As we approach the third decade of the millennium, the neighborhoods of Central Phoenix are beginning to resurge as community hubs and destinations for foodies and families alike. Check out 5 CenPho neighborhoods that will be worth the investment.
Trending Up: Artsy appeal, campus proximity, coffee & foodie destination
The statue of a phoenix at Roosevelt and 13th streets proclaims “Garfield Rising.” After booms in the Willo and Coronado historic districts, Garfield is beginning to emerge. With artsy attractions such as Alwun House, Welcome Diner and Sundown Arts Gallery, and thanks to its proximity to Downtown, “the Eastlake-Garfield neighborhoods are nicely situated for becoming cool,” says Reinvent PHX’s Katherine Coles.
With the 100-year-old properties being bought, remodeled and re-delivered to the public by developers like Trellis, Temac and "mom-and-pop" local residents, Garfield is seeing a new type of neighbor emerge. The recent delivery of luxury apartments, 11 Capital Place and 12 Capital Place, as well as the Roosevelt Row renaissance, have brought a resurgence of ASU students to the immediate area. In the next two years, a flock of job-creating developments in the area – ASU’s Arizona Center for Law and Society, U of A’s Cancer Center and Biosciences Partnership Building – could help Garfield take off even further.
"The Triangle" - Grand Ave
Trending Up: Hip housing, cool cafes, historic vibes
This urban pocket bounded by Roosevelt Street, Grand Avenue and Seventh Avenue has seen the beginning of its renaissance in the past 3 years with no plans to slow down heading into 2020. The hip hypotenuse, Grand Avenue, got spruced up with green bike lanes and Grid Bike Share spots. But it’s the "Containers on Grand" apartments that have locals talking. Fashioned from shipping containers, these edgy studios bring a futuristic feel to the historic 'hood. Meanwhile, Eighth Avenue is seeing traditional-style new builds go up routinely with White Stone Studios’ Danish-style homes being featured in Dwell magazine, and the upcoming Center 8 Townhomes bringing modern luxury to the area.
“This area contains both charm and great stories of its past. The neighborhood’s small size also allows for these stories to be told and there’s easy communication between property owners, residents, business owners and developers.”
- Local Resident, Kara Carwell
Trending Up: Views of downtown, mountainside living, hiking & outdoor activity
With commuting getting more expensive every day, working and living along the light rail makes sense for a lot of the central Valley's residents. With expansion of the light rail to reach Dunlap, in the near future, the breach of Sunnyslope will be a quick ride to the central corridor, Tempe, and Mesa.
Residents live at the base of North Mountain, with the area extending about 2 miles west of the mountain. Homes here have stunning city & mountain views for a median price under $300,000. A few blocks to Dreamy Draw, Piestewa Peak, and Phoenix Mountain Preserve means easy access to mountain biking, hiking, and other outdoor activities.
Central City South (WHD)
Trending Up: Downtown proximity, Venues & Stadiums, Warehouse District
Cross over the Union Pacific railroad tracks and you'll find yourself in the (soon-to-be) tech hub of Downtown Phoenix. Central City South, home to the Warehouse District, has seen an influx of industry as historic warehouse buildings are being converted to support high-volume tech & healthcare companies and their sprawling campuses by companies like WebPT & Galvanize. Just blocks where the Suns and Diamondbacks play, the district is attracting an eclectic collection of office spaces, restaurants, galleries and one-of-a-kind venues for music and events.
With luxury complexes like Symphony & Henson Village, you would not believe that you were on the south side of the tracks. New housing will open soon. JMA Ventures, a real estate investment firm, will break ground this spring on a 276-unit apartment complex. The project will cost $60 - $80 million and feature a rooftop pool and glass co-working spaces. With downtown living costs inflating and a plethora of attractive, historic, homes available in the neighborhood, there should be a lot of new demand for these areas.
South of Camelback East
Trending Up: New restaurants, fix & flips, Arcadia proximity
This area, from 20th St to 32nd St between Indian School and Thomas, is beginning to see the outskirts of Arcadia Lite have a heavy influence on the retail, restaurants and residents. With the renovation and new-construction of retail on the both the SE and SW corners of 32nd St & Indian School, this area has seen the addition of health-food restaurants, big box retail, and farmers markets alike. This area encompasses various historic districts including Phoenix Homesteads, famous for its yearly Christmas-light drive down Pinchot Ave. Mature greenery and luscious lawns deck these homes and separate the neighborhoods from the rest of the nearby area.
Close proximity to the Biltmore and Arcadia mainstays like LGO & Postino, as well as shopping at Gaslight Square, and a number of grocery shopping options make this part of town desirable but more affordable than the neighboring Arcadia Lite & Camelback East. New luxury apartments such as Park 28, and high-end townhome developments nearby are bringing prices of this neighborhood up almost daily.