About the Community of North Central Phoenix
Central Avenue is the vital and thriving hub of North Central Phoenix, which is located south of Northern Avenue and north of Camelback Road, approximately between the Arizona Canal/1-51 freeway and 19th Avenue. The charming historic homes and tree-lined streets make this an in-demand neighborhood—in fact, John McCain is a former resident. Within North Central is Windsor Square, designated by Money magazine as one of the “best big-city neighborhoods” in the United States. This designated historic district is filled with appealing mid-century cottage homes, conveniently located near a Metro stop, and hosts a popular annual home tour.
People who looking for a more serene neighborhood with a rural feel, while still enjoying easy access to the bustling downtown district and fantastic shopping and golf, will find their dream home in North Central Phoenix.
Development of the neighborhoods surrounding North Central Avenue began in 1895 with the Orangewood Residential Village. This suburb of Phoenix was designed to attract wealthy Phoenicians who desired “rural homes at an easy distance from the city.” Spacious 20-acre lots had room for large estate homes as well as citrus groves, and Central Avenue provided an easy and attractive way for residents to travel via horse-drawn buggy. Lining Central Ave is the Murphy Bridle Path, designed for horses and riders but now a favorite of all residents who wish to stroll underneath the shady olive trees—the original trees planted by the developers of Orangewood. The architecture has moved from traditional Ranch-style, Cape Cod, and French Provincial to more modern styles, but the lush green lawns and lovely canopied trees have remained constant.
North Central Phoenix is located in the Madison School District, which includes Simis Elementary and Meadows Middle School. The celebrated faculty and students of this district have won awards such as the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching and National Junior Honor Society Outstanding Service Project of the Year. Central High School (in the Phoenix Union School District) and private single-sex Catholic institutions Brophy and Xavier College Preparatory are also excellent schools with high graduation rates.
North Central Demographics
Today, the median listing price for a single-family detached home in the North Central Area is about $442,000 and average house size is 2,300 square feet.
The beautiful, well cared for homes in this area boast historic significance, abundantly green lawns and trees, and a warm, friendly neighborhood.
Parks & Recreation
The Murphy Bridle Plath runs for 2.5 miles along North Central Avenue and was named the “Best Shady Run” by The Arizona Republic. The picturesque, wide, and well-shaded path attracts bikers, baby strollers, and the occasional horseback rider. On the South end of the area is Steele Indian School Park, an expansive refugee from urban living that incorporates many elements of Native American History. Within the 75-acre park is a Memorial Hall, amphitheater, waterfall and lake, and dog park. And further North is the Royal Palm Park, with a recently updated playground and multiple sports fields. The many miles of trails in the Phoenix Mountain Preserve, including the Piestewa Peak summit trail, are just on the other side of the 1-51.
Christown Spectrum Mall on Bethany Home Road and 19th Avenue is the oldest operating mall in Phoenix. With a CostCo, Super Target, and Walmart Super Center, Christown Mall is a favorite of cost-conscious shoppers. The Cinema Park Village Shopping Center is home to one of the first Buffalo Exchanges, a popular and hip chain of used clothing stores. For even more options, including upscale stores like Escada and Saks Fifth Avenue, North Central residents can easily drive a few miles East to the Biltmore Fashion Park.
While North Central residents may value their spacious backyards over acres of golf courses, abundant golf options are well within reach. The Phoenix Country Club has hosted the Phoenix Open for more than 50 years and the course is rich in history and tradition. Tennis, swimming, and fitness facilities are also available, making Phoenix Country Club a favorite of active families. The Arizona Biltmore Golf Club is equally prestigious, with two 18-hole courses designed to blend challenge and pleasure.
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