About the Northeast Phoenix Area
Bookended by Paradise Valley Mall at Tatum and Cactus on the south and Desert Ridge Marketplace on Tatum and the 101 on the north, Northeast Phoenix is a bustling residential neighborhood that combines affordable, family-orientated neighborhoods with a surplus of world-class shopping, dining, and entertainment options. Residents are attracted by the great schools, safe streets, and surplus of parks, as well as three top hospitals (Mayo Clinic, Paradise Valley Hospital, and Scottsdale Healthcare Thompson Peak Hospital). Quick, easy access to trendy neighbors Paradise Valley and Scottsdale, as well as the airport and downtown Phoenix via two major highways, the Loop 101 and SR51, are also major draws for Northeast Phoenix residents. The rapidly developing Desert Ridge master-planned communities promise this area will keep rising to the top ranks of Valley real estate.
Phoenix was built on the ruins of the Hohokom people, whose irrigation canals would be reused by modern residents nearly 400 years later. Named after the legendary Egyptian bird, a symbol of rebirth, Phoenix was also called “the place is hot” by the Navajo. The near-perfect weather led to a population boom during World War II when military training centers other defense industries brought in a flux of new residents.
Northeast Phoenix is in the Paradise Valley School District, an award-winning and well-respected district that is celebrating its centennial anniversary in 2014. Schools include Desert Shadows Elementary and Middle Schools, Indian Bend Elementary School, Sunrise Middle School, and the high schools Horizon, Paradise Valley, and Pinnacle. The private non-denominational K-12 school Scottsdale Christian Academy is also in the area, and has an impressive graduation rate of nearly 100%.
Paradise Valley Community College, located at Union Hills Drive and 32nd Street, offers two-year degrees, continuing education courses, and vocational training. Its Center for the Performing Arts has a diverse calendar of events, many of which are completely free.
In the area code 85050 the median price for a home is $294,000 with an average of 2268 square feet.
Parks & Recreation
Parks, golf courses, and open air shopping plazas can be enjoyed year-round, from the weekly farmer’s market at Roadrunner Park to the outdoor fireplace, live music, and children’s Splash Pad at The District at Desert Ridge. This relatively flat area is also just minutes away from fantastic hiking opportunities at North Mountain Park and the Sonoran Desert Preserve. For spa lovers, Massage Envy at Desert Ridge offers facials and reflexology as well as Swedish and Deep Tissue massages, and Revive Spa at the JW Marriott Desert Resort was named one of the Top Resort Spas in the U.S. by Conde Nast Traveler Magazine.
Just south of the 101 on Tatum Boulevard is the Musical Instrument Museum, a one-of-a-kind cultural gem. This interactive and engaging museum focuses on musical instruments from around the world, and also holds concerts at the MIM Music Theater.
Desert Ridge Marketplace is one of Arizona’s premier shopping and entertainment destinations, with over 110 retailors and restaurants and an 18-screen AMC movie theater. From Target and DSW to Hollister and Charming Charlie, Desert Ridge is a mix of unique specialty stores and national retailers.
Paradise Valley Mall has long been a favorite shopping destination for Phoenix residents, and is anchored by a CostCo, Dillard’s, JC Penney, Sears, and Macy’s. It has an indoor carousel, playground for preschoolers, and Picture Show movie theater. A branch of the Phoenix Public Library is just next door.
The Wildfire Golf Club at the J.W. Marriott Desert Ridge Resort is among the best in the Valley with two 18-hole courses designed by gold legends Arnold Palmer and Nick Faldo. Two putting greens, an all-grass driving range, and the Wildfire Golf Shop, ranked in Golfworld’s Top 100 Best Golf Shops in 2008, complete the experience. The Paradise Valley Golf Course also features a picturesque, challenging course and a recently renovated clubhouse and bar & grill.