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Old 11-15-2020, 08:06 AM
 
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I currently live in Los Lunas and I can explain the crime and talk a little on Los Lunas. So crime in the city limits is limited. LLPD cover a small portion of Los Lunas. The county police cover the rest which is considered Los Lunas. A lot of the crime statistics come from Meadow Lake and the Valencia area. That's also the area where housing is well below 200K. The "good" area of Los Lunas is considered right off I-25. It's where all the new houses are being built, senior community, Walmart, Facebook, movie theater, chain restaurants, car dealerships, LL high school etc. A lot of people live in this area since it makes the drive to Albuquerque more convenient. Los Lunas is growing fast. The Isleta reservation is in between Los Lunas and Albuquerque so that is another buffer from the big city. I truly like Los Lunas. There are city sports for children and adults, the river for fishing, the Casino is a 15 minute drive, University of New Mexico-Valencia, golf course in Rio Communities if you don't want to go to Albuquerque, there are some hiking spots with the hill or you can hike the east mountains. The rail runner is accessible. And I have not heard anything about sinkholes. I feel safe in the town and in the neighborhoods close to I-25. I know what neighborhoods to stay away from as you travel east and of course on the Valencia side. No reason for me to be over there.
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Old 11-18-2020, 11:19 PM
 
Location: NM
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I agree with Cap Yesterday’s assessment. The LL community is really two different areas culturally and economically. Suburban incorporated Los Lunas and rural “Valencia”. Crime is not so bad in the suburban area. Parts of the rural community have some major issues (not that the rural areas don’t have a lot of charm not found in the suburban part).

I find that medical care can be an issue here - no hospital, relatively few doctors. Albuquerque offers a lot more of course.
Also due to the rapid growth in housing, retail services are somewhat lacking. No doubt that will eventually correct itself as businesses realize the true population and opportunities in LL, but for now LL residents tend to have to wait in long drive-through lines and have few choices for some services.
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Old 11-27-2020, 10:42 PM
 
Location: Long Island, NY
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Homes like this-~ 2500 ft for $330K in a truly low crime area could possibly work well for me-especially if they have a few BIG rather than many rooms and a useless big ass kitchen. And so much of NM is so beautiful, indeed seductively so. https://www.nmhometeam.com/los-lunas/300000-400000/?p=2 But an accredited (https://www.achc.org/index.html ) compounding pharmacy is a must. And if Los Lunas and surrounding areas in Valencia County grow too fast too many school, roads and other public services can spike property taxes to where nice homes can become unaffordable, as least for single seniors like me dying to flee my stifling co-op on over priced and horribly overpopulated Long Island.

Perhaps even worse, so much of this Land of Enchantment is plagued by dangerous sinkholes, wildfires and water scarcity-or floods if some stupid or uncaring developer built in or anywhere near a flood zone. Much of these growing areas are populated by young 30-somethings, who could better rebuild their lives after one or more disasters. But after many months of research it's so heartbreaking to realize and accept that unless you want to live dangerously NM is not a good place to retire.

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Old 11-29-2020, 12:53 AM
 
Location: NM
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Living in NM is not dangerous, unless you choose to live in a high crime area and associate with gangs and/or deal drugs.
We do have a few sink holes here and there, but pretty rare. Floods are really rare. Drought is an issue for sure. Excessive growth in cities is non-existent except For maybe a few spots in metro Albuquerque.

New Mexico is a state with a lot of poverty and all the issues that come with poverty, but for someone looking to relocate to the state with moderate financial means it’s not dangerous. And it has Low cost of living, Interesting culture, many beautiful spots and tremendous weather.
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Old 11-29-2020, 02:51 PM
 
Location: Long Island, NY
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Living in NM is not dangerous, unless you choose to live in a high crime area and associate with gangs and/or deal drugs.
We do have a few sink holes here and there, but pretty rare. Floods are really rare. Drought is an issue for sure. Excessive growth in cities is non-existent except For maybe a few spots in metro Albuquerque.

New Mexico is a state with a lot of poverty and all the issues that come with poverty, but for someone looking to relocate to the state with moderate financial means it’s not dangerous. And it has Low cost of living, Interesting culture, many beautiful spots and tremendous weather.
Very scary reality for homeowners. https://twitter.com/femaregion8/stat...82660421763073 And with human induced climate change making everything hotter fires could be larger and happen more frequently.

Have many homes and other structures been lost to fires in LL in the last several years?

Do most homeowners have problems drilling for their own water in LL, or do they have to rely on the public water supply? How much to drill for a steady water supply; ~ $6000, including purification?

