Phoenix Arizona

 

Location

 

Carl Chapman’s Phoenix Arizona Home Central™ is the main section to locate your property selection in Phoenix.  You are surrounded by mountains that skirt the edges of Central Phoenix. Camelback Mountain sits in the east, Piestewa Peak (Squaw Peak) in the northeast, South Mountain in the south, and in the far distant west is the White Tank Mountains, and all of these amazing mountain ranges make the Central Phoenix’s desert oasis. Look around you.  If you appear to be surrounded by this ring of mountains then you are considered to be in the heart of the Valley of the Sun. Situated in the middle of this remarkable range is Central Phoenix.

 

In every direction there are wonderful cities and lovely towns full of happy people. Phoenix has it.  They found it. Do you want it?  They got it!

 

Central Phoenix Villages Phoenix has been recognized as “One of the Best Managed Cities” in the United States. The city has been broken down into 15 neighborhoods or villages. There are five villages (urban areas) that are included in the Central Phoenix area. These villages are: North Mountain Village, Alhambra Village, Encanto Village, Camelback East Village, and Central City Village. All of these villages are unique and have special characteristics. Phoenix is in Central Arizona.

 

The City of Scottsdale is to the east of downtown, the towns of Cave Creek and Carefree are north, and the City of Glendale, the gem of the valley, faces California with its back to the east.  And you have to check out Arizona’s “Golden Corridor” encompassing several cities and towns.  Golden sunlight, golden sand.  Central Phoenix is in a unique spot. People who live here are a highly distinguishable lot. Residents are within minutes of most cities and towns in the Valley of Sun. It is easy to get around town when you live in Central Phoenix.  And since Phoenix has it all, this means that you can get it all.  Easily.  So what are you waiting for?

 

There are numerous freeway choices. Both Interstate 17 and State Highway 51 (Piestewa Peak Freeway) run the entire length of the area, north and south. Interstate 10 also cuts through east and west. Central Phoenix residents don’t have to travel far because they’re so lucky- they’re right in the middle of everything!  They did it so you can have it – you’re in Phoenix.

 

Central Phoenix Entertainment is great! The area is host to many restaurants, lots of shopping, theaters, museums, professional sporting events, and much more.

 

Phoenix is simply BOOMING!  It is a city of well over 1, 2 00,000 people.

 

The Central Phoenix area is, by all empirical indicia, a true metropolitan city. The biggest draw to living in the Central Phoenix area is its proximity to many world class restaurants and major sport venues.  Just go to BOB (Bank One Ballpark) for Arizona Diamondback professional baseball games.  The more intimate but no less accommodating America West Arena takes you in to see the Phoenix Suns, Arizona Rattlers, and Phoenix Mercury games.

 

So, do you prefer Mozart or Beethoven?

 

Herberger Theater provides dramatic presentation while that Phoenix Symphony Hall, Dodge Theater and Orpheum Theater provide symphonic performances of masterworks which are, in most cases, far more accessible than contemporary theater even attempts to be.

 

And then there are the Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix Science Center, Phoenix Civic Center, the Convention Center and much, much more.  Phoenix is a big place; there is a little of everything here- you just may have to search a little bit.

 

Climate

 

The climate is typical of the southwest.  There is a mild winter that is balanced by a long hot, dry summer.  Many have claimed that the dry, hot summer conditions have helped to relive many of their allergy symptoms. 

 

Summer days are clear and spectacular and the temperatures are truly remarkable.  Spring and autumn are mild transitions into the other seasons.  There is a brief monsoon season that is truly extraordinary.

 

Central Phoenix Properties

 

Phoenix is sixth largest city in the United States and Central Phoenix area is at the very core.  It takes very little time to realize that no matter what your housing needs that the Phoenix home market is completely capable of meeting that need.

 

Properties in this area are diverse. Newly constructed lofts and condominiums are downtown and more and more units are becoming available every day to meet this growing demand.

 

There are also large acre sized properties with horse privileges and estates.  Many of these are along the main street in Phoenix, called Central Avenue. Tall palm trees and old trees line the wide streets in several historic areas, such as Palmcroft and Willo.

 

There are also new home developments scattered throughout the city. There is something for everyone. To look at homes in the Central Phoenix area, click here.

 

So whether you needs are grand or modest, sophisticated or simple you can tie your horse to the hitching post and stop on in for a look what Phoenix living is like.

 

The Market

 

The spectacular amount of market activity in Arizona over the past decade has been well documented.  People of all walks of life have been moving to Arizona, and particularly Phoenix, in numbers unmatched in recent memory. 

 

Figures from 2000-2005 show nothing but increased construction, development, unit sales and unit sales prices in virtually every category of structure offered on the market. 

 

The greatest degree of growth occurred during fiscal 2005, where previous growth statistics, impressive in their own rights, spiked sharply to even higher levels. 

 

Of particular note to the residential home seller/buyer was the record appreciation in new and resale home values. These rates were up for new homes and resale units, rentals and condominium units, the only difference being one of degree.

 

While it is true that not all Phoenix area real estate markets showed the same amount of increase it is true that the degree of growth for each area was roughly proportional.

 

Then along came 2006 and equally well documented has been the decline in the rate of growth of some key market indicators.  The greater Phoenix resale home market is showing marked decreases in sales figures for comparable periods last year across the valley and across most unit categories.

 

One interesting exception is median price for resale units has increased slightly.  This rising price accompanied by a decrease in sales seems to be more in keeping with normal market tendencies.  One would expect spectacular growth to lead eventually to a degree of scarcity that would be reflected in higher prices.  Could this indicate that the market has reached its peak?

