The native people who it is believed first settled in this area, The Hohokam Indians, are believed to have settled in this area over 2,000 years ago. The Hohokams are a people shrouded in mystery and they got their name from the Piman Indian word for "the people who have gone". These settlers came, stayed then disappeared from the valley a long time ago. We know something about them because they left behind some amazing proof of their civilization.

From the blistering plain they used their engineering skills and imagination to make it possible to grow some crops in the desert. They did this by digging a series of ditches that allowed them to bring sufficient amounts of water to some areas about the valley so that they could plant their corn and other crops there.

These ditches were built along the Salt River so that those waters could be diverted to agricultural use. The skill and ability of the Indians as planners, builders and farmers is proven to us today by scholars and archeologists who have studied the area and the people who lived there long ago. Relics tell us today that these communities along the Salt River flourished for nearly 1,500 years.

Then the trail suddenly vanishes! What, if anything, happened is still not clear to us today. Theories are many as to what could have happened.

Some guess that a prolonged drought may have led to crop failures that finally forced the tribe to move away from the area, or even may have killed them. Some disease that we know nothing about today could also have caused this civilization to die off and disappear. Or perhaps the Hohokam Indians are simply the ancestors of the modern Pima Indians who now live on the Salt River and Gila River reservations and the Tohono O'odham who live in southern Arizona.

Any one of these theories, or a combination of these ideas, could explain the mystery. But all that is known to those who are experts in this area is that the trail of evidence grows cold at about 1459 A.D. and that the hot, dust-swept plains are still and silent as to exactly what happened to the ancient civilization that once thrived there,
Probably the first western man to venture into what is now Arizona was Spanish conquistador Francisco Vasquez de Coronado to in 1540. The Spanish were drawn to the New World in their zeal to spread Christianity and in their search for glory and riches. Their adventures saw them travel to what are now South America, Mexico, and the United States, and all along their way these conquistadores kept hearing tales of never-to-be found riches. Later Coronado led a legion of explorers further northward as far as Kansas but they found nothing that remotely resembled a mystical city of gold either.
It is widely believed that John Y.T. Smith was the first white settler to arrive n the area. Strong and sturdy, he chose the site to start cutting hay because of the remains of the canal ditches left behind by the Hohokam Indians.

After Smith had gotten used to life in the valley and found that the valley had ample bounty for anyone willing to put in the hard work and time to reap its rewards he invited his friends to come out west and see if they didn’t feel the way he did about the area

Now I invite you to join me in turning the clock back a little bit. In fact, let’s turn it all the way back to, let’s say, 1867. Here we are standing alone on a vast and unsettled desert plain. Don’t waste your time looking for any of the landmarks and places of interest that we take for granted today: Bank One Ballpark, America West Arena, Herberger Theater, Phoenix Symphony Hall, Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix Science Center, or the Convention Center, Arizona State University, The Biltmore- they’re not here yet!

Look around you and you will see little, outside some historic places that have remained with us to this very day, which you will be able to recognize! No busy city streets swelling with traffic, no sounds of powerful jet engines from the jet aircraft overhead – in fact, no paved roads at all!

The Phoenix area in 1867 may strike you as a little confusing! Just where is the Sheriff? Are there any outlaws on the loose and roaming the countryside? And just how does a six-shooter work, anyway?

Then you happen to see a man headed in your general direction, and, needing some quick information you hurry over to talk to him. In a rush you introduce your self and then begin with a flood of questions.

The man straightens up, looks you square in the eye, and then, with a good-natured smile says “You’re new to these parts, aren’t you?” The man’s easy manner and friendliness are disarming and you follow along as he strolls toward the local feed store. He introduces himself, “My name is Jack Swilling, how do you do?”

You have just befriended one of the important figures in the founding of Phoenix. You see, Mr. Swilling was an engineer of sorts, and he founded a digging and building firm that began bringing water to the Phoenix from the Salt River.

Jack Swilling was from Wickenburg, Virginia. He was a friend of Smith’s and decided to take the invitation and go out west and see if he might not want to “set up stakes” here in what was later to become Phoenix. .

Mr. Swilling made the long and dangerous trek across the country, finally arriving here safe and sound. When Jack Swilling got to the foot of the north slopes of the White Tank Mountains he may have taken a moment to rest and look around. He would have seen the vast Salt River Valley stretching out before him.

As he bent down to sample the dusty earth that he stood on his farming knowledge would tell him that there was a chance for life here. He would see farmland that didn’t have a lot of rocks and that had a long and warm growing season. He was very impressed with the area and, like so many who would follow in his adventurous footsteps; he fell in love with the valley and decided to settle here.

By 1868, he had convinced some friends from Wickenburg to join him out west. He told them of what he had seen and of the great promise that the area held for those brave enough to meet the tough physical challenges of the untamed west. Mr. Swilling must have been convincing because a band of brave settles did leave from the east to join Mr. Swilling in Arizona. When these folks arrived they began to carry out their plan to make the vast stretches of land they saw before them good for farming. So this band of settlers made a canal from the Salt River and settled in a small farming community approximately four miles east of the present city. And it worked. And they stayed.

It is hard to imagine now because when you look around you, you can see plants, trees, and even flowers all around you. But before there was a way to bring water into the valley there was no life here except for native desert life.

You can still get a pretty good idea of what the area looked like in the days before the large amount of settlers brought prosperity to the region by traveling just a short way beyond the valley. You will note that before too long the trappings of big-city life will quickly disappear, vanishing into an expanse of rolling desert sparsely populated by cactus and stark in its natural straight-forwardness

How Phoenix Got Its Name

The place where this little settlement was located was first named Swilling's Mill after Jack Swilling, the founder. Later, the name would change to Hellinwg Mill, Mill City, and then East Phoenix. Swilling wanted to name it Stonewall, after the famous Civil War General Stonewall Jackson. Others wanted to call this area, close to where Arizona State University now sits, Salina.

It is widely believed that Darrell Duppa, an educated Englishman recommended the name Phoenix. It is accepted that the reason he chose this name was because, just as the mythical Phoenix rose from its ashes to spread its mighty wings and fly again, so had the place where the mysterious Hohokams built their marvelous canal system, get a new lease-on-life. The name stuck.

At first, Phoenix was part of Yavapai County. But in 1868 it was officially recognized as its own town. What’s more, later that year Phoenix got its own post office with Jack Swilling acting as postmaster.

The area was surveyed in 1870 to select a suitable piece of unimproved public land for a town site and in 1871 the territorial legislature created Maricopa County, the county in which Phoenix is located. The first county election in Maricopa County was held in 1871, when Tom Barnum was elected the first sheriff of Maricopa County.

The first public school in Phoenix opened on September 5, 1872, in the courtroom of the county building. By October 1873, a small adobe school building was completed on Center Street (now Central Avenue) a short distance north of where the San Carlos Hotel now stands. Miss Nellie Shaver, of Wisconsin, was appointed as the first female schoolteacher in Phoenix.

In 1874 none other than President Grant issued a land patent for the present site of Phoenix. The total cost of the Phoenix Town site of 320 acres was $550, including all expenses for legal fees, surveying and other services.

At this time cotton became a main crop in the valley. This brought in labor, both migrant and permanent, and the township brew as its cash crop spurred a need for labor.

Forward toward the future

Arrival of the railroad in 1887 was the first of several important events that revolutionized the economy of Phoenix. The coming of the railroad in the 1880s caused more growth as travel to, and through, Phoenix was made easier. Merchandise now flowed into the city by rail instead of wagon.

Phoenix became a trade center with its products reaching eastern and western markets Commercial traffic from east to west also saw the growth of the hospitality industry and of other businesses that catered to the needs caused by increased traffic.. In recognition of the increased tempo of economic life, the Phoenix Chamber of Commerce was organized.

Two years later Phoenix became the territorial capital. When the construction of the Roosevelt Dam was completed the town's growth increased. This is because the dam guaranteed a reliable supply of fresh water to support the additional demand caused by the increase in population and farm irrigation.

In 1902, President Theodore Roosevelt signed the National Reclamation Act making it possible to build dams on western streams for reclamation purposes. Valley of the Sun residents were quick to supplement this federal action by organizing the Salt River Valley Waters Users' Association to assure proper management of the precious water supply and to this day it serves as the major agency for controlling the use of irrigation water in the Valley.

In 1911, the Theodore Roosevelt Dam, was built to create the Roosevelt Lake. At the time this dam was the largest masonry dam project in the world and it created expanded irrigation of land in the Valley for farming, and increased the water supply for the steadily growing population.

Statehood and beyond

President William Howard Taft approved Arizona's statehood in 1912. This made Phoenix the official state capital.

Shortly after statehood Phoenix changed its form of government from mayor-council variety to a council-manager system. This form of administration was revolutionary at the time and has been duplicated by many cities in the United States since then.

In 1924, President Calvin Coolidge sold 13,000 acres of South Mountain to the city of Phoenix for $17,000 so that the city reached its present size of 16,500 acres. In fact, South Mountain Park, which hosts over 3 million visitors each year, is the largest metropolitan park in the world today.

However, gradually the city and state became known for more than just climate. The "Five C's" (climate, citrus, copper, cotton and cattle) soon became the mainstays of the city and state. But it wasn't until the outbreak of World War II that Phoenix really began to grow. Arizona 's ideal weather was perfect for air flight. Soon military airfields and the defense industry headed to Phoenix to set up shop.

The war caused Phoenix from a farming focus to manufacturing and distribution center. Phoenix had the work force and the land needed to set up plants for creating a military buildup and that is what happened. The 1940’s saw Phoenix rapidly turn into an industrial city with mass production of military supplies.

Luke Field, Williams Field and Falcon Field, coupled with the giant ground-training center at Hyder, west of Phoenix, brought thousands of new recruits into Phoenix.
In 1950, 105,000 people lived within the city limits and thousands more lived in adjacent communities and depended upon Phoenix for their livelihoods. The city had 148 miles of paved streets and 163 miles of unpaved streets for a total of 311 miles of streets within the city limits.

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.

Phoenix has been selected four times since 1950 as an All-America City. This is a privileged distinction among big cities. To be an All-America City judging criteria includes the extent to which a city’s private citizens are involved in city government.

Thousands of Phoenix citizens have served on various city committees, boards and commissions to assure that major decisions are in the best interest of the people.
In 1993, Phoenix was selected as the "Best Run City in the World", also known as the Carl Bertelsmann Prize, by the Bertelsmann Foundation of Germany. Phoenix is in a very select class of city recipients of this noble honor.

During the 1950's Phoenix reached its city size of 17 square miles. Current development is pushing rapidly beyond the geographic boundaries to the north and west, south through Pinal County towards Tucson, and beginning to surround the large Salt River and Gila River reservations.

Considered by many at one time as a small western town mostly thought of as a stop along the way to either of the coasts the city developed from a place with the unique reputation as a healthy haven for those suffering from the symptoms of chronic asthma to a world-class city.

Pleasant Present

Phoenix’s municipal motto is “Vision, and values cascading into the future.” The vision for Phoenix is of a city on the rise. The numbers suggest a city that is growing in every important area and the trends do not give any hint of a change in direction. Phoenix has much to offer for anyone, and whatever you are looking for you can be sure that you will be able to find it here.

Phoenix has a personality that is as varied and complex as those of its residents. There is a vibrant and exciting nightlife, but this is in contrast to the large number of quiet residential neighborhoods where those who prefer a more steady-paced lifestyle live. Finally, this is a good saying for a city whose growth is cascading by leaps and bounds so that the rate is among the fastest of any large city in America.

But in spite of all this sprawling growth Phoenix has been nationally recognized as “One of the Best Managed Cities” in the United States. This has been accomplished by hard work and attention to details. This recognition is the reward for a responsive and caring city administration; one that has had to adapt constantly to new and different demands that appear quickly and that impact many people at once.

Like most large cities, Phoenix is not just a large, faceless mass, but is subdivided into a series of smaller units. Similar to the way New York is broken down into boroughs Phoenix can be separated into 15 distinct neighborhoods or villages. Every major city has to be divided into sampler units for the sake of effective management. Service providers have to be able to respond knowledgeably and quickly and only by knowing an area, when the city is as large as Phoenix, can this be done effectively.

Government

Phoenix adopted a commission form of government in 1913. This is long before any other city had thought about using this typ of method of city government, as most had never imagined any system other than the long-established mayor leadership system. The city of Phoenix is managed by a city council consisting of a mayor and eight city council members. The mayor is elected in an “at large (or election open to the public) election.

The winning candidate is elected to serve a four year term. City council members are elected to four-year terms by voters as well, but each councilperson is voted for by, and to represent, each of the eight separate city districts. The mayor and city council members have equal voting power to make laws and set the policies that govern the city.

In addition to eight voting districts, the city is also divided into 15 "urban villages." The reason for this is to help in making local laws and regulations that are in tune with the needs of the local residents. Having smaller areas that can express their needs and wants is intended to let people have their say at a level closer to the neighborhood residents

These urban villages(Five of the villages: North Mountain Village, Alhambra Village, Encanto Village, Camelback East Village, and Central City Village, are included in Central Phoenix.) are: Ahwatukee Foothills, Alhambra, Camelback East, Central City, Deer Valley, Desert Ridge, Desert View, Encanto, Estrella, Laveen, Maryvale, North Gateway, North Mountain, Paradise Valley (not to be confused with the town of Paradise Valley), South Mountain, as well as a fifteenth which is as of yet unnamed (created in 2004 and currently called, "New Village."). The fifteenth is sparsely populated and new development is not expected any time in the near future.

All of these villages are unique and have special characteristics. Visit any of these five villages and the differences in history and personality will become immediately apparent to even the most casual observer. Phoenix is in the center of Arizona and it has a little of everything. Discover Phoenix, discover a unique part of America’s heritage.

The City

Downtown

There has been lot of building, restoration and renovation to the downtown area. Examples of the vast amount of development that have been going on are the US Airways Center (formerly America West Arena) and Chase Field (formerly Bank One Ballpark) and the very many coffeehouses, restaurants, nightclubs and shopping areas appearing with increasing frequency. The popular Arizona Center continues to attract people to the downtown area for shopping during the day as well as for the vibrant nightlife. Many new restaurants have done well by offering first-rate food, fun and service, some using the themes of Phoenix's early history to add extra charm and uniqueness to the dining experience. Downtown attractions include a variety of events and activities supported by public and private sponsors. There are also many parks and squares to walk, the Arizona Science Center, art and history museums and the public library to visit,

West Phoenix (Growth and Oppoprtunity)

The inner neighborhoods include many reasonably priced homes. Much of the residential building here is recent and took place no later than the 1970s. Shoppers in the west are catered to by a variety of large malls and pavilions that promise not only great selection and price, but also provide free open-air entertainment like concerts and other attractions.

