Chewing gum magnate William Wrigley, Jr. visited the Phoenix area during the late 1920s and fell in love with the vast expanse of land and sky. In 1929 work started on his Wrigley Mansion.
Now on the National Register of Historic Places, this house is just one of many reasons to relocate to this sprawling capital city. No doubt you will find a number of apartments in Phoenix conveniently close to some of the city’s ten best reasons to relocate.
1. Wonderful Weather
People in colder climates take the shoveling of snow from driveways and sidewalks in stride. But sooner or later thoughts of living in a warmer climate, sans the pesky white stuff, come to mind. Phoenix has an arid, subtropical climate, meaning warm winters and even hotter summers. Exchange your parka and snow shovel for T-shirts and sandals. Most Phoenix apartments have air conditioning and swimming pools to help beat the heat. If you find yourself missing the cold head on out to see the National Hockey League’s Phoenix Coyotes take to the ice. Don’t forget the sweater; you’ll need it once inside.
2. Outdoor Fun
The city and surrounding areas are home to a number of water-parks, including Wet’N’ Wild in Phoenix and Big Surf in nearby Tempe. On the northern end of Phoenix is Castles N’Coasters, one of the city’s amusement parks. The other, Enchanted Island, is in Encanto Park. The Desert Botanical Garden, part of Papago Park in the eastern end of Phoenix, hosts plants from deserts around the globe. A number of apartments in Phoenix are within walking distance of the park.
3. Business Opportunity
Well-known firms such as Intel, Best Western, Mesa Air Group and PetSmart have their home offices in the Phoenix area. This opens up opportunity for employment in several fields. Luke Air Force Base is also on the outskirts of the western end of the city. Arizona State University is a leading research and educational facility. Another plus is that Phoenix apartments are abundant and competitively priced, allowing you a higher standard of living.
4. Wide Open Spaces
Even though Phoenix is the fifth largest population center in the United States, it is so spread out that no matter where you live in the city it is only a short drive to the true desert and those wide open spaces. Take a Sunday drive and see how many of the stately Saguaro cacti you can count on your way to the Tonto National Forest or the Sonoran Desert National Monument. Closer to town are the Estrella Mountain and White Tank Mountain Regional Parks. Many apartments in Phoenix offer views of these two natural wonders.
5. Family Friendly
Family friendly Phoenix offers several opportunities to spend time with your kids. The Cerreta Candy Company and the Stuffington Bear Factory both offer free tours, and in the case of the candy maker, sweet treats. Younger kids might enjoy story time at the library, while the pre-teens and teens might want to take to one of the city’s skate parks. The Phoenix Zoo, located in Papago Park, is another option, as are the various community swimming pools. Dinosaur lovers might want to check out the Arizona Museum of Natural History.
6. Delectable Dining
Dine out at one of Phoenix’s eclectic restaurants. Christopher’s, named for its premier chef owner Christopher Gross, offers authentic Mediterranean fare along with wood fired pizzas and creative burgers. Mexican restaurants range from hole-in-the wall surprises to the more upscale Barrio Café in Central Phoenix, specializing in dishes from Mexico’s interior. La Fontanella offers Italian fare with a Sicilian and/or Tuscan twist. Japanese, Thai, Chinese and other world-wide cuisines are also well- represented.
7. Shoppers Delight
Shoppers can take their pick of the quaint shops in Old Town, filled with Native American artworks and handmade jewelry. For a more contemporary shopping experience, try the sizable Arizona Mills Shopping Mall, or the outdoor Desert Ridge Marketplace. The latter also has an 18-screen movie theatre, a rock-climbing wall and a bowling alley. Many houses and apartments are within walking distance of shops and entertainment venues.
If golf is your pleasure, moving to Phoenix is an excellent choice. There are over 200 courses within the valley, some municipal and others world class facilities that are challenging even to the best players. Papago Golf Course is widely recognized as the best 18-hold municipal course in town. Gold Canyon Golf Club and the Grayhawk Country Club are well-known for their stunning mountain views.
9. World Class Resorts
It didn’t take long for some of the world’s most famed hoteliers to find a home in Phoenix. One of the most elaborate resorts is the Phoenician, sporting not only rooms and suites with eye-popping views, but its own golf course and spa. The Arizona Biltmore, which bills itself as the “Jewel of the Desert” takes pampering to a new level. With an architectural style favoring the great Frank Lloyd Wright and a retro look, the resort emulates the glory days of Hollywood.
10. Laid Back Lifestyle
The best reason to move to Phoenix is the chance to live life your way. Grab your backpack and immerse yourself in the ethereal beauty of the Sonoran desert and then come back and relax at a local bistro. Socialize at a trendy pub or take a quiet walk with your significant other. Romance, relaxation, exploration and choice are all part of the Phoenix equation.
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