Albuquerque, New Mexico

Santa Fe Adjacent

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Spruce Park / Nob Hill

College Kids

Most University of New Mexico students live off-campus with plenty of the surrounding neighborhoods offering inexpensive housing. Spruce Park sits right in between the school and downtown so that's pretty perfect for high walks core to classes and downtown nightlife. Nob Hill is another hotspot which also borders the school and downtown. This "triangle" of neighborhoods - Spruce Park, Nob Hill and Downtown, have much of the housing and social life for the students.


Young Professionals/Students

Young Professionals generally live Downtown or close by in the Nob Hill neighborhood. This is where the action is with a mix of upscale foodie spots and super-casual noodle bars. This is also where youngsters and students dance, drink - booze and coffee, and enjoy live music and theater. Plenty of apartments, townhomes and condos offer inexpensive housing in new nice buildings. If you want to walk to work (if you're lucky) and walk out at night then put downtown on your short list of places to live.

Academy Hills Park


Albuquerque is silly with good neighborhoods for families. Academy Hills Park is a popular choice in part due to the great park smack dab in the middle of the neighborhood. Playgrounds, soccer fields, and tons of greenery for Fido to run around make it ideal for the whole family. To top it off there's also a beautiful country club and even an Amusement Park.

Altura is another good option with a great local park, playgrounds, tennis courts and tons of kids running around on weekends. Altura has an extra bonus of having plenty of fun restaurants to feed those hungry kiddos.

  • Academy Hills Park
  • Altura
  • Bear Canyon
  • Heritage East
  • Vista Del Mundo

Ventana Ranch


Albuquerque is a relatively quiet suburban city with inexpensive housing and access to great outdoor spaces for retirees. If you're up for a planned community check out Ventana Ranch. It has all the benefits of a suburban neighborhood but with direct access to the amenities you'd want in a city. The community has nature trails, parks, a community center with a pool and beautiful homes for those looking for organized luxury.

  • Ventana Ranch
  • North Valley
  • The Foothills