The west side continues to grow outward at an amazing rate. Visit charming Historic Downtown Glendale and see how life was in the area in days gone by. Antique vendors tempt visitors with their hidden treasures and the area affords a variety of shopping and diverse dining choices.

Cardinals Stadium is currently under construction in Glendale. The Fiesta Bowl is moving to the stadium in 2007 and the 2008 Superbowl (XLII) is slated to be held at Cardinal Stadium.

South Phoenix (Economy and Scenerey)

This area features a lot of inexpensive housing. There is also a lot of commercial activity going on here. But for older adults and urban professionals there is the gated community of Ahwatukee that provides upscale apartments.

Visitors are advised to take the South Mountain Park Scenic Drive while in this area. The beautiful sunsets that are the pride of Arizona and best enjoyed from a desert wilderness vantage point are seen so clearly from these mountains. An impressive shopping mall is located just across the freeway so that area residents can choose from an assortment of goods located very near to where they live.

Northwest (History and Recreation)

Out beyond Peoria and Glendale are the communities of Sun City, Sun City West, Youngtown, and Surprise. The Sun Cities and Youngtown are largely retirement communities and provide full-service to take care of the needs of resident retirees.

But while development is springing up all over the area is also remarkable for its natural beauty. Hikers will enjoy the White Tank Mountain Regional Park. These areas provide some of the best hiking and sight-seeing to be found anywhere.

East Side (Expansion and Diversity)

Nestled again Phoenix on the east is the town of Paradise Valley. Found to the Northeast of Phoenix, this area is popular with middleclass and wealthy residents. South of Paradise Valley is the neighborhood of Arcadia. Unlike most of Phoenix, Arcadia is filled with more mature landscape and citrus trees.

Just to the east of Paradise Valley is the well-known City of Scottsdale.. The people who live there like to call it "The West's Most Western Town." Scottsdale housing and living is expensive as the area is made to serve those who are the wealthiest Phoenix residents.

Tempe, located south of Scottsdale, is primarily a college town. It is the home of Arizona State University and the Sun Devils. Local festivals, gatherings and a long list of other special events are extremely popular in this area. Arizona State University is at the hub of this area.

Continuing further to the east is Mesa, Chandler and Gilbert. The City of Chandler remained largely an agricultural community until the 1970’s, when there was a big increase in settlement. Much of this area houses young families and middle-class professionals in traditional styled housing developments.

Education (Schools and Learning)

Public education in the city of Phoenix is provided by 30 school districts.
The principal institution of higher education in the area is nationally renowned Arizona State University (ASU). ASU’s main campus is located in Tempe, but ASU is a large university with large satellite campuses in Phoenix and Mesa aw well. ASU is currently one of the largest public universities in the U.S., with a 2004 enrollment of 57,543.

The University of Phoenix is also headquartered in, you guessed it, Phoenix! This is the nation's largest private, for-profit university. It reports an enrollment of well over 130,000 students in campuses throughout the United States and the world. (Foreign campus locations include Puerto Rico, Canada, Mexico, and the Netherlands.)

There is also an extensive network of community colleges throughout the valley. These ten community colleges and two skills centers are sprinkled across Maricopa County in order to provide adult education and job training to the widest possible cross-section of scholars.

Geography and Climate

The heart of the City of Phoenix, and what many would say might be at the very heart of the state, is called Phoenix Arizona Home Central Phoenix. Phoenix is surrounded by a ring of mountains, and therefore finds itself located in a valley. As this valley, blessed by almost year-round constant sunshine, is called The Valley of the Sun, so is Phoenix, the jewel that sits at the center of this valley, often referred to as The Valley of the Sun.

The exact location of Phoenix, in latitude and longitude, is 33 degrees 31'42" north and 112 degrees 4'35" west. This puts it at about the same latitude that would be on an east-west line going from west to east through Long Beach, CA, Shreveport, LA, and Savanna, GA. Phoenix sits in the center of Phoenix Valley, also frequently referred to as the "Valley of the Sun".

It is easy to imagine the in-state location of Phoenix by just thinking of a place right in the middle of the state of Arizona. The elevation of Phoenix is 1,117 feet above sea level and it is in the heart of the beautiful Sonora Desert.

A major feature of Phoenix is the Salt River. The Salt River is important in the history and development of the city, and of the state. But the Salt River is also an important part of the landscape. The Salt River flows westward through the city of Phoenix; the riverbed is normally dry except when excess runoff forces the release of water from the dams upriver.

The city of Tempe has built two inflatable dams in the Salt River bed to create a year-round recreational lake. The Tempe Town Lake is surrounded by lavish living accommodations and a number of recreation and nightspots to meet the plan of creating a luxurious resort location.

But aside from this man-made lake the city and surrounding places are mostly made up of land. The city officially has an area of 475.1 square miles. You can see how important water is to the area when you consider that of all this space only 0.05 percent of it is made up of water.

The majestic mountain ranges that enclose, ring and protect the city include Camelback Mountain to the east, Piestewa Peak (Formerly known as Squaw Peak and renamed to commemorate a brave Native American member of our military who fell in the line of duty with U.S. Armed Forces fighting for freedom in Iraq) in the northeast, and South Mountain, appropriately enough, in the south. Completing the enclosure and a bit further away, are the White Tank Mountains.

These mountains, rising spectacularly above the mostly level desert plains, form a breathtaking background for this jewel of a city amidst the desert.

But the Phoenix area itself is not simply a flat plain with no character to its terrain. Within the city are the Phoenix Mountains and South Mountains. These mountains not only add to the scenic beauty of the valley, they are also ideal locations to participate in local recreation.

Phoenix has a very dry and hot climate, with little change during the year. Clear blue skies are typical on most days, and Phoenix boasts nearly 300 sunny days per year on average. The temperature reaches or exceeds 100 degrees on about 89 days during the year.

The hottest times are the days from early June through early September. To get an idea of how hot it can get there record temperature was set on June 26, 1990, when it reached an all-time high of 122 degrees! (The lowest temperature ever recorded in Phoenix was 16 degrees on January 7, 1913.)

The dry Arizona air makes the hot temperatures easier to withstand early in the season. But the resident must be aware of the August monsoon season. At this time Phoenix can get nearly as humid as it gets in the Southeastern United States.

The normal annual rainfall is 8.29 inches and rain is particularly scarce from April through June. Although thunderstorms occur on occasion during every month of the year, they are most common during the monsoon season from July to mid-September.

Snow is extremely rare in the area. Most of the snowfall occurs north at the higher elevations around Flagstaff with snowfall in Phoenix noted. When it snows in Phoenix it goes in the record books!

The Bird (Legend of the Phoenix)

In fact, this is the story of how Phoenix got the name. But the story of the Phoenix, rising from the desert plain, is not a new story, and the idea behind the Phoenix, which suits the city so well, has a varied cultural history.

Ancient Egyptian legend from 5,000 years ago tells us of a magnificent and wonderful bird called the Phoenix. This heron-like bird stood for the beginning of life and of the Egyptian civilization.

The Arabian Phoenix was believed to build itself a funeral pyre before death then set itself ablaze to rise again 3 days later. Other cultures have similar stories. Many travelers get their first look of Phoenix at Sky Harbor. Arrivals to Phoenix will see a huge mural that spans a major section of the terminal wall and depicts the legendary bird emerging, triumphant, from among the ashes!

And this is how the city got the name; it is a major city rising from the heated desert plain- just like that mythical bird from ancient times rose from the ashes to give new life to where there had been none. Congratulations, then, to all those from then up now who have worked so hard to turn what was once a barren desert area into a gleaming city devoted to offering its residents the best of modern life.

Phoenix Trivia (Facts or Fiction?)
Here are some interesting “facts” about the Phoenix area. The following list, though intended to be authentic, has not been updated to insure currency and those interested in verifying the items on the list are invited to do so!

Phoenix is not only a city in Arizona, it is also a city in New York, Maryland and Oregon.
• It is illegal to hunt camels in the State of Arizona.

• Arizona once had a navy consisting of two boats on the Colorado River. They were used to prevent California from encroaching on Arizona territory.

• The name Arizona comes from the Indian "Arizonac" which means "little spring".
• Phoenix averages 211 days of sunshine per year.

• South Mountain Park covers more than 20,000 acres, making it the largest city park in the world.

• A saguaro cactus will take between 50 and 100 years to grow an arm. The saguaro cactus flower is the official state flower of Arizona.

• There are 11.2 million acres of National Forest in Arizona and one fourth of the state is forested. The largest forest is comprised of Ponderosa Pine.

• The largest freshwater striped bass caught in Arizona was at Bullhead City. It weighed 59 lbs. 12 oz.

• In the City of Glendale it is illegal for a car to back up.

• Someone who lives in Arizona is referred to as either an "Arizonan" or an "Arizonian".

Brief Economy Profile (Local Economy)

At first the Phoenix economy was agricultural. The cash crops in those early days were cotton and citrus products. In the last two decades, the economy has changed as rapidly as the population has grown. As the state capital of Arizona, many residents in the area are employed by the government. Arizona State University has also enhanced the area's profile and prestige through education and its growing research capabilities. A number of high-tech and telecommunications companies have also chosen to move to the area.

The warm winter climate drives a great deal of seasonal tourism and recreation and the area is prepared to meet the wants and needs of area visitors. The Heard Museum does a tremendous job of preserving and presenting the Native American past with its displays and outstanding artwork collections. The Biltmore has upscale shops and wonderful restaurants. Golfing is big in Phoenix, with the area hosting many Professional Golf Association (PGA) events.

Phoenix is the home for major Fortune 500 companies Avnet, Inc. Electronics Corporation, Phelps Dodge Corporation mineral development specialists and America West Airlines. Allied Waste Industries, Inc., the second largest non-hazardous solid waste management company in the country, also calls the area its home.

Luke Air Force Base, located to the west, is a large military installation. This Air Force Base that provides jobs and spending that insure the economic stability to that area

Phoenix is also a popular location for all sorts of filming. Filming for TV and for the movie industry has been popular here for a long time. The city government operates a film office to assist those in motion picture and advertising companies who are interested in using city-owned sites or other locations throughout the metropolitan area in their productions.

Transportation (Getting around, Getting About)

Sky Harbor International Airport is located in the metro area near the intersections of I-10, I-17, US 60, and State Routes 51 and Loop 202. It is a southwestern hub for traffic by air and a center for all air travelers continuing further west or going to the east. It is the fifth largest airport in America. The airport serves more than 100 cities and carries more than 36 million people a year. The airport serves domestic and international customers with a number of major carriers.

The Williams Gateway Airport, an Air Force Base in Mesa recently converted to civilian use, also serves the area's commercial air traffic. The conversion is an attempt to relieve Sky Harbor of some of the airport's traffic and to carry passengers to local destinations.
Smaller airports that primarily handle private and corporate jets include the Scottsdale Municipal Airport in Scottsdale and the Falcon Field Airport in Mesa.

Public transportation throughout the metropolitan area is served by Valley Metro bus service that operates a series of buses and ride-share options. Valley Metro is currently building Valley Metro Rail, a light rail project. Several cities have expressed interest in commuter rail on existing railway lines and there are a series of proposals under consideration.

The road system in Phoenix is relatively new. This means that it has been laid out in a grid system so that most roads travel either north to south or east to west. I-10, called the Maricopa and Papago Freeways, starts all the way in Los Angeles and comes east through downtown Phoenix where it continues southeast towards Tucson.

I-17, known as the Black Canyon Freeway, begins in downtown Phoenix and travels north to Flagstaff. US 60, the Superstition Freeway, also travels through the center of the city, going to the northwest through the suburbs of Glendale, Peoria, and Surprise. It also exits to the east of downtown and continuing through Tempe, Mesa, Chandler, Gilbert, and Apache Junction. State Route Loop 101, named the Agua Fria, Price, and Pima Freeways along parts of its route, is also a major highway that forms a semicircle around the northern suburbs of the city. This ring starts from I-10 in the west and goes around to I-10, by way of State Route Loop 202, in the southeast.

But the rapid growth of the city has seen the need for even more access to, and about, the city. Phoenix continues to add to its highway system to better serve the public with Loop 202 and Loop 303 nearing completion.

Recreation (malls, zoos, pavilions and parks)

The Phoenix area, or the "Valley of the Sun", continues to be a favorite winter haven for visitors from all over the United States, and the world. The commerce and enterprise that tourism and the tourism industry bring to Phoenix is a large part of what makes Phoenix such a great place to live. There are numerous restaurants, shopping areas and recreational spots for everybody to enjoy.

The relaxed and casual southwestern style of life make Phoenix an especially desirable place to live or visit for those seeking a break form the hurried pace of like that is so common these days. Phoenix has grown in size to over 430 fun and action-packed square miles and continues to be a town of new opportunities and sensational growth.

The fine weather and availability of much land for commercial development has meant that there are many outdoor malls throughout the valley. These malls, with their pleasant atmosphere and vendors of all types have become an ideal place to spend an afternoon. Whether it be a weekend visit for window-shopping, a shopping trip or merely a lazy afternoon of strolling about the malls are always a popular destination.

A great place for shopping is the Arizona Center in downtown Phoenix. This mall features great restaurants and nightlife is another popular location for those focused on fun and shopping.

The Phoenix Zoo is the place to go if you want to learn about animal life from this, and from other, areas. The habitats are well kept and the decoration authentic to the areas in which the species are actually found. There are enough mammals, bird, and reptiles to satisfy the curiosity of even the most avid animal-lover and will provide satisfaction for many, many visits.

The Arizona Science Museum is the place to go to learn about science. The center has a large assortment of displays and features many interactive exhibits. Visitors are often able to see the operation of a scientific idea by models that let the visitor actually operate the exhibit and bringing the display to life!

The Blockbuster Desert Sky Pavilion is a spectacular outdoor entertainment complex that attracts top acts and music lovers from all over. There is seating for 18,000 and at least 50 major shows make there stop at the pavilion each year. Entertainers like Moody Blues, Kenney Chesney, Dave Matthews, Erykah Badu, Scorpions, Hank Williams Jr., Prince, Harry Connick Jr., Brittany Spears, Snatana and the B-52's are just a few of the big-name acts that have been attracted to this venue. New or old, rock or pop, the talent is diverse and first-rate at Blockbuster Desert Sky Pavilion.

You will find many outdoor activities in the Valley of the Sun. The Phoenix Mountain Preserve, at over 24,000 acres, is the largest municipal park in the United States. The Phoenix Mountain Preserve is made up of many mountain parks that are a part of the preserve. South Mountain Park stretches 16,500 acres and is a part of the chain of desert mountain parks that go around Phoenix. 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 remarkable red rock formations.

