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But don’t worry too much about the heat because although the metropolis is located in a desert, there is a surprising amount of geographic diversity in the surrounding territory. Mogollon Rim, a 200 mile wide escarpment located northeast of town, is only a two mile drive and provides excellent camping and skiing opportunities within pine forests. Also, several lakes are within the same two mile radius such as Apache Lake, Theodore Roosevelt Lake, and Lake Pleasant, thus giving pet owners some great pet-friendly options to take their dogs (or other pets?) exploring. Thus, those looking for homes for rent and are worried about a lack of outdoor activities during the summer just need to remember to look outside of the city.
The Valley of the Sun:
The metropolitan area, also known as “The Valley of the Sun” is the 14th largest metropolitan area in the U.S. with a population estimated at 1.5 million. Although large, you can get to central Phoenix from many of the surrounding suburbs within a half hour and from the very outskirts of the city in less than an hour. Also, for those that hate long commutes, the area has the lowest level of traffic congestion in the country in comparison to other major cities. In fact, according to a study done by TomTom, the GPS service provider, the average delay per hour driving due to traffic is only 16 minutes. Thus, commuters searching here should be happy knowing that L.A. residents spend an average of 92 hours per year waiting in traffic while local commuters spend only 48.
For those wondering where to move in the area, Scottsdale is worth considering. Scottsdale is vast and contains some of the wealthiest neighborhoods in the region and most locals agree that some of the best luxury apartments are found here. Especially in neighborhoods around Desert Hills, located in northern Scottsdale, are where you will find some of the best apartments for rent. Besides Desert Hills, Arcadia has high ratings in terms of being one of the best neighborhoods for families in the area due to its close proximity to downtown Scottsdale (10-15 minute drive), its nice mix of suburban and country living, and the great school system that includes schools like Brightmont Academy and Arcadia High School.
Things to do:
Scottsdale offers a variety of city amenities such as over 200 golf courses, several hiking trails, and a vibrant downtown area complete with a thriving nightlife scene. Also, with upscale shopping centers such as Kierland Commons in North Scottsdale and the Scottsdale Fashion Square in downtown, Scottsdale has a many shopping opportunities. However, if art is more of your raison-d’etre, Scottsdale has a thriving art scene with over 125 art galleries and, what is considered one of the best arts fairs in the country: the Scottsdale Arts Festival.
Arizona State University has multiple locations within the area such as in downtown and Tempe. Both locations offer different types of living experience for prospective students. Tempe has much more of the college-town feel to it with an emphasis on houses for rent within residential neighborhoods and local restaurants and bars such as the Vine Tavern & Eatery and Monkey Pants Bar & Grill among others. Besides ASU, the city is home to many other colleges and universities such as Phoenix College Downtown, The Art Institute of Phoenix, and Ottawa University.
A constantly growing city
Downtown has seen serious development over the last ten years, emerging from a slow, undesirable metropolitan area, into a fast-paced, multi-faceted entertainment scene. From performance halls such as the Herberger Theatre Center and Symphony Hall as well as museums such as the the Art Museum and the Heard Museum, Downtown has some of the finest entertainment in the valley. Downtown is also a relatively inexpensive area to live in with apartment living options ranging from studio with all bills paid to industrial lofts to high-end condos. Though if you are looking for the best apartments in Phoenix, you might want to refrain from using Craigslist.
The business sector has also seen continuous growth and offers many opportunities. The city is home to five Fortune 500 companies: Freeport McMoRan Inc., Petsmart, Avnet, Republic Services and Insight Enterprises. But, the city is also home to a continually growing tech sector with companies such as GoDaddy.com, B2G Now, 360 Cloudy Solutions, Gate 6, Vertical Measures, among others. Inc. 5000 actually listed Phoenix’s tech community as one of the 25 fastest growing metros in the country. The ideal location to live for those working within the tech industry is along the Loop 101 Pima and Price freeway corridor, Tempe and Scottsdale. So, apartment finders ought to look for apartments within these areas.
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Average rent on Backpage and Craigslist Phoenix, Arizona: $1,070
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