Mesa is located in the easternmost area of metropolitan Phoenix. A full 12 miles east of the center of Phoenix-Mesa is directly west of Tempe is to its west. Both Chandler and the town of Gilbert are to the south of Mesa and the mighty Salt River Indian Community is to the north, and the city of Apache Junction is to the northeast.
When you’re out this far from downtown freeway access is very important. And this was not lost on the city planners, who know the importance of tapping into multiple markets. So this city has numerous highway connections available everywhere to get everybody out there shopping.
The Superstition Freeway (or Interstate 60) runs the entire length of Mesa’s southern rim and The Red Mountain Freeway (or Loop 202) follows the northern most boundary of Mesa. Loop 101, Price Freeway. The freeway system is continuing to grow and expand southward through the Valley. The Loop 101 separates of Mesa from Tempe. All of these freeways give residents several convenient ways to travel to other parts of the Valley of the Sun.
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.
The three A’s: affordability, amenities, and the annual influx of retirees and visitors are the three A’s are factors that have drive Mesa’s growth. Affordable houses allow both individuals just starting out and retirees the ability to select Mesa as their home.
Mesa homes range in styles. Single-family homes and expansive master-planned communities for retirees are available. New home developments and mature neighborhoods are available in Mesa. Condominiums and town homes are perfect living environments for those who want to scale back. Locating a property that will suit your needs is easy to do.
And there are plenty of commercial opportunities, too. A unique feature of Mesa is Falcon Field Airport. Today, Falcon Field is home to more than 900 aircraft and business/commercial developments. This facility is designated for aerospace, education, and industrial expansion. It is a cost saving spaces for many local companies. This, in turn, makes the city of Mesa a strong candidate for future business growth.
Mesa is a friendly town where pride and a progressive spirit are difficult to argue with. Residents love this city for its strong cultural base, accessibility to other parts of the Valley. There are also schools and colleges in Mesa. The city is hard at work bringing greater prosperity and a better life to all its new residents. Mesa has a “welcome” mat out for the droves of new settlement-seekers that seem to be arriving more and more every day now.
Shopping, recreational facilities, educational institutions, and cultural events are just some of the amenities that Mesa residents enjoy year round. With all of this, it isn’t surprising that Mesa draws so many people. The city brings people in who are searching for the right place to live. Today, Mesa is the third largest city in Arizona. Mesa has it all.
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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 resales, 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 the median price for resale units has risen 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 the study shows a 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 arguable, 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.
The city of Mesa is sandwiched between several cities and towns in the East Valley. The city of Tempe is to its west, both the city of Chandler and the town of Gilbert are to the south, the Salt River Indian Community is to the north, and the city of Apache Junction is to the northeast. It is approximately 12 miles southeast of downtown Phoenix.
Freeway access is paramount in Mesa. This city has numerous highway connections available everywhere you turn. The Superstition Freeway (or Interstate 60) runs the entire length of Mesa’s southern edge. The Red Mountain Freeway (or Loop 202) follows the northernmost boundary of Mesa. One of the newer highway connections is the Loop 101 (sometimes referred to as the Pima Freeway or Price Freeway). This freeway is continuing to grow and expand southward through the Valley. Currently, it follows the western boundary of Mesa, separating it from the city of Tempe. All of these freeways give residents several convenient ways to travel to other parts of the Valley of the Sun.
“Great People, Quality Service” is Mesa’s motto. This simply stated motto reflects the city’s attitude. The city was founded more than 120 years ago by Mormon missionaries. Many names were used before the name Mesa, Arizona stuck. Hayden, Zenos, and Mesaville were all used at one time or another throughout the city’s early history.
The name Mesa means “tabletop” in Spanish. Mesa sits on a plateau along the Salt River. People are still drawn to this area today. The city of Mesa is continuing to grow and develop.
Mesa homes range in styles. Single-family homes and expansive master-planned communities for retirees are available. New home developments and mature neighborhoods are available in Mesa. Condominiums and townhomes are perfect living environments for those who want to scale back. Locating a property that will suit your needs is easy to do.
Mesa is a friendly town where pride and a progressive spirit are difficult to match. Residents love this city for its strong education base, accessibility to other parts of the Valley, and it cultural events/facilities. The city is hard at work bringing greater prosperity and a better life to all its residents. Mesa has a “welcome” mat out that has become well-worn throughout the years.
