Downtown is the place to be for those who enjoy the culture, food and entertainment that urban living offers. Downtown Albuquerque is a place rich with Albuquerque history and adventures for everyone. This is a place where you can enjoy a stroll in the plaza, attend Mass at San Felipe de Neri, Albuquerque’s oldest Catholic Parish, and shop in the many boutiques, art studios, antique shops or purchase authentic hand crafted jewelry by the multi-cultural artists who carry on the tradition of outdoor vending in Old Town Plaza. There are so many other wonderful places to explore including; ABQ Bio Park and Aquarium, the Botanic Garden, Bio Park Zoo, the museum of Art and History.
There are many great restaurants like the the Historic Kelleys that was once a fueling station, dance clubs, theaters and live entertainment on Central Avenue (Route 66) for those who enjoy the night life. The Albuquerque Convention Center is located in the Civic Plaza where the there is weekly entertainment which locals call summerfest and the unmistakable historic KIMO theater is a great place to enjoy live entertainment.
Downtown Albuquerque real estate offers many options from historic neighborhood, revitalized neighborhoods, and more recently developed the condos and downtown Lofts that now occupy historic buildings that have been restored into beautiful modern loft/condo communities this is a great option for those seeking modern homes in Albuquerque. Downtown residents enjoy the pedestrian friendly streets and beautiful parks that are within Downtown Albuquerque.
Many of Albuquerque’s oldest neighborhoods in the downtown area include; Old Town, Martinez Town, South Broadway, Barelas, Huning Highlands and Huning Castle/Albuquerque Country Club. Each with a wealth of history or its own. Albuquerque’s first subdivision was Huning Highlands which was built in the Rail Road era. Many prominent people built brick Queen Anne style homes, some very elaborate. The Huning Castle Addition also known as the Albuquerque County Club area was originally one home- an elaborate home built in 1883 surrounded by marshlands and a pig farm but in mid 1920’s the Middle Rio Grande Conservancy implemented projects to drain the land and control the Rio Grande river and developers dreamed of a prestigious area with few picturesque homes but were unsuccessful because of the stock market crash. Most of the homes were built after World War II. Today this wonderful neighborhood nestled beneath a canopy of trees continues to attract people with its charming architecture, golf course, country club. Downtown Albuquerque Real Estate has an special charm and it celebrates a tradition that dates back hundreds of years this history has lured many home buyers who seek to own a bit a history by transorming these homes in modern Albuquerque homes of beauty, the Luminaria Tours that are held after dusk on Christmas Eve where hundreds of people flock to Old Town and the Albuquerque Country Club neighborhoods to see the beautiful display of thousands of luminarias (brown paper bags weighted with sand and a lighted votive candles).
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