The views that the peaks overlooking Phoenix give of the city are breathtaking. Encanto Park is located in the center of Phoenix. The park has rich, forest-like foliage, plentiful water ways and even children's amusement park making it an ideal place to spend a family outing.

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Catania (Italy)

Chengdu (China)

Ennis (Ireland)

Grenoble (Rhone-Alpes, France)

Hermosillo (Sonora, Mexico)

Himeji (Japan)

Prague (Czech Republic)

Ramat-Gan (Israel)

Taipei (Taiwan)

Interesting Places

Arizona Biltmore

Arizona Historical Society Museum

Arizona Science Center, designed by Antoine Predock

Arizona Veterans Memorial Coliseum at the Arizona State Fairgrounds

Bank One Center the tallest building in the state of Arizona

Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Burton Barr Central Library, designed by Will Bruder

Camelback Mountain

Castles N' Coasters amusement park

Desert Botanical Garden

Encanto Park

Fleischer Museum

Hall of Flame

Heard Museum

Hotel San Carlos

Mystery Castle

Papago Park

Phoenix Art Museum

Phoenix Mountains Park and Recreation Area

Phoenix Museum of History

Phoenix Zoo

Pueblo Grande Museum and Cultural Park

Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art

St. Mary's Basilica:Tovrea Castle

South Mountain Park.

Symphony Hall for the Phoenix Symphony at the Phoenix Civic Plaza

Taliesin West and Gammage Auditorium

Wrigley Mansion

Major Sports Clubs

Club and Sport

Arizona Cardinals Football

Arizona Diamondbacks Baseball

Phoenix Suns Basketball

Phoenix Mercury Basketball Women's National Basketball Association

Phoenix Coyotes Ice Hockey

Helpful Contact Information to Know (Getting Started)

Whether you are coming to Phoenix for a brief visit, to stay for a while or to settle down there are things that you will be interested in knowing about the area. Following are some links to sites that might be of interest to you; things to do, places to go and things you might need to get. Take a moment to look at the list of sites and see if any are useful to you as you get started on your Arizona adventure.

• For more detailed information about what’s happening right now in Phoenix. see http://copwww.ci.phoenix.az.us/

• Phoenix is located in Maricopa County, to find out more information about the local headlines and events see http://www.maricopa.gov

• Cox is one of the local cable and telephone providers in the Phoenix Metro area, click here to learn more about their services at http://www.cox.com

• Southwest Gas is the local natural gas provider, click here to learn more about their services and rates go to http://www.swgas.com

• Qwest is another local provider of telephone and internet access providers click here for more information about their services, including long distance visit http://www.qwest.com

• APS is one of the local electricity providers in and around the Valley, click here to see if they service your area! http://www.aps.com

• SRP is another local electricity provider, click here to see if they service your area. Go to http://www.srpnet.com

Phoenix Golf Courses

The city of Phoenix has become a golfer’s haven. It is known for its countless number of golf courses.

It isn’t surprising. With sunny, warm weather and spectacular desert mountain views, who wouldn’t want to play a round of golf in Phoenix?

Just take a look at the long list of golf courses available in and around the metro Phoenix area. It might seem at first glance to be too overwhelming to locate a golf course that will suit you. However, the process can be very simple.

Central Phoenix Overview

Central Phoenix is an area that stretches from historic downtown Phoenix, northward through the center of Phoenix up to North Mountain. It is an area that many people moving to Phoenix chose to make their home.

The Valley of the Sun (Phoenix metropolitan area) is very large, covering nearly 400 square miles. However, the city of Phoenix itself is divided into 15 sections or urban areas called villages. Each village has its own unique qualities. The Central Phoenix area includes five of these villages. The villages are: North Mountain Village, Alhambra Village, Encanto Village, Camelback East Village, and Central Village.

Each of these villages offers an array of properties, from historic homes to new homes. The Central Phoenix area is unlike any of the other towns/cities on its outskirts. This part of Phoenix is more established, giving the Central Phoenix area less of a desert environment and more a city setting.

Many properties include grass lawns and citrus trees. The Central Phoenix area offers residents the convenience of downtown sporting events, galleries, and cultural events.
It is the perfect location for those who want to experience the friendly and relaxed southwest feeling, without living with a desert background.

Discover what developments are available or learn about the Phoenix villages that are included in the Central Phoenix area.

Residents and visitors to Phoenix can easily find a course nearby.

Start scanning the list of Phoenix golf courses and begin evaluating which ones are right for you. Some courses are open to the public and others provide short executive courses. You will be able to identify the best Phoenix golf course to meet your needs.

Grab your clubs and go! Golfing in Phoenix is fun. Try out a new course and discover a fun and challenging course with beautiful views.

Aguila Golf Course – Public
8440 South 35th Avenue
Laveen, Arizona 85351

Arizona Biltmore Country Club - Resort
2400 East Missouri
Phoenix, Arizona 85016

Arizona Country Club - Private
5668 East Orange Blossom Lane
Phoenix, Arizona 85018

Bougainvillea Golf Course - Public
5740 West Baseline Road
Phoenix, Arizona 85339

Boulders Golf Club & Resort – Private/Resort
34636 North Tom Darlington Drive
Carefree, Arizona 85377

Club West Golf Course - Public
16400 South 14th Avenue
Phoenix, Arizona 85339
Cotton Fields Golf Club – Public
5740 West Baseline Road
Laveen, Arizona 85339

Desert Forest Golf Club - Private
37207 North Mule Train Road
Carefree, Arizona 85377

El Caro Golf Course – Public
2222 West Royal Palm Road
Phoenix, Arizona 85021

Encanto Golf Course - Public
2705 North 15th Avenue
Phoenix, Arizona 85007

Encanto Nine Golf Course - Public
2300 North 17th Avenue
Phoenix, Arizona 85007

Falcon Dunes Golf Club – Military
15100 West Northern Avenue
Phoenix, Arizona 85355

Kierland Golf Club – Resort/Public
15636 Clubgate Drive
Scottsdale, Arizona 85254

Legacy Golf Resort – Pubic
6808 South 32nd Street
Phoenix, Arizona 85040

Marriott's Camelback Golf Club & Resort - Resort
7847 North Mockingbird Lane
Scottsdale, Arizona 85253

Marriott's Mountain Shadows Resort and Golf Club – Private/Resort
5641 East Lincoln Drive
Scottsdale, Arizona 85253

Maryvale Golf Course - Public
5902 West Indian School Road
Phoenix, Arizona 85033

Moon Valley Country Club - Private
151 West Moon Valley Drive
Phoenix, Arizona 85023

Orange Tree Golf Resort - Resort
10601 North 56th Street
Scottsdale, Arizona 85254

Palo Verde Golf Course - Public
6215 North 15th Avenue
Phoenix, Arizona 85015

Papago Golf Course - Public
5595 East Moreland Street
Phoenix, Arizona 85008

Paradise Peak West - Private
3901 East Pinnacle Peak Road
Phoenix, Arizona 85050

Paradise Valley Country Club - Private
7101 North Tatum Boulevard
Paradise Valley, Arizona 85253

Phoenix Country Club - Private
2901 North 7th Street
Phoenix, Arizona 85014

Lookout Mountain Golf Club at Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort - Resort
11111 North 7th Street
Phoenix, Arizona 85020

Stonecreek Golf Club - Public
4435 East Paradise Village Parkway
Paradise Valley, Arizona 85032

Thunderbird Country Club at South Mountain - Public
701 East Thunderbird Trail
Phoenix, Arizona 85040

Wildfire Golf Club - Resort
5225 East Pathfinder
Phoenix, Arizona 85054

Villa de Paz Golf Course - Public
4220 North 103rd Avenue
Phoenix, Arizona 85037

Phoenix Hospitals

Phoenix is a large metropolitan city, because of its size there are a wide range of hospitals available to residents.

The following is a list of all the hospitals in the Phoenix area. To find out more about each hospital specialties and admission policies contact the hospital. St. Joseph Hospital and Medical Center is at 350 West Thomas Road, Phoenix, AZ 85013, Phoenix Banner Good Samaritan Hospital and Medical Center is located at 1111 West Thomas Road, Phoenix, AZ 85006, St. Luke Medical Center is at 1800 East Van Buren Street, Phoenix, AZ 85006, Phoenix Children’s Hospital is situated at 1919 East Thomas Road, Phoenix, AZ 85016, Phoenix Memorial Hospital is at 1201 South 7th Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85015, Maryvale Hospital is located at 5102 West Campbell Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85031, John C. Lincoln Hospital – North Mountain is at 250 East Dunlap, Phoenix, AZ 85020, Arizona Heart Hospital is at 1930 East Thomas Road, Phoenix, AZ 85016, John C. Lincoln – Deer Valley 19829 North 27th Avenue, Los Ninos Hospital at 2303 East Thomas Road, Phoenix, AZ 85016, Phoenix Baptist Hospital at 2000 West Bethany Home Road, Phoenix, AZ 85015, Phoenix, AZ 85027, and Paradise Valley Hospital at 3929 East Bell Road, Phoenix, AZ 85032.

Phoenix Libraries

Find out which Phoenix library is located close to your home or neighborhood.

The Metro Phoenix area has a host of public libraries sprinkled throughout. All of these Phoenix libraries offer special programs for youngsters to encourage them to read. Libraries are a great source of information about the city and the surrounding areas. The following is a list of all the public libraries in Phoenix.

Acacia Branch
750 East Townley Avenue
Phoenix, AZ 85020

Burton Barr Central Library
1221 North Central Avenue
Phoenix, AZ 85020

Century Branch
1750 East Highland
Phoenix, AZ 85016

Cholla Branch
10050 Metro Parkway East
Phoenix, AZ 85051

Desert Sage Branch
7602 West Encanto Boulevard
Phoenix, AZ 85035

George L. Campbell Regional Library
17811 North 32nd Street
Phoenix, AZ 85032

Harmon Branch
411 West Yavapai Street
Phoenix, AZ 85003

Ironwood Branch
4333 East Chandler Boulevard
Phoenix, AZ 85048

Juniper Branch
1825 West Union Hills Drive
Phoenix, AZ 85027

Mesquite Branch
4525 Paradise Village Parkway North
Phoenix, AZ 85032

Ocotillo Branch
102 West Southern Avenue
Phoenix, AZ 85041

Palo Verde
4402 North 51st Avenue
Phoenix, AZ 85031

Saguaro Branch
2808 North 46th Street
Phoenix, AZ 85008

Yucca Branch
5648 North 15th Avenue
Phoenix, AZ 85015

Geography and Climate

The heart of the City of Phoenix, and what many would say might be at the very heart of the state, is called Phoenix Arizona Home Central Phoenix. Phoenix is surrounded by a ring of mountains, and therefore finds itself located in a valley. As this valley, blessed by almost year-round constant sunshine, is called The Valley of the Sun, so is Phoenix, the jewel that sits at the center of this valley, often referred to as The Valley of the Sun.

The exact location of Phoenix, in latitude and longitude, is 33 degrees 31'42" north and 112 degrees 4'35" west. This puts it at about the same latitude that would be on an east-west line going from west to east through Long Beach, CA, Shreveport, LA, and Savanna, GA. Phoenix sits in the center of Phoenix Valley, also frequently referred to as the "Valley of the Sun".

It is easy to imagine the in-state location of Phoenix by just thinking of a place right in the middle of the state of Arizona. The elevation of Phoenix is 1,117 feet above sea level and it is in the heart of the beautiful Sonora Desert.

A major feature of Phoenix is the Salt River. The Salt River is important in the history and development of the city, and of the state. But the Salt River is also an important part of the landscape. The Salt River flows westward through the city of Phoenix; the riverbed is normally dry except when excess runoff forces the release of water from the dams upriver.

The city of Tempe has built two inflatable dams in the Salt River bed to create a year-round recreational lake. The Tempe Town Lake is surrounded by lavish living accommodations and a number of recreation and nightspots to meet the plan of creating a luxurious resort location.

But aside from this man-made lake the city and surrounding places are mostly made up of land. The city officially has an area of 475.1 square miles. You can see how important water is to the area when you consider that of all this space only 0.05 percent of it is made up of water.

The majestic mountain ranges that enclose, ring and protect the city include Camelback Mountain to the east, Piestewa Peak (Formerly known as Squaw Peak and renamed to commemorate a brave Native American member of our military who fell in the line of duty with U.S. Armed Forces fighting for freedom in Iraq) in the northeast, and South Mountain, appropriately enough, in the south. Completing the enclosure and a bit further away, are the White Tank Mountains.

These mountains, rising spectacularly above the mostly level desert plains, form a breathtaking background for this jewel of a city amidst the desert.

But the Phoenix area itself is not simply a flat plain with no character to its terrain. Within the city are the Phoenix Mountains and South Mountains. These mountains not only add to the scenic beauty of the valley, they are also ideal locations to participate in local recreation.

Phoenix has a very dry and hot climate, with little change during the year. Clear blue skies are typical on most days, and Phoenix boasts nearly 300 sunny days per year on average. The temperature reaches or exceeds 100 degrees on about 89 days during the year.

The hottest times are the days from early June through early September. To get an idea of how hot it can get there record temperature was set on June 26, 1990, when it reached an all-time high of 122 degrees! (The lowest temperature ever recorded in Phoenix was 16 degrees on January 7, 1913.)

The dry Arizona air makes the hot temperatures easier to withstand early in the season. But the resident must be aware of the August monsoon season. At this time Phoenix can get nearly as humid as it gets in the Southeastern United States.

The normal annual rainfall is 8.29 inches and rain is particularly scarce from April through June. Although thunderstorms occur on occasion during every month of the year, they are most common during the monsoon season from July to mid-September.

Snow is extremely rare in the area. Most of the snowfall occurs north at the higher elevations around Flagstaff with snowfall in Phoenix noted. When it snows in Phoenix it goes in the record books!

Phoenix Zoo

The Phoenix Zoo is a fun attraction to visit for the whole family. The Zoo has a variety of free activities each day. Some activities include: zookeeper talks, elephant encounters and a cheetah chase. Details on all of these activities can be found in the activity guide given out at the zoo entrance.

As a native Arizonan, I have always enjoyed my trips to the zoo. During the past few years, the zoo has grown and expanded with new animals and exhibits. The Zoo is divided into four zones called Trail Tours. These Trail Tours are called African, Arizona, Tropic and Discovery. In each Trail Tour visitors learn about different animals. The Discover Trail Tour hosts a farm. This zone has just recently undergone a large renovation. Visitors are able to be a part of the farm experience through hands on activities. Kids love this section of the zoo, but I have to admit I look forward to this part of the Zoo. It is a must see.

