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Las Cruces, New Mexico

In southern new mexico, very different fron the northern part of the state, very easy going without the worries of inflated costs of living. We are surrounded by the organ mountains and within a hours drive of the lincoln andd the gila mountains as well as white sands national monument . A large sized co-op is available along with herb shops and many friendly faces. las Cruces is a very kind place to live without the annoyance of trust fund artists like Santa Fe!

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  • Would anyone please be kind enough to post their experiences of Santa Fe? (Aside from the “trust-fund-artist” thing, that is. I prefer not to judge people on the socio-economic stratum they happened to have been born into, and I have a lot of affinity for artists and all those who choose to create beauty… so that is not an issue for me, in the least!)We’re thinking of moving there and have heard very good things, but not many specifics. I visited Santa Rosa and found it impossible to eat in a vegetarian restaurant, but Santa Fe is bigger, so are there more choices? What is the spiritual and ethnic diversity like? What did you find inspiring? What did you find limiting? What were your favorite experiences? I can’t wait to hear everyone’s stories!
    Thank you!!

  • Is there anyone out there that can tell me how friendly Las Cruces would be to a former NYC East and West Village person? I am retired and need an accepting (and cheap) fun place to live.


    Big Barbara

  • I must agree! I was in LC last March, during the Iraq fiasco. Light on traffic, GOOD library, but a tad short on activities. This is a RETIREMENT haven. There are only 3 decent coffeehouses here, 2 of them good. The bookstore in the mall has a new one as of last year. VERY small. The college kids here are NOT snotty either! Unlike Austin. You can pickup a house cheap, but also in Roswell. This town is NOT so hippie-esque, but middle of the road… which may make it more “stable”? No extremes or transients. This is ONE of the few towns where I did not get hassled by COPS due to out of town plates on the car. But next time, I will take a Greyhound since the place I stayed in for a month is right across the street from bus terminal (Indian owned motel, $125/week) AND my main coffee hangout was 2 blocks away. I really did not need a car! The main shopping mall is EMPTY… so there’s NO money to be found in this place! Unless you wanna open up something for cheap? Good option for a retiree!
    There’s also a small funky town just west of this, the name excpaes me but there seems to be an impouring of money on the restaurant side. It is a renaissance town, I cannot remember the name! Even in March, you can FEEL the afternoon sun, so be forewarned!!! North Dakota is CHEAPER than Vietnam. My rent is $110/month with cable! So I returned here after my winter trip to NM. Albeit the most BORING damned place in the world! The people… DITTO!

  • I have lived in Las Cruces most of my life. It is HOT here, but not as bad a Phoenix. The winters are mild. There is almost no extreme weather to deal with. The small town to the west is called Old Mesilla and is a historic landmark to the Mesilla Valley. It is a major tourist attraction and is filled with culture. It is not a boring place to live at all as the community calendar is always full. You just have to know where to look. We are also in a great location. Surrounding Las Cruces is White Sands National Monument, we are less that an hour from El Paso, TX, right next to the Organ Mountains, and have the second largest pecan tree farm in the world. It is a very easy-going place. Hope this info helps.

  • Hey dudes and dudettes,
    I live in Albuquerque north of las cruces and their is hardly any hippies here but if what i read is true i should live in las cruces. but i have a frend that came from way over yonder (las cruces) and he is much happier here in albuquerque.
    Thanks all

  • I have Lived here for about 19 years and have seen many changes. The original reason I moved here was job related. White Sands Missile Range was the location. Retirement City with great climate and lots of outdoor recreation to include Biking, hiking, Tennis, Golfing, to name a few. Lots of history too…Billy the Kid, and Old Mesilla…The Organ Mountains are the most picturesque of mountains. In a nutshell (Pecan that is) Las Cruces with its small town flavor yet having all the ammenties is a big thumbs up for me.

