New Homes in New Mexico, USA

NEW HOMES for sale in New Mexico, USA

Featured NEW HOMES in New Mexico, USA

Total of 27 communities

Area    Community name    Price    SQFT    Bedrooms  

 

low $200's ... 1,447-3,342sf ... 3-4 Bedrooms

2826 Redondo Santa FeRio RanchoNM 87124 
In the area of Albuquerque
(505) 917-1387
Twilight Homes

Mariposa is a one-of-a-kind community that blends upscale homes and community buildings with the natural beauty for which New Mexico is known. Nestled in the peaceful neighborhoods and scenic trails at Mariposa, you will experience a wonderful balance of nature, breathtaking architecture and a cozy community atmosphere, all while having access to the schools, shopping and other amenities that Rio Rancho has to offer. Just minutes from downtown Rio Rancho and located just outside of Albuquerque, residents get the best of both worlds--surrounded by unsurpassed natural beauty and conveniently located near the necessities of the city. Standard Features Include: o Granite countertops in master and hall bath o Granite countertops in kitchen o Acrylic tub in hall bath o Drop-panel Maple cabinets o Bosch appliances o Raised panel interior doors with paint grade trim

Mariposa

low $200's ... 1,447-3,342sf ... 3-4 Bedrooms

Mariposa 2826 Redondo Santa Fe, Rio Rancho, NM 87124 
In the area of Albuquerque
(505) 917-1387
Twilight Homes

Verano 

mid $200's ... 1,628-2,434sf ... 3-4 Bedrooms

4627 Brighton CircleLas CrucesNM 88011 
In the area of El Paso
(575) 404-1740
French Brothers

We are thrilled to unveil a brand new suite of 10 incredible floor plans ranging from 1628 to 2434 sqft. Most plans are available in 3 different elevations and can be personalized to your individual taste through the hundreds of options available in our one of a kind Design Center. In addition to countless designer features to choose, we also offer Photovoltaic (PV) panels to bring your electric bills down to ZERO! Come experience our beautiful fully decorated model home plus our one-of-a-kind incredible Sales and Design Center for yourself - you won't be disappointed!

Verano

mid $200's ... 1,628-2,434sf ... 3-4 Bedrooms

Verano 4627 Brighton Circle, Las Cruces, NM 88011 
In the area of El Paso
(575) 404-1740
French Brothers

hi $100's ... 1,136-2,555sf ... 3-4 Bedrooms

9819 Sacate Blanco Ave SWAlbuquerqueNM 87121 
In the area of Albuquerque
(855) 999-9112
LGI Homes

The charming community of Desert Sands features award winning homes with convenient access to the best of Albuquerque. A stunning collection of three to five bedroom homes built with superior quality are attracting homebuyers far and wide to this gorgeous neighborhood. With incredibly low pricing, you can be among the first to find the home you've been dreaming of at Desert Sands.

Desert Sands

hi $100's ... 1,136-2,555sf ... 3-4 Bedrooms

Desert Sands 9819 Sacate Blanco Ave SW, Albuquerque, NM 87121 
In the area of Albuquerque
(855) 999-9112
LGI Homes

low $300's ... 1,605-2,807sf ... 3-5 Bedrooms

1 QUICK MOVE-IN

7304 Brentwood Boulevard NEAlbuquerqueNM 87109 
In the area of Albuquerque
(505) 350-3977
Stillbrooke Homes

Location, Location, Location and value are the biggest draws to Estates at Santa Monica., offering North East Heights living with easy access to I-25, great shopping and a walking trail around the Albuquerque Academy. Set an appointment today to learn more about this very special community.

Estates at Santa Monica

low $300's ... 1,605-2,807sf ... 3-5 Bedrooms

Estates at Santa Monica 7304 Brentwood Boulevard NE, Albuquerque, NM 87109 
In the area of Albuquerque
(505) 350-3977
Stillbrooke Homes

Fiesta 

hi $100's ... 1,332-2,618sf ... 3-5 Bedrooms

1424 Terrazas CtLos LunasNM 87031 
In the area of Albuquerque
(505) 850-6093
Twilight Homes

Fiesta is a master planned community which captures the essence of small town living in the quaint and beautiful town of Los Lunas, NM. Twilight Homes is proud to offer 9 floor plans from our EOS series. From 1,332 square feet to 2,618 square feet, there is sure to be a home design that perfectly fits your lifestyle. Enjoy quick access to Los Lunas schools, large box retailers, restaurants, outdoor spaces and I-25, which will deliver you to downtown Albuquerque in 20 minutes. Fiesta features the EOS Series of new homes.

