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South West suburbs...

    I'm looking for some good places to live in the south west... dh and I may be interested in moving in the next 2 years or so...

any good burbs I can look up?

<3 a dfw nestie...

x-posted to the az boards

Re: South West suburbs...

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    The SW is pretty big. For example, NM is teh 5th largest state. There are a lot of different cities, towns and villages in the state. So a bit more information would be helpful. And suburb only really applies in the Albuquerque/Rio Rancho/Santa Fe metro region. The rest of the state is still predominatly rural

    What type of jobs do you want? What is your career?

    What type of neioghborhood do you want - rural, semi-rural, urban, artsy, etc.?

    What COL do you want?

    What activities do you want - cultural, musuems, art, live music, outdoor activities, etc.?

  •     I am a special ed teacher, dh is in data tech systems management (computer shyte)

    We really don't have any other specifications... relative proximity to a metropolitan area... an hour drive or so...

    I know that is vague, but our intention is vague... we're just looking for a special place. We'd love to settle in sedona, az, but col is wicked high...

    thanks for replying anyway. :)
  • flameflame member
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    I am a fan of vague. You actually aren't that vague - you want a special place (like Sedona) with a LCOL. That gives me a place to start.

    Santa Fe would be obvious (the El Dorado or Rancho Viejo developments on the S side of town), but the COL in Santa Fe is sky high.  And SF has enough need for computer geeks that DH could find a job. (Thornburg Investments, the bioinformatics firm I can never remeber the name of, state government, Los Alamos labs are all some employers in SF.)

    Taos is also great, but the economy is pretty much only tourist based.

    Albuquerque has more to offer job wise. And most of the IT jobs are in ABQ. ABQ has a lot of different neighborhoods - an urban downtown (EDO, Country Club, Wells Park, Barelas), the more funky Nob Hill/UNM, agricultural North Valley or South Valley, etc.

    You might like some of the ABQ bedroom communities - Bernalillo, Placitas and Corrales come to mind. All are pretty rural and have that great SW feel, but you're only 15-30 minutes from ABQ.

    Down south, Las Cruces might be to your liking. It keeps getting ranked pretty high on "places to move" lists.

    And I'm a fan of Truth or Consequences. People keep saying it's what Sedona was 20 years ago. (For a job, your DH would probably have to commute up to NM Tech in Soccorro. At least until the Spaceport goes in.)
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