Albuquerque, NM

Finding Apartments for Rent in Albuquerque, NM

If you’re looking for apartments for rent in Albuquerque, you’re in good company; more and more people are discovering the many perks of this historic city and packing up for a move to the Southwest. From scenic views and comfortable weather to diverse, friendly communities and delicious, authentic cuisine, there’s no shortage of reasons to move to Albuquerque. But the city’s affordable housing market is perhaps its best-kept secret; young professionals and retirees alike can choose from a variety of affordable apartments in Albuquerque.

If you’re attending school in Albuquerque, there are plenty of Albuquerque apartments within walking distance from one or both of its two main college campuses: the University of New Mexico in the center of the city, and Central New Mexico Community College, which lies just a few blocks to the south. The farther you get from the Rio Grande, the lower your rent will likely be. Every income level and age group is well-represented in Albuquerque, but its wealthier residents tend to gravitate toward the river, which yields plenty of rich farmland and gorgeous, untouched scenery.

Depending on what brings you to Albuquerque—raising a family, starting a new career, getting an education, or just looking for a change—there’s definitely a neighborhood perfect for you.

Top Neighborhoods in Albuquerque, NM

The Rio Grande splits Albuquerque down the middle, but its neighborhoods aren't quite so black-and-white. Albuquerque residents enjoy seamless transitions from rural to urban and eccentric to sophisticated, with the same carefree New Mexico spirit filling every last bit of it.

If you’ll be decorating your new digs with offbeat, eclectic décor, you might want to browse the apartments in Nob Hill. This unique district in the heart of the city is great for walking, and its neighborhoods are brimming with students, artists, intellectuals, and professionals who can’t get enough of its one-of-a-kind architecture, intimate bars, and unique art galleries.

If your budget isn't quite so tight, apartments in the foothills and North Valley offer more upscale living. Old, grand houses pepper the riverside landscapes, especially on Rio Grande Boulevard, where lots are big enough for vineyards, farms, and horse stables.

To get better acquainted with nature, find apartments near Albuquerque’s western limits. Jackrabbit sightings are common with the Cibola National Forest just a few miles away, and you can enjoy trails for hikers, bikers and horseback riders. This less-developed region of Albuquerque offers fantastic views of the city, while preservation regulations make sure that the view out your apartment window will be very similar to early pioneers’ first glimpses at the New Mexico landscape.

Cultural Attractions in Albuquerque, NM

If you love to embrace the great outdoors, step back in time to relive historic moments, or enjoy great art, you’re in luck! Albuquerque’s long, storied history and gorgeous landscapes have contributed to its one-of-a-kind culture, and no matter where you live, there’s a good chance your apartment will be close to one of Albuquerque’s many cultural attractions.

One of Albuquerque’s biggest claims to fame is its annual Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, the world’s largest hot air balloon festival. Residents who aren't lucky enough to live in apartments near Balloon Fiesta Park can take advantage of its convenient park & ride option, which buses visitors in from both the East Side and West Side of Albuquerque.

If you want an apartment near a much bigger kind of park, head west toward the fifty-two-acre ABQ BioPark and Botanic Garden. Enjoy the blooming flowers and plants in its iconic glass conservatory, stroll through the relaxing Sasebo Japanese Garden, or get up close to goats, horses, pigs, sheep, and chickens at the park’s Heritage Farm. And to really impress the kids, taken them to the Children’s Fantasy Garden, where they can cross a moat and enter through a castle into a garden of gigantic acts, pumpkins, potatoes, bees, and more.

To truly appreciate your new hometown’s place in history, find an apartment near Albuquerque’s historic Old Town district, where many homes are on the National Register of Historic Places. There’s live weekend entertainment throughout the summer in Old Town Plaza, and some of the city’s best shopping too.

If you plan to turn one of your apartment’s extra bedrooms into an art studio, then the East Side of town is definitely for you. That’s where the New Mexico Arts and Crafts Fair has taken place every year since 1961. Renters who live near the New Mexico State Fairgrounds get to enjoy year-round concerts, fairs, festivals, and more, but none are as prestigious as this juried art show, which is open only to New Mexico artists and craftspeople. Maybe you can even set your sights on one of the festival’s big prizes, which honor the best paintings, drawings, photography, digital art, ceramics, printmaking, sculpture precious and semi-precious jewelry, wood, metal, and glass!

