Arcadia is home to most of the popular neighborhood that was built on a former citrus grove. Many of the area’s original ranch-style homes have been renovated into larger and more opulent mansions. Arcadia is the city of Phoenix’s most expensive neighborhood with most houses going for more than $1 million.
Old Town Scottsdale: 85251
Old Town Scottsdale is home to the eastern edge of the Arcadia neighborhood. But most of this Central Scottsdale area includes the city’s downtown with many eclectic shops and restaurants, large upscale shopping center, resorts and the waterfront area.
Biltmore is one of Phoenix’s most upscale places to live. Mansions can be found around the Arizona Biltmore resort. Condos are near golf courses or shopping and offices. Renovated homes built in the 1950s and ’60s are part of many neighborhoods. There are also plenty of new and older apartments.
Phoenix Mountains Preserve: 85028
Phoenix Mountains Preserve is on the northern end of this area. It encompasses much of the preserve. Many homes in this area are typically stucco and desert-style. Preserve views and access to the desert are a big draw here. SR 51 runs through this neighborhood.
Phoenix College/Melrose: 85013
Phoenix College/Melrose is made up of a few historic neighborhoods, including Campus Vista, Woodlea and Pierson Place. Melrose is a district with eclectic shops and restaurants in the middle. Phoenix College and St. Joseph’s Hospital are on the southern end.
The Yard/Cheery Lynn: 85014
The Yard/Cheery Lynn area has one of Phoenix’s hip restaurant hubs with several eateries in renovated Midcentury buildings. The Phoenix Country Club and some million-dollar homes are located on the southern end. Historic Cheery Lynn neighborhood is near the middle.
Christown is home to one of Phoenix’s oldest shopping centers. The southern end of this area has historic homes. Affordable houses and townhomes are located in the center near the mall. Larger, ranch-style houses are on the northern end.
North Central: 85012
North Central is the most upscale area in Midtown, and it overlaps the Uptown neighborhood. It’s also the second priciest neighborhood in Phoenix. Mansions, large and mid-size ranch houses and smaller historic homes can be found here as well. The area is home to several popular local restaurants.
Willo/Roosevelt is named after two of downtown Phoenix’s most popular historic districts. Look for Tudor and bungalow-style houses with big porches and newer urban condos intermixed beautifully together. Offices and restaurants are here, too.
Downtown is having a housing boom with many new condo and apartment projects going up. ASU’s downtown campus and University of Arizona’s Phoenix medical school can be found here as well as student housing. The area draws big crowds for jobs, conventions, professional baseball and basketball games and cool cultural events, including First Fridays. But on weeknights when there isn’t a big sporting event, the business district can clear out after work.
Coronado is named after the historic neighborhood on the east end of the Downtown Phoenix area. Coronado has eclectic Spanish-style and bungalow houses. Seventh Street runs along the west side of this neighborhood and is a popular local restaurant hub. Pockets of this area are still waiting to be revitalized.
Encanto/F.Q. Story: 85007
Encanto/F.Q. Story is home to some of Downtown Phoenix’s biggest and oldest historic houses. The Encanto/Palmcroft section has million-dollar mansions on its palm-lined streets. F.Q. Story has more affordable bungalows. Other smaller historic neighborhoods can also be found in this area.