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5 Best Neighborhoods in Phoenix to Live in 2019

Are you thinking about moving to beautiful, sunny Phoenix? Phoenix is one of the best places to live in Arizona. Learn about five popular neighborhoods in Phoenix, and how to find a buyer’s agent to help you with your house search.
Are you thinking about moving to beautiful, sunny Phoenix? Phoenix is one of the best places to live in Arizona. Learn about five popular neighborhoods in Phoenix, and how to find a buyer’s agent to help you with your house search.

Are you thinking of moving to sunny Phoenix? You’re making a great choice! Phoenix is known for its year-round sun and warm temperatures. If you never want to see a snow shovel for the rest of your life, it is the place to move.

Phoenix is also known for its spa resorts, red rocks, desert sunsets, art museums, and hot air balloon rides. You will love exploring your new city.

If you are new to Phoenix or even Arizona, you may be wondering what neighborhoods are most popular for home buyers. Although you may see many articles that claim to list the top Phoenix neighborhoods, compiling the list is rather complicated.

How do you define the top areas of a city? Are they the most expensive areas? Are they suburban areas or are they neighborhoods in the heart of downtown? Are the top areas the ones with the best parks or the best restaurants? Would you rather live close to your office or close to good schools?

Read on to discover five charming neighborhoods where you may want to live in Phoenix. Hopefully, these areas will appeal to a wide variety of tastes and age groups.

Ahwatukee Foothills

Ahwatukee Foothills is a suburban area of Phoenix where most people own their own homes. The median home value is a little more than $300,000, and the rent is around $1,000 per month.

The Ahwatukee Foothills is a favorite place to raise a family because it is very safe and has excellent public schools. Its population is 81,000.

This suburb of Phoenix has many grocery stores and restaurants. There are a lot of hiking and mountain biking trails in the area as well.

Desert View

Desert View is a diverse community that has a low crime rate and excellent public schools. Its home values are higher than Ahwatukee Foothills at almost $400,000.

Desert View has a suburban feel with 21% of the households having children. The average household income is just over $100,000.

Rio Vista

If you are looking for a more rural area to buy a house, you might consider Rio Vista. Rio Vista ranks as one of the best communities in which to purchase a home within the Phoenix area.

Rio Vista has a population of almost 9,000. It is in Maricopa County and is a safe place to live. The median household income is close to $90,000.

The average home price in the Rio Vista area is a little cheaper than the top-ranked suburbs. The median home value for the area is approximately $260,000. Even though most people own their homes in the area, the average rental unit is pretty affordable at $658 per month.

Rio Vista is a little more than 30 minutes north of Phoenix. It is near Lake Pleasant Regional Park and Lake.

Encanto

If you would rather purchase a home in a more urban area, you may want to check out Encanto. Encanto is in Maricopa County and has a population of more than 60,000.

More people rent in Encanto rather than own their own homes. The median home value is a little more than $190,000. The average rent is $844 per month.

The Encanto area ranks high for diversity and nightlife, but it does not rank as high as some of the suburban areas for the public schools. Encanto is close to downtown and central Phoenix.

Paradise Valley

Paradise Valley is another suburban community with lots of coffee shops, restaurants, and parks. Many young professionals live there.

The average price of a home in Paradise Valley is around $280,000. More people own their home than rent. The average rental rate is $1,095.

When choosing where to purchase a home, especially if you are new to the area, it is wise to talk with someone with complete knowledge of the real estate market. How do you find a person who knows the personalities of Phoenix neighborhoods?

Get in touch with a Clever Partner Agent from the Phoenix area. Your Partner Agent will not only give you advice on neighborhoods, but they will also work as your buyer’s agent when looking at homes. Have someone fantastic negotiate on your behalf!

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Jamie Ayers

Jamie is the Director of Content at Clever Real Estate, the free online service that connects you with top real estate agents and helps you save thousands on commission. In the past, Jamie has managed columns for clients in a variety of leading business publications, including Forbes, Inc., CEO World, Entrepreneur, and more. At Clever, Jamie's primary goal is to provide home sellers, buyers, and investors with the information they need to successfully navigate the ins and outs of the real estate industry.

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