Top 10 Popular Phoenix Neighborhoods
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The best places to call home in Phoenix, Arizona's metro area.
Phoenix is regularly touted as one of the most exciting places to live in America, and for good reason: The city’s billion dollar light rail, beautiful desert landscape and Arizona State University draw a steady stream of new residents every year. If you’re considering moving to Phoenix, these are just a few of the best neighborhoods Phoenix has to offer.
Arcadia: Arcadia is the most sought after area of Phoenix right now. Arcadia offers urban dwelling with a family rural feel, and it’s less than 15 minutes from the airport and downtown Scottsdale. With bushy citrus grove lined streets and some of the best dining and shopping in the Valley, Arcadia is one of Phoenix's most picturesque and popular neighborhoods. The mature green landscapes of the irrigated Arcadia parcels with wide streets are not found many places in Phoenix. Arcadia is perfect for families as it's minutes from some of the best shopping and dining with schools in the exceptional Scottsdale school district.
Agritopia: Agritopia perches on the city’s southeast corner in the town of Gilbert. Lush tree-lined streets with homes of timeless style surround this historic farm. Modeled after homes built in Phoenix in the 30’s and 40’s, new residents can choose from many home styles: Craftsman, Spanish Revival, or Arizona Ranch, and all houses are available with basements. True to the name, there’s an emphasis here on Arizona’s agriculture heritage in an urban setting that is not only purposeful, but also beautiful.
Anthem: This Del Webb master planned community spans a large, picturesque parcel of land nestled next to the town of New River, Arizona. Anthem was recently named one of Parenting magazine’s “Best Places to Raise a Family”. New construction homes in a variety of architectural styles and modern condos are available in this suburb with plenty of green space. Anthem residents have their own water park with recreation center, as well as numerous bike and walking trails.
Chandler: Chandler is a community on the rise. It's the perfect blend of family-friendly and multicultural thanks to its award-winning school district and thriving downtown area. Situated around a central plaza known as Dr. A.J. Chandler Park, the downtown area today retains much of its historic character despite being in one of the fastest growing regions in the country. Growth has been exponential, but the city has reached its boundaries so new construction (and thus population growth) will taper off considerably. Residents come together throughout the year for a variety of unique and unforgettable events like the Ostrich Festival, the Indian Market, and for holiday events including the Tumbleweed Tree Lighting Ceremony and the Cinco de Mayo Chihuahua Races.
Glendale: Known as “Arizona’s Antique Capital,” Glendale is now the fourth largest city in Arizona nestled in the northwestern Phoenix Metro area. Over the years, Glendale has transitioned to a thriving metropolis and regional economic force, home to professional sports teams and one of the city's best antique-shopping districts. Glendale prides itself on services and amenities that surpass those offered by other Valley cities. With two major sports stadiums, a historic downtown, botanical garden and 1,000 acres of desert preserves, it's easy to see why. Old Town Glendale is home to the Caitlin Court Shopping District, featuring dozens of specialty shops, cafes, restaurants, and antique stores. Glendale is also known for its affordable housing and offers diverse living options for all.
North Tempe: One of the most diverse and highly educated populations in the state call this part of Tempe home. Maple-Ash, a historic Tempe neighborhood next to the University, is funky and fun with older houses on large, irrigated lots. Maple-Ash has the most varied architecture in the area; homes were built between 1900 and 1950 and range from farm cottagse to ranch houses. More manageable, is University Park east of Mill where the homes are a little newer and the lots are larger. Several new condominium complexes and luxury lofts have gone up on Mill Avenue, ASU’s main commercial thoroughfare. While Arizona State University is by far its largest employer, many tech companies like Go Daddy, Motorola, Insight and Google call Tempe home.
North Central Phoenix: A great established stretch of land along Central Avenue from Camelback Road past Glendale Avenue is considered prime real estate. The area is known for its great ranch homes, historic charm and friendly neighborhoods. The city's highly regarded Catholic high schools, Brophy and Xavier, are here, and the public schools are in the strongly ranked Phoenix school district. Windsor Square and “The Sevens” have always been in high demand with their quick 10 minute downtown commute and Murphy’s Bridal path, a historic pathway that was originally used for those with horses in the late 1800’s. Now referred to as “The Bridal Path,” it is used for recreation and exercise remaining one of the main reasons people love living in north central Phoenix.
Verrado: Verrado is a family friendly master planned community with homes in a variety of architectural styles that all feature porches and access to over 66 parks. Since Verrado is beautifully tucked into the White Tank Mountains, it’s only natural that extensive trails are part of the community with over 21 miles of walking, hiking, and biking paths and trails. Verrado also boasts a downtown district with plenty of retail and dining options give residents a great urban walkup that helped coin the local phrase, “meet you on Main.”
Paradise Valley: This scenic suburb is surrounded by natural beauty with views of Mummy Mountain and Camelback Mountain, Piestewa Peak in the west, also makes Paradise Valley the perfect place to enjoy the outdoors. Future residents can choose from southwest style single-family homes and modern condos set in the area’s natural beauty. Residents of Paradise Valley have access to plenty of amenities and the unique structure of volunteers that lead a limited, yet responsive, government. The Mayor, Council, Municipal Court Judges and other appointed members and committees receive no compensation for their service.
Robson Historic District in Mesa: Listed on the National Register of Historical Places, The Robson Historic District is significant for its association with the development of a cohesive neighborhood of middle and upper class families in Mesa prior to 1950. Most of the homes in this Mesa enclave were built in the late 1920s and early 1930s, the architectural peak of the ever-popular bungalow. Robson also offers an eclectic blend of homes that are often more affordable than those in Downtown Phoenix’s historic districts. Residents that cherish its historic charm enjoy the convenience of its location with modern amenities