Low Cost of Living, Beautiful Views Make Las Cruces Desirable Retirement Spot

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Editor’s Note: Recently, MoneyWise revealed its list of the 40 most frugal and friendly places to retire. In a bid to provide an idea of what housing inventory is available in these cities and towns, we’re taking a look at listings in each of the cities on the list.

Not everyone can spend $1 million or more on a second home, even if it’s with the idea that eventually you’ll retire there. So when MoneyWise’s list of 40 places to retire that are more budget-friendly came out, we were curious — what kind of homes could you find in these towns?

Last week, we looked at the 25th city on the list — Cedar Rapids, Iowa. This week, we look at Las Cruces, New Mexico, and found three great homes — all for less than $175,000.

“With a modest population of about 100,000, Las Cruces offers small-city living at a low price. Cost of living is relatively low, with a median income of $41,000,” MoneyWise said. “New Mexico State University is located here, giving the city a vibrant character and bringing in new restaurants and nightlife venues every year.”

“In Las Cruces, you will experience nice, hot New Mexico weather. For a small city, it also has a robust healthcare system with 18 major healthcare centers.”

And it’s also gorgeous — the Organ Mountains and the Chihuahuan Desert to the east, the Rio Grande and Mesilla Valley to the west, guaranteeing an amazing view no matter where you look.

Want to see examples of what you can find in Las Cruces? Let’s jump!

Right-Sized Condo Close to Shopping

Price: $129,900

At 942 well-laid-out square feet, this Avienda de Mesilla condo has an open floor plan with a beautiful fireplace and beams that makes the most of the space it has, and surrounds a small but perfectly right-sized for one or two occupants kitchen that has stainless steel kitchen appliances.

The bedroom and bathroom are well-sized, bright, and well-maintained, too.

The gated community includes a clubhouse with internet access and an exercise room, and a Spanish-style courtyard with a pool and barbecue units.

The home is listed by Avery Causey with Steinborn and Associates Real Estate.

Low-Maintenance Home With RV-Friendly Amenities

Price: $145,000

Have a traveling jones, but also want a home base? This 11-year-old, one-story, three-bedroom, two bath home has a lot to recommend for the retiree who wants the best of both worlds, with a low-maintenance and established landscape and a storage shed and RV access.

Inside, a light and airy living area with plenty of windows boasts plenty of  natural light, open to both the dining room and kitchen, too. A sunroom at the back of the home provides a second living space.

The compact U-shaped kitchen offers stainless steel appliances, a gas range, and a breakfast bar.

A master has an attached en suite with a spacious shower, and the other two bedrooms and one bathroom have been well-maintained, too.

Worried about storage, and don’t want to completely downsize just yet? This pad also has plenty of indoor storage space with a bonus laundry room, plus a storage shed outside.

The West Side home is listed by Austin Tharp with Keller Williams Realty.

Southwestern Style Home With Gorgeous Views

Price: $174,900

If you’re moving to Las Cruces for the views, our last home has ‘em — just look at those mountains and those sunsets.

This three-bedroom, two-bath home has 1,742 square feet of space — not too much, not too little — and has been well-maintained and even updated in places.

The floors are tile throughout, making cleanup easy. Last year, the interior was repainted, and the home got a new roof, new custom window treatments, and updated windows, too.

Outside, you have a great yard that has been landscaped to be low-maintenance, with a rock wall in the backyard for added privacy. Situated at the end of a cul-de-sac, the lot size is also larger, and the views are virtually unimpeded.

The Southwestern-style home is listed by Anela Borrego-Flores with Keller Williams Realty.