Dining in Albuquerque, NM

No matter where you go in Albuquerque, you’re bound to run into an award-winning restaurant or café with completely authentic local cuisine. New Mexico is serious about its traditional food, too: it even has its own state cookie, the biscochito! If you want to pass as a local while dining out, ask your server for “Christmas”; that means you want to try both green and red chile with your meal. Chile is a New Mexico staple, and no one does it better than Albuquerque.

Just like the city itself, Albuquerque cuisine is a medley of hundreds of years of Mexican, European, and Native American influences. There’s even a fusion café, the Pueblo Harvest Café, within the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center in Old Town. Find Native American, Mexican, and Southwest fare on the mouthwatering menu, which includes frybread, cornmeal pancakes, blue corn onion rings, macaroni and cheese with chicken and green chile sauce, and even the Tewa Taco, which offers pueblo beans and beef on frybread with – what else? – chile.

El Pinto is another local favorite; stock your new Albuquerque apartment with some of the homemade salsa and chile sauce that they sell on site, or stop by after work to unwind at their Tequila Bar. You won’t forget you have an apartment in the desert with more than 160 different tequilas – including its exclusive Double Barrel Reposado –and some of the world’s best agave nectar. They also have live music on an outdoor patio and drink specials throughout the entire Balloon Fiesta season.

Don’t be intimidated by the cuisine if you don’t eat animal products; Albuquerque is so agriculturally rich that it’s very easy to find vegetarian and vegan options. Most people associate vegan restaurants with giant cities like San Francisco and New York City, so you’ll be pleasantly surprised when you wind up in an apartment near restaurants that cater exclusively to vegans. Loving Vegan offers Asian fusion selections that include vegan versions of lobster, salmon, tuna, shrimp, crab, and eel sauce. Pick a Nob Hill apartment to be close to Thai Vegan, which also has a location in Osuna, or try Annapurna’s World Vegetarian Café for a wider selection of affordable veggie treats. But be careful if you have an apartment near a restaurant that serves meat, because lard is often used to prepare both oven bread and biscochitos.

Transportation Options in Albuquerque, NM

Don’t have a car? There are plenty of apartments near public transportation services in Albuquerque, and depending where you’ll be working or studying, its mild temperatures and sunny skies will have you walking everywhere in no time. To avoid driving altogether, look for apartments near Albuquerque Metro bus stops. Downtown Albuquerque apartments are especially convenient; many residents choose to walk to work, and if you need to go someplace farther, the speedy Rail Runner Express takes you to universities, hospitals, concert venues, and more.

No matter where your apartment is, Rapid Ride’s Red, Green and Blue Lines can connect you to just about every part of Albuquerque. Its fleet of low-emission buses even have convenient GPS technology, so you can track each bus and leave your apartment with plenty of time to spare. If you or a loved one has a physical impairment, you won’t have to deal with the complicated, time-consuming boarding process of most city buses. Rapid Ride buses are low to the ground for speedier boarding, and each of them are equipped with three-bike racks – just another reason that Albuquerque is an accommodating and welcoming place to find your next apartment.

57 Neighborhoods in Albuquerque, NM

  • Academy Acres North

    Academy Acres North is perched in northeast Albuquerque, just north of Arroyo del Oso Park, a public facility with a 27-hole golf course. The neighborhood's position at the edge of the foothills gives residents a broad view of the Rio Grande Valley and high desert to the west and the Sandia Mountains to the east. The community benefits from an array of fine-dining restaurants and upscale shopping outlets, with some of the more popular northeast Albuquerque bars in the area. Residents can find comfortable and reasonably priced places to live in this quiet and safe neighborhood.

  • Academy Estates East

    Academy Estates East is a pocket of northeast Albuquerque buttressed by the 300-acre tract of a private high school to the north and a similarly-sized park and golf course to the west. The neighborhood is on the lip of the Rio Grande Valley with a view of city and desert hills beyond, and it benefits from the cushion of serenity that the nearby open space affords.

  • Academy Ridge East

    Crouching at the base of the Sandia Mountains in Albuquerque's foothills, well-heeled Academy Ridge East has an expansive view of the city and desert to the west and recreational opportunities that include hiking and skiing to the east.

