Why It's Hot:
Although the Uptown area does not have an official neighborhood association, it is listed with the city as a designated area.
Condos, apartments, townhomes and single family homes are all found within the Uptown neighborhood. The residential homes are modest and affordable, with the majority built in the 1950s and 60s. The area is home to mature landscaping and small parks, as well as shopping.
Coronado Mall is the state's largest indoor mall and features more than 150 stores, from specialty to major chains.
The Winrock shopping center's major retailer is Dillard's.
In addition to the shopping centers, there are many smaller shops along Louisiana and Menaul Boulevard. Trader Joe's is the major grocery store, and every Saturday, the Uptown center hosts a Farmer's Market.
A Target is slated to be built at Louisiana and Uptown in the near future.
The Sheraton Uptown is at 2600 Louisiana NE.
The Hyatt Place is located at 6901 Arvada NE.
The Hilton Garden Inn is located at 6501 Americas Parkway NE.
The Marriott is located at 2101 Louisiana NE.
The Hilton Homewood Suites are located at 7101 Arvada NE.
The Uptown Transit Center is located west of Louisiana, off Uptown Blvd. The major bus hub connects to the city's lines.
Schools: APS Administrative offices are located in the Uptown neighborhood, at 6400 Uptown NE.
Zuni Elementary is located at 6300 Claremont Avenue NE. Zuni is a magnet school for communication and technology. Grant Middle School and Sandia High School serve the area.
Although many residents think of the new shopping center when Uptown is mentioned, it is its own neighborhood. The neighborhood came first, the shopping center later. Uptown is a major business center, and is home to Albuquerque's financial district.
Shopping is abundant, Uptown contains both Winrock and Coronado shopping malls and Uptown plaza.
Although the Uptown area is small geographically, it packs a big wallop within a small area. Restaurants, shopping, businesses, hotels, housing are all here. If you seek an urban lifestyle, the Uptown area provides more of that big city feel.