Best Neighborhoods in Albuquerque for Families

Located in the heart of New Mexico, the high desert city of Albuquerque (or ABQ, as the locals call it) is a bustling metro area. As the centerpiece of the New Mexico Technology Corridor, Albuquerque’s high number of engineering, tech, and government jobs are an enticing draw for many young professionals.

Paired with an abundant variety of outdoor activities and cultural events, it’s easy to see why so many families are choosing to call this city home. But where can you find the best neighborhoods in Albuquerque for families? The following are some of the best the city has to offer:

  • Academy Hills Park
  • Altura
  • Bear Canyon
  • Glenwood Hills
  • Heritage East
  • Kachina Hills
  • Mirabella
  • North Valley
  • Ventana Ranch
  • Vista Del Mundo

Academy Hills Park

Home Price: $278,575 median purchase price; $217 median monthly rent
Crime Rate: Safer than 78% of cities in New Mexico

The Academy Hills Park neighborhood derives its name from a popular park located within the neighborhood boundaries. With playgrounds, soccer fields, and great views, Academy Hills Park is a go-to destination for area residents wishing to walk their dogs or catch a new creature in Pokemon Go.

Playgrounds and soccer fields aren’t the only activities your family will enjoy in Academy Hills Park. Nearby Cliff’s Amusement Park is one of Albuquerque’s most popular attractions with roller coasters, a water park, and other family-friendly rides.

Residents can also enjoy some of the area’s best golfing at Tanoan Country Club, as well as dining and other amenities.


Home Price: $279,300 median purchase price; $832 median monthly rent
Crime Rate: Safer than 78% of cities in New Mexico

Similar to Academy Hills Park, the Altura neighborhood gets its name from a local park—Altura Park. With playgrounds, picnics tables, and tennis courts, this is a great place to take the kids on the weekends.

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Altura is also home to some of Albuquerque’s most popular local restaurants with a mix of dining options to suit any palette. Lucky Boy Restaurant’s unique burgers—like its green chile cheeseburger—have helped it earn acclaim from local residents. Taj Mahal Cuisine of India is another popular option for those interested in something a bit more exotic.

Bear Canyon

Home Price: $243,750 median purchase price; $1,098 median monthly rent
Crime Rate: Safer than 78% of cities in New Mexico

Bear Canyon is conveniently located next to Arroyo del Oso Park and Arroyo del Oso Golf Course, a 27-hole course maintained by the city that offers affordable play options for area residents.

Children will do more than just play in Bear Canyon. Nearby Albuquerque Academy is known throughout the region for its extremely successful sports teams and its dedication to quality college prep.

You also won’t have to go far to take care of grocery shopping and other chores. The area is served by Smith’s, Whole Foods Market, and Walmart. Those interested in broadening their culinary experiences should also check out Indian Food & Grocery, which offers authentic Indian groceries and an all-you-can-eat buffet.

Glenwood Hills

Home Price: $368,000 median purchase price; $322 median monthly rent
Crime Rate: Safer than 78% of cities in New Mexico

Bordering Cibola National Forest, the Glenwood Hills area offers gorgeous views of South Sandia Peak. Close proximity to NM-556 makes it easy to get up the mountain using the Sandia Peak Tramway. You don’t have to go into the mountains to experience hiking and other outdoor activities, though. Sunset Canyon Park has a playground and basketball courts for families to enjoy.

Though Glenwood Hills is a bit farther from the heart of Albuquerque, many parents find the location of its plentiful, family-friendly neighborhoods to be ideally suited for teaching their children to love the outdoors.

As with other neighborhoods located in Albuquerque’s Foothills region, a low crime rate and peaceful streets make this a great place for any family.

Heritage East

Home Price: $315,700 median purchase price; $1,360 median monthly rent
Crime Rate: Safer than 78% of cities in New Mexico

Though Heritage East may be pricier than some of the other neighborhoods on this list, many families find it to be well worth the investment, thanks to its low crime rate and convenient access to some of the best attractions that Albuquerque has to offer.

Several parks and playgrounds are located in and around the neighborhood, including Rosary Park, Quintessence Park, and Heritage Hills Park.

As with other Albuquerque neighborhoods, Heritage East offers gorgeous views of the nearby mountains, though it has one additional noteworthy landmark—the Albuquerque New Mexico Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The grounds are open to the general public, providing a serene location for an evening stroll.