  • Alamedan Valley

    The shady cottonwood trees and lush green fields of the Alamedan Valley, located 15 minutes from downtown Albuquerque, make it easy to forget that you're living in the desert. Bordered to the west by the Rio Grande River, Alamedan Valley features an extensive network of bike trails and hiking paths through the bosque. The semi-rural neighborhood consists largely of small farms and single-family homes for rent, many of which are made from old-fashioned adobe for an authentic New Mexico look. Despite the old-fashioned feel, a growing number of boutique stores and art galleries are springing up along 4th Street, which runs through the heart of the neighborhood.

  • Barelas

    Along the mighty Rio Grande lies Albuquerque's Barelas neighborhood, about a mile west of downtown. Many of the apartments, townhomes, and condos for rent stand at the northern end of the Barelas neighborhood along Hazeldine, Coal, and Iron Avenues. Prospective residents find an abundance of swimming pools and even a few warm-weather trees throughout the residential area.

  • Bear Canyon

    Bear Canyon supports a vibrant residential area with numerous shopping options and grand views of the Sandia Mountains in the east. Home to a large park and golf course, as well as the prestigious Albuquerque Academy, the neighborhood flows with winding subdivisions and business-lined boulevards, appealing to a varying group of families and workers looking for a comfortable life outside Albuquerque's core.

  • Bel-Air

    Located in Albuquerque's increasingly popular Uptown area, Bel-Air combines quiet residential living with easy access to world-class shopping and entertainment. The neighborhood rentals consist primarily of older, single-family homes in eclectic styles ranging from traditional stucco ranches to Art Deco-inspired buildings. A volunteer neighborhood association helps create a sense of community with an annual neighborhood party at the lovely Bel Air-Miramontes Park, organized clean-up days, and more.

  • Boyds-Leslie Park

    Located in Albuquerque’s Northeast Heights, Boyds-Leslie Park lies along busy Montgomery Boulevard in an area popular for shopping and entertainment. Average rental rates in the area hover around average for Albuquerque, and local schools feed into modern Del Norte High. Recreation options include hiking and skiing in the Sandia Mountains to the east and cycling and trails of the Rio Grande to the west. Dining and shopping range from low-cost to upscale, and fast access to area freeways makes transportation a breeze in Boyds-Leslie Park.

  • Cottonwood Heights

    The small neighborhood of Cottonwood Heights exemplifies modern suburban living with single family homes and apartment complexes set in tight subdivisions with views of the towering cliffs and hills of West Mesa. With ample shopping just a short drive away at the Cottonwood Mall shopping complex and close by schools, the Cottonwood Heights presents the convenience of life beyond the urban core without sacrificing easy access to everything you need. For commuters or entertainment seekers, downtown Albuquerque lies 12 miles to the southeast or about a half an hour drive.

  • Del Norte

    Located in the northeastern part of Albuquerque, the Del Norte area combines the best of diverse living and access to city center and its businesses and culture. The area hosts two high schools and many businesses, shops and restaurants, as well as the Oso del Arroyo Golf Course.

  • Del Rey

    Northeast Albuquerque’s Del Rey neighborhood hosts a range of residential options. Upscale homes and apartment complexes anchor the east side of the area. Nearby freeway on-ramps mean drivers in the area enjoy easy access to anywhere in the city within minutes. Traffic stays light and one of Albuquerque’s most popular cycling routes runs through the neighborhood. A popular and growing commercial corridor exists just north along Paseo Del Norte, where residents do most of their shopping and dining. Residents enjoy a panorama of the Rio Grande Valley to the west and the serenity of the Sandia Mountains to the east.

  • Downtown

    Nicknamed "Duke City" in honor of the Duke of Albuquerque, Downtown Albuquerque has never strayed far from its roots. Spanish-style architecture mixes with contemporary designs, creating an unusual urban landscape. The city has more than 310 days of sunshine each year, making it one of the mildest in the United States. Due to its elevation, the city has milder summer temperatures than nearby Santa Fe or other desert cities. The Downtown neighborhood's location at the center of the city gives residents convenient access to restaurants, entertainment venues, museums, galleries and boutiques.

  • East Central Business Park

    Eleven miles east of downtown Albuquerque, East Central Business Park is a small residential neighborhood of apartment buildings and adobe homes. This area offers locals a quiet, close-knit community within the city borders, with access to downtown using several bus lines.

