102 Sunrise Bluffs, Belen, New Mexico 87002
Dry Air and Plenty of Sunshine Bring People to Sunrise Bluffs, a Small 55+ Community with Attractive Single Family Homes, RV Parking, Mountain Views and Friendly Neighbors
Sunrise Bluffs, located about 30 minutes south of Albuquerque, New Mexico, is a friendly, gated 55+ community. Summertree Homes began development in 1998, and it continues today. Eventually, 136 single family homes, both manufactured and site-built, will be here.
Floor plans range from a little more than 1,000 square feet to nearly 2,000 square feet and have two to four bedrooms and two baths. Homes are all single story with a slightly pitched roof, a front porch and an attached garage. Streets are wide and have sidewalks. Xeriscaping takes the place of lawns, with rocks, bushes and cacti adorning many a front and back yard. Newer homes have an attached RV port, and RV parking is allowed in a special section.
Prices being in the low- to mid-$100,000s, but please verify this with the community or a Realtor as prices may change.
Amenities are not extensive but do include an attractive, Southwestern-themed clubhouse, a glass-enclosed swimming pool, a fitness center, a library and horseshoe pits. The active social calendar includes bridge, line dancing, coffee get-togethers, ping pong and more. Pets are welcome.
An 18 hole, public golf course, Tierra Del Sol Golf Course, is nearby, and another seven courses are within 30 minutes of Sunrise Bluffs. In fact, golf is nearly a year-round activity here.
Hospitals, including Albuquerque Regional Medical Center (accredited by the Joint Commission) and Presbyterian Hospital (accredited by DNV Healthcare), are located in Albuquerque.
The area receives 5 inches of snow and 8 inches of rain each year. Humidity is but a concept. Mountains loom in the distance.
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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.
Population - 2,081,775
Persons 65 years old and over - 16%
High school graduates - 84%
Bachelor's degree or higher - 26%
Persons of Hispanic or Latino origin - 45%
White persons, not Hispanic - 40%
Median household income - $44,960
Social Security taxed? No
Source: U.S. Census Bureau
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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