What makes a great place to live? There are lots of important factors that come into play, like affordability and cost of living, home values, safety, access to amenities, employment and commute times… So, which communities of Greater Phoenix do it best? Here are the 9 Phoenix suburbs we think are truly the best!
For Luxury Buyers: Paradise Valley
This high-end suburb is home to breathtaking natural beauty and plenty of nearby amenities. Home prices may be a little high (good for luxury buyers!), but the unemployment rate is among the lowest in the area at just 2.4%, and median incomes are among the highest—over $173,000!
For Charm-Seekers: Carefree
A smaller and cozier upscale community, Carefree adds a twist of something different with a decidedly Old West feel to its culture, community, and businesses. It also boasts higher home values, low unemployment rates (3%), and high median incomes.
For Move-Up Buyers: Fountain Hills
A more mid-range suburb, Fountain Hills is filled with ways to get outside and enjoy the great outdoors, like McDowell Mountain Preserve or Fountain Hills Park. It’s home to over 23,000 residents, boasts low crime rates and low unemployment rates, and enjoys a nice middle-ground balance of home values and incomes.
For Those Who Love Amenities: Scottsdale
Plenty of upscale suburban communities sync with a thriving Downtown nightlife and art scene to make Scottsdale less of a suburb and more of a city in its own right. With plenty of employment in the area, commute times and unemployment are both low, and you’ll never have to drive far for shopping, dining, entertainment, or even outdoor recreation.
For College-Town Fun-Seekers: Tempe
Home to Arizona State University and bordering directly on Phoenix itself, Tempe has a decidedly youthful, lively, and fun college-town feel. Mill Ave is home to a bustling daytime shopping and dining district and a thriving nightlife scene, but more than that, Tempe also offers lower home prices and public schools that rank among the best in the area.
For a Those Who Want a Small-Town Vibe: Gilbert
Though it’s just a short commute from Phoenix and Scottsdale, Gilbert is quite self-sufficient. It’s home to plenty of shopping, dining, entertainment, outdoor areas, and golf clubs, and its 200k+ residents enjoy community events and celebrations throughout the year. Home prices are low, median incomes are higher, and public schools perform very well.
For Career-Minded Individuals: Chandler
Very affordable, filled with amenities, and boasting low commute times, Chandler is Phoenix’s favorite up-and-coming suburb. Shopping, dining, and major businesses abound throughout the community, offering plenty to do and plenty of employment opportunities that contribute to both its low commute times and its low unemployment rates. Like Gilbert, Chandler has its own unique community feel, complete with plenty of town events and activities.
For Retirees: Mesa
The sprawling community of Mesa is home to over 470,000 residents and enjoys some of the lowest home prices in the area. For workers, commutes may be a little longer, unless you find employment in nearby Scottsdale, but for many, Mesa is a place to go to enjoy the post-work retirement years. Low prices, access to amenities, and great outdoor recreational opportunities make Mesa a favorite for retirees.
For First-Time Buyers: Peoria
Another retirement favorite, Peoria is also chosen by career-minded individuals, for its easy access to Phoenix, by families, for its great schools, and by first-time buyers, for its low home prices and overall affordability. Peoria also boasts tons of shopping and commercial centers, as well as a quick drive to the nearby Westgate Entertainment District in neighboring Glendale.
What Makes a Great Place to Live?
What makes all these places so special anyway? We looked at a number of factors when deciding. The overall cost of living and affordability of homes in the area plays a huge role, especially for buyers. Finding a nice balance between upscale and affordable is crucial for buyers.
Other important factors we considered were things like unemployment rates, commute times, and access to employment, as well as median incomes of the area. We also took into consideration the culture and amenities of towns—a great suburb usually has lots of things to do!
Are You Relocating to the Greater Phoenix Area?
If you’re thinking of relocating to or buying a home in the Phoenix area, then it’s time to contact the S4 Team. We’re here to help you explore the area, discover its beautiful neighborhoods, and find the perfect place to call home. Give us a call and let’s get started today!