The Top 20 Neighborhoods in Greater Phoenix? Part two…
I’ve already posted ten of the Top 20 neighborhoods in Greater Phoenix. Here’s the rest of the list:
For the Single but Looking: Downtown Scottsdale.
Gotta agree with this one. So much to eat, drink, and do in the Old Town area, that it seems a natural fit to be able to stumble home to your condo after a night of hearty socializing. My only beef with this is that ‘hip’ housing in the area is well out of reach of the average homebuyer.
Rooms with a View: The Pointe Tapatio in North Phoenix.
Really? Pointe Tapatio? There are some great values in this neighborhood on a mix of older and new construction, but only a handful of properties have exquisite views. How about Troon? Desert Mountain? DC Ranch? Silverleaf? Camleback Mountain? Paradise Valley? Heck, if the goal is to keep it affordable, what about north Sunnyslope, at the end of Central? Talk about amazing views of the Valley floor!
Family-Friendly: DC Ranch and runner-up Desert Breeze (Chandler).
DC Ranch is a great candidate for this one. DMB has developed a phenomenal community with a true sense of community. Amazing intranet for residents, super amenities, onsite activities, and attached shopping and dining. If I could live anywhere with my family, DC Ranch would be the spot!
For the Live-/Work-Seeker: Roosevelt District.
A fair choice. Kind of like driving down the street where Archie and Edith Bunker live, the Roosevelt district has a super architectural style of mostly 3-story bungalows with rear yard parking. Easy access to downtown and with an up-and-coming art scene.
For Small-Town Boys and Girls: Verrado.
Unquestionably the right choice. Verrado was built around the small-town America concept, with corner market, town square, and front porches with swings for lazy afternoons of socializing with the neighbors. Good call on this one.
For the Food Critic: Biltmore Area.
A foodie’s paradise…there are just too many good restaurants to mention within a stone’s throw of the Biltmore: Houston’s, Christopher’s, Vincent’s, The Capital Grille, and my personal favorite – Tarbell’s. I think I’m gonna take a moment now to honor Mark Tarbell’s peppercorn NY strip…
For the Music Maven: Orpheum Lofts.
This is really a development, not a neighborhood, but one cannot deny it’s proximity to the Orpheum Theatre, Dodge Theatre, and Symphony Hall make it a live music-maven’s Eden.
For the Compulsive Shopper: Kierland Commons.
This ranks right up there at the top of the list for serious boutique shoppers, but not for long. Desert Ridge and North, two destination shopping developments in North Phoenix, will be a regular double-header for the compulsive shopper, once North is completed.
For the Fido-Friendly: Agritopia (Gilbert).
A fascinating community that’s just as strongly themed for pooches as Verrado is for small-town America. Adjacent to the doggie park paradise known as Cosmo Park, Agritopia is replete with walking trails and craftsman-style bungalows, and even the neighborhood java bar, The Coffee Shop, welcomes your 4-legged friend.
For the Shut-In: 44 Monroe (Downtown Phoenix)
Again, this is is a development, not a neighborhood. Inside the high-rise condo project, you’ll find a pool, spa, sundeck, business center, grocery store, clubhouse kitchen, and scenic patio terrace.
While many will take issue with some of the neighborhoods proposed as “Tops” in the Valley, nobody can argue that Phoenix real estate and Scottsdale real estate offer exciting options for just about every interest, taste, and budget, whether featured in the article or not.