In all likelihood, before the ink is even dry on the lease to your new Albuquerque apartment, you’ll hear people around town talking about “Duke City”. This is just one example of how proud the people are of their history!
When Spanish colonists arrived here in the early 1700’s, they loved it so much that they decided to make it a permanent settlement. So, they wrote a letter to Spain’s Duke of Albeurquerque seeking his blessing. In return, they named the new settlement after him. Yes, the spelling has changed over the years, but the Duke’s influence still remains!
Here are 3 other tidbits that will give you a taste of the Albuquerque lifestyle:
1. Outdoor recreation is big here
In addition to having a variety of mountains, rivers, lakes, and deserts, Albuquerque is also home to four distinct seasons. As a result, no matter what you like to get out and do, you can do it here! You’ll see people doing everything from running, to biking, to hiking, to skiing, to snowboarding. There are also a number of popular campgrounds where you can get up close with nature. This is also a golfer’s paradise, as there are four public golf courses that are open from dawn to dusk 364 days each year.
You can even take Fido with you while you explore the great outdoors. Albuquerque is very dog-friendly, with more than a dozen dog parks scattered around the city.
2. The growth isn’t just inside the city limits
Albuquerque has a few natural barriers that prevent it from developing too far from the center of town — like the Sandia Mountains to the east, Kirtland Air Force Base to the south, and the Sandia Pueblo reservation to the north. However, a number of thriving suburbs have popped up, most of which sit to the west of Albuquerque’s city limits. The cost of living tends to be a bit cheaper in these suburbs, so if you’re looking for an apartment on a very limited budget, you may want to expand your search outside of Albuquerque itself.
3. Your side of town will determine the culture you experience
Some of the most vibrant nightlife and history can be found in Downtown Albuquerque, but if you’re looking for a neighborhood that’s very quiet, you’ll love the rural feel in the South Valley. Nob Hill, which sits just to the east of Downtown and the University of New Mexico, is the chicest part of town. If you like living amongst high-end restaurants and trendy boutiques, you’ll want an apartment here.
Bottom line — you can choose the exact lifestyle you want simply by narrowing down your apartment search!