Cedar Crest real estate has a very special appeal to the more mountain type folks who like country, trees, snow and generally more moisture and a more verdant landscape. Being on the leeward side of the Sandias it generally benefits from more precipitation, and consequently, more vegetation. An altitude in access of 7,000 feet ASL hosts an environment friendly to conifers, oak, and wildflowers, and wildlife typical of a mountain environment. This area is also generally cooler year round than is Albuquerque and other lower climes further east on I40 (old Route 66). Cedar Crest real estate resembles more of an Alpine community than the pueblo styles of Albuquerque and even Plactias.Minutes to Sandia Peak Ski Area, snow recreation in winter and great hiking in summer, are all reasons why people chose Cedar Crest real estate and other communities in the greater Albuquerque area. The smell of wood burning in a fireplace is to be expected year round. Two relatively new developments, PAAKO and San Pedro Ridge Estates in the east mountain area offer quick accesses to downtown Albuquerque and a sort of short cut to Santa Fe. Owning Cedar Crest real estate is like owning access to a piece of Heaven and several of its neighborhoods, like PAAKO and San Pedro Estates, all within just minutes of each other and Albuquerque. Meanwhile, it is gaining more and more of its own amenities and conveniences of town without having to drive there. When searching SWMLS search area 220.