Top Locations for Phoenix Home Buyers

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In this article, I'll dive into the top locations for Phoenix home buyers.

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As the sunniest metropolitan city in the U.S., Phoenix is a highly sought after location for homebuyers.

Individuals pursuing careers in the aerospace industry and big sports fans alike flock to the greenest and wettest desert city in all of North America to settle down in one of its up-and-coming neighborhoods.

The balance between urban amenities and the cost of living also makes this city a great option for retirees as well as students. Phoenix has a reasonable cost of living considering it’s the sixth-largest city in the nation.

While Arizona residents are required to pay state taxes, the more than 200 golf courses in the Greater Phoenix area may be a fair trade-off. This is especially true when comparing it to other American retirement cities like Orlando, Florida.

Whether you’re looking for a relaxing upscale environment, a full immersion in the local cultural scene, or a place to settle down with the family, the Greater Phoenix Metropolitan area has the perfect neighborhood for Phoenix homebuyers.


Arcadia is an upscale neighborhood in the Phoenix Metropolitan area, which also borders Camelback Mountain.

This neighborhood is known for housing some of the best restaurants in the city, as well as some of its oldest luxury resorts.

Those who are looking for a sophisticated relaxing day may enjoy playing tennis at the spas, shopping in the outdoor mall, or having a glass of boutique international wine at the local cafes or lounges.

Central Phoenix (CenPho)

Young hipsters looking to be close to the city’s art and culture scene may feel drawn to the Central Phoenix neighborhood- affectionately called CenPho by local residents.

The Phoenix art scene is strongly rooted in live theater and concert performances, but there are also many diverse museums and cultural exhibits for art and history buffs.


For families with children and sports fans, Glendale is the place to be.

Residents can spend their weekends watching live professional sports games, shopping at the best antique malls in the city, or taking free tours of the local candy factory.

This neighborhood has gradually transitioned from a little-known suburban community to the fourth-largest city in Arizona. Now it’s home to the Phoenix Coyotes (NHL), and the Arizona Cardinals (NFL).


Downtown may be the most appealing neighborhood for baseball fans and young professionals who also enjoy the nightlife.

Chase Field, home of the Arizona Diamondbacks major league baseball team, is settled in the middle of downtown, only four miles from the airport.

The Phoenix airport serves as a hub for American Airlines as well as a base for Southwest airlines, making downtown a solid home base for folks who have to travel often for work.

If good delivery is one of your neighborhood must-haves, Pizzeria Bianco has been short-listed by New York Times food critics as one of the best pizza joints in the nation.

As a bonus, made-from-scratch pizza and live performances make for an excellent date night!

Roosevelt Row (RoRo)

Roosevelt Row is the craft beer corner of the city and links downtown to several branching residential neighborhoods.

From independent film debuts to special art gallery and museum events, nightlife abounds in this area. The Heard Museum of Native Cultures and Art is an experience appreciated by both residents and the ample tourism industry.


This city has a name that makes you want to shout, and the hiking area in nearby White Tank Mountain Regional Park is a great place to scream into the void- or to hike.

Surprise is an outdoorsy community located in the northwest quadrant of the Phoenix Valley area and is also home to Surprise Stadium.

During MLB spring training season, Cactus League teams including the Kansas City Royals and Texas Rangers flock to this state-of-the-art stadium.

Surprise is also a great neighborhood for folks who prefer a more suburban community. It’s also fostering an up-and-coming restaurant scene, including French bistros like Amuse Bouche and Vogue Bistro.

Phoenix’s Hispanic heritage is also strongly represented in vast offerings of local Mexican food restaurants.

Tanger Outlets and the Park West Shopping Mall nearby in Peoria offer upscale outdoor shopping in addition to the local mid-sized retailers common in suburban shopping centers.

School districts in Surprise are also ranked highly, with many scoring 8-9 out of 10 as ranked on


Lastly, the best part about Phoenix is it’s very dog friendly.

Between hikes at Camelback Mountain, patio bars in Roosevelt Row, and baseball games at Surprise Stadium, man’s best friend can tag along to most outdoor venues in this beautiful desert city.

No matter which neighborhood you select in Phoenix, the silver lining is that several other awesome neighborhoods are just a quick car ride away.

Selecting your neighborhood is mostly about where and how you plan to spend the majority of your time- and the distance to the grocery store. Once you have your personal preferences narrowed down, the rest of the city is the cherry on top.

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About the AuthorCharles at infoSpike

Charles is the founder of He enjoys real estate investing, marketing, and personal finance. Read more about Charles here.