque, NM real estate for sale, rest assured that the city has excellent dining and shopping options. New Mexican food is a category unto itself, blending Native American, Mexican and Spanish ingredients and cooking methods. Albuquerque has impressive array of restaurants to please any palate. The chile pepper, whether red or green, is a very common to the city’s cuisine.

High-end dining spots include Jennifer James 101, Antiquity, St. James Tearoom and Marcello’s Chophouse. Other fine dining venues, at a slightly more affordable price point, include Zinc Wine Bar and Bistro, Tucanos Brazilian Grill, Chama River Brewing Company, and the Artichoke Café.

Moderately priced eateries in the Duke City include II Vicino, Saggio’s, Grove Café and Market, and Shogun Japanese. Inexpensive but tasty fare can be enjoyed at Frontier Restaurant, Siam Café, El Modelo Mexican Foods, and Thai Vegan. Of course, considering that Alburquerque’s metropolitan area numbers over 800,000 residents, foodies will have plenty of chances to go exploring.

Albuquerque’s shopping, like its dining, does not disappoint.

  • Historic Old Town offers over 150 shops, boutiques, galleries and restaurants around a 300-year-old plaza. Old Town showcases art by Native Americans and other artisans; nearby are found Albuquerque BioPark Zoo and a handful of museums.
  • Nob Hill attracts shoppers to it locally owned shops and boutiques, eateries, wine bars and live music.
  • Downtown offers New Mexico’s best nightlife and encompasses a slew of niche merchants and galleries. Gold Avenue is the destination for contemporary, independent boutiques and a street fairs throughout the year.
  • Uptown is the Land of Enchantment’s largest shopping destination. It is an outdoor mall featuring upscale retailers, restaurants and a spa/salon. Stores here include Coldwater Creek, Pottery Barn, The Apple Store, Williams-Sonoma, J. Jill and many others.
  • Coronado Center offers over 150 stores, including well known names like Macy's, JCPenney, Sears, Caché, Banana Republic, Gap, Ann Taylor and more. The nearby Winrock Center is located near the Coronado Center.
  • The Cottonwood Mall featuring Dillard's, Macy's, Sears, JCPenney, Regal Cinemas and 135 retailers.
  • The new ABQ Uptown is an outdoor mall with retailers like Ann Taylor, Sharper Image, Williams-Sonoma, Pottery Barn, and Chicos.

Parks and Recreation

Albuquerque's Park Management Division manages over 286 park sites and 113 miles of developed urban and soft trails. Excellent biking and hiking areas are found in or near the Sandia and Manzano foothills. The Park Division also offers (among others):

  • 13 dog parks
  • Shooting range
  • Softball fields
  • Mixed use fields, picnic facilities and rec areas
  • Pools – West Mesa Aquatic Center is an all-purpose aquatic center including stadium seating for 800 spectators. It has an indoor pool with a large water slide and zero-slope entry. The city also offers a number of indoor and outdoor pools.
  • Model Rocketry with two 6-slot rocket launchers. The equipment is loaned out for a maximum of 3 days. Launches are conducted at Balloon Fiesta Park normally.
  • During ski season, the City of Albuquerque provides skiing and snowboarding lessons.


Albuquerque, NM real estate for sale benefits from its enviable climate and famous livability. Sunny and dry is normal, with low humidity and an average of 3,420 sunshine hours per year. Cloudiness happens but it’s rare. Albuquerque has four distinct seasons, but milder temperatures than elsewhere in the U.S.

Albuquerque is the center of the New Mexico Technology Corridor, a concentration of high-tech private companies and government institutions along the Rio Grande. Larger institutions include Sandia National Laboratories, Kirtland Air Force Base, and the related companies that bring highly educated workers to the area. Intel’s large semiconductor factory is nearby in Rio Rancho while Northrop Grumman is located in northeast Albuquerque. TempurPedic opened an 800,000-square-foot mattress factory in 2007.

The ABQ BioPark Zoo is home to an amazing array of animals and hosts popular annual events like the Mother's Day concert and Father's Day Fiesta, the run for the zoo, the “Zoo Boo” alternative Halloween activity, and the Zoo Music Concert Series. The Albuquerque Museum of Art and History is also popular. Albuquerque is home to 300 artistic and cultural associations, festivals and guilds. Albuquerque also hosts the National Hispanic Cultural Center, the National Institute of Flamenco, the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra and the cutting-edge Tricklock Theatre Company and Keshet Dance Company. In 2010, Albuquerque was ranked #7 for "Best Large City for Arts" by AmericanStyle Magazine.

Schools, Health, Transportation

Albuquerque is the home of the University of New Mexico, the state’s flagship university. UNM’s School of Medicine has been ranked in the nation’s top 50 primary care-focused medical schools. Other higher education opportunities in Albuequerque include National American University, Southwest University of Visual Arts, Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute, Trinity Southwest University, and the University of St. Francis College of Nursing and Allied Health Department of Physician Assistant Studies. The Central New Mexico Community College serves the entire region.

Albuquerque Public Schools, one of the nation’s largest school districts, serves nearly 90,000 children. The district administers 13 high schools, 27 middle schools, 89 elementary schools, 11 alternative schools. There are also 33 charter schools serving over 6,000 students. In addition, there are a number of respected private schools available.

Albuquerque is New Mexico’s health care hub. Hospitals here include the Heart Hospital of New Mexico, Lovelace Women's Hospital, Presbyterian Hospital, and the VA Medical Center. The University of New Mexico Hospital is the state’s sole level I trauma center. University Hospital and Presbyterian Hospital enjoy high rankings according the U.S. News.

Getting around Albuquerque for many begins with walking and biking. The city was ranked #28 in WalkScore’s list of the 50 biggest U.S. cities and it also has an enviable bicycle-friendly infrastructure. For drivers, the city is well served by major highways. Since the famous Route 66 was decommissioned in the 1980s, the major highways are I-25 for north-south driving and I-40 for east-west trips. Two airports serve Albuquerque, the larger Albuquerque International Sunport is located 3 miles southeast of the central business district, while the Double Eagle II Airport mainly serves as an air ambulance center but is also used by corporate planes, military personnel, and for charter and private use.

If you are thinking about buying or selling a home, give us a call at (909) 590-8288 or send us an email to explore your options and to find out when is the best time for you to make a move.

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