Another exhibit found in the Tropic Trail Tour is the Uco, which houses the Speckled Bear. This is a terrific enclosure for these unique creatures. The enclosure is built in such a way that the visitor feels a part of the environment. You feel like you are in a South American Rainforest. The Zoo did a tremendous job creating this exhibit.

With so many things to see, I have found that the best way to view the Zoo is to begin with a Safari Train Tour. You can catch the Safari Train Tour near the entrance of the Zoo. This tour gives you the opportunity to see the entire zoo in one swoop. After the Safari, I usually head for the refreshment stand to plan my day. I decide what zones interested me the most while on the Safari Train Tour and then I create a map for the day. I also take into consideration any special activities that will be held.

The Zoo is a beautiful place to view animals. Be prepared to be in the sun and to walk. I always wear sunscreen, a hat and good walking shoes. The Zoo does provide strollers and wheelchairs for a reasonable rental fee.

The Phoenix Zoo is open every day of the year, rain or shine (except December 25). The Zoo summer hours are 7:30 am to 4 pm (May 1 thru Labor Day). Winter hours are 9 am to 5 pm (Tuesday after Labor Day thru April 30)

The admission to the Zoo is Adults $8.50, Seniors $ 7.50, Children $4.25 and children two and under are free. I would suggest if you are planning on visiting the Zoo more than once a year, you should become a Zoo Member. It is well worth while. I have been a member for several years and the benefits are great. Be sure to look into it.
The Phoenix Zoo’s entrance is located off Galvin Parkway in the center of Papago Park, just half mile west of the Desert Botanical Garden. Take the Loop 202 to Van Buren and then head east to Galvin Parkway. Turn north on Galvin Parkway and you will see the signs.

I know you will enjoy your trip to the Zoo as much as I have enjoyed my trips.

Arizona Science Center

The Arizona Science Center is a relatively new spot in downtown Phoenix. The Center hosts a variety of activities for the whole family. Children will love going to this place because there are lots of hands on projects. There are many things to do at the Center.
You need to make some decisions when you arrive at the admissions counter. Your choices include visiting the exhibits, viewing a giant screen film or going to a planetarium. The decision is a difficult one to make but use the time you have set-aside for the visit to guide your decision. Don’t take on too much. You can always make a return visit. All of the admission choices include the exhibit portion. I believe this is the highlight of the trip for children. Children become involved in the activities at the Center. These exhibits allow the visitors an opportunity to not only read and learn about science concepts, but also participate. The giant screen film is always changing. When you arrive at the Center you will have to look at what film is currently showing. It can be an awesome experience viewing a film of this size. The planetarium is an amazing experience too. The planetarium takes you out to the night sky, where you are guided through the constellations. Be prepared for a ride at the end of the show. Visitors can also try all three activities.
I have found that taking my time moving through the Center has proven to be the most rewarding. Children can become very excited with all the things to see and touch. It is important to slow them down and talk about the things they are encountering. It will make the experience more beneficial.
The Arizona Science Center is open every day of the year 10 am to 5 pm (except on Thanksgiving and Christmas). The admission is as follows: exhibits only adults $8.00 - children (4-12) and seniors (65+) $6.00, exhibits and giant screen film adults $10.00 – children and seniors $8.00, exhibits and planetarium adults $10.00 – children and seniors $8.00 and all three activities adults $11.00 – children and seniors $9.00.
It is located in downtown Phoenix on the northwest corner of Washington and 7th Street. You may find parking in the parking garage at the Heritage and Science Park only (southeast corner of Monroe and 5th Street). If you bring your parking stub you may get it validated at the admissions counter.
The Center is a fun filled day. Be prepared to spend some time there. The Center also has a gift store full of great objects to remember the day and increase learning. There is also a snack area nearby. If you plan to take more than one trip to this exciting spot you might want to look into a membership. The films and exhibits are always changing and nobody will ever tire of the endless opportunities to explore.

Wildlife World Zoo

The Wildlife World Zoo is a unique zoo. As a native Arizonan, I always want to go explore new spots in the area. One such spot I recently visited was the Wildlife World Zoo. It was a great experience. The Zoo is much smaller than what I expect to see, but its small size is more than made up with the special experiences that it holds around every corner.
The Zoo hosts one of the largest collections of exotic animals. Visitors are allowed to have an up close experience with these animals. The Zoo has several exhibits for your family to see. Some of these exhibits are: A Small Mammal Exhibit, Tropics of the World Reptile Exhibit and the Waters of the World Aquarium. In all of these exhibits you will see strikingly unusual animals. I enjoyed the small bats in the Small Mammal Exhibit. When I was at the bat enclosure, I was able to see the feeding of the bats. This was exciting to see so close.
Arizona’s first white tiger is also at the Zoo. This creature is spectacular. It was a real treat to see this animal in person. There are several other experiences that I also enjoyed like the wildlife shows. Be sure to check the schedule of these shows at the admissions gate. Plan your tour so that you won’t miss one of these informative shows.
Children will love the petting area. The Zoo has a variety of friendly animals for the young ones to pet. I have to admit my most favorite area was the giraffe enclosure. I have seen giraffes on television, in magazines and in zoos, most of the time these creatures are far away. It is difficult to truly grasp the size of these tremendous creatures. The Wildlife World Zoo allows visitors a chance to really understand these animals. At the Giraffe Feeding Station visitors climb stairs to perch where you may feed the giraffes. I could have stood there all day gazing at these giraffes. I marveled at their gentleness and size. It is an experience everyone should have in his or her life.
The Wildlife World Zoo is open seven days a week 365 days a year. The hours are 9 am to 5 pm. The admission is adults $9.95, children (3 – 12) $4.95 and children (under 3) free. If you are with a group of 10 or more the admission is $1.00 less per person.
The Zoo is located at 165th Avenue and Northern. One of the easiest ways to get there is to take Interstate 10 West to Litchfield Road and then North on Litchfield to Northern. Turn left on Northern and head West to the Zoo. The Zoo is on your left side.
You will love your visit to this special zoo. I did. It is an experience I will never forget and worth repeating.

Arizona Sonora Desert Museum

This is a spectacular place to visit any day of the week. The Arizona Sonora Desert Museum uses natural landscapes as a backdrop for the numerous creatures that live there.
The Museum is divided into four areas for visitors to enjoy. The four areas are: Life Underground, Riparian Habitat, Desert Grassland and the Hummingbird Aviary. These four exhibits give you the chance to see the animals in their natural habitats. In the Life Underground exhibit you will see tarantulas and kit foxes. The Riparian Habitat allows you to see underwater the various creatures. Some creatures you will see are river otters and desert fish. You will spend some time at the Desert Grassland enclosure watching the black-tailed prairie dog colony. These prairie dogs can be quite entertaining. Everyone delights in the Hummingbird Aviary. The Aviary has hummingbirds all around and visitors are able to walk through to see them up close. What an experience!
There are so many animals at the Museum. You will see a Gila Woodpecker, Mountain Lion, Fig Beetle, Mexican Wolf and a Collared Lizard. It can be surprising to discover how many creatures do live in the desert. Many individuals view the desert as a dead lifeless place, when in actuality the desert is teaming with living creatures. The Arizona Sonora Desert Museum shows just how many things are living out there.
The Arizona Sonora Desert Museum did a spectacular job creating such realistic habitats for the animals. As a matter of fact, the gardens are a highpoint of the visit to the Museum. The gardens display cacti, wildflowers and succulents which make the desert bloom.
When you make a visit to the Museum, please come prepared. Your visit is primarily an outdoor experience. Make sure you have a hat, sunscreen and comfortable shoes for walking. The Museum provides shady ramadas, drinking fountains and restrooms.
There are two restaurants at the Museum. One is a coffee bar and the other is a casual refreshment ramada. Visitors are asked not to picnic on the grounds. You may choose to browse in two of the gift shops on the grounds. There you can find something to take home to remind you of the trip.
The Arizona Sonora Desert Museum is open every day of the year. The hours are October – February 8:30 am to 5:00 pm and March – September 7:30 am to 6:00 pm. The admission to the Museum is Adults $8.95, Children (ages 6 – 12) $1.75 and Children under 6 free. The Museum does offer group rates. You may wish to become a member of the Museum. Members receive discounts on a variety of items. Please look into a membership at the admissions gate.
The Desert Museum is located in Tucson. The best way to get to the Museum is to take Interstate 10 to Speedway Boulevard. Exit on Speedway Boulevard and head west. Turn right onto Kinney Road. Travel down Kinney Road about 2.5 miles and the Museum will be on the left side. The drive to the Museum is marked with brown signs saying “Desert Museum”.
I had a great time at the Arizona Sonora Museum and I know you will too. The Desert is a beautiful place.

Central Phoenix

Living in the Central Phoenix area is great! This area is host to many restaurants, lots of shopping, theaters, museums, professional sporting events, and much more. The Central Phoenix area is a true metropolitan city.

One of the best perks, when selecting the Central Phoenix area as home is its location. Residents are literally in the center of everything. The Central Phoenix area sits inside a valley. Mountain ranges flank the Valley of the Sun on edges. To the south, South Mountain with the largest municipal parks in the United States, to the west, the White Tank Mountains with a natural waterfall flowing during the winter months, to the north, North Mountain and Piestewa Peak (Squaw Peak) Mountain both offering hikers wonderful trails, and to the east, Camelback Mountain a rock climber’s paradise with its red rock surface, the Central Phoenix area sits in the middle of it all.

Those arriving to the Valley of the Sun will soon discover that the Central Phoenix area is unique. Properties in this area are diverse. Newly constructed lofts or condominiums in the downtown Phoenix area have become very popular. There are also large acre sized properties with horse privileges and large estates that edge 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 sprinkled throughout the city. There is something for everyone.

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As you look around Phoenix, it is hard to image what life was like in 1867. It was in this year that Jack Swilling created a canal company. He began channeling water from the Salt River. This small beginning is how Phoenix received its name. The legendary Egyptian symbol of rebirth is the Phoenix bird rising from its own ashes. Travelers coming through Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport Terminal 2 will see a spectacular mural of the Phoenix bird depicted in all it glory on the west wall in the main section of the terminal. From such small beginnings this metropolitan city has grown. Today, Phoenix’s motto is “Vision, and values cascading into the future.”

The biggest draw to living in the Central Phoenix area is the proximity to many great restaurants, Bank One Ballpark (for Arizona Diamondback professional baseball games), America West Arena (for Phoenix Suns professional basketball, Arizona Rattlers professional arena football, and Phoenix Mercury women’s professional basketball games), Herberger Theater (for plays), Phoenix Symphony Hall, Dodge Theater (for concerts and performances), Orpheum Theater (for concerts and performances), Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix Science Center, Phoenix Civic Center, the Convention Center and much, much more. You will find something is going on everyday. As the sixth largest city in the United States, the Central Phoenix area is the heart.

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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 14 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.

Alhambra Village
Alhambra Village has a collection of homes built in the 1920’s and 1930’s. The village is known for its mature, single family homes. Affordable housing can be found in this village. Most Alhambra Village residents enjoy the ability to take part in the downtown entertainment and employment opportunities. Northern Avenue to Seventh Street to Grand Canal to Black Canyon Freeway to Grand Avenue to 43rd Avenue are the boundaries of Alhambra Village. The village is north and west of Encanto Village, spanning both sides of Black Canyon Freeway.

Camelback East Village
Camelback East Village offers a variety of properties and neighborhoods. Most of the homes in the area were built between 1950 and 1970. This village has several notable local attractions that have made it a popular place to live. Children love the opportunity to go to nearby Phoenix Zoo and Desert Botanical Gardens. Families enjoy taking in a spring training game at the Papago Baseball Facility located within Camelback East Village. However, two of the most popular attractions are Papago and Piestewa Peak (Squaw Peak) Mountain Parks. Each park draws visitors for a variety of reasons. Over 900 acres make up Papago Park. The park has an 18-hole golf course, fishing, and hiking. Piestewa Peak (Squaw Peak) Mountain Park has popular hiking trails and picnic armadas. Three five-star resorts also lie within the boundaries of Camelback East Village. Golf course properties and resort style homes edge these high style resorts making Camelback East Village a great place to work and play. The borders of this village include the boundaries of both Paradise Valley and Scottsdale to 7th Street, Northern Avenue to North Mountain to Piestewa Peak (Squaw Peak) Park to Grand Canal and the Salt River.

Central City Village
Central City Village is a very special area of the city. The majority of the village is comprised of downtown Phoenix. It includes government buildings, local businesses, convention center, and cultural/sports facilities. Transportation is highlighted in this area. Sky Harbor International Airport, multiple freeway access points, and public transit are all found within Central City Village. One of the unique aspects of Central City Village is the numerous historic districts that are located within its boundaries. Because this village has the oldest neighborhoods in Phoenix distinctive vintage architecture can be found. Residents in Central City Village like the old fashion neighborhood concept, along with the accessibility to downtown Phoenix. The boundaries of this village are McDowell Road to Rio Salado and the Black Canyon Freeway to the Grand Canal and the Hohokam Expressway. It includes all of downtown Phoenix.

Encanto Village
High rise buildings and cultural facilities make up part of the Encanto Village. This area was named in honor of the local historic park, Encanto Park. The park covers over 200 acres and was inspired by the English garden theme that was popular in the 1920’s and 1930’s. Paddle boat rides, a small old fashioned children’s amusement park, swimming pool, several fields, and public golf courses all make up Encanto Park. . Both commercial and residential high rise buildings edge Central Avenue which runs through Encanto Village. Although, some of Phoenix’s most unique homes are within the borders of Encanto Village. More historic home districts are found in Encanto Village, than any other village in Phoenix. Homes showcased in the Encanto Village reflect the charming Craftsman bungalow style and spacious haciendas. These districts are set against a backdrop of wide palm tree lined streets and old fashioned gas styled lights. Near the center of this village is Park Central Shopping Center, which was one of the first malls in Phoenix. Today, the shopping center has several restaurants and businesses making it a great retreat during a busy work day. The Heard Museum, Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix Theater, Burton Barr Central Library, and Cancer Survivors Park make up the cultural facilities. There is something going at one of these places all year long. Both commercial and residential high rise buildings edge Central Avenue which runs through Encanto Village. The boundaries of Encanto Village include Grand Canal to Black Canyon Highway to McDowell Road.

