Phoenix was the winter home of world-renowned architect Frank Lloyd Wright, though the local housing market does not include many of his works. Nevertheless, there’s no question that some of the homes and apartments on the Phoenix market have been influenced by his presence.
Unique Phoenix landmarks include Her Secret is Patience, an art installation made entirely in lights, the Fountain Hills Fountain – the world’s largest fountain for many years -- and the Barry Goldwater Memorial statue. The Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Gammage Auditorium is not to be missed, and neither is the Phoenix Financial Center, a famous example of Googie architecture.
There are many more homes for sale compared tothan apartments for sale in Phoenix, though overall the residential housing market is robust. There are just over 300,000 single-family homes, 57,746 condo units, 4,426 multi-family units and more than 1,500 apartment units. 34 townhomes, and 12 coop buildings are also in the local housing mix and over 14,000 vacant lots provide plenty of options for those looking for a different real estate trend or home value wanting to build their own homes
As with most cities, the median sale price for commercial and industrial properties can vary greatly by location. There are 14,000+ commercial properties, 4,393 industrial buildings, and 3,061 mixed-use buildings.
Public transportation within Phoenix is provided by Valley Metro, which includes trains, buses, and ride-share programs. However, fewer than 4% of people commute via public transit, mostly because Phoenix driving commute times consistently rank as some of the lowest compared to similar-sized cities. Phoenix boasts an extensive freeway system and is the most populated city in the country to have two interstate highways but no three-digit interstate.
There are 33 school districts within Phoenix, covering more than 215 elementary schools and 31 high schools. Over 100 charter schools also operate within the city. A number of higher-learning institutions can be found in Phoenix, including Arizona State University and the Maricopa County Community College District with ten colleges and two skills centers.
Compared to the rest of the United States, Phoenix has a younger-than-average population. According to government records, Phoenix has a lower incident of death in almost all categories, including the two top causes of death: cancer and heart disease. There are more than 55 hospitals and medical centers within the Phoenix Metropolitan Area, including the Mayo Clinic and St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center.
Compared to national crime rates, Phoenix’ levels are lower than in 10% of U.S. cities. This puts Phoenix slightly above Arizona crime rates, but numbers can vary depending on the neighborhood and location of homes and apartments for sale.
There are a number of performing art venues within Phoenix, many of which are located downtown. Popular examples include the Phoenix Symphony Hall, the Arizona Opera Center, Orpheum Theatre, the Dorrance Theater, and the Herberger Theater Center.
Dozens of museums can also be found throughout Arizona and the greater Phoenix area, including popular spots like the Arizona Military Museum, the Phoenix Art Museum, the Pueblo Grande Museum and Cultural Park and the Arizona Science Center. Golf fans have more than 200 golf courses to choose from but there are many other ways to get outside and enjoy the weather. Some of the highest-profile ones include the Agua Fria National Monument, Montezuma’s Castle, the Organ Pipe Cactus National Museum and Lost Dutchman State Park.
It’s also a short drive to the Grand Canyon, one of the most popular destinations in the area.