The Glenwood Hills neighborhood is nestled along the Sandia Mountain foothills on the eastern border of the city of Albuquerque. There is easy access to many hiking and mountain biking trails in the Sandia Mountains and the paved bicycle/pedestrian trail that runs for 10 miles along Tramway Blvd. Glenwood Hills is also located in close proximity to several shopping areas and many good restaurants so you have all the conveniences of city living. So we have the best of both worlds: convenient city amenities and the Cibola National Forest creating a beautiful mountain landscape as a back yard. We are proud of our neighborhood and do our best to make it a friendly and inviting place to live and raise a family. Glenwood Hills has an effective voluntary property owners association that looks after the security and other interests of the neighborhood.
Glenwood Hills was developed in the early 1960’s by a gentleman named Lonnie Brown. A Glenwood Hills Lot could be purchased for $1,500 to $3,000 depending on the view or location. Of course you had to pay another $1,000 for the city sewer and utility assessment based on the frontage of your lot. Back then the original Glenwood Hills had overhead power lines and no city street lights (the residents below did not want to look up towards the mountains at night and see lights). In addition due to the terrain and (then) rural nature sidewalks were also not required. Many things have changed since then including the prices, but one thing remains constant in that Glenwood hills is still one of the more attractive and desirable places to live in Albuquerque.
The Glenwood Hills Association first meeting was held on Sunday September 12, 1971 at the Academy School for the purpose of establishing a non-profit corporation. The Articles of Incorporation was established on November 16, 1972. The name of the corporation is “The Glenwood Hills Association, Inc”. “This Corporation was created and shall be operated for the purpose of bringing together in closer friendship the residents and property owners of Glenwood Hills Subdivision and to unite in common goals”. At that time the Glenwood Hills Subdivision consisted of Units 1,2,and 3. The annual dues were $2.50 per person or $5.00 per family.
The initial concerns of the association were to support the Architectural Control Committee in their efforts to enforce compliance with the deed restrictions. Other concerns were drainage, security, and maintaining property values. The association organizers believed that through an association such as this, more influence can be exerted on plans for the development of adjacent vacant property and that we can provide valuable recommendations to the city’s proposals for the foothills area. The City Planning Commission and the Planning Department, at this time, expressed interest in working with neighborhood organizations. The is still true today since the association has no enforcement capabilities. The association accomplishes things by “working with” both non-elected and elected personal.
Over the years several adjacent neighborhoods joined the association. These include Glenwood Hills North, Glenwood Hills Units 4 and 6, Tierra Amada Townhouses, the trail head adjacent to Glenwood Hills North, and the Glenwood Hills Lofts (see maps for locations).
What are some of the major accomplishments of the association?
- Fought against inequities in increased in property taxes in1976.
- Worked with Planning Department in 1977/1978 to minimize the Glenwood Hills North Subdivision impact on the original Glenwood Hills Subdivision. This resulted in a reduction of density and larger lots boarding the original Glenwood Hills.
- The board has worked closely with the city to implement such improvements as sidewalks on Larchmont and Montgomery, the police sub station and landscaping of the common areas.
- Vandalism in the park and other concerns led to the formation of the volunteer patrol, one of the most successful in the city. (see What is the Security Patrol)
- Prevented a proposed “bridge” from the upper portions of the High Desert development to Glenwood Hills from being built.
- Prevented a 3 story storage facility from being built on the land that the Police Station now stands. Instead we worked with the city to build a Police Station and a Park & Ride facility on that land.
- Worked with a visionary developer and the city to get a zoning change to residential on land that formerly housed the Wild Plum Restaurant (and other facilities) to build the beautiful “Glenwood Hill Lofts”.
- Sponsor the annual Easter Egg Hunt and the summer picnic.
- The neighborhood also supports and active garden club which helps in the clean up projects and upkeep of the common area.
- Establish the “Bock Captain” program to provide a means of communicating between residents of Glenwood Hills on incidents/trends of crime and vandalism in order to reduce these type of occurrences in the neighborhood. (See what is the Block Captain program).
The association is a volunteer group with over 17 people actively involved in Glenwood Hills activities. An additional 80 residence are involved in the Security Patrol and 8 residence are involved in the Block Captain program. By being a “volunteer” group we can accomplish a lot for a very low annual dues. Membership in the GHNA is $50 per year. To join, please visit our Membership page. For status on your GHNA membership email the treasurer at firstname.lastname@example.org. Currently $40 of your annual dues supports the police portion of the Security Patrol, which helps Glenwood Hills maintain one of the lowest crime rates in Albuquerque. An additional $6 sustains association activities and administrative expenses, and $4 helps neighborhood landscaping projects.
Most of the neighbors agree that this is a good place in which to live.