Sorry, been busy with the holidays, only hitting 20% of my usual forii.
I moved to the south east corner of the city. Most new homes are in the west, since there are mountains to the east, the Air Force base to the south, and the Reservation (and Sandia Casino) to the North. The prob with the west for me was 80% of the city is to the east of the Rio Grand, but there are not many river crossing roads, so the west becomes it's own 'city'. That west side was just too congested to me with limited roads to major things. The east 80% is all city street grid, so lots of road options to get anywhere from anywhere.
The far east and far north have the pricy homes, as well as some parts of the west. My realtor said to stay away from the south west quadrant as it's just not attractive and has few decent neighborhoods.