5 Reasons Phoenix AZ is a Great Place to

5 Reasons Phoenix AZ is a Great Place to Live In 

With more than 1.6 million residents, Phoenix is not only Arizona's largest city, it's also the fifth-largest city in the country. In all, the Phoenix metropolitan area has nearly 5 million people, and a thriving, diverse economy.

The Salt River Valley, known by locals as the Valley of the Sun, has been occupied for thousands of years; in fact, the modern city was built around the irrigation canals dug by the ancient Hohokam. While today, the Valley is a hub of commerce and high-tech industry, for centuries, residents relied on farming.

The current incarnation of Phoenix began in 1867, when Jack Swilling, a prospector from Wickenburg, noticed the old, Hohokam irrigation canals. Swilling formed the Swilling Irrigation and Canal Company, to re-dig the canals, and begin farming the valley once again.

More people migrated from Wickenburg, including an eccentric Englishman named “Lord” Darrell Duppa, and George Henry Luhrs, a wagon maker from Germany. Duppa is credited with naming the settlement after the mythical Phoenix bird since the burgeoning town rose from the ashes of the ancient Hohokam settlement. You can still see Lord Duppa's adobe house at 115 W. Sherman Street, in downtown Phoenix. Early on, Luhrs invested in Phoenix AZ real estate, eventually becoming one of the wealthiest men in the valley. You can still visit the iconic, art-deco Luhrs Tower on the southeast corner of Jefferson Street and First Avenue.

Since its founding in 1868, Phoenix hit the ground running, growing by leaps and bounds over the next 150 years. The post-WW II years saw high-tech industries moving to the Valley. Air conditioning spurred growth during the 1950s. And, the “snowbird” phenomenon began in earnest, as retirees from colder regions moved here.

 

If you want to know what Phoenix has to offer you today, keep reading.

But, It's a Dry Heat

It's true, the low humidity in the Valley makes the intense, summer heat much more bearable. With 300 days of sunshine and 6-months of nearly perfect weather, the Phoenix area is a top choice for people to retire. Moreover, air conditioning makes the summer months comfortable.

People who live in the Valley simply shift outdoor activities, such as yard work and walking the dog, to the early morning or evening hours during the summer. Also, once the sun sets, Phoenicians come out to have fun with summertime backyard parties.

While May through September is hot, the rest of the year sees perfect daytime temperatures; the average daytime temperature in January and February is a mild 65 degrees.

Cooler temperatures are also just an hour and a half north; Phoenicians who want to escape the heat, or play in the snow, can spend the weekend in towns like Flagstaff, Payson, and Prescott.

With its central location in the state, Phoenicians are never far from Arizona's varied landscape and temperatures, ranging from the desert to pine forests. While the legendary Phoenix summers are hot, it's not as bad as you think.

 

Phoenix is Close to Adventure

If you feel like escaping the Valley over the weekend, there are plenty of places to go around Phoenix. For example, there are six beautiful lakes around the edges of the valley. Lake Pleasant, Saguaro Lake, Canyon Lake, Apache Lake, and Bartlett Lake are all within 50 miles of Phoenix. The lakes have long been a place for Phoenicians to cool off during the summer, go fish, and enjoy boating.

Less than 100 miles to the north, you'll find yourself in the dense, cool ponderosa pine forests of Flagstaff, Payson, and Prescott. Weekend camping trips under the pines have long been a favorite thing for Phoenicians to do. Also, owning a summer home in Pine, Payson, or Strawberry is something to consider if you can afford it.

Of course, during the winter, the stunning, Sonoran desert around Phoenix is the perfect place to be. Phoenix is surrounded by regional parks, that preserve the environmental integrity and beauty of the desert. South Mountain Park is the largest municipal park in the country, spanning 16,283-acres. It's just a short drive to South Mountain, where you can hike the trails for a birdseye view of the valley below.

Other desert parks in the surrounding mountains are the White Tanks, Vulture Mountain, Usury Mountain, McDowell Mountain, Estrella Mountain, and the San Tans. These regional parks offer valley residents hundreds of thousands of pristine acres to hike, bike and enjoy.

 

The Valley of the Sun is Diverse

If you like a multi-cultural environment, you'll like living in Phoenix. Phoenix scores 92 out of 100 for diversity, which is very high.

