If I was young, sexy, and looking for the hottest up-and-coming neighborhood in El Paso (and who says I'm not?) there is one neighborhood that's a 'bop': Monticello.

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Whatever it is that makes a neighborhood interesting to live in, El Paso's westside neighborhood of Monticello has it (or will have it, eventually.) I've narrowed down those special things so you don't have to do it yourself, lazy ass.

Here are the reasons I think El Paso's Monticello neighborhood is the future of the westside. Don't forget to let us know what you think of Monticello in the POLL at the end.


MODERN HOUSING

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Apartments, houses, condominiums, oh my! This neighborhood has got them ALL. With modern aesthetics and bright colors, the Monticello apartments seem like very nice places to live, especially if you are a college kid.

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But, what I really like are the houses in this neighborhood, which all seem to be a little bit different and not the typical COOKIE CUTTER style of a modern housing development. Living in one of these houses definitely seems like it would be cool or at least unique.


FOOD / DRINKS

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With some of the first developments in this neighborhood being restaurants and bars such as Malolam or Electric Cactus, now there's definitely no shortage of places to grab a bite or a pint. Bonus? If you live in the neighborhood you are WALKING distance from all these places.


ROOM FOR ACTIVITIES

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Alamo Drafthouse movie theater, Topgolf, iFly, are all entertainment venues already there, and more are already coming to this side of town. Anybody with lots of energy and who likes going OUT to places will be able to choose from a plethora of options.


SELF-CARE AMENITIES

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Business owners, have caught on and realized that this area is underserved when it comes to places that help you TAKE CARE of yourself. But within the past year, several places such as a barbershop, a spa, and a beauty salon have all opened up. Thereby providing the local denizens of Monticello with their necessary creature comforts.


ONE COMPLAINT

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At this point, the biggest complaint is all the construction still going on. On the one hand, this is a good sign of development and future reasons to live in the area. On the other hand, if you're living there now, I would understandably be ANNOYED at all of the dump trucks and backhoes that seem to litter the area.

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But like I said it is kind of cool to see the future being built. For example in front of TopGolf is an entire mini-mall in the mid-stages of construction, and that's something I'm very excited about. (The fact I live near there has no bearing on my opinion, not at ALL.)

My mom's always pestered me about going back to college. Maybe I will go just so I can start hanging out at these spots, and not feel weird about it. Let me know what you think of El Paso's Monticello neighborhood in the POLL below.



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