Winter Views of the Sandia Mountain Range, NM

Winter Views of the Sandia Mountain Range, NM
by Chris Lucas

Another reason to love the MetroABQ is the random views you experience, when you're doing something else. Showing a newer home last weekend in northern Placitas, the winter Sandia Mountain view was impressive--the recent dusting of snow looked like confectionary, above. In Placitas, homes often sit on one-acre + lots, & often atop their own hill, overlooking the arroyos below. The distance is deceiving: between the mountains & myself are dozens of hills & arroyos, which often make travel there a bit slow-going. as you must drive around the hills, not through them.

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Architect Antoine Predock's New Urbanist Community of La Luz: 5 Tennis Court NW--A Pocket Listing

Architect Antoine Predock's New Urbanist Community of La Luz: 5 Tennis Court NW--A Pocket Listing
by Chris Lucas

The La Luz community is special. The architecture is unique & every turn in the neighborhood imparts a different interesting sceneRead More


The Next Fifty--The Historic La Luz Community Celebrates Half A Century!

The Next Fifty--The Historic La Luz Community Celebrates Half A Century!
by Chris Lucas

Nestled along the Rio Grande Bosque on the MetroABQ's westside sits a community that is a living study of New Urbanist theory. For 50 years, the La Luz community has been celebrating "environmentally friendly habits by creating walkable neighborhoods containing a wide range of housing" types. The 96 townhome community is now looking toward the next fifty years of life. Designed in 1968 by renowned architect Antoine Predock (see the Rio Grande Nature Center in the North Valley, the Aperture Center in Mesa del Sol & hundreds of other lifetime projects), the neighborhood, riverside near Montaño & Coors Blvd, threw a party commemorating the last fifty & celebrating the next fifty.  I was lucky to be at the event, in The Meadow gathering space, seen above & the two images far below. Just below is an image facing the other direction, toward a row of residences on Tennis Court NW... Read More


Welcome to Architect Antoine Predock’s La Luz Neighborhood

Welcome to Architect Antoine Predock’s La Luz Neighborhood
by Chris Lucas

 Begun in 1967, Antoine Predock envisioned, “On a semi-arid mesa above the west side of the Rio Grande bosque, a close-knit community of townhouses creates intimate private realms while conserving open areas for common recreation …The earth-bound houses face either private cul-de-sac streets or pedestrian courts. Glass walls aim east at mountain and city views.” –predock.com   Read More


Architect Antoine Predock -- Three Samples

Architect Antoine Predock -- Three Samples
by Chris Lucas

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Welcome to La Luz: Architect Antoine Predock's All-Adobe Homes

Welcome to La Luz: Architect Antoine Predock's All-Adobe Homes
by Chris Lucas

Click on the image below to view the 3-D Walking Tour.
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5 Tennis Court NW, Albuquerque, NM 87120

5 Tennis Court NW, Albuquerque, NM 87120
by Chris Lucas


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Westside Oasis: La Luz del Oeste

Westside Oasis: La Luz del Oeste
by Chris Lucas

Million Dollar Views for under 200K! Read More