Home to Arizona State University and sunny weather with less than 10 inches of annual rainfall, Tempe, Arizona attracts a steady stream of both short- and long-term residents. Gorgeous new construction, affordable condos, townhomes, and spacious homes with land and horse privileges can all be found here. This is a market where you will find patios and swimming pools even in lower price ranges. Attractive low-water, native gardening is common.
Labeled a "millennial magnet," the city has become more popular with young workers than other national hotspots such as Minneapolis, Austin and Denver. It rates number one when pitted against other Arizona cites when it comes to walking and biking. Charming neighborhoods, such as Maple-Ash, are admired for lush landscaping, area pubs and public art. Light rail runs through Tempe, connecting it to both downtown Phoenix and Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport. Downtown’s Mill Avenue has been called one of Arizona’s best places for strolling and window shopping. At Tempe Town Lake, you can rent a kayak, stand-up paddle board or pedal boat and enjoy views of the city that you won’t get anywhere else.
Music venues book local, national and international acts year-round. Outdoor concert venues are particularly popular, such as Hayden Flour Mill and Tempe Beach Park. The city is home to some of its own big music events, such as the 4-day Summer Ends Music Festival in September and the Pot of Gold Music Festival in March. The annual Fantasy of Lights and the Tempe Festival of the Arts draw visitors from far reaches. As for the rest of the year, happenings include art exhibits, comedy shows, baseball and football. The largest employers are in higher education, with some 15,000 people working for the university and community college systems. Positions are also strong in high tech, manufacturing, financial services and tourism. With its low business and property taxes and modest workers’ compensation costs, Arizona also draws many entrepreneurs. Dining never bores with top-rated Indian, Italian and Middle Eastern restaurants. Gourmet breakfasts, noodle bowls and steakhouses are also plentiful. Microbreweries abound in the Phoenix area, several of which call Tempe their home. Schools include a Montessori program for kids between the ages of two and six, complete with full Chinese immersion. Other top-rated schools include Kyrene del Cielo, Tempe Preparatory Academy and C.I. Waggoner. These are just a few things that make Tempe a great place to live. Check out our listings to see what properties are available today.