While the Hohokam are long gone, Native Americans maintain a strong presence in the valley. The Yavapai and O'odham maintain communities around the valley, and the Heard Museum is a world-class museum of Native American art and culture. The Heard hosts events such as The annual Indian Fair and Market in March. The fair features more than 600 Native American artists, where visitors can purchase the finest Native American jewelry, pottery, and basketry in the country. The museum also hosts the world championship Hoop Dance Contest, where visitors can see this fascinating, unusual dance in person.

Less than 200 miles from the Mexican border, the Valley of the Sun also has a longstanding relationship with Mexican culture. Much of the architecture has a Spanish influence, as does the local arts community. If you love Mexican food, Phoenix has some of the best in the entire country. From hearty Sonoran enchiladas in the winter to cool ceviche in the summer, Mexican cuisine is second nature to Phoenicians.

When it comes to food, music, and diversity of culture, you'll find it in Phoenix.

 

The Job Market is Good in Phoenix

Phoenix has lower than average unemployment rates, and a diverse economy. Good-paying, high-tech jobs are available, as are jobs in education, construction, healthcare, hospitality, retail, and the financial industry. No matter your education or skills, there are good jobs available in Phoenix. 

Surprisingly, motion picture and music industry jobs are expected to grow at an accelerated rate of 39.8% faster than any other industry in the Arizona economy.

 

Phoenix AZ Real Estate is Diverse

From quaint, craftsman-style cottages close to downtown, to million-dollar mansions on Camelback Mountain, Phoenix real estate is diverse. You can find reasonably priced condos and single-family homes to move into, fix and flip, or purchase as rentals. 

No matter where you live in Phoenix, you'll never be far from both a vibrant, city life and pristine nature. Arizona is an amazing state, and Phoenix is at the center of the action.

 

5 Reasons Phoenix AZ is a Great Place to

$689,972
3 Beds 2 Baths 6417348 MLS Foothills Parcel 01b Lot 1-107 Tr A-N SubDv. ACTIVE Status
Enjoying the Ahwatukee lifestyle is easy in this fabulous home located in the peaceful neighborhood of the Foothills. E/W exposure, single-story, 1812 SF 3BD, 2BA w open floor plan + 2car climate-controlled garage. Beautiful curb appeal enhanced by the presence of a mature Mesquite tree & low maintenance, minimalistic desert landscaping. Sellers relocating. Priced to sell. Move-in-ready condition & boasts pride of ownership. Remodeled home. Travertine floors & vast space w high ceilings. Formal living/dining rms w luxury plank laminate flooring & 5'' baseboards. The wall has been opened to provide seamless access to the kitchen allowing the flow of movement from the formal sitting space to the elegantly designed kitchen. White plantation shutters upgraded - 2019. Click MORE/ added details This home is in move-in-ready condition and boasts pride of ownership. Sellers are relocating and this home is priced to sell. The home has a stereo surround system that will play throughout the inside and outside and the Living Room picture frame TV which will convey with the home. In 2019 several updates were made including an installation of complementary cabinets over the entertainment shelves near the gas fireplace and a butler bar opposite the kitchen was installed. The butler bar has upper and lower cabinets, and a wine fridge with a wine bottle rack enhances the already gorgeous family room. Granite countertops and a gooseneck faucet are featured in the newly remodeled kitchen. The enormous island can also be used as a breakfast bar. Staggered cabinets provide ample storage space. The laundry room with an archway was completed with the same cabinets as the rest of the home for continuity and it also provides access to the garage. The split floor plan has two bedrooms with plantation shutters and mirrored sliding closet doors. One of the bedrooms offers a horizontal queen murphy bed with a desk maximizing the possibility of a home office will convey with the home. Both rooms share a bathroom that has a tiled tub/shower with a new glass partition and updated vanity. The master bedroom hallway was opened up with a new archway and new flooring, it has a separate exit to the backyard. It also features an ensuite bathroom with a large walk-in shower with a bench, a vanity with dual sinks, and a granite countertop. The toilet room is separate, and so is the large walk-in closet with updated flooring and added shelving on top for added storage. Your will be the envy of the neighbors with the immaculately clean garage with white epoxy floors and black flecks. As you exit your vehicle, stay cool on those hot summer days with the climate controlled garage that has an air conditioned unit as well as is insulated. The clean look of the garage is complete with built-in white cabinets and black trim with countertops for a work area. This home is equipped with a full home filtration system with no salt and is good for 10 years, as well as a tankless hot water heater that is very highly efficient. The backyard is like something out of a dream. Because it backs up to a preserve, it does not have any neighbors. In addition to that, it has a magnificent view of the mountain, which provides you with a picture-perfect background for any get-togethers or parties you throw. ALL exterior furniture, umbrellas etc. are included When you first step outside, you are greeted by a sizable covered patio that also features an additional ramada. The space is made more interesting by the stone pillars. A paved patio has been provided for the spa as well. An above-ground outdoor fire pit complete with built-in seating is available and is guaranteed to be a popular place to hang out and chill. During the day, all you need is an umbrella, and in the evening, while sipping your drink of choice, you may relax and take in the beautiful Arizona night sky. New pool equipment and pool pump are protected from the harsh Arizona sun by a stone wall covering. Enjoy the water feature as you bask in the sparkling pool while soaking in the sun. The outdoor kitchen built into the flagstone patio houses a portable grilling station. The landscape has been completed up to the cliff's edge. A path and steps have been built to further enhance the natural beauty and make it easy to access the walking path. You can get a 360-degree view of the area if you stand on the path towards the top of the fence- talk about gorgeous. In order to provide lighting at night, solar lights were installed throughout the yard. Enjoy the wonders of nature with a fountain on the cliff edge that birds frequently utilize providing endless entertainment. Sellers are willing to sell the furniture in the home on a separate bill of sale. The Ahwatukee Foothills Golf course and Clubhouse is just minutes of an enjoyable walk from this spectacular home. Enjoy a round of golf, an evening of entertainment or brunch at the restaurant. Foothills is located close to shopping and are just minutes from the San Tan Loop 202 freeway. Niche rated many of the schools in the Ahwatukee Foothills 2022 Best Schools in Arizona. It is the perfect home waiting to become yours.

