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Old 02-10-2010, 01:42 PM   #1
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Default Sell me on Albuq. New Mexico

Here is some back ground. I am from SLC, Utah. I may have an oppertunity to move to Alb. New Mexico for a job. I have lived in Connecticut, Rhode Island, So. California and I always end up wanting to come back to Utah.

I love the mountains, I love the lakes, I love how the people are friendly and inviting. Also my family and friends all live here.

I have never been to New Mexico, ever. So I don't know anything about it.

What is the weather like year round?
What is there to do city wise besides drink?
what is there to do outdoors wise?
How is the general public? Friendly and inviting or you do your thing, I'll do mine?

any thoughts would be appreciated.

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Old 02-10-2010, 03:45 PM   #2
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Weather is hot most of the year winter is cold for no reason. No snow hardly any rain.
Drinking. Oh and the casino
Sandias are right there go for a hike or mountain biking I even think there is a place to rock climb right off the tramway.(Last main road before the mountains)
The people can be friendly the towns outside of ABQ are welcoming they are small towns like cheers everyone knows your name like Los Lunas and Belen.

Over all its an okay place to live not as fast paced as other places. good place to relax.
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Old 02-10-2010, 03:53 PM   #3
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New Mexican food is, hands down, the best form of cuisine in the world.

... as long as you're not a fluffypants that can't stand a little heat.
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Old 02-10-2010, 04:45 PM   #4
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I can tell you the summers there are a good 20 degrees cooler then here. Albuquerque is a mile in the sky, and cars only get 91 there so you get the worst of all worlds. There's no pro teams, but I guess if you're not into sports that's not a bad thing.

I can go on and on making it sound horrible, but I some how end up living there for atleast 2 months out of every year.

Check the place out, and eat some Dion's and The Frontier..
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Old 02-10-2010, 05:59 PM   #5
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I can go on and on making it sound horrible
As could I, which I didn't want to dissuade him. But since you did, the only good thing about me being in new mexico for a couple weeks every year is going up to the Red Rock / Taos area. I absolutely love it up there.

As for Albequerque...I can't stand it. We go out there to visit my brother-in-law, who got work out there a couple years ago. Not sure if he is just not up on the exciting things to do over there, but after a day...I just wanna come back home or head north.
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Old 02-10-2010, 11:14 PM   #6
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The food, the outdoors, and depending on how much youve had to drink the woman.
VERY hispanic culture and depending on what part of town you live in you may have to deal with unpleasant company.
ABQ was rated one of the best upcoming cities to live in by US News like 5 years in a row.
Good local brewerys too.
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Old 02-10-2010, 11:24 PM   #7
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Dude don't do it. I've lived in CO, CT (most of my life in those two states), VT, MN, TN, CA, and now NM. I CANNOT WAIT TO LEAVE. And I'm living in Santa Fe, which is considerably nicer than ABQ.

The truth? There's a monstrous income gap. There really is no middle class. It's pretty depressing. You're either hiring the gardener, or you are the gardener. The Mexicans and Indians don't like the white folks (generally speaking, although not always), more homeless people than NYC, one of the poorest states in the Nation....I could go on, and on....and on.

I'm a big outdoors person myself. The Calles Valdera is nice, as is Bandolier, & the White Sand Dunes....some good climbing, the Sangre de Cristos are pretty....but you can see almost all this State has to offer in a 2 week visit. Don't move here - it's one of the weirdest places I've lived (and I lived in MN, & those people are uber weird).

After readin the above post I felt compelled to edit to say this State has the least talent in terms of women I've ever been to. I've been here almost 6 mos and have seen MAYBE 3 attractive women. And I like Spanish chicks, actually. Seems most people I've met here take real poor care of themselves. As I said, it's a depressed place, in virtually all regards.
The food can be great. Some of the best Mexican I've had. I'm a cook, & people here know their chilis like it's a religion. But don't move here. Trust me.

(I'm headed back up North to CO as soon as the weather turns, maybe sooner).

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having lived both places I will add my input.


What is the weather like year round?
The weather is fairly dry year round. They will have a monsoon season every couple years. Slightly hotter than SLC in the summer and winter. You won't see much snow, that sticks in the city.

What is there to do city wise besides drink?
That's about it. jk there is a regular flow of great bands that come through here. If you gamble they have Indian casinos to do that at as well. There is a rather large car scene of all types here. As has been mentioned, there is some great food here, I don't know about the best in the world.

what is there to do outdoors wise?
All the same as Utah, but slightly longer drive and slightly lower quality of outdoors(my opinion, I miss Utah! Grew up in sandy.) If you like to board or ski, It will not be as convenient as in northern Utah.


How is the general public? Friendly and inviting or you do your thing, I'll do mine?
This is the major difference in the two places. Not all of them, but a good majority are rather rude and inconsiderate. At least that has been my experience over the last 6 years. I moved thirty miles south to the village of Los Lunas and have found the people there to be far more friendly.