Fiesta

hi $100's ... 1,332-2,618sf ... 3-5 Bedrooms

Fiesta 1424 Terrazas Ct, Los Lunas, NM 87031 
In the area of Albuquerque
(505) 850-6093
Twilight Homes

hi $200's ... 1,920-3,195sf ... 4-5 Bedrooms

8 QUICK MOVE-IN

7439 Window Peak Rd NWAlbuquerqueNM 87114 
In the area of Albuquerque
(505) 842-0300
Hakes Brothers

Conveniently located near the corner of Woodmont Ave. and Rainbow Blvd., The Trails is one of Albuquerque's newest master-planned communities. This new community is surrounded by walking and biking trails, and is located just minutes from the Petroglyphs National Monument, as well as shopping, entertainment, hospitals, and brand new state-of-the-art schools!

Hakes Brothers at Durango at The Trails

hi $200's ... 1,920-3,195sf ... 4-5 Bedrooms

Hakes Brothers at Durango at The Trails 7439 Window Peak Rd NW, Albuquerque, NM 87114 
In the area of Albuquerque
(505) 842-0300
Hakes Brothers

mid $200's ... 1,920-3,195sf ... 4-5 Bedrooms

4 QUICK MOVE-IN

7011 Wrangell Loop NERio RanchoNM 87144 
In the area of Albuquerque
(505) 750-8241
Hakes Brothers

Welcome to Lomas Encantadas! As one of Rio Rancho's premier master planned communities, Lomas Encantadas is conveniently located near a number of amenities, which include award-winning schools, restaurants, golf courses and casinos. Local residents can appreciate nearby access to parks and walking trails, as well as convenient access to Hwy 550 and I-25.

Hakes Brothers at Lomas Encantadas

mid $200's ... 1,920-3,195sf ... 4-5 Bedrooms

Hakes Brothers at Lomas Encantadas 7011 Wrangell Loop NE, Rio Rancho, NM 87144 
In the area of Albuquerque
(505) 750-8241
Hakes Brothers

mid $100's ... 1,366-2,380sf ... 3-5 Bedrooms

4833 Califa Dr.Las CrucesNM 88012 
In the area of El Paso
(575) 640-4374
Hakes Brothers

Welcome to Metro Park Village! This dynamic master-planned community features an award-winning golf course, along with new schools, splash pad and park. Conveniently located off of Highway 70, you'll love calling this community home!

Hakes Brothers at Metro Park Village

mid $100's ... 1,366-2,380sf ... 3-5 Bedrooms

Hakes Brothers at Metro Park Village 4833 Califa Dr., Las Cruces, NM 88012 
In the area of El Paso
(575) 640-4374
Hakes Brothers

hi $100's ... 1,630-2,373sf ... 3-5 Bedrooms

7 QUICK MOVE-IN

3745 Santa MinervaLas CrucesNM 88012 
In the area of El Paso
(575) 639-4663
Hakes Brothers

Welcome to Metro Verde! This dynamic master-planned community features an award-winning golf course, along with new schools, parks, neighborhoods and a planned 44,000 square foot club house, complete with pool, tennis and many more amenities. Metro Verde is located at the base of the beautiful Dona Ana Mountains and close to the Chihuahuan Desert Nature Park. Choose from seven elegant and open floor plans with distinctive architectural styles. Conveniently located off of Highway 70, you'll love calling this community home!

Hakes Brothers at Metro Verde

hi $100's ... 1,630-2,373sf ... 3-5 Bedrooms

Hakes Brothers at Metro Verde 3745 Santa Minerva, Las Cruces, NM 88012 
In the area of El Paso
(575) 639-4663
Hakes Brothers

hi $100's ... 1,630-2,350sf ... 3-5 Bedrooms

6 QUICK MOVE-IN

894 Cedar ParkSunland ParkNM 88063 
In the area of El Paso
(915) 519-1223
Hakes Brothers

Valencia Park offers luxury amenities at an affordable price with homes starting in the $170's. You will enjoy convenient access to the I-10, shopping, restaurant and entertainment, as well as the local park within the community. Come home to Valencia Park!

