Albuquerque, New Mexico real estate and homes for sale

Albuquerque, New Mexico Real Estate and Community Info.

It’s difficult for any Albuquerque real estate agent to describe the city without having it sound like sales-pitch hyperbole. The truth is, however, that New Mexico’s largest city really does have at least a little bit of everything:

  • An average of 310 days of sunshine per year
  • A metro population size that’s arguably neither too big nor too small at about 550,000 as of the 201- census (overall metro area population is around 900,000).
  • A magnificent desert landscape, tempered by the Sandia Mountains and the lush, green plant life along the renowned Rio Grande River
  • All of the entertainment, shopping and dining options you could possibly want  
  • World-famous Southwestern and Native American cuisine, art, culture, architecture, music and performing arts

The city is also home to the University of New Mexico (UNM), Sandia National Laboratories, Kirtland Air Force Base, the National Atomic Museum, Lovelace Respiratory Research Institute, and Petroglyph National Monument.

Shopping and Dining

There are way too many shopping and dining opportunities in Albuquerque to list them all here. In fact, there are more than 150 retailers, restaurants and galleries in the city’s Historic Old Town district alone. So, to make it simple, here are some of the highlights around town:


Speaking of Old Town, it’s less than nine miles from the airport on the gorgeous banks of the Rio Grande. The definitive structure in Old Town is the San Felipe de Neri church, which has beautified this neighborhood since 1793. Once you’ve identified the church’s white towers, follow them to these other Old Town Attractions:

Nob Hill and Downtown are two of Albuquerque’s other major neighborhood shopping destinations, each containing charming, unique and mostly locally owned shops, jewelry and art galleries and stylish Southwestern clothing stores.

For one-stop shopping, check out Uptown, New Mexico’s shopping “Mecca.” Located near Interstate 40, about 10 miles from the airport, Uptown is home to two massive shopping malls:

ABQ Uptown - an outdoor mall housing specialty shops, like Coldwater Creek, Williams-Sonoma, and The Apple Store.

Coronado Center – contains more than 150 stores, including well-known national chains like Macy's, Gap, Banana Republic, Ann Taylor and The Body Shop.


Albuquerque serves up some of the country's most original and distinctive regional culinary delights. New Mexican cuisine mixes indigenous, natural ingredients, especially chiles. But that’s not all you’ll find here. Although we’re only scratching the surface here, some of the signature eateries in Albuquerque include the 66 Diner, State Street Café, Tucanos Brazilian Grill, Artichoke Café, One Up Elevated Lounge and Flying Star Café

Overall, the gastronomic scene here offers a multi-cultural, wide-ranging and diverse selection, filled with pizzerias, fine-dining restaurants, sushi bars, and much more. Of course, this metro oasis of nearly a million people also plays host to all of the national chain restaurants and fast food joints to satisfy your desires and cravings.

Parks and Recreation

Albuquerque’s almost perfect year-round weather, numerous biking and hiking trails, countless parks, and multitude of exercise clubs and facilities are among the reasons the city earned Men’s Fitness magazine’s No. 1 ranking as America’s fittest city in 2007.

Additionally, the city boasts 14 of the best golf courses in the Southwest, top-notch skiing and snowboarding at Sandia Peak, as well as the 15-mile, tree-lined, multi-use Paseo del Bosque Trail.

There are more than 300 parks in or near the City of Albuquerque. Here you’ll find dog parks, parks with athletic facilities, play areas, basketball courts and baseball diamonds, and parks with picnic tables, shade structures, restrooms and drinking fountains.

This beautiful desert city also contains a dozen municipal pools, five of which are indoors for all-weather enjoyment, along with seven outdoor pools.


If you know anything at all about America’s Southwest, you probably don’t need an Albuquerque real estate agency to tell you about the city’s authentic adobe-and-red-clay-roof architecture or its rich Native American, Hispanic, Latino influenced arts and cultural heritage.

But here are some things you may not know:

  • In 2007, ranked Albuquerque the sixth fastest-growing in the U.S.  
  • Founded in 1706, Albuquerque is one America’s oldest cities
  • You can take an aerial tramway to the top of Sandia Peak
  • Visit the wildlife at the ABQ BioPark and the Wildlife West Nature Park
  • Enjoy second-to-none family fun at Cliff’s Amusement Park and Hinkle Family Fun Center

Any Albuquerque real estate agency will tell you that nowhere in the country is the convergence of its past and its present more spectacular than in Albuquerque. Its modern glass-and-steel skyline contrasts dramatically and wonderfully with its traditional architecture, and against the ancient splendor of the Sandia Mountains. The desert’s timeless, crystal blue sky frames all in magnificent clarity.

And in order to preserve Albuquerque’s inherent natural beauty, the City revised its Comprehensive Plan in 1988 to ensure the conservation and protection of more than 28,000 acres in and surrounding the metro area.  

Perhaps Albuquerque’s most famous attraction is its hot air ballooning. In fact, it claims to be the hot air balloon capital of the world. The area’s weather and climate are so ideal year-round that residents and visitors alike can enjoy multi-colored, majestic hot air balloons floating across the blue skies nearly every morning.

Schools, Health, Transportation

Albuquerque Public Schools supplied educational services to about 89,500 students in 2010. It accomplished this through 139 schools, 89 elementary schools, 27 middle schools, 13 high schools and 10 alternative schools.

Albuquerque has several state-of-the-art hospitals and medical centers available to its residents and visitors. Some of these include the VA Medical Center, University of New Mexico Hospital - which is New Mexico’s only Level-1 trauma center - and Presbyterian Hospital.

Transportation options to, from, in and around the city of Albuquerque are as wide-ranging as you’ll find in any major American city.   

Albuquerque International Sunport is about three miles southeast of the city’s main business district. The local mass transit system consists primarily of bus and rail service. ABQ RIDE provides numerous bus routes, as well as an express bus service.

The city’s main highways are:

  • Interstate 25 (Also known as the Pan-American Freeway)
  • Interstate 40 (Also known as the Coronado Freeway)
  • Paseo del Norte (Concurrent with State Highway 423)


If you are thinking about buying Albuquerque real estate or selling a home, give us a call at (505) 342-8100 or send us an email to explore your options and to find out when is the best time for you to make a move.

Contact Information

Dave Slade and Associates
2719 Bosque Del Sol Ln. NW
Albuquerque NM 87120
505.342.8100 (Phone)
Fax: Fax: 505.288.3554

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