Monday, June 20, 2011

Calling Albuquerque Home

I asked my friend Tim Fish, an Albuquerque Realtor, to tell my why he loved his hometown.

Why I love calling Albuquerque Home

I was recently asked what I felt were the top three reasons to to live in Albuquerque NM, my home city. It was hard to pick three but here they are:
1. Weather

The weather in Albuquerque can be best described as seasonal and mild. Sure, we get some hot days in the summer (sometimes 100+) but we do live in a desert after all. What we don't have during those hot days is humidity. I have relatives in Tennesee, and have been there in July and August...they can keep it. I'll take my dry climate any day of the week.

As far as winters are concerned, they are typically dry and, again, mild. We will get snow a couple times during this season but as soon as you are sick of it, it all will have melted and dried up. We say "If you don't like the weather, wait five minutes." I sell homes to people from the northeast who just want a place to stay during the winter because they are done shoveling snow.

2. New Mexican Food!

The cuisine here is great! In my opinion New Mexican food has much more flavor than true Mexican food. Mexican food seems to just bring a lot of heat where as New Mexican food brings flavor along with the heat. Out local green chilis (roasted) seem to be very addicting! Green chili can be found around every corner - even McDonald's, and in bulk at Costco.

Although the green chili is amazing, there is so much more. Tender shredded beef and chicken wrapped in fresh blue corn tortillas, all smothered in creamy sauces and topped with melted cheese, crisp lettuce, and a tomato garnish to go on top.

All this combined will make an amazing meal that will require a long nap afterward. And that was just a description of a typical enchilada plate.

3. The Southwest Landscape

The natural Albuquerque landscape often looks like something right out of a science fiction movie. The Sandia mountains during dusk can often be painted with reds, oranges and purples set against a Caribbean blue canvas. The natural foliage can range from pinion trees and cactus littered throughout a beige, rolling-hilled desert, to densly grown majestic cottonwood trees along the Rio Grande River.

Our landscape lends itself to several outdoor activities. You can be as conventional as you would like, and enjoy walks along the base of the Sandia Mountains; or you can get extreme and jump off the top to hangglide or parasail into the city. It really is an outdoor playground!

So there they are in the opinion of a true born and raised local. There are so many more but you'll just have to visit to find them! If you think you might like to move here, be sure and let me be your Albuquerque real estate expert! Visit my website at