Mesa, the third largest city in Arizona and one of the most scenic metropolitan areas located in a desert, is situated in the southwestern region of the state. You won’t find too many of the typical high-rise condominiums in Mesa, but what you will find are single-story, expansive dwellings with flat or gently sloped roofs. Condos in Mesa are characterized by the Spanish architectural influence on the area, from their white or adobe-colored walls to their palm tree flanked exteriors.
Very broadly, Mesa is divided into two main sections, East Mesa and West Mesa. Center Street, Mesa Drive, and Country Club Drive are the primary dividing boundaries of the city. Within both parts of the city, Mesa is known for the diversity in its housing market, often displaying affluent, custom-designed homes not far from more basic, modest structures. Homes in West Mesa will have easy access to major retail areas such as Fiesta Mall and Mesa Riverview, while those in East Mesa will be located nearby Superstition Springs Business Park. One neighborhood, Marlborough Mesa, is well-known for being an award-winning and highly desirable community to live in. Because Mesa is not as dense as many large cities and is somewhat spread out over its land area, its residences enjoy room to breathe, no matter what neighborhood they are located in.
The main cornerstones of the employment economy in Mesa are healthcare and medical sciences, government, education, retail and commerce, tourism and leisure, professional and business services, industry, and food services. The Banner Health System alone employs nearly 10,000 local residents, while the Mesa Public Schools have a workforce of around 9,000. Boeing, which has a facility in Mesa, employs nearly 5,000 residents, while the City of Mesa employs nearly 4,000 people. Other major employers include the Maricopa County Government, Walmart, Mesa Community College, Fry’s Food and Drug, Gilbert Public Schools, and Aviall Inc.