Realtor’s Guide to Albuquerque Real Estate
Learn all there is to know about the Real Estate market by top Albuquerque NM Realtor, Liz Karsten of Karsten & Associates. If you have any questions on anything to do with Albuquerque and specifically Albuquerque Real Estate, please get in touch as we have been selling in town for the last thirty years!
There are very few Realtors in Albuquerque that have the track record of being a top producer year after year.
Albuquerque is located in Bernalillo County, New Mexico, 58 miles south of Santa Fe and 334 miles from Denver. Albuquerque is the largest city in the state of New Mexico.
According to the United States Census Bureau, Albuquerque has a total area of 189.5 square miles.
Northeast Albuquerque lines the base of the Sandia Mountains and contains portions of the foothills neighborhoods, which are significantly higher, in elevation and price range, than the rest of the city. Running from Central Avenue and the railroad tracks to the Sandia Peak Aerial Tram, this is the largest quadrant both geographically and by population. The University of New Mexico, the Maxwell Museum of Anthropology, Nob Hill, the Uptown area which includes two shopping malls (Coronado Center and ABQ Uptown), Hoffmantown, Journal Center, and Balloon Fiesta Park are all located in this quadrant.
Some of the most affluent neighborhoods in the city are located here, including: High Desert, Tanoan, Sandia Heights, and North Albuquerque Acres. Parts of Sandia Heights and North Albuquerque Acres are outside the city limits proper. A few houses in the farthest reach of this quadrant lie in the Cibola National Forest, just over the line into Sandoval County.
Northwest Albuquerque contains historic Old Town Albuquerque, which dates back to the 18th century, as well as the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center. The area has a mixture of commercial districts and low to middle-income neighborhoods. Northwest Albuquerque includes the largest section of downtown, Rio Grande Nature Center State Park and the Bosque (“woodlands”), Petroglyph National Monument, Double Eagle II Airport, Martineztown, the Paradise Hills neighborhood, Taylor Ranch, and Cottonwood Mall.
Additionally, the North Valley settlement, outside the city limits, which has some expensive homes and small ranches along the Rio Grande, is located here. The city of Albuquerque engulfs the village of Los Ranchos de Albuquerque. A small portion of the rapidly developing area on the west side of the river south of the Petroglyphs, known as the “West Mesa” or “Westside”, consisting primarily of traditional residential subdivisions, also extends into this quadrant. The city proper is bordered on the north by the North Valley, the village of Corrales, and the city of Rio Rancho.
Kirtland Air Force Base, Sandia National Laboratories, Sandia Science & Technology Park, Albuquerque International Sunport, Eclipse Aerospace, American Society of Radiologic Technologists, Central New Mexico Community College, Albuquerque Veloport, University Stadium, Isotopes Park, The Pit, Mesa del Sol, The Pavilion, Albuquerque Studios, Isleta Resort & Casino, the National Museum of Nuclear Science & History, New Mexico Veterans’ Memorial, and Talin Market are all located in the Southeast quadrant.
The upscale neighborhood of Four Hills is located in the foothills of Southeast Albuquerque. Other neighborhoods include Nob Hill, Ridgecrest, Willow Wood, and Volterra.
Traditionally consisting of agricultural and rural areas and suburban neighborhoods, Southwest Albuquerque comprises the south-end of downtown Albuquerque, the Barelas neighborhood, the rapidly-growing west side, and the community of South Valley, New Mexico, often referred to as “The South Valley.” Although the city limits of Albuquerque do not include the South Valley, Southwest Albuquerque extends through it all the way to the Isleta Indian Reservation. Newer suburban subdivisions on the West Mesa near the southwestern city limits join homes of older construction, some dating back as far as the 1940s. This quadrant includes the old communities of Atrisco, Los Padillas, Huning Castle, Kinney, Westgate, Westside, Alamosa, Mountainview, and Pajarito. The Bosque (“woodlands”), the National Hispanic Cultural Center, the Rio Grande Zoo, and Tingley Beach are also located here.
A newly adopted development plan, the Santolina Master Plan, will extend development on the west side past 118th Street SW to the edge of the Rio Puerco Valley, and house 100,000 by 2050. It is unclear at this time whether the Santolina development will be annexed into the City of Albuquerque or incorporated into its own city when its development does occur.
Albuquerque NM – Every Neighborhood is a Surprise
Albuquerque offers residents a blend of rural and urban qualities blended with a rich cultural history including excellent public services, tons of public events and a renowned university. As a Realtor working in Albuquerque, it is easy to see why the community has really flourished over the last decade.
Housing and Population Statistics
As of 2010, Albuquerque’s population is 545,852 people. As of 2017, it is estimated that the population is 558,545. There are 2,900 people per square mile (population density).
