Homes for Sale in Phoenix
Incorporated in 1881, Phoenix ranks as one of the fastest-growing cities in the nation, and is currently ranked as the sixth largest city in the US by population. Phoenix still has real cowboys, rugged mountains and the kind of cactus most people see only in western movies. It is the gateway to the Grand Canyon, and its history is a testament to the spirit of the ranchers, miners, Native Americans and visionaries who settled it.
Visitors and residents alike can learn everything there is to know about Phoenix’s rich history by visiting places like the Pueblo Grande Museum and Archaeological Park and the Heard Museum. Visitors to these museums will learn about the area’s earliest residents, the Hohokam tribe, and how these natives inhabited what is now the Greater Phoenix area until about 1450 A.D. The Hohokam actually created the first major urban civilization in the Salt River Valley, and they developed a canal system that is still in use today.
In 1865, the U.S. government established Fort McDowell here, and settlers like Jack Swilling began farming the land. The city of Phoenix was established in 1868. Two years later, the first survey and census of the city noted it was about a mile long and a half-mile wide, with 74 dwellings and a population of 250. Today, Greater Phoenix covers about 2,000 square miles and has a population of more than 4.2 million.
One of the great things about owning real estate in Phoenix today is the city’s ability to offer a housing option for just about every lifestyle. If you like the excitement of downtown city life and want to be able to walk to museums, concert venues or Arizona State University’s downtown campus, or if you work downtown and simply don’t want a long commute- Phoenix has you covered!
Urban-living aficionados will find elegant restored buildings filled with sophisticated lofts conveniently located near light rail lines. But If you prefer a single-family home, a thriving resurgence of quaint historic bungalows and craftsman style houses near the center city offer a variety of distinct architectural styles. Many of these homes have large covered front porches and most enjoy a tight-knit, neighborly look and feel reminiscent of yesteryear.
If you prefer the serenity of upscale suburbia, head further east and enter one of Phoenix’s original luxury neighborhoods like Arcadia, where breathtaking views of Camelback Mountain, small citrus orchards, and lush green lawns dominate the landscape around traditional sprawling ranch homes and contemporary custom estates. While luxury hillside mansions offer sought after city views, a variety of golf communities are situated right off the fairways and greens of Phoenix’s championship golf courses.
If you’re a horse lover, you will appreciate Phoenix’s abundant selection of equestrian properties and communities. In these neighborhoods, it is the norm to see a rider out on horseback, exploring the trails and convening with nature.
If you enjoy water sports, there are a number of fresh-water lakes just outside the city that offer boating, water skiing and fishing, while smaller lakes in the city offer trout fishing in an urban setting every spring.
For sports fans, Phoenix boasts a full roster of professional sports teams, and a vibrant major league baseball spring training schedule, where locals and out-of-state fans converge to cheer on their favorite teams every February and March. Meanwhile, hikers and bikers enjoy heading out to explore the miles and miles of trails in and around town.
No matter their hobbies or desired lifestyle, Phoenix residents rave about the city’s 300 or so days of sunshine every year and its magnificent crimson-hued sunrises and sunsets. Visitors and residents will all agree- there’s really no place else quite like Phoenix.
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