 

Let’s look at another indicator to see what it may tell us.

Since 1985, the Arizona Real Estate Center has computed what it calls “affordability indexes” for the Greater Phoenix area and several nearby cities. 

 

The index was invented as a guide to predict market activity.  When the index value is 100, the typical home buyer (based on the current median resale price and household income) would be able to afford a median-priced home at the stated effective interest rate.  A lower index value indicates less availability of affordable single-family homes.

 

The affordability index for the areas selected for study shows significant reduction in the availability of that this type of housing within the means of the ordinary consumer. 

 

Whether this data can be used as a reliable indicator for other groups and other types of housing is debatable, but it does beg the question “how much longer will the market be able to sustain a situation where both sellers and buyers can apparently benefit by getting involved in the market?

 

The short answer is that these conditions can remain so long as they are supported by the market. 

 

So when we take a long look at the larger picture we must ask ourselves whether we can realistically expect to realize more potential gain or value now or at some time in the future and it is very reasonable to conclude that the best possible time to buy or sell Arizona really is now.

 

Central Phoenix History

 

The Hohokam Indians are thought to have settled this area over 2,000 years ago. They used the water from the Salt River to build irrigation ditches to support agriculture. Their community flourished for nearly 1,500 years, until they suddenly vanished.  Nobody knows the reason for certain but not a lot is left to show they were still living here after that time.  Even the name “Hohokams” is really and Indian phrase of the Pima Tribe that means "the people who have gone". Even though they are gone we know that they were here because they left their network of ditches behind.

 

John Y.T. Smith was the first white settler in the area. He chose the site to start cutting hay because of the remains of the canal ditches left behind by the Hohokam Indians gave him the necessary supply of water he needed for framing.  Smith knew a good thing when he saw it and quickly invited his friend Jack Swilling from Wickenburg to come out to his place. Jack also thought it very promising, liked the potential and formed a canal company here in 1867. 

 

It is believed that Darrell Duppa, an educated Englishman came up with the name Phoenix.

 

The myth says that just as the Egyptian Phoenix rose from its ashes and flew, so might the Hohokams be reborn again.  It is unclear what Duppa believed the resurrected braves would do once they discovered settlers on their land; but it makes for a great story anyway.

 

The growth of the town was slow and steady.  Phoenix was filed as a town site in 1872. It was during this time that cotton became a main crop in the valley. In 1887, the railroad arrived in town. Then two years later Phoenix became the territorial capital. When the construction of the Roosevelt Dam was completed the town's growth increased. The dam ensured that there was dependable source of irrigation water.

 

Arizona became a state in 1912, and Phoenix became the capitol. During the 1950's Phoenix spread out 17 square miles. It was a small western town that was best known for its ideal climate for those suffering from asthma.

 

Up through the 20’s, 30’s and 40’s Phoenix was most famous for its climate, citrus fruits, copper, cotton and cattle ranching. But it wasn't until the encroachment of World Phoenix really began to grow with War II. Arizona climate was great for flying and the air force and the defense industry headed to Phoenix to set up shop. Phoenix had the work force and the land needed to set up plants for creating a military buildup. After the war, families headed west to start a new beginning. Then air-conditioning became standard, which made the desert summers bearable. Today tourism has become a leading industry.

 

The Phoenix area or "Valley of the Sun" is a haven for winter visitors. Tourism also makes Phoenix a great place to live. There are numerous restaurants, shopping areas and recreational spots for all to enjoy.

 

The relaxed and casual living makes Phoenix a desirable place to live and visit. Phoenix has grown to over 430 square miles and continues to be a town of new opportunities and growth.

 

Entertainment

 

The list of places to go and things do is literally inexhaustible.  The few items that follow are only for illustration and this is not a complete list.  For more information got to a publication like the Arizona New Times.

 

Or, better yet, visit the official city website at http://www.phoenix.gov

 

For shoppers The Arizona Center is an outdoor mall with great restaurants and nightlife.

 

The Heard Museum is known around the world for its mission of preserving the Native American past. The museum does a tremendous job with its displays and outstanding artwork collections. Visitors will want to make it one of their stops to learn more about the history of the Southwest.

 

The Arizona Science Museum is the place to go if you have young ones. This hands-on museum allows children to experience scientific theories and be a part of the learning.

 

If shopping is your thing, then the Arizona Biltmore is the place for you.  The Biltmore has upscale shops and wonderful restaurants.

 

Outdoor Activities

 

Most will agree that Phoenix is the ideal place to start your excursions to other the parts of the state, although there is so much to see and do in town too. There are so many attractions in the Phoenix area; it is difficult to decide where to begin.

 

The Phoenix Zoo is a perfect place to go to see some interesting animals. There are camels, snakes, giraffes and the speckled bear. You will want to make a day of it.

 

Squaw Peak Park and North Mountain Park are both very popular hiking areas. Many people use these trails on a daily basis.

 

Papago Park is a wonderful place to see spectacular red rock formations. The views from the park of the city are terrific.

 

Encanto Park is a lush green park with meandering water ways located in the center of Phoenix. The children's amusement park located at Encanto is a great place to take little ones.

 

Mc Dowell Mountain is a mountain preserve at the north of the valley and the Superstition Mountains in the east.

 

All of these mountains provide a spectacular scenic backdrop for the valley.

 

The Desert Sky Pavilion has many bands perform in its outdoor amphitheater.

There is seating for 18,000 and at least 50 major shows make there stop at the pavilion each year.