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Local legend says Phoenix got its name from Cambridge-educated pioneer Darrell Duppa, who saw the ancient ruins of the Hohokam and believed another civilization would rise from the ashes. And rise it did; Phoenix is now the United States’ fifth-largest city with a population of more than 1.6 million people.

When it comes to luxury real estate, you’ll want to narrow in on two districts: Downtown Phoenix and the North Central Corridor. Downtown is a diverse mash-up of historic homes (Tudor Revival, Spanish Colonial, Mission Revival) and modern high-rise condos. Bordering downtown, North Central Phoenix is an affluent neighborhood marked by three distinct styles: 1940s and 50s ranch homes, stylish contemporary dwellings, and custom-built estates. Arizona’s largest and most cosmopolitan city is framed by rugged terrain, including the red rocks of Papago Park, and the signature spine of Camelback Mountain.

Culture, commerce, and college life coalesce in the epicenter of Phoenix. Downtown Phoenix is where you’ll find indie restaurants, live music, pro sports, craft brews, and cocktail culture. Historic neighborhoods like Roosevelt Row and Grand Avenue share an urban footprint with modern marvels like CityScape and the Phoenix Convention Center. Thanks to Valley Metro Rail and Grid bike share no car is required.

Central Phoenix or CenPho, as the hipsters like to call it, is the nexus of the city’s art and culture scene. This is the place to discover that great new restaurant, catch a play, or dance the night away. Today, gentrification has gradually spread over parts of Central Phoenix. But it’s fair to say that there are still plenty of up-and-coming neighborhoods in this fascinating part of the city.

Downtown and Central Phoenix are home to several historic neighborhoods ranging from turn-of-the-20th-century Victorian, Bungalows, and mid-20th-century modern architecture. Some of them, like the Willo and Encanto-Palmcroft districts, are more developed and in demand. The better-known districts include Coronado, Roosevelt, Encanto-Palmcroft, FQ Story, North Encanto, Willo, and Windsor Square. Phoenix area historic districts feature many styles of homes including: Art Deco, Bungalow, English Tudor, Spanish Colonial Revival, Pueblo Revival, Ranch, and Southwest.

If you’re more of an outdoors person, just northwest of Phoenix is Lake Pleasant Regional Park which offers a type of experience not usually associated with the dry heat of Arizona. The breathtaking waters of the lake and the surrounding area create the perfect environment for outdoor activities such as boating, and hiking!

Some of the nation’s biggest sports events and concerts take place in Glendale, Arizona. Situated northwest of Phoenix, Glendale is the site of University of Phoenix Stadium (NFL’s Arizona Cardinals) and Gila River Arena (NHL’s Arizona Coyotes).

When it comes to arts and culture, Phoenix is outstanding. Whether enjoying a nearby coffee shop, neighborhood delicatessen, or park; you’ll fall in love. Here’s to Phoenix, a relaxed, friendly city that features wonderful neighborhoods, a close-knit feel, and an absolutely charming atmosphere!

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