North Mountain Village
North Mountain Village has a variety of neighborhoods and properties. Homes range from older traditional along the Central Avenue corridor to newer properties in the foothills of the Phoenix Mountain Preserve to suburban neighborhoods in the western sections of the village. The diversity spreads from the more affluent properties in the Moon Valley neighborhood to the more affordable family homes in the Sunnyslope neighborhood. Close proximity to outdoor recreational areas are benefits to living in this village. Both the Phoenix Mountain Preserve and the Cave Creek Recreational Area are located within the North Mountain Village. Access to Arizona State University West is another feature of this area. The borders of North Mountain Village are 51st Avenue to Acoma Drive to 39th Avenue to Greenway Road/Parkway to 16th Street (extended) to Cactus Road and through the mountains to Northern Avenue.

Phoenix New Home Developments and Surrounding Area

Homebuyers, today, are searching for more than just a home. They want a community – a new way of life. Locating a community can be a daunting task. With so many Phoenix new home developments springing up, it can be difficult to sort through them all.

As an experienced Phoenix, Arizona Realtor, I have lived through the many changes that the Valley of the Sun has gone through. I can provide you with the necessary information to select the best community for you. Give me a call or contact me today. I will be happy to provide you with the help needed to move you into your dream home.

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Custom Community Developments Advantages

Community design is one characteristic that draws so many to living within a Phoenix new home development. Street patterns, home scale/texture, common gathering areas, entry signage, and amenities are elements that make community developments a popular choice for many new homebuyers.

Environmental features such as lakes, ravines, open spaces, and washes reflect the unique identity of a given development. These features also enhance the quality of the physical environment. Master planned communities are designed to reveal the lifestyle of today. These developments have become places to live, relax, learn, and play.

Developers of master planned communities focus on several aspects. Creating neighborhoods with a range of architectural design is important. By using a variety of home scales and textures, the community’s spirit is brought to light. Designing streets that are more than for just transportation, with wide pavement and landscaped medians give the outdoor environment beauty and space. Providing walking, hiking trails, and biking venues has also become very popular. Constructing parks, playgrounds, play fields, lakes, community pools, and benches make a green friendly village for all residents to enjoy.

In today’s world, it is important that Phoenix community developments offer recreation, learning, socializing, and relaxation for all homeowners. New Phoenix neighborhoods should have something for everyone. Unique and customized features are appreciated by prospective buyers.

Contact me today. As a Phoenix Realtor, I will be able to help you identify the perfect community for you.

A Phoenix Area New Home Community Right For You

Discover the right Phoenix new home development by learning what each one has to offer you. There is a wide assortment of community developments in the Arizona Valley of the Sun. All of these Phoenix new home developments offer unique features that create an environment where you will want to build your dream Phoenix home.

The most important part of the new home buying process is to select the perfect location. There are numerous Phoenix master planned communities scattered across the Valley of the Sun. It is crucial that a specific area is identified. This significantly helps with the search for the right new home community.

Before starting your Phoenix new home search, identify four or five amenities and/or areas that you value and want to have in your dream Arizona home. This information is extremely helpful, when choosing an Arizona new home development. There is no point wasting your time walking through communities that won’t work for you. Contact me today and I will create a list of developments that will suit your individual needs.

Select A City Discover The Right Community

The following is a list of cities/towns within the Valley of the Sun. You will find a brief description of each city/town. This information will help you, when choosing an Arizona community for your next new home.

Apache Junction new home developments are located in the East Valley with spectacular views of the Superstition Mountains. Many new developments are springing up in the area.

Avondale new home developments are situated on the western edge of Phoenix with a short commute into downtown Phoenix. Lots of communities have been built with a great neighborhood feel.

Buckeye new home developments are found in the booming growth area west of Phoenix. This city is the largest in land size, compared to other cities in the Valley of the Sun. Many new home builders have chosen Buckeye to develop their new communities.

Carefree new home developments are best described as luxurious and innovative. These communities preserve the scenic area. Developments are filled with spectacular mountain vistas and gorgeous desert landscapes. Carefree is a small enclave for those with a distinctive taste.

Casa Grande new home developments are located between two large metropolitan cities, Phoenix and Tucson. Residents enjoy the beauty of the desert, yet are situated within a short drive to all the conveniences of city amenities. Many of these new communities have very affordable homes.

Cave Creek new home developments reveal the laid back attitude of this community. Majestic mountains dot the surrounding areas around Carefree, north of Phoenix. This is the prefect place to get away from it all.

Chandler new home developments are found in the East Valley. Many residents in Chandler experience extraordinary amenities such as new shopping centers, restaurants, and schools. At one time it was a small community, but today it as grown. Yet, Chandler has not lost the close knit feel of a friendly neighborhood.

Coolidge new home developments are found a drive southeast of Phoenix. As the Valley of the Sun has grown, many new home builders have looked to other areas to develop their master planned communities. Coolidge is an area that sits to the east of the Sacaton and Santan Mountain ranges. This community offers amazing views to those calling Coolidge home.

El Mirage new home developments are situated to the west of Phoenix. This once quaint farming town has experienced a boom in growth. Several developments have discovered that El Mirage is the ideal place to create neighborhoods. El Mirage is still small in size and it provides its residents with a real hometown feel.

Fountain Hills new home developments are on the outer northeast edge of Phoenix, set behind the McDowell Mountains. Fountain Hills sits above the capital city. Conveniently located near a state highway which can be taken northward toward cool mountain towns or down into the valley with its countless city amenities. Fountain Hills is the ideal place to have the best of both worlds.

Gilbert new home developments have it all. Located east of Phoenix, these communities provide residents with many options and features. Schools, shopping, and restaurants are all found in Gilbert.

Glendale new home developments are some of the most popular in the Valley of the Sun. Glendale has become “the new Scottsdale”, a term created to reveal all the growth that has taken place in Glendale. This Arizona city has university campuses, professional sports stadiums, shopping, and concert venues. Glendale is the up and coming place to call home.

Goodyear new home developments are situated west of Phoenix. These communities have all the amenities and features that new homebuyers are looking for in their next property. Located east of the White Tank Mountains and north of the Sierra Estrella Mountains, Goodyear has desert beauty at every turn.

Litchfield Park new home developments are found west of Phoenix, north of the Estrella Mountains. Beautiful communities with numerous features and amenities, these homes will meet the needs of any prospective new homebuyer.

Maricopa new home developments are located south of Phoenix, just off Interstate 10. Great values and spacious floor plans are just some of the reasons new homebuyers have chosen Maricopa as their home.

Mesa new home developments in the East Valley are very popular. Communities with all the conveniences of big city living, but with the small hometown feel are found in Mesa. Great schools and shopping are some of the amenities that have drawn residents to this area.

Paradise Valley new home developments are impossible to find in this upscale town, just east of Phoenix. Only custom homes on large lots are available. Paradise Valley is nested between towering Camelback Mountain and Mummy Mountain. This patch of land has breathtaking homes and properties on distinctive lots. It is the place to live and play.

Peoria new home developments are found to the west of Phoenix. Just a short drive from Lake Pleasant, outdoor enthusiasts have made Peoria their home. Great shops, a baseball stadium, and restaurants offer residents everything they need to have fun and play.

Phoenix new home developments can still be found. Because so many people want the convenience of living close to work, new homes in Phoenix have become very popular. As the capital of the state of Arizona, Phoenix has so much to offer. Professional baseball and basketball stadiums are located downtown. Terrific theater, opera, and symphony are also available. There is something for everyone in Phoenix.

Queen Creek new home developments are scattered all over. Located east of Phoenix, Queen Creek was once a rural community. Today, Queen Creek is experiencing growth. However, the community’s laid back feeling can still be felt.

Scottsdale new home developments are some of the most dynamic is the Valley of the Sun. This city is located east of Phoenix. New homebuyers will soon learn that Scottsdale has long been “the place to live” within the Valley of the Sun. Specialty shops, art galleries, and restaurants provide residents with the custom touches that they expect. One-of-a-kind home developments in Scottsdale also reveal unique features and extraordinary amenities.

Surprise new home developments are popping up daily. Terrific features and quality homes have made Surprise a great place to call home. Situated to the west of Phoenix, Surprise has created special communities with a hometown feeling.

Tempe new home developments are found, on the southeastern border of Phoenix. Arizona State University is one of the biggest draws to living in Tempe. However, the culture and entertainment offer residents choices. Tempe is known as the best city, in the Valley of the Sun to live, learn, work, and play.

Tolleson new home developments are located to the west of Phoenix. This area is ideal those who want the feeling of being away from the hustle and bustle of the city, yet close enough to drive into work. Friendly communities bring many new homebuyers to Tolleson.

Phoenix Roads

The Phoenix Metro area does provide a mass transit system. This system is a bus service. The service has routes throughout the Phoenix area. Most routes operate from 5 am to 6:30 pm. To find out more about routes and times, call 602-253-5000.

Arizona is known for its mild warm weather. However, there are times when the weather can play a part in making roads unsafe. If you are interested in finding out if the roads you will be traveling are passable, call Arizona Automobile Association at 602-274-1116.

Phoenix New Home Builders and Surrounding Area

There a so many Phoenix new home builders within the Valley of the Sun. Identifying your perfect new home can be overwhelming. As a prospective homebuyer, searching for the perfect builder is time consuming. Researching the endless number of new home builders and identifying the qualities that meet your needs is a tremendous task.

However, there is an easier way. Contact me today. After ascertaining which features you need in your next home, I will pinpoint which builders will work for you. As a Phoenix, Arizona Realtor, I work hard to see that your interests are held above all others. Let a professional guide you through your custom home purchase.

A Phoenix Area New Home Builder For You

The first step is to identify a Phoenix area builder for you is to identify one that is committed to creating a home with all the personal touches that you need. Let me help you through the process. Call me today and I will guide you to the best builder, one who will meet your individual needs.

No matter which Phoenix new home builder that your chose, your home will be a dream come true. Let me be the person who represents you.

Discover the right Phoenix new home builder by finding out what each one has to offer you. There is a wide range of builders in the Valley of the Sun. All of these Phoenix new home builders create customized homes. Which Phoenix builder offers all the features that you need and want? Start your search today and find out!

List of Phoenix Area New Home Builders And Their Communities

Here you will discover an assortment of Phoenix new home builders that service Phoenix and the surrounding cities and towns. These builders are as unique as the homes they build. Some builders only construct homes within a given community development. Others create properties on one of a kind lots using blueprints designed with your specific needs in mind.

Bookmark this website! Use this list of Phoenix new home builder and community development information to identify the right Arizona new home for you.

ALC Homes is owned by Anson Ladell Call, who started from the ground up. He has learned the process of building exceptional homes. This East Valley builder prides himself in being involved throughout the construction process.

Crimson Meadows is a small development that offers spectacular large custom built properties. With three floor plans to choose from, ranging in size from over 2,600 to over 3,800 square feet, these luxurious homes have quality features. Prices start around $530,000 and go up to just over $650,000. Give me a call to learn more about these customized homes.

Allegiance Homes offers townhomes centrally located within the Phoenix boundaries. A unique feature of these Phoenix townhomes is that none of these properties share a common wall. Allegiance Homes works hard to provide terrific amenities.

Metro Manor and Colter Lofts are two conveniently located Allegiance Homes properties. Both communities provide exceptional features, such as garages and spacious floor plans. Colter Lofts offer three unique floor plans with sizes that range from over 1,800 to over 2,100 square feet of living space. Starting around $295,000 and going up to $355,000, these affordable townhomes are available. Metro Manor has a single floor plan at just over 1,800 square feet. Prices for these new townhomes are not available as of yet. Contact me to find out more on either Metro Manor or Colter Lofts.

Amberwood Homes is a unique Phoenix home builder providing options to prospective home buyers. Billy Johnson, founder and president of the company, takes pride in giving his clients a choice of selecting a custom lot for build or constructing a home within a community.

Ridgeview At Tramonto are priced in the $800’s on custom sized lots, Mirabel is priced in the $900’s with one acre gated lots, Weston Ranch is priced in $800’s situated on three quarters of an acre gated lots, Reid’s Ranch is priced in the $400’s on exclusive production style one fourth acre lots, and The Landing At Reid’s Ranch is priced in the $700’s on half acre lots. All of these custom developments are sprinkled throughout the Valley of the Sun, from Cave Creek and Scottsdale to Gilbert and Chandler. These distinctive homes have many one of-a-kind touches. If you are interested in finding out more information about Amberwoods Homes, please feel free to contact me.

Arizona Village Communities is collaboration between Desert Fox Associates and Kitchell Customs Builders founded in 2003. This builder focuses on high-end custom homes specializing in large and complex homes. Arizona Village Communities is sensitive to client needs and has a reputation for quality and performance.

A small community called The Villas At Ocotillo in Chandler, Arizona is available and priced in the mid-$600,000’s. This development offers four varied floor plans ranging from 2,500 to over 3,400 square feet. However, prospective homebuyers may choose to add a lower level to any of these floor plans, increasing the size from 3,400 to over 4,500 square feet. It is vibrant village with a Santa Barbara-Mediterranean look and feel. Arizona Village Communities creates small enclaves with exclusive environments. For more information or to view these custom homes, contact me today.

Ashton Woods Homes is a premiere home builder with 16 communities offering new homes with varied floor plans. These developments are sprinkled across the valley in Peoria, Surprise, Buckeye, Goodyear, Scottsdale, and Gilbert. The company’s focus is on building the most innovative homes and a commitment to homeowner satisfaction. New home developments include the following:
The Casitas at Verrado offers three floor plans ranging from 1,500 to 2,200 square feet. With one and two story options available from $255,000 to $312,000 in Buckeye, Arizona.
Fairview Park is a new development with square footage ranging from 1,700 to 2,800 square feet. This community is in Buckeye.
Madison Park at Verrado has four floor plans priced from $255,000 to $340,000. One and two story homes are found in Madison Park at Verrado ranging from 1,500 to 2,600 square feet are situated in Buckeye, Arizona.
Presidio at Verrado provides a wide selection with six floor plans reaching from 1,700 to 3,970 square feet. These spacious homes in Buckeye are priced from $310,000 to $397,000.
Brentwood in Gilbert has one and two story properties from 1,500 to 2,700 square feet. Priced from $284,000 to $399,000, Brentwood has five terrific floor plans to choose from.
Citrus Heights at Morrison Ranch provides one and two story homes with four floor plans available. These properties are priced from $259,000 to $335,000. These homes range in size from 1,300 to 2,300 square feet.
Laurel Ridge at Morrison Ranch has five floor plans with 2,300 to 3,500 square feet available. Priced to sell from $365,000 to $429,000, these one and two story homes are located in Gilbert.
Oak Park has a wide selection of choices with six floor plans. Properties range in price from $244,000 to $355,000. One and two story homes are found in Gilbert at Oak Park. Sized from 1,200 to 2,500 square feet, these homes are ideal.
Pecan Groves at Morrison Ranch is located in Gilbert, Arizona with one and two story options. Four floor plans stretching from 2,800 to 4,300 square feet are found at Pecan Groves. Spacious homes are priced at $430,000 to $512,000.
Las Palmas at Estrella Mountain Ranch is found in Goodyear, Arizona, priced from $289,000 to $377,000. Four beautiful floor plans reveal 1,800 to 3,770 square feet of living space.
Mesquite Highlands at Estrella Mountain Ranch offers 1,500 to 2,500 square feet with five floor plans. Located west of Phoenix in Goodyear, these homes range in price from $257,000 to $340,000.
Saguaro Highlands are located in Goodyear with prices from $300,000 to $376,000. There are three floor plans to look at with square footage ranging from 1,800 to 2,800.
Eagle Ridge at Vistancia in Peoria, Arizona has homes with one and two story options. Priced right at $286,000 to $374,000, these properties have square footage ranging from 1,500 to 2,500. This makes Eagle Ridge at Vistancia a popular community.
Bloomfield at Marley Park is a new development. Currently, there isn’t much information on this Surprise, Arizona community. However, if you are interested in finding out more, please let me know. I am happy to see what I can do for you.
Haciendas at Marley Park have one and two story options with four floor plans. Square footage ranges from 1,700 to over 2,800. These homes are priced from $271,000 to $333,000 for these Surprise area homes.
All of the Ashton Homes developments have new homes that meet the needs of Arizonans. The company’s focus is on building the most innovative homes and their commitment to homeowner satisfaction.

