> ... would like to know of a nice apartment building or condo ...
Where is the sprog going to be working - geographically-speaking?
You'll get better advice on locations from there. Albuquerque is not
big and you can live on one end and work on the other, but why
would you want to?
BTW, doing a search using [apartment + albuquerque] will give you
lots of (instant gratification) answers on apartments here.
> ... place that would offer garaged parking ...
I rented in one place that is still good:
Albuquerque New Mexico Apartments - Home - Pinnacle At High Desert
Fantastic city views, hiking out your back door, attached
and detached garages, nice neighborhood in general.
> Is there a Costco ...
For questions like these, try here: Yahoo! Yellow Pages: Yellow Pages, Maps, Directions, Addresses, Phone Numbers
You can find businesses and maps to places that you are interested in.
> ... apartments have cockroaches .....
I just moved out of one in March and another in June and neither
had them. I assumed they would, but they did not. Be sure so ask
some tenents before plunking down a rental deposit.
(I assume there were no cockroaches because I was being exposed
to huge amounts of carcinogens due to liberal applications of
> ... water quality is bad.....is this true?
I drink right out of the tap and consider it good. Most people use
bottled water which is just tap water bottled up from somewhere
else and sold at a premium. When I was in Phoenix, I drank filtered
water because the tap water tasted bad, but wasn't unhealthy.
> What areas of this city are best to stay away from?
The bad places.
Seriously, use Search using [Albuquerque + unsafe/bad/dangerous]
and you'll get a lot of information. Generally, when I am in unfamiliar
territory, if I see Payday loan places, then I know I'd better lock my
car and look around before sticking my key in the lock when I return.
Also, you get what you pay for. If you decide to move into an apartment
that is $600/month vs the one that is $900/month, you are probably
going to be seeing more crime or putting up with not-as-nice neighbors.
One exception would be the funky areas near UNM where there are lots
of cheap places with cool ambience.