The Valley of the Sun consists of 15 villages with several neighborhoods, historic districts, and subdivisions so reaching a decision about the right place to live can easily lead to confusion. If you want to live in Phoenix and are searching for a safe and price-worthy place, check out the three safe areas that you can call home in the big city.
Here is a list of the places you can settle in without spending all your savings:
1. Camelback East
Often called East Phenix or East Side, this neighborhood offers a suburban atmosphere. It is located between Piestewa Peak and Camelback Mountain and was built on former citrus groves. The area offers luxury shopping places, family-friendly entertainment options, and several elegant restaurants for dining in. Two popular districts are in Camelback East: Arcadia and Biltmore. You can find condominiums and townhomes in Biltmore. Arcadia is more focused on ranch-style, single-family homes and both districts are 40% safer than other Phoenix neighborhoods.
Hike all the way to the peak, challenge yourself on difficult trails, shop around for the latest fashion trends, see African lions or elephants at the zoo, and check out the wildflowers, butterflies, hummingbirds, and cactuses at the Desert Botanical Garden. And to fuel up all your discoveries swing in a Taco Platter, get a Glory Bay Salmon, a good portion of House Made Basil Pasta, smoked prosciutto, or a savory Meatloaf Sandwich.
It’s a central Phoenix neighborhood with an active community and charming historic atmosphere. The area is densely populated and covers 21 of all 36 historic neighborhoods in Phoenix. You can choose between Spanish Colonial Revival houses, Mediterranean ranches, Art Moderne houses, or Pueblo Revivals. And if you’re looking for something completely different, check out Woodlea Melrose, an area lined up with beautiful cottages and known for its inclusive community, shops, bars, and restaurants.
It’s a great place to be for students since this neighborhood hosts Phoenix College. Young professionals will find it equally attractive due to the Midtown and Uptown business districts.
It’s easy to get around the city with the Valley Metro Rail stops dotted within the village. You can spend a fun day with your family at the Enchanted Island Amusement Park, pedal through amazing waterways, see the latest exhibitions, learn about Native American art, shop for unique decorations, look for antique pieces of furniture and go to the annual state fair.
And while you’re busy experiencing all that the neighborhood has to offer get energy from homemade Greek dishes, Asian comfort food like pork Belly Steamed Buns, or a protein-packed Beef Rib Breakfast.
3. Paradise Valley
If you need a brief escape from the city, this northern Phoenix neighborhood is the right fit for you. It is known as a well-kept residential area, situated between Old Town and North Scottsdale. The quaint streets will bring back serenity and calm with a dense suburban feel to it. It’s one of the best places to raise a family, with plenty of activities always going on. From kids to seniors anyone will find something interesting to get involved in.
Paradise Valley hosts Rio Salado College and Paradise Valley Community College, so it’s a great area for those interested in higher education and earning a degree.
You can jog, bike, or go rollerblading on the 11 miles of trails on the Indian Bend Wash Path. Play golf at the club nestled in the mountains and discover the art gallery and its unique architectural pieces.
While you’re out and about power up your activities with a Brulee Burger, try the craft meatball bar, enjoy traditional German food, or get your Mexican fixes like authentic chimichangas and tamales. End your day on a sweet note with pampering Ice Cream Nachos or the one-of-a-kind Scream Sundae.