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Albuquerque Neighborhoods


Albuquerque Neighborhoods

Albuquerque is divided into four major quadrants: Northeast, Southeast, Northwest, and Southwest.  Central Avenue forms the basis for the east/west sections of the city. The north/south division is based on the railroad tracks. Street addresses follow the quadrant designations such as NW, SE, NE, or SW.  Eventually these direction tips will be of help. If you feel confused at the beginning just look toward the always visible Sandia Mountains – to the east.

For detailed information on the 290 recognized neighborhood associations, contact:

Albuquerque’s Neighborhood Coordination Office

505-924-3914                         www.cabq.gov


AREA 10:   Sandia Heights

At the base of the Sandia Mountains lies Sandia Heights, stretching into the rolling foothills east of Tramway Boulevard. Panoramic city views and natural terrain landscaping are predominate in this area. The lots are one-half to one acre and the homes range from elegant contemporary to adobe-style. High Desert is one of the newer master-planned communities that works in harmony with the surrounding environment to protect native habitats while it offers superb recreational amenities.


AREA 20:   North Albuquerque Acres

More rural and less populated than Sandia Heights, Albuquerque Acres offers similar architectural styles.  Breathtaking city and mountain views enhance many of the home sites, and horse/animal privileges are possible in certain sections.


AREA 21:   Albuquerque Acres West

Major new home subdivisions consisting of custom and tract homes. Developing area, near schools and shopping.


AREA 30:   Far Northeast Heights

The Tanoan Country Club highlights this area, which encompasses many of the newer custom home developments and master-planned communities found in Albuquerque.


AREA 31:   Foothills North

Master planned community of custom upscale homes, apartments and semi-custom homes. Theme of development is Southwest natural landscaping and neutral colors.


AREA 32:   Academy West                                  

Primarily older homes, established neighborhoods, near schools, shopping and a golf course.


AREA 40:   UNM

The Charming homes in this area range from 30 to 60 years old. Here you will find the lush beauty and shaded tranquility provided by mature trees and established landscaping. This area is home to the greenery of Altura Park north of the University of New Mexico and residents enjoy the verdant retreat from the arid desert landscape.

AREA 41:   Uptown

Older established neighborhoods near two major malls and office parks.


AREA 42:   UNM South

Adjacent to University of New Mexico & TVI with older homes, apartments and multi-family dwellings.


AREA 50:   Northeast Heights

Spectacular views from the foothills of the mountains, jogging and running paths, and easy access to interstate 40 and Kirtland Air Force Base blend together to give the Northeast Heights a true air of variety. This large, attractive, and interesting neighborhood evolved along with  the city’s eastbound growth toward the Sandia foothills. Many of the neighborhoods are centered around lush parks.


AREA 51:   Foothills South

Established neighborhoods along the foothills of the Sandia Mountains. A mixture of custom, tract and condo housing.


AREA 60:   Four Hills Village

Situated in the Manzano Mountain foothills, the Four Hills Country Club dominates the center of this area that offers some of the largest custom homes in the city. This attractive neighborhood also has easy access to Kirtland Air Force Base and Interstate 40.  Located in close proximity to Tijerias Canyon, the sun and sand of this desert retreat is attractive to hikers and dog-walkers. The closely knit community appreciates the country club golf course, which also offers tennis and swimming lessons for children.


AREA 70:   Fairgrounds

Older neighborhood, near the New Mexico State Fair. Also considered a fringe area of the University of New Mexico.


AREA 71:   Southeast Heights

Bordered on the south by Kirtland Air Force Base, Sandia National Labs, and the Albuquerque International Sunport, this area also provides easy access to major city hospitals and the downtown district. The Ridgecrest, Willow Wood, and University areas contain charming older homes in established neighborhoods. These addresses are also close to the charming establishments of Nob Hill, which includes movie houses, restaurants, bookstores, cafes, boutiques, and grocery stores. Roosevelt Park is a magnet for families.


AREA 80:   Downtown  Area

Huning Highland combines with enclaves like the Huning Castle neighborhood, one of the city’s most stately areas. Several residences and structures along these tree-shaded streets are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The beauty and elegance of older homes and the nearby presence of historic Old Town add to the attraction of fine museums, galleries, shops, restaurants, and the Bio park. Interstate 40 and Interstate 25 ensure efficient transportation to all corners of the metropolitan area.


AREA 90 & 91:   Near South Valley & Valley Farms

Located near the Rio Grande River, this area is dominated by tall trees, green pastures, gardens, horses, and fruit trees.  Newcomers will find a genuine rural feeling, and some subdivisions offer charming mini-farms. Rambling homes surrounded by land and cottonwoods, charming restaurants, the Bosque, and the Albuquerque Biological Park are just a few of the treasures nestled in the South Valley.


AREA 92:   Southwest Heights

Growth area of affordable new homes and established neighborhoods. Excellent access to Downtown and Kirkland AFB.


AREA 93:   Pajarito         

Primarily a rural area with some new development and subdivisions.


AREA 100-103:   North Valley

The Rio Grande river runs through the center of this rural area, which is experiencing significant growth.  Equestrian privileges are available in some sections and homes range in all prices, from elegant adobe to bungalows. In spite of the new development, the pastoral and quiet atmosphere that has long characterized the neighborhood still remains. Agricultural roots are still closely tied to the Rio Grande River. Many homes are set on fertile acreage graced by small orchards and gardens or grazing land for horses.


AREA 110:   Northwest Heights

Also known as the West Side, this family-oriented area offers magnificent views of the city and mountains.  Taylor Ranch is one of the popular new master-planned communities that comprise the lion’s share of the new housing. For relaxation and recreation close to home, the La Madera Golf Course will test your back-swing.  The neighborhood also borders the Petroglyph National Monument and La Boca Negra Park.


AREA 111:   Ladera Heights

Primary West side growth area with development of new home subdivisions.


AREA 120 & 121:   Paradise Hills

Just north of Northwest Heights, residents of Paradise Hills enjoy panoramic views of the city against the backdrop of the Sandia Mountains. This west mesa section of the city is home to the premier recreational amenity of Paradise Hills Country Club and Golf Course. Access to the adjacent neighborhood of Northeast Heights is provided by the six-lane Paseo del Norte Bridge.


AREA 130:   Corrales

The gardens, fruit trees, and horses in this area add to the slower pace and rustic ambiance of this village.  Vintage adobe homes blend with contemporaries on half-acre and one-acre lots. Some picturesque mini-farms are also available. The historic roots of some of the lots, antique shops, craft stores, superb dining options, and lovely views add to the charm of this appealing community.


AREA 140-162:   Rio Rancho

Once a sleepy small town. Rio Rancho is setting records as one of the fastest growing suburbs in the entire United States.  Offering shopping centers, a new high school, a golf course, country club, job opportunities, attractive housing, mountain views, and easy access to Albuquerque — the city’s ranking as a “hot spot” is likely to continue well into the future.


AREA 170:   Bernalillo/Algodones

Located near Albuquerque, these smaller communities offer a rural, country atmosphere with unpaved side roads, orchards, gardens and pasture lands. The city is easily accessible by Interstate 25, and the world-class cultural and recreational amenities in Santa Fe are only 45 minutes from home.


AREA 180:   Placitas

Old adobe homes mix with new contemporaries in this beautiful community highlighted by large lots, great views, and lovely executive homes. The rolling terrain and high desert vegetation provide an enticing lifestyle.  The commute into Albuquerque is about 25 minutes driving time, while Santa Fe can be reached in approximately 45 minutes via Interstate 25.

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