Neighborhood Spotlight: Spruce Park in West Campus
Unique, historic and discretely nestled in the middle of it all…
The first Spruce Park Homes were built in the 1920s next to the University of New Mexico (UNM). Some of the architectural styles include SW Vernacular, Mid-Century Modern, Mission Style, Spanish Pueblo, and Streamline Moderne among some other unique building designs, like the Hobbit House, above top.
Spruce Park is in the middle of the city between the University of NM and Downtown. Most of the neighborhood sits atop a hill, which seems to discourage a whole lot of through-traffic. You can see from the map how the curvy streets indicate elevation changes. It is also a limited-access neighborhood, bounded on the north by Lomas, Dr. Martin Luther King Dr. Blvd. to the south, I-25 to the west and University blvd to the east. Spruce Park is just steps from UNM and the walkable areas of Nob Hill and east of Downtown.
Nestled in the middle of the neighborhood, Spruce Park, with its shady canopy of 50+ year old Sycamores and Siberian Elms, tons of grass, a playground and surrounded by homes built mostly in the 1920s-1940s. Situated in the middle of the city, there are nine other parks within a mile walking distance of the Spruce Park neighborhood.