Beazer Homes Arizona was established in 1993. Since then, it has become the eighth largest builder of single-family homes in the greater Phoenix area. These new homes are built using the most innovative designs and state-of-the-art construction methods available. With 26 communities in Casa Grande, Phoenix, Surprise, Goodyear, Queen Creek, Maricopa, Avondale, Gilbert, Laveen, and Buckeye this builder has roots in Arizona. The following is a list of communities spread around the Phoenix area:

Arroyo Verde is located in Casa Grande, Arizona. It is a new development. These Casa Grande homes sit on 1 acre parcels. If you would like additional information on Arroyo Verde, please contact me.

Desert Rose is situated along the Baseline Corridor. Homes are placed on sites ranging from 14,000 to 18,000 square feet. Properties are set against the backdrop of South Mountain, on the southern edge of Phoenix. These spectacular homes start in the $520’s. New homebuyers will have the option of six luxury floor plans.

Glenmont Estates is in Goodyear, Arizona with five floor plans to choose from. Square footage ranges from 2,000 to 2,900 square feet with both one and two story models available. Priced in the 250’s, these homes are within a special community with many amenities.

Glenmont Estates Meridian has four floor plans located in Goodyear, Arizona. Homes range from 1,600 to 2,000 square feet and are priced in the 190’s. All of these features make this development unique.

Glenmont Estates Spectrum homes are priced in the 300’s with four floor plans available. One and two story properties in this Goodyear neighborhood offer 2,700 to 3,900 square feet of living space.

Hesper Knoll at Palm Valley is a very popular area of the Valley of the Sun. These homes are priced at the $410’s with one and two story options. Spacious homes with square footage ranging from 2,300 to over 4,000. Choices of eight floor plans make Hesper Knoll at Palm Valley a community with many custom touches.

Ironwood Commons Capri is priced right in the $170’s with six floor plans to view. These homes stretch out to 1,700 to 2,800 square feet and are located just south of Phoenix in Casa Grande.

Ironwood Commons Capri Phase II offers six popular floor plans ranging from 1,700 to 2,800 square feet. Priced in the $170’s, these affordable Arizona homes have it all. Located south of Phoenix in Casa Grande, this community enjoys the beauty of the desert.

Ironwood Commons Crossing and Encore have a wide array of floor plans. With nine floor plans to view, it can be difficult to choose. Most models are single story. However, there are some two story homes. Priced in the $130’s, these are affordable properties. Located in Casa Grande, these Arizona homes have a range of square footage from 1,200 to 2,500.

Montesano at Sierra Montana is priced in at the $290’s and located in the up and coming area of Surprise. Homes stretch from 2,300 square feet to over 4,000, with single and two story properties available. There are seven floor plans and many custom features to choose from in this community at Montesano at Sierra Montana.

Morning Sun Farms Capri is located in Queen Creek, just east of Phoenix. Priced affordably in the $190’s, there are 4 floor plans available. Ranging in size from 1,700 to 2,200 square feet, these spacious Queen Creek homes offer both single and two story models.

Morning Sun Farms Crossing is a development with reasonably priced properties in the $160’s. Four great floor plans stretching from 1,300 to 1,900 square feet are ready for new homebuyers to see today in Queen Creek.

Morning Sun Farms Encore offers Queen Creek homes with 4 floor plans. Terrific pricing in the $190’s with one and two story options. Home sizes range from 1,500 to 2,500 square feet.

Morning Sun Farms Park gives potential homeowners five floor plans to choose from in Queen Creek. Ranging from 1,000 to 1,900 square feet with one and two story properties available, Morning Sun Farms Park is the place to live. Homes start in the $130’s. These Queen Creek homes are waiting for custom touches.

Palo Brea Belmont/Encore has a tremendous choice of floor plans with 10 models available. Prospective homebuyers will see properties ranging from 1,300 to over 2,500 square feet. Located in Maricopa, Arizona just south of Phoenix makes this community close to the city. Great homes offered from the 130’s with one and two story choices.

Palo Brea Highland/Spectrum is situated in Maricopa, Arizona. Priced from the $210’s, these affordable properties have 9 floor plans available. Models ranging from 2,200 to 3,900 square feet make Palo Brea Highland/Spectrum an ideal place to live.

Seville has the most floor plan choices compared to the rest of the Beazer Homes developments. Eighteen floor plan options ranging in size from 1,600 to 3,900 square feet make Seville the best place to live in Gilbert, Arizona. Homes are priced at the $230’s.

Sierra Colina offers a variety of options. Located just south of Phoenix in area called Laveen, these terrific homes are priced in the $190’s. Twelve great floor plans and one and two story models make Sierra Colina a neighborhood filled with opportunity.

Starlight Trail Belmonte is located in Avondale with single and two story homes. Five floor plans ranging from 1,300 to 1,900 square feet give this community a spacious feel. These Avondale homes are priced in the $190’s.

Starlight Trail Encore has four terrific floor plans and one and two story homes. These affordably priced homes begin in the $220’s. These properties range in size from 1,700 to 2,500 square feet.

Trianda Terrace at Palm Valley has an outstanding location in Goodyear, Arizona. Large homes stretching from 1,600 to over 3,000 square feet fill this community. There are five floor plans that are priced in the $280’s.

Villaggio at Montelena is a unique development. Located in Queen Creek, all of these properties are single level. Homes are situated on large lots with homes ranging from 2,800 to over 3,800 square feet. These Arizona homes are priced in the $420’s.

Villas at Toscana East has it all. These Phoenix homes offer the luxury of city living. All homes in the Villas at Toscana East are single level, ranging is size from 2,800 to 3,800 square feet. There are five floor plans which are priced in the $560’s.

Villas at Toscana West is located in Phoenix. This community provides its residents with the convenience of living in the capital of Arizona, combined with the beauty of the desert. Properties start at the $560’s. Square footage ranges from 2,800 to 3,800 with all homes being single level. The Villas at Toscana West offers four floor plans.

Westpark Encore is a Buckeye, Arizona development priced at the $230’s. Spacious homes with square footage from 1,700 to 2,500. There are four great floor plans with single and two story properties available.

Beazer Homes Arizona is an exciting new home builder. With so many Beazer Homes Arizona developments and communities on hand, it can be overwhelming. Let me help you get started. I can provide you with the information and expertise that you need when purchasing a new home. Give me a call now and I will help you identify the right home for you.

Brown Family Communities

Quality and value are two areas that the Brown Family Communities works towards. For over thirty years, this family owned Arizona homebuilding company has designed and built homes for thousands of Arizonans. There are 18 communities sprinkled around the Phoenix area in: Glendale, Phoenix, Surprise, Chandler, Gilbert, Maricopa, Casa Grande, and Goodyear. It is time to locate your new home today. The following is a list of community developments offered by Brown Family Communities.

There are two developments in the Phoenix area, Estates at Rogers Ranch priced from the high $260’s and Manors at Rogers Ranch starting near the $210’s.

The fast growing West Valley has four communities in Goodyear, Arizona. Glen River at Canyon Trails has prices in the $214’s and Renaissance at Travis Park with homes in the low $250’s. Renaissance at Paseo Ridge and the Reserve at Paseo Ridge are such new neighborhoods that prices are still being established. With only two developments, just west of Phoenix in Glendale, these neighborhoods provide new Arizona homeowners with choices. The Estates Reserve at Morningstar has properties priced in the high $280’s and the Estates at Orangewood Vista also begin in the high $280’s. Also in the West Valley is the Reserve at Greer Ranch, which provides homes from the high $390’s in Surprise.

East of Phoenix, there are two communities in Chandler. The Renaissance at Redwood Estates with homes beginning at the $316’s and the Reserve at Whispering Heights has homes starting at the $419’s. Also located in East Valley is the Reserve at Vista Del Oro situated in Gilbert. These amazing homes start at the $415’s. The San Tan Heights community in nearby Queen Creek has the best value with properties starting in the high $160’s.

Situated south of Phoenix in Maricopa, Estates at Maricopa Meadows has homes in the $240’s. Three gorgeous communities south of metropolitan Phoenix, in Casa Grande are being built. The Manors at Los Portales is priced right at the high $170’s, the Renaissance at Los Portales has properties starting at the $218’s, and the Reserve at Los Portales offers homes near the $300’s.

Brown Family Communities are local, family owned, and operated. With so many choices of new home builders, it can be confusing. Let me do the search for you. Contact me and I will identify the right Arizona new homebuilder for you. It is time to move into your dream house.

Cache Homes

Since 1990, when Cachet Homes was incorporated, this Arizona homebuilder has constructed thousands of homes. The company backs up their words by building not only homes, but relationships with their new homeowners. The goal of Cachet Homes is to build outstanding properties that anyone would be proud to live in and own. As a premier Arizona homebuilder, Cachet Homes is determined to construct unique developments in the Valley of the Sun. There are eleven communities scattered throughout the Valley in Peoria, Scottsdale, Buckeye, and Chandler. These communities range from the low $300’s to the $900’s. The following is a list of these developments:

Aria at Vistancia offers homes ranging in price from the mid-$500’s. There five floor plans to choose from, ranging from 3,100 to over 4,800 square feet. These properties are spacious. Situated within a 7,100 acre development rich with amenities, Aria at Vistancia is a terrific place to live. An 18-hole Planks designed championship golf course gives residents an opportunity to get out and enjoy the sunny weather. Combining the beauty of Arizona, along with the modern comforts is what Cachet Homes does best at Aria at Vistancia.

Brisas at Verrado are homes created to be guest retreat properties. Large Arizona homes ranging in size from 2,900 to 4,400 square feet make this neighborhood a place to call home. These Buckeye homes are priced in the low $500’s with four floor plans to choose. Spanish Colonial, Spanish Hacienda, Ranch Hacienda, and Western Ranch Territorial are architectural designs exteriors available. Many options, such as three car garages, courtyards, and porches make Brisas at Verrado a beautiful new home community.

Bel Canto is set within a private gated community in Scottsdale, Arizona. Properties begin in the high $800’s. There are seven spectacular floor plans. With so many custom touches, these Scottsdale homes are truly exceptional. Properties are situated on one acre parcels which take in the natural beauty of Scottsdale.

Cachet Homes at Blackstone give new homeowners breathtaking Old World designs. It is truly a country club lifestyle. Located in Peoria, west of Phoenix, Cachet Homes at Blackstone offers incomparable amenities. These homes are priced from the $900’s and range in size from 3,900 to 4,400 square feet, which sets this community above the rest. Spanish, Colonial, Tuscan, and Ranch are the architectural styles of choice.

Cachet Homes at Verrado provide five floor plans, ranging in size from 3,000 to 4,800 square feet. These Buckeye homes offer a choice of architectural designs from Spanish Colonial, Bungalow, Desert Prairie, to Ranch Hacienda. These properties are located west of Phoenix and priced from the high $500’s. This development offers quiet tree lined streets and a spectacular 18-hole golf course.

Cachet Villas at Blackstone are townhome golf villas. These distinctive villas are set within a private gated enclave and are priced in the mid $400’s. Three floor plans are available, ranging in size from 1,800 to 2,600 square feet. Attached garages and single and two story models are available. Situated west of Phoenix, in Peoria, these luxury properties offer many custom features. Wonderful amenities such as a golf course, fitness center, and clubhouse allow residents to enjoy the best Arizona lifestyle.

Crescent Falls at Fulton Ranch is located within a quiet gated community. These luxury townhomes include a courtyard entry. Ranging from 1,900 to 2,400 square feet, these two and three bedroom townhomes are priced in the mid $400’s. These townhomes are located in the East Valley, in Chandler, Arizona.

Encore at Grayhawk Villas offer tremendous Scottsdale condominiums. These luxury villas are priced from the mid $400’s. There is a wide array of design layouts available. With seven floor plans, ranging from 1,300 to 2,400 square feet, these Grayhawk Scottsdale villas are special. Attached garages and single and two story condominiums create a custom Scottsdale home.

Serenity Shores at Fulton Ranch are the perfect properties for individuals, who want to experience Arizona with the ownership of a second home. These properties are easy to maintain. The Serenity Shores at Fulton Ranch in Chandler are the best choice, when it comes to selecting a condominium. Sizes range from 1,300 to 1,800 square feet with three floor plan choices. These properties are within a four-plex. The single and two story luxury properties are the ideal “lock and leave” Arizona second home. Priced in the low $300’s, these Chandler condominiums are another reason you should make Serenity Shores at Fulton Ranch your next new Arizona home.

Solstice at Sevano Village is situated in Scottsdale, Arizona. These unique and distinctive Scottsdale homes are priced in the low $600’s. Located inside a private gated community within Scottsdale, these homes have it all. There are three floor plans available, covering 1,800 to 2,500 square feet. All of these Scottsdale residences offer private driveways. New homeowners enjoy the convenience of Whisper Rock Golf Course, along with the beauty of the Arizona desert.

Vallarta at Verrado are terrific townhomes located in Buckeye, Arizona. These two car garage duplex and triplex style properties have all the amenities. Situated within the development of Verrado in the West Valley, these spacious townhomes are popular. Priced in the high $300’s with square footage ranging from 1,900 to 2,500, Vallarta at Verrado is the prefect place to call home. Prospective homeowners will have three floor plans to choose from, including beautiful patios.

