Neighborhood guides Phoenix, AZ

Living in North Mountain Village, the Center of the Valley

The Phoenix North Mountain Village is a diversified mix of residential communities, amazing hiking trails, family-fun events like Castles N’ Coasters, and incredible resorts and golf courses. Restaurants and bars found in this culturally diverse area range from burgers- fries-and-beer joints to authentic Mexican cuisine.

Location

North Mountain Village is best known for North Mountain Park, which provides many trails and panoramic views of the city. Although this neighborhood is considered northwestern Phoenix, it serves as the center of the Valley. This urban village borders the communities of Alhambra, Paradise Valley Village, Deer Valley, and the cities of Peoria and Glendale.

History

The communities of North Mountain, Paradise Valley, Deer Valley, and Desert View are considered North Phoenix. They can be very difficult to differentiate as they all bleed into one another on a map.

Lifestyle

Most of North Mountain Village is quiet and residential, especially near the base of the mountain and resorts. During the holidays, the streets are decorated with bright lights and nativity scenes. It’s common to spot residents rollerblading or jogging down major city streets. North Mountain exudes a warm, friendly, inviting vibe.

What to do in North Mountain Village

This centrally located village is full of outdoor, family-friendly activities. Whether it’s hiking, golfing, or riding a roller coaster, North Mountain has it.

North Mountain
North Mountain provides some of the most scenic trails in the Valley. With multiple summits of differing distances and difficulties, anyone can hike this mountain. Trails range from 0.3 miles to an intense 4-mile challenge. The park offers a paved trail that is frequently used for families with small children, mountain bikers, and dog owners. Yes! Dogs are allowed (on a leash, of course) at North Mountain Park.

Castles N’Coaster
Formally known as Golf N’ Stuff, Castles N Coasters has been an entertainment staple of the Valley since 1976. The 10-acre family-friendly amusement park has a go-kart track, an 18-hole miniature golf course, an indoor multi-level video arcade, and several hair-raising rides like The Patriot and Desert Storm. Conveniently located at Metro Center Mall, the amusement park is a popular family destination.

Cave Creek Golf Course
Centrally located in North Mountain Village, Cave Creek Golf Course is Phoenix’s most popular municipal golf course. Designed by Jack Snyder, the course features terrific hole variety along with a golf school and a driving range. Golfers of all skill levels enjoy this tree-lined course.

Rose Mofford Sports Complex
The Rose Mofford Sports Complex is an incredibly busy place. With a place for every type of activity, the large park is host to numerous soccer, softball, basketball, and volleyball tournaments. The park is filled with acres of green space welcoming walkers, joggers, and picnickers. This well-hidden gem even offers a place for pickleball and racquetball. With a snack shack on-site, it’s easy to spend an entire day here.

Where to Eat & Drink in North Mountain Village

From upscale, chic restaurants with mesmerizing views to dive bars and karaoke, whatever mood you are in, and whatever you want to eat or drink, living in North Mountain Village it’s just right down the road.

Different Pointe of View
This exclusive North Phoenix restaurant offers diners a picturesque view of the Valley from the top of Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort. Mouthwatering dishes like Lobster Bisque and Broccoli Rabe Pesto feature fresh organic local ingredients. Sitting 1,800 feet above the city with floor to ceiling windows and an elegant ambiance, Different Pointe of View is a popular choice for celebrations and romantic dinners.

Pappadeaux Seafood Kitchen
Phoenicians travel from all over the Valley to taste the New Orleans inspired seafood and steaks. The dimly lit, southern-style ambiance gives this seafood restaurant a comfortable and inviting charm. Pick out your lobster from the several sea creatures swimming around in the large tank, or opt for some alligator and frog legs. Whatever you order, just be sure not to fill up on the delicious bread before your meal gets there.

North Mountain Brewing Company
With all the swanky restaurants in North Mountain, there are still many casual eateries. North Mountain Brewing Company is located at the base of North Mountain. If you love beer, this microbrewery will serve to impress. All menu entries are meant to be paired with a wide variety of stouts, ales, and specialty brews made on site.

Real Estate Snapshot

There is a wide range of real estate options in North Mountain. Million-dollar homes, luxury condominiums, and apartments surround the area of North Mountain Park. Within walking distance of these upscale areas, smaller, more affordable homes can be found. Rent for North Mountain Village falls in the mid-range of all Phoenix neighborhoods.

Transportation

Although North Mountain is quite a large area, it is quite possible to get around using the Valley Metro public transportation system. Both the light rail and city busses run through the neighborhood.

School & Employment

One of the largest elementary school districts in the state, Washington Elementary School District serves the North Mountain neighborhood. There is no high school district in this community, therefore, students attend Glendale Union High School District. North Mountain is sprinkled with private and charter schools, as well.

Arizona State University (ASU) West campus is located in this busy neighborhood. This particular ASU campus blends liberal arts education with real-life workforce preparation, as shown by The New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences. The campus also offers degrees in Nursing, Business, and a Bachelor of Science in Forensic Science.

In addition to North Mountain having a huge residential population, it also is home to many large companies such as HonorHealth John C. Lincoln Medical Center, Arizona State University, and American Express.

Conclusion

North Mountain Village is a wonderful place for anyone to live. College students, young professionals, families, and retirees all benefit from the amenities this neighborhood offers. Beautiful mountains and parks, upscale dining, top-ranked university, and easy Metro Valley access, make living in North Mountain the ideal neighborhood to call home. So, if you are considering moving to the area, make sure to check out apartments for rent in North Mountain Village.

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About the author

Sanziana Bona

Sanziana Bona is a creative writer and researcher for RENTCafé, with a strong passion for the dynamic real estate market, covering topics from lifestyle to market trends. She has a B.A. in International Relations and Spanish from Michigan State University, a LL.M. in International Business Law, Contracting and International Relations from Instituto Superior de Derecho y Economía. You can connect with Sanziana via email.

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