Saturday, July 30, 2011

Albuquerque Homes For Sale - Featured Listing

Scarlet Gem (Video)

In a fairly large inventory in Albuquerque Real Estate, this "gem" shines! It is a Gorgeous custom home in Primrose Pointe, with a casita/studio detached. Beautiful Hardwood floors,raised ceilings and mudroom. Formal dining room has built in cabinets to display china,serving dishes etc.

The kitchen is a chef's dream. It boasts cherry cabinets with pullouts, high end granite counter tops, instant hot water, warming drawers, and pot filler. Top of the line appliances include built in refrigerator,Six burner Viking range, two drawer Fisher Paykel dishwasher, and wine cooler.
Huge master suite with fireplace and thoughtfully designed master bath retreat. Two additional large sized bedrooms upstairs each with walk-in closets that share a "jack and jill" bathroom. There is a game room downstairs with built ins that could be used as an office.

Yes, I mentioned a detached casita. This is a large room with it's own full bath and closet. Great for company or college kid who might want a little separation from the folks. The current owner used it as a music studio. Outside is a lovely outdoor living space with fireplace, built in grill and privacy.

This home is in a school district that is top rated!!! It's a very exclusive subdivision. Contact the Albuquerque Real Estate Group for a showing of this or more homes for sale in Albuquerque today.

Enjoy the video!!

Friday, July 22, 2011

Albuquerque Homes For Sale - Downtown Condos

I had a opportunity today to check out an apartment complex in a nice little area just west of downtown Albuquerque. The owner of this southwest, 1 story complex has re-zoned the buildings for condos and is currently selling each unit. There are probably about 70% of these Albuquerque condos for sale which are occupied by tenants already, which could be good for investors who are looking for turn-key units, if the rents work out of course.

I was lucky enough to have the property manager show me a refurbished model unit. The unit itself was a 1 bedroom and had original hardwood flooring throughout, a full bathroom, kitchen with ally and courtyard access and a cozy little living room. I was pretty impressed with the entire complex.

The units, right now, range from $111k to $145k for a two bedroom. The location is great! It was within bike riding distance to several shops and restaurants. It really looked like a fun place to live. The complex itself came with a large, grassy courtyard that was begging for a privacy wall for its occupants but looked good even without. The complex itself was a stucco, flat roofed structure with red brick accents. It really fit in with the southwest feel of several homes for sale in the Albuquerque area.

Check out the video I made for an out-of-town client!

Monday, July 18, 2011

Albuquerque Homes for Sale - Sandia Heights

Situated at the foot of the Sandia Mountains, the unique Albuquerque real estate named Sandia Heights is a community unlike any other. Natural landscaping gives homeowners a rural feel. The views from this area are spectacular... City lights, sunsets and mountain views. It's not uncommon to see wildlife such as deer, rabbits, quail etc.

You can find several Sandia heights homes for sale by way of townhouses for around $200k, or a luxury property for 2 million. The lot sizes range from under a half acre to over an acre. There are currently 2200 home residences in Sandia Heights. This area is governed by a Homeowners Association that does its best to preserve the mountainous beauty of the area.
Sandia Heights offers walking and mountain biking just steps from your door.

Some people choose to live in Sandia Heights to accommodate their active lifestyle. Being able to hop on your bike and be connected to a bike path that takes you to other parts of the city is a huge bonus.

Another bonus is the proximity to the Sandia Peak Tram. This tram will transport you to an observation deck atop 10,378 Sandia Peak in the Cibola National Forest. You will have a panoramic view of the Rio Grande Valley and the Land of Enchantment.

Saturday, July 16, 2011

A beautiful weekend in Northern New Mexico

When I want a quick escape to reboot from selling Albuquerque homes for sale, I love to escape the city lights and retreat to the mountains. Like everybody, I enjoy a trip to Disneyland, or the California coast, but last weekend we packed up and ran to our family cabin in Northern New Mexico near Mora, N.M.. It was wonderful, the sky was blue, the flowers were blooming, and the trout were hungry!

