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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Jay Thompson

I'm a real estate broker in Phoenix, Arizona and the publisher of the Phoenix Real Estate Guy blog. I tend to drive too fast and scream at the University of Texas and Denver Broncos football teams. My two kids are smarter than most adults I know and my wife is simply amazing.

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