Insurance company Haven Life recently compiled a list of the top U.S. cities millennials are moving to and Phoenix, Arizona, clocked in at number 18. The desert city saw a 10 percent increase in its millennial population from 2012 to 2017. The Phoenix area has the benefit of a slightly more affordable housing market than some of the others on Haven Life's list—the Phoenix/Mesa/Scottsdale area has a median home price of $209,483—and a cost of living that's two percent lower than the national average, making it an attractive prospect for young families looking for a place to settle.
Affordability aside, there are lots of reasons Phoenix might appeal to New Yorkers looking to relocate. The city is full of beautiful places, like Camelback Mountain, which is one of the city's most scenic hiking spots, the Desert Botanical Garden, home to 50,000 desert plants, and the Salt River, which is a popular spot for tubing. Fans of dry weather will love Phoenix's arid climate, as the city averages only about eight inches of rain a year, and boasts about 300 days of sunshine.
There's an incredible food scene in Phoenix—there's some of the best and most authentic Mexican food in the country here, with standouts including Joyride Taco House, Gallo Blanco Cafe & Bar, and Taco Guild. And, of course, Phoenix houses are far more spacious and less pricey than what you'd find in Manhattan. If that sounds appealing, here's a taste of what's out there.
4930 E Calle Ventura, Arcadia Estates, Camelback East
This four-bedroom, three-bath house, also pictured top, has 3,198 square feet, and features bright rooms, a fireplace, views of Camelback Mountain, and an extra-large master bedroom. There's also a covered patio with a built-in grilling area and a custom pool. The property is located in Arcadia Estates, a ritzy gated community in East Phoenix. The house is priced at $975,000.
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7915 N 16th Dr., Alhambra
This three-bedroom, three-and-a-half-bath house is located in Alhambra, a village in central Phoenix with a little more urban feel. Property highlights include crown molding, a large eat-in kitchen with a wall of windows, and a ventless gas fireplace with LED accent lights in the living room. There's also his-and-hers vanities in the master bath, in addition to a separate tub and shower, and a covered patio with a grass yard in the back. The house is priced at $509,900.
3410 E Carol Cir., Paradise Valley
Paradise Valley is technically a suburb of Phoenix—and a ritzy one at that—though it's only about a 20-minute drive to the city's downtown. Plus, it's home to some lovely properties, including this four-bedroom, three-bath custom house located near the Phoenix Mountain Preserve. Highlights include a great room with vaulted ceilings, a modern wood-burning fireplace, an eat-in kitchen with black stainless steel appliances, and a covered patio leading to an astro-turf yard. There's also a separate casita with a living room/bedroom, bath, and kitchenette for guests. The house is priced at $525,000.
901 E Rovey Ave., Marlen Grove
Marlen Grove, a historic neighborhood in North Central Phoenix, is one of the city's loveliest places to live. The neighborhood is small, centrally located, and full of beautiful mid-century houses designed by architect Ralph Haver, making it a coveted spot for Phoenicians. This three-bedroom, two-bath house was built in 1949 and sits on a corner lot. Highlights include tiled and hardwood flooring, a funky stone fireplace, vintage wallpapering, and big grass yard with a covered patio. The house is priced at $349,900.
76 W Virginia Ave., Willo Historic District
The Willo Historic District is another coveted neighborhood in Phoenix, home to some historic cottages in addition to small shops, eateries, and the Phoenix Art Museum, which is just outside its bounds. This three-bedroom, three-bath house was built in 1948, and features a vintage-looking living room with a brick fireplace, wood detailing, and an open kitchen with handsome tiled flooring. Other highlights include a walk-in closet in the master bedroom and a backyard with a covered patio and a pool. The house is priced at $549,900.
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