I am trying to learn more about Barelas and what it is like *now*. I've found several articles online, but I can't find anything current. I'm a transplant (from Oregon) and I've been living in Rio Rancho. I've been here for three years.
I am considering moving to the Barelas neighborhood. The plan is to buy a newer residence and live there for at least five years. I'd never heard of Barelas, but I've found a house I like - so now I'm in research mode!
I have kids, but we home school, so the school district isn't an issue. However, I do want to be able to walk around with them during the day and feel good about it. I drove through the area this evening and it seemed pretty quiet. The McDonald's was hopping, but the side streets were not.
I don't care if I have to drive to get to a grocery store (I'm in Rio Rancho, so I have to drive everywhere). I love the idea of being able to walk to a business! With sidewalks! But I don't want my "sick of Rio Rancho" feelings to cloud my judgment.
The specific area I'm looking at is near the Barelas Coffee Shop and the Rail Yards.