Phoenix serves as a leading business and cultural hub of the Southwest. The reasons behind this region's phenomenal growth are rooted in the enviable high quality of life and cost of living that compares favorably with other leading cities across the nation.
Being a desert transplant ourselves, we understand the unique circumstances of relocating to the Valley of the Sun. Prior to moving to the Phoenix area, we lived in the northeast for over 25 years. Having gone through cold harsh winters and continually paying some of the highest taxes in the nation, that everyone on the East Coast is familiar with, Phoenix beckoned and we couldn't resist. Since then, we couldn't be happier living here.
If you are considering relocating to the Phoenix area, here are some essential facts you ought to know:
Home Prices are Affordable
If you are moving from the East Coast or even California, you are likely to be shocked by how far your dollar can be stretched when purchasing a home in the Phoenix Metro area. Even highly desirable areas, such as Fountain Hills and Scottsdale, feature amazing homes that are well below the average price per square foot in major cities on the East Coast or in the coastal areas of California.
Yes, it Really is that Hot here During the Summer
Phoenix is in the desert and during the summer months, the temperatures are almost always in the triple digits during the day. Phoenicians take a relaxed approach to dress, and casual clothing is acceptable for most occasions. Summer wear includes wide-brim hats, sunglasses, and lightweight fabrics. Sunscreen is recommended year round.
Almost all homes have central air conditioning and many homes have pools to help cool off from the heat. However, indoor air conditioning can get chilly for some, so be prepared with a lightweight jacket or sweater. There are also a number of indoor air-conditioned places throughout the Metro area to visit for entertainment when it's hot outside.
One of the good things about the Phoenix heat though is the fact that it rarely is accompanied by the high humidity levels that can be common on the east coast of the country. The summer heat also plays a part in the desert monsoon season, which can produce amazing rainstorms that Phoenicians look forward to.
You Can Have Access to All Four Seasons
While the Phoenix area is in the desert, Arizona has a wide variety of climate zones so you can easily enjoy fall leaves and winter snow with just a short drive. Flagstaff, the Mogollon Rim, and the White Mountains are all within a few hours drive of the Phoenix Metro area, making them a great place to get away for the weekend to see the leaves change color, play in the the snow, or escape the summer heat up in the mountains.
Winters are Amazing
One of the absolute best things about the Phoenix area is the fantastic winter weather. Temperatures can get a little chilly during the evenings but most days feature moderate temperatures and a lot of sunshine. A lightweight coat or jacket will usually suffice unless you're planning to visit higher mountain areas where colder temperatures and snow are possible. If you're moving from a cold climate on the East Coast, you are sure to enjoy the fact that you will never have to shovel snow again, and you can spend time outside every day from November through March barely need more than a light jacket at most times.
In considering Metro Phoenix as a place to live, we hope you will see firsthand just how wonderful this area that we call home really is. You’ll never stop being amazed by the Valley of the Sun. Tour some of the most beautiful homes in the Valley and get ready to be immersed into a rewarding new way of life.