MetroABQ Green Spaces/Parklands

by Chris Lucas

cropped-satellite-imageGreen Spaces!The MetroABQ area has them aplenty! In a survey by the nonprofit group The Trust for Public Land, ABQ ranked as the top mid-sized US city in total acres of parkland per capita. We are in the top 25 of cities for number of playgrounds, too. ABQ ranked in the top in other Green Space categories. Read More


What is Daylighting?

by Chris Lucas

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MetroABQ’s Urban Heat Island & the Petroglyph Monument

MetroABQ’s Urban Heat Island & the Petroglyph Monument
by Chris Lucas

An Urban Heat Island (UHI), found in metropolitan areas, is when the city temperature is considerably warmer than the surrounding rural areas, due to human activities. In these areas, the temperature is often much higher at night, and the effect is more pronounced during the summer and winter. Urban Heat Islands are caused by dark or massively solid surfaces, which absorb/collect heat, then release that heat at night; asphalt, concrete and tar are good examples—think of large paved parking lots, tar and gravel roofs and concrete arroyos and buildings. A lack of vegetation is another reason for UHI effects: with fewer trees, cities lose essential cooling effect and valuable shade; and the removal of carbon dioxide, created by the trees, adds to the temperature rise. Besides the increase in temperature, UHI’s can alter cloud patterns and trap particulate matter below cooler layers, creating pollution. UHI’s increase the demand for energy—air conditioners run longer—which costs more, and creates more waste pollution. An example of the Urban Heat Island effect is the weather forecast: notice the temps up & down the Rio Grande Valley—the Metro temperature is often higher than areas north or south.  Read More


Where in the MetroABQ

by Chris Lucas

Where in MetroABQ Are You? Read More


MetroABQ City Skyline

by Chris Lucas

abq-panorama2I am a dedicated seven-days-a-week real estate professional who knows and loves the ABQ area. My office is located just north of Nob Hill–close enough to be anywhere in the city within minutes. I continually seek out the hidden gems in all areas of the city for my buyers, and I am a tireless promoter of all my listings.
If you would like a personal market analysis of your home, call me. There is no cost or obligation for this service. Read More


FLYWAY by Robert Wilson & Jetty Jacks

by Chris Lucas

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Welcome to Westside ABQ’s Rinconada Canyon

by Chris Lucas

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