Monte Vista Triangle One-Mile Walking Tour Part I

Monte Vista Triangle One-Mile Walking Tour Part I
by Chris Lucas

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.
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The Monte Vista Triangle: A Nob Hill Neighborhood

The Monte Vista Triangle: A Nob Hill Neighborhood
by Chris Lucas

Where Is The Monte Vista Triangle?
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Netherwood Park Mid-Century Modern Home: Welcome to 1907 Richmond Drive NE!

Netherwood Park Mid-Century Modern Home: Welcome to 1907 Richmond Drive NE!
by Chris Lucas

To see the 3-D Virtual Tour for 1907 Richmond Drive NE, click on the image below.  Read More


Exploring the MetroABQ's West Cliff Neighborhoods

Exploring the MetroABQ's West Cliff Neighborhoods
by Chris Lucas

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.
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MetroABQ Downtown Plaza to Plaza Walk

MetroABQ Downtown Plaza to Plaza Walk
by Chris Lucas

MetroABQ Plaza to Plaza Architectural Walking Tour -- From Downtown to Old Town. Read More


Public Art: North Valley Graffiti/Mural Alley

Public Art: North Valley Graffiti/Mural Alley
by Chris Lucas

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


Rio Puerco Bridge West of The MetroABQ

Rio Puerco Bridge West of The MetroABQ
by Chris Lucas

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


Year In Pictures: A 2019 Photo Essay Part II

Year In Pictures: A 2019 Photo Essay Part II
by Chris Lucas

See Year in Pictures Pt I.


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.

From the drone images, there appear to be PV solar arrays on numerous homes throughout the neighborhood, which is a big deal: due to the benefit of the solar panels, the above home has no monthly electric bill & is paid ~$600 per year from the electric company, for the energy it over-produces.

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.



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MetroABQ Parks & Greenspaces Part III

MetroABQ Parks & Greenspaces Part III
by Chris Lucas

Parks & Greenspaces Part I & Part II  Read More