16032 S 23rd Street, Phoenix

Listing courtesy of Hague Partners.

$2,100,000
4 Beds 3.5 Baths 6411998 MLS Sherwood Towne Tract A SubDv. ACTIVE Status
Premium corner lot with pool AND casita/ guest house and 2 car garage in Arcadia! Enjoy views of Camelback Mountain from the gorgeous front yard featuring a seating area centered around the concrete gas firepit, vertical garden and modern fountains. Make a grand entrance through the custom, iron front door. Main house integrates soaring vaulted ceilings, waterfall quartz countertops, designer finishes into a FABULOUS floor plan w grand living & dining spaces. Primary' suite features opulent tiles, glass shower, soaking tub and walk in closet. Outdoor living continues to back yard with the covered patio and sparkling pool. 450 sf detached 1br/1ba w kitchenette invites endless possibilities: office, multi generational living, rental, studio. Garage has EVO+ charging station. Owner/agent This home has been COMPLETELY and carefully remodeled with all the required permits. ALL NEW plumbing, electric, a/c, roof, landscaping, windows, doors, walls, floors, stucco... everything new. Footprint was expanded in all the right places to maximize floorplan and create even better views of the mountain. Garage was added, complete with the EVO+ (Tesla adapter) station. Entire home was spray insulated with foam. The detached guest house (included in total SF) has plenty of room for the parking space to be gated/ enclosed if new owner desires to create separate parking/turf area for it. It is also on a SEPARATE meter, so if used as a rental, the renter can be billed separately. The guest house has a small refrigerator and convection/air fryer (could be permitted for full stove if new owner would like to do that). Corner lot with side parking and beautiful metal gate on rollers keeps the front yard available to enjoy the sunset views of Camelback Mountain with friends and neighbors all year round. Please note that the refrigerator has not arrived yet. Seller is willing to give 4k concession toward refrigerator of choice as an option.

5343 E Pinchot Avenue, Phoenix

Listing courtesy of Tru Realty.

