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, 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 5,700acres 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.