  • Eastside

    Nestled in the foothills of the Sandia Mountains, Eastside Albuquerque has all the conveniences of a large city set against a stunning backdrop of mountain peaks. Outdoor enthusiasts enjoy hiking, skiing, snowboarding, and golfing, but the neighborhood also has restaurants and shops for those who prefer to relax indoors. Many residents have short commutes thanks to the neighborhood's central location; Eastside sits just eight miles southwest of the city center.

  • Fair West

    With easy access to grocery stores, local restaurants, and more, Fair West ranks among Albuquerque's most walkable and bike-friendly neighborhoods. This historic neighborhood dates back before the Great Depression, although its growth really began in the 1950s. This resulted in an eclectic mix of homes, ranging from old adobes to sprawling brick ranch homes. The area also features several apartment buildings and townhouses available for rent.

  • Grandview Heights

    Flanked by the quiet presence of the Sandia Mountains to the east and the desert scrub of Tijeras Canyon to the south, Grandview Heights commands a panoramic view of Albuquerque, just 7 miles west, and the extinct volcanoes and extinct volcanoes of Albuquerque's West Mesa. The area has easy access to area freeways and the recreation that the nearby mountains provide. Stop along Lomas or Juan Tabo for shopping and entertainment, or head a couple of miles south to the concentration of retail and dining options in Four Hills.

  • Huning Highland Historic District

    Tall shade trees, historic homes, and spacious parks give the Huning Highland Historic District a peaceful feel, but this area also lies just minutes from some of Albuquerque's most active nightlife and entertainment venues. The eclectic mix of old and new homes includes upscale lofts, cozy cottages, and homes with styles ranging from adobe to Queen Anne. Central Avenue runs through the center of the neighborhood for easy commuting by bus or bicycle, and I-25 is close by for easy access to other parts of the city.

  • Indian Acres

    Indian Acres is a friendly, delightful community that sits about four miles northeast of downtown Albuquerque. The weather is mild to hot and sunny nearly year round, and the surrounding landscape is a mix of urban, suburban, and developed desert. Cars abound, although Indian Acres is very flat, so it's both bikeable and walkable. Local buses are a good alternative for those looking for public transportation.

  • La Mesa

    Diverse and ethnically rich, La Mesa sits on Albuquerque's east side and enjoys a below-average cost of living and ready access to public transit. Route 66, called Central Avenue within city limits, runs through this close-knit community, which is bordered by Kirtland Air Force Base to the south and Expo New Mexico, the state's fairgrounds, to the west. Residents find this walkable area's selection of shopping and dining especially enjoyable.

  • La Reina De Los Altos

    La Reina de Los Altos sits peacefully in the shadow of the Sandia Mountains in Albuquerque's Northeast Heights. Close to the topographical high point of the city, this modern area enjoys a panorama of the city and volcanic mesa beyond, with visibility often extending 40 miles. The infrastructure in the area was completed in the 1980s, and the attentive community takes pride in the neighborhood's maintenance and appearance.

  • La Sala Grande

    Sitting in Albuquerque’s Northeast Heights, La Sala Grande hosts quiet, shady streets and well-maintained homes. Its location near interstates and presence of Montgomery and Wyoming Boulevards in the area gives it fast access to most areas of town. Nearby ABQ Uptown features dozens of shops and dining opportunities, and area recreation includes mountain sports to the east and river trails to the west.

  • Los Volcanes

    Stretched along Coors Boulevard on Albuquerque's West Side, Los Volcanes' name comes from the three extinct volcanoes lurking on its western horizon. This neighborhood enjoys below-average rent and cost of living with fast access to public transportation along Coors Boulevard and Central Avenue. You'll find a variety of restaurants in this diverse neighborhood, as well as plenty of shops -- especially along Coors Boulevard and Central Avenue.

  • McKinley

    With its mountain views and desert landscape, McKinley is a terrific neighborhood for your Albuquerque apartment. It is just two miles north of downtown, less than one mile from the University of Mexico, and eight miles northwest of Kirtland Air Force Base.

  • Mesa Del Oso/Promenade

    Mesa Del Oso/Promenade crouches at the base of the Sandia Mountain foothills in Albuquerque’s Northeast Heights, with a view of the Rio Grande Valley to the east. Access to recreation opportunities remain plentiful in this modern and tidy neighborhood with a cost of living slightly higher than average for the city. Residents head east to ski and hike the mountains and cycle west to the shady trails and cooler temperatures of the valley.

