Phoenix Real Estate Information

The city of Phoenix, Arizona is the fifth most populous city in the United States and hosts over 1.6 million residents. Incorporated in 1881, Phoenix quickly became a major North American transportation hub as well as an important center for finance, industry, and culture in the southwestern portion of the country. Known for its hot temperatures in the middle of the Sonoran Desert, Phoenix sees temperatures in excess of a hundred degrees Fahrenheit in the peak of summer.

Originally settled along the Salt River that today runs westward through the city, the Phoenix area is also surrounded by the McDowell Mountains to the northeast, the White Tank Mountains to the west, the Superstition Mountains far to the east, and the Sierra Estrella to the southwest. As with the rest of Arizona, Phoenix does not observe daylight savings time unlike its neighbors in Nevada, New Mexico, and California. Since 1986, the city has been divided into several villages that are based on historically significant neighborhood borders and communities that have been combined to form Phoenix. Each village has its own representation in the city council. There are currently fifteen urban villages in the city, including Ahwatukee Foothills, Alhambra, Camelback East, Central City, Deer Valley, Desert View, Encanto, Estrella, Laveen, Maryvale, North Gateway, North Mountain, Paradise Valley, South Mountain and Rio Vista.

As the economic hub of the region, Phoenix is also home to seven Fortune 1000 companies, including Allied Waste, Avnet, Apollo Group, Freeport-McMoRan, PetSmart, PinnacleWest, and CSK Auto. Residents find that very attractive jobs can be located in the heart of Phoenix’s many tall buildings and company headquarters. For people looking to work outside of the city, the United States military is a large employer thanks to the Luke Air Force Base located just west of the city.

The Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport is the largest airport in the state and is just three miles east of the core of Phoenix’s central business district. As the ninth busiest field in the nation, Sky Harbor International is also the home of Tempe-based US Airways as well as Great Lakes Airlines. Residents find that the airport receives more than enough domestic service within the contiguous states as well as transoceanic services to Hawaii, Europe, and soon Asia.