The greater Phoenix metro area, commonly referred to as the Valley of the Sun, is made up of 5 distinct regions: Phoenix, including downtown, the Northwest Valley, Southwest Valley, Northeast Valley and the Southeast Valley.
Phoenix is the capital of Arizona and the 5th largest city in the nation. Maricopa County covers most of the greater Phoenix metro area and is the fastest growing county in the nation, and Arizona is the fastest growing state in the nation. Guess more and more people are realizing it's easier to shovel sunshine than snow?!
With nearly 300 days of sunshine soaking the region, people are drawn to the region for outdoor activities including hiking and golf, a relatively low cost of living, and a strong business-friendly economy. Sports fans -- Phoenix has you covered with 4 professional sports teams: The Arizona Cardinals, Phoenix Suns, Arizona Diamondbacks, and Phoenix Coyotes. And we can't forget Cactus League Spring training; every March the region hosts 15 baseball teams including the Chicago Cubs and White Sox, Los Angeles Dodgers and San Francisco Giants.
Phoenix is home to 1.6 million people and makes up the heart of the Valley of the Sun. Phoenix has lots of diverse neighborhoods. The very popular Arcadia neighborhood, lined by citrus and palm trees, has larger single family homes with amazing views of Camelback Mountain. Midtown, Uptown, and North Central Phoenix are in the heart of the city and are a mix of older homes and newer condos. Uptown includes the popular intersection of Central and Camelback and the Windsor Square historic neighborhood with a pocket of single family homes. Windsor Square constantly receives accolades for its strong community, walk-ability and access to great restaurants. Several minutes to the east of this neighborhood, you can be hiking in the middle of the city at Piestewa Peak Park or on the iconic Camelback Mountain.
Often people think of Phoenix as a “newer” city, but it is also full of wonderful historic communities! These pockets of historic homes are closer to downtown and include Willo, Coronado, Encanto-Palmcroft, and FQ Story just to name a few. Each has its own style and history.
On the north end of the city, you’ll find master planned communities including Desert Ridge. In the southeast, Mountain Park Ranch in the Ahwatukee Foothills. Ahwatukee IS in Phoenix and not a separate town. Laveen, southwest of downtown, sits up against South Mountain Park, one of the largest municipal parks in the US that’s full of amazing hiking, biking, and horseback riding trails. It is also one of the best places in Phoenix to watch the sunset!