The Enchanting Spirit of New Mexico
There is more to New Mexico than arid desert terrain, and Tex-Mex cuisine especially for boomers, and retirees who may find the Land of Enchantment the ideal destination to spend their golden years. New Mexico doesn’t get as much press as it should for its picture perfect scenery, affordable cost of living, and a climate that’s made for snowbirds. The diverse landscape is a year round adventure for outdoor enthusiasts offering everything from rock climbing, and biking, to challenging cross country skiing. Steeped in Native American culture, and boasting iconic landmarks, it certainly doesn’t miss the mark for livability.
New Mexico is part of the four corner region of the U.S along with Arizona, Colorado, and Utah. Native American culture runs deep with twenty two tribes that to this day inhabit pueblos that have been in existence for centuries. What attracts active adults more than culture, and history alone, is the weather. New Mexico has a reputation for an abundance of warm sunshine, low humidity, and annual rainfall lower than the rest of the country. Tranquil, desert regions are what most people associate with New Mexico, but this Southwest gem also features dense tree studded mountains, towering mesas, and is home to the Rio Grande, one the longest rivers in the U.S.
New Mexico offers baby boomers, and empty nesters an affordable lifestyle with cost of living at 5.1% lower than the national average according to Sperling’s Best Places, and a median home value of $164,100. Known for award winning golf, Albuquerque was listed as as one of the top cities to live on social security income by U.S News and World Report. Finding a piece of paradise in New Mexico amongst 35 active adult communities isn’t hard to do. Algeria by Del Webb is within proximity to Albuquerque, and Santa Fe, and features affordable resale homes , and low HOA fees with an array of on site amenities such as a 9,000 square foot clubhouse, and paved walking trails.
Natives will say Christmas is celebrated year round, and by that they’re referring to the red, and green chili sauce that adorns most of the Spanish, and Native American inspired menu, and for 55+ foodies it might be hard to choose between them. Outdoor recreation is limitless whether it’s a ride through fresh powder for ski enthusiasts at one of the state’s Alpine, or Nordic ski areas, or hiking through New Mexico’s national forests, and 35 state parks. At 7000 feet above sea level, the vibrant capital of Santa Fe is home to over 250 art galleries, fine dining, and ancient pueblos for a true cultural immersion. For retirees who prefer a more urban flair, Albuquerque is a lively city with views of the Sandia Mountains, and a popular destination for attractions, and entertainment as well as the unforgettable International Balloon Fiesta. Maybe it’s the 300 + days of sun, or the spirit of the native tribes, but whatever it is, one can’t deny New Mexico has an irresistible vibe.