Downtown Albuquerque – MLS Area 80 – consists of ten unique neighborhoods – The Downtown Core: Barelas: Raynolds: Huning Castle: Old Town: Wells Park:: McClellan Park: Martinez Town: Huning Highland and The Sawmill District. There are many varied homes to fit almost anybody’s taste. Amazing old adobe homes to crisp clean modern condos, you’ll be in the middle of Albuquerque’s core. Walk to work, hop on the Railrunner; bike to The Albuquerque Zoo or jog along the Rio Grande, you will be where it’s happening in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Where you want to live for that urban/southwest atmosphere that only Albuquerque has to offer. Art, music, theater, film, festivals, galleries and hundreds of nightclubs and restaurants within walking distance.
Boundaries are roughly Coal Ave SW North to Mountain Rd NW and between the Railroad tracks west to 19th St.
Barelas is one of Albuquerque’s oldest neighborhoods. First established in 1662 by Governor Diego don Peñalosa. Here you will find The Albuquerque Zoo, The Albuquerque Hispano Chamber Of Commerce, and soon the new Albuquerque Wheels Museum in the Rail Yards area. This area is Albuquerque’s little “diamond in the rough.” Great older and historic homes that are reasonably priced and close to everything. To this day Barelas has two distinct types of homes: the adobes of the early Hispanic settlers and the later brick and frame homes that came in after the Railroad.
Boundaries are roughly Bridge Blvd SW north to Coal Ave SW and from the Railroad tracks west to the Rio Grande river.
Just west of downtown, Albuquerque Raynolds Addition was first subdivided in 1912. Development began in the 1920’s and continued into the 1940’s. This neighborhood is a favorite walking area for downtown Albuquerque workers and residents alike. Homes are varied, from comfy craftsman to multi-unit.
Boundaries are roughly Coal Ave SW north to Central Ave and 6th St west to 14th.
This is one of my favorite neighborhoods in all of Albuquerque. Tree lined streets and large ranch style homes surround the Old Albuquerque Country Club in this district. The area was first home to swamps and a pig farm and then in 1883 the Castle Huning was built, giving the subdivision its name. It was platted in 1928, though the stock market crash delayed any real home development here until after WWII. And what a development it was! The “Who’s Who” of Albuquerque’s 1950’s elite built some grand homes here to celebrate Albuquerque’s great economic growth.
Boundaries are roughly Tingley Beach north to Central Ave and 14th west to San Pasquale Ave and the Albuquerque Country Club.
First founded in 1706 by Governor Francisco Cuervo y Valdez. Originally built as a plaza surrounded by adobe homes and shops focused on the San Felipe de Neri Church – the oldest building still standing in Albuquerque, built in 1793. Most of the architecture in the Albuquerque Old Town area is adobe territorial style. Once considered the central hub, Old Town was not annexed by the city of Albuquerque until 1949.
Boundaries are roughly San Pasquale Ave west to Rio Grande Blvd and from the Rio Grande River to Mountain Rd.
The Wells Park area is convenient to downtown Albuquerque, Old Town, the freeway and some of Albuquerque’s best museums: New Mexico Natural History Museum, Albuquerque Museum, Explora! Science Center and the Children’s Museum.
Boundaries are Commercial west to 17th St and Mountain Rd north to I-40
The Sawmill area was formed in the mid 1990’s after the closure of the old Duke City Lumber mill. It is 27 acres in the heart of Albuquerque held in trust for low-income residents. This comprehensive revitalization effort includes housing, a park, plaza, community center, offices, retail space, manufacturing, senior apartments, and live/work spaces for home businesses.
Boundaries are 12th St west to Rio Grande Blvd and Mountain Rd north to I-40
This area was originally platted as The Mandell Addition in1880. When residents wanted to create a park in an old apple orchard next to the McClellan’s home and it became McClellan Park. This was a thriving turn-of-the-century residential neighborhood outside the city limits in 1880. There are still a few of the modest and charming older homes tucked away here on First, Second and Third.
Often overlooked, Martineztown in Albuquerque is also one of the original settlements that became what is now the City of Albuquerque. Old town ranchers would graze their cattle in the hills to the northeast and soon growth moved that way. The area was established by Manuel Martin in 1850 as Los Martínes, later to become Martineztown and then annexed into the city of Albuquerque in 1949.
Boundaries are Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd north to Mountain Rd and Broadway Blvd east to I-25