Renters’ Guide to Alhambra, Phoenix Arizona
Spanning 20 square miles to the north of Central City, Alhambra is one of the city’s oldest suburban neighborhoods. It doesn’t look its age though as its close proximity to Phoenix’s downtown infuses it with modern amenities and a distinctly urban culture.
How far is Alhambra from Downtown Phoenix?
The drive to Downtown Phoenix via Interstate 10 shouldn’t take more than 15 minutes if there’s little traffic. Alhambra is also well connected to Tempe and Mesa as it is home to the northern terminus of the Valley Metro light rail.
Cost of Living in Alhambra, Phoenix
The cost of living in Alhambra is pretty much in line with the Phoenix average. Expect to pay $156 for a month’s utilities in a one-person, 480-square-foot studio. Eating out is pretty reasonable too. A meal for two comprising starters, mains, desserts and wine costs around $64.
Public transportation is provided by the Valley Metro service, which will get you from Alhambra to Downtown Phoenix in just under an hour. Day passes bought onboard cost $6, while those bought at authorized retailers cost $4 and monthly passes cost $64.
Average Rent in Alhambra, Phoenix, AZ
- Alhambra, Phoenix, AZ Average Rental Price, February 2020 $924 /mo
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Living in Alhambra, Phoenix
It’s hard to find reasons not to move to Alhambra. Centrally situated in a sprawling city, it’s rich in jobs, property and all the amenities you’d expect from Arizona’s capital—parks, movie theatres, fitness centers and shopping malls. This means residents have easy access to some of Phoenix’s attractions and points of interest, the Circle 6 Studios and Phoenix Art Museum being just some of them. Though, despite the benefits to living in Alhambra, the neighborhood is somewhat penned in by urban residences.
Things to do in Alhambra, Phoenix
Cielito Park is the neighborhood’s nicest park. It might be modestly sized, but, with its outdoor pool and sports facilities, it’s packed with fun things to do. For the most beautiful places in Phoenix, it’s really worth driving outside the neighborhood and taking advantage of one of Phoenix’s many hiking trails.
It’s in Downtown Phoenix, rather than Alhambra, where you’ll find most family attractions and points of interest, and not to mention the best places to eat. Don’t forget, Alhambra does have some offerings of its own, with the Exodus Cultural Center making up for the area’s relative lack of nightlife.
Employment and Economy in Alhambra
Most of Alhambra’s residents work in construction, administration or retail. Arizona State University is also a big employer (Phoenix’s 8th biggest) and although its main campus is in Tempe—easily accessible form Alhambra via rail—it also has several campuses in Downtown Phoenix.
Education in Alhambra
Alhambra Traditional School has recently risen through the rankings to become the best school in the Alhambra Elementary District. The All Aboard Charter School also performs strongly, as do Madison Meadows and Westwind middle schools and Washington High School. Higher educational opportunities are available at the Grand Canyon University.
Tips for Renting in Alhambra
Arizona law safeguards renters’ rights. There are some tips you should bear in mind before moving to Alhambra. Try to keep correspondence between you and your landlord in writing, and maintain records (especially of rent paid). It is also worthwhile to note that the landlord has no right to access the property without sufficient prior notice.
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