901 Cottonwood Circle, Bernalillo, New Mexico 87004
In Sunny, Rugged Northern New Mexico, Alegria is a Gated 55+ Single Family Home Community with a Clubhouse, Two Swimming Pools, a Putting Green and Mountain Views
Centex broke ground on Alegria, a handsome, gated 55+ community, in 2006. Pulte and Del Webb completed construction in 2014. Resting on the banks of the Rio Grande in the northern New Mexico town of Bernalillo, the community is made up of 376 single family homes.
Nine floor plans range in size from about 1,403 to 2,325 square feet of living space. All homes are single level and have two bedrooms. Some properties have a den or office, a larger front porch, a private courtyard and a covered patio. Upgrades include built-in desks, granite countertops, a luxurious master bath, a large laundry room, ceiling fans, and a spacious pantry. Exteriors are tan and/or pink Mediterranean or adobe style. An attached two car garage is standard. All homes have amazing views of the Sandia Mountains.
Resale prices begin in the high-$400,000s. The HOA fee is about $167 per month. Please verify these prices with a Realtor as they may change.
The community's 9,000 square foot clubhouse has an indoor and outdoor pool, a jacuzzi, a locker room with showers, a fitness center, multi-purpose rooms, and a library. Bocce ball courts, horseshoe pits, and a putting green round out the amenities.
Neighbors meet for opera bus trips, Halloween mystery parties, wine tastings, and coffee clatches. Residents also have access to a private entrance to Albuquerque's Paseo Del Bosque Walking Trail.
Bernalillo hosts an annual wine festival and the Mountain West Brew Fest. Its Las Fiestas de San Lorenzo features art and a dance drama known as Los Marachines. The ritual dance has been held in Bernalilo for more than 300 years.
Shopping and dining options are just 20 minutes south in Albuquerque, while world class opera, famous markets, wonderful museums and mysterious churches are just 40 minutes north in Santa Fe.
Bernalillo does not have a hospital, but Lovelace Westside Hospital is accredited by the Joint Commission and is about 10 miles away.
July temperatures reach the 90s and winter temperatures are in the 30s, 40s and 50s. On average, the area receives nine inches of rain and a dusting of snow each year. Humidity is nearly non-existent, but sunshine is abundant.
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The first Europeans in this area were the Spanish in 1542. The first settlement grew up on the Rio Grande River in 1598, and Saanta Fe was founded as the capital in 1610. The United States won most of New Mexico in the 1848 Mexican War and received the remainder in the 1853 Gadsden Purchase.
During the Civil War, Union troops won New Mexico from the Confederacy. Geronimo surrendered in 1886, and soon after the Apache Wars and most other Native American conflicts ended.
New Mexico has been a leader in energy development and research since 1945. Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory, as well as Sandia laboratories, were, and are, instrumental in the solar, nuclear, and geothermal areas of energy development.
The state also has rich mineral deposits and has a large supply of potassium salts and uranium. Copper, natural gas, petroleum, zinc, silver, gold, lead, as well as molybdenum bring in substantial revenue. Farm and ranching poducts include sheep, sorghum, pecans, cotton, peanuts and more.
Fun sites to visit include the Carlsbad Caverns, the ruins located at Fort Union, Inscription Rock at El Morro National Monument, White Sands and Chaco Culture National Historical Park.
How do 55+ Communities Get Away with Age Discrimination?
The Fair Housing Act (FHAct) protects all citizens from discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, handicap or familial status. When it comes to senior housing, Congress created an exemption from the familial status requirements as long as the housing is specifically for at least one person who is 55 or older in at least 80 percent of the occupied units and adheres to a policy that demonstrates intent to house persons who are 55 or older.
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