  • I’m glad to see alot of people giving Las Cruces a good review! I have lived up and down I-25 and have found Las Cruces to be the best. The people are laid back and the weather is almost always sun-shine. Vegetarianism is easy to accomplish considering the large organic food store and the plethera of Mexican food restaurants. The only thing that sucks about New Mexico is the people there drive like they are crazy!
    Las Cruces has CHEAP rent, and the apartments are nice and well kept. The beautiful thing about Las Cruces is on one side of the city is a bunch of chain restruants and stores, and on the other side of the city is more of the locally owned shops and eateries.
    I forgot to mention the other thing that sucks about Las Cruces. Wal-Mart has built two Super Centers and a Sam’s Club at every corner of this small city. I don’t like to shop Wal-Mart, but here it’s harder to find a cheaper deal.
    Las Cruces may be small and limited in its night life, but El Paso and Juarez, Mexico is not. It only takes about thirty minutes (maximum speed limit 70 mph) to reach and Mexico is another ten. There is plenty to do and the shopping is much better. It’s like living in a peaceful, small community and having access to all big city life without having in your face.
    I went to school there and some of the crime was absolutely illogical. If you move there, you will understand what I mean. But overall, the city is great. I live in North Dakota now (I am uterly convinced that Hell is frozen) and I can’t wait to move back.
    I lived in Albuquerque, NM and hated it. The people are so angry and overindulged with the prospect of money. The upper and lower classes are so distinct, it’s sad. ABQ is racist (my neighbors were skinheads, and I invited some Native Americans to hang out with us, BIG mistake). There is too much crime and too many secrets. Most of the apartments are local Meth labs. Don’t live there, ever.
    Santa Fe is about 40 miles north of ABQ and I was amazed at how much of a difference 40 miles can make. Santa Fe is decorated with adobe houses, purple and brown rolling hills, beautiful scenery, and extremely friendly residents. Santa Fe is a great place; stay away from ABQ.
    In conclusion, my husband and I loved Las Cruces so much we had our wedding Guierra Springs National Park (a mountainous wedding) and have great pictures. I hope this helps to answer your questions, if you want to know more contact me at jstewart12usa@yahoo.com.

  • hey, ive lived in cruces my entire life. and i have always wondered. is there a place to buy hippie clothes. ive been buying them off the internet and get some hand me downs from me dad. i just want to know if there is a place that sells them. if you know of a place PLZ DONT HESITATE TO E-MAIL ME my email is bob_zac98@hotmail.com

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  • I am searching for a “live and let live” place to move with a warm climate ( low humidity), and a low “cost of living”. I am in Dallas now ( very pretentous) and it is WET here….big city hassles, and seriously expensive. I am 53 years old and dont need a huge, complicated, serious job…..but would like something to do that would generate some moderate income. I could put in a small business of some sort, but I would like for it to be FUN. ( Maybe something catering to the college kids there)
    I have been reading about Las Cruces and Tucson. Everything I have read has been fairly good except one review from a gay writer that was seriously miserable there and found it to be red neck and SCARY in Las Cruces. I would NOT want to live in a mean enviornment, but think that maybe his experience was isolated.
    If anyone here has any information or input for me, please email me at the_dallas_dean@yahoo.com

  • Hi everyone,

    My husband and I are moving to the area from Buffalo NY. I have been searching and searching like a mad woman about El Paso and Las Cruces, I know I will have to see both cities with my own eyes to make a decision….but I am looking for your comments and advice if you were faced with a similar decison.

  • I’m from NYC 29YRs ol d and am looing for a fun relaxing place to live I would like feedback from other people my age on whether or not I would fit in.
    PS I am Jewish

  • Is anyone looking in who could comment about Las Cruces New Mexico in 2007? I know it has changed a lot, growing. I understand there is no real downtown core. Is that a problem? Are there distinct neighborhoods? Can a bicyclist get around without a car? How are small apt. rentals these days? Any info you have would be much appreciated. Thanks.

