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Top Neighborhoods in Phoenix

There’s a reason why “location, location, location” is every realtor’s mantra. And, when considering a move to Phoenix, AZ, it’s important to review and assess the different areas and neighborhoods in order to find the one that fits your exact needs.

The good news is that there are a number of top neighborhoods in Phoenix that have it all — not only to make your life easy, but also pleasant. From accessibility to green spaces and entertainment options to good schools, this desert metro checks all the right boxes.

So, if you’re looking at apartments in Phoenix, make sure to review this list first to discover the top neighborhoods the city has to offer!


Downtown Phoenix

As the heart and soul of the city, it’s no surprise that this is where all the cool kids are. Downtown Phoenix is the metro’s main business area and a major center of employment. In fact, there isn’t much that you can’t find in Phoenix’s busiest neighborhood. From Arizona State University’s campus to shopping centers, art galleries, restaurants, bars, clubs and, of course, businesses operating in modern skyscrapers, this neighborhood has all it takes to achieve that work/life balance we all seem to crave.


Biltmore Area

Located in the city’s northeast area, Biltmore is an upscale residential neighborhood and financial district with a high quality of life. Residents of this area are near the acclaimed Arizona Biltmore luxury resort (a hotel known for its spa and golf courses), as well as the Arizona Canal Trial, a perfect spot for fans of cycling and hiking. As a result, the Biltmore area is one of the most coveted residential neighborhoods in Phoenix — and a stroll among the upscale, pristine homes, the lush green areas and countless shopping and entertainment options make it easy to see why.


Ahwatukee Foothills


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As the southernmost area of Phoenix, this urban village has a rich history under its belt — and an even richer charm to it. Considered one of the best places to live in Phoenix, Ahwatukee foothills has an A+ grade and a dense suburban feel. Here, the vast majority of residents are homeowners, and the neighborhood is perfect for families — given the excellent public schools, the parks and green areas and that sought-after feel of community. Pair that with a high level of cleanliness and safety, and you can see why some residents even refer to Ahwatukee Foothills as a sanctuary in the heart of the desert.


Camelback East

Also known as East Phoenix or the East Side, Camelback East Village is the perfect place to be if you’re looking to absorb as much nature and as many outdoor activities as possible. Encompassing the Salt River to Camelback Mountain, this idle neighborhood offers scenic views and countless options for hikers and sporty types. Plus, Camelback East residents are also just a short drive from the Phoenix Botanical Garden and the Phoenix Zoo. They can also enjoy the many bars, restaurants and coffee shops available at every corner. In a nutshell, this particular neighborhood offers urban amenities mixed with a suburban feel so residents can get the best of both worlds.




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Another popular neighborhood in Phoenix, Alhambra is a residential area with a suburban vibe comprised of both apartment complexes and single family, typically ranch-style homes. Here, you can also find elegant houses along the Murphy Bridle Path, as well as the Grand Canyon University, which offers a modern area for concerts and sport events. Notably, Alhambra is one of the most culturally diverse neighborhoods in Phoenix with the highest population of Mexicans and Native Americans of any area in Arizona. Finally, because the neighborhood is near virtually every hotspot in Phoenix, many young professionals choose to relocate to Alhambra, which still allows them to maintain a more tranquil lifestyle.


Central City


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Encompassing the downtown area of Phoenix, as well as the nearby vicinity, Central City is an urban village with a more vibrant feel than other neighborhoods in the city. The accessibility and countless business and entertainment venues here make Central City a top Phoenix hotspot, as well as a great place to live. In this area, you can find a perfect blend of history, old and new architecture, and rich culture. So, it’s safe to say that you won’t have a dull moment when living in this particular neighborhood. Central City also has plenty of restaurants, bars, shopping and business areas, as well as the Sky Harbor International Airport, which will make travel a breeze.

Laura Pop-Badiu
Laura Pop-Badiu is a creative writer at RentCafe, with a background in content marketing in reputation management and the hospitality industry. Having graduated with a degree in Journalism, Laura has a genuine passion for the written word and is an avid reader of horror, thriller and literary fiction. She enjoys researching and writing about lifestyle trends and the real estate market. You can connect with Laura via email.

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