Fastest Growing Community

Rio Rancho

Rio Rancho homes are located in the 3rd largest city and fastest growing community in New Mexico, making it a rising star in the southwest region of the United States. Rio Rancho sits at the base of the grand Sandia Mountains, offering picturesque mountain views right outside the windows of these homes. some of the most desired public schools in New Mexico are located in Rio Rancho. 

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Rio Rancho Real Estate Stats

Average Price $175K
Lowest Price $1.2K
Highest Price $3.1M
Total Listings 1,740
Avg. Days On Market 189
Avg. Price/SQFT $212

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Rio Rancho Real Estate Information

Located just north of Albuquerque, New Mexico, Rio Rancho real estate has plenty of options for those looking to live in this beautiful desert community. 

From large style estates priced in the millions to smaller single family homes for those looking for homes on the cheaper end, Rio Rancho is sure to have something to suit your style. 

On the higher end, luxury real estate in Rio Rancho is large and luxurious, typically having around 4 bedrooms and bathrooms and plenty of space in the kitchen and common areas. 

These homes are often styled in a mix of modern and Spanish architecture, with terra cotta roofing and adobe style exterior walls.

Rio Rancho real estate is typically placed on large lots, meaning while it feels like you're living in your own private part of the New Mexico desert, you're never far from the many amenities of Downtown Albuquerque, located less than half an hour to the south. 

Homes on the lower end of the price range are also highly sought after here, perfect for families or young professionals looking for some extra room to convert into study or work spaces. 

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Rio Rancho Area Information

Real estate in Rio Rancho is popular for its location, located just a short drive north from the vibrant nightlife of Downtown Albuquerque

Having been recognized as one of the top 50 best cities, Rio Rancho has options for various budgets — Cabezon, Enchanted Hills, Loma Colorado, and River’s Edge are unique neighborhoods to consider. 

With Intel and HP both as large employers, there is plenty of opportunity for all to enjoy a comfortable life. 

Things To Do In Rio Rancho

Rio Rancho itself has plenty to do within it though, so residents will hardly have to leave! With plenty of shopping centers such as Rio Rancho Marketplace, Lariat Square, Plaza Rio Center and Lujan Plaza, residents of Rio Rancho are set for necessities and more. 

From shopping to groceries to eating out, these areas provide Rio Rancho residents with more than enough options to keep them busy, also right near the popular neighborhoods of Placitas and Corrales.

Rio Rancho is also home to plenty of park areas and open spaces for residents to explore as well, such as A Park Above and Jemez Mountain Trail. 

Residents of Rio Rancho are also just a short drive away from the Sandia Mountains, just a short drive to the east. Not only do these provide spectacularly beautiful backdrops, but also provide entertainment, with the world's second-longest tram ride, ascending over 4,000 feet. 

Skiers also love living close to the picturesque Sandia Mountains, as it provides incredible skiing with a one of a kind backdrop and slopes open from November to April.

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Dining In Rio Rancho

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Dining around the Rio Rancho area consists of many delicious sit down restaurants and quick bites to eat such as:


Rio Rancho, Albuquerque FAQs

Q: In which county is Rio Rancho located in?
A: The most populous and only city in Sandoval County, however a small section extends into the north of Bernalillo County. 

Q: Why was Rio Rancho named one of "America's 50 Best Cities to Live"?
A: As the third-largest city in New Mexico and one of the fastest growing in the southwest, Rio Rancho is home to remarkable public schools and a well below national average crime rate, boasting a high quality of living.

Q: How did Rio Rancho take steps to become more independent of the neighboring Albuquerque?
A: Through establishing its own public unified school district and library system, it also is constantly seeking to attract more businesses to the area. As well as a Downtown City Center, and it is also home to one of the largest semiconductor fabrication plants in the world. 

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