Where History Meets Current Day Culture
Old Town was laid out by Spanish colonists in the 1700s and many of the oldest buildings in Albuquerque surround the Old Town Plaza. Many of the homes in this area reflect the New Mexico Adobe Pueblo traditions. Restaurants, shops, museums, and entertainment nearby attract both residents and visitors. Just across Central Blvd. to the south is the Country Club neighborhood of grand houses and wide tree lines streets.
“New Town” as the Albuquerque Downtown was originally called is home to several interesting and diverse neighborhoods from the 4th Ward historical homes from the 1910’s to the newer construction in Sawmill and Elements. The 8th and Forrester district north of Mountain and the Reynolds neighborhood east of the Country Club neighbors feature homes from the 1910’s thru the 1950’s.
Huning Highland just east of Downtown is the first subdivision built as the Railroad laid tracks on the eastside of “New Town.” As National Trust Historic neighborhood Huning Highlands has a wide variety of custom built homes both large and small from 1882-1926. With excellent restaurants and a close proximity to both the University of New Mexico, the 5 major hospitals, and Downtown Huning Highlands attracts a wide and devoted group of admirers.
Both the downtown and old town neighborhoods are home to many smaller sections that hold major historical significance to Albuquerque’s past, present, and future.
The City Of Albuquerque maintains historical overlay designations for the following neighborhoods:
Eighth & Forrester, Fourth Ward, Huning Highland, Old Town, Silver Hill.
Find homes in your price range for the Downtown & Old Town areas
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Dining and Shopping
Old Town Restaurants
- Downtown Rio 14 Theaters
- Sunshine Theater
- Kimo Theater
- The Box Performance Space
- Sister Bar
- Effex Nightclub
- The Albuquerque BioPark
Parks and Recreation
Surrounding the downtown area, you can find more than ten lush parks for exercise or just taking in the sights. Downtown, you can find Civic Plaza and Robinson Park close to home for a good walk with the dogs or after work for a bite to eat.
Downtown is central to the ABQ Ride Alvarado Transportation Center. There you can take rapid transit to just about anywhere in the city. Soon, you can take the ART line up and down the central corridor for an expedited ride to your destination.