  • Montgomery Plaza

    Montgomery Plaza lies in the center of Albuquerque and also straddles one of its busiest intersections: Montgomery and San Mateo Boulevards. It’s a crossroads for the city and also a retail and entertainment district with dozens of shops and attractions. The modern glass and concrete structure of well-funded Del Norte High School dominates the center of the area, and the cost of living is on par with the city average. Also, proximity to convenient transportation options makes this neighborhood an attractive area for those seeking a modern, urban experience in Albuquerque.

  • Near North Valley

    Near North Valley blends old-fashioned charm and modern city living. Irrigation canals and arroyos wind through this neighborhood, making it easy to walk to the nearby Rio Grande and biking trails. Small farms dot the area, and farmers markets abound. The neighborhood also features some of Albuquerque's favorite restaurants, including New Mexican classics El Pinto and Sadie's. Find a home for rent near the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center and visit regularly to enjoy the live music on the patio or watch traditional Native American dancers and artisans demonstrate their skills.

  • Nob Hill

    Nob Hill combines the vibrant life of modern Albuquerque with the historic charm of old Route 66. Located along Central Avenue, Nob Hill is close to the University of New Mexico, Presbyterian Hospital, and Downtown Albuquerque for an easy commute to some of the city's biggest employers.

  • North Domingo Baca

    With well-maintained bike lanes and easy access to shopping and restaurants along Paseo del Norte, North Domingo Baca is one of Albuquerque's most walkable neighborhoods. Residents frequently bike or stroll over to Jinja, a contemporary Asian bistro, or Pizzeria Luca, an old-fashioned, Italian-style bistro. The large multi-generational center, located in the heart of the neighborhood, offers everything from affordable fitness options to sewing circles and computer classes. A walking trail, sports fields, playgrounds, and a dog park lie along the outskirts of the center. During the International Balloon Fiesta, held every October, hot air balloons frequently land in the park.

  • North Easterns

    North Easterns sits at the base of the foothills in sunny Albuquerque’s northeast heights. The city and desert paint the horizon to the west and the Sandia Mountains loom large to the east. This neighborhood’s cost of living hovers around average for the city, and residents enjoy the modern infrastructure one would expect from a relatively recent addition to the city. Recreation and entertainment options abound nearby, and inhabitants appreciate easy access to Interstates.

  • Outer West Side

    Set beneath the towering bluffs of Albuquerque's West Mesa and the Petroglyph National Monument, the Outer West Side consists almost exclusively of single-family homes arranged in subdivisions, with few shopping or dining options less than four miles away. Large natural areas, numerous parks, minimal commercial traffic and reasonable access to the freeway helps the area cater to those in search of the quintessential quiet suburban Southwest lifestyle. Central Albuquerque lies about eight miles to the east, easily accessible via Interstate 40.

  • Pajarito

    Located in the lush South Valley area of Albuquerque, Pajarito is steeped in history. The neighborhood gets its name from the historic Pajarito Land Grant, which gives it a particularly strong Spanish character. For most of the city's past, Pajarito consisted of large farms and open spaces, which are still reflected in the spacious plots and charming homes for rent today.

  • Paradise Hills Civic

    Paradise Hills Civic is located approximately 12 miles northwest of Albuquerque. The area has a disproportionate number of businesses offering alternative medicine practitioners selling healing products. Residents say that the lower rents and quiet, suburban quality of life are two main reasons to live in this area. Since it's easy to commute into Albuquerque by car or public transportation, many locals make their careers in the city.

  • Rancho Sereno

    When visiting the Duke City - the colloquial name for Albuquerque - take time to venture over to the exciting and fast-growing Westside neighborhood of Rancho Sereno. Located just 20 minutes from the heart of Albuquerque, this suburban setting has beautiful parks for strolling.

  • Raynolds Addition

    Raynolds Addition anchors the busiest area of downtown Albuquerque and straddles the most well-traveled stretch of Route 66 in the city. Its retail space ranks among the most sought-after in town, and the bars and dining that line this glowing corridor stay as varied as the travelers who journey down America's original interstate. Residents of Raynolds Addition live at a faster pace than those in most of Albuquerque, and benefit from the high energy of the area.

