Today I’d like to talk about some popular neighborhoods in the Phoenix area. People have been asking me which neighborhoods are best and most desirable, and today I’ll share some established neighborhoods, as well as some up and coming ones.

Right now, Old Town and Arcadia are in frenzy mode. There are actually more homes under contract than there are homes available. This is causing home prices to increase, and it’s adding a lot of competition to the market.

As far as newer neighborhoods, Avondale is becoming highly sought after right now. The Southeast Valley is also becoming popular because there are a lot of planned communities about to be built. One that you may have already heard of is Eastmark, which will be one of the largest planned communities in the Valley. These communities all have parks, walking paths, good schools, shopping, and restaurants. On top of this, big companies like State Farm and Intel have offices in these areas.

If you’re a young professional, you might want to keep in mind that Chandler was recently voted the #1 place for millennials in terms of employment. Walkable neighborhoods, like old town Scottsdale, are also good if you want a more active lifestyle.

If you’re a retiree, then I recommend you look into places in northern Scottsdale such as Terra Vita and Winfield that have a lot of community amenities and social activities. Out west, Sun City will be one of the most famous retirement communities in the entire valley. However, these communities are dispersed all throughout Phoenix and Scottsdale, so please don’t hesitate to ask me about a good one to fit your needs.

Good family neighborhoods are everywhere. DC Ranch in North Scottsdale has a great community center, lots of golfing programs, and lots of walking paths. Desert Ridge is another good neighborhood in Phoenix to look into if you have an active family. Across the valley, Anthem has a lot of fishing and walking trails if you’re more of the outdoorsy type.