Future Residents, Lifestyle

Reasons to Live in (and Love) Phoenix

If you believe that Phoenix only offers cacti and mountains, think again. Between the thriving restaurant scene, the world-class resorts and the affordable housing prices, Phoenix truly has it all. If you’re on the hunt for a new place to call home, look no further than Arizona’s capital city.

Low Cost of Living
The cost of living is 5% less than the natural average but residents still enjoy a very high quality of life. The Phoenix area also offers some of the best rental homes in the country, especially in the suburban communities surrounding the capital city. Click here to see the homes currently available in the greater Phoenix area.

Top-rated Schools
Whether you plan to send your children to private, public or charter schools in the area, a large majority of schools rank at a 7 or higher out of 10. For example, the Desert Ridge and Anthem areas of North Phoenix offers incredible schools that rank at 9s and 10s while the nearby cities of Gilbert and Scottsdale also offers schools that are in the 9s and 10s. And for higher education, Arizona State University, University of Arizona and Northern Arizona University all have campuses in the Phoenix area.

Popular for Retirees and Families alike
With its resort lifestyle, pristine golf courses and amazing weather, it’s no wonder why Phoenix is popular among retirees. While some of the retirees live in the Phoenix area full-time, others come for the winter months to escape the snow and cold in other parts in the country – affectionately referred to as “snow birds.” However, due to the high number of families and young professionals in the Phoenix area, the median age is about 36. Phoenix is a haven for families who are looking for great schools, affordable homes and family-friendly activities.

Incredible Food Scene
In recent years, Phoenix has established itself as a foodie city. With new, trendy restaurants always popping up in the Arcadia and Biltmore areas of Phoenix, as well as Old Town Scottsdale and nearby cities of Gilbert and Chandler, you will never be lacking in delicious restaurant options. In the Arcadia and Biltmore areas, check out The Gladly, La Grange Orange and The Vig. In Old Town Scottsdale, be sure to visit Citizen Public House, Olive and Ivy and The Mission. In Gilbert, you can enjoy some of the best tacos at Barrio Queen and Joyride Taco House. Chandler is home to The Ivy and Le Madeleine. And don’t miss the yearly Scottsdale Culinary Festival or the Street Eats Food Truck Festival!

Popular Attractions and Museums
Tourism really hits its stride in the spring months with events including the Waste Management Phoenix Open, the Barrett-Jackson Auction and the Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show, as well as Spring Training all taking place in the greater Phoenix area. There is no shortage of events to attend and attractions to visit. If you’re looking for cultural and educational opportunities, check out the popular Children’s Museum of Phoenix, the Phoenix Art Museum, the Musical Instrument Museum and the Arizona Science Museum.

Great Staycation Opportunities
Due to the high number of tourists that visit Phoenix each year, the city is full of world-class resorts and hotels. While the incredible Fairmont Scottsdale Princess, The Phoenician and Arizona Biltmore resorts are very costly during peak season (November-April), you can get great deals at these gorgeous resorts for a summer staycation, full of spa treatments and resort-style pools.

Amazing Weather and Year-round Sunshine
While Phoenix is known for its warm temperatures, with an average of 95 in the summer months, it truly is a dry heat. And the “winter” months offer averages in the 50s and 60s. All the remaining months? You’ll be enjoying sunny 70 and 80 degree days.


Ready to call this desert paradise home? Click here to search for available rental homes from Progress Residential®. Already a Phoenician? Let us know in the comments below what you love most about your city.


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