Las Cruces, New Mexico

Three Crosses

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Young Professionals/College Students

Downtown is the starting point for any young professional or couple that wants to be within walking distance of the greatest concentration of restaurants, bars, cafes and activities (including skating). There aren’t many homes but plenty of apartments and condos. If you work downtown you get the double-benefit of walking to work. You’re about 4 miles to the university from here so you get the action but not the college student shenanigans.

If you’re a student, or want to be in the midst of the madness then look at the University neighborhood or just south of that in Mesilla Park. University has the greatest density of off-campus students and plenty of affordable rentals. Mesilla Park also has students but they tend to be more graduate students looking for a bit more quiet but still walkable/bikeable to campus.

  • Downtown
  • University
  • Mesilla Park



One of the favorite neighborhoods for families is the Elks area. It’s near the Three Crosses hospital so you get excellent, close care for yourself and the little ones. It’s extremely safe but also known as affordable for those just starting out or looking for reasonable prices. You’re near great hiking and biking trails and also have several parks so the kiddos and the doggos have plenty of room to play.

If you want to be close to the action check out Mesilla Park. Older, historic homes and walking distance to a big fun commercial district. You do get some students, but mostly graduate students as this isn’t the dense University neighborhood. Mesilla Park kind of works as its own city, with parks and schools and restaurants/bars and all just a few minutes from downtown if you want to hit a bigger scene on weekends or whenever. Mesilla is also close to Arrowhead ECHS (in University Park right next door), one of the best high schools in the city, in case you’re ready for that or want to keep it in mind for later years.

  • Elks
  • Mesilla Park
  • Picacho Hills
  • Northeast