Phoenix Real Estate
Hot summers and snug winters are easy to come by in the Valley of the Sun. The largest city in the state of Arizona, Phoenix, is the most populous state capital and sixth most populous city nationwide. With its spacious layout and beautiful landscape and greenery throughout the metro area, Phoenix is one of the largest cities in the United States based on land area. Forbes.com even named Phoenix in their Top Five Cities for Relocation in 2009.
Located in the Sonoran Desert, this brilliant, desert city allows for year-round sunshine and warmth. Phoenix is in the middle of the action, bordered by Tempe, Scottsdale, Chandler, and the Gila River Reservation. Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport is just outside of downtown and is easily accessible from all reaches of the city. Highways in and around Phoenix include I-10, Loop 101, Loop 202, I-17, and AZ-51, and within the Phoenix metro area are two magnificent communities; Paradise Valley and Ahwatukee. Postsecondary education in the city includes Arizona State University’s (ASU) Downtown Phoenix Campus, which is also close to the main Tempe Campus, as well as the Christian-affiliated Grand Canyon University and the nation’s largest for-profit college, the University of Phoenix. With buses and trains running through the city, almost any commute is painless and wallet-friendly.
With companies like Infusionsoft calling Phoenix their home, it is safe to say that tech work is on the rise. Apple has a manufacturing plant in the metro area, making Phoenix a great place to live with an easy commute to work. Additionally, Chase Bank and Wells Fargo both have high-rise office buildings in downtown Phoenix.
There are multiple public school districts that service Phoenix, including, but not limited to Tempe Union High School District and the Phoenix Union High School District. Some public charter schools and private Christian schools like Brophy College Preparatory for boys and Xavier College Preparatory for girls are in Phoenix and open for application for students around the valley. Multiple art schools can be found in the city also. Most schools have youth athletics programs, and clubs hold tryouts for advanced youth sports. Summer camps and day care centers are also available throughout the city.
As an active big city, there is always an activity going on in or around Phoenix. There are live music performances in restaurants, bars, and, for the big names, Chase Field. Athletic events include MLS soccer games with Arizona United SC, NBA games with the Phoenix Suns or WNBA games with the Phoenix Mercury, MLB games with the Arizona Diamondbacks, NHL events with the Arizona Coyotes, or an NFL football game with the Arizona Cardinals at the University of Phoenix Stadium, which is also known to host concerts from time to time, as well as the annual Fiesta Bowl for college football teams from around the nation. Castles ‘n’ Coasters amusement park has a great variety of rides including bumper cars and water rides and is a short ride to downtown. The Arizona State Fair also pops up every year for family fun with great food, exciting rides, and endless activities. There is a glorious amount of shopping in Phoenix from high- end brands to international chains to one-of-a-kind boutiques. Some local restaurants serve authentic Mexican food or New York-style Italian, with additional chains throughout the town. Many often forget about the wildlife around us, but there are multiple natural hiking trails and parks around Phoenix for a touch of nature.
Many homes in Phoenix are southwestern-style with desert landscaping, but some communities feature luxury and custom homes with any style you want—from colonial to modern, or Spanish-style to adobes. Biltmore and Arcadia are just a couple of communities with the most luxurious homes in the valley. Both include gated neighborhoods, some of which have private Golf Clubs and courses. The historic Wrigley Mansion is a designated Phoenix Point of Pride that is located in Phoenix near the Biltmore Hotel and its local shopping center. Arcadia, once occupied by citrus farmers, is an award-winning neighborhood, and has been since 1993, with some of the most beautiful, multi-million dollar homes in the valley. Downtown, you might even find a high rise apartment flat or a condo with a unique view of the metro area.
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