Getting to Know the Valley of the Sun: Making a Move to Phoenix

by Ben SanfordDecember 25, 2017

Is It Too Hot to Handle? Check Out the Best Places to Live in Phoenix

Phoenix, Arizona isn’t only for those who have a serious love for the desert. Sure, you should probably enjoy hot weather if you’re planning on making a move, because during the summer, you’re going to see a lot of triple-digit temperatures on your thermometer. But aside from that, there is actually tons of fascinating city life happening all around.

These are some of our favorite perks in the best neighborhoods to live in Phoenix. If you’re already sold on the Valley of the Sun, start looking for homes today.
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Scottsdale

Scottsdale is hailed as “The West’s Most Western Town,” and as you might expect, the historic district, Old Town Scottsdale, is modeled after an old-timey western town. With horse-drawn carriages, turquoise jewelry shops, Mexican import shops, and lots of cowboy statues you can take a picture with, this historic city gives you the classic western feeling.

If the Old West isn’t really your scene, that’s okay because Scottsdale also has one of the fastest growing nightlife scenes in the state. Blocks away from the historic district, you’ll find bustling nightclubs and ultra-chic bars aplenty.

Living in Scottsdale, you’ll never be bored. With great restaurants and tons of luxurious shopping (here’s to you, Fashion Square Mall!), Scottsdale is a great choice. But don’t be surprised if your neighbor regularly wears cowboy boots and hats.

Central Phoenix

If living in a cool, walkable neighborhood is your priority, check out the Central Phoenix area. There are light rail stops, miles of lit bike paths, and everything you need within a walkable distance. This cultural neighborhood boasts the Phoenix Art Museum and the Heard Museum. If you love coffee, this may be the perfect area for you—check out Lola Coffee or Press Coffee for an awesome cup of locally roasted coffee.

There are houses in every style here, so you are bound to find something you’ll enjoy. The central area spans a few zip codes, so it may be best to scan the Phoenix area generally.
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Gilbert/Agritopia

Agritopia is a subsection of Gilbert, and either area is a great place to live for those who love being outdoors. With lots of golf courses and of course, a focus on agriculture, there’s never a shortage of things to do there. For starters, the very popular Joe’s Farm Grill serves up food locally grown from the 12-acre Farm at Agritopia. You can go for lunch or to buy your produce for the week, and Arizona’s incredible climate means the growing season lasts for months.

The homes in Gilbert are often in the Southwestern style, but there is a various range, and something for everyone.

Paradise Valley

If you love desert landscape, you can bask in the natural beauty of Paradise Valley. Located near Echo Canyon Park and other popular hiking trails, you can take advantage of nearly year-round hiking weather. Paradise Valley received a grade of “Very Livable” from areavibes.com, which cites: lots of local amenities, sunny weather, high income per capita, and a stable housing market. Paradise Valley is really an oasis in the desert. Start looking for your home in Paradise Valley today.
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Phoenix Is More Than Just a Desert

If you’re looking for nearly year-round t-shirt weather and an excellent variety of golf courses to choose from, then Phoenix may be the place for you. The coffee scene is bustling, and hip restaurants are opening every month. Homes.com can help you find your dream home today.

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About The Author
Ben Sanford
Ben is a real estate agent and freelance writer. He's lived on the east coast his entire life and is just as "at home" on a snowboard as he is in the office. When not writing about local real estate markets and researching hot new tips for homeowners, he can be found working on his home renovation projects with help from his wife Melissa and their kids, Josh and Cheyenne.

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