Signs of Downtown

Signs of Downtown

Located in the heart of Arizona’s beautiful Sonoran Desert is the city known as Phoenix, Arizona. According to recent census reports, Phoenix is the 14th largest metro area by population in the United States, as well as the largest capitol city.

Phoenix, Arizona was founded in 1861 near the Salt River and covers the largest land area of any city in the United States. Downtown Phoenix is rich with cultural history, arts and entertainment, fantastic dining options and a hip “downtown vibe” that is diverse and suitable for the ultimate urban lifestyle.

Historical Real Estate Districts
Amid the culture and artifacts, you will also find a wide variety of communities which have been have preserved to capture the history of real estate in downtown Phoenix. The city of Phoenix, as well as the homeowners in these communities, take great pride in keeping the nostalgic vibe in the historic districts.

If you want to buy a true “historical home” in Arizona, then downtown Phoenix is the place you want to be. Although there are many historic districts scattered throughout downtown, among the more popular are the districts known as Encanto Manor, Roosevelt, Encanto Palmcroft, FQ Story, Encanto Vista and Willo

Homes in these districts rage in age from the late 1800s to the mid-1920s and 1940s to the late 1950s. Although there is not a specific square footage or size of home in these districts, the homes were built with unique designs you won’t find anywhere else, including Craftsman Bungalows, Spanish Colonial Revivals and English Tudors. To learn more about the market conditions in downtown historic districts of Phoenix, click here

Downtown Entertainment, Recreation
Located in downtown, you have your pick of both indoor and outdoor activities. You can take in a show at Phelps Dodge Tower or tour the Hall of Flame Fire Museum, or if you prefer a more classical experience, you will appreciate the Phoenix Symphony Hall or Herberger Theater Center. If science is up your alley, the Arizona Science Center is also located downtown. 

If you want to enjoy the beautiful weather in Phoenix, you might want to check out the famous Encanto Park. With 222-acres of beautiful lush design, Encanto Park is known for its “Enchanted Island” feel. You can enjoy everything from canoe or paddle-boating, fishing, softball, tennis swimming in the Olympic-size pool or take the kids on a ride through the Enchanted Island Amusement Park.

Included in Encanto Park is the 18-hole championship golf course and 9-hole executive course. Those who enjoy golf will appreciate the mature greens, tall palms and awesome views of downtown Phoenix. It is beautiful venues such as Encanto Golf Course that remind us what we love about the historic districts in downtown Phoenix.

Downtown Phoenix is home to the 2011 National League West Champions, the Arizona Diamondbacks who play at one of baseball’s most recognizable landmarks, Chase Field. With a signature swimming pool and retractable roof top, Chase Field has seen nearly 17.5 million fans since 1998.

If basketball is your sport, you should know that just a few blocks away, is the home to the Phoenix Suns and the women’s basketball team, the Phoenix Mercury, who play at the US Airways Center. At the US Airway Center, you can also enjoy any number of top bands in concert to annual events such as the Phoenix Tequila Fest.

Unique to downtown Phoenix is “First Fridays” which is an art walk featuring more than hundred different artists and local flair. Spaces are situated from Indian School Road to Buchanan Street between 12th Street and 17th Avenue. “First Fridays” is held the first Friday of every month from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. For more information regarding “First Friday, you can contact Artlink at 602-256-7539. 

Transportation, Travel
Downtown residents who need to travel for work or who enjoy a jet-set lifestyle, will find it convenient to access Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, which has four terminals and accommodates seventeen different airlines, including US Airways, Southwest, Continental, British Airways and Air Canada, American Airlines and Hawaiian Airlines.

Downtown Phoenix is excited to have recently opened the city’s first light rail, the Phoenix METRO, which provides visitors and downtown residents easy commute around the city. In addition to the light rail, other public transportation options include the city bus line, DASH (Downtown Area Shuttle) and DEE (Downtown Evening Express).

Education
Located in downtown Phoenix are two well-known college preparatory schools which offered a reputable education for young adults. Brophy College Preparatory, established in 1928 is the only Jesuit High School in Arizona for boys.  Founded by the Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary in 1943, Xavier College Preparatory College is the sister high school to Brophy offering college prep education for girls.

Health Care
Medical services in downtown Phoenix are among the premier leaders in health care. St. Joseph’s Hospital is home to the renowned Barrow Neurological Institute and also includes a lung transplant program.

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