Cachet Homes has so many new home developments in the Phoenix area. It can feel like an impossible task to have to visit all the communities. Let me help you through the house hunting process. As an Arizona Realtor, I can assist you in locating the perfect home for you. Give me a call today and let’s work together to get the best new home.

Fulton Homes

As one of the largest Arizona new homebuilders, Fulton Homes continues to construct quality homes. For over 30 years, Fulton Homes has become legendary in providing rigorous internal inspections and quality craftsmanship. Ira Fulton created Fulton Homes to not just be the largest, but the best Arizona new homebuilder. With homes ranging in size from 1,200 to over 6,000 square feet, there are many choices of properties. Prices range, depending on the community, from the $160’s to the $750’s. Fulton new home developments are peppered across the Phoenix area in Surprise, Chandler, Avondale, Gilbert, Maricopa, Queen Creek, and Casa Grande. The following is a list of 21 developments within these cities, along with additional information on each community.

Heritage at Royal Ranch is situated in Surprise, west of Phoenix. These new homes are priced from the $230’s and range in square footage from 1,700 to 2,300. Located in a booming area of the Valley, these three to six bedroom homes provide many options. Spring Training facilities are found nearby. Heritage at Royal Ranch has spacious living areas and homes offer a friendly front porch.

Overture at Fulton Estates is situated in the West Valley in Avondale, Arizona. It is located near many recreational facilities. With 10 remarkable floor plans to choose from, these homes have something for everyone. Price from the $320’s, these three to five bedroom Avondale properties are affordable. Ranging in size from 1,400 to 2,800 square feet, the stone or brick architectural accents give Overture at Fulton Ranch a custom touch.

Crystal at Fulton Estates is an amazing collection of homes. Located in the West Valley in Avondale, these homes are priced from the $420’s. Crystal at Fulton Estates is an upscale custom home community with four to seven bedroom options and ten floor plans. Properties range from 2,200 to 4,200 square feet. Another unique feature is a basement, which is offered in some models.

Moonlight at Coldwater Springs is found in Avondale. These three to five bedroom homes range from 1,200 to 2,500 square feet and are priced from the $220’s. Moonlight at Coldwater Springs is an affordable golf course living community with eight floor plan options.

Moonlight at Cobblestone Farms is located south of Phoenix, in Maricopa. A community pool, open green space, parks, volleyball, soccer, and baseball fields are all a part of this development. Affordably priced from the $160’s with three and five bedroom options, these properties have many amenities. Moonlight at Cobblestone Farms is a collection of spacious private homes. Ten floor plans ranging from 1,500 to 2,500 square feet make this community the perfect place to call home.

Sunrise at Cobblestone Farms is a terrific development in Maricopa, Arizona. These properties are situated within a development sprinkled with lush palm trees. Four to six bedroom homes, ranging from 1,900 to over 3,800 square feet, include many high end standard features. There are eleven floor plans to choose from. The community lake has a fountain offering spectacular views. These Maricopa, Arizona homes are priced from the $210’s.

Napa at Villago is located just south of Phoenix, in Casa Grande. This community has three scenic lakes. There are six floor plans available, ranging in size from 1,600 to 2,800 square feet. Spectacular landscaping and a community aquatic center bring many new homebuyers to Napa at Villago. Casa Grande new home buyers can choose from three to seven bedroom options.

Sonoma at Villago offers numerous custom features. Situated in Casa Grande, Arizona just south of Phoenix, this development has six floor plans, ranging from 2,000 to 3,700 square feet. Priced from the $230’s, these four to eight bedroom properties have many options. Some of the standard features include: gas, granite countertops, garage service door, and soft water. This is a special community.

Classics at Villago are estate sized homes with countless options. Properties are priced from the $300’s and located in Casa Grande, just south of Phoenix. These homes range in size with three to eight bedrooms options. Ten foot ceilings, gourmet kitchen, butler’s pantry, and a five car garage are just some of the features new homebuyers can select. With nine floor plans from 2,400 to 4,300 square feet, the Classics at Villago in Casa Grande are unique.

The Island at Fulton Ranch is truly a beautiful custom Arizona community. Located in East Valley, it is one of last gated developments available in Chandler. The Island at Fulton Ranch provides exclusive custom home sites. However, there is a limited selection. Chandler new homebuyers can choose from Tuscan, Riveria, Spanish, and Colonial architectural designs. These exquisite sprawling manors are unique properties to own.

Classics at Geneva Estates is located in Chandler, Arizona. These homes are set within a classic park setting. Properties are priced from the $450’s. Square footage ranges from 2,400 to 4,300 with three to eight bedroom models available. Terrific options like basements and gourmet kitchens make the Classics at Geneva Estates extraordinary. Chandler new homebuyers can choose from eight floor plans.

Gallery at Fulton Ranch is a superior Fulton Homes development. This community is located close to million dollar homes. Eight magnificent floor plans ranging in size from 2,300 to over 4,300 square feet make these properties impressive. Features available such as Juliet balconies, iron accents, basements, and dramatic entryways give these homes a custom touch. Priced from the $530’s, the Gallery at Fulton Ranch is a private community that you will want to make your next home.

Aegean Cove at Fulton Ranch stands above the rest. It is one of Fulton Home’s most prized developments. These properties range in size from 3,500 to over 6,000 square feet. Absolutely nothing was spared when designing and creating these custom homes. Architectural details include a double spiral staircase, tall coffered ceilings, a courtyard, and semi-custom kitchens. Priced from the $750’s, these one of a kind Chandler homes are truly stunning. Eight floor plans are available with magnificent customized options.

Sonoma at Freeman Farms is a new Fulton Home development situated within an upscale neighborhood. Located in Gilbert, Arizona, these properties provide seven floor plans, ranging in square footage from 2,000 to 3,700. Curved streets offer residents a relaxed Arizona community. Four to eight bedroom models, priced from the $310’s are found at Sonoma at Freeman Farms. These Gilbert homes offer the maximum value and a tremendous number of standard features which make these properties perfect.

Classics at Freeman Farms are found in Gilbert, just east of Phoenix. Homes are priced from the $370’s. A scenic lake and a sprinkling of parks make the Classics at Freeman Farms a fabulous community in which to live. Ten floor plans with three to eight bedroom options are available. This Gilbert community offers estate sized properties ranging from 2,400 to over 4,300 square feet. Basements can be found in some models at Classics at Freeman Farms.

Overture at Cortina is a newer Fulton Home development in the East Valley in Queen Creek, Arizona. New homebuyers will find nine floor plans, ranging in square footage from 1,400 to over 2,800. These homes are priced from the $300,000’s. Overture at Cortina is a development with three and five bedroom models.

Summit at Cortina is a new Fulton Home community. There are eight floor plans. Queen Creek new homebuyers will discover properties ranging from 1,800 to 3,800 square feet with choices of three to six bedroom options. Priced from the $360’s, the Summit at Corina is great community.

Heritage at Cortina is located in the East Valley, in Queen Creek, Arizona. Homes start from the $220’s with choices of six floor plans. Properties provide three and six bedroom options, ranging from 1,700 to 2,300 square feet. Residents enjoy the nearby community elementary school. Several parks, trails, a community pool, and volleyball/basketball courts give this development a warm and friendly spirit.

Napa at Ironwood Crossing is a very new development in Queen Creek, Arizona. This community is located in the East Valley with homes ranging in size from 1,600 to 2,800 square feet. There are three to seven bedrooms options. Arizona home buyers will delight to discover six floor plans. The prices for homes within Napa at Ironwood Crossing have not been established.

Sonoma at Ironwood Crossing is located in Queen Creek, Arizona. This development is the east of Phoenix. Sonoma at Ironwood Crossing is a new community and prices have yet to be determined. Homes will range in square footage from 2,000 to 3,700 with four to seven bedroom options.

Classics at Ironwood Crossing is a new Fulton Home development situated in Queen Creek, Arizona. Just east of Phoenix, these large properties provide models with basements. Ranging in size from 2,400 to over 4,300 square feet, these homes have three to eight bedrooms. The Classics at Ironwood Crossing are amazing. There are nine floor plans for new home buyers to choose. Prices for these great Arizona new homes have not yet been set.

Fulton Homes is a wonderful new home builder. Yet with so many developments scattered around the Valley of the Sun it can be difficult to zero in on the exact community and right home for you. As an experienced Phoenix Realtor, I will do the time-consuming part of sifting through the developments to pinpoint the perfect one for you. Call me today and let’s get started making your next home a reality and not just a dream. Talk to me today.

Phoenix Media
TV, Radio, Newspapers

T.V. Overview

Check out a local Phoenix area television station. Find out what’s going on right now in the Valley of the Sun. It is time to turn on a Phoenix T.V. station.

Today, viewers have so many television stations to choose from when sitting back and holding onto the clicker. Many times you want to know what is going on in the Metro Phoenix area. The following is a list of the local television stations.

KTVK (independent) Channel 3
KPHO (CBS) Channel 5
KAET (PBS) Channel 8
KSAZ (FOX) Channel 10
KPNX (NBC) Channel 12
KNXV (ABC) Channel 15
KPAZ (Univision) Channel 21
KTVW (Spanish) Channel 33
KUPT (Untied Paramount Network) Channel 45
KASW (Independent) Channel 61
KDRX (Telemundo) Channel 64

Arizona Cable Companies

The Valley of the Sun also offers several cable television companies that offer a wide variety of programming. To find out what options you have contact the following companies to learn about coverage area and pricing.

Cox Communications
17602 North Black Canyon Highway
Phoenix, AZ 85023

Cable America Corporation
350 East 10th Drive
Mesa, AZ 85210

Radio Overview

Turn on your radio and dial to a local radio station. Somewhere out there, there is a Phoenix radio station playing all your favorites.

There are numerous radio stations in the Metro Phoenix area. Listeners have lots of choices from talk radio to contemporary Spanish. The following is a short list of the stations available. (Radios stations do come and go in the Valley of the Sun. Don’t be surprised if you tune in and discover a different style of music is playing.)

KBAQ (89.5 FM) Classical
KJZZ (91.5 FM) Jazz/Talk/News
KKFR (92.3 FM) Contemporary Hits
KDKB (93.3 FM) Rock
KOOL (94.5 FM) Oldies
KYOT (95.5 FM) Light Jazz
KMXP (96.9 FM) Contemporary Rock
KUPD (97.9 FM) Modern Rock
KKLT (98.7 FM) Adult Contemporary
KESZ (99.9 FM) Adult Contemporary
KDDJ (103.9 FM) Alternative
KAHM (102.1 FM) Easy Listening
KNIX (102.5 FM) Country
KPTY (1023.9 FM) Rhythm/Blues/Oldies
KEDJ (106.3 FM) Alternative
KVVA (107.1 FM) Spanish
KMLE (107.9 FM) Country

KGME (550 AM) Sports Talk
KTAR (620 AM) News/Talk/Sports
KIDR (740 AM) Kids
KMVP (860 AM) Sports/Talk
KFYI (910 AM) News/Talk
KUKQ (1060 AM) Sports
KOY (1230 AM) Adult Standards
KHEP (1280 AM) Religious
KXAM (1310 AM) Talk
KSUN (1400 AM) Variety/Spanish
KPHX (1480 AM) Spanish
KFNN (1510 AM) Business/Financial/News/Talk
KASA (1540 AM) Religious/Spanish
KCWW (1580 AM) Country

Overview Newspapers

Are you searching for a local Phoenix newspaper? There are many options when it comes to identifying which Valley of the Sun newspaper to subscribe.

Getting to know a new place can be exciting! One of the best ways to learn about the Phoenix Metro area is to pick up a local newspaper. These newspapers provide valuable information on current events and local issues.

The following is a list of several Phoenix newspapers available for subscription.

Arizona Republic
200 East Van Buren Street
Phoenix, AZ 85004

Arizona Business Gazette
200 East Van Buren Street
Phoenix, AZ 85004

Arizona Capitol Times
1835 West Adams Street
Phoenix, AZ 85007

The Phoenix Business Gazette
101 North First Avenue
Phoenix, AZ 85003

Mid Town Messenger
P.O. Box 36241
Phoenix, AZ 85009

New Times
1201 East Jefferson
Phoenix, AZ 85034

Today – Phoenix Chamber
201 North Central Avenue
Phoenix, AZ 85073

Prensa Hispana Spanish Newspaper
809 East Washington Street
Phoenix, AZ 85304

Monitor Hispano
2414 North 20th Drive
Phoenix, AZ 85009

Phoenix Zoo
The Phoenix Zoo is a fun attraction to visit for the whole family. The Zoo has a variety of free activities each day. Some activities include: zookeeper talks, elephant encounters and a cheetah chase. Details on all of these activities can be found in the activity guide given out at the zoo entrance.
As a native Arizonan, I have always enjoyed my trips to the zoo. During the past few years, the zoo has grown and expanded with new animals and exhibits. The Zoo is divided into four zones called Trail Tours. These Trail Tours are called African, Arizona, Tropic and Discovery. In each Trail Tour visitors learn about different animals. The Discover Trail Tour hosts a farm. This zone has just recently undergone a large renovation. Visitors are able to be a part of the farm experience through hands on activities. Kids love this section of the zoo, but I have to admit I look forward to this part of the Zoo. It is a must see.
Another exhibit found in the Tropic Trail Tour is the Uco, which houses the Speckled Bear. This is a terrific enclosure for these unique creatures. The enclosure is built in such a way that the visitor feels a part of the environment. You feel like you are in a South American Rainforest. The Zoo did a tremendous job creating this exhibit.
With so many things to see, I have found that the best way to view the Zoo is to begin with a Safari Train Tour. You can catch the Safari Train Tour near the entrance of the Zoo. This tour gives you the opportunity to see the entire zoo in one swoop. After the Safari, I usually head for the refreshment stand to plan my day. I decide what zones interested me the most while on the Safari Train Tour and then I create a map for the day. I also take into consideration any special activities that will be held.
The Zoo is a beautiful place to view animals. Be prepared to be in the sun and to walk. I always wear sunscreen, a hat and good walking shoes. The Zoo does provide strollers and wheelchairs for a reasonable rental fee.
The Phoenix Zoo is open every day of the year, rain or shine (except December 25). The Zoo summer hours are 7:30 am to 4 pm (May 1 thru Labor Day). Winter hours are 9 am to 5 pm (Tuesday after Labor Day thru April 30)
The admission to the Zoo is Adults $8.50, Seniors $ 7.50, Children $4.25 and children two and under are free. I would suggest if you are planning on visiting the Zoo more than once a year, you should become a Zoo Member. It is well worth while. I have been a member for several years and the benefits are great. Be sure to look into it.
The Phoenix Zoo’s entrance is located off Galvin Parkway in the center of Papago Park, just half mile west of the Desert Botanical Garden. Take the Loop 202 to Van Buren and then head east to Galvin Parkway. Turn north on Galvin Parkway and you will see the signs.
I know you will enjoy your trip to the Zoo as much as I have enjoyed my trips.