Are they many power blackouts?
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Old 11-29-2020, 11:24 PM
 
Location: NM
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Los Lunas is a desert community. 30 or so miles from the mountains where the forest fire danger is. The town straddles the Rio Grande River. Certainly there are mountain communities in NM, and some of those no doubt have Forest fire dangers on the edge of town, but not LL.

As for drilling for water, those in the region who do not have city water (Developed areas) or existing wells (Unincorporated rural locations) would have to drill. Don’t know the cost of drilling, but I’m sure it’s high. Drought is currently an issue for farmers, and could someday become a problem for residential users, but not for a long while as the city of LL has significant water rights. The threat of climate change on future New Mexico water supplies is real in my opinion.

In the 14 months I’ve lived here we’ve not had a blackout or even lost power at all.
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Old 11-30-2020, 09:07 AM
 
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Very scary reality for homeowners. https://twitter.com/femaregion8/stat...82660421763073 And with human induced climate change making everything hotter fires could be larger and happen more frequently.

Have many homes and other structures been lost to fires in LL in the last several years?

Do most homeowners have problems drilling for their own water in LL, or do they have to rely on the public water supply? How much to drill for a steady water supply; ~ $6000, including purification?

Are they many power blackouts?

We've lived here 21 years and never experienced or even seen a sinkhole. We've never experienced a fire of any sort, although we have experienced smoke from AZ and CA fires. We've never experienced or seen a flood, although floods can happen in a desert because the ground has hardened into caliche and water runs off and is not absorbed. We've experience a few minor blackouts, measured in minutes or hours, not days.

Reading your assorted posts and concerns, you seem to think NM is a hellhole. I wonder why you are even considering moving here.
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Old 11-30-2020, 11:39 AM
 
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Reading your assorted posts and concerns, you seem to think NM is a hellhole. I wonder why you are even considering moving here.
I've begun to believe the OP isn't thinking about moving to NM at all. Just trolling to argue with people.

All of this "concern" about disasters could apply to the upper midwest and mountain areas (heavy snow and ice), the middle of the country (tornadoes, New Madrid faultline), the west coast (earthquakes, wildfires), the south and southeast (hurricanes), the east coast (east coasters, DC). Crime is everywhere depending on how loosely you define it. No place is safe if you're looking for a reason for it to not be safe. Florida has had major sinkholes, but I haven't seen that stop people from moving there. Property taxes in Texas are high (partly to make up for the lack of income tax), but people are flooding in. California fires are insane and so is the cost of living, yet people still live there.

I moved to NM to get away from big city life (genuine high crime), humidity, mosquitoes, traffic jams. I knew there'd be warts. I already knew of a few. But rather than argue with strangers about whether I should or shouldn't move, I weighed the evidence of what I knew and made a decision.

The OP seems not to want to choose something based on what they know, but rather to argue with people who already have moved, or are natives, about why they're not too bright in his opinion. I don't have much I need to do these days. But I have much more important things than that to deal with.
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Old 11-30-2020, 02:14 PM
 
Location: Silver Hill, Albuquerque
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We've lived here 21 years and never experienced or even seen a sinkhole. We've never experienced a fire of any sort, although we have experienced smoke from AZ and CA fires. We've never experienced or seen a flood, although floods can happen in a desert because the ground has hardened into caliche and water runs off and is not absorbed. We've experience a few minor blackouts, measured in minutes or hours, not days.

Reading your assorted posts and concerns, you seem to think NM is a hellhole. I wonder why you are even considering moving here.
I have to chime in about the sinkhole issue...anyone worrying about this as a hazard of NM life is not grounded in reality. I have lived here for more than 30 years, read extensively, and am aware of exactly one sinkhole in the entire state that impacts everyday lives...it's manmade, is more a potential threat than a current one, and the state legislature has already devoted a lot of money to coming up with a solution. If this is what the OP is worried about, he's either got a phobia or is only posting to stir things up, as phydeaux suggests.

I would worry about wildfires if I was looking to move into a forested area like Silver City, Cloudcroft or some of the other mountain communities. Outside of those areas, it's not a concern. The native vegetation in the rest of NM isn't going to burn big enough to have a major impact.
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Old Yesterday, 11:12 PM
 
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We've lived here 21 years and never experienced or even seen a sinkhole. We've never experienced a fire of any sort, although we have experienced smoke from AZ and CA fires. We've never experienced or seen a flood, although floods can happen in a desert because the ground has hardened into caliche and water runs off and is not absorbed. We've experience a few minor blackouts, measured in minutes or hours, not days.

Reading your assorted posts and concerns, you seem to think NM is a hellhole. I wonder why you are even considering moving here.
We do see some fires when the Rio Grande catches fire. That's always a risk. Same with it being in a flood area. Though I have never seen it flood. If anything, the river is too low. I'd only worry if your backyard happens to be in this area.
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