The three A’s are factors that have perpetuated Mesa’s growth. Affordability, amenities, and the annual influx of retirees and visitors are the three A’s. Affordable houses allow both individuals just starting out and retirees the ability to select Mesa as their home. Shopping, recreational facilities, educational institutions, and cultural events are just some of the amenities that Mesa residents enjoy year-round. With all of this, it isn’t surprising that Mesa draws so many people. The city brings people in who are searching for the right place to live. Today, Mesa is the third-largest city in Arizona. Mesa has it all.
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The city of Mesa is known for being a “hot spot”. People come to this city to live life. The hometown feels that people come to the area for can also be seen in the city’s festivals. The Mesa Pow Wow is a tribute to Native American performers through dance and arts and crafts. Festivals and celebrations reveal Mesa’s true roots and the importance of community.
Advanced degree education is also found in the city of Mesa. Arizona State University East is an important part of the city of Mesa. Located at Power Road and Willimas Field Road, its location is accessible for residents. This campus is an extended campus location that provides a smaller range of degree offerings compared to Arizona State University. The College of Technology and Applied Sciences, the Morrison School of Agribusiness and Resource Management, and East College are situated on Arizona State University East. There is a small residential college environment available for students. Sixteen baccalaureate programs and five master’s degree programs are found at Arizona State University East.
Mesa Community College is the largest school within the Maricopa County College District. There is a wide choice of programs available to students wanting to attend Mesa Community College. The city of Mesa provides its residents with many higher educational opportunities. A respected and solid school system is an important part of Mesa.
Whenever there are educational institutions of excellence, businesses soon select the same area to be their home. Mesa has many top manufacturers, including those in the electronics, automotive testing, and aerospace industries. This has encouraged people to make this city their home and has boosted Mesa’s economic growth. Mesa continues to develop from an agricultural community into a high-tech city.
Retail shopping is spread throughout the city. Superstition Springs Center, Fiesta Mall, and the Factory Stores of America make it easy for residents to shop. Restaurants ranging from rustic western grills to gourmet dining are also found in the community. This makes deciding which restaurant to try first is more difficult than locating one. There are so many choices in the city of Mesa.
Cultural events and museums are located in Mesa. Residents and visitors have a host of choices. Arizona’s largest collection of dinosaurs can be found at the Mesa Southwest Museum. This premier museum is known as “Arizona’s Natural History Museum” with the largest dinosaur exhibit west of the Mississippi River. Children also like to visit the Champlin Aircraft Fighter Museum. The world’s biggest collection of flyable, vintage fighter aircraft is on display. The Park of the Canals gives visitors a chance to see ancient Hohokam Indian canal systems that date back to 700 B.C.. The Museum of Youth offers hands-on exhibits and was voted one of the best museums for children. Families know that Mesa has many opportunities for growth culturally and educationally.
One of the largest additions to the city of Mesa is its Mesa Arts Center. This center includes over 210,000 square feet with three buildings, situated on seven acres. The three buildings include a Theater Complex, Mesa Contemporary Arts, and Art Studios. Four theaters make up the Theater Complex with a continuous lobby, concessions, and dressing rooms. The Mesa Contemporary Arts offers 5,500 square feet of exhibition space within five galleries, along with a lecture hall, sculpture courtyard, and storage collection space. Fourteen visual and performing arts studios and classrooms make up the Arts Studios. Located at 1 East Main Street, the Mesa Arts Center is a distinctive state-of-the-art campus. Reaching out to others through art and enhancing the quality of life in Mesa is the facility’s goal.
A unique feature of Mesa is Falcon Field Airport. Today, Falcon Field is home to more than 900 aircraft and business/commercial developments. This facility is designated for aerospace, education, and industrial expansion. It is a cost-saving space for many local companies. This in turn makes the city of Mesa a strong candidate for future business opportunities.
Mesa Outdoor Recreation
Outdoor recreational fun is great for any age. Numerous golf courses dot the city. These courses give residents and visitors many opportunities to get out and play around. It is easy to take time to head out to a Mesa golf course when the weather is sunny all year.
Within Mesa’s 122 square mile city limits, there are countless city parks. Local Mesa parks offer picnicking areas, playgrounds, grass fields, and courts. Getting outside and playing a game is more to do fun at a Mesa park.
The Chicago Cubs make Mesa their home every spring. Cactus League Spring Training is held for the Chicago Cubs at HoHoKam Park (or sometimes referred to as HoHoKam Stadium). Located at 1235 North Center Street, it is the second-largest stadium in the Cactus League. The 25,000 square foot facility offers four practice fields, one practice infield, batting cages, and much more. For the past 40 years, the Chicago Cubs have played in Mesa. Residents and visitors flock to HoHoKam Park to see these games.
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