The Best Places to Live in Phoenix and Surrounding Areas

Best Places To Live Phoenix

If you're looking for sunshine, year-round pool use and plenty of outdoor recreation, Phoenix is the best place to settle. It's a well known spot for snowbirds or retirees, but it's also great for families of all sizes. Since Phoenix is a relatively big city, what area might best fit your lifestyle? Check out some of our favorites below.

North Scottsdale

If you're looking for the perfect home as a snowbird or retiree, North Scottsdale is a great spot. It has a laid-back residential atmosphere with plenty of upscale shopping, dining, and spas to enjoy. The outdoor recreation is incredible with hiking and horseback riding galore. The area also has major employment opportunities for working families looking for a place to set down roots in a relaxed setting.

Paradise Valley

You'll find multi-million dollar homes surrounded by nothing but serene, natural beauty in Paradise Valley. This high-end area has plenty of golf courses, spas, and resorts for the affluent while sitting among some of the country's most beautiful landscapes complete with views and natural splendor.


Want to experience suburban living, chock full of shopping and dining, yet with incredible housing and family life? Check out Glendale. The charming town of Glendale is quaint yet superb in its riches, making it a great place for families to settle. There are plenty of sports, recreation, and even a mix of historical properties in the area to give you a great mix of everything.


Arcadia is the most sought after area of Phoenix. Offering urban dwellings with a rural neighborhood feel, Arcadia is located less than 15 minutes from Sky Harbor Airport and downtown Scottsdale. With citrus-grove lined streets and some of the best dining and shopping in the Valley,  Arcadia is one of Phoenix’s most picturesque and popular neighborhoods. The mature green landscapes of the irrigated Arcadia parcels paired with wide streets are not found in many places in Phoenix. Located minutes from some of the best shopping and dining with exceptional schools in the Scottsdale school district, Arcadia is perfect for families.


Tempe is home to Arizona State University, so it's a bit of a college town, but it's incredibly charming too. There are plenty of recreational opportunities along the Salt River, a thriving downtown life, and of course collegiate sports for the sports enthusiast.

Downtown Phoenix

Are you a bit of an art-lover? Do you love to surround yourself with culture? Check out downtown Phoenix and all it has to offer. Here is where you'll find the hottest nightlife, concerts, sporting events, and dining. You don't even need your own transportation here as you can walk or take the light rail to get where you need to go.

Downtown Scottsdale

If you're a young executive, you'll love what downtown Scottsdale offers. Between its incredible employment opportunities, luxury housing (apartments and condos), and a plethora of restaurants, it's perfect for young adults or those without children. Enjoy people watching, the art culture, and plenty of delectable dining opportunities throughout the area.


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Ahwatukee Foothills

Ahwatukee Foothills is a neighborhood in Phoenix, Arizona with a population of 77,094. Ahwatukee Foothills is in Maricopa County and is one of the best places to live in Arizona. Living in Ahwatukee Foothills offers residents a dense suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In Ahwatukee Foothills there are a lot of parks. Many young professionals live in Ahwatukee Foothills and residents tend to lean conservative. The public schools in Ahwatukee Foothills are highly rated.


Chandler is a community on the rise. It’s the perfect blend of family-friendly and multicultural thanks to its award-winning school district and thriving downtown area. Situated around a central plaza known as Dr. A.J. Chandler Park, the downtown area today retains much of its historic character despite being in one of the fastest growing regions in the country. Growth has been exponential but the city has reached its boundaries.  As a result,  new construction (and thus population growth) will taper off considerably. Residents come together throughout the year for a variety of unique and unforgettable events such as, the Ostrich Festival, the Indian Market, the Tumbleweed Tree Lighting Ceremony and the Cinco de Mayo Chihuahua Races.


Gilbert is a suburb of Phoenix with a population of 237,484. Gilbert is in Maricopa County and is one of the best places to live in Arizona. Living in Gilbert offers residents a sparse suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In Gilbert there are a lot of coffee shops and parks. Many families and young professionals live in Gilbert and residents tend to lean conservative. The public schools in Gilbert are highly rated.


If you're looking to move to Phoenix, you've made an incredible choice. The vast options available to suit your lifestyle are amazing. Whether you love the culture, sense of privacy, or the hustle and bustle of downtown life, Phoenix offers something for everyone.

No matter where you choose to live in Phoenix, you'll enjoy sunshine 300 days a year, pool temperatures almost year-round, and the most gorgeous sunrise and sunsets you've ever seen. If you've been thinking of moving to Phoenix, now is a perfect time!

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