Sandia Heights Homeowners Map

Sandia Heights Homeowners Map
by Chris Lucas

I love maps! This one shows all the residential lots in Sandia Heights, a bedroom community nestled in the Sandia Mountain Foothills, on the northeastern edge of the MetroABQ. The blue lots often hover upwards of around three quarters of an acre & there are almost 400 of them. As the community is not in the city of Albuquerque, it has a water association. Read More


MetroABQ Open Space Foothills Trail Map

MetroABQ Open Space Foothills Trail Map
by Chris Lucas

I love maps! The MetroABQ has 24,000 acres of dedicated Open Space land surrounding the city. Of that over 2,600 acres of it sit along the east-side Foothills, from Four Hills & Tijeras Canyon, north up past the Elena Gallegos Open Space, near the Sandia Peak Tramway.  Read More


The Many Sides of the ABQ Museum's Sculpture Garden's Big Head

The Many Sides of the ABQ Museum's Sculpture Garden's Big Head
by Chris Lucas

The public art Sculpture Garden at the ABQ Museum is a surreal site. Located in Old Town across from the impressive Tiguex Park, the outdoor garden is a great prelude to the ever-changing museum shows inside the building. Now walk around the garden & notice the sculptures from different angles--it's a whole new experience with each new gaze at the figures. Below are numerous views of The Head, easy to access & prominently displayed in the garden. Read More


High Elevation Foothills Garden Tour Map: Kachina Hills & Glenwood Hills

High Elevation Foothills Garden Tour Map: Kachina Hills & Glenwood Hills
by Chris Lucas

Where the Sandia Mountains seem to ooze into the city limits--see map below--stands two neighborhoods, Kachina Hills & Glenwood Hills. Both sit on the eastern edge of the Metro, bordered by the Foothills Open Space further east. Read More


MetroABQ Newsletter -- March: Corrales

MetroABQ Newsletter -- March: Corrales
by Chris Lucas

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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


Los Poblanos Historic Inn & Farm

Los Poblanos Historic Inn & Farm
by Chris Lucas

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