Hakes Brothers at Valencia Park

hi $100's ... 1,630-2,350sf ... 3-5 Bedrooms

Hakes Brothers at Valencia Park 894 Cedar Park, Sunland Park, NM 88063 
In the area of El Paso
(915) 519-1223
Hakes Brothers

low $200's ... 1,575-2,706sf ... 3-4 Bedrooms

3 QUICK MOVE-IN

1414 Valle Vista Rd..Los LunasNM 87031 
In the area of Albuquerque
(505) 750-1209
DR Horton

Las Terrazas Fiesta is part of a Master Planned community of homes for sale in Los Lunas just south of Albuquerque. The town of Los Lunas is one of the fastest growing cities in the southwest with an increase of new job opportunities in the area. Residents in this community will enjoy nature trails, open spaces,parks, retailers, and major restaurants. With just minutes away from I-25 and the Rail Runner, this makes commuting to the Albuquerque area effortless. Click REQUEST INFO to learn more!

Las Terrazas Fiesta

low $200's ... 1,575-2,706sf ... 3-4 Bedrooms

Las Terrazas Fiesta 1414 Valle Vista Rd.., Los Lunas, NM 87031 
In the area of Albuquerque
(505) 750-1209
DR Horton

mid $200's ... 1,575-2,706sf ... 3-4 Bedrooms

1141 Fascination St.Rio RanchoNM 87144 
In the area of Albuquerque
(505) 750-1209
DR Horton

Rio Rancho NM homes for sale with 3 Car Garage Option Call 505-750-1209 or E-mail infoabq drhorton.com Be the First To Know about pricing, floor plans, and the newest information!

Milagro Mesa

mid $200's ... 1,575-2,706sf ... 3-4 Bedrooms

Milagro Mesa 1141 Fascination St., Rio Rancho, NM 87144 
In the area of Albuquerque
(505) 750-1209
DR Horton

mid $100's ... 1,091-2,618sf ... 2-5 Bedrooms

6704 Mountain Hawk LoopRio RanchoNM 87144 
In the area of Albuquerque
(505) 270-2733
Twilight Homes

Mountain Hawk is the affordable community with endless views and wonderful access to the outdoors. Gaze at 3 different mountain ranges, see the stars at night and walk or cycle out your front door in a high desert paradise. Not too often does this kind of access come at such an affordable price. Mountain Hawk features the EOS Series of new homes.

Mountain Hawk

mid $100's ... 1,091-2,618sf ... 2-5 Bedrooms

Mountain Hawk 6704 Mountain Hawk Loop, Rio Rancho, NM 87144 
In the area of Albuquerque
(505) 270-2733
Twilight Homes

low $200's ... 1,605-2,807sf ... 3-5 Bedrooms

Paradise Blvd & Park LnAlbuquerqueNM 87114 
In the area of Albuquerque
(505) 350-3977
Stillbrooke Homes

Stillbrooke Homes is offering the best-selling Treviso Collection in Paradise View, Villa Chamisa, and Seville Unit 9 in the Northwest area of Albuquerque, and in Oakland in the Northeast Heights. Homes range in size from 1407 square feet to over 2800 square feet and beautiful elevations and features. You may customize these homes to fit your needs (however, some of these homes are available with certain conditions and restrictions).

Paradise View

low $200's ... 1,605-2,807sf ... 3-5 Bedrooms

Paradise View Paradise Blvd & Park Ln, Albuquerque, NM 87114 
In the area of Albuquerque
(505) 350-3977
Stillbrooke Homes

low $200's ... 1,575-2,706sf ... 3-4 Bedrooms

2 QUICK MOVE-IN

6009 Ermemin RdAlbuquerqueNM 87114 
In the area of Albuquerque
(505) 750-1209
DR Horton

Paradise View is a popular community located within walking distance to schools, area parks, community centers, and nearby shopping. Paradise View is also only minutes from the downtown area for easy commutes to work or play. With a limited number of 20 homes available come by Paradise View today to secure your dream home.

