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Phoenix

Your guide to the Valley of the Sun!

Welcome to Phoenix - a vibrant city in the desert that offers adventure, opportunity, and fun. This diverse and cultural mecca is known for its numerous performing arts venues and museums, as well as its natural beauty and climate. Averaging approximately 300 days of sunshine and more than 85% of daylight hours per year, this "sun city" has a lot to offer when it comes to attractions and future opportunity.


Phoenix is a place where it can be easy to migrate between high culture and relaxing escapes, along with outdoor adventure and some pool-side lounging. Here in the capital of Arizona, you're sure to find high-end resorts and numerous well manicured golf courses. This is because, while some areas of the U.S. must deal with the wrath of Mother Nature, Phoenix typically isn't one of them. Even in the midst of January, the average high temperature in this city is a mild 67 degrees. And, with the sun out more days than not, residents of Phoenix are able to enjoy a plethora of outdoor activities. These can include hiking, jogging, rafting, and simply going for a stroll. It can also include golfing on one of the areas numerous courses - some that were even designed by Jack Nicklaus. There is also the Phoenix Zoo - the largest privately owned zoo in the U.S., and the Phoenix Botanical Gardens, which features the largest collection of arid plants in the United States. There are also numerous parks in the area. Tonto National Forest forms part of the northeast boundary of Phoenix, and South Mountain Park is the world's largest municipal park, which includes more than 16,000 acres. For those who love southwest cuisine, Phoenix could be an ideal locale. Here you will find a vast array of Mexican food - as well as other worldwide dishes - such as barbecue, Cajun/Creole, Indian, Spanish, Tex-Mex, and Thai. Many also note the unique architecture that can be found in the Phoenix area. One reason for this may be due to Frank Lloyd Wright moving to the area back in the late 1930s and building his winter home. Phoenix is now host to the primary campus for the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture. Today, many of the unique designs can be found in the homes and apartments of the neighborhoods that surround the Phoenix area.


What to do in Phoenix

There's a lot to do in Phoenix - so regardless of what you enjoy, you are likely to find it right here. This city holds a long and rich history, and you can start your exploration by taking a trip up Camelback Mountain. Or, visit one of the many museums or performing arts centers in and around the area. Downtown Phoenix offers a number of restaurants, bars, and boutiques to enjoy, along with numerous shops. And, for nightlife entertainment, try your luck at the local casinos, or simply kick back at one of the area's numerous bars such as Roosevelt Row or other area nightclubs. Taking a trip to the Grand Canyon - one of the world's seven natural wonders - is also always an option, as is white water rafting on the Colorado River, for those who love adventure.


How to Get Around in Phoenix

There are several ways to get around in Phoenix - which include public transportation, or using transportation services like taxis and Uber, your own vehicle, and even biking or walking. Any and all of these can be an option of choice, depending on your preference. The Valley Metro Light Rail runs from central Phoenix, through downtown, into Tempe and Mesa to the east. There are a number of different stations - many of which are near some of the area's top attractions, such as the Phoenix Art Museum, Heard Museum, Arizona Science Center, and Chase Field. You will notice that there is artwork at each of the 28 rail stations, which reflects the character of the community where it is located. There is also bus service available for citywide and regional routes. This service is available seven days per week, between the hours of 5:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m. So, it is easy to just call ahead and reserve a ride.


What it's like to live in Phoenix

Phoenix is more than just a great city - it can be an awesome place to work, play, live, and call home. There are numerous job opportunities, from large employers to small start-ups, that have placed their headquarters in this location. The things to do in Phoenix also span far and wide - and many of these are free. Given its year-round temperate climate, both the city itself, and the surrounding area, provide a long list of outdoor activities to choose from. So, if you're a hiker, bicyclist, camper, and / or mountain climber, this could just be your paradise. For the sports fan, Phoenix also offers a lot to cheer about. That's because you've got the Cardinal's football, the Coyotes hockey, the Suns basketball, and the Diamondbacks baseball teams. Phoenix is considered to be an extremely cultural city, too - so if you're into art, history, museums, and / or music - this is a great place to be. Add to that the nice clubs, amazing food, and diversity, and Phoenix could be a great place to call your new home.


