My husband and I are moving to Albuquerque in Mar/Apr and would like some advice on what the different sides of town are like! Most of our visits have been spent in the downtown/UNM area; we're hoping to visit again soon to drive around and see some more of the city. I've been looking at some apartments in the northwest area that seem pretty nice, but of course every apartment website will say they have the "best" of everything. Not really interested in being in the hippest parts of town, (usually more traffic, higher rent, etc.) but would rather somewhere kinda chill and maybe even a little quiet?
Jessica, almost passed by your post 'til I saw you say, "somewhere kinda chill..." instead of others who seem to want the L.A. County jacuzzi-golf course lifestyle. I live in the South Valley. If you choose wisely down here I think you can get good house and duplex rentals. Buying is a different thing- people here hold out for ridiculous prices, IMO. Thing is, this area 'used' to have a pretty bad rep but it's changed a lot. You just have to pick your spot. Drive around when people are out and drive around at night. Stop in daytime and ask neighbors. Look, any city has troubles. Even upscale Rio Rancho (northwest corner of ABQ) has had a couple murders in recent times. So get on Google Earth and poke around. The part of the "South Valley" I'm talking about has Isleta Blvd running north-south through the heart of it all the way down to I-25 (after that is Isleta Pueblo). There's good stuff all the way west to Coors and all the way east to the Rio Grande. Good luck. PS- ask Bernalillo County Sheriff's Dept if they can tell you of any 'hot spots'.
Glad to help. When you guys are ready, if you want just post here and if I know of anything I'll let you know.