Paradise View

low $200's ... 1,575-2,706sf ... 3-4 Bedrooms

Paradise View 6009 Ermemin Rd, Albuquerque, NM 87114 
In the area of Albuquerque
(505) 750-1209
DR Horton

hi $100's ... 1,402-2,641sf ... 3-4 Bedrooms

10631 Pictograph Rd.AlbuquerqueNM 87121 
In the area of Albuquerque
(505) 750-1209
DR Horton

Now introducing 6 new floor plans in Sandstone Trails with oversized lots.. Nestled under the backdrop of the southwest mesa, come explore the master-planned community of Sandstone Trails by Express Homes. Located at Dennis Chavez and 118th, Sandstone Trails features new homes in Albuquerque, NM near the brand new Atrisco Heritage Academy High School, and moments away from UNM, ABQ Sunport, Isleta Amphitheater, and offers accessibility to both I-25 and I-40. Looking for a home your family can grow into? Sandstone Trails delivers the quality and craftsmanship you expect, while offering home ownership for less than you think! With homes starting in the 100's, Call today and come discover why Sandstone Trails is the perfect place to call home. Click on REQUEST INFO to learn more!

Sandstone Trails

hi $100's ... 1,402-2,641sf ... 3-4 Bedrooms

Sandstone Trails 10631 Pictograph Rd., Albuquerque, NM 87121 
In the area of Albuquerque
(505) 750-1209
DR Horton

low $200's ... 1,605-2,807sf ... 3-5 Bedrooms

Pyrenees Court NWAlbuquerqueNM 87114 
In the area of Albuquerque
(505) 350-3977
Stillbrooke Homes

Stillbrooke Homes is offering the best-selling Treviso Collection in Paradise View, Villa Chamisa, and Seville Unit 9 in the Northwest area of Albuquerque, and in Oakland in the Northeast Heights. Homes range in size from 1407 square feet to over 2800 square feet and beautiful elevations and features. You may customize these homes to fit your needs (however, some of these homes are available with certain conditions and restrictions).

Seville

low $200's ... 1,605-2,807sf ... 3-5 Bedrooms

Seville Pyrenees Court NW, Albuquerque, NM 87114 
In the area of Albuquerque
(505) 350-3977
Stillbrooke Homes

low $200's ... 1,743-2,265sf ... 3-4 Bedrooms

Sold out of Milagro Mesa.Rio RanchoNM 87144 
In the area of Albuquerque
(505) 750-1209
DR Horton

You'll love our spacious, award-winning homes at Solcito Express. Floor plans range from approximately 1743-2265 sq. ft.,with pricing starting in the low 200's. Close to the newly completed Rio Rancho City Center, Solcito Express offers accessibility to the Sue V. Cleveland High School, UNM and CNM Auxiliary Campuses, UNM Sandoval Regional Medical Center, Santa Ana Star Center, and much more! Click on the red Request Info tab to learn more!

Solcito

low $200's ... 1,743-2,265sf ... 3-4 Bedrooms

Solcito Sold out of Milagro Mesa., Rio Rancho, NM 87144 
In the area of Albuquerque
(505) 750-1209
DR Horton

hi $100's ... 1,531-2,147sf ... 3 Bedrooms

8915 Warm Wind Pl NWAlbuquerqueNM 87120 
In the area of Albuquerque
(505) 750-1209
DR Horton

Stormcloud Villas offers homes for sale Albuquerque and is located in the Petroglyphs Master Planned Community. Offers several nature trails to allow for the viewing of natural features and a variety of petroglyphs. Community parks, including a children's splash area. A dog park with areas separated for small and large pets. The location is highly convenient because of both is proximity to I-40. Offers easy access to Paseo Del Norte Blvd via the new Unser extension. Floor plans range from 1531 Sq. Ft. to 2147 Sq. Ft. Click on Request Info to learn more!

Stormcloud Villas

hi $100's ... 1,531-2,147sf ... 3 Bedrooms

Stormcloud Villas 8915 Warm Wind Pl NW, Albuquerque, NM 87120 
In the area of Albuquerque
(505) 750-1209
DR Horton

mid $200's ... 2,017-3,282sf ... 3-4 Bedrooms

1 QUICK MOVE-IN

Now SellingRio RanchoNM 87144 
In the area of Albuquerque
(505) 750-1209
DR Horton

Finally a home and community with garages you can park all of your toys in! Enjoy the very best of Rio Rancho NM real estate at The Peaks at Mariposa! Extra wide home sites Up to 5-car extended depth garages Detached RV garage Windows for great natural lighting (RV garages) 4 Interior GFI outlets Available complete insulation package Click on the REQUEST INFO tab to learn more!