Where to find apartments in Phoenix

The neighborhoods in Phoenix can be found in both the downtown area, as well as in and around the surrounding areas. So, there can be a wide selection of apartment rentals to choose from. But, prior to heading out to start looking, you may want to do some research in order to narrow down your list. Also, when securing an apartment for rent in Phoenix, you will typically need to put down both a security deposit, along with the first month's rent. This will usually have to be accompanied by proof from your employer stating that you have steady income that is well above what you will owe in monthly rent - and that your employment is stable. You will also need to have a good credit history - as well as at least one or two good credit references. As far as finding that perfect 1, 2 or 3-bedroom apartment to rent in Phoenix - here you will generally want to determine just what type of attractions you want to be near. For instance, is it important to be near a park, your employer, and / or the downtown area? Also, do you want to be in close proximity to public transportation? After you've decided on your location, there will be other items to think about, too. For example, do you want to have other conveniences, like a washer and dryer inside of your apartment unit. Or, alternatively, would you prefer to pay a lower amount of rent in return for having to do your laundry elsewhere? What about other possible features, such as having a garage (if you have a vehicle), and / or the possibility of a workout facility with your apartment building? All of these you should ideally have decided on prior to going out and looking. This will give you a good idea, then, of what it is that you're seeking, as well as what the rental amount will be for the units you'll be looking at.


Neighborhoods in Phoenix

Cactus Heights


Known for being somewhat of an eclectic neighborhood, Cactus Heights is tucked away near the base of North Mountain, which is just a tad south of the Pointe Hilton at Tapatio Cliffs. Here, you will find many tree-lined streets. A nice area for young professionals and families starting out.

Willo


Located in the downtown Phoenix area, the Willo Historic District has often been ranked as being a great locale. It's convenient to the main freeways, as well as to the airport - so if you happen to travel for work or pleasure, this could be a plus.

Medlock Place


An older community, this area is considered to be more mature. Lined with trees, the charming bungalows here can provide a nice space for young professionals and growing families alike. It is also conveniently located to the downtown area.

Windsor Square


Windsor Square is also convenient to the downtown Phoenix area, and residents of this neighborhood can easily walk to get groceries, as well as to a number of nice restaurants and other shops.

Agritopia


Agritopia has more of a modern, planned community feel. It even includes a school, a community garden, some restaurants, and other "conveniences" for its residents. For some, this could provide the ideal location, as you can have "everything" right at your doorstep.

Maple-Ash


Close to the largest university in Arizona, this can provide a great location for students or recent grads. It is also within walking and / or biking range to and from restaurants and cafes. An added bonus, there are peacocks that roam this neighborhood.

Arcadia


Arcadia is in a great location. This urban dwelling basically has a rural feel to it - and it's close to just about everything - including downtown and the airport. And, because this locale was once an orange and grapefruit grove, there are still a few original citrus trees leftover that line the streets. This area also has some very good schools - so it could be a nice plus for young or growing families.

North Tempe


Close to Arizona State University, this area is a "fun" place to be. There is a variety of different housing available here - so the prices can fit a range of budgets.

Verrado


Not so long ago, this was just a sandy desert. But today, it too is turning into a master planned community. For those who like being more on the edge of town, this can be a good fit. It even offers a Main Street and a retail district, complete with a pizzeria and a coffee shop.

Central Chandler


The Central Chandler area is considered to be a hub for job opportunity, as well as shopping. Large companies such as Intel have large operations that are based here. Close to the freeways, it is easy to get to and from. This area also offers some nice parks, restaurants, and shops.

Deer Valley


Deer Valley offers a wide variety of housing to choose from - in a variety of price ranges, too. Here you will also find easy freeway access, as well as positive job opportunities. There is also a municipal airport, which is a plus.

North Glendale


North Glendale is considered to be a more affluent area - bringing many families, business execs, and even some pro athletes. This neighborhood is centrally located on metro Phoenix's west side. It offers access to shopping and restaurants, and is also close to several nice parks.

Sun Tan Valley


Near the Sun Tan Mountain Regional Park, this area can be ideal for those who are active and on the go. It is also close to the Queen Creek. There is likely to be future employment opportunity in this area, as there is a lot of undeveloped land nearby - which includes planned job corridors.

South Phoenix


South Phoenix is located next to South Mountain. It offers a mix of both new and old residences, and much of the area borders one of the largest city parks in the United States. There are also numerous golf courses nearby, as well as office and industrial parks.

Carefree / Cave Creek


Carefree and Cave Creek are two adjacent towns that are located just north of Phoenix, and are high in the Sonoran desert. Carefree is actually considered to be a resort town, and offers golf courses and a number of nicer restaurants. Many of its residents are part-time "Snowbirds." Cave Creek is on the eclectic side, providing more of an Old West character, complete with saloons and galleries.

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