When families move to the valley, the top question we get asked is: “Where are the family friendly neighborhoods and where are the good schools?” Most have heard mentions of Scottsdale, but there are plenty other choices. Metropolitan Phoenix has many good choices, but we’d like to introduce you to these four to start:
This north Phoenix suburb was actually designed with families in mind, so it’s no wonder it netted a #1 ranking from Parenting Magazine for a family friendly community. A 63-acre community park offers outdoor sporting fields, an amphitheater and lakes, and bike paths cross every part of town. The community also hosts a year-round schedule of signature events. Affordable homes and a tight-knit community make this an excellent choice for raising kids, if you don’t mind it being farther away from the city.
This area is desirable for everyone, but families are especially fond of homes here for the incredible location, upscale interiors and top choices for schools. Arcadia sits neatly between Phoenix and Scottsdale. In terms of home prices and size, the area offers the best of both worlds (although remodeled homes here are not inexpensive, by any means). Living in the center of town means you can access everything the city has to offer.
Quiet and removed, Ahwatukee offers affordable single-family homes away from hustle and bustle, but still close to freeway access and downtown Phoenix. The location at the base of South Mountain gives this neighborhood a secluded feel, and if your family is active, you’ll love the proximity to the hiking and biking trails. Crime is extremely low, and there are many community entertainment and shopping options.
Up-and-coming Gilbert is often rated for families as the safest suburb around. The community is growing quickly, while still retaining its family-friendly, small-town sensibilities. Gilbert’s historic Heritage District seems to be adding new local restaurants every time we are there. Exciting events and entertainment keep the whole family occupied. The low cost of living and low home prices are a huge factor for the influx of new residents, so it’s a great time to consider this neighborhood.
Let us know what you are looking for, or if you know of anyone who is looking to move and is searching for family friendly neighborhoods. Chris 480-754-9077 & Cheryl 480-754-9477