As you search for the perfect apartment in Albuquerque, you’ll notice that the city is divided into easy-to-understand quadrants — Northeast, Northwest, Southeast, and Southwest. The Northeast Quadrant is the largest in town — both in terms of space and population — and it includes all of the area north of Central Avenue and east of the railroad tracks. You may here some of the locals refer to this part of town as “Northeast Heights”.

But no matter what you call it, what can you expect if you decide to rent an apartment here?

For starters, you may have to pay a little more for your view of the Sandia Mountains. The Northeast Quadrant sits right at the base of the mountains, and if you rent an apartment in one of the foothills neighborhoods, expect it to come with a higher-than-average rent. In fact, some of Albuquerque’s most prestigious neighborhoods are here — including High Desert, North Albuquerque Acres, Sandia Heights, and Tanoan. However, the views and the added elevation definitely make up for a higher price tag. You’ll feel like you’re looking out over the entire city!

(Afraid you’ll blow your apartment budget if you look here? Don’t be. The best rule of thumb is, the further out you go, the more you’ll pay. So, start your apartment search closer to the center of town, and then move further to the north and east.)

The Sandia Mountains aren’t the only natural wonder here, though. The farthest edges of this quadrant actually sit inside the Cibola National Forest.

However, don’t assume that this area is too quiet for your lifestyle! Yes, there is plenty of great nature in the Northeast Quadrant, but this quadrant is also home to the University of New Mexico, Coronado Center, ABQ Uptown, Balloon Fiesta Park, and the quirky retro Nob Hill neighborhood. That means your apartment will be close to Albuquerque’s best shopping, dining, and museums.

If you haven’t started a family yet, apartments in the Northeast Quadrant may really appeal to you. The percentage of families living here is lower than Albuquerque as a whole, and with the university nearby, there are plenty of nightlife options to choose from. This area also tends to have more “transplants” than Albuquerque as a whole (meaning people who moved here from another state), so living here may make it easier to get out and meet new people in your new city.