The Peaks at Mariposa

mid $200's ... 2,017-3,282sf ... 3-4 Bedrooms

The Peaks at Mariposa Now Selling, Rio Rancho, NM 87144 
In the area of Albuquerque
(505) 750-1209
DR Horton

low $200's ... 1,575-2,706sf ... 3-4 Bedrooms

7 QUICK MOVE-IN

6935 Tombstone Rd NWAlbuquerqueNM 87114 
In the area of Albuquerque
(505) 750-1209
DR Horton

Tierra Vista at The Trails is situated within The Trails, a prestigious master planned community located within northwest Albuquerque. Tierra Vista at The Trails features one and two story new homes Albuquerque ranging from approximately 1,575 to 2,706 sq. ft. All Tierra Vista at The Trails homes are constructed to meet Build Green New Mexico Silver Level standards. Residents at Tierra Vista at the Trails will enjoy the nearby nature trails, beautiful parks and great schools, including the new state of the art Volcano Vista High School. Why live anywhere else when you can live at Tierra Vista at The Trails.Click on the REQUEST INFO tab to learn more!

Tierra Vista At The Trails

low $200's ... 1,575-2,706sf ... 3-4 Bedrooms

Tierra Vista At The Trails 6935 Tombstone Rd NW, Albuquerque, NM 87114 
In the area of Albuquerque
(505) 750-1209
DR Horton

low $200's ... 1,600-2,007sf ... 3-4 Bedrooms

26 QUICK MOVE-IN

821 Bronze HillSunland ParkNM 88063 
In the area of El Paso
(915) 261-1096
Palo Verde Homes

Located in southeastern New Mexico nestled in the desert on the corner of McNutt and Artcraft south of Interstate 10. Palo Verde Homes features 3-4 bedroom homes from the $200's. This community offers spectacular views of the Franklin Mountains during the day, the glittering city lights at night, and a community park. New Mexico is known for its low property taxes which makes this community extra desirable.

Valencia Park

low $200's ... 1,600-2,007sf ... 3-4 Bedrooms

Valencia Park 821 Bronze Hill, Sunland Park, NM 88063 
In the area of El Paso
(915) 261-1096
Palo Verde Homes

hi $200's ... 2,092-3,433sf ... 3-4 Bedrooms

5 QUICK MOVE-IN

7304 Redbloom Rd NWlAlbuquerqueNM 87114 
In the area of Albuquerque
(505) 750-1209
DR Horton

Located near Paseo del Norte and Unser, discover one of the newest master-planned communities of Albuquerque homes for sale, Valle Prado. Conveniently located in the Volcano Vista School District, Valle Prado offers accessibility to major retailers, employers, hospitals, and more. Make sure to explore our well-designed floor plans ranging from 2,092 to 3,282 sq. ft. with estate-sized home sites and 3-car garages available. Each of these Albuquerque NM new homes for sale is Build Green New Mexico Certified Construction, and includes fantastic interior features. Call today, and come see why Valle Prado is one of Albuquerque's most exciting new communities! Click on the Red Request Info tab to learn more!

Valle Prado

hi $200's ... 2,092-3,433sf ... 3-4 Bedrooms

Valle Prado 7304 Redbloom Rd NWl, Albuquerque, NM 87114 
In the area of Albuquerque
(505) 750-1209
DR Horton

hi $200's ... 1,680-3,068sf ... 3-4 Bedrooms

8827 Valle Prado NWAlbuquerqueNM 87114 
In the area of Albuquerque
(505) 450-2861
Twilight Homes

Valle Vista homes will include energy efficiency features, top quality construction features, and amazing interior amenities including: deck mounted garden tub in master bathroom, granite top vanities in master and hall bathrooms, walk-in master closets, and much more. In addition to being in a comfortable neighborhood, with all the amenities of Northwest Albuquerque, the community is located in great school districts: Volcano Vista High School, Tony Hillerman Middle School, and Tierra Antigua Elementary School.

Valle Vista

hi $200's ... 1,680-3,068sf ... 3-4 Bedrooms

Valle Vista 8827 Valle Prado NW, Albuquerque, NM 87114 
In the area of Albuquerque
(505) 450-2861
Twilight Homes

low $200's ... 1,605-2,807sf ... 3-5 Bedrooms

Calle Chamisa NWAlbuquerqueNM 87114 
In the area of Albuquerque
(505) 350-3977
Stillbrooke Homes

Stillbrooke Homes is offering the best-selling Treviso Collection in Paradise View, Villa Chamisa, and Seville Unit 9 in the Northwest area of Albuquerque, and in Oakland in the Northeast Heights. Homes range in size from 1407 square feet to over 2800 square feet and beautiful elevations and features. You may customize these homes to fit your needs (however, some of these homes are available with certain conditions and restrictions).

