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Old 07-15-2007, 02:51 PM
 
Location: Santa Fe, New Mexico
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queensbrook,

Could you clarify? Are you living in Las Vegas NM or NV? It sounds like you are saying you are in Nevada.

I don't know anything about Los Lunas...but I would guess they do not get much snow....and housing may still be reasonable there.

Santa Fe is very expensive as far as housing goes. Santa Fe does get snow.

Los Lunas and Santa Fe are two very different areas. I am wondering why you are interested in those two places in particular.
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Old 07-16-2007, 10:05 AM
 
Location: Albuquerque
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queensbrook asked:

> does it snow much in that area??

Can you define "snow much?" What would you consider "much?"

> i`m sure the homes are somewhat cheaper ...

Las Vegas is an inexpensive area - relatively speaking.

You'll get much faster answers by using the search function
and searching on [snow] or [weather] and [Albuquerque].

Los Lunas and Santa Fe weather are similar to Albuquerque
with Santa Fe a few degrees cooler and Los Lunas very
slightly warmer.

Try The Weather Channel for your research.
National and Local Weather Forecast, Radar, Map and Report
That way, you can get the answers you want as opposed
to what people want you to know.

You posted a couple of times in the Denver and Colorado
forums in March. Did you decide the snow was too much
for you there?

If you hate the snow and you hate the heat, check out
Las Cruces or Tucson as a compromise. Tucson is nothing
like Vegas in terms of heat and it is much cooler at night.
Las Cruces might get snow once during the winter and rarely
goes over 100 degrees.
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Old 07-30-2007, 06:06 PM
 
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Default Retire in Peace in NM

I'm a newby to your little community. Born in Los Alamos and since spending time in Idaho (too cold) and Nashville (too humid), I am now ready to retire, anyway partially. Have been back to NM many, many times and just feel it's calling me back. Strange how so many people feel that way. Been reading all your posts about Santa Fe (snows), Taos (too spendy), Las Cruces (too close to the border), so I am highly considering Alamogordo. Don't want too small a town, but not too big either. Just a few quick responses, if you will. I know some answers are on other threads, but some are a little old. Will appreciate it.
Understand crime is very low. Correct?
Border problems?
Gang problems?
Great fishing I understand not far away, love the mountains, just not the snow for months that goes with them.
Horse racing in Ruidosa still on?
Like a casino now and then. Close?
Nice active retirement communities?
Flood area - which area of town?
Welcoming to new inhabs?
Anything you can think of - should decide soon.
Thanks for all your time and info.
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Old 07-30-2007, 08:00 PM
 
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so I am highly considering Alamogordo. Don't want too small a town, but not too big either. Just a few quick responses, if you will. I know some answers are on other threads, but some are a little old. Will appreciate it.
Understand crime is very low. Correct?
Border problems?
Gang problems?
Great fishing I understand not far away, love the mountains, just not the snow for months that goes with them.
Horse racing in Ruidosa still on?
Like a casino now and then. Close?
Nice active retirement communities?
Flood area - which area of town?
Welcoming to new inhabs?
Anything you can think of - should decide soon.
Thanks for all your time and info.
Well here goes my take....

1# Is the crime very low? I wouldn't say VERY low but it is low in my opinion.
2# Border Problems? Almost non existent. Border Patrol checkpoints in all roads going into Alamo.
3# Gang problems? I've heard of a few but for the most part very low key.
4# Great fishing? Within 30 to 45 minutes there are 5 to 6 lakes and also many mountain streams.
5# Horse Racing? Yeap still on at the Downs of Ruidoso.
6# Casino? Inn of the Mountain Gods...40 minutes
7# Retirement Community? Amber Skies 55+ older Retirement Community.
8# Flood area? Hmm...i'd think the east side along the mountain? i.e. Scenic Dr. area.
9# Welcoming to newbies? Extremely welcoming. Large retiree and military presence.

There are other regulars who have thoughts one way or the other who will answer.....
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Old 07-30-2007, 08:05 PM
 
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Other folks will be more help than I, but I'll do my best. I live in the mountains and shop in Alamo once (sometimes twice) a month.

<<Understand crime is very low. Correct?

Relatively, yes.

<<Border problems?

Haven't heard of any.

<<Gang problems?

Heard about some in schools, but I don't think it's a major town concern. Am I wrong?

<<Great fishing I understand not far away, love the mountains, just not the snow for months that goes with them.

Not sure. I don't fish.

<<Horse racing in Ruidosa still on?

Far as I know, yes.

<<Like a casino now and then. Close?

Where have you been? Inn of the Mountain Gods is totally new and redone. I don't gamble, but I've been to the Inn a few times. Google it.

<<Nice active retirement communities?

Not sure. I'm a hermit.

<<Flood area - which area of town?

Watch out. They are out there. Don't know all the details, but I know the east end near the mountains has had trouble. Also, the west edge by the bypass road has some flood zones. Not much development there yet.

<<Welcoming to new inhabs?

About like anywhere else.
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Old 07-31-2007, 05:04 AM
 
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Hi,
All of the above I agree with.
You can ask a realtor about where the flood zones are. And don't be afraid to ask the locals. Last year we had more rain than normal, it surprized all of us. If you find a house, we can give you some insite to the flooding possibilities. I would welcome you to the neighborhood. When you plan on coming down to check out the area - and you should, let us know and we will be happy to meet with you.
Jane
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Old 07-31-2007, 07:34 AM
 
Location: Albuquerque
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Default Flood zones

I've said this before, but I'll repeat it here:

Get thee to -- TopoZone - The Web's Topographic Map, and more!

and look for yourself to see if you are in a flood zone.

Also, just look at an area with your own eyes and see how the
land 'flows.' If you can't imagine a desert thunderstorm, bring
someone who has seen one.

I assure you, if the place looks like it could hold water,
someday it will. Don't live there.
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Old 07-31-2007, 07:57 AM
 
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I recommend buying a home in the newer part of town. I just bought in Hermoso el Sol in the low $200's

Zillow - 891 Hermoso El Sol, Alamogordo, NM 88310

You can also build a home on 1 to 2 acres of land just north of Hermoso el Sol 1 minute in a new subdivision called Los Lomas

New Homes Alamogordo New Mexico - French Brothers Homes

I couldn't afford $273 + $50 for the lot. But it's a great place to build some beautiful homes.
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Old 07-31-2007, 09:56 AM
 
Location: Santa Fe, New Mexico
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I am responding to this thread for one reason....I LOVE the title.

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Retire in Peace in NM
Ohhhhhhhhhhh....how wonderful that sounds!!!!!!
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Old 07-31-2007, 03:11 PM
 
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Default Quick response and so grateful

Thx to all of you for the info, will be there probably the week after next. Have been, but as a tourist, so didn't really look at living there. Always planned on Santa Fe but the ol' arthritis isn't going to allow that cold of a winter and it has gotten so spendy. I will want to rent for the first year. Maybe a condo, with a little dog, w/d hookups, etc. Know of any? Have contacted several realtors but if you don't want to buy right away they lose interest. Understandable, I suppose. Would be happy to meet you Jane, let me know how to reach you.
Again thanks to all of you.
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