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 was 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
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.
The Camelback Corridor has Camelback Colonnade, and the open-air mall Town & Country Shopping Center. Uptown Plaza - Built in 1955 and artfully restored more than six decades later, Uptown Plaza combines mid-century modern charm with a mix of the best local and national retailers and restaurants. For even more options, including Macy's Department Store and upscale stores like 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.
About the Biltmore Community
The Biltmore neighborhood is the epitome of Southwestern resort-style living—the immaculate landscape and luxurious amenities make residents feel as if they’re on a permanent vacation. Centered around 24th Street and Camelback, this affluent district includes some of the city’s most impressive residences. From stylish lofts, apartments, and condos to spacious single-family residences in gated communities with private pools, wine cellars, tennis courts, and enviable view of Piestewa Peak and Camelback Mountain, every home in the Biltmore area is elegant and beautifully designed. Downtown Phoenix, Sky Harbor International Airport, and neighbors Scottsdale and Paradise Valley can all be reached within 15 minutes.
The Biltmore neighborhood rose to prominence after the opening of the Biltmore Hotel in 1929. Now a designated Phoenix Point of Pride, this resort has hosted Marilyn Monroe and John McCain alike. Close by is another historical landmark, the Wrigley Mansion, built by the chewing gum magnate in 1932, which now houses an elegant restaurant and lounge. As the Biltmore and Wrigley evolved with the decades (it didn’t get air conditioning until 1962!), so did the surrounding area. For example, the Camelback Corridor directly to the East has become a favorite location for high-rise condos and office buildings. Most recently, more sidewalks and an underground street crossing, decorated with Arizona-inspired art, have been added to make the neighborhood more pedestrian friendly.
The Phoenix Union School District includes Camelback High School, which prides itself on its experienced faculty (over 70% of teachers have their Masters degree or above and 64% have been teaching for more than 10 years) and Central High School, which offers the prestigious Cambridge Curricula and International Magnet Program. Private and charter schools are also abundant—Phoenix Country Day School, Xavier and Brophy College Preparatory Schools, Villa Montessori, Biltmore Preparatory Academy, and Humanities & Sciences Institute are all within a few miles.
Parks & Recreation
Two of the most famous summits in Phoenix are neighbors of the Biltmore—Camelback Mountain has two popular and challenging hiking trails, as well as a 100 foot rock formation used for rock climbing, and Piestewa Peak in the Phoenix Mountains is surrounded by fifteen miles of interconnecting trails. Granada Park is a favorite of bikers and runners for its paved trails circling a lake, and animal lovers come to enjoy the wide variety of birds (including wild parrots) that call this park home. Tennis courts and ramadas with grills are also available to the public. Los Olivos Park has sand volleyball courts, horseshoe fields, a playground and fitness course, and also hosts special events such as a dog festival.
For movie lovers, the AMC Esplanade theater combines dinner and a show with a full food and drink menu offered right at your seat. This theater has also partnered with The Austism Society to offer Sensory Friendly Films to families affected by autism.
Celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2013, Biltmore Fashion Park is, in a word, exquisite. A luxury shopping and dining destination, world-renowned retailers such as Macy’s, Saks Fifth Avenue, Williams Sonoma, and boutiques. In the mood for exceptional cuisine? True Food Kitchen, Seasons 52, Blanco Tacos, and many more restaurants will tantalize your taste buds.
Life Time Fitness Biltmore, is an athletic resort located off at the Biltmore Fashion Park on Camelback Road. Enjoy indoor and outdoor pools, and LifeSpa a full service salon and spa.
The Arizona Biltmore Golf Club embodies the same prestigious character as the neighborhood, with two 18-hole courses built in 1928 and restored in 2004. The Adobe course offers a more relaxing round with a spacious and stately layout, while the Links course demands more accuracy against the backdrop of five pristine lakes and rolling fairways. Afterwards, golfers can head to the Adobe restaurant to enjoy the traditional menu with a contemporary twist.