Benefits of Living in Phoenix

By: Wayne Hemrick

The benefits of purchasing Scottsdale real estate are many, particularly if you like a warm, sunny climate; the sun shines here over ten months out of the year. In fact, it is no coincidence that many seniors choosePhoenix realty for their retirement locale; many physical conditions that afflict older people - such as rheumatism, respiratory problems and troublesome joints - are ameliorated by the dry, sunny desert environment found on a Scottsdale property.

There is no shortage of outdoor recreational opportunities, either. Not only is the metro area surrounded by mountains and federally-protected wilderness areas, there are numerous green spaces within the metro area itself; five parks are connected by a network of biking and hiking trails. If you are a golfer, you also have a wide choice of world-class greens to choose from; there are over thirty public and private golf clubs within the city of Phoenix alone, and an addition fifty in and around nearby Scottsdale. In fact, if you like, you can actually live at a course, as there are many apartment buildings and Phoenix Arizona condos located along the perimeter of the back nine at a number of courses.

For those seeking education and culture, the Valley of the Sun has numerous institutions and opportunities. The Phoenix metro area is the home of Arizona State University (actually located in nearby Tempe) as well as the University of Phoenix, which has campuses in many major cities across the nation and offers online degree programs.
The arts are alive and well in nearby Scottsdale, where a weekly 'ArtWalk' is held every Thursday evening.

One of the great benefits of living in Phoenix is often overlooked, which is the potential of solar power. With 300 days of sunshine each year, it is possible to have one's electrical power needs completely met with solar panels. Although these represent a substantial upfront investment, thanks to regulations requiring power companies to purchase power generated by ratepayers, it is an investment that can pay for itself after 10 to 15 years.

Phoenix also offers a wide range of living accommodations to suit every taste and budget. From RV living for 'snowbirds' who come down for the winter months in order to escape the arctic cold of northerly climes to sprawling, multi-acre estates for those planning to put down roots, those who come to Phoenix are likely to find a living situation uniquely suited to them. Transplanted New Yorkers might feel more at home at one of Phoenix's downtown loft apartments; as mentioned earlier, golf aficionados have the opportunity to live right off the green in their own Phoenix Arizona condo.

Phoenix is a rapidly growing area with a strong local economy and job growth; however, national trends have caused housing prices to level off and drop slightly in the area. Today is an excellent time to find a bargain in Phoenix Arizona real estate.

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