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Old 06-26-2011, 05:51 PM
 
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I was born and raised in Albuquerque, but I haven't lived there in over 19 years. Well I have received a job offer I just can't refuse (especially in this economy) and will be moving back HOME in August 2011. I'm looking to rent for the 1st year or so until I can get settled/get my feet on solid ground, then buy a house. In searching for a rental I came upon one located in Martineztown. Martineztown was not considered a good or safe neighborhood when I was growing up in ABQ, especially in the early 90's. Has Martineztown changed? Is it a safe/low crime area? Is it gang infested? Any thoughts on the neighborhood would be greatly appreciated.

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Old 06-26-2011, 06:35 PM
 
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I would say it has changed somewhat. It is an old, historic, largely traditional hispanic area that is still pretty poor, but doesn't seem to have alot of crime issues. The neighborhood has great access to UNM and downtown, and some newer townhomes can be found along with the small, old adobes.
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Old 06-27-2011, 10:40 AM
 
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I was born and raised in Albuquerque, but I haven't lived there in over 19 years. Well I have received a job offer I just can't refuse (especially in this economy) and will be moving back HOME in August 2011. I'm looking to rent for the 1st year or so until I can get settled/get my feet on solid ground, then buy a house. In searching for a rental I came upon one located in Martineztown. Martineztown was not considered a good or safe neighborhood when I was growing up in ABQ, especially in the early 90's. Has Martineztown changed? Is it a safe/low crime area? Is it gang infested? Any thoughts on the neighborhood would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks!
It's a really neat neighborhood and probably has about as much crime and gang activity as any other part of downtown - not a lot (unless you're a crack dealer or a criminal). It's a really quiet area. If you're not convinced and still looking for a cheap place to rent downtown, take a look in Barelas. It's probably a bit more fixed up and diverse than Martineztown and you'd be the same distance from everything.
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Old 06-27-2011, 02:59 PM
 
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I have a buddy who just moved there after spending ten years in the British Virgin Islands. We met in the heart of San Francisco where we both lived.

He says he likes the neighborhood, but when I visit it doesn't seem like anything but a forgotten area. I never see children playing in or around the houses out there. In fact, I don't think I ever see any people outside when I go to visit him - maybe a jogger here and there.

I think he likes it there because he works all the time. He leaves his dogs in the back yard and is gone thirteen hours a day, six days a week.

If you are renting it probably won't matter what the neighborhood is like, unless you drive a car that is worth stealing or breaking into. If the place fits your needs you should do it. A year is nothing, even in a sketchy neighborhood. You'll spend your free time looking for a the right place to buy and figuring out the continuation of your life.

I always suggest downloading google earth to see exactly what the neighborhood looks like. And since you have lived here before, you can tell what a sketchy neighborhood looks like. The picture resolution on Google Earth is excellent, and you can "walk" around your neighborhood from the comfort of your favorite chair right now.

Congratulations on the new job!
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Old 07-17-2011, 06:17 PM
 
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I grew up in that area, of course in those days... it was alot safer. Today, Martineztown is riddled with violence. It's a poor area, and not very attractive anymore. But there are other great areas to mention if you would like to live in downtown. The Huning Highlands, and Huning Castle neighborhoods are alot nicer.
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Old 07-18-2011, 11:21 AM
 
Location: Albuquerque NM
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Congrats on the job offer!

I've been inside a couple of the townhouses just off Edith between Roma and Fruit, they are really nice, I wouldn't mind renting one of those. I knew a single woman who lived there (maybe still does) and liked it a lot. Much of the rest of that area looks pretty shabby but there may be some good finds. Because of the location near hospitals and downtown you will have some transients around. The "Southwest Pieta" sculpture by Jimenez is there in a small park, I think Hillary Clinton stopped there for a photo op several years ago:

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