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Albuquerque is the largest city in the state of New Mexico, the 32nd largest city (in population) in the United States of America, and the 28th largest city in the United States in land area.

Of the 32 largest cities, Albuquerque is the second highest (in elevation), only exceeded in height by Denver, Colorado.  Both cities are “mile high” cities with many sections of each city at an elevation of over 5,200 feet (1,585 meters).  The highest sections in Albuquerque are over 6,700 feet in elevation, an elevation equivalent to being halfway up Japan’s sacred mountain, Mount Fuji.

Albuquerque is essentially on the 35th parallel (north) of latitude, placing it solidly within the U.S. “sunbelt”.  Albuquerque is over 200 miles further south than Washington D.C., and is about 100 miles further north than San Diego, California.  Albuquerque is in the “western” U.S., 106 1/2 degrees west of Greenwich (near London, UK), or about an even 5,000 statute miles west of London, a distance of 8,000 kilometers.  The city is 2,000 miles west of New York City (New York) and 800 miles east of the City of Angels (Los Angeles, California).

Mexico is 250 miles away to the south, Mexico City is 1,400 miles away by car, about as long a drive as it is to drive to Portland, Oregon from Albuquerque.  The distance between Hong Kong, China and Albuquerque is 7,700 statute miles, making Hong Kong 2,700 miles further from Albuquerque than London.

Albuquerque, New Mexico should not be confused with Alburquerque, Badajoz, Spain, or Albuquerque, Bohol, Philippine Islands.  While those two communities tend to be “out of the way” places, Albuquerque, New Mexico is not, and has not been historically.

Coronado, prior to his discovery of Kansas, passed just to the north of Albuquerque in 1540.  An improved route, the El Camino Real (King’s Highway) ran from Mexico City north to Santa Fe (less than 60 miles away, is a part of the Albuquerque area).  The California Trail went west from Santa Fe through Las Vegas, Nevada and to Los Angeles, California.  The Santa Fe Trail, through Kansas and Colorado, connected Missouri and points east to Santa Fe and Albuquerque.

The Butterfield Stage Line (through Albuquerque) was the first east-west commercial land connection uniting America.  The Santa Fe Railroad (Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railroad) connected the eastern U.S. with much of the State of California, going through Albuquerque, but ironically, not actually through Santa Fe itself.  The Santa Fe Chief trains were among the crack trains that connected Chicago to California and L.A.  Route 66, following a similar route, was the foremost and most famous east-west automobile route before the age of the Interstates.  The “Mother Road” made, and still makes, Albuquerque famous for its classic motels, diners, and beautifully restored vintage cars.

Albuquerque’s Sunport (originally Oxnard Field) was the midpoint for TAT Airline, America’s first transcontinental airline, and later for Howard Hughes’ TWA.

Cutter Aviation, headquartered in Albuquerque, was long the hub of private aviation services throughout the U.S. West, and it was Sid Cutter that made Albuquerque the epicenter of hot air ballooning in the entire world, inspired (perhaps) by the unforgetable ballooning scenes in Around the World in 80 Days (1956 movie), in which the introductory space flight scenes (at 4:25 minutes) presented were actually filmed in the skies over New Mexico.

Cafe Chacolate

Cafe Chacolate

Even Chaco Canyon is only 100 miles away when you live in Albuquerque.  This 1,000 year old spiritual center of civilization was connected to a vast cultural and trade confederation that brought (among other things) the first documented use of chocolate in America (meaning in the United States of America), call it “Chacolate” if you will.  One might mull that one over, perhaps over your next Cafe Mocha.

History, culture, location.  There’s no place like Albuquerque anywhere else in America, or even on planet earth.

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Mi Casa es Su Casa

“Mi casa es su casa,” my house is your house.  OK, not really.  I’m not really ready to sell.  OK, I’m not really ready to rent either.  I like the neighborhood, the extended neighborhood, the city.  I love the state, New Mexico.  I love it that you can live here and not be political here.  The Roundhouse (in Santa Fe) seems so far away when the legislature is in session.

However, I might change my mind about selling.  The house would be, could be, a great place to rent.  I might even consider (at some point) a “house exchange” for a month or two – your house in Moscow or Stockholm or Hong Kong (or elsewhere) for my house in Albuquerque, right here.  Although I don’t think anyone could even begin to explore New Mexico, its cultures, its resources, and its scenic beauty in anything close to a year.  It might take a lifetime, or at least what might be left in time, in a lifetime.  Even just one day here is probably a good start.

I guess it is like those Viking River Cruise brochures I keep getting.  It’s called marketing.  The company knows you will never go on a cruise that you don’t know about.  The company knows that you need to know not only the price, but every last detail.  That’s why their passenger guests are so satisfied, they had time to think the decision over for months, maybe years.  They became informed.  Then it was easy to decide.

Viking charges from $500 to $1,400 per night, for room on a boat with a bath.  I know a boat can be ever so cool, but probably not $15,000 per month “cool” for a place to live while experiencing culture.  My house, is far more spacious, has decks, has indoor and outdoor eating areas, it even has trees that grow fresh and organic food.  And, the neighbors, and neighborhoods, are probably more interesting.  And, my house, were I to decide to sell it (or rent it), is so much cheaper (meaning far less expensive) than that room on a boat.

If I don’t sell my house, my information might entice you to, as Mr. Rogers said, “be my neighbor.”  New neighbors don’t just come from Albuquerque anymore.  That’s what is so cool and amazing about reaching out on the web.  An interested person can come from anywhere; from Boston, from New York, from Hong Kong that has such a high cost of living; from Seattle or Austin, from the cold weather in Santa Fe, from even Hawaii (to escape an expensive island in the middle of an ocean).  There are so many reasons a person might move.

“Won’t you please be my neighbor?”      – Mr. Rogers

The second great reason why “My house might be your house” is about the ideas.  Start with design.  Explore building methods and building materials.  Explore walls and wall design(s), plants and planting, interior design options, building options, the potential of lots, the juxtaposition of streets and parks and how they effect views.

You might, borrow by example.  You might see an idea or design that makes sense that you like.  You might want to design a kitchen that has “easy access” from the garage, or to a covered patio eating area, or has a spacious glass door refrigerator.   You might want pointers on how to design accessible roofs that are “luminaria ready”.  You might just want pictures of luminaria lighting.  So many ideas, so little time.

Make my day, make your day, make me an offer – but please wait until I am ready.

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