The city limits of Phoenix are amazingly far reaching, encompassing the Ahwatukee Foothills area. This panoramic urban village has the appearance and feeling of a separate city, stretching between the South Mountain foothills and the city of Tempe in the East Valley. Each one of the four major quadrants of the City of Phoenix—East, West, North, and South—plays a unique role in the area’s vitality. Nationally recognized as the nation’s “best managed city,” With its exceptionally high quality of life, vibrant economy, virtually limitless recreational opportunities, affordable housing, and relaxing southwestern lifestyle—Phoenix is an ideal place to call home.
The natural Phoenix landmarks of Piestewa Peak and Camelback Mountain create the scenic backdrop for this established area of the city, where mature landscaping graces homes that were primarily constructed from the 1950s through the 1970s. The enduring sophistication of the Camelback Road corridor adds a number of attractions to this area, including the Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa, Biltmore Fashion Park, office towers, wonderful restaurants, and the Esplanade.
Dynamic, bustling downtown cultural and professional sports centers coexist beside well-established core neighborhoods in Central Phoenix. Neighborhoods like the Biltmore area, Arcadia, and the Encanto-Palmcroft area are known for their stately homes set into deep lots covered by mature greenery. Architectural styles tend to be diverse, harmonizing sprawling ranches with an occasional Tudor or a handsome brick colonial graced by dramatic pillars. Simple tract homes nestled in tranquil, welcoming neighborhoods offer more affordable housing throughout this convenient area.
Growing exponentially, northern Phoenix sprawls from the Saguaro-studded open space that surrounds new master-planned communities in the North Gateway area to established neighborhoods that offer quick access to the downtown district. The area is rapidly changing its former image as a bedroom community, welcoming an influx of new business development and commercial activity. Many families are drawn to North Phoenix by the real estate values, taking advantage of beautiful new residential developments that offer “more home for the dollar.” Even those who commute to jobs in other Arizona locations have the advantage of high-speed travel on Loop 101, Interstate 17, and State Route 51.
Characterized as an area of contrasts and diversity, South Phoenix encompasses the world’s largest municipal park, unique attractions, historic neighborhoods, the rural South Mountain Village, and upscale master-planned communities in Ahwatukee Foothills Village. Residents also enjoy a convenient location in relationship to the world-class attractions in downtown Phoenix—from cultural venues to professional sports arenas.
Surrounded by the communities of Glendale, Peoria, and Tolleson, the vast area known as West Phoenix continues to sprawl outward. West Phoenix is rapidly transforming its vast open space and fields into lovely new homes, shopping plazas, and restaurants. Housing affordability, easy access to downtown, and improvements in high-speed connections for commuters are driving interest in this area. Desert Sky Mall, Peoria Sports Complex, Arrowhead Towne Center Mall, Cricket Pavilion, and the antique capital of Glendale are among the popular attractions.