The cabin is a wonderful place full of adventure and fun for the boys and our little girl. During the day we fish or splash around in the streams in the area. At night we often go out on the deck to just lay and stare at the Milky Way. It's amazing how clear the night sky is at the cabin. We talk about flying saucers and little men and always wonder if anyone else is out there. Then, as the evening gets cooler we wrap them up and cook marsh mellows over a campfire.

No phones, no TV, just ourselves and some good books and games. It always makes me wonder what happens when we get home? Things just seem to get crazy and out of control. But days and nights in Northern New Mexico are simpler, slower, and just more relaxing.

Real estate like our cabin is a great thing. Our family and two other families purchased the property 30 years ago. I am sure glad they did! Have you ever longed for somewhere to go to get away? If so, I am positive that purchasing a cabin is a good thing. Is it a good investment? Probably not if you are thinking about the money, but if you thinking about bonding as a family it sure is a great investment!

If fishing, reading, resting, eating, and just slowing down is important to you, consider a cabin in our beautiful state. It takes us just 2.5 hours to reach the cabin front door but it seems like a world away.

Contact the Albuquerque Real Estate Group for information regarding vacation homes anywhere in the state of New Mexico! We want to be your trusted real estate advisors!

by Tim Fish

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Albuquerque Homes For Sale - High Desert

The area of High Desert is very unique and one of Albuquerque's most amazing subdivisions in terms of home quality and landscape. High Desert homes for sale can range from $250,000 for a townhome or up to $2,000,000+ for a southwestern palace. These cutom homes must all adhere to the HOA restrictions when is comes to the construction of the home including the color of stucco or brick on the home. These rules definitely help fulfill and blend each home into the natural environment.

A natural, southwest and true high desert habitat can be seen around every corner. With the strict HOA and pride of ownership, High Desert wows visitors daily. There are several open space areas for locals to easily hike and mountain bike right outside their back doors. Trails can be as casual as a Sunday stroll or as challenging as an extreme mountain biker, hiker or rock climber would like, all within the same area.

With this natural landscape also comes the beautiful (and sometimes dangerous) animals and critters that have lived there for many years. It is not that uncommon to spot a roadrunner or even a deer in the early morning hours which adds to this mystic subdivision.

The Albuquerque homes for sale in this area are truly special! For a personal tour or more information on this area, please contact The Albuquerque Real Estate Group. Enjoy our custom video!!

Friday, July 1, 2011

Albuquerque Homes - North Albuquerque Acres

North Albuquerque Acres - A Guest Blog

Got Land?

This was an important question to both my husband and I when looking at Albuquerque homes for sale several years ago. Neither of us wanted to be so close to our neighbors that they could hear us yelling at the dog. Or worse, a kid :)

Good schools?

This was equally important to me as well. Having children in elementary, middle and high school age range made this an important aspect of our home search.

Convenient location?

My husband did not want a long commute to UNM where he works. I wanted to be close to shopping and places to eat (you can see where my priorities are).

Then I hit the lottery. No, I did not have a winning Powerball ticket. I mean figuratively when we searched, and bought, a North Albuquerque Acres home for sale. It was one of the best purchases we have ever made.

I love living in an area where everyone has an acre of land to spread out on and parking is never an issue. The elementary, middle and high school all scored 10 out of 10 at Everything from drug and grocery stores to parks and restaurants are very close by. Sometimes I ride my bike to Trader Joes. The only downside is that I can buy only what will fit in my basket.

North Albuquerque Acres or NAA is a special area. I became president of our community association last year. We are a voluntary group that is involved in keeping our area a clean and safe place to live. The past two years we have had a Spring Clean day that allowed our neighborhood to come dispose of trash, recyclables, and hazardous waste safely. Also an email alert system was recently implemented to notify one another of time sensitive information such as a lost dog, etc.

We always hear location, location, location! When a buyer makes their decision based on location, they are usually happiest with their decision. You can always makechanges to a home but you can't move the home itself.

Enjoy the video!

- Lorri Zumwalt, Realtor