$1,050,000
5 Beds 4 Baths 6421119 MLS Diamond Ridge 2 SubDv. ACTIVE Status
Beautiful home in privately gated prestigious community of Diamond Ridge 2! Amazing preserve lot with over 13,000 square feet to roam. Courtyard fountain w/views of lush private park, Gazebo and CDS across the street. Grand entrance introduces the spiral staircase, formal living & spacious dining that opens w/French doors to backyard patio. Gourmet kitchen with granite counters, custom backsplash & range hood, built in trash/recycle, newer stainless appliances, double ovens, built-in 52'' fridge, custom cabinets with lazy Susan and pull outs. Bi-level island features a veggie sink and low/high counter seating. Adjacent breakfast room w/ bay window seat that opens to charming family room with French doors and lovely fireplace. Travertine floors and newer carpet. Plumbed for wet bar behind the beverage cooler in butler pantry. Downstairs bedroom suite has a private bath w/updated walk-in shower. Convenient den/office space for many activities. Large master retreat features a sitting area and private balcony. Remodeled master bath has travertine, custom cabinets, stone surrounds and newer fixtures. Exquisitely updated backyard features remodeled play pool with lots of travertine stone decking, fire pit, and built-in custom BBQ. Huge backyard with mature landscaping and sizeable grass play area. Other updates include newer HVAC, newer windows, newer roof, plantation shutters, security system.

14230 S 24th Way, Phoenix

Listing courtesy of Keller Williams Realty Sonoran Living.

$599,000
3 Beds 2 Baths 6423724 MLS Hy-View No. 12 Plat C SubDv. ACTIVE Status
No HOA, Very desirable large corner lot with south facing backyard, sparkling diving pool and a artificial turf yard, and 2 RV gates for storing all your toys RV, boats, trailers, cars, ten minute drive to downtown Phoenix or Scottsdale located in northeast PHX. Spacious kitchen with combined dining area, designed for the home maker requiring ample counter space and cabinets to accommodate all of your kitchen storage and numerous small appliances, featuring solid oak cabinetry to last a lifetime, has a walking pantry and a quick grab pantry for food preparation essentials, electric range (with gas option) for both stove and dryer. an oversized 5-ton. VS a/c unit & a gas furnace, Spacious master retreat features a bay window, with an area large enough for a reading area or entertainment system or both, 2 large closets one walk-in, one reach-in, a stylish barn door separates the master bath which features a sleek shower w/Moroccan marble and a separated full-size jetted tub, an additional 6 feet of cabinetry and counter space for your towels and storage requirements. Ceiling fans, crown molding & spacious closets are also a big bonus. Work on your projects at the built-in work bench under the covered side yard. Storage is abundant in the built-in cabinets which include an 8' section perfect for storing luggage/skis/clubs. Store your yard tools in the free-standing shed.

3247 E Corrine Drive, Phoenix

Listing courtesy of Crossroads Brokerage.

$989,000
4 Beds 3.5 Baths 6423699 MLS Blossom Hills 2 SubDv. ACTIVE Status
Beautiful Resort-Style Standard Pacific home with 4 bedrooms, 3.5 baths, a Den and Split Floor plan all on 1/3 acre is now available in the luxury gated community of Blossom Hills. Entry to the home begins with a beautiful stone-paved gated courtyard. Inside, there's an expansive great room with tray ceilings, recessed lighting, a newly installed media wall with surround sound, plantation shutters and ceiling fans throughout the home. The Chef's kitchen includes large oversized slab granite island and countertops, SS appliances, including double ovens, gas cooktop, custom crafted cabinets and a large, walk-in pantry. It also features reverse osmosis and a water softener. In the owner's suite, enjoy a primary bath that feels like a real spa with frameless walk-in shower & separate..MORE... ...soaking tub, double sinks, make-up vanity and large walk-in closet. The split floor plan offers privacy for the additional 3 bedrooms and bonus room. The enviable backyard with majestic mountain views has a large heated pool with baja shelf, a hot tub and a waterfall that can all be managed by remote control. The pool is surrounded by travertine pavers and the built-in volleyball feature provides lots of summertime fun. Imagine relaxing by the pool with a drink in the fully lit gazebo. If you're into gardening, there are raised flower beds for growing vegetables and herbs. This home is fully equipped with front & rear watering system, landscape lighting and secured with both indoor and outdoor wifi security systems. Split 3 car garage eliminates shuffling of cars and provides plenty of overhead storage. The Blossom Hills community has convenient proximity to world-class amenities including both the Raven and Legacy Golf Clubs, The Farm at South Mountain venue and the South Mountain Park & Preserve (with world-class hiking). From this home it's 10 miles to Downtown Phoenix, and less than 7 miles to Sky Harbor Airport.

7814 S 29th Place, Phoenix

Listing courtesy of Russ Lyon Sotheby's International Realty.

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