Hi! I'm a homeschooling mom in the south. We are preparing to move to ABQ in July with my husband's new job. We are excited to come to the area. I have three children. My son is six, my eldest daughter is four and my youngest girl is almost two. We have been homeschooling for the last couple of years. I would love to get to know other homeschooling families (once we arrive in ABQ that is) as well as involve my children in activities in the area. My son loves to swim and play sports. My four year old loves gymnastics and anything social. I've only visited ABQ twice and am also looking for any advice in what area to move to. My husband will be working in the southern Rio Rancho area. Any advice out there? Thanks!
Is your husband working for Intel? We're an intel family. Most intel families live near the plant - and right now there are some AMAZING deals out there in the West Side Albuquerque area, and in the Rio Rancho area. Since you don't have to worry about schools you could go anywhere. Anywhere near the river is really nice and sought after, but there are a lot of nice homes 'up on the hill' as well. I don't know much about the different developments out there. We just moved from the heights of Alb to the Valley. It cut my husbands commute from 20 mins to 10 mins...I'm thinking that as long as you stay on the North side of Albuquerque - or anywhere in RR - the commute is nothing. Good luck! We look forward to meeting you.
Not sure about the commute to Intel but we live in "Fringe Crest"(Parkland Hills). Its near Nob Hill and Ridge Crest. Its close to the Co-op and many parks. We LOVE this area. There are many families w/ young kids.
Thanks for the replies. My husband is actually a dentist. I feel a little overwhelmed about this move. I really don't know the area at all and don't know what/where the different neighborhoods are. Is the "Fringe Crest" area older? I think it is closer to downtown, yes? Is crime a problem? It's good to know that there are lots of families there. I am hoping to find a place with more vegetation than what I've seen in the Rio Rancho area. Is that possible? What exactly is the north side and the valley? Sorry, I must sound so ignorant!
Yes, Fringecrest is older and some parts have lots of trees. We used to live there and now live just a little ways away. It's near UNM. We didn't have any crime problems except once when the wind knocked our shed open someone took off with some tools!
Where in the south do you currently live? Southern NM or the southern US? Just curious b/c I lived in the mid-south for awhile (Memphis and AR).
The north and south valley will have lots of vegetation. These are the areas near the river.
We in live in the Loma Colorado Development by Pulte. It's right next to the aquatic center, library, Blades (ice skating/hockey/indoor soccer) and gymnastics center is less than 5 min from us. There are parks in our neighborhood, sidewalks, etc. Lots of kids and a fair number of families from out of state. We have big block parties on fourth of july, halloween, etc. We're moving to denver (due to my job and my kids need specialized healthcare) but I love our nieghborhood! Good luck with the move!
The NE of Albuquerque definitely has more greenery than the west side and Rio Rancho. There is a lot of vegetation in the north valley, too. I live in the NE Heights (but not the far NE) and all the yards in my neighborhood have big trees, big yards and lots of grass. This is my favorite area of town by far because it doesn't feel as blighted as the rest of ABQ.
Please come to our parkday when you get here and settled.
Dannie- Where exactly are the north valley and NE Heights? (I would like to find it on a map.) I would love to see some homes around that area. PIDDMOMto3- I have visited the Loma Colorado area and the homes are beautiful. The block parties sound great! Yitlan- We live in the South as in the Memphis, TN area. We have been here for a couple of years for school, but are originally from the West. We have lived in Utah and Nevada previously. Again, thanks to all of you who have chimed in. It sounds like I need to make another trip out. I can't wait to meet you all at park day. BTW, do you still meet during the summer?
p.s. any of you know of homes for rent in your areas?
I went to CBU in Memphis! Still have some friends there, but haven't visited in five years. I had a grand time in college, but am happy to be here in the SW now. It's very different culturally than Memphis here, but it's similar in size. Maybe a little smaller than combined Memphis/Shelby county. But we have a venue for big shows, a bug university and its amenities, yet a small town feel in many ways. No "projects" or crime like in Memphis. There is a part of town people here think is like that, but nothing like Memphis.
Yes, we meet for park day in the summer. Come out again and the layout of the area will make sense. "The Heights" are higher up, toward the mountain. "The Valley" is the lower river valley. And the mountain makes it easy to navigate directionally. If you make a trip before July, let us know and we'll look for you at park day and try to help you out.
Oh, I see rental signs all the time. Esp. b/c of the slower moving real estate market.