The Best Neighborhoods in Phoenix Area [Top 10 List]
If you are looking for the inside scoop on the best neighborhoods in the Phoenix area, you’re in luck. There’s a colorful variety of communities and homes for even the pickiest homebuyer, and the first-time homebuyer tax credit could even help you secure a home in one of these areas. Check out the top ten neighborhoods below that match your style, preferred location, and price range—or just go for a visit to see for yourself.
Top 10 Best Neighborhoods in Phoenix, AZ
Right smack dab between Phoenix and Scottsdale, Arcadia is one of the most desirable places to live in Phoenix. It’s known for its beautiful tree-lined streets (as it used to be an orange orchard), amazing mountain views, and convenient walkability to some of the best restaurants and shopping in the area. Scottsdale Fashion Square and Biltmore Fashion Park are only a few minutes drive away. Enjoy a hike at Echo Canyon, munch on bruschetta boards at Postino Wine Café, or relax at Arizona Biltmore Resort and Spa. Arcadia is considered one of the best neighborhoods in Phoenix because it's beautifully green and lush, and offers some of the valley’s priciest residences (in the several millions range).
A little too much for your budget? You could always check out Arcadia Lite (just to the west) that has more mid-range priced ranch-style homes and still has excellent food and shopping options close by.
2. Downtown Scottsdale
Young professionals enjoy the convenience of living within walking distance to shopping, sports, coffee shops, bars, fine dining, and a bustling nightlife in downtown Scottsdale. The redeveloped downtown area is recognized as among the top 10 international locations for art and is home to the award-winning Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary art. Old Town Scottsdale’s rows of specialty stores encourage walking and enjoying what the community has to offer. Upscale like Arcadia, housing options include trendy lofts and luxury high-rise condos along the waterfront.
3. Arrowhead Lakes
Arrowhead Lakes, located in Glendale, Arizona, is one of the best neighborhoods in Phoenix with 1,000+ homes and over 130 acres of lakes for residents to enjoy. Homeowners in Arrowhead Lakes enjoy a variety of outdoor activities including hiking, fishing, golfing, and boating—right in their backyard. 70% of homes are on a waterfront! There are multiple parks close by as well as Arrowhead Country Club. It’s adjacent to the 101 freeway, which makes it a convenient commute to other locations in the valley. In addition, it is conveniently located close to the Arrowhead Towne Center (shopping mall) and The University of Phoenix Stadium. There are options for most budgets within Arrowhead Lakes, with some homes under $250K and others creeping up to over $600K, depending on amenities and size. This is one of thee best
4. Dynamite Mountain Ranch
This popular neighborhood, a premier community in North Phoenix with over 1045 homes, is conveniently located close to the I-17. One of the best neighborhoods in Phoenix, located north of Jomax along Norterra Parkway, Dynamite Mountain Ranch community offers a variety of amenities for residents to enjoy including an extensive trail system, parks, playgrounds, and basketball courts. It’s also close to the Phoenix Sonoran Desert Preserve. Shopping and entertainment are also not far away, including the Shops at Norterra and Happy Valley Town Centre. Dynamite Mountain Ranch is governed by an HOA and homes range from the $200Ks to the $600Ks, on average.
Peoria is expanding to create a residential area with several desirable amenities. Peoria is building libraries, parks, entertainment options, local shopping, and a variety of residential neighborhoods to encourage families and others to take advantage of the great location. A great example is Vistancia, a large master-planned community with different neighborhoods [The Village – for families, Trilogy – for active adults, Blackstone – for the golf fanatic, and others.] Public parks, restaurants, and a nearby spa add to the sparkle of this up-and-coming neighborhood, while home prices settle in at a comfortable 14% less than the national average.
Located a bit out of the way from downtown Phoenix is the newly popular home-buyer destination of Surprise, AZ. It’s the perfect place for those who enjoy family time, working close to home, and a variety of recreational opportunities. Surrounded by mountain parks, a gorgeous lake and the Sonoran Desert, Surprise offers residents a great active lifestyle opportunity somewhat away from the big city. The other nice thing about Surprise – you can buy more ‘house’ for your money out here, since it’s farther away from central Phoenix. But if you do need to drive into the city, the 303 loop freeway and Rt 60 connecting to the I-10 and 101 loop make it a breeze. Although home costs in Surprise are up nearly 7% from last year, the average home sale price sits at a reasonable $277K.
From patio homes and condos to gated communities with a golf course, Anthem is the largest housing development in North Phoenix. Most of the homes have been built within the past twenty years, so you’d have to worry less about home repairs and upgrades than if you bought an older home. Anthem offers Arizona residents a master-planned community with a variety of options for homeowners. Anthem boasts over 10,000 homes within six distinct neighborhoods that all display their own unique style and personality. This close-knit community is located just off the I-17, making it a convenient drive into the city when needed. Anthem folks love their town and loyally support local businesses. It’s a unique suburb of Phoenix that some fall in love with and never leave! Drive up there one day to find out more.
8. North Scottsdale
North Scottsdale offers a great family-oriented community with plenty of housing and job options close by. North Scottsdale is currently experiencing housing and commercial growth in the area due to the Scottsdale Airpark, a large employment center employing over 55,000 people. Continued growth in the area is expected, making it a great place to live and work, with plenty of entertainment options. McCormick-Stillman Railroad park is a favorite, as well as Butterfly Wonderland, the largest butterfly pavilion in the nation.
Phoenix neighborhoods (known colloquially as Phoenix proper) offer a wide variety of options for those who don’t want to commit to a specific HOA or be too far out of the city. There are a variety of residential communities to choose from, each with its own style of architecture and amenities. Encompassing 47 zip codes and a population of 1.6 million, you can see that many find what they’re looking for in Phoenix. Plenty of parks and hiking options, close access to most freeways, gated communities as well as independent neighborhoods make up this thriving urban environment. The most flexible and widely varying price range of homes is probably found within Phoenix as well. You could buy a home for $175,000 in the west valley or find homes in the millions of dollars range closer to downtown. Zillow.com describes the current Phoenix, AZ market as “Very Hot.” There truly is something for most everyone in any price range.
Located in the Northwest Phoenix Metro area, Glendale, AZ is an up-and-coming neighborhood with a charming downtown shopping district that’s great for strolling in nice weather. Beautiful, historic homes have been converted into a thriving community with cafes and restaurants, specialty shops, and vintage antique stores. Glendale is the fourth largest city in Arizona and offers a variety of housing options.
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This article is intended to be a general resource only and is not intended to be nor does it constitute legal advice. Any recommendations are based on opinion only.
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