Located at the foothills of South Mountain, Ahwatukee is an affluent neighborhood that is geographically separated from downtown Phoenix by the mountain range; Ahwatukee is often thought to be its own city but is actually a suburb of Phoenix. Due to its spectacular views, high performing schools and location to downtown Phoenix it is one of the fastest growing suburbs in the metropolitan area. The population of Ahwatukee numbers more than 70,000 within its 35.8 square mile borders. The majority of Ahwatukee residents are, college educated and range between the ages of 27-53 earning an average income of more than $60,000 annually.
Imagine lush green lawns, large vibrant citrus trees, and the sweet smell of orange blossoms, and you will be transported to the neighborhood of Arcadia. The neighborhood sits on the city line between Phoenix and Scottsdale, and is a short drive from the upscale shopping and fine dining in Scottsdale while being close to the attractions of Downtown Phoenix. The neighborhood of Arcadia was built in the 1950s and 1960s on large lots developed from a former orange grove with its own irrigation system. Rows of citrus trees line the blocks of quaint yet diverse homes. It is not uncommon to see the architectural styling’s of a Classic Victorian home next to an Adobe style home. The desirable schools, safe neighborhoods, and location to amenities put a high price tag on an Arcadian home, starting in the low $400,000 range and easily going into the millions.
Biltmore Estates equates to exquisite beauty, luxury, and upscale living. The Biltmore area offers some of the best in fine dining, fashion and luxury resorts. The Biltmore fashion park offers high end brand name shopping and fine dining. Imagine buying a Biltmore home that backs up to the fairways of the Biltmore Golf Course, and enjoying 9 holes of golf in your own backyard. Homes in the Biltmore area can range from the high $500,000’s well into the millions.
Downtown Phoenix runs the gamut of living options and life styles, lofts, studios, condos, apartments, or single family homes. Living in downtown Phoenix means living in the center of it all, within walking distance to museums, theatres, shopping, and dining. The US Airways arena, home to the Phoenix Suns, is a leisurely stroll away and offers an array of entertainment options, or one can enjoy a concert or a Diamondbacks game at Chase field. Downtown Phoenix offers amenities and culture to its urban dwellers.
The Encanto-Palmcroft district, dates back to the 1920s and is characterized by beautiful architecture, grassy lawns and lush green trees. Encanto Park consists of 200 acres of outdoor entertainment and is a welcome emerald patch of green in this desert town. Encanto-Palmcroft area is one of the first Suburban areas that developed around downtown Phoenix and has the benefit of offering a suburban lifestyle within a close vicinity to the downtown amenities.
The cities around Phoenix have seen explosive growth, some of these include:
Chandler is just one of the many cities that make up the 517 square mile metropolitan area surrounding Phoenix. While it may be one of many it stands apart as a gem in the desert. Chandler is home to five championship golf courses including Arizona’s first Golf resort. The lush fairways offer such spectacular views that, if you’re not careful, may throw off your game. Chandler also has 15 major league teams that make the valley of the sun home for their spring training season which is known as the Cactus League. Chandler has something for everyone in the family with numerous parks, family fun centers, shops and restaurants.
Nestled in the hills east of Scottsdale, Fountain hills embraces the desert environment with many of the homes and building blending in to the hills that surround them. At the city center you will find a large manmade lake that is home to the fountain that gives the town is name. The fountain of Fountain Hills, shoots a jet of snow white water 560 feet into the air every hour on the hour for 15 minutes between 9:00 am in the morning and 9:00 pm at night, a spectacular site to see and only one of the many amenities to be found in Fountain Hills.
Located roughly 10 miles from downtown Phoenix, the city of Glendale has been experiencing explosive growth. Glendale is home to the Jobing.com arena and the University of Phoenix Stadium hosting the Arizona Cardinals and Coyotes games. The sports and entertainment district surrounding the stadium and arena offer Glendale residents fine dining, shopping, and a provocative nightlife. Glendale has been billed time and time again as “Arizona’s Antique Capitol” and it does not disappoint, downtown Glendale is dotted with numerous antique shops and hosts several festival each year, such as Glendale Glitters, the Christmas light festival.
Mesa is roughly 20 miles east of downtown Phoenix and is listed as Arizona’s third largest city just behind Phoenix and Tucson. Mesa is home to over 400,000 people as of the 2010 census with the median income of over $45,000 per year. Numerous higher education facilities claim Mesa as their home, including Mesa Community College and the Polytechnic campus of Arizona State University. Mesa is also home to the Mesa Gateway Airport one of the two major airports in the Phoenix Metro area. Mesa offers multiple cultural attractions including Hohokam Park and the Mesa Arts center.
Paradise Valley is home to 8 resorts, including the four diamonds Doubletree Resort and is the Crème de la Crème of luxury vacation spots. Paradise Valley is north east of Glendale and Phoenix and overlaps is some areas with Scottsdale and is home to some of the most desirable real estate in Maricopa County only being beat out by Scottsdale. Paradise Valley is named for the scenic valley that spreads out north of the Phoenix Mountains and east of the McDowell Mountains.
The City of Tempe is land locked on all sides with Phoenix to the west, Chandler to the south, Scottsdale to the north, and Mesa to the east. Tempe is only 40.19 square miles, but is home to over 100,000 people and is the 7th largest city in the Phoenix metro area as of the 2010 census. Tempe is every bit a college town being home to the main campus of Arizona State University. During the fall and spring semesters the population of ASU alone can number over 70,000.
Scottsdale has been dubbed “the Beverly Hills of the desert” and lives up to that reputation by being the crème de la crème of luxury living. Scottsdale is home to luxury golf resorts, high end brand names and some of the finest dining in Arizona. Scottsdale has a reputation for luxury automobiles being host to multiple auto shows and auctions, one of which is the Barrette Jackson auto auction where it is not uncommon to see custom cars being auctioned off for hundreds of thousands of dollars. Keeping to horse power, Scottsdale, living up to its reputation of being a true western town, also hosts a number of horse shows including the annual Arabian horse show in February of every year.
There are a number of outlying cities that surround Phoenix some of which include Surprise, Sun City, Good Year, Avondale, Apache Junction, Camp Verde, and Casa Grande. All of which have their own unique identities and amenities. All of the cities share the same beautiful climate with over 300 days of sunshine and an average temperature of 85 degrees.