If you’re looking for a stimulating atmosphere and to live ‘where it’s at!’ then consider buying a house in Tempe. This city, bordered by Phoenix to the west, Scottsdale to the north, Chandler to the south, and Mesa to the east, offers residents a huge range of employment options. ASU, State Farm, Wells Fargo, Honeywell, and Insight Direct are just of the few companies and organizations that employ thousands here. But if you want to live in the city and commute elsewhere, you can jump on the Valley Metro light rail and ride into Downtown Phoenix, north Phoenix, or head east into the heart of Mesa. Being so centrally located means easy access to six local cities.
If schools are an important consideration for your family, there are outstanding education choices from preschool to graduate school in Tempe. The city has three public school districts – Tempe Elementary School District, the Kyrene School District and the Tempe Union High School District – and two post-secondary education institutions – ASU and Rio Salado College.
Tempe is an awesome place to live and work, which is why houses here are very sought after, especially in some of the historical neighborhoods like Maple-Ash, one of the city’s oldest neighborhoods. The community got its start in 1909 and was the first expansion outside of the city’s original boundaries.
If you’re considering buying a house in Tempe and love the outdoor life, you’ll find there’s lots to do close by. Tempe Town Lake, and the surrounding Tempe Beach Park, is a focal point for community activities. Events are regularly held in the park, while residents love to take advantage of the dammed Salt River; fishing, paddle boarding, or kayaking on the lake, or walking or biking on trails alongside it.
Close by, you’ll find the vibrant Mill Avenue district which is packed with popular bars, restaurants, and shops. As it’s so near the ASU campus, unless you enjoy partying with college kids, you may want to visit during the day or when school is out!
Papago Park has 1,500 scenic acres to explore; you have to try the “Hole in the Rock” hike. If you enjoy a real physical challenge, then how about a triathlon? The IRONMAN Arizona has been based here since 2005, and is one of the city’s most popular events.
If you like your entertainment a little more easy paced, Tempe has two golf courses. Even slower paced? You’ll find a very rich cultural offering here, including Broadway shows at ASU Gammage, one of the largest university-based presenters of performing arts in the world, and performances for all the family at the Tempe Center for the Arts.