  • I’m looking for Nicholas & Toni Fry, from England, they were living in Justin Lane, Las Cruces up until 7 years ago. Nicholas had got involved with tree farming. Can anyone help? I would really like to get intouch again and will be grateful for any information.
    Donna (from Ireland)

  • About Las Cruces, I have lived here 2 years. I will give the positive first, Small town comfort in a large county. Weather is mild heat in the summer and mild winters. If you have lived in California, Phoniex or Nevada that is Hot! It does rain here! Maybe not like orgeon. People are people where ever you go and I have lived in 4 states. The majory of Las Cruces people are kind. Not outgoing! There is a lot of spanish speaking people. Some workers that don’t speak any english makes it difficult if you don’t speak spanish. They are organized in events, for 4th of July concerts and fire works. Enchillida festives. But those are the only two things to do here. It is boring if you don’t work. For the negative- There is not enough MOM and POP cafe’s or franchise. there is a glore of Mexican restuarants if you like mexican food every day. The resturant here are dirty or small. The health and safely in the food industrial is bad. (nasty). Shopping is minimal- The Mall is so small for as many people that lives here. You would think they would make a new mall to support surrounding cities. Over all this town is like any other town. I forgot there is a lot police protection. Which I like……. so there is not a lot of kids walking streets at night. yeah!!!!!!!!!!! Since I wrote this fast excuse the mispelling and puncation too lazy to go back and correct.

  • Hi yall,
    Has anyone know the person name are Donald Burch he live in Elepahant Butte,NM.
    They call him “Cloud”.
    If you seen him?
    Tell him my name is Tim Hurley.
    He,ll remember me for 38 years now, long time.
    Have him call me @ 256-493-8855
    Or contact me .

  • I,m looking for a person name are.
    Donald Burch of Elephant Butte,NM, If you know Don, give my email address are.

  • Hippies have ruined Santa Fe with their selfishness, apathy, and grotesqueness. They are stuck in the past and expect everyone here to do the same. They are conservative bores. The women look like old witches and the men are just as bad with their pencil thin ponytails and fat guts. They are pushy in the health food stores and look sickly. Hippies are a parasite on Santa Fe and prevent progress.

  • This place sucks, no one wants to work here and these mother fuckers are set back at least ten years. The wind blows as much as the town does, and I’m glad to be leaving. It’s the middle of the dessert, and the butt hole that puts out a bunch of places with shit service, Buffalo Wild Wings, Hooter’s, and the Game, “sports bars”, yeah right. No place in town had the fight on this weekend, Maywaether vs Mosley, so I took my business to El Paso, that’s why this town is going nowhere, no one around here knows how to do business, I am going to throw a bag full of shit on the sign that says entering Las Cruces.

  • i love this place i moved here from notrthern new mexico and i jus love it. the weather is   very nice the ppl are too. i moved here as a 17 year old with no parental guidence so there were numerous ppl that i met here that helped me alot. the one bad thing is finding jobs. but everythin else is  good.

  • Hey wats going on? We just moved to Las Cruces From New York.. Looking For Stuff To Do Around Here.. Good Bars Clubs Ect.. Know Anything Hit Me Up.. https://www.facebook.com/KimmieRose01

  • Im looking for a few good friends and a hopefully a commune to live at. I’ve been in Las Cruces for 3 weeks, giver or take now and I am currently looking. I have kids so it needs to be family ok.
     I’m 26 and like a I mentioned, I have 3 kids. I was raised this way as both my parents are Hippies and this is a life style I have chosen for myself and my babies. Bubba is 6, Sunny is 4, and Deej is 2. Feel free to ask me any questions. I’m looking for a Commne and just friends. I can be reached at gypsymoonchild@hotmail.com
    So I dont SPAM you, please put in the subject "PEACE LOVE AND LIGHT"
    Namaste, Amber

  • I just returned from Las Cruces…was there for over 2 months wrapping up my dad’s Estate.  Las Cruces is a quirkly little place!  I met some very friendly & laid back people there….people that really did stop and take the time of day to talk & hang-out.  Overall, though…I met a number of people that were friendly to my face while trying to manipulate me out of money.  They were very good at it, too!!!  I asked people about this behavior & I was told "oh yeah…it’s because LC is close to the border".  Whatever it was, I grew to feel like I was constantly looking over my shoulder there!  There is a higher-than-normal rate of poverty in LC & lack of jobs….leading to a ‘greedy mentality’.  I felt sorry for the younger crowd that really had nothing much to do in the town….very few hangouts for younger people.  LC is probably a good place for the retired crowd.  I’m in my 40’s from a beach-town in Florida, however…and I found this place to be utterly BORING!!!

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