Founded in the 1700s by Spanish settlers, the village of Los Lunas, New Mexico is a small town with big city amenities, situated 20 minutes south of the state’s largest city, Albuquerque. Los Lunas is a close-knit community in Valencia County and is considered part of the Albuquerque Metropolitan Area with just over 10,000 residents. Known for its festivals and community events, Los Lunas is a popular area for people looking to move out of Albuquerque who enjoy having access to sporting events and big city amenities.
Spacious single-family homes, pueblo-style houses, new developments and homes with convenient access to highways and major arteries reflect the variety of real estate for sale in Los Lunas.
Shopping and Dining
Locally-owned shops and restaurants, as well as a handful of well-known retailers, make up the shopping and dining scene in Los Lunas. Locals can pick up prescriptions, get a haircut or shop for clothing and books, while enjoying the sites of downtown Los Lunas. There’s Crown Boutique for women’s clothing, accessories and gifts, Dora’s Flower Shop and Adobe Flowers & Gifts for fresh flowers for any occasion. Comemos Local Foods offers gardening and composting classes and locally-raised produce and groceries. For big ticket or specialty items, Albuquerque is just a short drive away.
Dining options for investors in Los Lunas real estate have ample choices from fresh, local Mexican food to steakhouse dinners for the family and quaint coffee shops. Local favorites include Henrietta’s Dining & Coffee Shop, TJ’s New Mexican Restaurant, The Luna Mansion for a steak dinner and Tiofilos Mexican Restaurant for New Mexican cuisine.
Parks and Recreation
One of the many attractions for people relocating to Los Lunas, or purchasing Los Lunas real estate, are the parks and ample recreational opportunities available for kids and adults. The Daniel Fernandez Memorial Park consists of 16 acres with multiple sporting fields, a playground, picnic shelters and a gazebo. Heritage Park is home to the Los Lunas Visitor’s Center and a popular skate park. In addition to the ample parks and recreation, Los Lunas hosts many seasonal events such as the Route 66 Rodders Swap Meet, an Easter Egg Hunt, Summer Fest and various Business Expos. The Los Lunas Museum of Heritage and Arts is a source of local history dedicated to preserving the town’s oral history and artifacts.
The newly-opened, 27-hole Isleta Eagle Golf Course is a short drive away for a day on the greens and Albuquerque hosts many world-famous festivals and events like the International Balloon Fiesta and is home to popular galleries and museums. For day trips, the city of Santa Fe is only a one hour’s drive away for beautiful mountain views, artist’s colonies, museums and popular independent bookstores.
Quiet, small town living and a relatively low crime rate contribute to Los Lunas’s popularity for people looking to move out of Albuquerque and enjoy a quieter lifestyle. Los Lunas city officials created a 20-year master plan to control growth and add new subdivisions while maintaining the small town and business-friendly feel.
Los Lunas real estate offers single-family homes in a variety of architectural styles and flavors, new construction, and popular subdivisions like the 378 lot Rancho Valencia with views of the mountains and charming amenities and features.
Schools, Health, Transportation
The Los Lunas School District operates 15 schools in the area and serves 8,500 students. Class sizes are relatively small and at least one elementary in Los Lunas received the Blue Ribbon School Award from the U.S. Department of Education. For higher education options, the University of New Mexico Valencia campus is a short drive away and Albuquerque is home to many top-notch accredited colleges and trade schools.
For healthcare needs, locals receive excellent care from Albuquerque-area hospitals like the University of New Mexico Hospital for in and outpatient services, pediatric services and intensive care and cardiovascular care units. There’s also Lovelace Women’s Hospital and Presbyterian Healthcare Services.
Los Lunas is located east of Interstate 25 for easy commuting to Albuquerque and Highway 314 runs north and south through town. The Rio Metro Regional Transit District operates a commuter rail line between Los Lunas and Albuquerque and on to Santa Fe. For flights in and out the area, Albuquerque International Sunport offers domestic and international flights.