I live in a “trendy” neighborhood, meaning the houses are old and a lot of residents and/or flippers are renovating them. Ours is still in the “fixer upper” stage in many ways and I hope to start on some of those projects in the upcoming months when I have more spare time.
Back in June, I had a guest post by Satinder Haer of Zillow and she also wrote another one that I am posting now. Once again, I am receiving no compensation of any kind from Zillow. I’m including architectural highlight photos that I took around my trendy neighborhood.
Why Move to Phoenix?
By Satinder Haer of Zillow
Not many people would turn down 320 days of sunshine each year, and Phoenix residents are among those who take advantage of the long, bright season. Why hasn’t everyone already scrambled to move there? The population of Phoenix remains small. In addition to the expansive golf courses, vacation resorts and desert scenery that makes Phoenix a great tourist spot is a thriving and steadily expanding metropolis.
But the close proximity to travel destinations, sunny skies and the low cost of living might be the best-kept secrets of current Phoenix residents. Check out why you should consider relocating to Phoenix.
Phoenix is a hub for numerous destinations across the region. If you’re a fan of the outdoors, take advantage of Arizona’s 22 national parks, six national forests and endless hiking trails. Explore many of these outdoor adventures via a quick 30-minute car ride. Or, make a weekend trip out of it by visiting a site outside of the city. Alternatively, snag great off-season deals at local resorts and treat yourself to a weekend of relaxation in a neighboring town.
For those that would rather vacation outside the state, California and Mexico are both accessible. It’s a 6-hour drive from Phoenix to San Diego if you’re longing to see the ocean, or 8 hours to Los Angeles to spot celebrities. Mexico offers Puerto Penasco, less than a full day’s drive from Phoenix.
The sweltering Arizona heat is often discussed fearfully by potential movers. While a few weeks in the summer reach temperatures above 100 degrees, the dry heat keeps humidity levels low; meaning it feels much cooler than being in a location with the same temperature with high humidity.
Don’t let the desert heat scare you off from moving to Phoenix without exploring the upside. Phoenix experiences seven months of glorious sunshine while most of the country is battling snow and rain. The five month “cold season” in Phoenix has an average daily high of 73 degrees. Residents of Phoenix can golf, swim and make outdoor plans without worrying about bad weather for most of the year. Plus, the days are long year-round, with early sunrises and late sunsets.
Cost of Living
Phoenix has a low cost of living compared to the national average, 4 percent lower. It’s particularly low in comparison to other major cities. Real estate prices contribute significantly to the low cost of living. Home values in Phoenix are 6 percent lower than national values with a median home value of $174,000. Rents, too, are lower at $1,185, while U.S. rents cost $1,367. Additionally, groceries in Phoenix are 2 percent cheaper than the national average while transportation and healthcare each cost 1 percent above the average.
For comparison, the cost of living in Miami is 14 percent higher than the national average, Dallas is at the national average and New York is 126 percent higher. If you’re seeking a city lifestyle without city prices, Phoenix is a solid bet.
In addition to these benefits, Phoenix offers plenty of culture, food and entertainment, too. If you’re feeling the moving itch consider communities in Phoenix.