Top 10 Best Neighborhoods in Phoenix
Searching for somewhere that you can enjoy the sunny outdoors year round? Look no further than the warm and wonderful city that has earned the nickname of Arizona’s Urban Heart. If you’re thinking about moving to Phoenix, check out these ten neighborhoods that offer some of the greatest views, amenities, and real estate in the city!
If the name alone doesn’t convince you to move here, the views of the lush Sonoran vistas that have long been the inspiration for Western art just might. You’ll feel like you’re living in an art piece, because the residents and home builders in this neighborhood embrace the desert that surrounds them by incorporating cacti and other flora into their landscaping. The nearby business district is a major draw for tourists shopping the locally owned stores, and several famous Southwestern artists, including Bob Parks and Daphne Keskinis, have art galleries in the area. Each November, over 150 artists come together at the Carefree Fine Art and Wine Festival to compete for awards and enjoy the drinks and atmosphere.
Another popular neighborhood for Phoenix’s artists is South Scottsdale. A weekly Art Walk is held in downtown Scottsdale each Thursday night, allowing visitors and residents to mingle with other art enthusiasts as they take in the local galleries. The South Scottsdale Art Alliance, with its annual studio tour, also attracts artists and art lovers alike. There are tons of available rentals, but some condos are still going for over $100,000 in this hip locale.
If you’re looking for a more quaint, low-key neighborhood, look for further. Hidden between Third and Seventh Avenue near Indian School Road, and consisting of just three streets, Yaple Park makes up for its small size with its abundance of historic homes, built primarily between the 1930’s and 1940’s. The nearby Grand Canal offers plenty of walking and biking paths, and Steele Indian School Park has lots of room for the kiddos to run.
University Park Historic District in Tempe
Another great neighborhood for finding historic homes is University Park Historic District, located in Tempe. The City Council recently approved a grant that is leading to a mass tree planting, to help shade this architecturally distinctive neighborhood that runs from Apache Boulevard to McAllister Avenue to Mill Avenue. Until those grow in, you can cool off at Rula Bula, an Irish pub, or take a breather at the Harkins Valley Art Theater.
If shopping is your thing, Biltmore may just be your dream neighborhood. The area offers a variety of retailers, from high-end stores like Sak’s and Cartier anchoring the Biltmore Fashion Park, to the massive, 18,000-square-foot Antique Gatherings showroom. Another nearby outdoor mall, Town and Country, offers even more variety, including several stylish second hand stores.
If you’re an outdoor enthusiast with a flexible budget, Arrowhead Ranch may be just the ticket. Residents enjoy private boating privileges on several man-made lakes in the area, as well as access to the Thunderbird Conservation Park in their own backyard. The homes are large and brand new, and they even have some star appeal; Arrowhead Ranch is home to American Idol star Jordin Sparks!
Sun City Grand
Searching for a retirement escape? Sun City Grand is a popular retirement community that is perfect for active, outdoor living retirees. With four 18-hole golf courses and a community center that offers tennis courts, bowling alleys, swimming pools, and a fitness club, the neighborhood offers everything you could ask without the need to drive far and wide to get it. There’s even a nearby water park, Surprise Aquatic Center, that has two water slides and a vortex whirlpool. Take a break from your fun in the sun with a visit to Amuse Bouche, where super beignets and eggs Benedict make the perfect breakfast or brunch treat, or Vogue Bistro, a chic lunch and dinner option.
Moon Valley’s Lookout Mountain
For more outdoor fun catered to younger families, check out the gated communities of Moon Valley’s Lookout Mountain. Located on three mountain nature preserves, the homes in this area are located near the horseback riding and hiking trails of Lookout Mountain Preserve. Just down the road is the Lookout Mountain Golf Club, where you can hit par while soaking in the stunning views.
It’s hard to believe that the small-town vibe exists anywhere in the Phoenix area, but in Sunnyslope its alive and well. Located just seven miles north of downtown Phoenix, the quaint neighborhood is situated in the North Mountain range foothills. With small shops and restaurants, and the Sunnyslope Historical Society Museum located downtown, its the perfect place to mingle with neighbors who you’ll quickly be on a first name basis with.
Recently named one of Parenting Magazine’s “Best Places to Raise a Family,” Anthem and its Del Webb development offer a variety of activities and amenities perfect for young families. Some of the best schools in the area are located within the Anthem boundaries, as is the popular Outlets at Anthem, which offer a variety of family-friendly shops. There’s even a water park and recreation center, and a variety of walking and biking trails perfect for enjoying that Arizona sunshine.