  • Renaissance

    Expansive business parks to the north and the well-traveled Montaño Boulevard characterize the Renaissance area of central Albuquerque. Interstate 25 to the east and the Rio Grande to the west flank this area with quick freeway access and an array of retail options. Residents pay higher-than-average rental rates for the convenience of the area and for its numerous amenities.

  • Rio Rancho

    Surrounded by the high walls of the Albuquerque Basin, Rio Rancho boasts a wonderful view of the geographical landmark. In close proximity to the famous International Balloon Festival, the mild, dry desert climate accommodates a number of popular annual events. Rio Rancho shares its southern border with Albuquerque, the largest city in New Mexico. With such a vast population, its vicinity to geographical landmarks and the perfect weather, it's no wonder this city continues to grow.

  • Rose View Acres

    Across the Rio Grande River from Tingley Beach, the Albuquerque Botanical Gardens, and BioPark, the neighborhood of Rose View Acres features some of the region's famous Southwestern architecture with a close-knit community feel. Grab the locals' favorite breakfast burritos at Little Anita's on Isleta Boulevard, or take a trip across the river to Old Town and visit the oldest structure in the city, San Felipe de Neri Parish, built in the late 1700s. Both Interstate 25 and 40 are close by, making your city commute to the central area or the west side a little easier.

  • San Jose

    Distilled in Hispanic culture for generations, San Jose is a neighborhood emblematic of Albuquerque itself. It straddles Broadway Boulevard in the city’s southwest quadrant and is flanked by the Rio Grande on the west and Interstate 40 to the east. Many of the neighborhood’s residents live on land passed down through families, and the tight-knit community’s colorful character can be seen along the streets in murals and shops, and tasted in some of the best Mexican restaurants the city has to offer.

  • Sandia Foothills

    Sandia Foothills is nestled at the base of the Sandia Mountains with a prominent view of Albuquerque. This Northeast Heights neighborhood enjoys easy freeway access and a clean and comfortable community. A dozen area parks and modern infrastructure offer residents quality of life in keeping with the above-average rental rate in the area. Shopping and entertainment can be found a few blocks to the west, or if you prefer, go a little east for hiking and nature-watching in the foothills.

  • Santa Barbara-Martineztown

    Stepping into parts of Santa Barbara-Martineztown feel like stepping into Albuquerque's past. This historic neighborhood dates back to the 19th century and features some of Albuquerque's most historic residences outside of Old Town. Quiet, winding streets, old-growth trees, and eclectic building styles hint at this storied history. However, the area's proximity to downtown Albuquerque and easy access to I-25 and I-40 have made it a desirable neighborhood for developers, so many high-end lofts and modern apartments are also available for rent.

  • Seven Bar North

    Seven Bar North's proximity to Albuquerque makes it a very livable neighborhood. Albuquerque lies 14 miles south-east of the area, and residents can get there with just a 20- to 25-minute drive.

  • Seven Bar Ranch

    Seven Bar Ranch offers the quintessential suburban Albuquerque experience. With the Rio Grande River just to the east and West Mesa to the west, Seven Bar Ranch combines a major shopping area with residential suburban homes and apartments. Just to the south lies the Cottonwood Mall, while to the north linger open spaces and residential homes on large lots that once dominated the entire area. The more than 10 miles separating the neighborhood from downtown Albuquerque makes it one of the more distant locations in the urban area. Downtown Albuquerque lies to the southeast of Seven Bar Ranch.

  • Silver Hill

    Silver Hill borders the University of New Mexico three miles east of downtown Albuquerque. Many of the bungalows and Southwest-style homes for rent belong to the neighborhood's historic district. Nearby I-25 connects locals to other sections of the city.

  • Singing Arrow

    Singing Arrow inspires confidence in residents as this Albuquerque neighborhood flourishes with revitalization projects and renovation plans. This area attracts ambitious, can-do attitudes with an interest in the closeness of community and the allure of tourist-friendly amenities. Attractions flourish in every direction, but those who seek solitude can always return to the comforts of home.

  • South Los Altos

    South Los Altos lies along Route 66 on the eastern end of Albuquerque’s International District. This working class-area enjoys ready access to Albuquerque’s convenient freeways and public transit system, and a diverse array of people make their home within its limits. Opportunities for dining and recreation abound, and the area affords residents below-average cost of living.