And my conclusion, If I had the choice, I would live in utah. Duty calls and I go where they say.
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Mindchatter lol, your problem is that you live in Sante Fe. Your in the gayest, hippiest, vegan city since San Fransico if not more. And your right there is no middle class in Sante Fe, my very poor grandmother lives there, and my very rich grand father inlaw lives there too. And once again every woman in santa fe has more hair then most african lions.
Abq has a middle class yet it is very diverse here in the city, west of the river is a tab bit more ghetto (more hispanic) mid town can be very rich or middle class, most of it is the UNM student ghetto which i live in but have a very nice house in a nice neighborhood. Everything northeast of Menual and eubank is baller ****, and only gets richer the farther you go.
There is stuff to do here, just gotta find it. We are one of the only places in the world that have an actual good four seasons, and it has snowed here 4 days in the last two weeks. It doesnt stick and usually is gone within sunlight the next day, but also after it does the sun comes out and it beautiful. We have a saying here "If you dont like the weather, wait 20 minutes" and its true.
Disregaurd Sante Fe in everyway possible **** it so wierd up there. Abq is cool and you have to experiance it, if your my age you should enjoy, and honestly any age will, it is very relaxing besides the Nazi police.
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See, I disagree, no disrespect intended. I've lived in Boulder, CO....Burlington, VT, & Asheville, NC. I'd say each were more gay (in a sexuality sense), hippy and vegan than Santa Fe. All VERY liberal, well to do cities. And I've also spent a good amount of time in ABQ. In addition to the states I listed where I've lived I've had the good fortune to visit another dozen extensively...and NM is the worst yet.

I mean no disrespect, nor prejudice, in any way, as I've met some cool people here, that were very nice and welcoming. I think the Native American population is a great addition (or should I say the non-Native American pop. is, to be more accurate), I love the food, & understand and dig the Mexican influence. I wasn't trying to sound like an ass, & I'm sorry if it sounded that way.

But this IS a weird place. It has a really unusual socio-economic disparity which makes it fairly uncomfortable (see my above post re: gardeners) and is odd, in that sense per my experiences elsewhere.

Every state I've lived in has had the same saying about the weather, just so ya know. The weather is nice, the Summers are too hot, although they're dry, which is nice. Personally, I miss the trees and plant life of CT, although CO doesn't have much greenery (of the TREE variety, lol) either.

OP. You cannot beat the Fall in New England. It's hard to top Summer in CO. Winter IS nice in NM, for most of the reasons the post above me cited. Spring is beautiful in the
SE US, as it's typically not too hot & humid (yet). So weatherwise, there ya go.

But there is no nightlife. No sights, no scene (music included, compared to most other Metropolitan areas), and the car scene here is less than lacking, unless you're into lowriders, of which I've never seen so many.

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Green Chili. They do have amazing green chili there. Forgot to add that. I agree with the women comments too.
It seems like people only move out of NM, never to it...
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North or South 14 from the 40 is well a very fun road. Even when the BCSO is chasing you....lol
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Old 02-11-2010, 12:54 AM   #13
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YA you boys are right, maybe you have to grow up here to enjoy it. I did, grew up in every situation possible, still love, ant **** to do but drink and drive (dont mean togeather lol)
Downtown abq is crazy, not like mill or anything but close.
I lived in PHX for 3 years and wished i never moved back just for the fun and girls.
Girls in Abq hide during the day unless you go to school, an if you do then life is good. I dont go to school anymore but my close friends and roommates do and i cannot complain.
Green chilie does cure cancer and everything inbetween, trust me i know. Iv had them all.
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I guess whenever I went out there all I did was play hockey. I've cruised the mall a couple times, and Dion's on the daily when I'm there. But those were the only 3 places I really went to a lot.
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Cant forget these guys......lol if you like under aged school girls....
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Old 02-11-2010, 01:23 AM   #16
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Cant forget these guys......lol if you like under aged school girls....

HAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!! God i hope your talking about most of the "underground street racers" HAHAHAHA.
God, i gotta show you cats the good food joints.
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You know how old that cup is....... Hell its funny I was even using it when this thread came up. And I'm in California.....lol
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Speaking of cups, I'm eating a Nissin "Cup noodles." I forgot how good these were.

back on topic...
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Old 02-11-2010, 12:35 PM   #19
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As far as WOMEN go yeah kind of hurting as far as GIRLS go your good consent is 16 here haha
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Old 02-11-2010, 01:33 PM   #20
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Thanks for the read

I am married, so no need for the ladies. But many of you have given me a very good outlook as to the "diversity" of the area. All I have to go off of is google pictures of downtown and you guys. Obviously my Company is going to try and sell it too me.

What is the real estate market like for home buyer?

Example:

3,000 sq. Ft. home would be $XXX,XXX

Price of gas is $X.XX per gallon for 91

from what I have read, there seems to be a pretty big gap between low class and upper class with little middle. Just trying to see if it would make sense to move and what salary I would need.

I am 29
Position would be a purchasing agent for U-Pull and Pay.

