Tempe, Arizona Real Estate and Homes for Sale

Tempe, Arizona Real Estate and Homes for Sale

On the surface, the Tempe real estate area appears much like any other metro area; a busy urban community home to many major corporate headquarters, with shopping districts and a vibrant university campus. However, just a few days exploring the city and you’ll begin to see why buying a home in Tempe is perfect for work and play.

Historically, Tempe and the surrounding area has always been a crossroads for different peoples. For centuries, farmers, traders, and pioneers made the valley their home, leaving indelible impressions of prehistory.

The Hohokam, one of four prehistoric cultures which settled in the southwest, created elaborate irrigation systems for the cultivation of corn, squash, beans and cotton. Centuries later, Fort McDowell was built on the Salt River and farming resumed in the region. The butte and the river valley reminded early settlers of the Vale of Tempe, a gorge near Mt. Olympus and mythic setting in Ovid’s Metamorphoses.

Today, Tempe real estate remains an exciting cultural nexus; home to thousands of university students from all over the world, high-powered business professionals, artists young and old, free thinkers and history-makers.

Shopping and Dining in Tempe

With cool events and hot live music, shopping Tempe is more than just a day at the mall. Especially in the Mill Avenue District, where shoppers are able to browse unique retailers, enjoy three-piece bands and watch street artists without turning a block! Mill Avenue is the perfect place for a lazy morning stroll, or a special night out. This downtown scene features local boutiques, popular retailers, theatres, music venues and neat little restaurants. Or pack up the kids and spend the day touring the Tempe Marketplace: a sprawling outdoor shopping hub designed with walkability in mind. At Tempe Marketplace, you can browse both small boutiques and national chain stores like World Market, Michaels, Gap, Barnes&Noble among many, many more. For mall goers, buying Tempe real estate means dozens of great indoor shopping complexes are just a short drive away. Shoppers will need more than a day to browse the hundreds of retailers at Arizona Mills; one of the largest shopping malls in Arizona.

North of Tempe, the Scottsdale Fashion Squarethe stop for the latest in haute couture – attracts thousands of tourists annually with hundreds of designer stores and specialty shops. No matter where you go, be sure to end your shopping day at one of Tempe’s unique restaurants. The House of Tricks, in the heart of downtown Tempe, serves up exquisite modern American cuisine in an elegant atmosphere. Located a short distance from the ASU campus, The House of Tricks is the perfect spot for an end-of-the-term celebration. For a more casual night out try Rúla Búla, an Irish pub where locals gather for traditional Irish fare and perfectly poured pints. With a wide variety of world cuisine and family-friendly establishments, foodies will find exactly what they crave in Tempe, AZ.

Parks and Recreation in Tempe

Tempe residents love to get out and stay active. With clear blue skies and balmy winter weather, the weather’s always right for a run around the neighborhood, a day-trip to Papago, or, a paddle down the Salt River. Throughout the year Tempe hosts a variety of sporting events; from the Fiesta Bowl football game to ASU’s Pac-12 home football and basketball games to neighborhood tee ball and everything in between. For runners, Tempe offers a plethora of races for all ages and abilities. The Ford Ironman Tempe Arizona takes competitors around Tempe Town Lake by Mill Avenue, to the bike course through the scenic Sonoran Desert, looping back around Tempe Town Lake before branching off for the final stretch in Papago Park. In January runners and spectators alike gather for P.F. Chang’s Rock and Roll Marathon featuring high energy live music all along the course.

On any given day you’ll find cyclists exploring red rock vistas via Tempe’s trail system; about 170 total miles of rock-hopping paths are perfect for an afternoon escape. Golfers have dozens of different courses to play just a short distance from home in Tempe. The ASU Karsten Golf Course is home turf for the one of the nation’s leading collegiate golf teams. Designed by Pete Dye, this stunning course has hosted golf legends Phil Mickelson and Anna Nordqvist. Other courses nearby include the historic Shalimar Golf Course, Rolling Hills and Ken MacDonald (both operated by the city of Tempe), and the Rio Salado Golf Club.

Residents of Tempe benefit from a proactive Parks and Recreation department that offers classes and programs for every fitness level. Public pools, urban fishing, tennis courts, batting cages and rec centers are just a few of the many recreation activities available for free or cheap in Tempe. At night you’ll find residents at one of Tempe’s many theatres, grooving to hot local music or laughing it up at Tempe Improv on University Drive. Regardless of your budget or interests you’re bound to have a great time living in Tempe.

Living in Tempe

Because it’s the home of Arizona State University’s main campus and many major corporate headquarters, such as Insight Enterprises and US Airways, Tempe presents new residents a gamut of neighborhoods: quiet cul-de-sacs, bustling college blocks and posh, modern condos in the thick of downtown Tempe. Given the diversity of Tempe’s population, you’re bound to find a community that fits your lifestyle. With a full range of employment and business opportunities, median home values in Tempe hover around $295,000.

Schools, Health, Transportation

Most of Tempe is served by Tempe Union High School District and Tempe Elementary School District. However, depending location, some Tempe students attend school in Kyrene School District, Scottsdale Unified School District, or Mesa Public Schools. There are 25 schools within Tempe Elementary School District and seven high schools in Tempe Union High School District. Because of the proximity of Arizona State University, students are able to further enrich their education through special events, exhibits and programs designed to accelerate the learning process. Students of all ages can take classes at nearby community colleges like Rio Salado Community College and sit in for public lectures delivered by leading scholars at the ASU campus.

Traversing Tempe is cheap and easy if you take advantage of public transit. Valley Metro operates buses, light rail, and RideShare in and around the city. Given the population density of the area, Tempe enjoys more service than any other city in Arizona.  Commuters can also hop the METRO, the Phoenix area light rail, which runs from Montebello in Phoenix down to SkyHarbor airport, Tempe and ends at Mesa. The METRO serves an estimated 40,000 riders per day. Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport is conveniently located a couple miles northwest of Tempe.

In addition to great schools and efficient public transit, Tempe residents have access to excellent health centers such as the Mayo Clinic in Phoenix. Medical students from around the world come to the Phoenix area to work under some of the best doctors in the nation. Great public schools, excellent transportation and cutting edge healthcare combine to make living in Tempe enjoyable and effortless.


If you are thinking about buying or selling Tempe real estate, give us a call at (480) 355-8645 or send us an email to explore your options and to find out when is the best time for you to make a move.

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Gina McKinley
RE/MAX Masters
2390 W. Ray Road, Suite 4
Chandler AZ 85224
Cell: 1-480-779-9420
Fax: 480-355-8912

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