Central Avenue became part of Route 66 in 1937 as it passed through Albuquerque on its way from Chicago to Los Angeles. Back then, Nob Hill was a neighboring suburb of Albuquerque's downtown area, which lies only a couple of miles west. Its vibrant and eclectic personality has always been affected by it close proximity to the University of New Mexico campus Nob Hill spans a mile-long stretch of Central Avenue, marked on each end by neon arches. You will know you have entered the district when you see the unique shops, trendy restaurants and chic nightspots. The neighborhood that grew around the original Nob Hill Shopping Center came of age in the heyday of Route 66, and today new and old businesses share a commitment to the area's funky retro neon style. Nob Hill was once the bastion of college students rooming together in single-family homes. But with a recent upsurge of infill condos and upscale housing, it has become one of the most sought after parts of the city, and as a result, one of the priciest. Area real estate prices run from $229,000 for a small 3-bedroom home to $750,000 for something larger.