While Phoenix is a bustling city full of opportunity, the suburbs around the area have been giving it a run for its money. These days, you don’t have to live in the city to experience rich arts and culture, diverse shopping, five-star dining, and a thriving job market.
Looking for a place in the suburbs to find your new home? Here are the top suburban options to look into around the Phoenix area.
For a suburb, Chandler’s population is a little larger than usual, but that has a lot to do with the city’s recently established reputation as one of the premier tech hubs in the Southwest. If you’re looking for work here, you’ll find plenty of options and a low unemployment rate. Some of the major companies with bases in Chandler include eBay, PayPal, Verizon, Intel, and Bank of America.
Outside of work, there’s plenty of things to do around town, from shopping at the Chandler Fashion Center or the Shoppes at Casa Paloma, to grabbing a bite to eat at the Brickyard Downtown or the Perch Brewery. The town also stays busy with an active events schedule.
You’ll find that homes here range anywhere from the low hundred thousands to several millions, so there are plenty of options in a variety of prices and styles.
Another rapidly growing suburb, Gilbert’s population comes in just a little under Chandler’s. The town is home to three different hospitals, and the airport is just outside limits, making those industries some of the biggest employers for residents. Others major employers include GoDaddy, MorganStanley, and Northrop Grumman.
How does a Gilbert resident—a Gilbertian, if you will—kick back and relax? Well, the suburb is full of great parks, diverse entertainment, and bustling shopping centers to explore. Riparian Preserve at Water Ranch and Veterans Oasis Park offer plenty hiking trails and waterfronts to take in the Great Outdoors. Once you’re done, grab a bite to eat at a local stop like Joe’s Real BBQ, then see what’s on the schedule at the Tuscany Theatre.
For being so close to Phoenix, Gilbert homes can be surprisingly affordable, so take a closer look at some of the current listings.
The smallest of the three suburbs but perhaps the most well-known, Tempe has established a reputation as a sort of jack-of-all-trades. Thanks to the Tempe Center for the Arts, you’ll find a rich and thriving local arts scene. Tempe Town Lake is a hub of outdoor activity, with kayaking, peddle boats, and sports fields. And you can’t go more than a few blocks without finding a major shopping plaza—like Tempe Marketplace or Centerpoint on Mill.
If you’re looking for work in Tempe, one of the largest employers is the Arizona State University Tempe Campus. Other major options include the Maricopa County Community College District, Sonora Quest Laboratories, and ABM Industries.
Tempe offers a great mix of custom-built, new construction homes, affordable ranch-styles, and luxury condos. No matter what type of property you’re looking for, there’s a good chance you’ll find it in Tempe.
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While there are tons of other suburbs around Phoenix to consider, Tempe, Gilbert, and Chandler are three of the all-around best options. Take some time to learn more about these areas and all that they offer!