Top Neighborhoods In Phoenix For Families
Posted by: CENTURY 21 Northwest
Date: April 20, 2017
Posted by: CENTURY 21 Northwest
Date: April 20, 2017
The city of Phoenix (and the greater metropolitan area) has been one of the fastest growing cities in the United States for quite some time. So much so that the area would be unrecognizable to those who have moved away from the area as recently as 10 years ago. While many people are familiar with Phoenix for its popular neighborhoods for nightlife and shopping, as well as the many mountain preserves and golf courses, fewer people are aware of the family-friendly options within city limits. However, you do not have to move into the suburbs to find great family friendly neighborhoods in Phoenix (though if that is what you’re looking for, there are plenty great suburban neighborhoods in the area too). Due to the vast amount of real estate the City of Phoenix occupies (Phoenix is one of the largest cities geographically in the United States) there are a wide range of great neighborhoods for families all over town.
Families considering the top neighborhoods in Phoenix for families (or anywhere, for that matter) understandably have safety at the top of their minds. While the overall crime rate in Phoenix is not shocking considering the size of the city, there are certainly some neighborhoods in Phoenix that are exceptionally safe.
Paradise Valley Village (not to be confused with the City of Paradise Valley) is a 43 square mile area centered around the Paradise Valley Mall. The boundaries of Paradise Valley Village extend from the Phoenix Mountains to the Central Arizona Project. With the City of Scottsdale forming the eastern boundary and 16th Street forming the boundary on the west. Among other characteristics making this a great Phoenix neighborhood for families, the area has one of the lowest instances of crime in the City of Phoenix.
An affluent area in central Northeast Phoenix. Named after the landmark Arizona Biltmore Hotel that was built near 24th Street and Camelback Road in 1929, this neighborhood in Phoenix is indeed safe. Though families considering neighborhoods in Phoenix will also want to note that the population in the Biltmore area tends to be older, so it might be more difficult to schedule play dates.
Bordered by South Mountain Park, Pecos Road to the south and Interstate 10 on the eastern side, separating it from Chandler, Tempe, and Guadalupe, Ahwatukee Foothills is highly underrated in terms of family friendly Phoenix neighborhoods. It is the southernmost of Phoenix’s 15 urban villages (the way Phoenix neighborhoods and communities have been divvied up since 1979), it is sometimes called “the world’s largest cul de sac.” When compared to other Phoenix neighborhoods, Ahwatukee Foothills is relatively isolated, which contributes to its exceptionally low crime rate.
In between east Phoenix and Scottsdale, Arcadia is a historic Phoenix neighborhood that is among the most coveted in the entire metro area. Built on former orange groves, the Arcadia neighborhood is located between 44th Street and 68th Street as well as Oak Street and Camelback Mountain. The neighborhood is characterized by many large (mostly midcentury) ranch style homes on oversized lots. So in addition to being an exceptionally safe Phoenix neighborhood, kids who live in Arcadia can usually bank on having a large backyard to play in. Be forewarned, though, the competition to buy reasonably priced homes in Arcadia can be fierce given the area’s popularity.
When considering Phoenix neighborhoods, parents and families do not need to get overly worried about looking at their neighborhood map to compare school district boundaries. The state of Arizona has been a pioneer when it comes to school choice, having enacted measures to create a statewide open enrollment policy as early as the 1980s. Because of this policy, a student can enroll in any public state-funded school of their choosing (regardless of attendance boundaries) just so long as the school isn’t maxed out with students. This is great news for parents who would rather live somewhere else nearby. Having said that, here are the Phoenix neighborhoods with perhaps the best schools and can serve as a good starting point when deciding which areas families should start their house hunts in.
The Deer Valley Unified School District encompasses parts of North Phoenix, Glendale, Peoria, Anthem and New River. The neighborhood in Phoenix known as Deer Valley is centered between Interstate 17 and Arizona Loop 101, bordering Glendale and Peoria. Barry Goldwater High School, located in the Deer Valley neighborhood, is especially touted for its International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Program and (the International Baccalaureate) Middle Years Program (for ninth and 10th graders).
Just east of the Phoenix portion of the Deer Valley Unified School District, the Paradise Valley Unified School District serves northeast Phoenix as well as some parts of Scottsdale. North Canyon High School and Pinnacle High School are both located in the area and are frequently mentioned when discussing the best schools in the Phoenix Area.
Containing parts of both the Biltmore and Arcadia neighborhoods, Camelback East is the official name of the large urban village recognized by the City of Phoenix as the area sitting between Piestewa Peak and Camelback Mountain. Camelback East is mostly served by the Creighton School District (though Arcadia kids usually go to the Scottsdale Unified School District). Creighton is home to award winning schools and churns out some of the Valley’s best and brightest.
If you would like to learn more about homes in Phoenix, feel free to call or drop us a line. Whether you are new to the Phoenix area or are interested in finding out more information about some of the previously mentioned neighborhoods in this article, we pride ourselves on our ability to find the right neighborhood for every family and lifestyle.
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