As the primary metro area in the state of Arizona, Phoenix (which is also the state capital) draws in many residents from other regions of the U.S. who are looking for a dry, warm climate. In fact, the city offers the most annual sunshine that you can find anywhere in the world (3,872 hours and 300 days of sunshine per year!), along with infamously scorching hot summer temperatures (which actually drive people to get out of the city on certain days).
But Phoenix offers more than just sunny days and warm nights. This area is home to a wide array of entertainment and dining options, along with awesome recreational activities, sports teams, cultural offerings, a low cost of living, and desirable job opportunities. Oh, and golf courses. Many, many golf courses. More than 200, in fact. Perhaps it’s the golf courses, perhaps it’s any one of the other categories of great amenities provided by this city, but Phoenix is drawing in people at an increasing rate. Some are young professionals escaping the expensive housing markets on the West Coast, others are retirees from the East Coast looking for a high quality of life. Phoenix brings people from all over.
With a population of just over 1.5 million, Phoenix is a hot (pun intended!) city that has some exceptionally desirable and affordable neighborhoods that entice people from near and far. The Phoenix metro area (aka “The Valley”) contains a great variety of unique and exciting neighborhoods, each with its own personality and vibe. And many of these are still affordable. According to Unison’s Home Affordability Report, the median price for a home in Phoenix is $203,777.
The Coronado neighborhood (aka Greater Coronado) is located in midtown Phoenix and,according to 2016 estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau, boasts a population of nearly 28,000 people. It is comprised of three historic districts: Country Club Park, Brentwood, and Coronado. This neighborhood is home to buildings that well-represent 1920s and 1930s architecture, and residents here enjoy living within that slice of history.
Also enticing is the fact that the Coronado neighborhood is located in close proximity to major freeways and the light rail, as well as downtown Phoenix and the central corridor. There has been a recent resurgence and quite a bit of growth in this neighborhood, including among families and young professionals as well as artists and musicians. Many have flocked to this neighborhood because it offers its residents the opportunity to be part of a close knit community at fairly affordable prices. According to Unison’s Home Affordability Report, the median home price for this zip code is $234,152.
You know you’ve reached Sunnyslope when you see the iconic and historic “S” painted on the side of Sunnyslope Mountain. Sunnyslope is a 9-square-mile neighborhood within Phoenix that offers a distinctively small-town vibe and strong community identity. In fact, Sunnyslope tried (and failed) on four occasions to separate from the city of Phoenix and to become its own city. Residents of Sunnyslope (of which there are about 45,000) have the luxury of taking in amazing views of North Mountain, especially at sunset along East Foothill Drive, where their backyards meet the craggy greenstone hills. They also can be found biking along the popular Arizona Canal Path and then grabbing a brew at the town’s local brewery, North Mountain Brewing. Unison’s Home Affordability Report notes the median home price for this zip code at $245,598.
This suburb north of Phoenix is well-known for being an affluent and upscale neighborhood that doubles as a first-class tourist destination. In fact, it plays host to approximately 5 million overnight visitors per year, according to the City of Scottsdale, which is why tourism makes up a significant share of the city’s economy. When you see the type of amenities available here, it’s not hard to understand why people want to come visit.
There are plenty of golf courses, resorts, spas, nightclubs, nice restaurants, and beautiful desert views to go around. For residents, the area is attractive due to its spacious homes, good schools, and proximity to all that Phoenix has to offer. While it is more expensive to buy a home here than in other nearby neighborhoods, residents believe it is well worth it for the quality of life. Unison’s Home Affordability Report notes the median home price is $424,901.
Named after its founder, Dr. Alexander John Chandler, this suburb may not be quite as diverse or as economically dynamic as the city of Phoenix itself, but it has a lot to offer. There are few large employers in this area including Intel (the computer-chip industry leader), which has two campuses and recently announced a multi-billion dollar development project in the area. With employers like these putting down roots here, it’s no wonder Chandler was named the #1 city to find a job in 2018 by Wallet Hub. For recreation, residents of this city like to stroll around the Phoenix Premium Outlets located in West Chandler, attend the annual Ostrich Festival (which celebrates the city’s history), or get outdoors. Chandler has a number of good schools and offers relatively affordable homes. Unison’s Home Affordability Report notes the median home price is $277,214.