Albuquerque is divided into four quadrants:
Northeast (NE), Southeast (SE),
Northwest (NW), and Southwest (SW)
. The North and South dividing line is Central
Avenue, also known as "Old Route 66." The East and West dividing line is
Broadway, or to old timers the railroad tracks. Each quadrant has its own
unique qualities and distinctive neighborhoods.
This quadrant stretches from the University of New Mexico to the foothills of the Sandia Mountains. The Sandia Mountains to the east and the Sandia Pueblo to the north limit this area to moderate development. Some of the city's most affluent and upscale subdivisions lie within this area. Sandia Heights, Tanoan, High Desert and Glenwood Hills are located here. North Albuquerque Acres, with its large lot size and "country" feel has homes in every style and price range.
This area includes Albuquerque International Airport, Kirtland Air Force Base, and Sandia National Labratories. Subdivisions include the well established Ridgecrest and Nob Hill sections, The Four Hills area, and the contemporary Willow Wood subdivision. This area has homes in every price range to meet most family needs.
Starting in the South Valley, you'll find a mainly agricultural area, with many homes southwestern style, that often have barns and livestock. Head towards downtown and you'll find the Old Country Club neighborhood. Quiet and lushly landscaped, this neighborhood is one of the more highly sought after residential areas of the city. This is the area to come to during the Christmas season. Many residents set out luminarias, or little lights, to guide you on a tour of this area.
This area contains the city's oldest most established neighborhood and it's newest more rapidly growing area. The North Valley contains some of Albuquerque's most secluded, rural properties, surrounded by massive cottonwood, with lot sizes typically of an acre or more. Cross the Rio Grande River and atop the West Mesa you'll find the most rapidly growing area of the city, containing both residential and commercial developments. Taylor Ranch and Paradise Hills do have properties that date back several decades, so a mix of new and old can be found in this area. Affordable housing abounds, with dozens of homebuilders offering an array of new homes with prices starting as low as in the $70,000 range. Cottonwood Mall, one of the largest shopping centers in the Southwest, has over 1 million square feet of space.
For more information about the four major quadrants, neighborhoods within the four areas, and neighborhoods in the entire Metro Albuquerque Area, please look at Neighborhoods within the Metro Albuquerque Area for more detailed information abou the different neighborhoods in the Metro Area.
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