Are you relocating to Albuquerque for work? Eager to start your search for your new home, but have no idea which of Albuquerque’s neighborhoods is best for you? No idea where you should live or move in Albuquerque?
Look no further!
In this guide, I have provided a look at all the wonderful neighborhoods Albuquerque has to offer and what you can expect from each part of town. As both a local for more than 10 years, a veteran of the hospitality industry, and an agent working closely with home buyers, I have learned about all of Albuquerque’s neighborhoods and each one’s unique charms.
If you have further questions after reading this guide, or just feel ready to start your home search with me, please do not hesitate to give me a call (or text!) at (505) 209-5941. I’m always happy to help Albuquerque’s newest residents in finding their perfect home.
Old Town is one of the historic parts of Albuquerque. It is the area where the initial settlers originally created their community, so it is essentially the heart of Albuquerque. It is also in the center of the city and situated immediately west of downtown.
Old Town is ideal for people who would like an older home with a historic charm and enjoy the idea of being within walking distance of major cultural events, museums, locally-owned shops, and other activities without dealing with as much hustle and bustle as a downtown home would offer.
Albuquerque’s downtown is experiencing a lot of changes and revitalization. There are numerous bars, clubs, restaurants, and businesses located downtown. Some historic buildings have been updated and converted into condominiums for those who want the downtown living experience, but there are also many homes in the area directly east of downtown if you prefer a quieter home life within walking distance of all the action.
Nob Hill is the area directly east of the University of New Mexico along Central Ave. It has been the focus of many of the city’s efforts over the past decade or so. There are tons of trendy restaurants, bars, retail stores, and other businesses along this stretch of road, with many housing options either on the main strip or directly adjacent to it. This is a great area for people who want to be within walking distance of a million things to do, but prefer smaller, more mellow hangout spots than downtown might offer.
Albuquerque’s Sunport is located directly off I-25 at the south end of the city. It is close to the University of New Mexico, Central New Mexico Community College, and the Kirtland Airforce Base, but homes in this area have maintained a relatively affordable price due to their proximity to the Sunport.
The areas directly north, south, and west of the University of New Mexico and Central New Mexico Community College are referred to as the midtown area. Homes here vary widely in price, but are generally in high demand due to their proximity to the universities (and thus rental income potential for investors). The university area is home to many restaurants and other entertainment options. It also runs directly into Nob Hill at the intersection of Central and Girard. Although the area is pricey, it is very attractive to anybody who would like to be close to the universities and all the attractions Nob Hill has to offer.
Uptown is the area directly east of Nob Hill and extends toward the Coronado Mall a few miles away. Housing in this area varies widely depending on its proximity to the Coronado Mall and ABQ’s Uptown shopping district. In general, Uptown appeals mostly to business travelers and those who work in the area.
East of Uptown and extending all the way past Tramway (both on the east and northern sides), the east side is one of the largest areas in Albuquerque. The far northern and eastern edges are referred to collectively as the Heights and offer some of the most expensive housing in Albuquerque, while the southern and western areas of the east offer mostly affordable housing options. There are few things of interest in this neighborhood, but it has a lot to offer for residents who don’t mind the commute back into the center of the city. Many homes on the east side are older – think 1950s-1980s – and as such have a certain charm and appeal to them.
Balloon Fiesta Park/North I-25
For residents who would like the upscale feeling of the Heights without paying quite as high a price and having quite such a long commute, the area along I-25 has many affordable (as well as expensive) housing options. This is a great option for people who will be working in the area, such as near the Journal Pavilion, as well as people who enjoy watching the hot air balloons taking off each morning.
North Valley/Los Ranchos/Corrales
This neighborhood is three neighborhoods grouped into one. It is a large-but-narrow area that stretches only from the Rio Grande to the railroad tracks, all the way from I-40 to the Sandia Pueblo north of the city. Generally, the further north you go in this area, the more expensive the housing becomes. Corrales is especially known for its generous lot sizes, while Los Ranchos almost feels like Santa Fe in certain spots. This is an excellent area to choose if you want a genuine New Mexican vibe in your neighborhood. Most of these homes are also quite close to the Rio Grande and often on large lots, making them ideal for people who have pets (even horses!) or gardens.
Albuquerque’s west side is its newest area. It extends from the Rio Grande all the way to the edge of town, both to the west and north toward Rio Rancho. It includes many different subdivisions and other neighborhoods, such as Ventana Ranch and Taylor Ranch. Much of this area is both affordable and new, so it is often considered to offer a lot of modern comforts, so long as you do not mind the commute toward the center of town for some of your activities.
Albuquerque’s South Valley has seen a lot of change over the last 20 years or so, often for the better. Many of these homes are quite historic and they are often quite affordable, although there are also options for newer homes in subdivisions as well (generally at a similar price). This is an area with a lot of sense of community pride and closeness. Like North Valley, Corrales, and Los Ranchos, it is also an area that offers some proximity to the river and the potential for a lot that will accommodate horses.
Albuquerque’s International District is technically considered part of the Airport area, though it deserves a special mention of its own. It runs along Central Ave and southward toward the military base along all the cross-streets named after states (i.e. Louisiana to Wyoming). Housing in this area is quite affordable. It may not be the most comfortable area of choice for those who are new to the city as it does not offer much easy access to cultural events, restaurants, or other attractions.
Of course, no neighborhood search is complete without looking up school districts, area amenities, and other features. I highly recommend you do your own research on the different neighborhoods in Albuquerque while you plan your home search.
Once you’ve found some neighborhoods that appeal to you, I highly recommend you take the next step on your home search. That could be:
- Giving me a call or sending me a text at (505) 209-5941;
- Looking up the homes for sale on the MLS; or,
- Filling out my Find Your Dream Home spreadsheet, which will let me get all your preferences in one place so I can find you great matches.
- Helping me learn your financial situation (and get you in touch with possible lenders) by filling out this home affordability calculator.
I look forward to learning more about how I can help you!