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Explore Historic Old Town Albuquerque

Albuquerque’s heart lies in its historic Old Town. An integral part of Albuquerque since the city’s founding in 1706, Old Town remains an important cultural hub. As Albuquerque’s first official neighborhood, this 300-year-old neighborhood is home to the oldest church in Albuquerque, the San Felipe de Neri.

Today, Old Town is a vibrant hot spot home to museums, locally owned shops and galleries, and delicious restaurants. Let’s take a quick tour.

All the Fun is Waiting in Old Town

When Old Town was first settled in 1706, settlers built historic adobe homes in a Pueblo-Spanish style. Newer architectural styles did not grace the streets of Old Town until the late 1800s, when the railroad brought more modern Victorian styles.

History

hot air balloonsIf you’re interested in learning more about the fascinating history of Old Town, peruse any of the wonderful museums here. The Albuquerque Museum of Art and History has both vast collections of native art and traveling exhibitions. The New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science will capture your imagination with its prominent dome planetarium.

Afterwards, walk through the Botanic Gardens to explore local foliage or go fishing at Tingley Beach. Fans of culture and history may have a hard time deciding exactly what to do in this cultural hot spot!

Here are some of our other favorite museums and attractions in the area:

  • The Turquoise Museum
  • Rattlesnake Museum
  • ABQ Bio Park
  • Tricentennial Tiguex Park
  • Tingley Train

Events and Music

From holiday celebrations to live musical performances and the annual Balloon Fiesta Week, Old Town Albuquerque has a lot going on. Every year, Albuquerque hosts the beloved Balloon Fiesta, which means a whole week of partying in Old Town!

A number of holiday events take place during the “colder” months (except it never really gets too cold in New Mexico), such as the Old Town Holiday Stroll.

New Mexican Cuisine

enchiladasIf you’ve been dying to try traditional New Mexican cuisine, you can’t do much better than Old Town. As soon as you wander into town, you’ll encounter the delicious smells of roasting meat and enchiladas. Treat yourself to a heaping plate of these wonders, or a sopaipilla stuffed with chiles and seasoned chicken.

Go Shopping!

There’s something for every budget waiting in the locally owned shops of Old Town. Whether you’re searching for fine-art, Breaking Bad memorabilia, or one-of-a-kind clothing, there’s a wide range of shops to peruse.

Eager to Call this Wonderful City Home?

There’s a reason so many homebuyers and visitors are flocking to beautiful Albuquerque. With fantastic natural wonders, excellent schools, and beautiful homes for sale, this is an excellent place to call home.

If you have any questions about the real estate opportunities in Albuquerque, or its surrounding communities, please don’t hesitate to contact us. We have easy-to-use home search tools and other buyer resources to help you in your real estate journey.

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Your Guide to Moving to Albuquerque

So you’ve made the decision to move to Albuquerque. Congrats! This is a fantastic place to live. The weather is moderate and comfortable year-round, there’s ample outdoor recreation, and the local culture is unbeatable.

This area is known for its fascinating Native American culture and history, as well as its delicious food. Local Albuquerque has vibrant street art and murals, awesome museums and aquariums, and no shortage of gorgeous outdoor sights.

If you’re moving here, you’ll soon discover why locals get so excited about hot air balloons, and what it means to live at a higher altitude.

We could rave about life in Albuquerque for days, but before you move, check out these helpful relocation tips!

Plan Ahead

The number one tip for a successful and stress-free move is in-depth planning. If you have the time, start planning your move a couple months in advance. Use these relocation tips as a guide.

Moving with a pet? Check out these tips for a stress-free move with your four-legged family members!

Get Rid of Excess Stuff

A month or two before your move, have a garage sale. Get rid of everything that you don’t use or that you’ve outgrown. This way, you’ll have less stuff topack and worry about when it’s finally time to move.

If you don’t have the time for a garage sale, consider donating unwanted items to a local charity.

Gather Packing Supplies

moving boxesIn the weeks before you start packing, begin to gather packing supplies. Hit up your local big-box retailer during off-hours to see if they have extra boxes. You can also go to the liquor store for this. Keep in mind that these boxes are not reinforced.

Be sure to stock up on other supplies, including:

  • Packing tape to reinforce boxes
  • Bubble wrap or other cushioning for fragile items
  • Labels
  • Permanent markers

Label Everything!

When it finally comes time to pack up everything, do it one room at a time. Start a week or two in advance by packing up the stuff you don’t use every day. Pack heavy items like books in smaller boxes, for easier moving.

Try to pack by room, and then label every box by the room it belongs to. Once you arrive at your new home, instruct the movers or friends to move boxes labeled with their corresponding room.

Keep Valuables and Important Documents Close By

The night before moving, pack all of your personal, must-have items in a box or bag and keep it close by. Pack this with any valuables, like jewelry or antiques, as well as with personal documents.

Include medications, contact information, cell phone chargers, and snacks, as well as toiletries like your toothbrush. You’ll thank yourself later.

Prepare Your Body

high elevationIf you’re moving from somewhere sea-level, you should know that your body may take a few days or even weeks to adjust to the altitude.

This is very normal for newcomers to Albuquerque, but give your body a few days of lounging around to adjust.

Any Other Questions? Let Us Know!

We’re so excited to have you join the Albuquerque community! If you need any additional relocation resources, please let us know.