Exploring the buildings of the Nob Hill Neighborhoods is a great walk, specifically the Monte Vista Triangle,
a pizza-shaped slice in the historic Monte Vista Addition. Below is my one-mile architectural walking tour that celebrates the numerous unique building
styles in that area. Anchored by Monte Vista Elementary School, one of the best examples of Mediterranean Revival architecture in the city, the neighborhood
surrounding the school boasts a significantly large number of homes from the 1920's--1950's & beyond. The Monte Vista Triangle Walking Tour,
seen above, zigs & zags through the pocket Monte Vista Triangle section, passing by a few gems, among many.
How to get there...Finding my way to the west side of the river was much easier than expected--I walked. On the east side of the Rio Grande, there is parking
at the end of Gabaldon Place, in the north-of-Old Town Duranes neighborhood. From there, numerous easy walking/bike paths connect to the Rio Grande Valley State Park;
you can walk up or down the river on the east side, or use the red-steel pedestrian bridge that runs alongside Interstate 40, to cross the river, above.
Spring starts today. It's a great time for walks that explore the MetroABQ. There are dozens of great places to find oneself in the city, from a North Valley public art arroyo called Graffiti Alley, image below, to the historic 87 year old Rio Puerco Bridge west of town. Read More
Just a few miles west of the MetroABQ on Route 66 just before the Laguna Pueblo, is a cool little steel bridge with a 250 foot span, perfect for a short out-of-car, stretching-your legs stroll, before continuing west or east. If you didn't know about it, you would certainly miss it. The walk is simple & the scenery is serene... Read More
Shifting toward one of the Metro's NW communities, I found myself in Rio Rancho atop a Vista Entrada home,
staring at a 24-panel photovoltaic solar array on one side & stunning views of the Sandia Mountains on the other. To show both, we hired my
favorite Drone Pilot, who captured dozens of images around the home & property, two seen above.
Closer to the Rio Grande, in a Corrales greenbelt property, hangs the image Four Horses, a mid-century Agnes Sims painting. Perfectly adorned among the adobe-brick walls, the owners of the four-acre horse property graciously left the artwork, below, for my client, who's a skilled horsewoman.
Below that is my favorite bathroom of the year, with it's cobalt penny-round shower tile, floating vanity & 'skatepark' porcelain sink, found at the La Luz townhome complex near Coors & Montaño Blvd.