Since we moved to Los Lunas over two years ago many people have asked us how we choose Los Lunas. My wife and I were living in the beautiful seaside city of Newport, RI where I grew up (my wife is from Boston). We had visited the Southwest when we took a vacation in Las Vegas, NV. We spent more time outside the city investigating the local terrain, not being very impressed with the casinos. We took a day trip to the Grand Canyon but only had an hour to enjoy the immense landscape because it was such a long drive from Vegas.
We did some investigation of Albuquerque and saw that it had plenty to offer in terms of the business climate. But we did not want to live in a big city so with a little searching we found Los Lunas. We found it was close enough to Albuquerque but was still a small enough town to offer the kind of lifestyle we wanted to live. It also had the kind of church we were looking for. With a population just under 15,000 in 2006 and an annual grow rate of 3.8% Los Lunas is just big enough to offer most of what we need without having to drive up to Albuquerque. The Rio Grande runs right through the center of town so although we live inLos Lunas
a high dessert area there's plenty of trees and farm land. Los Lunas is also surrounded with majestic mountain views. To the East the valley is overshadowed by the Monzano Mountains and on the West side of town is Los Lunas hill or El Cerro. a high dessert area there's plenty of trees and farm land. Los Lunas is also surrounded with majestic mountain views. To the East the valley is overshadowed by the Monzano Mountains and on the West side of town is Los Lunas hill or El Cerro.
One of the most enjoyable things about Los Lunas has been the climate. The winters are much warmer than the New England weather we grew up with, and when it snows it usually melts soon after the sun comes up. Yes the summer sun can be intense but the dry air makes it bearable and much more preferable to the hazy, hot and humid weather we were used to. The Spring and Fall tends to be just right with daytime temps in the 60's and 70's. The average yearly rainfall is around 8 inches, therefore it is sunny most of the time.
Los Lunas is also a growing community, and with growth it is trying to hang on to its rich heritage. Since the early 18th century Los Lunas has been a farming community rich in alfalfa and green chili. There are also dairy farms, cattle, horses, and sheep grazing in irrigated pastures. The rich farmland is disappearing as landowners have sold one and two acre lots to build custom homes.
Most of the growth has been on the West side of Los Lunas and outside the rich river valley. Several national chain stores have opened including Walmart, Home Depot and Chilli's. Large subdivisions are also being built in Huning Ranch, Fiesta, and Rancho Valencia by national homebuilders and small local builders.
Many new jobs have also been created with the establishment of the Los Morros Business Park, a 500 acre, master planned mixed used business park. The park is well positioned within fifteen minutes south of the Albuquerque airport on Interstate 25. Although historically the local economy has been based on agriculture but the new business are adding a much more diverse job base to Valencia County.
Los Lunas Housing Market
The Los Lunas community is a diverse mix of homes including manufactured to custom built homes. Currently there are ----homes for sale ranging from ---- to----. The average home price is – for closed sales. For active listings the average price is $,000. In September -- houses went under contract, 6 were priced between $350k and $500k and one was sold for over $500k. This means there is a 7 month supply of homes in the Four Hills area. Last year in September there were half as many homes for sale and the same amount of homes sold.
Homes choices in Los Lunas are very diverse. There are gated communities and new subdivisions with the newest technology in energy efficiency. There are also areas with very affordable manufactured homes. As I mentioned earlier the rich farm land close to the river can also be purchased for custom built homes. In these areas the minimum lot size can be one to two acres. Since this is prime land the homes are worth more than in the subdivisions, but they offer many more lifestyle choices including horse property’s and family homesteads.
When we moved to Los Lunas we did not know about the options we had available to us. We found a national builder's new subdivision and chose the model that best suited our needs. If we had a knowledgeable Realtor helping us explore the possibilities we think we would have chosen a house that better suited our lifestyle needs. If you are planning a move to Los Lunas I would be glad to give you all the information you need to find the right place for you and your family. If you are interested in new construction I can help you find the best builder for the kind of house you desire. Although you can buy directly form the national homebuilders it is always better to have Realtor representation and the cost is the same to you. They do not give discounts if you are not represented by a Realtor, and if any problems arise you may be hundreds of miles away while your home is being build and unable to make well informed decisions.