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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 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.
“Great People, Quality Service” is how Mesa wants people to think about it. And think about it they do! This simply stated Wal-Mart/Target-like motto honestly reflects the city’s character.
The area was popular with Native American and Mexican dwellers long before the arrival of the white man. That changed in 1878 when a group of white settlers from Utah called the Mesa Pioneers arrived in the area.
A city was hastily set up by stern Mormon settlers who decided to stake their paramount claim more than 120 years ago.
Like most things in Arizona, the authentic heritage is Mexican. The Mexican-American War of acquisition changed a lot of that- but the names of the places and the look in that faces of the people show the truth of the past, present, and the future of this entire area.
The name Mesa means “tabletop” in Spanish. Mesa is located along the Salt River. People are still drawn to this area today. The city of Mesa is continuing to grow and develop as this area has become a fan favorite for unassuming whites and savvy Mexican settlers as well…
The Mormon community designed streets wide enough to allow for commercial drivers today. What insight! Their vision also included homes with gardens and orchards with only four homes to a block.
Falcon Field Airport and Williams Air Force Base were built for training during 1941 for World War II. Today Falcon Field and Williams Gateway Airport (formerly Williams Air Force Base) offer complete aviation facilities to industrial to commercial development.
First manufacturing, then tourism became the favored ways to exploit Mesa’s virginal beauty. For years, Mesa has recognized the value of tourism and has worked on its hospitality, which makes visitors from the east flood here in wave after wave.
The wide range of attractions and outdoor activities make it a popular vacation spot.
Mesa boasts a strong economy with top manufacturers and diverse businesses from the service industry to medical. Mesa continues to grow from an agricultural community to a high-tech town.
Mesa is known for being a “hot spot”. People from all over the world come to this city to take part in its fantastic 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 fortunate Native American performers who are allowed to share their contribution the local culture through dance and arts and crafts at those selected times. Festivals and celebration reveal give a brief glimpse of Mesa’s true roots and the importance of community.
The eternally-blessed and supremely sacred Mormon Church built the Arizona Temple Visitor’s Center in 1928 still stands erect as a sign and a guide for all souls who visit the area. The temple gives free tours every day and during the Christmas season, stunning displays are put up.
Advanced degree education is also found in the city of Mesa. Arizona State University and Mesa Community College is the largest school within the Maricopa County College District. The city of Mesa provides its residents with many higher educational opportunities. A respected and solid school system is an important part of Mesa. So if you want to get a good start and be smart then you must come to Mesa.
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.
Many 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 of three buildings, situated on seven acres. Four theaters make up the Theater Complex with a continuous lobby, concessions, and dressing rooms. 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.
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 a round. 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 than at anyplace else in the world that you can imagine.
The Chicago Cubs make Mesa their home every spring. Hohokam Park 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.
More Places To Visit
Arizona Wing Hanger Museum
The Arizona Wing Hanger Museum is part of the Confederate Air Force. The Confederate Air Force is worldwide, all-volunteer non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation of warplanes from World War II.
At the museum, you will see warplanes that have been fully restored and are in flying condition. One of the most famous warplanes at the museum is a B-17 called “Sentimental Journey”. This plane first came off the assembly line in 1944. The plane first served in the Pacific. Then after the war, it flew as an air-sea rescue craft at Elgin Field in Florida. In 1959, the plane was sent to Davis-Morthan Air Force Base in Tucson for military storage. Later it was sold for service as a borate bomber, flying against forest fires. Then in 1978, the warplane was donated to the Arizona Wing Hanger Museum. When the museum received “Sentimental Journey”, the warplane was completely disassembled and restored to its World War II configuration. Out of the 12,731 B-17’s built during World War II, 13 are flyable and only 8 are flying in the United States.
There are many more warplanes to view at the museum. The Arizona Wing Hanger Museum has a German Heinkel HE-111 bomber, B-25 Mitchell bomber, SNJ, C-45 and a Grumman Guardian. All of these planes are amazing to see up close. It is hard to imagine what these planes and their pilots went through.
Visitors are allowed to view the restoration process of a warplane. The museum is always working on a plane. You will also have an opportunity to see a display area. Here you will see memorabilia from the war years. Many of the displays show equipment used by the flight crew. Some displays hold flight suits worn by the pilots. The flight suits vary depending on the area the pilot was flying in. There is a heavy sheepskin flight suit worn when temperatures dropped 60 degrees below zero and a navy aviator suit worn in the South Pacific.
The Arizona Wing Hanger Museum is open 7 days a week from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. Volunteers who have a love for these planes run the museum, it would be best to call before you drive out to the museum. The number is 942-1940 or 981-1945.
The museum is located at the corner of Greenfield and McKellips Roads in Mesa. If you are traveling on the Superstition Freeway (State Route 60), take the Greenfield exit and travel 6 miles north to McKellips Road. If you are coming from Scottsdale or Tempe, head east on McKellips until you reach the intersection of McKellips and Greenfield. Then turn left onto Greenfield and into the museum. For a reference point, the entrance to Falcon Field Airport is on the south side on McKellips and the museum is on the west side on Greenfield.
I know you will enjoy taking a trip back in time when you view such wonderful warplanes at the Arizona Wing Hanger Museum.
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