The median age is 35. 43.6% of households are married couples and 33.3% are households with children under 18 living in them. The average household size is 3.02 people.
Climate for Albuquerque NM
Albuquerque has a cold semi-arid climate. Albuquerque is in the northern tip of the Chihuahuan Desert, near the edge of the Colorado Plateau. The average annual precipitation is less than half of evaporation, and no month averages below freezing.
Albuquerque’s climate is usually sunny and dry, with an average of 3,415 sunshine hours per year. Brilliant sunshine defines the region, averaging 278 days a year; periods of variably mid and high-level cloudiness temper the sun at other times. Extended cloudiness is rare. The city has four distinct seasons.
Education in Albuquerque NM
Albuquerque Public Schools (APS), one of the largest school districts in the nation, provides educational services to almost 100,000 children across the city. Schools within APS include both public and charter entities. Numerous accredited private preparatory schools also serve Albuquerque students. These include various pre-high school religious (Christian, Jewish, Islamic) affiliates and Montessori schools, as well as Menaul School, Albuquerque Academy, St. Pius X High School, Sandia Preparatory School, the Bosque School, Evangel Christian Academy, Hope Christian School, Hope Connection School, Shepherd Lutheran School, Temple Baptist Academy, and Victory Christian. Accredited private schools serving students with special education needs in Albuquerque include: Desert Hills, Pathways Academy, and Presbyterian Ear Institute Oral School. The New Mexico School for the Deaf runs a preschool for children with hearing impairments in Albuquerque.
Albuquerque is home to the University of New Mexico, the largest public flagship university in the state. UNM includes a School of Medicine which was ranked in the top 50 primary care-oriented medical schools in the country. Central New Mexico Community College is a county-funded junior college serving new high school graduates and adults returning to school.
Parks and Recreation in Albuquerque
According to the Trust for Public Land, Albuquerque has 291 public parks as of 2017, most of which are administered by the city Parks and Recreation Department. The total amount of parkland is 42.9 square miles, or about 23% of the city’s total area—one of the highest percentages among large cities in the U.S. About 82% of city residents live within walking distance of a park.
Albuquerque has a botanical and zoological complex called the Albuquerque Biological Park, consisting of the Rio Grande Botanic Garden, Albuquerque Aquarium, Tingley Beach, and the Rio Grande Zoo.
Restaurants in Albuquerque
- Golden Crown Bakery – American
- Thai Vegan – Thai
- Central Grill and Coffee House – Diner
- Mas | Tapas y Vino – Spanish
- The Range Cafe – Southwestern/American
- Monroe’s – New Mexican
- Cocina Azul – New Mexican
- Sadies – New Mexican
- Weck’s – Southwestern/American
Albuquerque New Mexico Realtor – Why Choose a Top Producer
If you’re thinking about selling your home, investment property, condominium or other Albuquerque NM Real Estate, allow me to help make the sale a smooth and pleasant experience.
When going about interviewing Albuquerque NM Realtors there should be a number of important things you look for in the interview including the firm’s past track record of success, statistical data such as list price to sale price ratios and average days on market, along with their communication and marketing skills. While putting a SOLD rider on your lawn is my #1 goal, I also expect to make you feel like selling your home was a pain-free experience!
I would welcome the opportunity to discuss why I am a well-respected Realtor servicing Albuquerque Real Estate owners and how my clients’ homes become featured in the limelight online.
There are no other Realtors in Albuquerque NM who are providing the level of online exposure found here through social media integration or search engine optimized results! If you are planning on selling your home, internet marketing is one of my specialties. I have a team member solely dedicated to making sure your home gets the exposure it deserves. There are not many Realtors who do what it takes to make your home seem like it is “featured” everywhere.
Your property will be found in all the top places that most buyers would be searching for Albuquerque homes for sale, including this website which is highly indexed by Google and other search engines and our home search website. The idea of great real estate marketing does not stop at putting a for sale sign in your yard and listing on the Multiple Listing Service (MLS); we just don’t do business that way.
Additional things that help us stand out include exceptional photography from a professional, contracted photographer, vivid descriptions describing all the best features of your home, along with complementary staging services to get your home sold faster.
Staging is key when selling Albuquerque real estate. Staged homes sell for 17% more on average than a non-staged home, and 95% of staged homes sell in 11 days or less. Our Style Professional provides staging for your vacant home or, if you still live in your home, a complimentary in-home staging consultation will help you make the most of the things you already own. We offer all of our staging services completely complementary to help you showcase your home.
Selling your home can be a complicated process. Let our listing specialists walk you through the process. You can rest assured, we’re here to help you sell in the shortest amount of time and for the highest dollar amount the market will bear. We comprehensively prepare your home for sale. Our team has over 30 years of combined experience in the Albuquerque area. From marketing to staging, Karsten & Associates has you covered every step of the way.