10 Best Neighborhoods in Metro Phoenix

Categories: Top Ten List

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Katie Johnson
Home is where the heart is.

It's also where you'll find the best location, architecture, views, school district and mortgage rates to fit your lifestyle. Because contrary to how the saying goes, not all mi casas are su casas.

With so many avenues to explore, so to speak, it helps to have an inside scoop on the city's most up and/or coming suburbs. Here to do the neighborly thing is Jackalope Ranch with our 10 best recommendations for real estate in the Valley.

See also: 10 Most Expensive Houses for Sale in Metro Phoenix Right Now

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Katie Johnson
Windsor Square
Camelback Road and Central Avenue
Average price of homes for sale: $424,000

Phoenix could hardly be described as a pedestrian-friendly city, unless you happen to live in Windsor Square. The historic neighborhood sits behind one of the most happening intersections in Central Phoenix featuring businesses such as Windsor, Churn, Federal, Tammie Coe Bakery, Postino, Frances, Stinkweeds, Practical Art, and the Uptown Plaza. A tad pricier than other historic 'hoods off Central, yes. But as they say, location, location, location.

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Katie Johnson
Del Norte Place
15th Avenue and Encanto Boulevard
Average price of homes for sale: $544,000

The historic district of Del Norte is often overlooked -- or rather driven by -- as downtown locals tour through more prestigious neighborhoods like Palmcroft and Willo. Hiding in plain site, this eclectic suburb of atomic ranches and early 19th century tudors sits across the street from the Forbes-featured Encanto Park and is located within walking distance to the Arizona State Fairgrounds. Plus, compared to historic mansions nearby, these more modestly-sized lots make for a real estate bargain.


Location Info

Venue

Map

Windsor

5223 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Churn

5223 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Federal Pizza

5210 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Tammie Coe Cakes on Central

5210 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Postino Central

5144 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Frances

10 W. Camelback Road, Phoenix, AZ

Category: General

Stinkweeds

12 W. Camelback Road, Phoenix, AZ

Category: Music

Practical Art

5070 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, AZ

Category: General

Arizona State Fairgrounds

1826 W. McDowell Road, Phoenix, AZ

Category: General

Hotel Valley Ho

6850 E. Main St., Scottsdale, AZ

Category: General

La Grande Orange Grocery

4410 N. 40th St., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Paradise Valley Mall

4568 E. Cactus Road, Phoenix, AZ

Category: General

Biltmore Fashion Park

24th St. & Camelback Road, Phoenix, AZ

Category: General

Dreamy Draw Recreation Area

2421 E. Northern Ave., Phoenix, AZ

Category: General

The Vig Uptown

6015 N. 16th St., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Dick's Hideaway

6008 N. 16th St., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Music

Luci's Healthy Market Place

1590 E. Bethany Home Road, Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Poor Little Rich Girl

1576 E. Bethany Home Road, Phoenix, AZ

Category: General

Hobe Meats

6044 N. 16th St., Phoenix, AZ

Category: General

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90 comments
David Quijano
David Quijano

I like how you chose south central Arcadia instead of the snobbish north side. lol Also, thanks for the shout out to Sunnyslope. lol

Mike Woodling
Mike Woodling

How about reposting a fresher article? Dickweeds.

Angie Rivera
Angie Rivera

Maybe. I don't know. They're pricey, but that doesn't equal better.

Eric Citron
Eric Citron

what this should really say is best place to live for half a mil

phenon_woman
phenon_woman

SOUTH MOUNTAIN VILLAGE:  South Mountain has really grown with new residential developments and business ventures.  24th St and Baseline is a hot spot with commercial and restaurants featuring Applebee's,  Fry's,  GNC,  and host of other businesses.  New residential areas include gated communities and single family homes.  The beauty and majestical views of South Mountain park for hiking,  biking,  and all things outdoors.  I love the diversity and culture of South Phoenix.  Many wonderful,  family-oriented communities.

Ya Li
Ya Li

If I am a rich man, I will own something on mill ave and continue the ascending trend.

Athena Tyrrell
Athena Tyrrell

written sept 2013, and only two listings? sad and outdated.

Springfield Shaky
Springfield Shaky

I was there 79 thru 81,I didn't meet Jim till at least the mid 90"s

Richard McCusker
Richard McCusker

Just because they're expensive doesn't make them the best neighborhoods

Wade Ebert
Wade Ebert

7th Ave and just below Camelback as I remember Shakes. I was pretty sure you told me you and Jim Crowley played there, or was it Gary Hawthorne?

Wade Ebert
Wade Ebert

Shaky... Char's Has The Blues...

Springfield Shaky
Springfield Shaky

Central and Van Buren,homeless people ,Im sorry"transients",hooker's and crime galore.Was allway's my favorite part of town,I hope it hasent changed in the past 30 year's.

Jill Tinker
Jill Tinker

Wade, I didn't realize that you were the one who posted this article and I thought, "I should share this with Wade since that was our hood growing up". My mom still lives in our old house on Colter.

Mariel Bernstorf
Mariel Bernstorf

Kate Uhe Troy Witt I swear that's your old house in the Del Norte neighborhood!

Marco Cruz
Marco Cruz

Puro sur side phoeniXXX y que puta

Benjamin Crawford
Benjamin Crawford

Omg 35th ave and Glendale what a bad decision. Remember when the roof fell in haha scared u $hitless.

Wade Ebert
Wade Ebert

I lived all over the Valley. But my favorite neighborhood has to be what surrounded Colter between Central and 7th St. Best of times with those kids.

Jackalope Ranch
Jackalope Ranch

It's funny you should say that because we're working on an affordable/up-and-coming neighborhood list. If you have any other recommendations, please let us know!

Joya Scott
Joya Scott

I get that. I guess I'm calling for a redefinition of "best." I'm pretty fond of Garfield and other areas downtown that are still affordable for most people and still relatively diverse.

Jackalope Ranch
Jackalope Ranch

The average prices were calculated based on what was for sale in these neighborhoods when we wrote the list. So it's not necessarily a reflection on all the houses in the neighborhood, just those recently on the market. What are your favorite neighborhoods?

Joya Scott
Joya Scott

Yeah... All the great neighborhoods with average house prices under $300K. Sheesh. This might be a decent list of fancy neighborhoods, but it's hardly a list of "best" places for the rest of us.

bobjomc
bobjomc

I grew up north of camelback off 10th St and I still have fond memories of my childhood home. Everything has changed and I don't know how I would choose a place to live with children. I certainly wouldn't be guided by your article. There is a lot more to areas than the high price of the homes. A lot more to consider these days. Some beautiful home are built in the midst of ghetto,

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