Choosing the Best Master-Planned Community in New Mexico

Choosing the Best Master-Planned Community in New Mexico

Posted on February 10, 2020

When considering a home purchase in New Mexico, it’s smart to compare properties and communities. After determining the criteria that are most important to you – perhaps it’s safety or nearby schools – spend a little time investigating what each community has to offer.

From a recent report by Metrostudy, which maintains the nation’s most-comprehensive database of housing-market information, the community of Mariposa in Rio Rancho took the No. 2 spot among top-selling communities in New Mexico. Let’s take a look at amenities at Mariposa that may be important to those searching for their dream home in New Mexico.

  1. Multigenerational demographics

Mariposa’s plentiful amenities make it desirable across numerous demographic groups, particularly millennial families and active empty nesters. The community is not age restricted, which is unique to this area. Families in all stages of life are welcome, creating a rich sense of community that quickly turns neighbors into friends.

  1. Amenities

Home buyers love Mariposa’s incredible trail system with miles of hiking and biking trails nestled in the foothills, which create a sense of exclusivity and peace. They also enjoy a community fitness center, outdoor amphitheater, plus an indoor and outdoor pool. A unique aspect of the community is the lifestyle director, who works to provide residents with special programs, clubs, activities for kids, philanthropic projects and an emphasis on healthy, connected living for all ages.

  1. Community safety and convenience

Rio Rancho consistently ranks among the safest communities in the region, with incredibly low crime rates. While smaller than Albuquerque, its residents never are far from daily needs and entertainment, with access to premier medical facilities, restaurants, wineries, breweries, golf courses, hotels, libraries and some of the highest-ranked public schools in the state.

  1. Location

Mariposa is adjacent to 2,200 acres of preserve land that never will be developed, with protected views of the majestic Sandia Mountains. Mariposa has terrific access to wilderness area, nearby camping and is just far enough from the hustle and bustle of Albuquerque. The community is designed to connect seamlessly with the surrounding diverse landscape. Residents have easier access to trails that are more functional and organic. Plus, Mariposa is in proximity to excellent golf courses: Santa Ana and Twin Warriors.

  1. Nearby education

The Rio Rancho School District is ranked highest in the state for K-12. Additionally, the city has a variety of continuing-education and adult-education opportunities with a nearby branch of New Mexico Highlands University, Central New Mexico Community College and UNM Health Sciences Center. The increasing presence of families that are attracted to safety and exceptional school systems is a strong indicator of continued growth.

  1. Square footage of homes and lots

Mariposa has custom homesites and larger lots, as large as 3,595-square-foot homes with four bedrooms. A range of lot sizes and locations are available, with access to a variety of builders.

  1. Culture

Residents experience authentic New Mexico culture as the area is surrounded by millions of acres of protected tribal lands. The community boasts trout fishing, hunting, camping, snowshoeing and snowboarding. There are few places with more four-season outdoor adventure opportunities. The area also is world renowned for art, history and culinary delights.

Conduct your own research and let us know which factors are most important to you when it comes to choosing your next home. Visit!

Looking for a new home or custom homesite near Albuquerque? Nestled among the foothills of Rio Rancho, Mariposa is a master-planned community 30 minutes north of Albuquerque. Mariposa is designed for living naturally and offers a fully-equipped fitness center, resort-style indoor and outdoor pools, parks, sports courts, miles of trails, abundant open space and endless views at the Mariposa Preserve and surrounding mountains. Learn more at



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