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Old 08-02-2015, 08:38 AM
 
Location: Sacramento Mtns of NM
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The commute to Los Alamos from Santa Fe might be brutal.
I've driven the route many times over the years, but always as a tourist and not during the "rush hours" and I would hate to think of having to drive it daily! Might be "tolerable" if I belonged to a van pool or used public transport, but to drive it myself - can only imagine my stress level.
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Old 08-03-2015, 12:49 PM
 
Location: Silver Hill, Albuquerque
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The commute to Los Alamos from Santa Fe might be brutal. I know a guy who does it, and he complains about it a lot.
There are at least a few alternatives to driving...the state runs a Park and Ride route between Santa Fe and Los Alamos, there are several commercial shuttle services, and it's (at least theoretically) possible to get there via North Central Regional Transit District buses with a connection at Pojoaque, though the bus schedule is so ludicrous that I feel like I must be misinterpreting it somehow. I'm sure there are also tons of ride shares and carpools...Los Alamos is sort of famous for its sleepiness so lots of lab employees choose to live in SF.

In any case, I imagine the commute compares favorably to most long-distance commutes in large cities (New York or LA large, not Albuquerque large). I knew a guy who commuted between Los Alamos and Albuquerque 3 times a week so Santa Fe to Los Alamos can't be that horrible.
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Old 08-03-2015, 05:02 PM
 
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You were asking about commuting but I'm going to side-step a bit and ask why living in Los Alamos isn't an option? There are some misconceptions about this town, some are at least a little true, but there are some really good things too.

I've heard that Los Alamos is very conservative but that is just not true. Sure, it is more conservative than Taos and Santa Fe but that's not too hard. We are not a bunch of nuke happy gun nuts. We do have some gun nuts though.

The music/arts scene here is not as big as Santa Fe but we do have one. Plus there are advantages to living in town. Do you have or plan to have kids? There are tons of family friendly events in town and we have the best schools in the state. LA has a very low crime rate, very low. No matter what part of town you live in, your husband will never be far from work.

I live fairly close to the lab and greatly appreciate my five minute commute. I also have two small kids so appreciate all the awesome local events, near zero crime, and fantastic schools.
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Old 08-03-2015, 09:03 PM
 
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I've heard that Los Alamos is very conservative but that is just not true.
[IMG]I'm saying nothing by Glenn Hanson, on Flickr[/IMG]
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Old 08-03-2015, 09:29 PM
 
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THanks for this info. I will check out the commuter park and ride. I suppose the reason we don't necessarily want to live in Los Alamos is that we really love Santa Fe and surrounding areas a lot. I am planning to visit this week and look at real estate and will definitely include Los Alamos. We don't have children so the school quality isn't really a sell for us. We like outdoors and cultural events. We currently live in Longmont Colorado which is Boulder county. While it's a wonderful place to live, the arts scene is immature. We're sort of tired of that. We're ready for world class art and music. I think Los Alamos is beautiful, but it's family oriented and the houses have lots of bedrooms . We want an older, no kids sort of culture that we can have being closer to Santa Fe. I really appreciate what an individual choice this can be. I have a friend who grew up in Los Alamos and thinks it would be a wonderful place to live. Her kids say it wouldn't. I might like being in a smaller community myself but it's very hard to know until you actually live there!
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Old 08-04-2015, 02:41 PM
 
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Thanks for the pic threecats and more power to you, cwagner.

Definitely, Los Alamos is not for everyone. However, I love it here and would much rather live in Los Alamos than Santa Fe.
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Old 08-05-2015, 04:57 PM
 
Location: Santa Fe, NM
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cwagner55 - When looking to buy properties in the Pojoaque/Nambe/ElRancho areas, be aware that title companies may not issue title insurance because there may not be legal access to many properties due to pueblos claiming they never gave road rights over pueblo land to the county. This is an issue that you definitely need to check out, or have your Realtor do on your behalf.
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Old 08-05-2015, 08:45 PM
 
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Thanks for the pic threecats and more power to you, cwagner.

Definitely, Los Alamos is not for everyone. However, I love it here and would much rather live in Los Alamos than Santa Fe.
The pics title was "I'm saying nothing"
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Old 08-06-2015, 01:06 PM
 
Location: State of Transition
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The pueblos will indeed have precedence over this water - they do anyway based on their water rights,
No. The reason for the lawsuit in the first place (filed over 40 years ago) was to clarify Pueblo water rights vis-a-vis non-Native water allocation. Due to the pueblos' status as former territories of Mexico, and the terms of the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo between the US and Mexico, it was questioned whether the pueblos came under the US Supreme Court decision (1908) that put Native water rights in the West ahead of everyone else (known thenceforth as the "Winters Doctrine"). The court case first had to clarify that, then move on to negotiate a water-sharing settlement between Native and non-Native residents. Also, part of the settlement was that the tribes would relinquish their priority call for water in most circumstances, in exchange for guaranteed right to groundwater, while others would get surface water. (The fallacy here is that those two things are separate sources, not part of a networking whole.)

The other fallacy involved in this case is that the Rio Grande actually has a reliable water supply to deliver to people. Some years ago, the Rio Grande ran dry one summer. The lawsuit was filed during a prolonged wet cycle in the SW, and conditions have since changed significantly. In view of that, a legal settlement entitling a large segment of the population to Rio Grande water becomes meaningless. Oh well.

In any case, OP, water is an issue. If you get a property with a well, you may have to pay to cap it at some point, and hook up to a new delivery system. But it sounds like the cost of that wouldn't be an issue for you. Implementation of the court decision is a work-in-progress, only in the beginning stages, at this point.

So, it's a crap shoot, but that's not stopping people from moving here. Set up a water catchment system at your new place, to take advantage of the rainy season (which is much less prolific than it used to be, but this year & last were pretty good years, so you never know), and be frugal. At this point, water catchment is legal in NM. It is not, in CO, where it's considered theft of other people's well water and surface water, where rainwater usually ends up (underground aquifers and rivers). Whether that will happen in NM remains to be seen.

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Old 08-06-2015, 01:08 PM
 
Location: State of Transition
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I've driven the route many times over the years, but always as a tourist and not during the "rush hours" and I would hate to think of having to drive it daily! Might be "tolerable" if I belonged to a van pool or used public transport, but to drive it myself - can only imagine my stress level.
The "rush hour" is staggered; the lab set up a varied work schedule, so that not everyone gets off work at the same time. It would never work, otherwise.
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