I moved to Rio Volcan from Baltimore, Maryland, sight unseen, largely on the enthusiastic report of my brother and sister-in-law who live nearby and had toured the complex. ***** Throughout my long-distance application process, the Rio Volcan staff worked with me patiently and diligently, promptly sending me the forms. These young and energetic folks are as pleasant and professional in person as they were on the phone. There were a few minor pre-existing problems with the apartment; the expert maintenance staff promptly dealt with them. So let me begin the review with praise for the five-star office and maintenance staff. ***** [Critique: The application forms required by the corporate ownership are extensive and--in my opinion--poorly designed, excessive, and overly complex. Note: NOT the fault of Rio Volcan's office folks! Indeed, the Rio Volcan staff were a great help in helping me navigate through the application maze. So don't let the application process scare you away! Believe me, it's worth it in the end.] ***** The residents are friendly, too. People smile, say hello, and wave. Less than two months into my residency, I've had good, extended conversations with two next-door neighbors. There's a good range of ages, from retirees (myself) to college students (one of my neighbors) and families with children. It's a good sign that the kids play together. I like that Rio Volcan's residents come from diverse backgrounds and cultures. People are responsible and considerate: Dog owners pick-up after the pooches. I've never been bothered by loud music late at night. The residents watch out for each other. (Example: I left my car headlights on; a neighbor came by to warn me before the battery drained.) I feel safe here. ***** The apartments are west of the Rio Grande, located in a suburban setting and fronting on Ladera Drive, a tree-lined boulevard with a bus stop near the entrance. Everything I've needed so far--prescriptions, groceries, gas, office supplies, furniture, banking--is within 5-minutes drive. (Indeed, the only times I've crossed the river--so far--was to enroll at the VA medical center and go to an Isotopes baseball game.) ***** Rio Volcan has a commercial gardening service; the plants, bushes, and trees thrive. There are conveniently-located and deftly-camoflaged trash bins which are frequently emptied by garbage trucks; no smell, no pests. Mail pickup is via keyed boxes near the office. There is adequate parking; I doubt I've walked more than 30-40 feet from the car to my apartment steps. ***** I live in a second-floor Single unit, which is the perfect size for me. The closet space is exceptional. Plenty of well-placed electrical outlets, telephone hookups, and cable hook-ups. ***** My only critiques of the Single unit: (1) The kitchen and bathroom are somewhat narrower than I would like. (2) The kitchen counter-space is limited and awkwardly arranged. (There is, however, room near the dishwasher to place additional kitchen furniture and so expand the counter-space.) (3) No overhead light in the living room. Nevertheless, in my estimation, these minor defects are small potatoes compared to the many pluses of the apartment, the staff, and the community. ***** The balcony is a plus-plus feature for me. Mine happens to look toward the Sandia Mountains. It's also a perfect place for cloud-watching and people-watching. Residents use their balconies for many purposes. Lots of gardeners. An older gentlemen across from me pursues a carpentery hobby on his patio. ***** All during my 2,000-mile drive from Baltimore, I wondered what Rio Volcan would be like. Now I know. And, believe me, I'm glad I live here.