URBAN VILLAGES & NEIGHBORHOODS
Phoenix organizes its neighborhoods into 14 urban villages—each one with its own planning committee appointed by the city council. Some of these villages have also developed unique and distinctive “neighborhoods” with a close-knit community spirit. Take your time discovering and exploring all that the City of Phoenix has to offer.
The natural beauty of South Mountain, the nation’s largest municipal park, separates Ahwatukee from Phoenix, aligning it geographically with the East Valley cities. Many mistakenly think of Ahwatukee as a separate city, particularly since the village has developed such a distinctive identity and claims a rapidly growing population nearing 90,000. The village showcases attractive residential opportunities for every taste and lifestyle, from custom estates to family homes in beautiful subdivisions.
The centrally located urban village of Alhambra offers a convenient residential environment where residents can easily access downtown employment centers as well as the Valley’s finest entertainment and cultural resources. This area is dominated by mature, stable, single-family homes in well-established neighborhoods.
The diverse village of Camelback East encompasses the bustling Camelback Road and 24th Street corridor. Upscale shopping, business, and entertainment centers like the Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa, the Biltmore Fashion Park, the Ritz-Carlton Phoenix Hotel, and the Esplanade have played a major role in preserving this long established area as one of the most desirable locations in the Valley of the Sun.
This downtown district features dazzling cultural venues, sports arenas, celebrated restaurants, coffeehouses, nightspots, eateries and boutiques. Enthusiastic crowds of residents and visitors mingle throughout the downtown area as they visit world-class museums or attend sports and concert events. The proximity to the light rail, a beautiful downtown campus for Arizona State University, and stunning new lofts and apartments are all contributing to this area as a prestigious address.
The northern urban village of Deer Valley boasts one of the state’s largest and most progressive school districts as well as a vast array of housing options. The housing selection in the Deer Valley area ranges from well-kept older homes to beautiful modern construction that takes full advantage of panoramic desert settings and mountain vistas.
This expansive area features lush Sonoran desert landscape punctuated by the major geological features of Cave Creek Wash, Union Hills, and scenic mountains. The village is already home to more than 25,000 residents who have been attracted by the value of lovely new homes in a pristine setting. Newcomers will discover an extensive system of trails through the washes and along the roadways, creating a recreational network and enhancing the intimacy of a small-town atmosphere.
Part of the Central Avenue corridor within downtown Phoenix actually falls into the Encanto Village, which adds a number of high-rise residential and office buildings to the cityscape. An ArtWalk now connects the Heard Museum, Phoenix Arts Museum, Phoenix Theater, Central Library, and the Cancer Survivors Park. The tree-canopied enclave known as the Encanto-Palmcroft Historic District features grand, vintage homes that wrap around the lush, 200-acre Encanto Park.
This sprawling village is seeing phenomenal residential expansion in areas that were once farm fields or dairies. Beautiful new subdivisions that provide first-rate recreational amenities are springing up, attracting families and retirees to a pristine desert setting that is graced by mountain vistas.
Situated in the southwest Valley, the village represents a unique area within the city limits because of its rural beauty and proud agricultural heritage as well as untapped potential. Strategically located between the Salt River and imposing South Mountain, this area has long been valued by farmers and equestrians or those who appreciate seclusion and easy mountain access.
Many of the planned neighborhoods in Maryvale Village were constructed during the decades that followed the post-war housing boom. While the village preserves a wide variety of housing from this period, it has also welcomed recent growth of single-family homes in new subdivisions. Residents of the village enjoy many well- developed commercial areas that are filled with shops and services as well as the regional attraction of Desert Sky Mall. Cricket Pavilion is also located in this area, providing the Valley’s only entertainment venue dedicated to musical concerts.
Well-known for wonderful new residential developments such as Dynamite Ranch and Tramanto, North Gateway Village was no more than vast acreage of open desert just a few years ago. Expansion of business and commerce in the far northern corners of the Valley of the Sun have only added to the convenience of North Gateway living. The transportation efficiencies and commuting ease that was created by the construction of Loop 101 have also enhanced the desirability of residential property in this area.
Several attractive, diverse neighborhoods share a location that surrounds the scenic Phoenix Mountains Preserve and the Cave Creek Recreation Area. While residential developments encompass many traditional central corridor areas, they also include beautiful homes that are nestled against the foothills of Phoenix Mountains and well-established suburban neighborhoods that enjoy close proximity to the vast Metrocenter retail and entertainment complex.
The sprawling and diverse northeastern quadrant of Phoenix is often called “Paradise Valley,” which can be confusing for new residents to the valley. The incorporated Town of Paradise Valley is a small, exclusive residential municipality that is completely surrounded by the City of Scottsdale. The northeastern area of the City of Phoenix that is commonly called Paradise Valley offers a wide spectrum of housing and lifestyle options, from beautiful new subdivisions to well-established neighborhoods of modest bungalows.
Rural land, family neighborhoods, historic landmarks, the major attraction of Mystery Castle, and the world’s largest municipal park are all encompassed within South Mountain Village. Convenient to downtown employment centers as well as cultural and professional sports attractions, this area also enjoys quick and easy access to Sky Harbor International Airport. This area retains much of its rural charm, harmonizing a mix of moderate to upscale housing and some industrial development.
CITY OF PHOENIX NEIGHBORHOOD LIST
Aptly called by a name that means “a pastoral, peaceful place,” Arcadia is one of the most desirable of the core Phoenix neighborhoods. Arcadia attracts new residents who appreciate the tranquil atmosphere and the selection of handsome homes. Many are attracted to Arcadia for the warm sense of community as well as the reputation of the public schools. Arcadia also provides one of the most convenient locations in the valley. Residents live in close proximity to upscale shopping, fine dining, professional sports venues, and important cultural attractions in both Scottsdale and Phoenix.
The desirable Biltmore area is second only to downtown as the premier entertainment, shopping, and business district of Phoenix. Biltmore Fashion Park offers an oasis of fountains, lushly landscaped courtyards, brick walkways, cafes, restaurants, and high fashion. Striking a perfect blend between historic significance, new-world elegance, and international glamour, the Arizona Biltmore Resort is known throughout the world as the “Jewel of the Desert.” Residential development harmonizes beautifully with the resort’s luxurious atmosphere, from charming patio homes to stunning estates.
Stretching between three scenic preserves—Moon Mountain, Lookout Mountain, and North Mountain—the north-central Phoenix neighborhood that is popular known as Moon Valley is anchored by Moon Valley Country Club. Moon Valley Park stands in the center of the neighborhood, offering opportunities for family picnics, basketball, volleyball, tennis, and relaxation. The strong community spirit is most evident in the level of support for local school activities and annual celebrations. Housing tends to be diverse, ranging from modest townhomes or well-kept bungalows to million-dollar hillside estates with spectacular views.