The Huning Highland neighborhood (also known as EDo, or East Downtown) in Albuquerque has a great marriage of old and new. It has some of the most innovative urban infill projects within its boundaries, as well as some of the city's most interesting older homes. Both urban and upscale, its walkable neighborhoods, central location, and new businesses make it a highly desirable place to live and work.
At a Glance
The Huning Highland district was Albuquerque's first platted subdivision beyond the downtown area in the early 20th century. Doctors, merchants, and teachers moved to the area, where the predominant architecture was in the Queen Anne style. In the 1920s, Albuquerque's suburbs expanded east. Huning Highland was designated a historic district in 1979 and named a historic overlay zone in 1981. Since that time, the area has undergone a great deal of renovation and interest has expanded.
The area today is a mix of old and new. The older Queen Anne style homes have been undergoing renovations and interest since the early 1980s. The old Albuquerque High School was renovated into upscale lofts and apartment homes, keeping much of its original features. There are shops mixed in with living spaces along the Central Avenue corridor. In the past decade, a great deal of infill housing has come into the neighborhood, creating a very urban feel.
Buses run through the district, and freeway access is close by. Its location and easy accessibility make it a popular neighborhood.
On the Map
The Huning Highland neighborhood is roughly bounded by Coal to the south, Martin Luther King Avenue to the north, the railroad to the west, and I-25 to the east. Take bus 66 east or west on Central, and buses 16 or 18 along Broadway -- get info on bus times from the City of Albuquerque bus schedule.
Schools and Real Estate
The Immanuel Lutheran School, a private school, lies within the neighborhood. Public schools in this area are Eugene Field Elementary or Longfellow Elementary, Jefferson Middle School, and Albuquerque High School.
The area has a mix of apartments, condos, townhouses, and homes. The average price for homes is $220,000. There are many older homes that have been renovated, as well as newer townhomes and condos. The original Albuquerque High School has been renovated into apartments and townhouses, with many of the original features retained.
Enjoy lunch and dinner in a restaurant that offers French, Italian and American dishes.
Farina's is a pizzeria and wine bar in an upscale atmosphere.
A cafe and market that features breakfast, lunch, and brunch. The Grove features local and organic foods.
Located in a remodeled service station, the diner offers lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch.
Activities and Attractions
The Huning Highland neighborhood is mainly residential, but there are shops and restaurants along Central Avenue. The district is also within walking distance of downtown, where there are theaters, movies, shops, and restaurants.
The neighborhood association is very active and meets in the old Horn building at the corner of Coal and Walter. They hold an annual Easter egg hunt in Highland Park and have a community garden.