AITP Phoenix

Your guide to the hottest city around

 
 
Jul 13
25
2013

If you’re considering moving to the Phoenix area you may have some questions about neighborhoods with regard to their geographic location, types of amenities, and safety. Following is a list of some of the most popular neighborhoods in the area, but it is by no means inclusive of every  Valley of the Sun neighborhood.

  • Arcadia is bounded roughly by 44th Street to 68th Street and from Camelback Road to the Arizona Crosscut Canal. Arcadia contains well-kept homes on large lots; these homes command relatively high property values (as the neighborhood is adjacent to the upscale suburb of Scottsdale). Built on former citrus groves, Arcadia is known for well-irrigated, mature landscaping. Several yards prominently feature orange, lemon and grapefruit trees as reminders of the area’s past; the area used to be occupied by citrus farmers from 1919 to the mid-1950s. In the mid-1950s, the rest of Phoenix caught up with the farms and the area suburbanized with characteristic ranch homes on large lots
  • Biltmore area includes some of the city’s most upscale residences, largely due to its location, near the Arizona Biltmore Hotel. The local landmark has been around since the 1920s. Its grounds and golf courses are surrounded by some of the most exclusive homes in the Valley of the Sun. This area has recently gained the attention of its residents because of its upscale shopping, dining, and location. To the east, several mid-rise offices and condos line what is known as the “Camelback Corridor”. The Biltmore Area is centered around 24th Street and Camelback, where one will find shopping at Biltmore Fashion Park, A Ritz Carlton Hotel, and several large office buildings. The area also contains the famed Wrigley Mansion.
  • Central Avenue is a significant stretch of north-south Central Avenue roughly bounded by Camelback Road to its north, and McDowell Road to its south, this is one of Phoenix’s most vital and heavily trafficked stretches of roadway. It is also one of the region’s largest centers of employment, with nearly 60,000 people being employed within just a three-mile (5 km) radius of this swath of Central Avenue. Major employers here include major banks and financial institutions, hi-tech companies, and several major law firms and government agencies. This corridor bisects a larger area known as Midtown, Click Here, Phoenixthe collection of neighborhoods north of Downtown, and south of the North-Central and Sunnyslope areas.
  • Desert Ridge is a master-planned community and comprises 5,700 acres and is situated in the Northeast Valley. As one of Arizona’s largest master-planned communities, Desert Ridge will ultimately be home to more than 50,000 residents; and a variety of residential, commercial, recreational, healthcare and employment opportunities.The community features such destinations as CityNorth, Desert Ridge Marketplace, JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa, Mayo Clinic Hospital and American Express regional campus.
  • West Phoenix is a neighborhood of Phoenix and Maryvale is the predominant neighborhood of the near west side, from about 35th Avenue west to 83rd Avenue and from I-10 north to the boundary with the suburb of Glendale at Camelback Road. First developed in the 1950s and 1960s by developer John F. Long, these neighborhoods include inexpensive homes largely developed in the 1950s and 1960s. Since the 1980s, Maryvale had seen a significant growth in violent crime and gang membership. As with other maligned sections of Phoenix, many gangs took advantage of the area’s open-air apartment complexes to set up enclosed drug markets that became extremely dangerous and difficult for police to monitor. Focused efforts made by the Phoenix Police Department to lower the crime rate in Maryvale, which had surpassed that of South Phoenix have been successful. The crime rate has significantly been reduced to record levels.

And if considering Phoenix as a relocation destination, don’t forget to consider outlying (yet accessible) areas like Scottsdale, Chandler, and Apache Junction (to name a few) which we’ll cover in upcoming posts.

Jan 11
14
2011

If you’re visiting Phoenix in the winter there is nothing better than enjoying the desert sunshine while dining outdoors. And there are few better places to do just that that Phoenix’s Aunt Chilada’s restaurant that is tucked into the side of Squaw Peak. Dating back to the 1890′s you bet this is as authentic as buildings come in the Valley of the Sun since it was constructed with original desert stone and railroad ties how appropriate considering the structure was first used as a supply depot and general store while Arizona was still an untamed territory where it is reported that “scantily clad women would climb into the attic and perform a hootchy-kootchy dance” throughout the night. Such dancing has ended (much to the chagrin of many a man), and replaced instead with a full authentic Arizona Mexican food menu, with one-third of the restaurant’s floor space dedicated to the aforementioned patio that offers a garden feel of old Mexico. Choose from traditional appetizer menu selections such as More »