  • South San Pedro

    Perched on the southern side of Route 66 - called Central Avenue within city limits - in southeast Albuquerque, South San Pedro remains an area known for its diversity and ethnic character. The neighborhood's proximity to the airport and state fairgrounds means people from all walks of life enjoy this intimate area in the city's International District. Residents cite easy access to the city's transportation system and below-average cost of living as two reasons they choose to make their home in the neighborhood, and having the New Mexico State Fair and Downs Racetrack and Casino in your backyard makes it easy to get out and have some fun.

  • Stonebridge Pointe

    Located approximately 13 miles northwest of downtown Albuquerque, Stonebridge Pointe lies on the West Mesa, an elevated landmass west of the Rio Grande river. Locals say that the area's lower crime rate, scenic vistas and the ease of the commute into Albuquerque make Stonebridge Pointe an attractive place to live.

  • Taylor Ranch

    Taylor Ranch thrives as an active Albuquerque suburban neighborhood. The neighborhood has fostered the idea of active lifestyles.

  • Trumbull Village

    Up-and-coming Trumbull Village offers its residents a lot: Space, character and local amenities are all abundant in this part of Albuquerque. Just after the turn of the 21st century, local authorities channeled additional funding into the neighborhood to help revitalize the area.

  • University Heights

    The aptly named University Heights sits between Albuquerque's most important educational centers: the University of New Mexico and Central New Mexico Community College. All homes in the area lie an easy walk from both institution and downtown Albuquerque sits just two miles west.

  • Uptown

    Uptown is one of the economic and entertainment centers of sunny Albuquerque. Minutes away from anywhere in the city, it has grown from a modest mall and financial district into the area with the highest concentration of retail establishments in the state. An abundance of shopping and dining venues characterize this fast-developing nucleus of commerce, and people looking for an urban experience without transportation headaches won't be disappointed by this neighborhood's metropolitan feel and quick access to area interstates and cycling paths.

  • Victory Hills

    Bordered by the Albuquerque International Airport to the south and the University of New Mexico to the north, Victory Hills boasts a confluence of diverse residents who characterize the neighborhood. Throngs of students appear in the fall and just as quickly evaporate during winter and summer breaks, while travelers steadily flow through the area along Route 66. Average rental rates in the area stay slightly above average for the city, and the neighborhood’s convenient location beside UNM and proximity to both Nob Hill and downtown accounts for some of the premium residents pay to live here.

  • Vista Grande

    Perched on a bluff above the west bank of the Rio Grande, Vista Grande commands a grand view of Albuquerque and the Sandia Mountains beyond. Although part of the city, this and other areas that lie west of the river have developed a character distinct from the rest of Albuquerque, enjoying the stillness afforded by miles of desert on one side and a sheer drop to the Rio Grande on the other. Rent in the area sits well above average for Albuquerque, and many residents are employed by the nearby Intel microprocessor factory and other tech firms. Options exist for area dining and shopping, but most locals rely on outlets across the river for the majority of their needs. Most Vista Grande residents commute to jobs outside this quiet area.

  • Wells Park

    The renaissance of the Wells Park neighborhood of Albuquerque attracts artistic types to this historic area. Residents enjoy paying below-market rents for their modest apartments and single-family homes. They also have the added advantage of the neighborhood's easy access to Old Town and downtown Albuquerque, making it attractive for anyone looking for an easy commute.

  • West Old Town

    Two miles west of downtown Albuquerque and along the Rio Grande sits West Old Town. This neighborhood features the historic Old Town, a district built in the 18th century. I-40 runs along the northern edge of West Old Town and connects residents to the greater Albuquerque region. Many West Old Town businesses center on Central Avenue and Rio Grande Boulevard, with residences covering the rest of the district.

  • West Park

    Nestled between Albuquerque's Old Town and the Rio Grande River, West Park and the surrounding area plays host to the Albuquerque Country Club and Albuquerque BioPark. It sits in the shadow of downtown Albuquerque to the east and remains cooler and more verdant than other parts of Albuquerque because of the Rio Grande, which runs through it. Despite the area's proximity to high-profile attractions and rental rates of downtown, average rental rates sit significantly below average for the city, making for it an attractive option.

  • Westgate Heights

    Located just over 12 miles southwest from central Albuquerque, the suburban neighborhood of Westgate Heights features numerous single-family houses for rent. Locals enjoy the park spaces, like Westgate Community Park, which includes a well-maintained children's playground and plenty of green space for outdoor games and picnics for anyone young at heart.