Arizona Science Center

The Arizona Science Center is a relatively new spot in downtown Phoenix. The Center hosts a variety of activities for the whole family. Children will love going to this place because there are lots of hands on projects. There are many things to do at the Center.
You need to make some decisions when you arrive at the admissions counter. Your choices include visiting the exhibits, viewing a giant screen film or going to a planetarium. The decision is a difficult one to make but use the time you have set-aside for the visit to guide your decision. Don’t take on too much. You can always make a return visit. All of the admission choices include the exhibit portion. I believe this is the highlight of the trip for children. Children become involved in the activities at the Center. These exhibits allow the visitors an opportunity to not only read and learn about science concepts, but also participate. The giant screen film is always changing. When you arrive at the Center you will have to look at what film is currently showing. It can be an awesome experience viewing a film of this size. The planetarium is an amazing experience too. The planetarium takes you out to the night sky, where you are guided through the constellations. Be prepared for a ride at the end of the show. Visitors can also try all three activities.
I have found that taking my time moving through the Center has proven to be the most rewarding. Children can become very excited with all the things to see and touch. It is important to slow them down and talk about the things they are encountering. It will make the experience more beneficial.
The Arizona Science Center is open every day of the year 10 am to 5 pm (except on Thanksgiving and Christmas). The admission is as follows: exhibits only adults $8.00 - children (4-12) and seniors (65+) $6.00, exhibits and giant screen film adults $10.00 – children and seniors $8.00, exhibits and planetarium adults $10.00 – children and seniors $8.00 and all three activities adults $11.00 – children and seniors $9.00.
It is located in downtown Phoenix on the northwest corner of Washington and 7th Street. You may find parking in the parking garage at the Heritage and Science Park only (southeast corner of Monroe and 5th Street). If you bring your parking stub you may get it validated at the admissions counter.
The Center is a fun filled day. Be prepared to spend some time there. The Center also has a gift store full of great objects to remember the day and increase learning. There is also a snack area nearby. If you plan to take more than one trip to this exciting spot you might want to look into a membership. The films and exhibits are always changing and nobody will ever tire of the endless opportunities to explore.

Wildlife World Zoo

The Wildlife World Zoo is a unique zoo. As a native Arizonan, I always want to go explore new spots in the area. One such spot I recently visited was the Wildlife World Zoo. It was a great experience. The Zoo is much smaller than what I expect to see, but its small size is more than made up with the special experiences that it holds around every corner.
The Zoo hosts one of the largest collections of exotic animals. Visitors are allowed to have an up close experience with these animals. The Zoo has several exhibits for your family to see. Some of these exhibits are: A Small Mammal Exhibit, Tropics of the World Reptile Exhibit and the Waters of the World Aquarium. In all of these exhibits you will see strikingly unusual animals. I enjoyed the small bats in the Small Mammal Exhibit. When I was at the bat enclosure, I was able to see the feeding of the bats. This was exciting to see so close.
Arizona’s first white tiger is also at the Zoo. This creature is spectacular. It was a real treat to see this animal in person. There are several other experiences that I also enjoyed like the wildlife shows. Be sure to check the schedule of these shows at the admissions gate. Plan your tour so that you won’t miss one of these informative shows.
Children will love the petting area. The Zoo has a variety of friendly animals for the young ones to pet. I have to admit my most favorite area was the giraffe enclosure. I have seen giraffes on television, in magazines and in zoos, most of the time these creatures are far away. It is difficult to truly grasp the size of these tremendous creatures. The Wildlife World Zoo allows visitors a chance to really understand these animals. At the Giraffe Feeding Station visitors climb stairs to perch where you may feed the giraffes. I could have stood there all day gazing at these giraffes. I marveled at their gentleness and size. It is an experience everyone should have in his or her life.
The Wildlife World Zoo is open seven days a week 365 days a year. The hours are 9 am to 5 pm. The admission is adults $9.95, children (3 – 12) $4.95 and children (under 3) free. If you are with a group of 10 or more the admission is $1.00 less per person.
The Zoo is located at 165th Avenue and Northern. One of the easiest ways to get there is to take Interstate 10 West to Litchfield Road and then North on Litchfield to Northern. Turn left on Northern and head West to the Zoo. The Zoo is on your left side.
You will love your visit to this special zoo. I did. It is an experience I will never forget and worth repeating.

Arizona Sonora Desert Museum

This is a spectacular place to visit any day of the week. The Arizona Sonora Desert Museum uses natural landscapes as a backdrop for the numerous creatures that live there.
The Museum is divided into four areas for visitors to enjoy. The four areas are: Life Underground, Riparian Habitat, Desert Grassland and the Hummingbird Aviary. These four exhibits give you the chance to see the animals in their natural habitats. In the Life Underground exhibit you will see tarantulas and kit foxes. The Riparian Habitat allows you to see underwater the various creatures. Some creatures you will see are river otters and desert fish. You will spend some time at the Desert Grassland enclosure watching the black-tailed prairie dog colony. These prairie dogs can be quite entertaining. Everyone delights in the Hummingbird Aviary. The Aviary has hummingbirds all around and visitors are able to walk through to see them up close. What an experience!
There are so many animals at the Museum. You will see a Gila Woodpecker, Mountain Lion, Fig Beetle, Mexican Wolf and a Collared Lizard. It can be surprising to discover how many creatures do live in the desert. Many individuals view the desert as a dead lifeless place, when in actuality the desert is teaming with living creatures. The Arizona Sonora Desert Museum shows just how many things are living out there.
The Arizona Sonora Desert Museum did a spectacular job creating such realistic habitats for the animals. As a matter of fact, the gardens are a highpoint of the visit to the Museum. The gardens display cacti, wildflowers and succulents which make the desert bloom.
When you make a visit to the Museum, please come prepared. Your visit is primarily an outdoor experience. Make sure you have a hat, sunscreen and comfortable shoes for walking. The Museum provides shady ramadas, drinking fountains and restrooms.
There are two restaurants at the Museum. One is a coffee bar and the other is a casual refreshment ramada. Visitors are asked not to picnic on the grounds. You may choose to browse in two of the gift shops on the grounds. There you can find something to take home to remind you of the trip.
The Arizona Sonora Desert Museum is open every day of the year. The hours are October – February 8:30 am to 5:00 pm and March – September 7:30 am to 6:00 pm. The admission to the Museum is Adults $8.95, Children (ages 6 – 12) $1.75 and Children under 6 free. The Museum does offer group rates. You may wish to become a member of the Museum. Members receive discounts on a variety of items. Please look into a membership at the admissions gate.
The Desert Museum is located in Tucson. The best way to get to the Museum is to take Interstate 10 to Speedway Boulevard. Exit on Speedway Boulevard and head west. Turn right onto Kinney Road. Travel down Kinney Road about 2.5 miles and the Museum will be on the left side. The drive to the Museum is marked with brown signs saying “Desert Museum”.
I had a great time at the Arizona Sonora Museum and I know you will too. The Desert is a beautiful place.
Heard Museum

The Heard Museum is the perfect spot to take in the Southwest culture. The Heard Museum is a non-profit, private museum. It was founded in 1929 by Dwight B. and Maie Bartlett Heard. The Museum held their private collection of artifacts and art. This collection has grown as years have passed. The Heard Museum does hold true to its mission and philosophy of promoting an appreciation and respect for the Native American people and cultural heritage. The emphasis of the Heard Museum is on the Southwest culture.
When people talk about visiting the Heard Museum, most of the time they are talking about the Heard Museum located in downtown Phoenix. However, the Heard has expanded the Museum to the Scottsdale area. The Heard Museum North (as it is referred) gives visitors a tiny glimpse of the things that are at the Heard Museum.
I have always enjoyed my visits to the Heard Museum. The Museum is always changing. As a matter of fact, the Heard has recently undergone an expansion. It is quite beautiful. This expansion will nearly double the size of the public space in the Education area.
The Museum has many exhibits to view and numerous opportunities to learn about the culture. The exhibits are creativity done and give the visitor a good interpretation of the Native American life.
As a native Arizonan, it is important to regularly check in on the upcoming events and exhibits. The Heard Museum is always growing and showing its visitors more. One of my most favorite events is held in the spring. It is the Native American Fair. Every since I was in grade school, I have attended the Fair. It has grown in size. This past year it took me most of the day to see all the exhibits and dances. Of course,I couldn’t leave without a taste of the Indian Fry Bread. It is a real treat.
The Heard Museum is open Monday through Saturday 9:30 am to 5 pm and Sundays noon to 5 pm. Admission: Adults $7.00, Seniors (65+) $6.00, Children (4 – 12) $3.00.
The Heard Museum is located in downtown Phoenix on Central Avenue. An easy way to get to the Museum is from Interstate 10. Exit onto 7th Avenue and head North to the first major intersection which is McDowell Road. Turn right and head East to 3rd Street. Then turn left and head West about 4 blocks to Monte Vista. There will be a green and white sign for the Museum. Turn left and head West, the Heard Museum is on the right.
If you only have a short time to take in the culture, please stop by the Heard Museum North for a sampling of the Heard Museum.
The Heard Museum North is open Monday through Saturday 10:00 am to 5:30 pm and Sundays noon to 5 pm. Admission: Adults $2.00 and Children (4 – 12) $1.00.
The Heard Museum North is located in North Scottsdale at the el Pedregal Festival Marketplace on Scottsdale Road and Carefree Highway. The best way to get to the Museum is to head North on Scottsdale Road until you cross Carefree Highway. Its address is 34505 North Scottsdale Road.
I would like to take a moment to encourage you to do two things during your visit to either of the Heard Museums. One is to look into becoming a member of the Museum. There are many benefits to becoming a member. The second is to make sure you go into the Heard Museum Gift Shop. The Gift Shop has so many items, it alone will take you some time to browse through. It is a stop you must make during your visit. I guarantee you will leave there with some terrific item to remember your visit.

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.

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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.

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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.

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Central Phoenix is an area that stretches from historic downtown Phoenix, northward through the center of Phoenix up to North Mountain. It is an area that many people moving to Phoenix chose to make their home.

The Valley of the Sun (Phoenix metropolitan area) is very large, covering nearly 400 square miles. However, the city of Phoenix itself is divided into 15 sections or urban areas called villages. Each village has its own unique qualities. The Central Phoenix area includes five of these villages. The villages are: North Mountain Village, Alhambra Village, Encanto Village, Camelback East Village, and Central Village.

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Each of these villages offers an array of properties, from historic homes to new homes. The Central Phoenix area is unlike any of the other towns/cities on its outskirts. This part of Phoenix is more established, giving the Central Phoenix area less of a desert environment and more a city setting.

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Central Phoenix is an area that stretches from historic downtown Phoenix, northward through the center of Phoenix up to North Mountain. It is an area that many people moving to Phoenix chose to make their home.

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• Elevation of 1,117 feet

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• Colonel Charles W. Harris, adjutant General of Arizona designed the flag.

• Nan D. Hayden sewed the first flag.

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• Average yearly high temperature 86 degrees

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In the 1860’s, a local inhabitant, Darrell Duppa came up with the name Phoenix. He felt it suited the area.

The name “Phoenix” comes from a mythical bird. It is said that the bird rose from its ashes and was born again.

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Phoenix Facts:

• Population of 1.3 million

• Fifth largest city in United States

• Elevation of 1,117 feet

• Located in the Sonoran Desert

• Average high temperature 85 degrees

• Part of Maricopa County

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The city of Phoenix mimicked the Phoenix bird by rising from the desert landscape and growing into a metropolitan city.

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• Average high temperature is 85 degrees and includes 325 days of sunshine.

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• Largest municipal park in the world covers more than 20,000 acres located in city.

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• The Heard Museum (Native American)

• Desert Botanical Garden (native cacti, wildflower and other plants)

• Arizona Science Center (variety exhibits for all ages)

• Pueblo Grande Museum (local Native American)

• Phoenix Art Museum (variety exhibits)

• Hall of Flame (fire fighting equipment)

• Phoenix Museum of History (local facts)

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• The 2000 census recorded a population of 1,321,045.

• Phoenix is the capital of Arizona.

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Whether you are looking for a new Phoenix rental home or relocating to the area, I can locate a top quality property. I provide my clients with valuable information to help make the best choice in a rental home in Phoenix.

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Phoenix rental homes are available year round. However, starting your search too early can prove disappointing. Some people begin looking for the rental home in Phoenix more than a month in advance. Many times the exact home that they intend on renting is located. Unfortunately, when it comes time to move into this house, it is no longer available. Don’t let this happen to you. There is a rich selection of Phoenix rental homes on the market at any one given time. This means it is not necessary to begin your search, until the month prior to your move.

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• Plan Your Move In Advance – this will make the move less stressful for everyone

• Buy New ID Tag – include correct phone number and new address

• Secure Your Pet – buy pet carrier for moving day and during move

• Talk To Your Vet –have all the necessary vaccinations and medications

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Arizona’s State Animal Symbols:

• State Bird – Cactus Wren

• State Mammal – Ringtail

• State Reptile – Arizona Ridge-nosed Rattlesnake

• State Fish – Apache Trout

• State Amphibian – Arizona Tree frog

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• Arizona is divided into three climatic areas – desert, mountains, and high plateau.

• The desert area is located in the southern portion of the state. It includes the Sonoran Desert at an elevation ranging from 200 feet to 2,000 feet in altitude.

• The mountain area is the middle of the state and runs northwest to southeast. It includes the Mogollon Rim at an average elevation of 5,000 feet.

• The high plateau is another desert, yet a much colder one. It includes canyons, cliffs, and mesas and is above 5,000 feet.

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Some Reasons To Live in Phoenix:

• Four major professional sports teams
• “Golf Capital of the World” according to the National Golf Foundation
• Cultural Experiences – symphony, ballet, museums, opera, plays
• Shopping – malls, specialty boutiques, art galleries, antique shops, and outlet centers

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Arizona’s State Gemstone Facts:

• In 1974, the legislature approved turquoise to be the state’s gemstone.

• Turquoise is blue-green waxy surfaced stone and can be found throughout the Southwest region of the United States.

• The stone was a part of many jewelry pieces created by the Southwest Indians.

• It is composed of hydrous oxide of aluminum copper.