Oct 10
15
2010

Yep, summer is coming to an end and winter is peeking just around the corner. For a lot of Phoenicians this is the very best time of year for a number of different reasons. For starters, it means it’s ski season. What? Skiing in Phoenix, you ask. Of course. Well, not exactly Phoenix, but a few hours north in stunningly beautiful Flagstaff. And one of the beauties of skiing in the Phoenix area means that if you have a non-skier in the family, he or she can stay back in town and lounge by the pool while you zig-zag over the moguls. How perfect is that? Another great benefit to living in Phoenix is all the resorts that have been built to attract tourist business. But you know what? You don’t have to be a tourist to enjoy them. That’s right, anyone (and that means locals, too) can swing by any one of the More »

Jul 10
20
2010

A move can be time consuming and exhausting, but you don’t want to miss out and everything your new city has to offer. When you get a chance, you’ll see that Phoenix has a great deal of activities and entertainment that will suit every personality.Home of the Arizona Diamondbacks, Phoenix is a great town for sports fans. Chase Field, built in 1998, is air-conditioned, so you don’t have to worry about the unbearable heat of the southwest. It also includes a retractable roof and even a swimming pool, making it a truly unique stadium. The spring and summer months are a great time to head to the ballpark with family and friends. Enjoy a drink, great food, and America’s favorite past time.If baseball isn’t your thing, try the Phoenix Zoo. Monkey village, a petting zoo and stingray bay feature a variety of different species from around the world. More »

Jul 10
20
2010

Many people who move to Phoenix or other areas in the Southwest are not prepared for the extreme heat they will encounter. Though it is dry heat without the uncomfortable humidity of other regions of the country, temperatures can regularly reach 100 degrees during the summer months. Follow these few tips to avoid over heating as well as excessive air conditioning bills.

  1. Drink Watera lot of water: If you’ve heard it once, you’ve heard it a thousand times, but there’s good reason for that. Staying hydrated is your number one defense against heat stroke or exhaustion. Don’t wait until you feel thirsty, by that point you have already reached some level of dehydration. Stay ahead of the game and drink water constantly throughout the day. More »
Jul 10
20
2010

Anytime you move to a new house or city, you are trusting your most valuable possessions in the hands of perfect strangers. Moving to your new home should be an exciting and enjoyable adventure, not to be tainted by unreliable movers or broken items. Before you move to Phoenix, consider one of these local moving companies to help you with this overwhelming task.Camelback Moving is a family-owned company operating out of Phoenix. They assist in moves within Arizona as well as long distance. They offer affordable moving and storage unit rates. They have a range of storage options including standard, air conditioned and temperature controlled. Their “meet-or-beat” price pledge guarantees you’re getting the best price around.Another family owned mover is Arizona Discount Movers that assist in residential, commercial and warehouse relocation within Arizona and surrounding states. More »

Jul 10
20
2010

Anytime you move to a new city, it’s important to educate yourself on the area’s crime rates. This is helpful in deciding in what neighborhood you want to live, as well as providing a general knowledge of these trends in order to be aware of your surroundings. If you happen to be relocating to the Phoenix area, you’ll be happy to know, crime rates are falling. According to the Phoenix police department, in 2009 there was a total of 97,175 crimes in the city, which is down approximately 35,000 from 2003. While there was some drop in violent crimes, the most significant improvements in crime rates were in property crime. Violent crime includes homicide, sexual assault, robbery and aggravated assault, while property crime measures burglary, theft, auto theft, and arson. In 2003, 112,766 property crimes were committed, compared with the 76,724 property crimes of 2009. More »

Jul 10
20
2010

No matter what your interests happen to be, there is something for every taste in downtown Phoenix. The atmosphere is great for a singles’ night out, an escape from the kids, or just a gathering with friends. Nightclubs, music bars, and tasty eateries abound in the Valley of the Sun.If you enjoy a high-pace night scene, put on your dancing shoes and head over to one of the many dance clubs and lounges of the downtown area. Start the night off at the upscale Portlands Restaurant and Wine Bar. Discount drinks are served Monday through Friday during their 5-7 pm happy hour. They also host live music every Saturday night.After the sun goes down, the nightlife scene really comes alive. The Martini Ranch in Scottsdale hosts a range of live entertainers. Many famous musicians got their start playing at the Martini Ranch such as Avril Lavigne and Coldplay. More »