Moving to Phoenix? 10 Things you Need to Know

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It’s Thursday, and I just received my fifth call this week that started out something like this:

“I’m thinking about moving to Phoenix. What can you tell me about the real estate market and living there?”

A reasonable question that is just begging for a blog post. . .

10 Things You Need to Know about Moving to Phoenix

1. It gets really really hot in the summer. We’re talking burn your hands on the steering wheel, asphalt melting hot. I once cooked a pot roast in a rental car in the summer. Seriously. You could cut it with a fork.

2. The Phoenix winters on the other hand, are idyllic. Today is a perfect example — it’s January 22 at 3:42pm and the current temperature is 73 degrees (23C).

3. The Phoenix Metro area is HUGE. Phoenix is the 5th largest city in the country by population. I live in the southeast portion of the Valley and can easily put 75 miles on the car driving “across town”. The great thing about hugeness is you can find just about anything you need or want in this city. You want “urban life”? Got it. Quiet suburbia? Got that too. Heck, go a few miles out of town and you can hike for days without seeing another human being.

4. Contrary to popular belief, there is more than sand and cactus here. Phoenix is in the desert. But the Sonoran desert is the “greenest of deserts”. So we’re not talking Sahara kinda desert. We’ve got palm trees. And even grass (as long as you water the heck out of it in the summer).

Top 10 11 Reasons to Move to Phoenix

5. Despite being land locked, Phoenix is only 170 miles from the lovely beaches of Puerto Peñasco, Mexico. We’re closer to the beach than are Austin, Texas, or Charlotte, NC and WAY closer than Las Vegas (though you can drive to Vegas from Phoenix in under six hours).

6. Don’t want to drive to Vegas for casino gambling? No problem. There are several casinos on Native American land right here in Phoenix.

7. Skiing in the desert? OK, so you can’t snow ski in Phoenix. But you can drive to the Arizona Snow Bowl ski area area outside of Flagstaff in about 2.5 hours.

8. Skiing not your thing? How about golf? With over 200 golf courses, the National Golf Foundation dubbed Greater Phoenix the “Golf Capital of the World”. And if you are really into it, play 18 holes in the morning and drive up to Flagstaff for some skiing in the afternoon. People do it all the time.

9. Prefer watching sports over playing? Phoenix is home to major league baseball, football, basketball (mens and womens) and hockey teams. And don’t forget Major League Baseball Spring Training! Phoenix officially put an end to global warming as apparently hell froze over the day the Arizona Cardinals won a berth in Superbowl XLIII.

10. It’s easy to navigate in Phoenix. It’s laid out in one mile grids. Learn a few major east/west and north/south streets and you can never get lost. Just remember, Streets are east of Central, and Avenues are west of Central.

11. Whoops. We went to 11 things you need to know — the last being Phoenix is the home of the Best Damn Real Estate Blog on the Planet! At least according to Google… Need Phoenix real estate info? Look no further. Missing something? Ask.

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Comments

  1. says

    greenest of deserts really surprised me alot. Do you have pictures on that?would like to visit phoenix one day. had heard bout it from a few friends for quite some time.How many casinos are available in phoenix

    **don´s last blog post..Mortgage Calculator</abbr></abbr>

  2. lee says

    Good post, but I must qualify two of your points:

    1. Puerto Penasco may be closer to PHX than vegas, but the beaches of Southern California are closer to Vegas (about 4hrs compared to 5 if you're driving at the right hours). Call me crazy, but I'd much rather be surfing and enjoying the beaches of SoCal than PP.

    2. I think the urban living lifestyle that Phoenix boasts is too premature to advertise. The potential is definitely there, but there is a long way to go.

  3. says

    "Whoops. We went to 11 things you need to know — the last being Phoenix is the home of the Best Damn Real Estate Blog on the Planet!"

    Well Jay, there's nothing wrong with your ego anyways, LOL

    I could think of many reasons that I love living here… in fact, I miss our desert home when I am on vacation too long (more than 2 weeks).

    **Matt´s last blog post..Paradise Valley Sales Report – December 2008</abbr></abbr>

  4. says

    I love how easy it is to navigate the greater Phoenix area. My girlfriend and I came down from Bellingham, WA to watch the Seahawks vs. Cardinals game a couple of years ago and we couldn't believe how easy it is to find your way around. The whole city is on a grid with the 101 Loop going around it. We were very impressed!

  5. says

    Very nice list Jay. I was a contractor in San Diego North County and a client flew me to Phoenix to look at some projects. I remember stepping outside and having my breath swept away by the heat, but loved the area nonetheless.

    I was in Thesis forums and saw you had posted there. You've done a great job with the appearance and everything else with this blog.

  6. says

    Very nice list Jay. I was a contractor in San Diego North County and a client flew me to Phoenix to look at some projects. I remember stepping outside and having my breath swept away by the heat, but loved the area nonetheless.

    I was in Thesis forums and saw you had posted there. You've done a great job with the appearance and everything else with this blog.

    **Joe´s last blog post..Kennewick Homes For Sale</abbr></abbr>

  7. says

    True you are closer to beaches Jay, but do you have all you can eat buffets? :) The weather outside today here in Las Vegas is about 70 degrees, can't ask for more than that in the winter. I couldn't believe how big Phoenix has become, the sprawl is incredible from the air.

  8. says

    That Phoenix in the Winter thing sure sounds good about right now. I have to tell people that, "Logan Utah is ideal in the summer, but the winters are bitter cold and you might have trouble breathing when the inversion gets really bad"…

  9. says

    This is quite an informative blog about Phoenix. I didn't know that it is the 5th largest city in the US (by population only?) I like golfing and eating. But I could imagine that there are lots of fine restaurants there. I think I'll visit there on my next vacation.

  10. says

    @Jerry – "But it's a dry heat" is a phrase often used here. Most of the time it is VERY dry (less than 10% humidity). But we do have a "monsoon season" (late July – August) where the humidity picks up and sometimes it'll be raining when it's 110. That's pretty miserable.

    Still, I'd rather have a dry 110 than 90 degrees and 90% humidity.

  11. says

    Jay,

    I like your site a lot. I have relatives in Phoenix and have thought for years of buying real estate. Luckily I didn't when I wanted to! But now may be a good time to start exploring. I also have investors I am a "investigator" for. I was looking for second home type real estate, possibly renting out DURING season. I don't mind the heat! I was looking at Verrado. I went there and fell in love with it. How's that commmunity doing? did they build that spa in the cave they were looking at doing? Thanks

    **Scott Allan´s last blog post..Montclair, NJ Real Estate & Relocation</abbr></abbr>

  12. says

    Thanks for introducing us to Phoenix. Even though it's not on the cards (moving to Phoenix) for me right now, still that's a very useful piece of information for those willing to move to a different place.

  13. says

    Congratulations on # 11. Phoenix is dry heat though, right? Because it gets pretty hot in Atlanta as well, but it's also extremely humid, to the point where you can not walk to your car from the grocery store without being drenched in sweat. Phoenix sounds like a great city, I hope I get a chance to visit some day, sounds like a blast to go golfing in the morning, skiing in the afternoon and hitting up the casinos at night!

    **Atlantanomics´s last blog post..Sales Soar at Chick-fil-A</abbr></abbr>

  14. says

    I come by way of Eric Blackwell's recommendation on this post. I see what he means…very informative, well-written and amusing. You obviously put alot of your personality into your writing.

    Cooking a pot roast without an oven could be viewed as pretty convenient. I think the heat in Phoenix would be a little too much for me 4 months out of the year, but the cooler season sounds perfect. I also hear its the place to find beautiful turquoise jewelry.

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