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The area of Phoenix covers a total of 475 square miles, a third of which is undeveloped desert. The city was divided into 15 urban villages in 1986 with the hopes of creating stronger community interaction, and there is a great emphasis on urban design.
The urban villages are based on significant neighborhoods and areas annexed into the City of Phoenix. In addition to the 15 urban villages, there are numerous other regions and neighborhoods you can choose to call home.
Related: Phoenix Neighborhood Guide
Moving to Central City Village
Central City (Warehouse District) contains most of the places of historical interest and nightspots in downtown Phoenix, including sporting venues (US Airways Center and Chase Field). Sky Harbor International Airport is also in Central City.
Moving to the F.Q. Story Historic District
F.Q. Story was developed as a typical 1920s neighborhood, and it still looks like it. The area is a nice mix of restored period and bungalow homes. There is also a recently revitalized shopping and dining district.
Moving to Garfield
The Garfield neighborhood is a bit east of downtown and slightly older than the F.Q. Story area. Garfield is also undergoing a healthy regeneration and restoration effort.
Moving to Grand Avenue
Between Roosevelt Street and Van Buren Street is the Grand Avenue neighborhood which is thriving with boutique shopping, art galleries, and hip bars where previously rundown storefronts used to be.
Moving to Alhambra
Alhambra is just outside of downtown and borders the Grand Canal. It is the northwestern end of the line for the METRO light rail.
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Moving to Ahwatukee Foothills
Ahwatukee is a favorite spot for hiking, mountain biking, road cycling and other outdoor activities. The area also has numerous outdoor sport areas and golf courses.
Moving to Sunnyslope
Sunnyslope surrounds Sunnyslope Mountain and is a working-class neighborhood with its own downtown area. Sunnyslope Mountain (or S Mountain) has a large “S” painted on it and can be seen from across the city.
Moving to Laveen
The urban village of Laveen is mostly farm and pasture land, but recent years have seen Laveen become a lot more urbanized.
Moving to Arcadia
Many of the large, lush yards in Arcadia feature remnants of its past life as a citrus grove (orange, lemon and grapefruit). Arcadia is a fairly affluent area, which is probably how the residents can afford the water bill to maintain said large, lush yards. Arcadia offers a great selection of cafes and restaurants, but a terrible selection of parking spaces.
Moving to the Biltmore Area
If Biltmore sounds familiar, you’re probably thinking of the popular Arizona Biltmore Hotel, which is as lavish as it sounds. The entire area is very upscale and exclusive. However, there is plenty of dining and shopping available should your budget allow.
Moving to Rio Vista
Rio Vista was originally called “New Village” and is located relatively far north of the city center. Most of the land in Rio Vista is undeveloped.
Moving to Camelback East Village
Camelback East is adjacent to the affluent suburb/city of Scottsdale, and it feels like it. Wear fancy shorts.
Moving to Encanto Village
Encanto actually makes up the northern border in addition to the eastern. You could say that it has the city cornered. The Arizona State Fairgrounds are located in Encanto.
Moving to Maryvale
Maryvale is still waiting on the revitalization craze to hit. Currently, it has the highest crime rate in the Phoenix area, with a high level of gang activity and drug activity. The area is actually safer than it was a decade ago, but probably shouldn’t be your first choice when moving Phoenix.
By nature of urban sprawl, moving to Phoenix may actually mean moving to one of the many adjacent communities in the Valley of the Sun.
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