The unincorporated community of Placitas was named for the Spanish word for "little town." This growing community of comfortable homes blends charming old adobe dwellings with contemporary construction that includes handsome executive homes on spacious lots that command breathtaking views. The area's rolling terrain and lush high-desert vegetation create a scenic backdrop for community life, and the hiking trails in the Placitas area are exceptional. The world-class attractions in Albuquerque are just 25 minutes from home, while Santa Fe is only a 45-minute drive away along Interstate 25. Because of its centralized location, Placitas is expanding as a bedroom community for those who are employed in both of these larger cities. The community nestled along the north side of the Sandia Mountains for premier recreational opportunities around the four seasons.