Thanks for the responses
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Old 02-12-2010, 11:50 AM   #21
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Mindchatter lol, your problem is that you live in Sante Fe. Your in the gayest, hippiest, vegan city since San Fransico if not more. And your right there is no middle class in Sante Fe, my very poor grandmother lives there, and my very rich grand father inlaw lives there too. And once again every woman in santa fe has more hair then most african lions.
Abq has a middle class yet it is very diverse here in the city, west of the river is a tab bit more ghetto (more hispanic) mid town can be very rich or middle class, most of it is the UNM student ghetto which i live in but have a very nice house in a nice neighborhood. Everything northeast of Menual and eubank is baller ****, and only gets richer the farther you go.
There is stuff to do here, just gotta find it. We are one of the only places in the world that have an actual good four seasons, and it has snowed here 4 days in the last two weeks. It doesn't stick and usually is gone within sunlight the next day, but also after it does the sun comes out and it beautiful. We have a saying here "If you dont like the weather, wait 20 minutes" and its true.
Disregaurd Sante Fe in every way possible **** it so wierd up there. Abq is cool and you have to experience it, if your my age you should enjoy, and honestly any age will, it is very relaxing besides the Nazi police.
What he said basically sums it up! North 14 is great and a fun ride! U Pull and Pay lol I love that place helped me build my Samurai! Its a fun place and I have lived here all my life and have been other places but seem to stay here for some reason. People are very friendly here some people like it some dont, hell if you get really bored here you can go visit Pie Town! I filled up the other day with 91 and I think it was 2.70 sumthing and if 91 is not enough there are few stations that sell higher like Trick Racing Fuel lol works great in the bike! There is stuff to do you just need to find it and right now finding a job is not to fun as there is not many places hiring so good thing your coming here with one! Any more questions feel free to ask! O and the police are worse if you have a street bike as well they will pull you over for nothing! Altho most bikers out here ride like jackasses anyways! Also if you need a Realtor I can get you in contact with one as my friend is one.
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As far as real estate goes, your best option price-wise is out on the west side in Rio Rancho. You could definitely find 3,000 sq ft for less than 200K. Anywhere in Albuquerque is gonna cost you a lot more, especially the heights (classy/safe part of town)

Gas lately has been, I don't know, on average around 2.70 or 2.80 for 91. The price is fairly consistant year-round.

The disparity in social classes is not all that extreme. There are a ton of poor people though. Cost of living is relatively low, so if you're making 40K or more and it's just you and wifey, you should do just fine (assuming she is pulling in a little cash).

+1 on the fugly woman...except at UNM
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Take a look at Central ave and San Mateo ave... You can get yourself a might fine women there................................. for $20 a hour.. lol

Rio Rancho is nice but you really need to try that commute a few times before you buy out there. Intel is closed or is on the way to fully closing. Almost everyone is driving out to work now and not working in town. The RR police is well like the army.
Albqu is like a time capsule from the 60's Strip malls everywhere. The new outdoor mall by windrock mall is very nice and is the same as you would find here in california.

Yes Santa Fe is well a differant world. Zorbra..... Go see old man gloom... They have the ballon feista in october and you can ride in a hot air ballon almost year around.

If you like to see the jemez (sp?) mountains is a great place to day drive too. The trinity site is open once a year to go out to ground zero. The VLA from the movie "contact" is also south,
There are two race tracks in new mexico, one down south and one just west of town.

The hieghts if you can swing it is nice, up on tramway. But if you work in the valley that might suck to drive that far.
Gambling? the Indians got you covered all over the place.
They do alot of films in new mexico now Paul Blart - windrock mall, wildhogs - hiway 14, longest yard - santa fe old state prison, the list goes on.

14 is a nice drive stay clear on sunday mornings as the cops and motorcycle guys are all over the place. Even more going up to the crest.

If you looking at having kids, north east heights or rio rancho.
You might take a trip out there and stay each night in a differant area to see what you like.
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I didnt know Intel is/was closing!!! Wow that blows for lots of people! Also on the RR cops....Ya lets just say hope you dont have the pleasure of meeting them. I am in the NE Heights and I have a 3BR 2B 1 car garage with large back/front yards I rent for 800 a mo so not to bad. I know my Fiance's parents live in Glenwood Hills and their house was like 300.000 4 years ago and now got appraised close to 600! Ya Living in Rio Rancho and driving to where you have to everyday would suck granted its all highway depending on where you were out there. On he gambling side one of the Casinos out here is becoming a Hard Rock Hotel soon... ABQ Uptown (outdoor mall) is nice and more and more stores are moving in there quite a few bog ones now.If your an Apple freak there is a store here altho not all of them are to smart. If your looking for a diverse, laid back, see all 4 seasons and the occasional movie being filmed (all the time downtown!) This is a cool place. If you want to see more of NM watch wild hogs mainly takes place downtown (if you have looked at downtown pics Im sure you have seem the Library Bar and Grill, thats one of the bars in the movie) and in Madrid which is on N14 cool little town.

Now on the DMV side they are one of the worst! I used to be a manager for one of the MVD Express here in town and it sucks, if you have questions on what you need or anything let me know.

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Stayed in ABQ once driving through on the way back home to scottsdale several years ago. NM seemed like a no mans land to me... not much doing there. I'd have to say Northern AZ or SLC are in a different league..
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