Villa Chamisa

low $200's ... 1,605-2,807sf ... 3-5 Bedrooms

Villa Chamisa Calle Chamisa NW, Albuquerque, NM 87114 
In the area of Albuquerque
(505) 350-3977
Stillbrooke Homes

hi $100's ... 1,369-1,959sf ... 2-4 Bedrooms

1600 Domino Dr SEAlbuquerqueNM 87123 
In the area of Albuquerque
(855) 581-7100
LGI Homes

Located just 10 miles from downtown Albuquerque, the beautiful community of Volterra Village offers some of the finest and most affordable new townhomes New Mexico has to offer. Volterra Village boasts spacious living in a family-friendly setting. If you're looking at new homes in the Albuquerque area, you owe it to yourself to take a look at Volterra Village where LGI Homes' exceptional quality, affordable pricing and unbeatable customer service make this the perfect place to call home.

Volterra Village

hi $100's ... 1,369-1,959sf ... 2-4 Bedrooms

Volterra Village 1600 Domino Dr SE, Albuquerque, NM 87123 
In the area of Albuquerque
(855) 581-7100
LGI Homes

hi $100's ... 1,328-2,653sf ... 3-4 Bedrooms

8 QUICK MOVE-IN

5001 Big RedHobbsNM 88240 
In the area of Hobbs
(575) 404-1834
French Brothers

French Brothers offers families spacious, yet affordable homes in Hobbs NM in the areas most sought after home communities. Hobbs is the gateway to New Mexico--the Land of Enchantment. Hobbs is the largest municipality in Lea County, the southeastern-most county of New Mexico's 33 counties, and situated on the far western edge of the Llano Estacado. Because of its location Hobbs has its own airport with a Delta Hub for easy flights in and out of the area. Like much of southern New Mexico, the Hobbs area represents the best of the "high desert," with its blue skies and warm sunshine. The Hobbs area exhibits a truly multicultural heritage: Native American legacy, cowboy legend, farming traditions and Hispanic culture. With their agricultural roots and pioneer spirits, Lea County residents are surrounded by folklore and Western mythology, all enshrined in its museums and libraries. Amateur archaeologists can still find arrowheads left behind by the native people, including the Comanche and Apache Indians, who once ruled over these vast plains.

Zia Crossing

hi $100's ... 1,328-2,653sf ... 3-4 Bedrooms

Zia Crossing 5001 Big Red, Hobbs, NM 88240 
In the area of Hobbs
(575) 404-1834
French Brothers

 Few tips about New Mexico

New Mexico (Spanish: Nuevo México ; Navajo: Yootó Hahoodzo ) is a state located in the southwest and western regions of the United States. It is usually considered one of the Mountain States. New Mexico is the 5th most extensive, the 36th most populous, and the 6th least densely populated of the 50 United States.

Inhabited by indigenous peoples of the Americas for many centuries before European exploration, New Mexico was subsequently part of the Imperial Spanish viceroyalty of New Spain, then part of Mexico, and a U.S. territory before attaining statehood. Among U.S. states, New Mexico has the highest percentage of Hispanics, including descendants of Spanish colonists and recent immigrants from Latin America. It also has the second-highest percentage of Native Americans after Alaska, and the fourth-highest total number of Native Americans after California, Oklahoma, and Arizona. The tribes in the state consist of mostly Navajo and Pueblo and the Apache peoples. As a result, the demographics and culture of the state are unique for their strong Hispanic and Native-American influences, both of which are reflected in the state flag. The red and gold colors of the New Mexico flag are taken from the flag of Spain, along with the ancient sun symbol of the Zia, a Pueblo-related tribe.

New Mexico, or Nuevo México in Spanish, is often incorrectly believed to have taken its name from the nation of Mexico. However, New Mexico was given its name in 1563, and again in 1581, by Spanish explorers who believed the area contained wealthy Indian cultures similar to those of the Mexica (Aztec) Empire. Mexico, formerly known as New Spain, adopted its name centuries later in 1821, after winning independence from Spanish rule. The two developed as neighboring Spanish speaking communities, with relatively independent histories.