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Gloria Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-09-05 08:18 PM
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24. I moved here from NJ nearly 5 years ago...I moved to
Edited on Sun Jan-09-05 08:27 PM by Gloria
Las Cruces, in the South, 50 miles N. of El Paso because of health reasons. New Jersey's pollution and dampness had severely hurt my health with terrible bouts of bronichitis that got worse and worse and lasted longer and longer.

My problems are just about gone here. I do so much better in the mild winters. We get seasons but aside from a few weeks in December when we get some rain, a bit of snow that lasts a few hours, overcast days, winter is a breeze. Cold nights in January but in the 60's most days with nice sun. Today we were near 70. When I first got here I couldn't figure out why the clouds looked so different. Well, it's because we'are at about 4700 feet, so we see the SIDES of the clouds, not just the bottoms!!! LOL.! The SUNSETS are......gorgeous. I see double rainbows, too!

Las Cruces is growing, but there is no heavy industry and compared to NJ, traffic is a breeze. Good roads. And about 50 miles from a couple of crossing to Mexico for drugs. The Senior Center sponsors trips!

Las Cruces has New Mexico State University and a wide variety of organizations. The library has book reviews, and there is a very rich artistic community. Then there is the outdoors...The Organ Mountains and plenty of hiking, etc.

Check out the Las Cruces website and get a travel guide from the tourist center.

I haven't been back to NJ and I don't miss it at all. Las Cruces is a gem.

PS: AS FOR HVAC----Nearly ALL the new housing here in Las Cruces is now going with air-conditioning. I have it!! We have a 1600 sq ft house and the taxes are abou $900 a year (we were over $6,000 in Jersey for a comparable-sized house). Mean prices are up to about $150,000 but you can still get a nice little house for about $110000.
El Paso is about 40 minutes down the road if you need to work out of town.
State, federal, local government, the University. Some tech businesses.
Lots of retail.
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