Kachina Hills

Home Price: $268,400 median purchase price; $1,452 median monthly rent
Crime Rate: Safer than 78% of cities in New Mexico

With homes that are less expensive than other neighborhoods bordering Cibola National Forest, it should come as no surprise that Kachina Hills is rapidly growing in demand.

The Menaul Trailhead is the neighborhood’s most popular attraction, providing access to a variety of trails geared toward avid hikers and young families alike.

Kachina Hills is served by nearby Onate Elementary School, where students achieves test scores well above the state average. Parents aren’t limited to public schools in this area. Several private schools and daycares are also available for neighborhood residents, including La Petite Academy and Calvary Christian Academy.


Home Price: $198,300 median purchase price; $1,347 median monthly rent
Crime Rate: Safer than 53% of cities in New Mexico

Close proximity to I-40 makes Mirabella a great neighborhood for commuters—or those who like to frequently take vacations out of town to places like Petrified Forest National Park in Arizona or New Mexico’s own El Malpais National Monument.

Though this small neighborhood is almost 100% residential, there are plenty of amenities nearby to ensure your family will never run out of things to do. The National Museum of Nuclear Science & History is one of the neighborhood’s most popular attractions with several kid-oriented programs throughout the year.

The Manzano Mesa Multigenerational Center features a park, pickleball courts, yoga classes, and more. If that’s not enough, I-40 can quickly get you to Downtown Albuquerque for events like the Downtown Summerfest or an Albuquerque Isotopes baseball game.

North Valley

Home Price: $205,800 median purchase price; $841 median monthly rent
Crime Rate: Safer than 37% of cities in New Mexico

Perhaps the greenest area in all of Albuquerque, North Valley offers a quiet, serene atmosphere along the Rio Grande while still providing easy access to the city.

Vineyards and farms are common in North Valley, making it an attractive option for families who wish to get away from the hustle and bustle of downtown living.

This quieter atmosphere doesn’t mean you’ll be left without fun family activities. Los Poblanos Historic Inn & Organic Farm offers fine dining and a gorgeous lavender farm, while Alameda Open Space is perfect for picnicking and walking along the Rio Grande.

Kids will love the Albuquerque International Ballon Fiesta held each year in the fall. The nearby Anderson Abruzzo Albuquerque International Balloon Museum holds other fun events throughout the year, including a summer concert series.

Ventana Ranch

Home Price: $192,820 median purchase price; $987 median monthly rent
Crime Rate: Safer than 46% of cities in New Mexico

Located northwest of Albuquerque, Ventana Ranch has become a popular neighborhood for young families, thanks to its affordable housing and ever-increasing access to amenities.

The Ventana Ranch Community Center has a swimming pool and rooms that can be reserved for private events. Paradise Hill Little League gives children a great chance to learn the values of teamwork and develop their baseball skills.

Educational opportunities exist both inside and outside the classroom at Ventana Ranch. Ventana Ranch Elementary School is located at the heart of the neighborhood, while James Monroe Middle School and Volcano Vista High School (which fields several championship sports teams) are located nearby. For more hands-on learning, Petroglyph National Monument to the south provides an ideal opportunity to learn more about New Mexico’s ancient inhabitants.

Vista Del Mundo

Home Price: $374,200 median purchase price
Crime Rate: Safer than 78% of cities in New Mexico

Vista Del Mundo is one of Albuquerque’s most upscale neighborhoods—so much so that there isn’t a single apartment complex to be found within its boundaries.

Though one of the area’s most expensive communities, Vista Del Mundo is also one of the safest neighborhoods in Albuquerque, making it a great choice for those who can afford it.

Hiking in Cibola National Forest is easily accessible with the Embudo Trailhead. When it’s too hot to play outside, Hinkle Family Fun Center is sure to keep your children entertained with game rooms, bumper cars, and VR games.

Kids won’t lack for educational opportunities in this neighborhood either. Albuquerque School of Excellence is a popular charter school that serves students from 1st Grade through 12th Grade. As part of the Albuquerque and Bernalillo County Library System, the Lomas Tramway Library is ideally suited to foster your child’s love of reading.


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Best Neighborhoods in Albuquerque