We live in La Mesa Neighborhood (just se of Lomas & Louisiana) which has some great sized lots and big back yards, houses with nice wood floors and many great choices for groceries, dining, employment and entertainment nearby. IMAX, Trader Joe's, 1-40, AFB & Sandia, restaurants, and even Nob Hill shops are only minutes away. Having lived in Chicago for half my life, a neighborhood like this would be considered pretty hot!

Our family may have to move due to my severe allergies to just about everything that grows locally (I'll be getting an allergy test for another city before we decide). If we do move, we're thinking of keeping our house as a rental property. We rented it out for $1,500 last summer and tested out the waters with $1,800 rent with some good response from professionals coming to do externships or finding work at Sandia. With all of the fabulous things nearby, I'm surprised people haven't taken more notice and aren't charging more for their homes. 

Does anyone else see the awesome potential in this neighborhood?

I recently heard that the neighborhood association was pushing for affordable housing. I think there is plenty of affordable housing and actually think the neighborhood would be better if there weren't all those run down apartments by Mesa Verde Park. I rarely take my kids there because the people who go there. There's always some type of fight, excessive cursing and swearing out in the playground. I don't want my kids around that.

Also, I'm very disappointed that we got a big ole' casino at the Fairgrounds instead of having the grounds be a bustling and open urban oasis. 

Any thoughts on this neighborhood?

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I certainly think La Mesa has some potential to become better neighborhood in the future.  The challenge has been that the city allowed so many multi-unit dwelling in one area of Albuquerque that La Mesa and the International District was flooded with mostly low-income residents. The ideal housing scenario is mixed-income.  My wife is an urban planner and recently attended a conference in Atlanta.  One neighborhood highlighted there was East Lake: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/East_Lake,_Atlanta.  This seems like an approach that might be needed to revitalize La Mesa and the International District.  Best of luck in your journey.

Nice! I enjoyed reading about East Lake! Thanks Patrick!


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